Friday, August 26, 2016

Creating the Right Bridal Party for Your Wedding

Congratulations on you brand new engagement! Now that your sweet significant other has popped the question, it's time to pop a question of your own. Have you considered who you would like to stand with you at your wedding? Sometimes this can be an easy, no-brainer, answer, but for some brides, it can involve complicated circumstances and un-even numbers with your soon-to-be spouse. If you're putting your bridal party lists together and need some advice, here are a few things to keep in mind!


More Isn't Always Merrier

Have you ever seen the occasional bridal party photo where you can't help but count the number of girls, only to realize that there were twelve bridesmaids?! Sometimes this can be because a bride has a very large friend group, other times it's because she can't make up her mind so involves everyone and it could even be because her groom has a large group of guys. Whatever the reason, you don't have to have a large party if you don't want to, and in some cases, that can result in more complications.

Family First?

This can be an easy decision when you're close with your sister and sister-in-law, but if you have areas of conflict with these family members it can be challenging. Whatever your decision, it's always best to think long and hard about the final outcome. While it can seem easy at first to not use your family in your wedding party, there could be more hurt feelings and ramifications afterwards. If you're afraid they'll cause drama in your wedding, and you want to simplify your stress - don't forget that unless you don't invite them, they'll still be AT your wedding, causing the same stress you were afraid of. At least if they're in the wedding party it can possible give them a distraction.

You Don't Have to Return the Invitation

Just because someone asked you to be a bridesmaid in their wedding doesn't mean you have to return the favor. A good way to figure out if someone should be in your wedding is to think of the first few people that you want to call or text about your engagement. If they don't make the cut, and you are fine with them knowing via social media - they may not be bridal party material, and that's okay. If you do have special people in your life who you aren't as close with, but you want to include, you can find other roles for them such as a cake cutter, guest book attendant, reception host, etc.

You Can Break the "Rules"

There are many "rules" associated with your bridal party, but just remember that your wedding is exactly that - your wedding. You aren't required to follow rules, and if something makes sense to you, you can do that. Do you want two maids of honor? Go for it! Does your soon-to-be spouse have fewer friends than you? That's okay, the numbers don't have to be even! Were you really close with a cousin who just so happened to be a guy? That's okay! There are many couples opting to have bridal parties of mixed genders. Whatever you and your significant other decide works for you, be brave and do it.

Keep Assumptions At Bay

Finally, never make assumptions that someone will not want to be in your wedding. Whether you've picked an expensive bridesmaid gown, are having a destination wedding, or just think they won't have enough time, you should limit them if you are close. You can easily remind them that while you would love for them to be apart of the wedding if there is any reason they can't make it, it's okay. There are many times where something comes up and a bridesmaid can't make it last minute due to funds, location, or sudden circumstances. Just remember that the wedding will go on, and while it's unfortunate that they can't make it, that doesn't mean your day is ruined.

Planning a Colorado Springs Wedding

There are so many details to decide when you plan your wedding, and the bridal party is only one of the few. As you're making arrangements, asking friends and family to participate, and making your list and checking it twice - just know your day will be perfect no matter what. Show love to those around you, because they are showing much love to you and your future spouse by attending and investing in your wedding. If you haven't found the perfect Colorado Springs wedding venue, don't waste another second! Visit our website today to learn more about our event center in Colorado Springs, and even schedule a private tour!

A Beautiful Wedding Awaits...

106 Pinecrest Way
Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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719-357-8613

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Our Beautiful Mountain Chapel

Nestled quietly in the Colorado mountains, as you come to our beautiful wedding venue in Colorado Springs, you will see one of the buildings that make our place so beautiful - the chapel. Our mountain chapel in Colorado Springs is a breathtaking location for your wedding. From the rustic charm of the majestic location, you'll see why when you visit. If you are looking for a wedding venue in Colorado Springs, you may have just found your happily ever after.


