Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Floral Designs For Your Big Day

February 28th is Floral Design Day - and no one knows how important floral designs are than your favorite wedding venue in Colorado Springs. From bridal bouquets to large sprays - the terminology can be vast, and with thousands of flower varieties - it can be helpful to have some knowledge going into it. At the Historic Pinecrest, we want to help you plan every detail of your big day, so we have a few tips to help you with the floral designs in your wedding.

Wedding Flowers You'll Need

There are many places you'll want to incorporate floral arrangements, from your wedding ceremony to the tables at your reception, and even boutonnieres and bouquets. Here are a few floral arrangements you won't want to forget as you start planning.

Personal Flowers
  • Bride's bouquet
  • Bride's floral crown or hair flowers
  • Bridesmaids' bouquets
  • Tossing bouquet (for the bouquet toss at the reception)
  • Flower girl's bouquet (or basket of petals, floral crown, or pomander)
  • Groom's boutonniere
  • Groomsmens' boutonnieres
  • Ring bearer's boutonniere
  • Mother of the bride's corsage or nosegay
  • Mother of the groom's corsage or nosegay
  • Father of the bride's boutonniere
  • Father of the groom's boutonniere
  • Grandmothers' corsages
  • Grandfathers' boutonnieres
  • Officiant's boutonniere
  • Ushers' boutonnieres

Ceremony Flowers
  • Entryway or welcome table arrangements
  • Altar/chuppah arrangements
  • Pew or chair arrangements
  • Candles
  • Aisle decorations
  • Tossing petals for guests

Reception Flowers
  • Cocktail table arrangements
  • Bar arrangements
  • Escort-card table arrangements
  • Centerpieces
  • Bride's and groom's chair decorations
  • Buffet-table/food-station arrangements
  • Lounge area arrangements
  • Flowers for wedding cake
  • Cake table arrangements
  • Powder room decorations
  • Getaway car arrangements

Floral Trends for 2017

These flowers are always in high demand, but we expect to see them take over weddings in late summer and fall. No matter what color you choose, they will be the trending flower for bouquets, table arrangments, and more.

Old-Fashioned Flowers
While many florists in the past steered away from common varieties like zinnias, carnations, or mums - many heirloom varieties will be extremely popular this year. As brides are getting in touch with their vintage side, these old-fashioned favorites will be blooming in many ceremonies.

Muted Tones
Subdued tones are going to be in high demand this year, as colors like dusty rose, milky coffee, champagne, buttercream, and apricot are more involved in the wedding palette. How many of our brides will be using these colors on their big day?

Red Wine
While this *could* give you an excuse to include more wine at your wedding, we're actually talking about the color. These deep red tones are hitting the wedding runway, as well as other bold jewel tones.

Your Colorado Springs Wedding

Mountain weddings are filled with romance and beautiful views - and while we feature many floral accents outdoors through the natural beautify, adding florals indoors is still important.  As you make plans for your wedding, take some time today to think about your floral designs and what you would like to accomplish during your big day. If you have any questions about how your decorations and florals arrangements will look in our Colorado Springs venue, we would love to invite you to our Bridal Open House. You can walk through our venue, try out some of your decorations, and meet some of our amazing vendors! Call our venue at 719-357-8613 to learn when the next event is.

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Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Cut of Class: The Difference Between Diamond Cuts

The moment that many women wait for is to see the sparkling ring on their finger after being asked one of the biggest questions in their life. There's something romantic, pure, and timeless about diamond engagement rings, and no matter what shape or size - they become prized possessions after they are given. At The Historic Pinecrest, we have seen many, many engagement rings - and every single one is as unique as the woman wearing it. If you will be helping your fiance pick our your ring, we want to tell you a little bit about the shapes of diamonds - and help you make the selection easier!

The Round Diamond

The round, brilliant cut is one of the most popular diamond shapes of all. In fact, about 75% of all diamonds sold are round. The round shape provides the proper reflection of light, which maximizes the potential brightness.

