Friday, December 8, 2017

Tips for Planning Your Winter Wedding

There is something magical and romantic about a winter wedding. A winter wonderland, romantic fireplaces and candlelight, and holiday décor are a few reasons why winter weddings are popular. While there may be some obstacles to overcome, the end result is worth it for most brides. Here at The Historic Pinecrest, we wanted to provide you with some tips to keep in mind if you’re planning a winter wedding.

You can save money

Winter months can mean it’s off season for most vendors. Some venues offer discounts in the offseason to bring in extra business. Photographers and DJs usually offer discounts during the offseason as well. However, one thing you won’t save money on is flowers.

Helpful hint: Some types of flowers are extremely hard to find in the winter months. Check ahead of time to see what flowers are in season and which ones will work for your wedding. This will help keep your floral budget from skyrocketing.

Prepare for potential weather

Being winter time, you could end up with some treacherous winter weather or hazardous conditions. While nothing is guaranteed, it’s best to be prepared for all types of weather. Check with the venue and see if they offer free rescheduling due to unforeseen weather conditions.

People may say no

While no one likes the hear the word, no, especially when it comes to your wedding, you may receive a few no’s from guests you have invited. It’s nothing personal, some people just don’t like to travel during winter months. This is something you should be aware of when planning a winter wedding.

Invest in winter accessories

Having winter accessories will make all the difference in keeping you warm on your special day. You don’t have to wear a scarf and gloves. A long sleeve wedding dress, a cape or veil, or a matching cardigan are all great options.

Stay on top of your beauty prep

Dry skin and chapped lips are very common in the colder winter months. As a bride, this is something you should prepare for ahead of time. Chapped lips and dry skin do not look great in wedding photos.

Extra travel time

Bad weather can cause a lot of traffic and it doesn’t matter how close or far you are from the venue. Traffic is still traffic and it can cause you unnecessary stress. Plan accordingly and make sure you give yourself and your guests plenty of extra travel time.

Have your ceremony and reception at the same venue

Keeping both the ceremony and reception at the same venue reduces the amount of travel that will take place. This will reduce the chance of people getting stuck in traffic or not be able to travel due to a change in weather.

Winter décor

Using candles can create a very romantic atmosphere. Just make sure that your venue allows you to use real candles. Glitter is also a very festive option. You don’t have to overload your wedding with glitter, but it does make a great accent. It’s also a great idea to check the décor of your venue. They might have holiday décor that does not match your wedding decorations.

Coat Check

This is a great option to have. Have a coat check set up and make sure the coats will be stored in a safe place. The last thing a guest wants to worry about is having to hold onto or watch their coat during the ceremony and reception.

If you have your heart set on a winter wonderland wedding, keep these tips in mind during the planning process to help ease the stress and avoid any disasters. The Historic Pinecrest would be a wonderful place to host a winter wedding in Colorado Springs. 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, December 1, 2017

Our Wedding Package Options

When you think about all of the little details that go into planning a wedding, it can start to become overwhelming. Making sure you have everything for the wedding, from the wedding venue to the table linens, can cause a lot of stress. Here at The Historic Pinecrest, we wanted to help alleviate some of that stress. We offer different types of packages to accommodate a variety of weddings.

We can accommodate groups of 50 to a maximum of 225 guests with our diverse selection of packages. Whether you’re looking to have a smaller more intimate wedding or a large wedding, we have packages to accommodate your individual needs.

Here’s a look at the packages we offer:

The Starlight Package: this package is for an afternoon or evening wedding and reception for 100 guests.

Available Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Times: Tues/Thurs: 1:30 pm - 9:00 pm (4:00 pm or 5:00 pm ceremony)
Fri - Sun: 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm (4:00 pm or 5:00 pm ceremony)
Winter hours (Nov. 1st - March 31st) 1:30 pm - 9 pm for all days of the week

Helpful Hint: Recommended for 50 - 225 guests

The Ponderosa Package: the package is for the reception only.