A Mountain Wedding

One of the biggest choices you'll have to make when planning your wedding is where you will want to host it. There are plenty of facilities that can provide a roof over you guests head and a place for you to say your vows - but few places can offer the amount of romantic charm that you'll find at the Historic Pinecrest. Our chapel can accommodate up to 225 guests comfortably, and they can easily transition over to our event center for a fun reception. You will get the whole package when you get married at the Historic Pinecrest.

Amenities

When you get married in our chapel, you get more than just a beautiful venue - you get an experience. Make memories with your wedding party in our separate bridal dressing room and groomsmen dressing room. You can also get access to our standing decor, floral arrangements, and candelabras. The entrance is elegant and ready to be decorated with a gift table, guest book, and more. Here are the inclusions when you book your wedding in our chapel:
  • One hour rehearsal, usually scheduled from 12:30 - 1:30pm, the day prior to your wedding
  • All standing d├ęcor, floral arrangements, and candelabras
  • Parking attendant to greet your guests
  • Bridal dressing room at Chapel with three (3) makeup stations
  • 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 (if using a Pinecrest preferred DJ)

Packages

The Starlight Package

Afternoon/Evening wedding and reception for 100 guests
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)
Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Winter hours (Nov. 1st - March 31 st) 1:30 pm - 9 pm for all days of the week
Recommended for 50 - 225 guests

The Ponderosa Package

Reception Only 5pm - 10pm
Available: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Winter hours (Nov. 1st - March 31 st) 1:30 pm - 9 pm for all days of the week
Recommended for 50 - 225 guests

Pinecrest Chapel

Wedding Only
(Based on availability 60 days out only!)

The Columbine
100 Guests included
Morning or Evening 3 hrs. time slot depending on availability
Available: Tuesday - Sunday

Create Your Dream Wedding

From start to finish, you will be glad that you booked your wedding at the Historic Pinecrest. Our beautiful facility is the perfect way to set the mood for your big day. If you're ready to book your wedding today, you can visit our website for more information: www.PinecrestEventCenter.com. You can also give us a call at 719-357-8613 to schedule a private tour of our facility!

A Beautiful Wedding Awaits...

106 Pinecrest Way
Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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719-357-8613

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Monday, August 8, 2016

3 Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

As if you don't already have enough on your plate with planning a beautiful wedding in Colorado Springs, you also have to plan your honeymoon as well. While it's customary for a groom to plan the honeymoon, you are joining your lives together and it only makes sense to make major decisions together based on your finances and preferences. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start booking hotels and transportation.



Decide How Long You Can Escape For

This will be one of the first things you and your future spouse will decide about the trip. If you can only take a few days that will limit the amount of travel you can incorporate, whereas if you have more than a week you can generally make it to most destinations and enjoy them for a few days before having to head out.

Set A Budget

This is the second most important thing you can decide when thinking about your honeymoon. You will already be spending a lot for the wedding, and then on top of that, you'll be spending money on a large traveling adventure. Keep in mind that there are many ways to plan a honeymoon, and you can always take a small one now, and plan a larger one for your 6 month or one year anniversary. Once you've set a budget, you can choose the destination, activities, places to stay and eat.

Choose a Location

There are a few ways to do this, you can either work together to decide on a place to visit, or you can let your groom surprise you with a surprise destination! For many brides, this is too much suspense and they don't want to not know what to pack - but it can be a fun surprise. Do you want to travel out of the country or stay in the states? Do you want to take your honeymoon immediately after the wedding or are you going to give yourself a few days to rest? These are all important things to think about before picking a location. You can also think of your lifestyle. If you both are adventurous and love to hike, bike and swim,  a tropical cruise with excursions could be the place for you. If you and your hubby to be like to explore historical landmarks and delicious cuisine, maybe a European tour would be up your alley. Of course, should you decide to stay in the states, Colorado has been considered a wonderful vacation location!


Before You Leave...

