You’ve heard about puppy bouquets and dogs as ring bearers, but what about beer burros?
It’s a unique wedding trend that within the past few years has made its way onto Pinterest wedding boards and Instagram wedding accounts.
One company that provide beer burro services, Texas Hill Country Events, began the unusual service after they received a request from a client in 2015.
“They called me knowing I had a ranch, and asked if I’d be interested in doing it,” Alisha Randig told INSIDER. “There was one venue in Wimberley that started doing it a long time ago, I had seen it before but it never crossed my mind to do it.”
The sisters found two donkeys, John Wayne and Annie Oakley, on Craigslist and got to work training the donkeys to carry packs on their backs. Inside those packs? Beer, snacks, and party favors.
In addition to training the animals, Randig said they had to train their bartenders.
“Each of our donkey handlers are trained and they are certified handlers,” she told Hays Free Press.
It didn’t take too many events before Randig figured out the beer burro idea was a success.
“Everyone from grandparents to children took photos (with the donkeys),” Randig said. “As it progressed, we knew we were on to something. We saw on Snapchat themselves with the donkeys. That’s when I knew it caught on.”
While Randig and her sister Bethany, provide beer burro services for weddings and special events around Texas, there’s another company doing something similar in Northern California.
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Little Burro Events advertises that their two donkeys, Burrito and Zoey, make the perfect ring bearers or beverage servers. Not to mention they photograph well too.
“The behavior of donkeys is interesting. They’re similar to a dog. They enjoy the companionship of their owners. They cuddle and are compassionate,” Randig said. “They enjoy the weddings and taking photos.”
So, what do you say. Will you be hiring a beer burro for your next event?
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