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15 Captivating Ideas for a Winter Reception

It seems that as we ease into November, the mild temperatures of autumn fall behind and the brisk chill of winter begins to set in. If you’re planning a wedding during the next few months, you might be at a loss for how to make it work amidst the snowfall and cold temperatures.

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However, we think a winter wedding can be just as breathtaking and memorable as one in the sunshine. In fact, some of our favorite ideas work better for a cold weather reception! So don’t look back – start planning the winter wedding of your dreams!


Waterbottle Favors

This is a fun, new option we are offering our guests in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building- personalized water bottles! Just something fun to spruce up your event and make it uniquely yours! 801.539.3130


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Bennett/Janis Wedding – May 2014

A beautiful summer wedding in the Wasatch Room on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. This couple had an amazing array of beautiful flowers by Flowers Squared, a delicious medley of catered food from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and a load of creative personal touches throughout their entire event. Check out all the pictures below!


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Polaroid picture guest book

The Wasatch Room in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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Chalkboard and chalk for the little ones at the table.




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Beautiful floral arrangment on the fountain - by Flowers Squared





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You get a free wedding event coordinator when you book your event in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building or Lion House. We’d love to help you plan your big day!

Give us a call for your free consultation. 801.539.3130

Remembering Lost Loved Ones

Your wedding is a day to celebrate an exciting new union between you and your new spouse!

We often want our family and friends to be with us during this happy time, but in light of our recent recognition of Memorial Day, we realized that some of our close relatives or friends may have already passed on.

These are people who have helped to make you who you are today. They’ve played a significant role in your life and you may want to have their memories be a part of the creation of your new memories.

So, we did a little research and found that many people from all over the world have great ideas on how to incorporate memories of lost loved ones into a wedding day.

We love the idea of keeping it sweet, respectful and simple so as to only add to the happy celebrations of the day. Below are links to some of the great ideas we’ve found.


Wedding Wire


Let us know what you think, and if you have more ideas, please leave them in the comments below. Happy wedding planning!

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Strawberry Days

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Contact an Event Coordinator at

The Lion House: 801.539.3250

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building: 801.539.3136


Every kind of strawberry dessert you can think of is available for your event. We love summertime strawberries!!

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Strawberry Days Pic





RECEPTION – 10 Weeks to Plan

10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding and everything turned out beautiful – beyond perfect! Our reception was phenomenal because of the immaculate work of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Catering Office, Flowers Squared and our wonderful family and friends that put together the finishing touches and support. We were thrilled with how EVERYTHING turned out! We even had last minute problems with our music player, but the Joseph Smith Memorial Building had some good backup music that saved the day!

Flowers Squared helped us theme our reception into “Winter with a Hope of Spring”. Marshmallows were a major part of our decor for three reasons: we wanted our reception to be classy with a pop of fun – the mallows definitely captured that for us. They also represent the falling snow. And lastly, it was super unique! Michael and I aren’t big on following all the trends so we had to add our own little flare to things.  Enjoy all the pics below!!MikeandIwithtempleInWindow

We loved having the temple right behind us as we greeted our guests!!theroomfirstlook

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I’m a big quote lover so we had a few quotes out. Super simple to make with big frames, chalkboard spray paint and chalk markers!

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We bought cheap frames from the D.I., painted them black, put in different pictures from our dating life and set them on all the tables. Only cost us about $17 total and they turned out super cute!

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Hot Chocolate Bar! So much fun with the marshmallow overlay! Perfect for a January wedding. :)

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Once again, marshmallows were used EVERYWHERE! Flowers Squared came up with cute ways to incorporate marshmallows into most of the decorations.


Kids Room! Turned out awesome!! Such a great idea from my coordinator at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building! This small room is connected by some glass doors to the main reception room, so the kids had their own territory where they could color, play with toys and/or watch the Ninja Turtles (Michael’s movie choice :) ) without being too far from mom and dad.

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Our baker friends did an amazing job on our cake! They even added our infinity symbol (its on both of our wedding rings) around the cake! It tasted delicious too! We had orange creamsicle for the bottom tier and chocolate for the top. And of course, the amazing Flowers Squared even put marshmallows in with the florals on top of the cake!

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It was a pleasure having this delicious cake smashed in our faces. :)

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My cute 8 year old niece caught it!bouquet catcher - youi're next!!