The Princess Cut

The princess cut is a "fancy" cut, and one of the most popular fancy cut and especially popular for engagement rings. Like the round cut, the princess cut is a good choice because of the flexibility in working with many styles of rings.

The Emerald Cut

The emerald cut has unique step cuts that lead up to the large open table on the top. Instead of the sparkle that you see in a brilliant-cut, the emerald cut produces a hall of mirrors effect with the interplay of light and dark planes.

The Asscher Cut

This cut was first produced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. It is a forerunner to the emerald cut and is quite similar. It's different in that it's a square shape with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table.

The Marquise Cut

The marquise cut is football-shaped, and a modified brilliant-cut. The marquise diamond is long and narrow, and can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, this diamond has one of the largest surface areas.

The Oval Diamond

Because the oval diamond is a modified brilliant-cut, this diamond shape possesses a fire and brilliance as other round cuts. However, the oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of the long shape, which can make it appear to be larger.

The Radiant Cut

This cut is the first rectangular cut to have a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern on the crown and the pavilion. This creates a vibrant and lively diamond! It's a modified square shape, which is a good bridge between a cushion and a princess cut.

The Pear Cut

The pear-shaped diamond is a combination of a round and marquise shape and it comes to a tapered point on one end.

The Heart Cut

This cut is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love. It's most popular in solitaire pendants, but it's also popular in rings as well. If you want the heart shape cut, you need your diamond to be at least .5 carats due to the complexity of the shape.

The Cushion Cut

If you combine a square cut with a round cut, you will find the cushion cut. It's square but has the rounded corners, similar to a pillow (that explains the name). This cut is a classic and has been around for almost 200 years. For the first century of its existence, it was the most popular diamond shape, and it's beginning to make it's way back again.

A Girl's Best Friend

While many may joke that diamonds are a girl's best friend -  we know that your real best friend is the person you are so excited to marry. At the Historic Pinecrest we love hearing all of your love stories, and watching you both take your next steps in life together. If you are recently engaged (or will be soon!) we would love to meet with you and show off our beautiful event center in Colorado Springs. Visit our website to learn more about our wedding chapel in Colorado Springs - and don't forget to call or text 719-357-8613 for your private tour!

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Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Keeping Love Alive In the Midst of Wedding Planning

It comes at no surprise that wedding planning can quickly take over your life and consume your every waking thought (even your dreams, too!). While you may think stress is related to all of the planning, it is also a huge life change - which is why marriage is actually one of the top ten most stressful life events. At the Historic Pinecrest, we know how stressful planning your wedding can be, so we have a few ideas to help you keep the love alive even in the midst of planning your huge wedding in Colorado Springs.

Be Intentional

Just like you have to be intentional about planning your wedding, and getting tasks checked off your list - you have to be intentional about each other. Set aside a fixed time to spend time together. When you set these dates, be purposeful about keeping them, and don't ditch at the last minute. This can be one night a week, or an entire weekend depending on your schedules.

Don't Make Date Night Wedding Planning Night

Make this time an opportunity to NOT talk about wedding plans. You can even set your phones aside so there are no distractions. Plan something fun, like a board game, a movie night with snacks and cuddling, or a hiking trip. There are so many other times when you can discuss wedding details, take some time to focus on your relationship.

Try Something New

When you were first dating, did you try to come up with fun dates and do things you had never done before? Bring that same type of planning into your engagement season! Think of what your significant other loves to spend their time on and plan a surprise date around that activity. It can be a fun way to show them how much you love them and plan a fun date at the same time.

Plan the Honeymoon

Sure, you don't want to plan the wedding on your date nights - but planning the honeymoon is a whole different story! Get excited about this fun getaway with your future spouse, and take some time to plan every detail. If you're going on a road trip, start planning out the stops you'll be making. If you're going on a cruise, you can book your land adventures. If you're planning on cuddling up in a cabin for a snowy week of relaxation, think about the games and movies you want to bring. It can be a fun way to get excited and spend time together.

