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3 Ways to Thank Your Wedding Photographer

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Being a small business owner, a wedding photographer or someone that offers a service, knowing your customer is happy is the BEST feeling in the world. As a consumer myself, I never realized the importance of thanking someone. Especially in an age where it can be done so easily, why not help someone with their business? Maybe it’s assumed that we know, but I’m here to tell you we don’t. Most of the time were wandering around aimlessly, silently wondering whether or not our clients are happy. Don’t be that client! If you’re wondering, does it really matter? Yes! It helps our confidence and could potentially help us reach new … Continue reading 3 Ways to Thank Your Wedding Photographer


5 Popular Color Schemes for Your Lovely Winter Wedding

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Winter is upon us, and so is the snow. The frosty setting may seem impossible to work with, but here at Salt Lake Bride, we know a thing or two about planning for a chilly winter wedding. The beautiful glimmer of the snow can be the perfect backdrop to a number of gorgeous color combinations, and we have five that we absolutely adore! 1 – Cream, Peach, and Blush Sometimes the combination of soft colors can compliment a snowy backdrop in the best way. The creamy whites with the rosy blush delicately enhance the subtle brightness of the peach.  This combination will inspire others to follow your choice of lovely … Continue reading 5 Popular Color Schemes for Your Lovely Winter Wedding


6 Must Have Shots on Your Wedding Day

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During the festivities of your special day, you hope that your wedding photographer is capturing every moment. The bridal party, the cake, the first dance and so on. As you plan your wedding, giving the photographer a clear image of specific moments and ideas will guarantee the shots to be taken to your liking. This week, we will discuss some shots you will want to create the perfect wedding album to look back on! One of our amazing vendors that will help you accomplish these gorgeous photos is Cheap Shots Photography. They are affordable Utah wedding photographers that create high quality photos at a price that is perfect for anyone … Continue reading 6 Must Have Shots on Your Wedding Day


4 Top Locations for Engagement Bridal Photos Near Utah Valley

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One of the most exciting, yet difficult parts of wedding planning can be finding the perfect location for engagement and bridal photos. Utah is so beautiful, and it offers a huge range of natural backdrops for gorgeous photos. This week we will round up locations in or close to Utah Valley that will fit your personality and leave you with dreamy photos any time of the year! 1 – Little Sahara Sand Dunes- These beautiful white sand dunes are about an hour and a half away from Salt Lake, and they make the perfect excuse for a day trip with your wedding photographer. The dunes are open 24 hours a … Continue reading 4 Top Locations for Engagement Bridal Photos Near Utah Valley


How To Make Your Makeup Last All Wedding Day

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Primer If you want your makeup to last all day, make sure to start off with a primer! This will smooth out pores and wrinkles, can mattify your face (good for oily skin) or make it look dewier (for dull or dry skin).  And most importantly, it gives your foundation something to hold onto ensuring that your foundation won’t slide around. For oily skin: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, ($14.98) Givenchy Mister Mat, ($67), and Benefit’s The Porefessional, ($22.16)  all do a great job at mattifying skin. For dry skin: Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($44), Glossier Priming Moisturizer ($22), and E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer ($6) are great … Continue reading How To Make Your Makeup Last All Wedding Day



4 Easy Steps to Choose the Perfect Wedding Ring

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1. Choose Your Stone and Shape Diamonds are the most popular stone for engagement rings, but you don’t have to fit that mold. If you want to be unique or possibly use color, some other options include rubies, emeralds, opals, amethysts, citrines, garnets, and sapphires. If you wanted to go traditional, a diamond quality is determined by the five C’s. This means the clarity, carat, color, cut and cost. Clarity references how much you can see the diamond’s imperfections. Carat is how large the stone is. Color is the hue given to the diamond; this could be the traditional white or even pink, blue, or yellow. However, if your white … Continue reading 4 Easy Steps to Choose the Perfect Wedding Ring


