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D.I.Y. Wedding Crafts, Yards Games and Ladder Golf

 

When we talk to brides, we often ask them, " what is most important to you on your wedding day?"   A large majority of brides want their guest to have a fun time at their wedding.  While there are many different ways to achieve that goal, yard games are an easy an affordable way to provide entertainment for your guests.  At Gruene Estate, we have Washers and Corn Hole for our guest to enjoy, but Ladder Golf is a fun and easy addition!  In this video we show you step by step how to create a Ladder Golf game out of P.V.C. pipes and golf balls. 

You can make these game pieces out of P.V.C. or wood.  They are very easy to make and it cost me around $30 for all the material needed.  One great feature of ladder golf is that is playable by all ages.  Young or old, none of your wedding guest will feel left out.  Having activities for your guest to enjoy during your wedding reception elevates your event by allowing guest to relax and utlize outdoor space! 

Ladder Golf  is played with 2 or more players or teams. Each player has 3 golf ball bolas. A bola is 2 golf balls attached by a nylon rope. The object of the game is to wrap your bolas around the steps of the ladder. The ladder consists of 3 steps, a top, middle and a bottom step.

Supplies Needed:

  • 18 feet of ¾” PVC pipe
  • 2 ¾” PVC 90 degree elbows
  • 6 ¾” PVC tees
  • PVC pipe cutter
  • PVC glue (optional)
  • Nylon rope
  • Golf balls
  • Drill press or a drill (3/8'') and some clamps
  • Spray paint
  • Lighter

 

Essential Elements of Boho Wedding Style

If your planning a wedding there are many different styles that you can emulate.  Clean modern lines, rustic shabby chic, or classic inspiration evoking design elements with a perfectly coordinated aesthetic are just a few of the many options that you can choose from.  In the last couple of years, we have seen a steady increase of brides shifting to the "boho look".  It's hard to say exactly where or how these trends start, but it is safe to say that Pinterest, boho celebrity weddings (Ashley Tisdale and LeAnne Rimes), and the fact that we all enjoy embracing that little bit of hippy free spirit that hides deep down in our souls are contributing factors.  It's hard not to like flower crowns, over sized bouquets, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and unexpected decor pieces – like giant dream catcher backdrops. We have seen our fair share of boho weddings, and often see many boho elements blended into events with a more traditional flair. Boho is commonly tied to outdoor venues which is why it fits perfectly with Gruene Estate.  Here are just a few of our favorite "boho" elements that make this style oh so dreamy! 

1. Macromae Is In

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 Lots of trends come and go, but if they're really cool they will find a way to come back into style.  This has happened in a major way with macromae.  Popular in the 1970's we have seen a resurgence in the material.  It is super versatile: table runners, over chair backs, hanging wall pieces, and it can even be used as an accent for the alter.  The rustic earthy vibe that it adds to a space is authentic and warming.  This is a must use accent piece if you are adding boho design elements in your event!

2. Mix and Match Brides Maid's Dresses Are Too Cute

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Nothing says free spirit hippie, like mix and match bridesmaid's dresses.  This is the quintessential "boho" look and it is a look that we love.  While matching dresses will probably never go out of style, the mix and match trend is just too much fun!  Plus, this takes pressure off your bridal party by eliminating the one size or style fits all.  Not everybody in your bride tribe has the same body shape, skin tone, or style,  This allows your bridesmaids to choose a dress that fits them and lets you shine.  It's really an approach to wedding style that is a win-win for everyone!  

3. Hanging Florals Are The Bomb

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Floral crowns, eclectic center pieces, creeping floral arrangements and hanging florals through out your event space capitalize on the whimsical gypsy feel that makes boho so special.  Flowers set an event apart.  Taking different themes and molding them into a well thought out curated look can be done with floral arrangements, because there are so many different species and colors to mix and match.  The various textures and greenery compliment each other well.  Floral inserts and hanging greenery elevate a space to give it that whimsical feel!

