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Vendor Reveal is Back - Genco's Bake Shop


Vendor Reveal Season 2 Episode 1 is now live.  We are so excited to bring you guys the second  season of Vendor Reveal.  In case you missed season 1, the premise of the show is that each week we reveal a new wedding vendor that we think our brides and brides to be would want to know, and discuss wedding trends.  We see so many fabulous vendors each week, and there is such a variety of vendors in the wedding industry.  We want you to know about them!

Season 2 kicks off with our first vendor, Genco's Bake Shop here in New Braunfels.  I first met Kristen the owner of Genco's at a wedding mixer at the New Braunfels River Village Marriott.  We were casually talking wedding industry insights when Swanee Browing, from New Braunfels Wedding Guide,  approached us and started talking about Kristen's boozy cupcakes.  I was immediatetly intrigued, as we love to see creativity an innovation that vendors bring to weddings.  These cupcakes are so amazing, because she actually bakes in liquor and alcohol into each one.

Cupcakes are a wonderful alternative to cakes.  These delectable treats allow you to offer a larger variety of flavors and toppings then a single cake. Show off your creative side with the hundreds of different toppings, designs and flavors. In addition, these boozy cupcakes are actually guest interactive.  The champagne infused treats that we try on show have a small baster that allows you to shoot the champagne in your mouth,or directly into the cupcake.  The guest experience is one of the most important aspects of a bride and groom's day, and this is a way that even your desserts can help you achieve that goal!  I can honestly say that we have never had a cupcake that was so moist and rich with flavor.  They were truly delicious.

We are so excited to welcome Genco's Bake Shop to the New Braunfels wedding vendor community.  Their boozy cupcakes are a one of a kind treat that your guest will enjoy on your wedding day.  They offer a new twist on an traditional baked treat!  

Don't forget, we are running summer specials right now, so book a tour and tells us all about your wedding vision!



Gruene Estate Floral Tips for That Gorgeous Hill Country Wedding!!

Dreaming, planning, and visualizing your wedding day is something that we have all done since we were little girls.  It is what makes having a wedding so fun.  Now a days we have the internet to help us shift through unlimited images and create story boards to help with that experience.  If you are anything like me, then you have probably been thinking a lot about your floral design and wedding flowers, after all they really do set the tone for an event!  Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here's a few tips to think about before we make those important wedding day floral decisions.

Wedding Chapel New Bruanfels

Rob August Photography

Seasons Do Matter  

During the decision-making process, make sure that you are looking floral options that fit with your season.  Like all things in nature, flowers are grown seasonally and many species are not available year-round. If there is a flower that is out of season, but is available, know that you are going to pay a premium price for those seasonally rare pieces. Look for flowers that are blooming naturally around you wedding date, and make sure that you are willing to be flexible. Many species can be substituted with a similar plant that is in season.

Wedding Chapels Texas Hill Country

NBarrett Photography

DIY Isn’t as Easy as It Seems 

Remember, you get what you pay for, and sometimes saving time is more important than money. There is often the misconception that there is an added fee to flowers simply because it is a wedding. This is not true, and sometimes brides take the DIY route to try mitigate this cost. The reason flowers are so expensive for weddings, is that floral arrangements are one the most intricate and detailed aspects of wedding décor, which require much more labor than anything else. Doing DIY flowers is not as easy as it seems. Removing thorns, pruning, cleaning off pollen, and then arranging the flowers into a beautiful bouquet and center piece is not an easy task. The aforementioned process doesn’t take into account storing and transporting the flowers either. If this is your thing, go for it, but make sure you alot plenty of time in the wedding day time line.

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Caitlin's Creation Photography

Don’t Use Overly Scented Flower

Flowers smell nice and at this is definitely a part of what makes them so beautiful and attractive. Remember, the food and dining experience is also an important part of the wedding day. Make sure that your floral arrangements in your centerpieces aren’t fragrantly so overwhelming strong that the smell interferes with you guest taste buds. Go for something subtle here and this is a great place to really add a lot of greenery.

 Texas Open Air Wedding Chapel

Carly Barton Photography

Get Creative

Besides center pieces and bouquets, there are endless possibilities in which you can utilize flowers to enhance your event and add some special meaning. Taking a sentimental piece of material like your mom’s wedding sash or veil and incorporating them into your arrangement adds a special touch. Other creative options could be hanging greenery and creeping or crawling floral arrangements over doors and entry ways. Really the options are endless and up to you!

San Antonio Rustic Wedding Venue

Caitlins Creations Photography

Hire Reputable Vendors and Trust Them

Choose vendors that are reputable and have experience creating the kind of vision that you are wanting for you wedding. The best way to vet vendors, is through word of mouth experience. If you don’t know someone who can give you recommendations, then wedding sites with reviews like New Braunfels Wedding Guide, The Knot and Here Comes the Guide are all great places to start.

