Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Into Wedding Season at The Historic Pinecrest

Fall is officially upon us and that means it's time for fall weddings near Colorado Springs. With a mountain view and rustic wedding venue, The Historic Pinecrest creates the idea backdrop for your special day. Whether you're planning a fall wedding or are recently engaged, our Colorado wedding venue is here for you! To learn a little more how fall decor pairs perfectly with our venue, take a look below.

Incorporate Fall Pieces

Autumn colors are beautiful and pair nicely with our rustic wedding venue. With breathtaking scenes of the mountains outside, the fall scene can be spread throughout your big day. Floral arrangements can be added to your ceremony and reception space to help tie in the season. Think outside the box when it comes to floral arrangements during the fall. A pumpkin, gourd, or acorn arrangement can make a beautiful addition to your wedding day.

Kick up the Natural Elements

Natural elements go perfectly with a fall wedding. Add more natural pieces to your wedding decor to help ramp up the fall feeling on your big day. Take a look around the great outdoors to inspire your wedding day. From pine cones to pumpkins, you can add more pieces that are found in nature to your decor.

Add Fall-Inspired Wardrobes

Fall is a top season for fashion ... why not include autumn fashion into your big day? Whether you want your groomsmen and groom to wear a flannel shirt or pocket square or simply have a fall-inspired boutonniere, you can easily add fall to the men's wardrobe on your big day. As for the ladies, fall bouquets are popular. Flannel shirts can also be added to the girl's wardrobes, as well. Consider your bridesmaids wearing a flannel shirt that matches the wedding decor or tie a shirt around their waists to add additional fall pieces to your big day. Have some fun and show off your personal style when planning your wedding decor.

Now that you've seen some of the fabulous fall wedding decor options to feature at the best wedding venue near Colorado Springs, you're ready to start planning your ideal fall nuptials. To take a look around our venue, you can schedule a private tour with us. We look forward to showing you around our breathtaking wedding venue and showcasing the beauty of the landscape in the autumn months!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake

Deciding on a wedding cake seems like the easiest part of wedding planning, but it may not be a breeze for all couples. From deciding how much cake will be needed to what style fits you and your wedding best, there may be some moments of indecision and confusion. Our Colorado Springs wedding venue wants to help make the cake a highlight of your wedding plans. Take a look below for some tips to make narrowing down the right cake option for your wedding a breeze!

Cake Tasting

This is the fun part of choosing a wedding cake... right? Meet with your baker to ensure you and your fiance are both fully satisfied with the flavor(s) you choose for your cake. From cake flavors to frosting options, the possibilities are endless and you're sure to find a combination to fit the taste of everyone invited!

Narrow Down a Style

There are a TON of wedding cake styles available. From towering tiers to a cupcake display, now is the time to decide what style of cake works best for your wedding day. Cupcakes are becoming more and more popular for weddings. They are already evenly divided and you can ensure you have enough with an easy calculation.

Know the Numbers

It's important to have a rough estimate of the number of attendees coming to your wedding reception. You don't want anyone to miss out on the beautiful cake you've spent time to pick out and share with your guests! Many bakers will have an easy break down for the size of cake needed for your wedding size.

Consider the Weather

Different cake styles and icing types can be easily influenced by the weather. Be sure to discuss the time of year and temperature estimate with your baker before deciding what option is best for your big day. A hot summer's day can easily melt icing in no time - it's best that you are upfront about the weather possibilities.

Treat the Groom

Another popular feature for weddings is to order a special cake for the groom. This can showcase a favorite sport, drink, or anything that makes him unique. It's a fun way to incorporate his style and taste into your big day, especially if you are handling most of the planning.

Look Into Delivery Options

Discuss delivery options with your baker. It's important that the cake can safely be transported to your venue and easily set up. Also ask your catering company and/or baker about cake cutting and serving. A designated server can help ensure the right size of pieces are being cut and that you have enough cake for all in attendance.