How to Choose the Wedding Cake of your Dreams

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When planning a wedding, every decision can seem monumental. Even picking a wedding cake can be a defining moment for the bride. Many see the wedding cake as a reflection of a bride’s taste in dessert, decoration, and presentation. It can be hard to pick a wedding cake considering there are so many flavors, frostings, decorations, and looks available. Not only this, but you also have to keep those who are attending the wedding in mind and ensure that the cake you choose will be something they prefer to eat. In an earlier blog post we talked about the naked cake trend, however, in this blog post we want to … Continue reading How to Choose the Wedding Cake of your Dreams


4 Catering Options For Your Utah Wedding

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Trying to prepare a meal for yourself is not an easy task.  Trying to prepare one for a family can be a challenge.  If you want an absolute nightmare to feed all the family and friends that came to celebrate with you on your wedding day! Luckily it doesn’t have to be. Here along the Wasatch Front we are surrounded by dozens of talented caterers and chefs ready to make your special day a culinary delight. However, picking the right one for you and your wallet can seem quite daunting.  Especially with so many options. Selecting the right people to create your desserts, beverages, and food can be intimidating. Here … Continue reading 4 Catering Options For Your Utah Wedding


4 Unique Wedding Invitation Styles

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Once you have chosen you wedding date and location, it is time to start inviting families and friends to join you two on this special day. This may include save the date cards, announcements and invitations. There are many wedding announcements & invitations styles from which to choose – from formal to casual, from silly to serious. We listed a few wedding invitations to give you some ideas, but make sure your wedding announcements & invitations fit your style and personality, because it is supposed to be a special day for just you and your loved one.   1. Leaves with water color            Utah Announcements  … Continue reading 4 Unique Wedding Invitation Styles


4 Options for Honeymooning in Utah

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Deciding where to honeymoon can be hard. You want somewhere that will be memorable but you also don’t want to spend a fortune! It’s critical to find a balance between enjoyment and expense.  Although, leaving Utah can be a fun option for your honeymoon, there are amazing locations in Utah.   If you are looking for a closer or less expensive honeymoon, here are some of these awesome options. Bed and Breakfast The Anniversary Inn is a great bed and breakfast option for your first night as a couple or for the whole stay. The suites provide refreshments such as Sparkling cider, cheesecake, and chocolate truffles. They also come with Large … Continue reading 4 Options for Honeymooning in Utah


Your Guide to Bridal Gown Silhouettes

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Picking your wedding gown can be a beautiful experience to be shared with your close family and friends. It is something many women have been looking forward to for most of their lives. This dress will be in all of your photos and be a treasured gift and memory for the rest of your life. But once you actually get to the salon, it can be a highly stressful and overwhelming experience. There are so many options and styles to pick from! This is why we have created a guide to all of the silhouettes. Get an idea of what you like and what will look good for you before … Continue reading Your Guide to Bridal Gown Silhouettes


How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers

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  Flowers are a staple in the modern wedding. They bring a natural beauty to your wedding and can have great decorative potential. With that said, picking the right color, species, and arrangement can seem like a daunting task, but there are a few options that never fail on your special day!        Berglund Floral     Pointe Digital Photography   Flower Patch With Fall upon us, oranges are definitely in. Matching your venue to the beautiful rustic colors’ that autumn brings is sure to please. The oranges colors add gorgeous contrast to the staple wedding white. Roses and tulips are great options when looking add a touch of … Continue reading How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers


4 Trendy Wedding Venues in 2018

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Garden Venues If you are a bride who dreams about flowers and greenery, elegance and twinkle lights, dancing with butterflies and flowers, and say “I do” to your best friend, then these two garden wedding reception places in Utah might just be perfect for you. Gardens are inherently perfect for weddings, and often only need a little decoration because of their natural beauty. (Which is always a plus for saving money for your new chapter together!)   Atrium Weddings & Events  Millennial Falls Wedding and Reception Center Glamorous Industrial Metallic  From old factories, warehouses, to even historic train stations, sprawling empty spaces are becoming popular wedding venues for couples planning a … Continue reading 4 Trendy Wedding Venues in 2018


