Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Steps when Planning a Wedding

Congratulations on your recent engagement! Now the excitement of wedding planning can begin. You and your fiance may be overwhelmed by the number of decisions that need to be made as you plan your Colorado Springs wedding. Don't worry - The Historic Pinecrest is here to help! Below we've provided some steps that need to be taken first. By planning the major decisions first, you won't feel so overwhelmed.

Pick a Date

The most important step to take, before moving on with the rest of your wedding plans is selecting a day for your nuptials. Consider contacting close family and friends to ensure the people you most care about attending can make it on that date. Once you have a date in mind, you can move forward with the next step in your planning.

Establish a Budget

Discuss your finances with your fiance and decide how much the two of you want to spend on a wedding. It's important to have exactly what you want on your wedding day, but a budget is also a great piece of information to establish up front. There are a number of estimated budget examples available to help you plan a number.

Find the Perfect Venue

Get ready for some fun when choosing a venue for your big day. Be sure to tour the venues in person to get a good idea of what the area has to offer for your wedding day. It can also be helpful to lock down a venue that has your date available as soon as possible. Whether you are after a rustic, natural wedding or a classy upscale venue, find a place to host your wedding early on in the planning process.

Select Your Wedding Party

You may have known who would stand by your side the day you get married for a long time or you may need to make a decision now. Many couples try to have the same number of attendants on each side for a symmetric look for the wedding. The fun part is coming up with unique ways to ask your bridal party to be a part of your big day!

Start a Guest List

It's important to know a rough estimate of the number of guests you plan to invite, especially when shopping around for different venues. Make a list of immediate family, extended family, friends, and other acquaintances that you wish to join you on your big day. This can also give you a good start when it comes time to make out invitations.

Now that you know what steps need to be taken first when planning a beautiful wedding near Colorado Springs, you can relax a little. Planning a wedding is a fun process and you shouldn't feel too intimidated - simply take it step by step and enjoy the adventure. This is a great bonding experience for you and your soon-to-be spouse. Planning a wedding together can help incorporate a little bit of both of your personalities together, truly creating a unique wedding for you. Contact our wedding venue near Colorado Springs to schedule a private tour in which you can see what we have to offer for your big day!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Ins & Outs of Wedding Invitations

Did you know that many traditions of wedding invitations can date back to the 1600's? With that kind of history, there can be a lot of pressure leading up to spending wedding invitations. You've already made some major decisions like a date and location for your Colorado Springs wedding, but now is time to send the formal invitations to your guests. From when to send the invitations to addressing the envelopes, there can be many questions about inviting people to your wedding. Don't worry, The Historic Pinecrest has you covered with week's blog!

Picking out Invitations

A fun part of planning your special day is to select the theme of your wedding invitations. Whether you want to match the theme of your wedding or would rather an image of yourselves to grace the invite, you can find an invitation that fits you and your soon-to-be spouse's personality. You can help set the tone of your wedding with invitations as well. If you're putting together a classy gathering, pick a similar invitation.

Invitation Timing

If you plan to send a save the date, it should be sent to those you're inviting six to eight months in advance. Once you get a little closer to your wedding, it's recommended to send the formal invitations six to eight weeks out from your wedding date. If you are planning a destination wedding, send the invites three months prior to the big day!

Addressing the Envelopes

While this seems like a simple task, it is a time consuming step that needs attention to detail. Ensure each envelope is addressed individually and you have the spellings correct. You can also use formal names, Mr. and Mrs.,when addressing for a wedding. A return address is typically placed on the back flap on the envelope, for a wedding invitation. Many wedding invitations have a double envelope. You address the outside envelop like normal and simply write the names of your guests on the inside envelope. If you plan to request an RSVP from your guest, the return envelope should have a stamp on it, as well.

Although there are many guidelines to wedding invitations, you don't have to follow these "rules" to a T. If you want to send a simple invitation with one envelope, you do just that. Many brides and grooms are steering away from the RSVP system too, since a number of people don't respond in a timely fashion. This is your big day and you can invite your guests however you see fit!