Tips to Cut Back on Cake Costs:

-Use a basic sheet cake for serving while you have an extravagant but smaller wedding cake.
-Steer away from a large amount of tiers, homemade sugar flowers, and specialty cake decorations.
-Garnish the cake yourself with fresh flowers or ribbon.
-Provide a desert table with other treat options to reduce the amount of wedding cake needed.
-Strive for smaller servings to make it last longer, when cutting the cake.

Now that you've seen some of the tips for choosing the perfect wedding cake, you're ready to get started. This is a FUN process and should involve both the bride and groom's personalities. The Historic Pinecrest reminds you that this is YOUR big day! While cake searching can be a fun part of your plans, we think finding the right venue for your big day should be too! We'd love to show you around our rustic wedding venue near Colorado Springs at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule a private showing of our property - we can even help you decide where your beautiful wedding cake can be placed in our reception hall!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Tips for a Cocktail Hour Your Guests will Actually Enjoy!

Are you planning a cocktail hour between your wedding ceremony and reception? While many people enjoy this type of event, there are a few ways they can go wrong. Our wedding venue near Colorado Springs is here to help! Below The Historic Pinecrest has provided some helpful tips on how to host a successful cocktail hour.

Provide Adequate Space

You don't want to cramp all of your guests in a small space that makes them uncomfortable. If you are going to schedule a cocktail hour, ensure there is adequate space for this type of activity.

Strive for Seating and Standing Space

While the majority of people will stand and mingle with other guests, some may prefer to sit while they wait for the reception to start. Strive to provide both standing room and seating options during a cocktail hour.

Set the Mood with Music

Although many of your guests will chat with others, it is nice to provide a little background music during this time. It's recommended to have smooth and soft music to accommodate for easy conversation, should your guests prefer to visit with one another.

Offer a Signature Cocktail

A fun way to incorporate your favorite drink is to offer a signature cocktail during a cocktail hour. Whether it's the bride and groom's drink of choice or a fun new drink that fits your wedding theme, try to spice it up a bit with a signature drink.

Provide Non-Alcoholic Options

Not everyone is into drinking alcoholic beverages and it's best to provide non-alcoholic options during a cocktail hour, as well. Especially if your guests will be bringing children to your wedding, try to incorporate water, juice, or lemonade options too.

Don't Forget About the Food

Depending on the time of cocktail hour, it is nice to provide a few appetizer type food items for your guests to enjoy. This can help give them a little something to munch on before a full meal is served during the reception.

Keep it to an Hour

You don't want to keep your guests waiting too long. An hour (at the max) is recommended for cocktail time. After that, people start to get antsy and want to start celebrating the newlyweds at the wedding reception.

Offer Entertainment

Consider keeping your guests busy during this time of the wedding. From signing of the guest book to lawn games, there are a number of activities you can offer your guests to participate in. Kids especially love little games to keep them busy (and their parents will too!).

After you've read these helpful tips, you're ready to finish planning our your wedding day at The Historic Pinecrest. Our event center is the ideal place for a cocktail hour. We have a large deck offering breathtaking views and the perfect spot for your guests to mingle and visit, while you enjoy your first minutes as husband and wife! If you'd like to see our Colorado Springs wedding venue for yourself, please schedule a private tour today. We look forward to showing you around our stunning venue!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Unique Ways to Decorate Your Ceremony

Are you looking for unique ways to wow your guests and make your big day extra special? Decorating for your ceremony is just one way to showcase your love for another and feature touches that match both of your personalities. Our Colorado Springs wedding venue offers the perfect place to decorate your ceremony to your liking. The beautiful and rustic chapel at The Historic Pinecrest offers the ideal spot for you to say "I Do"! For some ideas for decorating your wedding ceremony, take a look below.