5 Naked Wedding Cake Options

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Planning a wedding comes with many decisions. One of those being your wedding cake. Choosing a wedding cake can be hard a hard task. From the major decisions like the flavor of the cake, to the smallest details, like how many tiers and how thick the frosting is, there are so many aspects that go into choosing a wedding cake. We hope to make that decision easier for you by informing you of a trend we’ve observed. Right now, naked wedding cakes are all over! Consider it: you don’t have to decide how thick the frosting is, the color, and best of all, they taste great. Here are some great … Continue reading 5 Naked Wedding Cake Options


5 Beautiful Color Schemes for Your Perfect Fall Wedding

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Fall is here, and we are ready for some beautiful autumn weddings! We often associate this time of year with colorful leaves, pumpkin spice, and some cozy sweaters. When it comes to weddings, to match the feeling of the season, we often stick to warm colors, especially earthy and jewel tones. We have some great recommendations to make your Autumn wedding unique yet fitting for the season! 1 Eggplant, Sage, and Champagne     This beautiful shade of purple is one color that really works best in the fall. It will stun your guests with its deep elegance. Sage will bring out the depth of the purple and bring a … Continue reading 5 Beautiful Color Schemes for Your Perfect Fall Wedding



Featured Wedding – A Trucker’s Love

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  A Trucker’s Love   On August 12, 2017, two of the state’s largest Trucking families, England Trucking and Godfrey Trucking, joined roads in Holy Matrimony. Megan Godfrey married Clayton England in the Salt Lake Temple. Meghan and Clayton met in high school, but a high school romance wasn’t in the log for them as Clayton was a sophomore trying to “pick-up” a senior. After both serving LDS missions, Clayton in Mexico City, Mexico and Meghan in Santiago, Chili, Clayton finally grew up and age just didn’t matter any longer. They went on their first date to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square and it was history from then … Continue reading Featured Wedding – A Trucker’s Love


The Groom’s Guide to Looking His Best

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Planning a wedding can be really stressful, and being stressed = not looking your best. As the groom, you know looking top notch next to your future spouse on your wedding day is very important, but you may not have thought about planning the steps to get there. So, we have created a guide to help you look and feel your best on your big day. Your significant other will appreciate the fact that you are taking pride in your look for when you stand next to them on the aisle. Get Fit Sweating for the wedding, as some like to say! Getting on a regular workout routine will help … Continue reading The Groom’s Guide to Looking His Best


2018-2 Wedding So Easy Book Cover

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Here is the cover of our newest book  Wedding So Easy – Utah’s Premier Wedding Professionals and Planning Guide. Thanks to Adilfa from Don Polo Photography for the shot! Also view the online version of Wedding So Easy Utah’s Premier Wedding Professionals and Planning Guide. Thanks to 702west.com for the design What do you think?  Please leave a comment –


2018-1 Wedding So Easy Book Cover

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Here is the cover of our newest book  Wedding So Easy – Utah’s Premier Wedding Professionals and Planning Guide. Thanks to Kelly from Wasatch Portrait Photography for the shot! Also view the online version of Wedding So Easy Utah’s Premier Wedding Professionals and Planning Guide. Thanks to 702west.com for the design What do you think?  Please leave a comment –


3RD ANNUAL SIP & SHOP!

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Join us for an evening of celebrating “YOU”! Pop in or stay a while and get pampered, enjoy high fashion shopping while sipping an Award winning cocktail- featuring KID CURRY Vodka-yummy!  Joins us, at Pierpont Place for a fun early evening, celebrating “YOU”. Get pampered with a Paraffin dip or chair massage from Urban Retreat Spa and Salon. Take advantage of the specials provided by Brian Smyer and get your updated headshot or book a family holiday sitting. Sip from the cash bar featuring Salt Lake magazine’s “Farm to Glass” craft cocktail contest 2nd place winner, The Pierpont Place”Trifecta” including local vodka from Kid Curry Distillery.  Shop a fabulous collection of vendors including Whimsy Clothing, Hugo Coffee, Boozetique, Premier Designs, … Continue reading 3RD ANNUAL SIP & SHOP!



