FAQ

We get a lot of questions about our wedding venue, so we’ve taken some time to answer the most frequent ones here. Can’t find an answer to your question? Call Dave at 1 (888) 471-4279.

Venue Questions

What is Pine Peaks Retreat and Event Center?
We are a very Private Country Estate just six miles from downtown Crosslake, MN. We are located on 80 acres and on the site of a historic dairy farm. We have a very large Lodge on site called our Retreat House that can house the entire wedding party (20-25) for a two to four day Wedding Event that would include an onsite Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Ceremony and Reception.

 

Our on-site Event Center contains a Reception Hall, Fireside Room with a fireplace and Wood Fired Pizza Oven, a complete Refreshment Bar, and our own Catering Prep Kitchen. We have on-site amenities such as a large group fire-pit and a wood fired sauna.

We have our own 38 room boutique Hotel in downtown Crosslake called Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites for your wedding guests.

How many weddings can Pine Peaks host at a time?

Pine Peaks books only one wedding per weekend. Many Hotels and VFW’s book weddings Friday, Saturday and Sunday and your day will feel rushed. We feel your Wedding is the defining moment of your new lives together and in most culture these moments are meant to be a multi-day planned celebration. Now they can be.

This can include a Friday night Rehearsal Dinner, a Saturday brunch for the Wedding Party before the Ceremony and the Reception. Sunday could be an intimate gift opening ceremony with friends and family in attendance. This time should be the culmination of the happiest day so far in your lives together.

We encourage that you book a minimum of three days for your Event.

How many wedding guests can Pine Peaks accommodate?
  • The Main Banquet room at Pine Peaks can accommodate up to 225 people for a seated dinner.
  • The Main Banquet room and our connected Pavilion can accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner.
  • Our indoor Fireside Room can accommodate 30-35 guests for a Rehearsal Dinner.
  • Our Pavilion can accommodate 75 guests for a Rehearsal Dinner.
Does Pine Peaks offer onsite ceremonies?
Pine Peaks has several beautiful onsite outdoor ceremony locations on our beautifully manicured grounds. Location choices include next to our waterfall, stream, and koi pond for 300 plus guests and in the middle of our 40 acre cornfield should you want your wedding ceremony to be there.

 

Our Pavilion is Plan B for inclement weather and a beautiful inside ceremony location for late fall through early spring.

We have several options for Church Ceremonies as well in the area.

Do you supply decorations for an onsite ceremony?
We have several choices for a wedding arch. One is a Rustic Metal and one is a beautiful Birch Wedding Arch. We have more Wedding Arches planned. We have many options for outside decorations that are free of charge for you to use.
Do you supply a P.A. System or music for an onsite ceremony?
We have a wireless Speaker system with a wireless microphone free for your use. The speakers have an iPod dock and inputs for a keyboard or guitar. We have hosted dozens of wedding using this system. Our preferred vendor DJ can very inexpensively provide music for your Wedding Ceremony and Reception.
Do you supply a P.A. System or music for an onsite ceremony?
We have a wireless Speaker system with a wireless microphone free for your use. The speakers have an iPod dock and inputs for a keyboard or guitar. We have hosted dozens of wedding using this system. Our preferred vendor DJ can very inexpensively provide music for your Wedding Ceremony and Reception.
Do you provide any decorations for the Reception?
That is one of the benefits of booking with Pine Peaks for your wedding. We have many thousands of dollars in decorations that are free for you to use. Why buy expensive decorations that you will use one time when we have everything that you need. Check out our many reception pictures online as 90% of the decorations used belong to Pine Peaks. You do not need to pay for an “upgraded package” to use our decorations.
What size tables are set up for the Reception?
We primarily use five foot round tables that seat eight guests. We also have eight foot banquet tables and 42” high cocktail tables. We provide the linens and skirting for all tables including cake and gift tables.
Do you provide a Head Table for the Wedding Party?
Yes we do and our Head table is on a custom stage with black skirting. We can expand and contract the Head Table for just the Bride and Groom or up to 18-20 of the wedding party. We provide draping, skirting, and special lighting as well.
Do you provide a projector and screen for a photo montage or slideshow?
We have a 180” electronic drop down projector screen with a ceiling mounted projector. You can play your slideshow from a DVD in our DVD player or in our computer. We have input jacks for your laptop computer. Our AV system is state of the art.
What about noise restrictions and the hour limit on our Special Event?
There are no noise restrictions as we are a very Private Country Estate at least ½ mile from our closest neighbors. We are surrounded by woods, nature and cornfields. There is no hour limit to your Wedding Event as we are not a reception hall within a hotel or lodge and there are no other guests to disturb. Your Event is private to you and the guests of your choice.
What about onsite parking and shuttle service to get back to Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites for our guests?
We have onsite parking for up to 275 vehicles. We have an optional shuttle service in the area and we can help you arrange for that.

