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Gruene's One of a Kind Chandeliers

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We truly love what we do.  Our initial vision when we created Gruene Estate was to create a one of a kind wedding venue in the heart of the Texas Hill Country and Historic Gruene.  As it turns out, creating the venue was the easy part!  The wedding venue market is extremely competitive and copying other people's innovation seems to be the norm.  The hardest part is continually finding ways to re-create your brand and offer brides a one of a kind experience.  This applies to all aspects of the business: customer service, the feel of the venue, and the overall experience of our brides.

About a year ago, we were looking for a new project and different ways to improve Gruene Estate.  There is a large hackberry tree on the back fence line of the historic Gruene family home's backyard, and this space has gone unused in past events.  We wanted to create another piece of usable space in the yard area that would be unique to wedding venues.  The 60 year old branches are spaced perfectly to hang lights on.  Simple Edison bulbs aren't innovative.  The more we looked at the spacing of the branches, we realized that they would be perfect to hang chandeliers from.  

The search for the chandeliers was long and thorough.  We looked for a full year throughout the state and were able to find three chandeliers in Round Top that were roughly the same size and shape.  Each complimenting the other and all of them being antiques.  One chandelier in particular was significantly heavier than the others.  Bigadyke Lighting Company rewired them for us and discovered that the heavier chandelier was actually made of solid brass!  It dates back to the mid 1800's and is a true gem.  It is unclear who the manufacturer is, but the chandelier's orgin appears to be French, as it has Rococo, Renaissance, and Gothic design elements which is characteristic of French chandeliers in the 1800's.       

The addition of these one of a kind Chandeliers at Gruene Estate created the perfect multi-use space.  In the six months that they have been added to the venue, they have been used in a myriad of different ways.  We have seen brides put a cake table under them, an additional food station, a boho hang out lounge area, a second bar area, and a photo booth.  They are free for brides to use and are included in Gruene Estate's wedding packages.  

Our vision for Gruene Estate is to create a unique one of a kind wedding venue in the heart of Central Texas.  Our staff and managers are consistently looking for ways to improve the overall wedding experience and historic venue.  Our chandeliers at Gruene Estate have provided a multi-use space that is truly unique to wedding venues.  We look forward to many more years of events and weddings and being a leader in the industry and market. 

Marc and Jess...Hill Country Wedding Fairytale


Marc and Jess, where do we even start.  They were such a fun couple to work with.  Theirs was a spring wedding, and rain was in the forcast all weekend.  While it did sprinkle a bit, the clouds parted and we were moisture free almost the entire evening.  Their fun loving personality and go with the flow attitude made the day so amazing (Take a look at their pictures, their personalities shine through!).

Surrounded by 250 friends and family members, they said "I do" in Gruene Estate's original open air chapel.  The dance floor was packed all night, and guests were having a great time.  A photo boothe by The Capture Photo Booth had guest in costume, capturing the best of moments.  Their getaway vehicle was a 1960's muscle car!  The day was perfect and Gruene Estate couldn't have been more proud to be a part of it.  We wish ya'll lots of love and the best of luck!

Gruene Estate is a wedding and event venue located in the Texas Hill Country in the historic town of Gruene.  Accomodating up to 250 guest for events, we are a one of a kind boutique wedding venue in the heart of Texas.  Call or email us today to tour the venue.  

Photos by Photography by Vanessa

Gruene's Original Open Air Chapel

When the vision for Gruene Estate began, we wanted to create something unique and different.  Since our property is the original historic homestead of the Gruene family, we knew that we had a responsibility to create something authentic.  We wanted to give couples the opportunity to have a truly incredible wedding experince at a state of the art facility, and at the same time stay true to our history and landmark status.

We always knew that we wanted to have an open air chapel, that would allow our guest to enjoy the intamacy of the space, but also relish the beauty of the open hay fields, longorns, and horses.  As luck would have it, we came across five gorgeous stained glass windows in the summer of 2012 at an auction in San Antonio.  The windows were removed from a church being demolished in Central England.  Alhough there was some damage to them in terms of broken panes of glass, we were able to restore them to their original state.  We had them appraised by a stained glass expert and his determination was that they were well over 100 years old!

What chapel would be complete without a bell tower? We searched far and wide for a bell that would fit astheticly with our design and history.  One company stood out amongst all the others, and we decided that Verdin Bells and Clocks was the right choice for us.  Their history matched our history.  Like Gruene Estate, their tradition of exellence stretches back well over 150 years.  Founded in 1842,  they have been producing bells that enrich communities and become cherished legacies for generations to enjoy.  The bell that was cast for Gruene Estate, is well over 300 pounds and will still be here when our childrens children inherit the land.  It is truly a remarkable piece, that couples are able to ring as they leave our open air chapel united in marriage.  

Gruene Estate's one of a kind open air chapel is Gruene Texas' premier wedding venue.  Our dedication to creating a truly one of a kind event experience can be found in our attention to detail and custom design.  Historic Gruene Texas finally has the perfect place to say "i do".  

Photos Credits Top to Bottom Left to Right

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Photos 1 and 2 Bluefire Photography

Photo 3 Luxe Photography

Row 2

Photos 1,2, and 3 Gary Blake Photography

Row 3

Photos 1,2 and 3 Megan The Photographer 

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Photo 1 Megan the Photographer

Photo 2 Bluefire Photography 

Photo 3 Twinty Photography

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Photo 1 1778 Photographie

Photo 2 Twinty Photography

Photo 3 Julie Huft Photography

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Photos 1,2 and 3 Julie Huft Photography

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Photo 1 Studio Eleven

Photo 2 Luxe Photography 

Weekday Wedded Bliss

He anxiously waits for his bride to join him at the altar of the beautiful open-air wedding chapel. Their close friends and family watch as she comes down the aisle, her eyes locked on his.

Gruene Estates has hosted hundreds of weddings at its premiere hill country location, where the beauty of the country and simple elegance converge to create the perfect backdrop for a dream wedding.

As couples plan their big day, there are so many decisions to be made – the dress, the cake, the caterer, and of course, the date.

Traditionally, weddings have been held on Saturdays, however, with brides and grooms looking for ways to cut down on the cost of their nuptials, many are planning weekday weddings.

Saying ‘I do’ on a day other than Saturday can mean big savings on all aspects of the big day. Caterers and DJs tend to have lower rates on non-peak days, which can equal big savings.

Choosing a weekday also means saving on the venue, and could also mean less wait time and more flexibility.

Worried about guests being able to get away from work to attend? Don’t!

Weekday weddings are ideal for those seeking an intimate gathering of close friends and family – those who couldn’t dream of missing your day!

With advanced notice, guests can also see savings for travel and hotel costs if traveling to come.

A weekday wedding just might be the perfect option; let the experts at Gruene Estates help you decide if planning your ceremony during the week is the way to go. 

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