At Gruene Estate, our couples come from near and far to experience the best that our Texas Hill Country wedding area has to offer.  While the bride to be and her bride tribe have plenty to do the day of the wedding ceremony: hair and makeup, photos, and of course some badly needed spa time.  New Braunfels and Gruene offer many outings to keep the guys occupied and have some prewedding fun.  Whether it’s golf, the shooting range, or just hanging with your boys, New Braunfels and Gruene has plenty to do for the groom and his guys.

While the girls primp and prepare in Gruene Estate’s bridal suite, a Texas Historic Landmark and the original Gruene Family Homestead, a popular pre-wedding destination is the golf links.  Golf is a great way to start the day and relax.  Whether you’re a serious duffer or just like to play every now and then, golf is fun for everybody. Landa Park Municipal Golf Course is a one-minute drive from Gruene Estate’s wedding and reception venue.  The course was recently redesigned and upgraded in 2017.  Green fees are nominal and the course offers a style of play for both novice and expert golfers.  Make sure you schedule an early tee time, and set a playing format for skins or shotgun play so that it is competitive and fun for all.  If you want more of a bar and restaurant vibe with a laidback atmosphere, reserve a bay at Topgolf in San Antonio.  Make the day even more memorable by providing monogramed shirts and getting a group photo.

Since the ladies are going to look their best, then so should the men.  Take a group trip to the barbershop for haircuts and shaves.  Fortunately, for our grooms and groomsmen, we have one of the best and most traditional barbershops in the San Antonio and Austin area.  JD’s barbershop is a men’s only establishment that has been specializing in men’s grooming in New Braunfels since 1983.  Offering full-service shaves and haircuts, J.D.’s barbershop offers a traditional old school experience and service that is hard to find these days.  Relax with a quality shave, face steam, or facial massage with your bros.

Feeling a little nervous the day of?   Nothing gets rid of the nerves like taking a trip to the shooting range.  Skeet shooting is a fun activity for everybody, even beginners, and is a great way to blow off some steam.  Located not too far from Gruene Estate, is Southern Trails Skeet Range and Archery Course which offers shooting experiences for all levels.  There’s nothing quite like shooting clay pigeons out of the sky or sighting down the shaft of an arrow. The combination of precision, speed, and consistency make shooting a challenge that never gets old.  If your looking for a shooting establishment that offers a little more fire power, head out to the McQueeny Gun Club for world class indoor shooting experience.  Firearms rentals are available and you can shoot machine guns as well as a variety or rifles and pistols.  This is a full-service indoor range, so enjoy shooting in the comfort of A/C and their state-of-the-art range bays with electronic target carriers.

Hanging with the guy tribe prewedding is an important part of your wedding day.  There are many prewedding activities for groomsmen.  Gruene and New Braunfels has many pre wedding destinations for your wedding group.  Whether you hit the links to play some golf, the shooting range to blow of some pre wedding steam, or the barber shop for a fun and relaxing experience, carve out some time and create one last memorable experience with the boys!

Photos Gaby Caskey Photography