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Weddings in New Braunfels During Covid-19 - How to Stay Strong as a Couple!

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Wow, what a year it has been! The Texas wedding season was moving along swimmingly, as well as the rest of everyone’s lives when that pesky little thing now known as Covid-19 changed everything! Let’s face it, planning a wedding has it’s ups and down even during normal times. This pandemic has made the process even more stressful. The level of uncertainty, and the process of rescheduling and postponing wedding dates the past few months has created challenges for couples and businesses across the event industry. In short, it has been an uncertain time. Stress causes conflict. Here a few tips from Gruene Estate that are now more important than ever before. Thoughtful ways that you and your significant other can stay strong as a couple in the period leading up to your wedding day.

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Let’s face it, any good relationship is built on equality and trust. Make sure that prior to starting the wedding planning process you have a discussion with your S.O. to ensure that he’s onboard with helping in equal ways during the wedding planning. As a established Texas Hill Country wedding venue, our experience is that the bride comes in with the vison and wedding design goals for the day. This is ok, because while your groom might not be into the intricacies of macramé, he’s probably great at other wedding tasks: negotiating contracts with vendors, managing family issues, and being the point of contact person that touches base with Gruene Estate’s in-house coordinator. Bottom line is this: there’s plenty to do, and make sure that he’s on board to help an equal amount during the stages leading up to the wedding day.

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Perspective is everything! While we all want the wedding day to be perfect, there is no such thing as a perfect wedding. As far as Gruene Texas wedding venues go, we are the oldest and most established. Through our venue experience, we have seen lots of fabulous Texas Hill Country weddings in the past decade. None of those events were perfect, but all of them were amazing. Each and every one of those “perfect weddings” had something small go wrong: a caterer mishap, a small timing issue in the timeline, or missed cue in the ceremony. Let go of obsessing over every last detail and trying to make it all happen the way you picture it. There will be bumps in the road and hiccups along the way, but remember, in the long run it won’t matter.  

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Wedding planning shouldn’t be a chore or job. Make sure that you set proper boundaries and carve out time when wedding talk is off limits. This is very important, because while lots of effort goes into planning a gorgeous Texas wedding, don’t let it take over your lives. Create healthy boundaries and set aside time during the week where you are willing to discuss wedding details. Then when it’s done, be disciplined and don’t discuss it again. As we mentioned before, Gruene Estate provides an in-house coordinator who is a fabulous resource for couples to help them during the planning process. Especially, if you are one of our brides who is planning a Gruene Texas destination wedding and are living out of state. Our planner is a great resource for brides and she can connect you with various San Antonio, Austin, and New Braunfels wedding vendors.

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Go ahead and plan a wedding planning getaway now. We say this time and time again, but make sure you take a break and plan a short getaway for the weekend. This is a great opportunity to connect with your S.O.. Come stay at one of Gruene Estate’s vacation rentals in downtown New Braunfels. Take in a concert at Gruene Hall and pencil in some time to enjoy floating the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers. This is a great way to scout some activities for your wedding guest’s, and plant some seeds of excitement for you big day on social media. Remind them, that they are going to experience the best region of Texas and a one of a kind boutique Wedding in New Braunfels!

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Don’t get lost in the wedding planning details in the time leading up to your event. Set boundaries and create time for one another. Share the wedding planning experience together and remember that teamwork makes the dreamwork! There will be ups and downs along the way, so plan for them and have the right perspective. Your day is going to be amazing! Love, laugh, and celebrate with the ones that you love, it’s going to be the best wedding day of your life!

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Choosing Your New Braunfels Wedding Venue


Choosing a New Braunfels Wedding Venue

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Choosing a wedding venue can be overwhelming! Your wedding location and venue sets the tone for the day of your event.   Fortunately, the Lone Star state has lots of options, each region has its own unique vibe. The State of Texas is enormous. Honestly, it could be broken up into five different regions that all have their own flair and unique elements that make them special. Even the urban centers have their own unique styles. Boho chic weddings in Austin feel much different than the grand over the top weddings of Dallas. Fortunately for us, Gruene Estate and the town of New Braunfels is located in the middle of the Texas Hill Country. Offering history and quaint charm that can’t be found anywhere else in the state, we are uniquely positioned to take advantage all that Texas has to offer! There isn’t a better place in Texas to have a gorgeous wedding under the Texas stars. Here’s a few tips from Gruene Estate on how to choose your wedding venue, and just a few things to consider before doing so!

