You know the tradition: it’s good luck for a bride to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The idea behind the tradition is lovely, and gathering the items can be really fun! Take a day trip to Gruene, Texas and you’re bound to find several options in this quaint and rustic little town that can check off a few things on your list.

For starters, the something old is supposed to be a happy tie to your family and/or the past somehow. Perhaps you could look for an antique locket you can insert a loved one’s picture into. Another unique option would be to browse through scrap fabrics and have someone that is special to you sew a secret heart onto the bottom or inside of your gown! When it comes to finding something old and distinctive, it will not prove difficult in this town that is itself a Historic Texas Landmark!

The something new is supposed to symbolize the new chapter in the bride and groom’s life and hope for their future! While Gruene is known for its historic qualities, don’t be fooled. There are plenty of adorable boutiques with all sorts of amazing, brand-new finds! For an outdoor wedding, a cute toe ring or anklet with your new initial might be just the thing!

Your borrowed item is ideally supposed to be from a friend or family member that is happily married themselves, in hopes that the happiness will carry over to the new couple and their future, as well!

Blue is said to represent faith, purity, love, and modesty. Searching Gruene for something blue has the potential to be the most challenging, but also the most fun part of a day trip to Gruene, TX. Gather your closest girlfriends and family members and task them with helping you to find something blue that is fitting to wear on your most special of days! It could even be turned into a really fun game! Everyone goes their separate ways and is given a specific amount of time and a budget to procure one blue item. At an agreed-upon time, everyone meets at historic Gruene Hall to show off their finds! The winner gets drinks on the bride! And the memories of this day? Priceless!

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