Her awesome facial expression when I told her what it means when you catch the bride’s bouquet… :)
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On our way out!
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THE WEDDING DAY – Salt Lake Temple

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On our wedding day the weather held up (thankfully) so our guests could easily come celebrate with us without being caught in a blizzard, but it was beautiful outside as the clouds created a cozy atmosphere and fresh snow from the previous day was starting to melt – it made for a fun “Spring is on the way” tease. Our flowers from Flowers Squared were absolutely stunning! The floral team at Flowers Squared created a perfect combination with unique flowers that just blew me away when I saw my bouquet. Beautiful! Our friends and family were all there, which means the world to us! That was definitely the best part! :) Our reception turned out breathtaking – literally. I honestly walked in the room and couldn’t believe how the Joseph Smith Memorial Building was able to capture our personalities and ideas into a room even more amazing than we could have every dreamed! Wow! You’ll see pictures of the reception later as we’re just focusing on the temple in this blog post. :) Our videographer Nathan Pickett and photographer Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen (Liz) were so much fun and did such a great job! They were fabulous to work with! They made it so comfortable and easy! Check out some of the photos Liz took below. So happy with how they all turned out!! Love you all!!

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Hello everybody!!

Jessica and Michael are enjoying some hubby & wife time in their honeymoon but we just couldn’t wait until she got back to tell you about her special day. They got married last week on Friday, January 10 in the Salt Lake Temple. The reception was on the 9th Floor of the beautiful Joseph Smith Memorial Building, in the Sharon/Manchester rooms.

I’m Jessica’s co-worker (the one who made her invitations, the one she talks about so fondly :) ). If you followed her “10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding” journey you might remember some of the details, but just in case, I’ll fill you in. Michael and Jess are a super fun couple so their reception couldn’t be anything less than that! Right from the beginning Jess knew her colors were going to be Orange and Mint Green which is pretty fun for a winter wedding. When she met with the talented Colleen from Flowers Squared to go over decoration and ideas for the reception, Colleen embraced what Jess had in mind and even made a theme out of it: “Winter with a Hope of Spring”. Like a good 21st century bride, Jess got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest (by the way, follow our Weddings at Temple Square profile for cool wedding ideas!) and she was excited to see that her pins came to life in a beautiful fashion.

I’ll let Jess talk more about her experience and how it was to see everything coming together, so for now I’ll just share some of my highlights and pictures I took at the reception:

1. Hot Chocolate Station

Pretty sweet feature! Delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows, home made whipped cream and crushed peppermint as topping options.

2. “Snow Falling” with Marshmallows

SO FUN! And it was beautiful too. Jess is very crafty and of course she wanted to do this on her own but the Flowers Squared angels took care of everything. I loved how they did it on the chandeliers as well.

3. Cabaret Tables

They had a reception so people were coming and going all the time. The room was set up with 10 round tables for 10 people and 3 cabaret tables by the windows for people who wanted to casually enjoy their hot chocolate. Very nice feeling and made room for the cute quotes that Jess and Michael made, which leads me to number 4…

4. Quotes, quotes, quotes!

I don’t know if you remember, but in one of the videos Jess mentioned a trip to the D.I to buy some old picture frames. They painted the frame white and the glass with chalkboard paint to write they favorite love quotes inside. It added a real personal touch to the decor, not just because they were handmade by the bride and groom, but because they love quotes! This is a great example that you can still be part of your wedding decoration process without overwhelming yourself! Pick one or two things to do and leave the rest to your wedding team. Let them spoil you (and we love doing that here at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building :) )

5. Centerpieces and Pictures

I loved the flowers colors, the arrangement and the fact that the glass cachepots were filled with nothing but.. marshmallows! So cute and subtle. The different heights of centerpieces across the room added to the ambience as well. As for another personal touch, Michael and Jess had one small picture frame for each table with a different picture of them on it. I like how they were everyday pictures of the couple, another unique way to add your personal touch (and a fun stress-free project for brides that like to be involved).

Jess will be back next week and she’ll post more about the reception. Thank you for being part of this journey!



Hot Chocolate Station + Marshmallows + Beautiful View = Perfection!

Hot Chocolate Station + Marshmallows + Beautiful View = Perfection!


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Front of the invitation



10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding-WEEK 10

Wow…The wedding is pretty much here! Wooooooo!!

We actually get married in one week from today, but this will be our last post because we won’t be posting the day we get married (we’ll be a little busy :) ). However, I’m having a co-worker post everything from the wedding day as soon as we get the pics and video, so definitely stay tuned for that. We can’t wait to show you how everything turns out – whether it’s all perfect or if some things fall through – we’re showing it all! In fact, our videographer, Nathan Picket, is going to be with us the ENTIRE day filming everything from morning preparations to the very end of the reception. So that will be fun to see how the whole wedding day plays out!