Dates available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Winter hours (Nov. 1st - March 31st) 1:30 pm - 9 pm for all days of the week

Helpful Hint: Recommended for 50 - 225 guests

Chapel Inclusions:
  • One-hour rehearsal (usually scheduled from 12:30-1:30pm, the day prior to your wedding) 
  • All standing décor, floral arrangements, and candelabras 
  • Bridal dressing room at Chapel with mirror, table, chairs, and couches 
  • Groomsmen dressing room at Chapel with mirror, table, chairs, and couches 
  • Elegant entrance table for guest sign-in book or picture matting 
  • Digital sound system with mixing board – along with wireless microphones and instrumental inputs 

Reception Inclusions: 
  • All dining, head table and gift table setup 
  • Tables (seats 6-7 guests) and cushioned chairs 
  • Wide variety of colored table linens and napkins to select from 
  • Use of outdoor decks and porches with views of surrounding mountains, creek, and occasional wildlife: deer, bear, coyote and fox 
  • Cake table with lit décor 
  • Event manager to assist your caterer to cut wedding cake 
  • Beautiful large stone fireplace 
  • Hardwood dance floor 
  • Digital sound system with mixing board to provide the entertainment to MC your reception 
  • Pinecrest staff will perform all clean-up and tear-down at the end of the event time 
All of our packages include unlimited phone, email, and texting support, access to communicating directly with the owners, and private tours of our facilities that can be scheduled throughout the week.

When planning your wedding, it’s always a great idea to see if your potential wedding venue offers any type of packages. At our wedding venue near Colorado Springs, we proudly offer a variety of packages to fit almost everyone’s wedding needs. If you haven’t found your ideal wedding venue yet, The Historic Pinecrest would love to host your wedding. If you want to schedule a private tour of our venue or get more information about the packages we offer, give us a call or text 719-357-8613 today!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Take a Peek at our Wedding Venue

Choosing a venue for your up and coming Colorado Springs wedding should be at the top of your priority list. Choosing a venue is a major decision that should be made with careful consideration. After all, it helps set the look and feel of your big day. Nestled at the base of Mt. Chautauqua, The Historic Pinecrest would be pleased to share the history and majestic mountain beauty of our facility with you and your guests. Whether you’re planning an elopement or an event for 225 people, Pinecrest is an ideal location for an intimate Colorado wedding ceremony and reception. Here’s a closer look at our wedding venue facility:

Saying “I Do”

You'll want to say, "I Do" again and again in our wedding chapel. Nestled against the foothills in a beautiful Colorado setting, the Chapel at Pinecrest is the quintessential location for a romantic, mountain wedding. Capture your most precious moments in the intimacy of our chapel. Bride and groom dressing rooms, a foyer with a guest book table, ample seating, a rustic setting, a gorgeous aisle for your grand entrance, a fabulous sound system and numerous décor choices are just some examples of what make Pinecrest’s Chapel so inviting. Enjoy the warm, rustic surroundings as you join your lives together in the company of those you cherish most!

Continuing the Celebration

Let the festivities begin at our event center! Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and ample space for up to 225 guests, you will enjoy the experience of a lifetime with all your family and friends! The stage for the head table sets you apart while providing a bird’s eye view of your event. Enjoy the views from our spacious deck or relax inside, knowing our friendly, professional staff will maintain your event with the utmost care. Our digital sound system and professional DJ’s will ensure a celebration worthy of your special occasion.

Time to Unwind

With accommodations for up to 20 guests, the lodge is the perfect place to bring everyone together. Whether you have the wedding party stay together the night before the wedding, or your immediate family stays in the lodge, we have options for you! The Lodge features 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a full-service kitchen and high-speed Wi-Fi access. The Lodge also offers dining facilities for up to 50 people and is the perfect setting to host your intimate reception or event.

Now that you’re more familiar with our venue and facility, schedule your private tour of our beautiful wedding venue near Colorado Springs. Picking a venue for a wedding is a very important decision. It’s best you see the venue in person and make sure you get all the answers you need. Make sure the wedding venue will be able to accommodate you and your guests and that the look of the venue matches the look you want for your wedding. Here at The Historic Pinecrest, we would love to help you plan one of the biggest days of your life. Give us a call or text 719-357-8613 to schedule a tour today!