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First things first, decide where you are going to have that dream wedding day. Traditionally, the wedding ceremony is held in bride’s hometown. This is no longer the case. In fact, many brides look for   destination weddings, their favorite vacation spot, or just a fun place where people would like to gather. While the state is large and diverse, and we realize we are bit biased, the Texas Hill Country and New Braunfels in particular, is the best of all the regions. Whether you are local, or auslander as we say around here, New Braunfels and Gruene have lots to offer would be wedding guests and couples. Not only are we ideally located between two major metropolitan cities, Austin and San Antonio, making them easy destinations for guests to travel to, but we also have gorgeous rivers to float, a world class music scene, and of course lots of bars and nightlife. Gruene Estate has created a venue that takes advantage of the natural beauty of Gruene’s geography. Rolling Hay fields, pecan trees, and century old live oaks are the perfect setting for our original open-air chapel! Just enough elegance with some rustic touches brings authenticity and beauty to your wedding day. It is a boho bride’s dream come true! Accommodating up to 250 guests, the chapel has been featured in People magazine, Brit + Co., and several music videos. Our grounds are so gorgeous, you don’t have to spend money on making it beautiful, and you can spend those dollars on other vendors to elevate your wedding day!


After you choose your location, your next consideration will be choosing a wedding budget. We are often asked how much a typical wedding cost. There are many factors that dictate how much money is spent on weddings. Typically, urban venues cost more than rural ones. As a general rule of thumb, you can usually calculate what you will spend on your venue as half of what your total wedding cost will be. Gruene Estate is naturally beautiful, so you don’t need a ton of décor to make the venue look atheistically pleasing. That being said, we do provide hand made wooden farm tables, a wide arrange of in-house décor at no extra charge, and a in-house wedding coordinator that creates a day of time line for you, and can assist brides with vendor recommendations. These extras would usually cost a bride and groom thousands of dollars. Our wedding day extras all you to save money on these items and spend those funds on other services like beer burros, a wedding photo booth, or live wedding painting. All services and vendors that can elevate your wedding day and guests wedding experience.

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What is your wedding style? That is a good question, and if you feel nervous when you ask yourself that, then Pinterest might be a good place to start to gather some ideas and direction. We would best describe Gruene Estate’s vibe as the perfect amount of rustic elegance. As we mentioned earlier, we created a venue that used the natural beauty of the surrounding Gruene family farm. Gruene Estate is an open-air wedding venue, which allows the event to flow from the comfort of a fully covered space with huge circulating fans and water-cooling system to the comfort and beauty of nature. Rustic touches like our handmade wooden farm tables sit in perfect juxtaposition with our white washed pavilion and silver patinaed chandeliers and light fixtures. In short, the space is versatile. Boho, rustic, elegant, casual, or formal, the venue fits a wide range of styles! What strikes us most about Gruene Estate versus other venues is, our uniquely authentic feel: combining history and one of a kind buildings. The original Gruene family home is our spacious three-bedroom two bath bridal suite that is a Texas State Historic Landmark. You will not find another bridal suite like it!

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The last step to choosing your venue is take a tour of the property and see the space for yourself. This is the most fun part of the entire process, and you should enjoy the wedding journey. Take a day with you and your significant other and do some venue tours. Have a nice lunch in Gruene at the Grist Mill, and take in all that the historic towns of Gruene and New Braunfels have to offer. Don’t forget to swing by Gruene Hall, Texas’ oldest dance hall, it will bring the history to life. H.D. Gruene, who grew up in Gruene Estate’s historic farm house and bridal suite, built the dance hall and town of Gruene. Seeing the venue space is important, and it allows you picture what your day will be like. Due to Covid-19 we were doing tours virtually, but have transitioned to doing in person tours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday while practicing responsible social distancing. Contact the office and we’d love to show you around!

