Gruene Estates Blog

Dance Circle Etiquette

Ok...I just had to post this!  I'm not sure if it's a joke or not.  I found it hysterical and it definitely made my Monday.

Since we personally attend ninety percent of the events at Gruene Estate, we get to see lots of dance moves.  Some are great, and some are not so great.  The important part is that everybody enjoys themselves.  Almost inevitably at every reception, the famous dance circle organicly forms and people are thrown in the middle.  Most of the time willingly, sometimes by peer pressure and force.  What to do if you find yourself in the middle of a dance circle?  Fortunately,  in this day and age, there's a how to video on Youtube for everthing!

Gruene Estate Rustic Table Decor

We see so many different types of brides come through the doors at Gruene Estate.  Each one brings their own style and taste, and it is reflected in their decor and setup.  The differences are clearly seen in the type of table settings and center pieces that each bride chooses.

Whether its simple or elaborate, it's fun to see the personality of each couple reflected in the design. In house decor is included in our full wedding packages. As result, we have brides that will simply bring flowers to supplement our decor, or we have brides that will bring a U-haul full of their own decorations.  Since we are a covered open air venue on a historic farm, we naturally see a lot of rustic/vintage decor.  This fits in perfectly with our hand made reclaimed barn wood tables, hanging door chandeliers, and French country baskets.  We have combed through the last couple of years weddings to gather images from various events so you can see for yourself!  

Jessica and Jake....A Gruene Estate Wedding!

Jessica and Jake were such a lovely couple to have at Gruene Estate!  This video by Purely Ruined Studios captures their day perfectly.  Jake loves to ride Harley's, and Jessica was even able to work into their vows that he would, "always where his helmet". Their getaway car was an awesome yellow 1950's power truck. Surrounded by friends and family, they said "I do" in Gruene Estate's original open air chapel!  The day was absolutely perfect!

Some of their vendors:

Video: Purely Ruined Studios

Photography: Tim Kyle Photography

Catering: Gourmet Gals Catering and Events

DJ: Toast Entertainment

Cake: Kim's Lovely Treats

Gruene Estates Vintage Chandeliers!

This is our fifth year doing weddings at Gruene Estate.  Looking back on all the weddings that we have done, it makes us so proud to be a part of so many wonderful memories.  The future is bright, and our goal is to continue to create a one of a kind wedding and event venue in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.  It is easy to stay the same, so we strive to be innovative and create a truly unique space.

On our yearly antique hunt, we came across a beautiful vintage chandelier that we thought would make a great addition to our in-house decor.  One wasn't enough, and after an exhaustive search, we found two more that fit Gruene Estates rustic vintage feel.  Several lighting setups were tried, but we felt that re-wiring them would be the best way to showcase the new pieces.  After many attempts, we were able to bring them back to life.  The expert electrician that rewired them, dated one of them to the mid 1800's!  

Three vintage wood pulleys were installed in our gorgeous tree that overlooks a grassy lawn and fire pit area.  This space has gone unused in the past, and our chandeliers now create a focal point for this space to be utilized.  So far, brides have used the area as a food service station, cake table location, or just a general place for guest to enjoy the starry nights at Gruene Estate.  They have been a great addition to the venue, and we are excited for many more wonderful events! 

Fun, easy, & relaxing.

Texas country charm is already built in.