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Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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Friday, November 17, 2017

9 Romantic Proposal Ideas

A marriage proposal will (hopefully) be a once in a lifetime moment between you and your future fiancé. This can put a lot of pressure on you to make sure this moment is perfect and memorable. Don’t let the stress of this moment take away from your creative side during the planning process. Here at The Historic Pinecrest, we want to make sure everything about your big day goes smoothly. We have created a list of 9 romantic proposal ideas to help you in the planning of your proposal. 

1. Reminisce

Propose at the exact place where you first met or where you had your first date. Taking a walk down memory lane is a great way to start your future together.

2. Scavenger Hunt

A proposal through a scavenger hunt can be a lot of fun and can be very charming. Make the scavenger hunt more personalized. Incorporate intimate personal details and inside jokes with the clues. This shows that you put a lot of thought and time into this moment.

3. Beach Proposal

The beach provides a romantic backdrop for any event. Having the sunset behind you, the waves hitting the shore, and the warm sand beneath your feet is a great way to set the mood. Just make sure you scout out the area first so you don’t have any interruptions.

4. Hot Air Balloon

Being proposed to in a hot air balloon is a story she could tell people about forever. There’s something magical about being with the one you love, floating over the country, and toasting champagne. This option is fitting for someone who is a hopeless romantic.

5. Vacation

This allows you to get away from your crazy, hectic everyday life and spend some quality time with your significant other. There are so many ways you can propose on a vacation. A vacation proposal is also a great way to surprise your significant other. You can plan all sorts of romantic activities leading up to the proposal that will seem like they are simply part of the vacation. 

6. Christmas Proposal

Hide the engagement ring in one of the ornaments for the tree. When it comes down to the decorating, pop open the ornament and get down on one knee. The lights from the tree and the holiday décor will make for a very magical moment. 

7. Disneyland Proposal

Getting proposed to in one of the most magical places is a dream for many. It may take a little extra effort to pull off the ultimate proposal at Disneyland, but seeing the look on your future fiancé’s face would be worth it.

8. Unexpected Proposal

Going the unexpected route can bring a whirlwind of emotions. Catching your significant other completely off guard can go one of two ways. However, the emotions will be raw and it will make memories that will last a lifetime.

9. Childhood Dream

Whether it’s Peter Pan or Aladdin, incorporating her favorite childhood characters could make a very romantic proposal. This allows you to get creative and to show her how much you really care about her. The possibilities are almost endless.

Hopefully, this list gives you some great ideas for a romantic proposal. Each couple is different, which means that each proposal will be unique to that couple. At The Historic Pinecrest, we know how stressful carrying out a proposal can be, but don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the moment. Once engaged, we would love to assist you on your wedding planning. Our beautiful wedding venue in Colorado offers an indoor and outdoor space to cater to your specific wedding needs. 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, November 10, 2017

Keys to Writing GREAT Wedding Vows

Wedding vows are extremely personal and your marriage represents your commitment to one another, so take time to write the perfect words. Your vows are the promises that you are making to your significant other for the rest of your lives. Starting to write your vows might seem overwhelming, but writing about why you love your significant other and why you want to share your life together can be fun. If you host your wedding at the best wedding venue in Colorado, you will be assured that The Historic Pinecrest will help. At the Historic Pinecrest, we will make sure every detail of your wedding is perfect—from the proposal to the wedding to the honeymoon. The Historic Pinecrest is the most picturesque wedding venue in Colorado, nestled on a hillside at the base of the historic and majestic Mt. Chautauqua. 

The Historic Pinecrest is the ideal place for a Colorado mountain wedding ceremony and reception. The charming Chapel at Historic Pinecrest is the perfect place to share your vows and create those precious moments. Take in the rustic surroundings as you start your lives together in one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Colorado, the Historic Pinecrest.

