Vendor Spotlight: The Utah House

A few weeks ago, I was researching affordable and beautiful venues to feature, and was getting very discouraged because it seemed like almost every venue cost more than my entire wedding. Right when I thought all hope was lost, I stumbled across The Utah House, located in Kaysville, UT.  I was amazed with how gorgeous it was, so I decided to get in contact with Jayne, the coordinator for the Utah House, and she was kind enough to send me some pictures of their venue and answer a few questions about the services they offer.  This venue is not only a great place for a wedding reception, but it is affordable enough to rent out for any type of event.  If you live in the Utah area, be sure to check it out!
What is the Utah House?
I like to remind prospective brides that the Utah House was not designed as a reception venue.  The main goal of the Utah House is to demonstrate, educate, and empower the public about new ways of constructing homes and landscapes that promote the sustainable use of resources, energy efficiency, water conservation, healthy indoor environments, and universal design.  Soon after the Utah House was built it was quickly realized that it was also a beautiful venue for other events.  The water wise landscape and beautiful facility offer a great backdrop for weddings, parties, and other small gatherings.

How many weddings/events do you host a day?
The Utah House can accommodate one wedding per day, and the USU Botanical Center can accomodate 2 weddings per day.
What is the maximum number of guests you can accomodate?
The Utah House can accommodate 200 guests at a given time.

What is the site fee & what does it include?  
The site fee is $400 Monday through Thursday and $500 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It includes the entire house (with the exception of the office space) and landscape, 40 chairs, and several tables sized 36" X 60" and 18" X 60".  We have cabana style tables (29" square) and a sound system available for rent.

Do you have space for the bride to get ready?
The Utah House has a large master bedroom with a beautiful master bath.  These spaces are ideal for bridal preparations.
Is there a time limit on how long a party can be at your venue? 
The rental time period is for 6 hours, this includes set up and tear down/clean up.  If more time is needed, clients can purchase extra time for the rate of $50 per hour.

Can brides use their own vendors, or do you work with a certain set?
At the moment there are no restrictions on using outside vendors.

Do you have event planners on staff?
No, but staff is available to answer any questions and to work with brides and planners to make their event successful.  A staff person will be available during the rental period to offer support.
Are brides allowed to bring in their own decorations?
Yes, brides are welcome to bring in their own decorations.  We do have a few restrictions. (Jayne has provided me with a list of these restrictions. Pleas contact me if you are interested in learning more.)

What advice would you give to brides who are searching for a venue for their ceremony/reception?
The advice I would give to brides is to come and visit the site before making any decisions.  many of their questions and concerns can be answered simply by stopping by and touring the facility.
Note: The Utah House is part of the USU Botanical Center, which is home to 3 different venues that can be rented for events: The Wetland Discovery Point, The Rasmussen Teaching Garden, and The Garden Pavilion.  You may see all these venues here and keep your eyes open for individual features on them on B&B in the future.

Feel free to contact me at with any questions or for more information regarding this venue!


Elyse Alexandria said...

Sometimes you can talk to venue owners and find compromises or discounts. My husband is in the military and Noah's gave us a great military discount. It never hurts to ask. Plus, I've been to some wedding receptions where the couple rents out someone's really nice backyard, and that seems like it'd be a more affordable option too.

Veronica Lee Burns said...

WOW that is extremely reasonable price!

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