Small Ways to Show Your Love

Love doesn't have to be a huge fanfare, parade, or fireworks. Sometimes it's a sweet note written on the bathroom mirror with a dry-erase marker or letting them watch their favorite TV show even when you think it's boring. Take time to show love in the small things, especially as you start to plan your new life together.

Planning Your Colorado Springs Wedding

Wedding planning can be tough, but it will all be worth it when you get to your wedding day and can spend forever with the love of your life. Take some time this week (and every week) to invest in your relationship. Don't forget, if you're one of the people who gets surprised with a ring this week - we want to be the first to congratulate you! Visit our website to learn more about our Colorado Springs wedding venue, and don't forget to schedule a showing and come see it in person.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

9 Things Every Bride Should Do the Night Before Her Wedding

You’ve spent months planning your big day, it seems like it’s all flown by, and tomorrow you’ll be the bride you’ve been imagining. These months of planning, preparation, and expense have finally led to tomorrow, but your job still isn’t finished. It’s time to become the radiant bride, and that will happen because of what you do (and don’t do) the night before your wedding. At the Historic Pinecrest, we know how hard you’ve worked for this day, and we want to help you make it everything it can be. Here are a few things every bride should consider doing the night before her big day.

Do a Face Mask

Your face is the canvas, and tomorrow you’ll be applying all of the paint to create a beautiful picture. Clean up your “canvas” by using a face mask to deep clean your pores and remove and debris that is deep down. Be sure that you’ve used this mask before, though, because you don't want to break out with an allergic reaction.

Use Under-Eye Cream

Even with a good night’s sleep and plenty of water - it doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile. Add a quality under-eye cream to ward off any puffiness.

Say No To Alcohol

We know that you just want to enjoy your wedding weekend, but there will be plenty of time to celebrate on your wedding day. It can be hard to enjoy your day wen you start out bloated or even hung over. Stick to drinking water and you can slip into your beautiful gown the next day.

It’s Bed Time!

You’ll be giddy with excitement, but you have such a big day ahead that getting plenty of sleep will be extremely important. Set your bedtime, let other people know, and then stick to it - even if your bridesmaids have to drag you there and tuck you in.You’ll feel amazing after a good night’s sleep, and it will also help ward off puffy skin and bags under your eyes.

Log Off Social Media

It can be tempting to get online and check in with friends but this is such a special event that you’ll probably want to keep it special and private. Not to mention, the most exciting part of your big day is the anticipated reveal, so keep it secret.

Write a Letter to Your Beloved

If your big day has you getting sentimental, pull out some stationary and a pen and write it down. You can pen a beautiful letter to your soon-to-be spouse and have someone deliver it to them on the day of your wedding.

Schedule a Final Meeting With the Wedding Planner

Whether you’re hiring a coordinator, or you're using the services we provide at the best wedding venue in Colorado Springs - touch base the night before. Dot your i’s and cross your t’s, go over your timeline and maybe even put in some final requests like what you'll need at the salon or who to call if a vendor needs something. It’s officially in the hands of your planning team from now on, so take a moment to dislodge and prepare for your day.

Check In For Your Flight

In some situations, the earlier you check in, the better. You could even get upgraded or be alerted for any delays or cancellations.

Kick Back and Watch a Chick-Flick with Your Girls

You aren’t too old to enjoy a good romantic comedy with your favorite girls! Grab some healthy snacks, and have some “girl only” time!

Your Colorado Springs Wedding

You may not be able to get all of these done in your one night, but at least pick a few of your favorites. At the Historic Pinecrest, we can’t wait to celebrate your big day with you, and we know you will be absolutely beautiful. We look forward to being your Colorado Springs wedding venue. If you are newly engaged and looking for a beautiful venue in Colorado Springs, we would be honored if you chose us. Visit our website at www.PinecrestEventCenter.com to learn more about our beautiful venue.

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