Below you’ll find some gems I’ve recently discovered, such as color trends and a cool 3 box organization system. And of course,  you’ll also find our video of the week, bullet point list of everything we’ve done and our vendor list. If you want to know anything else, we’re happy to tell. As for now, wish us luck on our new adventure!


Color Trends for Spring 2014:

If you are a trendy person, check out the trending colors for the upcoming Spring season from Pantone. This is a great source to see what they predict will be the most popular colors in the world of fashion – kind of fun to see and get a head start on these colors before anyone else grabs hold.

3 Box Organization System (Maybe 4 box):

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This 3 box system is working really well for us so I figured I’d share. We have 3 boxes – one box for wedding morning preparations (things we’ll need for the sealing/ceremony such as Michael’s ring, all of my jewelry, anything for pictures, etc…), one box for reception things (decor, signs, pictures, etc…), and one box for honeymoon packing (I’m packing everything because I’m moving into Michael’s home so this box is nice to keep all my honeymoon packing in one place before I put it in my suitcase). Michael just suggested we make a 4th box for the wedding dinner. We’ll need to bring a few things to that as well so it’s a good idea.

So far this box system is nice because we’ll have everything in it’s respective box ready for the proper event – this way we won’t have to dig through everything in one location to find what we need for that specific event. Here’s hoping it really works as well as I’m visualizing.


Reality and Stress:

Michael and I living the ritzy lifeMany people have told us we don’t seem too stressed about planning our wedding in the small time frame of only 10 weeks, and they’ve wondered if that is true or if that is just our portrayal on the blog. Well, here is the truth: we’re both pretty chill people so that helps us IMMENSELY right off the bat, but don’t discount the fact that we’ve definitely had our moments.

There is no doubt trying to figure everything out for a wedding can be overwhelming and at times a little frustrating. When things don’t work out in the proper time frame or they don’t turn out as perfect as you hoped, it can be a let down. BUT like I’ve said in so many words in past blogs: most of these things don’t even matter because the most important thing is going to happen (the marriage ceremony) and that is what makes us happy.

This little tid-bit of golden realization has been a lifesaver. Many friends and family have brought this to our attention several times. I can’t tell you what a relief it is when you think of it in this way. Any inkling of stress seems to become minimized – you come to realize this is going to be the best day ever no matter what! When you really start to believe this and implement it, you can literally start to feel some of the burdens lift off your shoulders. It’s an amazing feeling. But don’t get me wrong – all of the decorations and the thrills and frills are a wonderful part of your exciting celebrations. A huge help though is realizing that we WILL have enough time to get the MOST important things done. Backup and realize what I just said – we will have time to do the MOST IMPORTANT things. Make it a priority to sit down and list the things that are a must at your wedding. Really think about this. Sometimes we can get caught up thinking we NEED everything we’ve ever dreamed of, but don’t kill yourself trying to make this happen – it isn’t worth it. If you have the time and resources to do everything, then great! But if not, which is probably includes the majority of us, try to stay open to new ideas and/or alternatives. Work on those things that you really feel are necessary and then everything else can just be icing on the cake if you have time for them.

I’ve also mentioned before how important it is to just have fun and forget planning the wedding every once in a while. For some people this might make them more stressed, just because their personalities are more the type of needing to have it all figured out as soon as possible, but I would honestly encourage everyone to just stop, every so often. Michael reminds me of this a lot and I’m sooooo grateful!

 Realistic Expectations:

I’m just going to lay it out there – no one is perfect. Shocker, I know. Michael and I have an amazing relationship, but we both have our flaws and we both have our strengths and talents. It’s good to remember this and to be patient with each other and look for the good in each other. I had a friend once tell me, “When dating, keep both of your eyes wide open. When your married, keep both of your eyes half shut” – meaning, when looking for a companion look at EVERYTHING, the good and bad and figure out if you can really live with and want to be with this person forever, flaws and all. As my grandpa always says, “You’ll never find a perfect man, but find one with faults you can live with.” The second part of my friend’s comment means that when you do find your spouse, stop looking for their flaws – try to keep your eyes “half shut” so to say and realize you have your own short comings as well. OK, now granted, Michael and I have never been married so I’m sure this is much easier said than done, but I love all of this advice and I want to try to incorporate it into our relationship. As one of our ecclesiastical leaders said, “as long as you have the mentality to keep trying, that is what really matters”.