An invitation is often one of the first details your guests will get from your wedding. From wedding colors to the theme, many hints can be given about your big day in your invitations. If you're just getting started on your wedding plans, our wedding venue near Colorado Springs is here for you. Contact us today to schedule a private showing of our property. We look forward to showing you around!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Decor Ideas for Your Fall Wedding

While it can be hard to think about fall decor during the heat of summer, autumn is right around the corner. If you are planning a fall wedding near Colorado Springs, it's time to make your venue selection and plan out your decorations. Our beautiful Colorado Springs wedding venue has provided some easy and inexpensive ways to decorate your event. Take a look below for some decor inspiration!

Incorporate Fall Flowers

Flowers are traditionally a staple at weddings. Whether you want to add floral displays to your ceremony backdrop or reception centerpieces, this is an easy way to give your big day a fall vibe. Add autumn colors into your floral selections, creating a cozy and festive environment for you and your guests.

Add Natural Elements

Natural elements are an inexpensive and trendy way to decorate for your wedding day. From wood slices to flower displays, this is an easy way to incorporate natural elements. This is also an inexpensive way to gather decor. Natural elements can be found in the wild at no cost and purchased at a store for minimal cost, as well.

Create a Simple Centerpiece

When it comes to your wedding decor, simple designs go a long way. For an autumn feel, you can add a simple jar with flowers in it. Another idea is to add a vase or jar with pebbles inside with a mirror below the jar.

Personalize Your Decor

Your guests are there to celebrate you and your spouse as you join your lives together. Likely the people you are closest to will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity to add some personal touches to your decor - your guests will enjoy it! Add pictures of the two of you both together and from younger years. A wedding day marks a major stepping stone in your life and this is a great way to commemorate and allow your family and friends to look back.

Get Festive

If you are planning a fall wedding, add a little festive touch to your decor. Pumpkins, gourds, and pine cones are a great way to add timely items to your big day. This can also be a fun way to get you and your guests into the festive spirit!

Now that you've seen a few simple ideas for your fall Colorado Springs wedding, you're ready to start planning your decor. If you still haven't made a selection for your wedding, our venue is the ideal place for your upcoming nuptials. Here at The Historic Pinecrest, we offer private tours for couples to see what we can offer for your big day. To schedule a tour, give us a call or text us today. We look forward to providing a breathtaking backdrop for your special day.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

We Have Facility Options For Your Big Day

As you start to plan your Colorado Springs wedding, the venue is a major decision that should be made early on. A venue can actually help set the look and feel for your special day. Our rustic and charming wedding venue located in the foothills of Colorado offers a breathtaking backdrop, both indoor and outdoor, for your big day. To learn a little more about our wedding venue near Colorado Springs, take a look below!

Say "I Do" in our Wedding Chapel

With a breathtaking view of the mountain foothills behind it, the chapel at The Historic Pinecrest is a quintessential location for a romantic wedding. Capture your most precious moments inside the intimacy of our chapel. Dressing rooms are available for both the bride and groom parties. As guests enter the chapel, a foyer is available with a guestbook before they are sat. A fabulous sound system and a number of wedding decor choices are just a small part of what makes our chapel so inviting. Take in the warm, rustic surroundings as you join your lives together in the company of those you most cherish.

Party in the Spacious Event Center

Ready for your wedding reception, ample space for up to 225 guests is available at our event center. With a stage ideal for the head table, your party can get a bird's eye view of your entire reception. The interior is a rustic and warm feel while fantastic views can be captured from our spacious deck too! Our professional staff can help maintain your event with care. Our sound system and professional DJ relationships can ensure a fun celebration for your big day!

Unwind at The Lodge

With accommodations for up to 20 guests, the lodge is the perfect place to bring your closest friends and family together. Whether you want your bridal party to stay with you the night before or immediate family to have a convenient place to stay to night of the wedding, we have options for you! Featuring 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a full service kitchen, and high speed Wi-Fi, the lodge guests can find themselves in comfort when they stay with us. The lodge also offers dining facilities for up to 50 people, if you plan to have a bridal shower or other gathering on your wedding weekend!

