Wedding Venue Regulations

Wedding venues in Salt Lake City will not have uniform rules and regulations. This is especially true as it relates to the use of candles, outside decorations, decorations provided by the wedding venue and how the venue handles entertainment.

The use of candles in the different wedding venues in Salt Lake City will vary from location to location. Some venues welcome the use of candles to create a warm ambiance and others do not. When a venue does allow the use of candles it will typically require certain restrictions. For example, one venue requires that all candles must be in a container and that all burning flames must be below the rim of its container. Some couples desire the use of “unity candles” during their ceremonies. Unity candles are typically permitted and without containing it in glass during the actual ceremony. However, any damage caused by flames or melted wax will usually be billed to the Responsible Party.

Similarly, wedding venues in Salt Lake City often allow but regulate the use of decorations brought in by the wedding party. If an event party brings in any outside decorations they usually must be pre-approved by the wedding venue’s management. Usually the venue’s rules hold the event party responsible for any damage made to the facility or surrounding property. Moreover, the venue will typically require that all decorations are removed on the evening of the event by the expiration of the rental time.

Some wedding venues will provide minimal and neutral holiday and / or seasonal decorating. If an event party has concerns about these types of decorations it is usually a good idea to discuss these concerns with the venue manager.

Wedding venues typically provide audio equipment including a microphone for announcements and toasts. Most venues do not provide entertainment and will require the event party hire an outside DJ or band if desired.

Wedding Venue Vistas

The best wedding venues in Salt Lake City I have seen have beautiful areas in which to take pictures of the wedding party. Often times the best areas for photographs have compelling scenery in the background, like a waterfront or a golf course. Another excellent area for pictures of the wedding party might be a grand staircase. This type of scenery works well because it is beautiful but so compelling that it will distract a potential viewer of the photograph from the subject of the picture.

I have attended many weddings and wedding receptions. I have found that the best venues were the ones that were pleasing to the eye. One venue in particular that I recall was held in the lobby of an office building in Washington, D.C. This may sound like an odd place to hold a wedding reception and it was a little odd because I had recently worked a temp job in that same building a few months prior to the wedding. Anyway, this particular lobby had a wide open space large enough to accommodate many tables and a dance floor. I remember there was a large, white, marble fountain in the center of the lobby where the photographer chose to take the pictures of the wedding party. Finally, this building’s lobby was a convenient location because it was within walking distance of the church where the ceremony was held.

I think it would be a mistake to choose a wedding venue in Salt Lake City that did not have a beautiful area in which to take pictures of the wedding party. Of course the wedding party is the important part of the picture, but often the background in a photograph can provide a certain extra je ne sais quoi. Remember, years later these pictures will be all that remains of the important day and therefore are no small part of the event.

Wedding Train of Thought

There are many options for wedding venues in Salt Lake City. When I think of wedding venues I am reminded of the wedding of my cousin and his now wife I attended last summer in St. Augustine, Florida. The venue was a banquet hall next to a marina. The couple was married by another cousin of mine who received a license to perform the marriage. The legal grant of authority was limited to that particular ceremony on that particular date. The ceremony took place outside on a patio by the water in the early evening just before sunset. Halfway through the ceremony a weather front swept through and my cousin performing the wedding suggested moving the festivities inside. Once everyone reassembled inside the storm arrived and a heavy, driving rain fell from the sky. We could see all this through the floor to ceiling glass windows behind the couple.

After the ceremony, dinner was served buffet style in the adjoining room. The wedding was a family reunion of sorts. My cousin’s father (my uncle) seemed cold and distant to me. I am not sure what I had done to offend him but it seems as if I had done something. I found the situation kind of annoying. I was never particularly close to this uncle so I did not care if he was angry with me on that level. But I have this character trait where it triggers me if I know another person is angry with me. I suppose that was passed down to me from my parents. I avoided him for the rest of the night. At one point we were sitting at the same table and he was recounting his recent trip to Turkey. Under normal circumstances I would have been interested as I have always wanted to visit Istanbul being a Roman History buff. But I got up and walked away.

Anyway, this is what I think about when trying to come up with an article on wedding venues in Salt Lake City.