Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bridal Cave's "Bright" Future - Our New LED Lighting

The maintenance department at Thunder Mountain Park has been hard at work completing a year-long project to enhance your view of one of America's most scenic cave tours. Bridal Cave is now the first major show cave in the Midwest to be lit entirely by LED lighting.

Finding the right lights.

The first step in this major renovation was to test a variety of LED bulbs to find the ones that showed the cave in the best possible light. They had to be tested for physical size, lumens, and most importantly, color temperature. LED's are known for their harsh white light, so the correct temperature of the bulb became a high priority. 

Dozens of bulbs went through our testing process, and the winner was the 2700 degree LED bulb. These highlight the cave's already vibrant colors in the most flattering way. One of the guides that have been with us for a long time stated, "I have never seen the cave so beautiful! It is like exploring a whole new cave."   

Installation.

Once we decided on the perfect bulbs, the real hard work started. It was no small task to install over 1,800 light bulbs, 100 remote controlled switches x10, and up to 5 miles of wiring throughout Bridal Cave. 

The passageways of the cave were built by nature, not man, so they are not necessarily easy to access, especially with big equipment. 50-foot ladders were the tallest size that we could fit in there, but various rooms in the cave have 80-foot tall ceilings. The only way to reach the top is to free climb after you get to the top of the ladder! 

The underground lake sections are even more difficult to maneuver. Those ceiling heights reach over 100 feet. They can only be reached by free climbing one wall to a ladder bridge across the lakes to reach the opposing wall. Not a job for the faint of heart! 


Final steps. 

Once each old bulb was replaced with a new LED one, it was pointed to highlight the cave's magnificent formations. We constructed "light shields" to keep the cave's appearance as natural as possible. These block the views of the bulbs from the public. Concrete was used to hide all of the wiring needed to make this project happen. A mixture of 5 colored sands were then blended to match the cave walls and placed over the concrete.


See the cave for the first time... again!

The new LED lighting will give you a brand new perspective and appreciation for the Lake of the Ozarks' best family attraction. The natural beauty that you have admired during your past trips to Bridal Cave is now even better than before. Your next tour through the cave will feel like you are truly seeing it for the first time... again!  


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Our 2016 Valentine's Day Vow Renewal Event was a Success!

The ice, snow, and subfreezing temperatures of Valentine's Day 2016 were melted away by the love of 240 couples renewing their wedding vows at Bridal Cave.  This extremely popular annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks was successful again this year.  In addition to the vow renewals, two couples said "I do" for the first time in our unique wedding chapel after the renewal event.  



 With the help of the Camden County Road Crew and Bridal Cave's awesome staff, all of the Thunder Mountain Roads were cleared and ready for visitors by the promised time of 9:00 am.  The wintry weather kept a lot of people at home early in the day, but they definitely made their way to us before we stopped at 4:00 pm.      

Our incredible staff, packing goody bags and clearing the parking lot!


"My husband and I came and renewed our vows yesterday with you. Ed and I Want to thank you so much for inviting us and making our 25th the a most special Valentine's day . The staff made me feel like a young bride all over again. The ceremony was perfect!! As we said our vows, I felt like I did 25 years ago saying them for the first time full of love and joy. Thank God for this beautiful cave and thank you the staff of Bridal Cave, for using Gods gift in such a special way on Valentines. Thanks!"  ~Donna Madewell

Fun Facts for 2016

This year our annual wedding vow renewals at the Lake of the Ozarks assisted 240 couples in saying their vows to each other all over again.  That was only 5 short of last year's record, but we'll blame the weather for that!  Here are a few more interesting statistics from our 2016 event.  

  • 240 couples renewed their vows.
  • 5 of those couples were originally married on Valentine's Day.
  • Our newest couple had been married for 9 months.
  • Our longest-married couple first said their vows 60 years ago.
  • 7 states were represented, the furthest traveling from Louisville, KY.  

Every couple went home with a goody bag full of treats and discounts from lake area businesses.  The extra flowers that we had left over were donated to area nursing homes and hospitals.  Bridal Cave spread a lot of love this Valentine's Day!

"We celebrated our 25th on Dec 18th, but looked forward to renewing our vows yesterday. We renewed our 20 year anniversary as well with Bridal Cave. It is such a wonderful event, our grandson was with us and at age 6 he was mesmerized with the cave. He is ready to take a whole tour he said . We will be back soon, thank you for such a wonderful memory." ~ Brenda Keller



Thank you to all of the couples that braved the cold weather and joined us for this amazing annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Our scenic cave in mid-Missouri is a beautiful and romantic place to say "I do," so much so, that many of our couples come back year after year.  If you are lucky enough to be married to your true love, make plans now to join us for our vow renewals in 2017 at Bridal Cave.    

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cave tours.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our Free Vow Renewals are a Tradition for Many Couples



The annual Renewal of Vows at Bridal Cave is happening this Valentine's Day weekend.  On Sunday, February 14, 2016 we will have a an officiant in the cave ready to assist every couple that joins us with saying, "I do" all over again.  

This absolutely free annual event inside the unique stalactite adorned underground wedding chapel of our Lake of the Ozarks attraction is popular, and many couples have enjoyed it so much that they come back to join us every year.   