 

We have room for up to four Motorhomes should you have guests that want to stay onsite.

Food & Catering Questions

How does the Food and Beverage work at Pine Peaks?

Maucieri’s Catering is our licensed vendor partner for the Reception Bar (open after the Ceremony) and the Reception food on Saturday.

For all other days and celebrations you are on your own and can make many choices. For the Rehearsal dinner you can use the Caterer of your choice or cook yourself using our Gourmet kitchen in the Retreat House and our two new gas grills. You can provide your own beverages for those times.

Who is Maucieri’s Catering?

Maucieri’s Catering is a division of Maucieri’s Italian Bistro, Bar and Deli in Crosslake. The Maucieri Family has been in the Restaurant and Catering business for many years. They are one of the trifecta of businesses that make up our incredible wedding venue. This is Pine Peaks Event Center, Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites and Maucieri’s catering.

Chef Dewey is the Chef for Maucieri’s catering division. He is a very accomplished Chef with 34 years of cooking experience and has taken classes at the American Culinary Institute in New York. Maucieri’s Catering has invested in Maucieri’s Bar at Pine Peaks and Maucieri’s Kitchen at Pine Peaks to make your special wedding event as complete as possible. Maucieri’s Catering has won the very coveted Wedding Wire award called “Bride’s Choice Award for 2014” for superior customer satisfaction.

What is included in our Catering costs?
  • The use of Fine China, silverware and Stemware.
  • Maucieri’s incredible waitstaff to preset the tables, keep tables clean and to clear the dance floor if necessary after the reception dinner
Does Maucieri’s Catering have a food and Beverage Revenue Minimum?

They do not have food and beverage minimum for our Wedding Receptions.

Does Maucieri’s Catering have a cake cutting fee?

Absolutely not. They cut your cake and serve if from the cake table that is draped and skirted with special lighting.

Can we supply our own Desserts?

Absolutely, you can provide your own Desserts, candy, nuts, and Cake. You do not need to go through a licensed baker or caterer for your Desserts or Wedding Cake.

Does Maucieri’s Catering provide Menu sampling?

Yes they do for up to six guests at Maucieri’s Restaurant in Crosslake. Let Chef Dewey help you design your special Wedding Reception dinner.

Does Maucieri’s Catering provide options besides just a cash bar?

Yes, they have many options such as you providing keg beer for your guests free of charge to them.

What about late night snacks for our Wedding guests?

This is the best part; Maucieri’s Catering will provide ten complimentary freshly made pizzas to be baked in Pine Peaks Wood Fired Pizza Oven after 10: PM. Your guests will be hungry again from dancing and partying.

Lodging Questions

Do you offer a block for lodging at Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites?

Yes, when you book your wedding at Pine Peaks Event Center you can block the rooms you need at Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites for the guests at your wedding. There is no cost to block rooms at our Hotel and we will remind you 60 days prior to your wedding before we release any rooms to the public.

Do you offer a discount on lodging?

Yes, every wedding guest receives a 10% discount on their lodging for guests. Your discounted rate is determined by the time of year. Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites has 38 rooms and suites varying from standard rooms to specialty whirlpool and king suites.

Your guests will receive free breakfast in the morning at Pine Peaks Restaurant next door to the hotel. No we do not own the Restaurant.

Wedding Vendor Questions

Can we use the wedding vendors of our choice?

Absolutely, you can use the vendors of your choice.

Can you recommend a member of the clergy or a justice of the peace for our wedding ceremony?
Do you recommend any other vendors in the area?

Yes, we have a full list of all the best vendors in the area from bakers, photographers, bridal shops, florists and DJ services. They are all “Tried-and-True” wedding vendors to make your special day go as perfect as you planned it.

Do you have someone who will help coordinate our Ceremony and Wedding Reception?

Yes, Dave and Julie will be there the day of your wedding to help with all of the details. Jodi from Maucieri’s Catering will guide you through the menu selection and all of the details of your Reception Dinner. You will appreciate the Maucieri’s wait staff and how hard they work to insure your wedding reception goes as planned.

Miscellaneous Questions

Do you have discounts for off-peak dates?

Yes, Pine Peaks is very affordable for off peak wedding dates and our winter weddings book out quickly. Discounted wedding packages are available October – May. See which weekends are open still here.

Awards & Certificates

Pine Peaks has been awarded the top awards in the Wedding Industry for Customer Satisfaction 4 years in a row: THE KNOT – Best of Weddings for 2013-16 and Wedding Wire – Brides Choice Award for 2013-16. We have also been inducted into THE KNOT’s Hall Of Fame. No other Wedding Venue in the Crosslake or Brainerd Lakes area has won either award four years running let alone both awards for four years in a row.

We are certified by the Minnesota State Health Department for Food and Beverage and Lodging.

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