Now that you've been able to read a little more about our facility, you're ready to schedule your private tour of our beautiful wedding venue near Colorado Springs. From our breathtaking chapel to reception hall, there are a number of options for your next event. We look forward to showing you around our facility and helping you start to plan out one of the best days of your lives together! Give us a call or text 719-357-8613 to schedule a tour of The Historic Pinecrest.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Check Out Our Service Providers For Your Big Day

Are you recently engaged? You may be a bit overwhelmed by all of the decisions that go into planning a wedding in Colorado Springs. Our beautiful Colorado wedding venue offers the ideal place to celebrate your love and start your lives as newlyweds. If you're interested in planning a wedding at The Historic Pinecrest, take a look at the service providers we have worked with in the past to square away the other details of your big day.

Before the Big Day:

Day of Wedding Planners-

Lisa Austin

Erika Wong


Brunos Party Time Rentals

Traveling Massage Therapist-

Erika Wong, LMT


Johan Hair Studios

Monumental Styles & Co.

Stellar Styles

The Vanity Box



Dynamic Range Photography 
Justin Jindra

Photography Dunrite
Charlie Dunn


Dawn's Creations

Stacey's Blooomers


Rev. Kirk Fowler

Pastor Terry Sims

Rev. Calvin Wulf


Chair Covers and Linens-

Elegant Additions
Leslie Beers - 719-339-3219 

Nikki McDonald - 719-481-3307


Catering by Nikki
Nikki McDonald

Cravings 5 Star Catering


Jerrod Ornelas

Jo Ellen Reasor

Cakes and Desserts-

Care 4 Cakes

Sugarplum Cake Shoppe
Amanda Adam

Photo Booth-

Dynamic Range Photography - Justin Jindra

Horse and Carriage-

Spruce Hill Ranch

After the Party:


Fairfield Inn & Suites
TownPlace Suites Garden of the Gods and Littleton/South Denver
Kristin or Susan - 719-594-4447


Colorado Springs Shuttle

From photography to catering to wedding planners, we have a wide range of wedding service providers that work with our venue. Even if you don't see your favorite on the list, we'd be happy to have them be a part of your big day at The Historic Pinecrest! No matter what you have imagined for your wedding day, we would love to be a part of making it everything you've ever dreamed of... and more! Contact us at 719-357-8613 to schedule a private tour of our Colorado Springs wedding venue.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

There are a lot of things that need to be lined out in advance, for your big day. From the venue to entertainment to photography, many of these professions book up quickly. Whether you have a certain photographer in mind or are working with a company for the first time, you may want to ask some specific questions before you book. We can help provide a breathtaking wedding venue near Colorado Springs, making the perfect place for your wedding photos! Take a look below for questions you should ask your wedding photographer.

Photo Credit: Shayla Velazquez Photography

1) What percent of your business is spent shooting weddings?

It is great to find a photographer who specializes in event photography. If that is not your photographer's sole responsibility, inquire about how much time they actually spend doing events or weddings. This can help you narrow down which company you want to go with.

2) Have you worked at the venue we chose?

While this should not be a make or break your decision, it would be nice to know if they are familiar with your venue. From great photography shots to ideal backgrounds - they have likely figured out the sweet spots on the property for great shots. This can help give you more time with the photographer, versus them finding the right location for a shoot.

3) Will you be photographing our wedding? Do you have a backup if needed?

Many photography companies have more than one photographer. It's best to meet with the individual who will be shooting your big day. Also inquire about emergency fill ins, if needed. Whether there is a family emergency or an illness, it's nice to know that someone will be there to fill in, during your big day.

4) Can we look at your recent work?

It's always a good idea to look at a photographers work, before booking. This can help give you a good idea of their style and see if it matches up to what you are looking for on your wedding day. After all, these images will be looked back upon for a lifetime.

5) Will you follow a shot list, if we provide one?

Most wedding photographers will follow a shot list, if requested. It's best to double check and see if that setup works for the both of you. You can ask how detailed of a list you want. Whether it's a list for family & bridal party photos or they want shots described for the entire event, it's best to be upfront about your expectations.