"The renewal of vows in February is awesome and a new yearly tradition for us."
~ Elizabeth Pasztor Puskas, 12/17/13



"We have also made the vow renewal a yearly thing.... the people are SO nice there....we have a great time!! Thanks for doing that every year.
~ Kathy Butherus, 2/9/14

"This Cave was amazingly beautiful We renewed our vows in Feb when they did their annual Valentine Weddings, We plan to do it again in Feb 14, 2016. The rock formations were beautiful and the tour guide was very knowledgeable."
~ Rhonda S, 5/8/15



Many happy couples make their way to our Lake of the Ozarks wedding vow renewals.  Last week's blog gave the incredible details about all of the wonderful free gifts that each couples receives, including a lifetime pass to Bridal Cave so they can come back and visit us any time that they like.

Bridal Cave opened to the public in 1964 as a show cave.  The name came about because of an old Native American legend attached to the cave about a wedding that happened here.  That story is told during each tour.  

Although there were never any original plans to perform weddings in the cave, people began calling and asking to be wed there, inspired by the legend and the cave's natural beauty.  On June 1, 1949, Mr. & Mrs. Basil Cole from Sedalia, MO become the first couple (in modern times) to use the cave as a wedding chapel. 


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To date, Bridal Cave has set a world record for the most underground weddings by marrying 3,053 couples.  Almost all 50 states have been represented, as well as 8 foreign countries.      


"Love love love. Renewal of our wedding vows was lovely. Package included a bouquet of flowers, professional photographer and a lifetime pad to the cave, which is a spectacular jewel of nature. The ceremony was perfect. They do this every year around Valentine's Day. Check it out if you are in the area."
~ Linda Hartman Kersten, 2/8/15

Renew Your Vows each February, AWESOME
"Staff is EXCELLENT, we renewed our vows, had a great time, brides get free bouquets, many couples there, ceremony outstanding. I was really impressed."
~ Lake_Food_Detecitve, 5-28-15

A Special Place
"Bridal Cave is one of those special places you'll want to come back to over and over. Every year around Valentines Day, they offer a free ceremony to renew your marriage vows. Along with the ceremony, each couple receives some free chocolates, a bouquet, some coupons for some local restaurants, and a free lifetime pass to Bridal Cave.My wife and I have decided to renew our vows every year. We have also been back to take the full tour of the cave. It's quite a cave with a long, interesting history. You can also purchase all kinds of crystals, minerals and semi precious gems. You can even purchase a bag of 'dirt' and pan through it in the sluice in front of the cave. A great time for the kids and the parents. Well worth a visit."
Johnlm63, 9/19/15


We invite all married couples that are in the mid-Missouri area this Valentine's Day to join us for our annual free Renewal of Vows at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Simply show up at Bridal Cave between 9 am - 4 pm, ready to tie the knot one more time.  Hopefully you will be like many of our couples and this will become a romantic annual tradition for you too.






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Camdenton, MO 65020
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Annual Vow Renewals at Bridal Cave - For FREE!

Over 3, 000 couples have exchanged vows at Bridal Cave, and this Valentine's Day we are getting ready to increase that number.  The annual Free Wedding Vow Renewals at Bridal Cave happen every February inside of our stalactite adorned underground wedding chapel.  Not only do you get to renew your marriage vows at the Lake of the Ozarks, but you will also receive a few great bonus gifts.  




On Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 9 am - 4 pm, we will have a wedding officiant at the cave to assist our couples in renewing their marriage vows on the most romantic day of the year.  There is no charge to participate in this event.  Along with this momentous and special opportunity, each couple will receive the following items.





  • Fresh flowers for the bride from Janine's Flowers
  • A wedding portrait available for download online by Lindsey Webster Photography         
  • A goody bag with gifts such as movie tickets, concert tickets, lake area discount coupons, and more!
  • A lifetime pass to Bridal Cave


Last year at our 2015 annual renewal of vows, we were joined by a record 209 couples!  Seven different states were represented, the furthest of which came all the way from North Pole, Alaska.  One of our couples had only been married for 1 year, and another couple had been married for 57 years.  Altogether, between our 209 couples, 4,367 years of marriage were represented. Love was definitely in the air!  



Our bridal chapel recently received both state and national recognition as a premier venue for weddings and vow renewal ceremonies.  About.com named Bridal Cave in "Five Spectacular Destination Wedding Venues."  The Sierra Club mentioned us in "Five Romantic Outdoor Spots for Valentine's Day."  We were rated in the "Top 10 Most Unique Wedding Venues in America" by Glamour Magazine.  Bridal Cave was given the Editor's Choice Award from Rural Electric Missouri, and we will be featured in the Best of Midwest Living Magazine this March.    

A special thanks goes out to all of our 2016 sponsors for helping to make our annual renewal of vows the amazing day that it always is.  

  • KRMS/93.5 Rocks the Lake
  • Lindsey Webster Photography
  • Merry Jones Photography
  • Janine's Flowers
  • Funky Buffalo
  • Hero's Sports Saloon
  • Ozarks Amphitheater
  • Wehrenberg Theater


This is an excellent way to spend Valentine's Day with your spouse.  We'll do all of the work, you just show up and say "I do...again!"  Please make plans to join us at the Lake of the Ozarks favorite year-round attraction this February 14. There is no need to make a reservation.  Simply show up between 9 am - 4 pm and join all of our other couples.  Bridal Cave hopes to break last year's record and help even more loving couples renew their wedding vows in 2016.  





One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

Visit us at www.BridalCave.com
Like us on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.
Follow us on Google+
Follow us on LinkedIn

526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-2676