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Gruene Estate's Gentleman's Guide To Surviving Wedding Planning!

While we focus mainly on wedding planning from a female’s perspective on Gruene Estate’s wedding blog, we often forget that the groom has an important part to play as well. Wedding planning is a long process, and on average Gruene Estate weddings are usually planned over the course of a year to a year and half. There are a lot of wedding details that need to be hashed out. More often then not, and there are some exceptions, we see the bride doing the majority of the planning. Gents, this wedding advice is for you! Listen carefully, because we are going to share with you some secrets on how you can support your bride-to-be on the days, weeks, and months leading up to your event.

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Guys, when planning the wedding, the number one thing that you have to remember is this: she wants you to be an active participant in the process! She might tell you she doesn’t care if you help, but the truth is she does. She wants your leadership. This is why your bride keeps asking you questions about planning, design and logistics. She doesn’t want to be alone! Think big picture here, the long game is the winning the strategy. While she will make all or most of the design decisions, she is going to ask you, “what do you think about …..” many times over. The wrong answer here is, “I don’t care”. This is the one phrase that should never leave your mouth during the planning process. In the short term, this the easiest answer. Remember though, you will be wedding planning on average for a year and a big picture winning strategy is one that involves you actively participating and making her feel loved. That means, thinking about her questions, acknowledging them, and then giving your sincere opinions. Be proactive and find the answers if you don’t know them shows her you care. At Gruene Estate, our engaged couples, are provided with an in-house wedding planner. If you ever find yourself in wedding planning trouble. You have a resource that can help you find solutions. A proactive approach signals to her that she is not alone in the process, and that you are there to help her when there are bumps in the wedding planning road.

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The most difficult part of planning a wedding is making the logistical pieces match up. With so many moving parts, there are going to be some stressful situations. Your event involves a long list of “to do’s”: lining up wedding vendors, wedding décor decisions, and sometimes complicated family relationships. This is where you can step in and be your ladies rock when she is in a hard place. It’s really simple (and this is great marriage advice in general), validate how she feels and DO NOT TELL HER IT’S NOT IMPORTANT, OR SHE’S OVERREACTING! Then be an active participant and help her come up with a plan b. After that, validate her again and tell her what a great job she is doing. This is called a validation sandwich, and this shouldn’t be stopped once the wedding is over. Keep doing this for the rest of your marriage!

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While we are on the subject of making your bride feel loved and validated, taking the initiative to write your vows out is an easy way to show her that you care. At Gruene Estate, we have New Braunfels’ original open-air wedding chapel, and we have witnessed lots of couples say their vows under its stained-glass windows. Our number one take away from these experiences, is that you should never try to wing your wedding vows. You want your vows to be smooth, meaningful, and heart felt. Write your vows down and work on them as a couple. Don’t wait for her to ask you to write them. Take the initiative, write them out, and then tell her you want to work on them together. This proves to her that you are an active participant, and that you care about the details of your wedding day. Plus, it’s an opportunity to connect and make her feel loved!  

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Don’t let your bride forget that your wedding day is a celebration. If you feel like the wedding planning process is taking over your life and relationship, then it is time for you step in and make a leadership decision for both you. Plan a trip and get away for a few days. Remember guys, were working on a long game big picture winning strategy here. Validating your significant others feelings, taking the initiative, and being involved in the process are the main ingredients for the perfect pre-wedding planning recipe. You can check all three of these boxes by organizing a quick weekend getaway or staycation for the two of you. Tell her that wedding talk is forbidden, and you just want to enjoy each other for the weekend. Let her know that you recognize how hard she has been working, and that you wanted to plan a quick break for the both of you. Emphasize that you just want to enjoy each other without the wedding planning distractions. You will be her hero.

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Gruene and New Braunfels are the perfect places for an escape such as this. Book a room at Gruene Mansion Inn or at our Telegraph Station Rentals in downtown New Braunfels. Make reservations at Huisache Grille for a table of two, and then take her to a show at Gruene Hall! Major points scored!