6) How do you describe your photography style?

By asking the photographer this question and looking through their previous work, you can get a good feel for what they like to capture in photos. It's best to know your styles match up, before you get locked in.

7) What are your photography package options?

Many photography companies offer a wide range of packages and/or custom options for your big day. Be sure to ask about these options up front. It's best to know what you are getting into so you are both on the same page as far as expectations. Also inquire about the pricing options that go along with these packages.

Photo Credit: Shebli Nikkole Photography

8) Do you provide prints or digital copies?

This question can help you narrow down a photographer, as well. Whether you're looking for a photographer who provides prints versus digital images may help you make your decision. If you have a specific expectation, it's important to inquire about it first.

9) How many hours of photography coverage do you offer?

While the various packages may lend to this answer, it's best to double check and inquire about the time commitment you are expecting. It's important to allow adequate time to capture the moments you want. Whether you want shots of the bridal party getting ready at the beginning or plenty of reception images of your family and friends enjoying the party, or both - be sure to ask about this ahead of time.

10) When can we expect to see the photos from our big day?

This is an important question to ask. It's good to have upfront knowledge about the expected time of completion, when it comes to your wedding photographs. This can help give you an idea of when the images will be ready and help your photographer avoid a daily phone call asking if they are complete yet.

Now that you have seen some of the things to inquire about when meeting with a potential photographer, you're ready to start your search. If you haven't locked down your venue for your big day, The Historic Pinecrest can help! Our beautiful wedding venue in Colorado offers spectacular mountain views outside and a breathtaking space inside. If you want to schedule a private tour of our venue, give us a call or text 719-357-8613 today!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Eco-Friendly Wedding Decor Ideas

If you and your soon-to-be spouse live an eco-friendly life, why not incorporate that into your wedding decor? From repurposing items to using natural products, you can help incorporate your lifestyle into your big day, in a number of ways. Our Colorado Springs wedding venue offers the perfect backdrop for your eco-friendly decor. For a rustic and natural twist for your wedding, The Historic Pinecrest offers a breathtaking place for your big day to take place!

Natural Floral Arrangements

Flowers are a major accent piece at weddings. From bouquets to floral arrangements on tables, it's a great eco-friendly idea to use natural flowers. Find flowers naturally found in your area to save money on your wedding floral designs, as well.

Farm-To-Table Catering

With the earth-friendly food craze, it's becoming more and more common to find natural food options. While organic foods can cost a bit more, keep in mind you can request your caterer to use locally grown food items to cut down on costs. Catering is a great place to focus your earth-friendly mindset to ensure you and all of your guests are eating organic and/or locally grown food items.

Up-Cycle Decor

Whether you're going for a simplistic look or have an extravagant decor planned out, you can up-cycle your decor. From using old wine bottles wrapped in twine or to re-purposing tin cans for your centerpieces to fill with flowers, there are a TON of ways to up-cycle your wedding decor. Burlap is another fun way to cover and/or accent your reception tables.

Think Eco-Friendly Favors

While many people take wedding favors and throw them away at home, eco-friendly favors are a fun way to help ensure the favors get used. You can gift all of your wedding guests with a seedling or packet of seeds to start their own garden or plant. Another fun way to "give back", is to choose charities in which your guests can make donations, versus spending money on favors.

Re-use Your Wedding Gown

Whether you wish to wear your mother's gown or you've found a dress to re-purpose, this is a great way to avoid spending a lot of money and wasting new fabric. You can also borrow a gown from another family member or friend. In addition to your wedding dress, you can encourage your bridal party to use dresses they already own or shop for gowns at an eco-conscious company.

Hopefully you've learned some new and unique ways to incorporate your green lifestyle into one of the most memorable days of your life. Our beautiful wedding venue near Colorado Springs offers a wide range of options for your big day. From our chapel to reception hall to housing options, you're sure to be pleased with our venue for your Colorado Springs wedding. If you'd like to see our venue, give us a call or text to set up a private tour today!

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