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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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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