4 Real Life Wedding Crashing Stories!

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 According to the Wikipedia, “Wedding crashing” is the act of attending a wedding celebration without an invitation, particularly when the person or persons who turn up have a profound impact.”    Why crash a wedding, you may ask?  Does it really happen?  Can it happen to you?  There are a variety of reasons that individuals or couples crash weddings.  Here are just a few examples and fun stories that will definitely amuse and clearly show you that YES, wedding crashing is a “thing”  and it can happen to you.      Reason 1 – The HOOK UP!  Many of us have seen the popular movie, “Wedding Crashers” starring Vince Vaughn, and Owen Wilson.   Their … Continue reading 4 Real Life Wedding Crashing Stories!


Wedding Invitations 101: Save Money and Stress

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There are so many pieces that go into a wedding. This can equal high stress and high cost, but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are tons of ways to cut corners when it comes to cost, but trying to lower costs on your wedding can sometimes be equally as stressful as just sacrificing your wallet. Fear not, take a breath, and try to focus on one thing at a time – like your wedding invitations for example. Wedding invitations can be intimidating all on their own. Where to get them, how to make them, what pieces are actually necessary… so many questions! Lucky for you, we’ve got … Continue reading Wedding Invitations 101: Save Money and Stress



3 Things to Consider When Talking About the M Word

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It’s time to talk money.  Cha-ching… I know, I know.  Money can be a mood killer!  Did you know that the average amount a U.S. couple spent on their wedding in 2016 was $26,720? WHAT???  While it us usually less in Utah, it is still a lot of money! With careful planning and awareness of what you can expect from wedding costs A-Z you are well on your way to creating a wedding that is customized to fit YOU.   So, where do you start?    First, you must understand this:  Balance. Find and create a balance between your “dreams” (what you want) and your “reality” (what you can afford)   Yes that’s … Continue reading 3 Things to Consider When Talking About the M Word


How Much does an Average Wedding Cost?

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  Have you ever thought about what the average cost of a wedding is? Spoiler: It’s not cheap! The wedding industry is a growing one. It’s seeing an annual growth rate of 3.2%, while the whole industry is worth $72 billion and it employees well over a million people. While an average wedding won’t cost nearly as much as some of the most expensive weddings ever, like the wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana that cost a whopping $110 million, it will still financially set back the newlyweds significantly. Let’s dig into specific average costs of a wedding: Just the clothes the bride and groom wear cost over $1500 … Continue reading How Much does an Average Wedding Cost?


6 Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette Tips

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Receiving a mountain of wedding gifts is the funnest part about getting married! Writing thank you cards, not so much. But it has to be done. People made the effort to be there for you, so you need to do the same and thank them for their generosity and thoughtfulness. And to help you get it right, here’s the wedding etiquette you need to follow when writing your wedding thank you notes. You have a certain time-frame to send out each card, and you must stick to it. Thank you cards should be sent within 3 months after getting home from your honeymoon for gifts received on your wedding day. … Continue reading 6 Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette Tips


6 Tips for Making the Wedding Cake Cut

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At what point did a wedding cake — and its cutting by the couple and feeding it to each other — become a featured tradition at many modern-day weddings? As with the origin of many things, we can look back to ancient Rome, where marriages were sealed by the groom smashing a barley cake over the bride’s head. The guests would then take home the crumbs as tokens of good luck.  Once the Romans invaded Britain in A.D. 43, the custom seems to have been incorporated into English weddings where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over a very tall kissed pile of buns, which if successful, bode well for … Continue reading 6 Tips for Making the Wedding Cake Cut



Here is a Riddle – How Did He Pop the Question

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A riddle:  what is the only type of rock that a guy should throw at a girl?  Drum roll please…why, a diamond, of course! Of the many different types of proposals that you will make and receive throughout your life, nothing compares to the magical, exciting, life-changing proposal of marriage.  So, I thought it might be fun to veer away from offering advice on things related to weddings, and share some fun proposal stories.  Whether you are knee-deep in planning your wedding and could use a fun distraction, or are in need of some ideas on how to pop the question, I know that you will enjoy these stories. Casey … Continue reading Here is a Riddle – How Did He Pop the Question