WEEK 10 – Everything We Accomplished This Week:

  • 2nd Wedding Dress fitting! It fits perfectly! I pick it up on Saturday!
  • Got adhesive fashion tape to keep my dress in the right places.
  • Hair cut and styling discussion with my lovely hair dresser, Lynette,  from Artistic Hair. Going with some curls and a fun pin-up on one side.
  • 4 boxes – 1 for wedding dinner materials, 1 for wedding day preparations (things I’ll need for the ceremony and morning of), 1 box for the reception things (decor, signs, etc…), 1 box for honeymoon packing.
  • Found Michael’s tux!! Woo just in the nick-of-time! They need a good week to do the adjustments so we barely have enough time!
  • Moving – I’ve moved most of my things to the house now. It’s just mostly the bigger items and my every day things I need to move next week.
  • Painting frames and making signs – we bought a ton of frames at the Deseret Industries at a super cheap price. We just cleaned them up and painted them. These will hold most of our pictures at the reception and our quotes. We bought 10 4×6 frames and 3 larger frames of varying sizes and coloring books for the children’s play room all for just $25!


Running list of vendors and things Jessica & Michael are using for their wedding:

(these vendors are personal preferences, not necessarily endorsed by Temple Square Hospitality)


Helpful Websites We’ve Used





10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 9

WEEK 9 is probably my favorite week so far because Michael is actually in town the ENTIRE WEEK!!!! Best Christmas gift EVER! :) Another sweet Christmas gift was being around both of our families. It was nice to have some time to be with everyone and just play. We went to Michael’s parent’s home for Christmas Eve and my mom’s for Christmas day so it worked out perfect! Both parties were a lot of fun! We watched some home videos at Michael’s parent’s house Christmas Eve and oh my goodness, the Doxey kids are hilarious! Little Mikey was such a cutie! Apparently he loved wearing this certain cowboy hat when he was little and I’m going to use that against him for the rest of his life because he always teases me for loving the country life. :) And…I just liked this quote below:


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So we figure we are just about done with planning everything! Kind of crazy to think we’re that close! We just need to do the following things (I’m sure other things will come up as we get closer, but here’s what we have left so far)

What’s left to do:

  1. Get Michael’s tux
  2. Send final payments and info to all vendors
  3. Get our marriage license (apparently you can get this within 30 days of getting married)
  4. Michael is creating our slide show for our wedding dinner & reception – he loves doing that kind of stuff!
  5. Music play list for the reception
  6. Make the quote decorations for the reception
  7. Figure out if we’re doing a guest book of sorts
  8. Figure out if we’re doing favors…
  9. Get my dress after the last fitting this Saturday – hopefully!!
  10. Make sure all the family has their wedding attire and/or if they need any help finding anything
  11. Determine any assignments for the big day – fam and friends to help set up reception, buy coloring books or something for the kids room, protector of the gift table, etc…
  12. Figure out if we want a cake topper… ?

Check out the video below of a few highlights from the week. Also, don’t forget to take a look at the bullet point list of everything we did this week. Enjoy! Only one more post after this one before the big day!!! :)



WEEK 9 – Everything we accomplished this week

  • Handed out a few more invitations – saves you a little money on stamps!
  • Talked with my cake friend about personalizing our cake in a subtle way
  • Continue adding people’s names to the thank you list for received gifts
  • Pick out more music for reception and wedding video – Wedding Wire has a great music suggestion page. Check it out!
  • Bought some things for the home like our bed!
  • Got Michael’s ring! It looks awesome! I had him try it on Christmas Eve and it looks great on him! :)
  • Celebrated Christmas with family!! Planning a wedding during the holidays isn’t that bad. It’s actually really nice to have other big things to look forward to as you’re waiting for your wedding day to arrive! Plus, it’s a fun time to be together and get to know each others’ families even more.
  • Finished planning with our coordinator, Chris, from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. We finalized the food for the reception and confirmed everything else.
  • Religious preparations – I went through the temple for my first time yesterday. It’s a very large event in our LDS religion when you can go through for the first time. It was absolutely amazing! My family, Michael and his parents were all able to attend with me. I’m so grateful for that sweet experience and all the help I received. 

Running list of vendors and things Jessica & Michael are using for their wedding – (these vendors are personal preferences, not necessarily endorsed by Temple Square Hospitality)