Here are a few tips to reflect on when writing your vows:

Talk to your fiancé about your wedding vows

Now is your time to tell your partner what they mean to you, and for you to express your undying love for each other. Take time together to talk about what you love about one another and what makes your relationship so special to you, and spend time separately writing your vows. Think about the promises and loyalty you both have toward each other, and write about how your partner makes you feel loved. Writing your vows can be a daunting task, but you will find inspiration with the help of your fiancé.

Write what speaks from your heart

Write about what you love about your spouse and memories that make your relationship significant. These vows should sound like you, especially when you’re making promises to your partner. You shouldn’t sound like someone else, so write wedding vows that are authentic to you. Make notes when you remember your favorite memories or phrases you want to say in your vows. Simply be honest and open, and show integrity toward your commitment towards your partner. Above all, don’t stress about writing your vows and speak your vows as though it is just you and your fiancé in the room.

When writing your vows, be creative, if you’d like to—use a little humor, and be sincere in your words. Avoid sounding too unoriginal and cliché, pull ideas from your religious teachings and poetry, and finish your vows saying, "I love you."

Write your vows ahead of time and practice

This will allow for improvement, and if you're still having trouble, try speaking into a tape recorder and let your thoughts flow freely. Your vows should be easy to say and sound conversational. Be sure to listen for any tongue twisters, confusing wording, and run-on sentences and take them out of your vows.

Once you've written a final draft, practice reading it on your own to make sure you are comfortable with the way your vows sound. If you can, try to memorize some, if not all of your vows. Finally, print your finished vows on a clean piece of paper that goes with the theme of your wedding.

Follow this guideline when you aren't sure where to start or what to write in your vows. From large weddings in Colorado Springs to small weddings with only the closest family and friends, Historic Pinecrest would love to be your Colorado Springs wedding venue! We can’t imagine a more beautiful setting than the Pinecrest Wedding Chapel and Event Center. Visit our website at to learn more about our wedding packages or give us a call for a private tour of our beautiful facility at 719-357-8613.

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Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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Friday, November 3, 2017

How to Pick Flowers for Your Fall Wedding

Whatever your vision for your bridal bouquet and wedding flowers are, we can’t imagine a more beautiful setting than Historic Pinecrest. Located at the base of Mt. Chautauqua, the Historic Pinecrest is known for being one of the best Colorado Springs wedding venues. We are here to help you have a magical day, and we will customize our venue to go with your flowers, as well as your overall wedding theme.

Your wedding flowers should reflect the theme of your wedding. The colors of the flowers, as well as the flowers themselves, are important. To help you create your own version, here are some gorgeous fall wedding flower ideas:

Rustic, dusty theme

Play up a rustic theme with burgundy peonies that are tied with burlap ribbons. Rust-hued dahlias, bold yellow sunflowers, burnt-orange daisies, and soft pink chrysanthemums will make your tables, bouquets, and boutonnières look vibrant.

Create eclectic centerpieces by pulling pale-colored hydrangeas and different kinds of wildflowers together for a warm, country feel. For an antique style, tie a brooch on a silk ribbon to stalks of lavender for your bouquet. Bright tones of tulips paired with soft touches of anemones will create a vintage wedding vibe.

Classy, refined theme

For a more elegant theme with a dash of color, create a posy with romantic red roses and blush orchids. Make sure your flowers are fresh and in bloom, and choose arrangements that represent your style. Tasteful ivory colored calla lilies are a favorite, and they also come in peach, mauve-pink, and dark purple colors.

Choose flowers that smell amazing; the garden rose is a classic, and is easily paired next to cotton-colored gardenias which also smell incredible. From simple white on white, to polychrome arrangements, the right kinds of flowers will make a statement at your wedding.