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Gentleman, make sure you are an active and willing participant in planning your wedding! Don’t forget that although the time leading up to the wedding can be stressful, be there for your significant other and take the initiative to help even if she is not asking you to.   Make time for each other when it becomes stressful or overwhelming. Hopefully, these tips will help you navigate some of the mistakes of those that have gone before you. Make sure to check out some of other wedding articles and featured weddings. We are booking tours for 2021 weddings so click the link below and let us show you around!




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Your Tech Savy Wedding - Leveraging Technology For Your Wedding Day

Let’s be honest, everybody is living on their phones these days. It so common, that at Gruene Estate, we try to market and create content specifically for smart phone users. Although in many ways, smart phones have the way we communicate less personal, there are many benefits to the meteoric rise in technology over the last 10 years. This is especially true for brides, grooms, and couples to be. Apps and social media platforms give brides a better opportunity to share their wedding day and create community involvement that would not have been possible in years past. As a boutique wedding venue in Gruene Texas, we want the world to see our brides beautiful Hill Country Wedding, so here are a few ideas from the Gruene Estate team on how to use technology to your advantage on your wedding day!


Creating a hashtag for your wedding day is a great way to create excitement and social media interaction prior to your event. The unique advantage to hashtags, is that they work across multiple platforms. Whether your friends use Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, they can all share the same hashtag to help create buzz about your special day. Although it is a non-essential piece of your wedding day, it is a fun way to get your friends and family involved. There are lots of website’s that will generate a hashtag for you, but it is a great opportunity to create your own and imprint a personal touch on your wedding day before it even starts. A few examples we’ve seen at Gruene Estate: #becomingsmith, #itsreallyhepburning, and #jonesingforreyes. Most couples figure out a creative way to incorporate their last name into the hashtag. Gruene Estate’s hashtag is #grueneestate or #grueneweddingshoes! These days there are lots of creative ways to share your day.

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Snapchat is taking social media by storm. While Instagram is the perfect place to share your polished and edited wedding pictures, Snapchat is ideal for in the moment shots. Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. Creating your own custom wedding filter is the ideal way to get your friends involved and put your mark on your wedding day. Snapchat filters are overlays, words, or color tone changes that you can add to your picture. This is the perfect place to integrate you’re hastag, custom logo, or venues logo into your wedding day filter.

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While we all love and cherish our smart phones, make sure you are clear with your guests about your expectations for when and where you want them to use their phones. At Gruene Estate, we have a beautiful open-air wedding chapel that is set on the original Gruene family farm. It creates that quintessential Texas Hill Country Wedding moment. Guests and family want to capture that moment when the antique chapel doors open and the bride enters her processional walk. For some brides, they might not mind people taking pictures or videos. For others, this in an intimate and special moment that is only meant to be shared with her husband, friends, and family. Phones can be distracting, so make sure you communicate clearly beforehand if you want that special wedding moment broadcasted to the entire world. If not, create a cute sign that politely tells guest to silence the phones or turn them off.

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Speaking of broadcasting your wedding day to the world, Covid-19 is changing lives in many ways. You may have guests or friends that are considered high risk, or are traveling from out of state and cannot make the journey for your wedding day. A decade ago, this would have been a difficult problem to solve. It would have required a web cam and I.T. know how to broadcast your wedding ceremony. Fortunately, the Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram platforms have changed this by allowing users to live stream directly through their accounts on their smart phones. In all three platforms, it’s as easy as creating a post, and then hitting the “Live” button. Users and followers can interact and comment on your feed, and it allows you to post the video to your account after it ends. Ensuring that everybody is able to witness your wedding ceremony. Investing in a sturdy and reliable tripod is a great way to guarantee quality video.

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Technology has given brides the ability to share their wedding day with their friends, family, and loved ones. Using popular social media apps and creative hashtags is a smart way to create excitement and guest interaction prior to and during your wedding. As wedding season moves into full swing, make sure that you are prepared to take advantage of all these wonderful technological advancements to celebrate your wedding day!

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