Choosing reputable vendors allows you to trust them, and take the pressure off of you. Remember that florists are working with live specimens, and this means that there is going to be some substitutions due to late blooming flowers or certain species that just aren’t available. Your florist will make some recommendations. Listen to them!

Flowers are the details in a wedding that really make an event stand out and pop. Think through you wedding floral goals and make sure that you plan accordingly for you day. Hire the best vendors, be creative, expect to make some last-minute changes, and don’t forget to enjoy the experience!  


Texas Guitars Under The Stars - Kolby Cooper With Chris Colston Opening


Weddings will always be what Gruene Estate does best; however, it's ok to try something new.  We are always trying to evolve as a business and make innovative changes, sometimes that means branching out.  We have such a beautiful event space in Gruene Texas, the best town in the Texas Hill Country, but often times people only get to experience Gruene Estate if they are in or invited to a wedding.  We want to add cultural value to the communities of Gruene and New Braunfels.  Opening the venue to some different types of events has always been our goal, and this will allow more people to enjoy all that Gruene Estate has to offer.  

This spring we have teamed up with Southern Tapsters Bartending, and we are offering some live acoustic musical sets with accompaniments on limited dates.  The series is called Texas Guitars Under The Stars.  March 5th we are excited to have Chris Colston opening for Kolby Cooper.  The shows are more intimate as our maximum capacity is 250-300 guests, so tickets are limited.  We will have FM 311 food truck available for food as well as a full bar from Southern Tapsters, bonfire, and yard games.  These shows are 21 and up.  Both artist are up and coming, but are being featured at the Steamboat Music Festival.  

Kolby Cooper, born and raised in Palestine, TX, grew up riding shotgun in his dad’s cow truck, which is where he first discovered the artists that would come to be his biggest musical influences (Waylon Jennings, Chris Ledoux, Cross Canadian Ragweed and a few others). He picked up a guitar around the age of 12 and played his first show at the age of 14. Only four short months after he graduated from Cayuga High School, he was in the studio working on his first project (Vol. 1). The five song EP contained two top 5 singles (“It Ain’t Me” and “Every Single Kiss”). He recently released a brand new single (“Tired”) that reached number 3 on the chart. He’s released a full length album in two parts called Good Ones Never Last. The album includes songs about being in love, losing a loved one, and everything in between. 

Gruene Estate is excited to bring the communities of Gruene and New Braunfels limited musical acts in an intimate setting.  Kolby Cooper and Chris Colston will be a great addition the Gruene Texas music scene.  You can get your tickets at  We'll see ya'll at the show! 







A Look Back at 2019 and The Year to Come at Gruene Estate

Ya'll, 2019 went by so fast.  It was such a fabulous year, and we were so lucky to work with such great couples.  This year we saw lots of change for the better at Gruene Estate.  Always striving to bring you the best in wedding content, inspiration, and the best real weddings in Texas, we updated our facilities and are proud to announce that we are going to being offering new wedding products and packages for 2020.  As we have learned over the last eight years, creating a wedding venue is the easy part, staying ahead of the curve and being innovative is the real challenge.  Our updated pavilion is a huge improvement, and offers brides the right amount of rustic elegance!

Trends change, and it was time that we updated the pavilion to match the chapel and bridal suite houses.  The common theme here at Gruene Estate is white, and while we loved our pavilion the way it was, we felt it was a little too rustic.  The trend of rustic barn weddings and burlap table runners is passed.  By painting the interior rafters white, updating our bar area, replacing the chandeliers with silver patinaed candle holders, and adding more string lights to the ceiling, we achieved our goal of staying true to our rustic roots, but shifting to a more contemporary bridal look. One that straddles the line between rustic and elegant.  The string lights are the perfect touch to the ceiling, giving it a subtle nod to a Gruene Hall/dance hall ambiance.  The new lighting sets the mood for an authentic wedding reception.

In addition to the pavilion updates, we also added gas powered radiant heaters that are available for an extra charge. These are so much more efficient then the portable patio heaters from years past. Brides needed to let us know several days before an event whether or not they needed heaters for the evening, and this took a lot of coordinating.  Adding these units to the ceiling of the pavilion gives us better heating coverage as well as the option to turn them on at the last minute.  It is a game changer for events in the cool weather months.

For the new year, we are so excited to announce that we will be offering new wedding products during certain times of the year in the form of boutique wedding packages at both Gruene Estate and the Historic Ludwig house in downtown New Braunfels. Boutique weddings are a trend that we have seen in the last year that, are ideal for a guest count in the 30-50 ppl range. They are limited in the scope of the wedding, but it allows brides to create a high-end guest experience and concentrate their budget on the smaller wedding party.

We are so thankful for such a wonderful 2019, and we cannot wait for 2020. We will continue to bring ya’ll innovative new wedding products and the best in real Texas weddings at Gruene Estate.  We wish all ya'll a happy New Year.  If you are not a bride of ours yet, get in touch with us via email and let's set up a tour.  We'd love to show you Gruene's only historic wedding venue! In the meantime, check out a few of some of our favorites from 2019!

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