3 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your Wedding

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  You said, “YES!”, so now what? Having 20 years of experience in the wedding industry, I can say without hesitation that thoughtful planning is an essential element to a fabulous wedding. You probably feel bombarded with information though, whether it is advice from friends and family, and/or ideas from wedding magazines, Pinterest, etc., so where do you start? Simple…start with the thoughtful part of the planning by establishing a foundation from which the rest of the planning can build upon. Once complete, you will find that the planning process flows naturally and is actually fun! Establish your foundation by both of you answering the following series of questions: 1. … Continue reading 3 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your Wedding



How to Choose Lotus Flowers or Water Lily Flowers for Your Wedding

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Lotus flowers and water lilies are both beautiful and exotic looking flowers. Both make excellent cut flowers for wedding decorations or can be set up in bowls to float. If you are planning on having water lilies and/or lotus flowers in your wedding, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The main thing is that lilies and lotus flowers are NOT the same thing. They have many similarities, such as they grow in water and share a few colors, however, there are some major differences that you should be aware of when planning on how to incorporate them into your wedding ceremony. Knowing this information can help … Continue reading How to Choose Lotus Flowers or Water Lily Flowers for Your Wedding


7 Tips to Create Your Wedding Registry

7 Tips to Create Your Wedding Registry

Congratulations on your engagement! Now comes the fun part of your planning: your wedding registry. We know what you may be thinking. Fine china. A toaster. Fancy serving stuff you’ll never use. There’s nothing wrong with any of these, as long as they’re what you actually want. Your wedding registry reflects you as a couple. It’s your chance to look ahead and choose kitchen and other items that will suit you in the years to come. Whether you first move in together after the wedding or you’re already living together, your registry is an opportunity to blend your tastes, needs, and wants – and maybe do some upgrading, too. With … Continue reading 7 Tips to Create Your Wedding Registry



4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Invitation

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The first impression of your wedding is the wedding invitation. Not only does the invite set the tone for the whole wedding, but it also gives guests a taste of what the big day is going to be like! It’s important that the invitation you choose expresses the mood, theme, and vibe you want to achieve. You will want to use an invitation that perfectly reflects the theme you have in mind and who you are as a bride and as a couple.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect wedding invitation: Choose a Theme Picking a theme for your wedding should be … Continue reading 4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Invitation


The Pros And Cons Of A Destination Wedding

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Many brides and grooms are swept away with the idea of a destination wedding. So much so that they jump right into planning that special getaway without considering what it means, what it will cost, or what might go wrong. For most, there is no day more important or more memorable than your wedding day. It is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life. Yet, for some, it winds up being something other than what they expected. Why? Because they didn’t research and plan ahead. Instead of rushing the most important day of your life, you should stop, take a breather and weigh the pros and … Continue reading The Pros And Cons Of A Destination Wedding


2016-1 Wedding So Easy Book Cover

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Here is the cover of our newest book – Wedding So Easy, Utah’s Premier Guide to Wedding Professionals. Thanks to Al from AA Professional Photography for the shot! Also view the online version of Wedding So Easy Utah’s Premier Guide to Wedding Professionals. Thanks to 702west.com for the design What do you think? Please leave a comment –


7 Complimentary Wedding Flowers for Roses

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While roses are the go-to flower for weddings, they are not the only bloom that can make an impact and provide the ‘WOW’ factor at a wedding. Roses are the traditional wedding flower for bridal bouquets and other decor surrounding the festive occasion. While roses are the go-to flower for weddings, they are not the only bloom that can make an impact and provide the ‘WOW’ factor at a wedding. Mixing the rose with other flowers is a way to stay true to tradition while putting your own personal stamp of floral color and style on your wedding. Consider some of these complimentary wedding flowers that combine well with roses … Continue reading 7 Complimentary Wedding Flowers for Roses