The Aisle

A traditional aisle has a runner in which the bridal party and bride make their way to the alter. If you are a little less traditional, you may choose to cover the aisle with flowers or line the aisle with other decor to match your theme. Many times lights will be draped from bench to bench to outline the aisle. You can also place floral displays along the aisle with candles for a romantic touch.

The Seating

Whether you have chairs or church pews, you can decorate the aisle end of the seating. From a paper lantern hanging off the arm to a mason jar filled with flowers strung by the end seat, you can add simple and unique touches to your wedding space.

The Alter

A very special place where your lives will be joined together, the alter is an important piece of your wedding day. Floral vases and candles are popular items to have featured on the alter. Whether you want a simple alter with a small table filled with your unity items or a large display filled with fun decor to represent your lives coming together, it's a great place to focus when decorating for your ceremony.

The Backdrop

Many couples choose to create an arched backdrop to help frame out their ceremony. It not only creates beautiful pictures, it can help add to the symmetry of your ceremony. An arched floral display is a popular backdrop. Others feature a large item that is close to both the bride and groom. Streamers hung from above are another easy way to give your backdrop some interest. No matter what you decide, we can't wait to see you standing in front of the backdrop saying your vows!

You're now ready to get started planning out your wedding ceremony decor. With these unique ideas in hand, you are prepared to conquer decorating for your big day! Gather your friends and family if you need some help with ideas and executing the look you are going for. Our beautiful wedding venue near Colorado Springs offers natural beauty to pair with the decor of your choice. To schedule a private tour of our venue, contact us at 719-357-8613 today!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Questions to Ask your Wedding Caterer

Planning a wedding has some detailed steps involved but it doesn't have to be stressful. After you've booked your date with our beautiful Colorado Springs wedding venue, you're ready to select your service providers. Many brides get overwhelmed when choosing a catering company because they don't know what questions to ask. While the price is an important factor, there are other questions that you should inquire about, as well. Take a peek at the tips below to learn exactly what questions you should ask your wedding caterer.

Do you have a license?

It's best to double check that any caterer you work with has a valid license. This means the local health department standards are met and liability insurance is carried by the company. If you plan to have alcohol served by the catering company, be sure they have a valid liquor license as well.

Can you provide references from past weddings?

If you do get a catering company to provide references, follow through and make those phone calls. This is a great way to get to hear about the first-hand experience of other wedding parties.

Are you working multiple events on the same day?

It's best to know what the caterer you choose day looks like. If they do have multiple events in which they are providing food service for, inquire about how they are staffed to handle the situation.

Can you deal with any special food requests?

Whether you have vegetarian guests or wish to provide a gluten free option for some those attending your big day, inquire about any specific food items you wish for. This can either help narrow down your vendor choices or help you feel confident in the one you pick!

What is your catering specialty?

If there is a certain food type or item that the caterer specializes in, it's best to know this before hand. If that fits with the menu you were envisioning for your big day - it's a great match!

Does the meal include full-service catering?

Some catering companies will include full-service serving. From providing the table and linen for the food to serving guests, it's best to have a good idea of the services offered from your caterer.

When do you need a final head count?

Make sure you will have a final head count of the guests who plan to attend your wedding in time for your caterer. Many will ask to have an estimate ahead of time and be able to make minor adjustments for a final count a week or two out. It's best to double check the policy with the catering company itself, though.

Do you provide tasting sessions?

Before choosing your menu, it is nice to get a taste of the food options available. Many catering companies will provide a taste testing session for you and your fiance. Ask about the number of food option limits for your tasting, as well.

Are wedding cakes available through your service?

Sometimes catering companies do offer wedding cakes, as well. If you can find a caterer that provides this service, it's an added bonus to work with one service provider to handle two of your wedding needs.

Now that you are aware of new questions you should ask your caterer, it's time to start finding food vendor options for your big day! You're now prepared to ask the right questions to narrow down a catering company who is right for you and your special day. Here at The Historic Pinecrest, we know how important the catering options are for you and your guests and we are pleased to help you find the right one!

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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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