Natural, organic theme

Take advantage of the woodlands that surround Historic Pinecrest by adding greenery to your flowers and keeping the stems long in your bouquets. A more minimalist, natural look with maple and eucalyptus leaves, succulents, ferns, ivy, fresh herbs, and berries will give the theme of your wedding a more forest feel. Get creative with mason jars by hanging them along the aisle and in trees with lush, loose flowers or candles. Pops of trailing greenery are lovely to look at and can make any space look charming. These simple touches will go with the natural beauty that surrounds Historic Pinecrest.

Your autumn wedding will stand out with flowers that are bursting with seasonal colors. The right blooms placed strategically throughout our venue will transform your wedding into an elegant fall celebration. Whether you’re looking for a bigger, multicolored bouquet or simple, clean-cut flowers with a smaller shape, Historic Pinecrest can provide all standing décor, floral arrangements, and candelabras for your wedding that are fit for your wedding theme.

The view of the Rocky Mountains from our beautiful Colorado Springs wedding venue is the perfect backdrop for your nuptials. Historic Pinecrest is the ideal location for intimate Colorado wedding ceremonies and receptions. There are so many reasons why the Historic Pinecrest is the perfect choice for your wedding. Our beautiful wedding venue near Colorado Springs offers a wide range of floral options for your big day. If you'd like to meet us and see our venue, give us a call or text us at 719-357-8613 to set up a private tour today!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Preserving Your Wedding Day

You've indulged in HOURS of dreaming, invested HUNDREDS and THOUSANDS of dollars, and used countless minutes to DIY fun projects for your big day. Yet, within just a few hours, the day is done, the food is eaten, the dress is packaged away in a box, and your memories will be limited to a photo album - or will they? With a little bit of forward thinking, you can preserve many aspects of your big day to decorate your home and keep the memory alive. Here are a few top picks from the Historic Pinecrest for preserving everything from your wedding dress to your bridal bouquet and everything in between!

Wedding Dress

If you go to Pinterest, there will be hundreds of ideas for ways to preserve your wedding dress. From Packaging it into a box to putting it in a giant frame to making jewelry from pieces of the fabric. The possibilities are endless, and depending on how far you want to go with it, the sky is the limit. Saving your dress for your daughter may be an older custom, but that doesn't mean you can do photos of it with her, or use pieces of it to make jewelry to give your daughters as a keepsake. Here are a few beautiful ways to preserve your dress after the wedding.

Wedding Dress Necklace

Photo Credit: Little Red Window

Wedding Veil & Photo Shadow Box

Photo Credit: Andrea Lohse on Pinterest

Wedding Dress Ornament

Photo Credit: KatarzynaAnia

Wedding Dress Shadow Box

Photo Credit: Outrageous Custom Picture Framing

Invitations and Print Materials

Shadow boxes and photo albums are a great way to save the invitations, menus, programs and other print materials that come from your wedding day. It's better to save one piece in a beautiful arrangement rather than save ALL of the pieces in a stack in the closet. Check out these fun compilations to use for your own ideas!

Photo Credit: Katrina Wofford

Photo Credit: Laura Renk

Bouquet and Floral Arrangements

With a little bit of planning, you can preserve your wedding bouquet in a beautiful and sentimental way. From adding them to ornaments to drying them and keeping them the same, you can keep this beautiful treasure forever.

Photos and Flowers

Photo Credit: McKae McManus

Bouquet Centerpiece

Photo Credit: Floral Keepsakes

O' Wedding Tree

Photo Credit: Ever After Guide

Wedding Cake

We know what you're thinking ... how are you supposed to preserve your wedding cake (other than for your first anniversary)?? Well, there are some really cute shops out there who will do reproductions of your wedding cake as an ornament! Such a fun way to preserve a beautiful and detailed aspect of your wedding day (without the mess!).

Photo Credit: Woman Getting Media

Saving Your Treasures Forever

Sure, the memories will last a lifetime, but it can be fun to save little pieces from your big day to help commemorate it. We would LOVE to see how you save the details from your Colorado Springs wedding. If you haven't found your Colorado wedding venue, we want to help! Visit our website to learn more about our rustic wedding venue in Colorado, and schedule a tour today! We would love to celebrate your BIG day with you!

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