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Emotionally Preparing For The Moment

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Getting married is a big deal!  It is a moment that we have been thinking picturing in our heads since we were little girls.  During the planning phase, often times we over look emotionally preparing our selves for the moment those chapel doors open and we are presented down the aisle.  Prepare yourself for those butterflies that you are going to experience and relish in every moment. Here's a few tips for emotionally preparing for the "I do" moment.

1. Use a coordinator (Lucky for our brides, we provide a world class coordinator with 16 years of experience).

No problem here!  At Gruene Estate, we provide a day of coordinator that is instrumental in the pre-planning process.  In our basic package, our brides receive a day of time line which helps them maintain control over the flow of events throughout the day.  It is imperative that our brides arrive at the venue the day of with as little stress as possible. Pre-wedding coordination with your vendors and a pre-wedding walk through of the property eliminates many of the stress points and pit falls that can hinder a bride from fully enjoying her special day. 

2. Have a casual pre-wedding day. 

What do you like to do?  What helps you to relax?  There are so many different activities that help brides just plain chill.  The important part here is that you remember not to over load your pre-wedding day with too many activities.  Make sure you schedule in the "must do's" first: hair, makeup, etc.  Then add in a fun activity with some down time too.  Have some wine, take your friends to the spa, and just enjoy hanging out at the venue pre-wedding time.

3. Have a realistic timeline and schedule for day of events. 

Your coordinator will be able to help you out with this!   Come into the event with realistic expectations of what you are able to accomplish in the time you have for your event.  Sit down with your other half well before your wedding day and come up with a list of priorities for the day of.  What's most important for you?  Is it guest experience, Is it pictures?  How long do you want the ceremony to be?  Is there a special aspect of the reception that might take some extra time?  These are all aspects of your wedding day that need to be considered when planning your time line.  Once you have a clear picture of your goals for your day, you can create the timeline with your coordinator with plenty of cushion built in so it's not stressful. 

4. Make sure that all your vendors have the timeline for the day of ahead of time.  

Weddings are truly a team sport!  With so many moving parts, it is critical that the timeline is shared with all the vendors involved in the event.  Since Gruene Estate provides a coordinator, this happens for every event, making sure that we are all on the same page.

5.  Last but not least, just have fun and enjoy marrying your best friend!

This is probably the most important part of the big day.  Come in understanding that there is no such thing as a perfect wedding.  While we all strive for that goal, there are going to be minor mis-cues that sometimes just happen.  Remember that your friends and family are there to celebrate you.  Their focus is on loving you and experiencing the joy that weddings bring.  Have fun, it's a once and lifetime experience!

Photo Credit: 1778 Photographie

Stephanie and Jacob's Rustic Hill Country Wedding

The weather was perfect and the day was gorgeous.  Stephanie and Jacob were gathered in front of family and friends to say "I Do" at our beautiful historic chapel in Gruene Texas.  It was the perfect setting for the fun and outgoing couple who met at a Mexican restaurant on National Margarita day (we didn't even know that was thing, but we will be celebrating for sure (Feb 22, just FYI)).  Their wedding was the perfect blend of rustic elegance.  Somehow, it was a rain free day, but this magical rainbow appeared out of know where.  A sign from above of great things to come. 

Stephanie's stunning full length lace Stella York gown with an extended train was to die for, and it was in perfect contrast to her bridesmaid's violet colored dresses from David's Bridal.  We continue to see this trend, a perfect balance of match and mix.  Although the dresses were the same color and cut, each bridesmaid's dress featured a different cut neckline adding just the right touch of mix to the ensemble.  The floral's, done by Devinnie's Paradise,  accented the their dresses perfectly.  Dalias and Roses in violets and pinks, set in subtle touches of greenery popped brilliantly against the natural beauty and setting of Gruene Estate.  It was all truly sublime, and captured perfectly by Hannah Charis Photography.  Check out these stunning photos from the day! 

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