Don't forget that you have to get married first! At the Historic Pinecrest, we can't wait to help you with your wedding celebrations, and helping you to create a wonderful day. Are you still looking for a wedding venue in Colorado Springs? We would be honored to give you a tour of our venue and show you how beautiful a wedding in a Colorado Springs chapel will look. Visit our website to learn more!

A Beautiful Wedding Awaits...

106 Pinecrest Way
Palmer Lake, CO 80133

Call or text for a private tour!
719-357-8613

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

How To Write Meaningful Vows

If you're like most brides and grooms (who probably won't admit they did this) you don't want to wait until the night before or even the day of to write your wedding vows. Though there have been many a wonderful vow written in lightening speed before trotting down the aisle, these are the promises that you're making to your significant other for the rest of your lives, so it goes without saying that a little forethought might be helpful.

At Historic Pinecrest, there's nothing more romantic than watching a bride and groom who are absolutely, madly in love with each other speaking words of undying affection. We love it, and that's why we love assisting couples with their weddings! Here are a few ways you can get over the writer's block you may be having when writing your vows.


1st. Declare Your Love

This is the sappy, gushy love part that everyone loves so much! You can keep it short and simple, by saying what they mean to you, following it up with why they are amazing, and finishing it with saying "I love you."

Start with saying how much they meant to you.

"Adam, you are the one my heart loves."
"Clara, you are my very best friend."
"You are the one I want to spend the rest of my life with."

Don't forget to add a few words about why they are SO wonderful:

"You make me feel like I'm capable of achieving all of our dreams."
"Your smile gives me butterflies, and every time you walk in the room I can't take my eyes off of you."
"Your humor keeps me laughing, your kindness keeps me humble, and your love keeps me strong"

End it with "I Love You."

"I am completely in love with you."
"Your smile takes my breath away, and your love has taken my heart, I love you."
"I can't imagine being anywhere else but here at your side."

You did it! You've finished the whole first section. Only a few more to go before you're done, though.

2nd. The Promise
It's time to get a little more serious, this is where you think about what you're promising to do for your future spouse in your new life together. Sometimes couples make this funny, by promising to warm each other's feet every night, or promising to never put olives in the dinner because they dislike them so much. While other couples keep it traditional and serious. Be sure you speak with your oficient about your vows and make sure they don't have any religious or otherwise important details you should know about.

Here are a few examples of promises you can make. 
If you are religious, you'll probably want to include that into your vows.

"Before God, our family, and our friends, I promise to love you, cherish you, care for you, and be patient with you until the day I die."
"I promise to be loving and patient with you. I promise to love our children, and show them what it means to be a loving spouse."
"I pledge to respect you, honor you, and love you. I will encourage your dreams and treat you as an equal"

Think of a few things you want to do with your partner over the years.

"I will stand beside you through all of life's adventures.
"I can't wait to grow old with you, and tell our grandchildren the story of our love."
"I'll work side by side with you to create the dream we have for our family and our future."

Add a promise to be there no matter what.

"In the good times and bad, I will stick with you, support you, and love you."
"When you're sad, I will comfort you and when you're weak I will be your strength."
"If it rains, I'll dance with you, if it's sunny, I'll enjoy the journey. Through thick and thin I'm here."

For the rest of time ...

"... all of my days I will keep these vows to you."
"... as long as we both shall live."
"... for all of eternity."

Getting Married in Colorado Springs

Follow this guideline when you aren't sure what to write in your vows, or even where to start. Don't be afraid to get wordy, and include a lot - you can always cut it down shorter if you need to. From large weddings in Colorado Springs to small intimate affairs with only the closest relatives, there's still nothing that brings a tear to our eye like a beautiful set of vows that are written by the couple. Are you ready to book your wedding and start down the journey of matrimony? We would love to be your Colorado Springs wedding venue! Visit our website to learn more about our facility and wedding packages!

A Beautiful Wedding Awaits...

106 Pinecrest Way
Palmer Lake, CO 80133

Call or text for a private tour!
719-357-8613

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