Who else better to bring you beer at a wedding than a donkey? "Beer burros" began taking hold in 2015 when wedding planners in the Texas Hill Country wanted to incorporate donkeys into the celebrations. And it makes sense, not only is a beer donkey unique, but it's also a great ice-breaker for reception guests who have never met. Alisha Randig works for Hill Country Events in Dripping Springs and told the Hays Free Press three years ago that people began requesting strange things when it comes to events in the wedding capital of Texas.
The donkey idea was introduced when Salt Lick, arguably the most popular barbecue in the Hill Country, approached Randig and said they were getting requests for donkeys to serve guests at weddings. Randig then bought two donkeys, Annie Oakley and John Wayne, and got to work. It took two months before the donkeys were trained to carry packsaddles. The donkeys then learned to carry alcohol, party favors, and food around the event on their backs. It didn't take long for the idea of beer burros to take off.
Now, the Texas Hill Country isn't the only place with beer burros. Beer burros are now a common sight at many events around the country. Little Burro Events, a Northern California beverage-serving mini donkey business is supplying burro cuteness in Napa, Sonoma, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
And they're not just beer wedding burros either, you can have a tequila burro at your next event. Not only do the guests love the sweet donkeys, the donkeys also love being the center of attention. This Southwestern trend is something I'm sure will continue to grow far beyond California wine county.
"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 told the Hays Free Press. "They enjoy the weddings and taking photos."
If you are planning a wedding in the Texas Hill Country, you can reach out to Texas Hill Country Events and have your own beer burros serving your guests. They might be better than a catering service!
What do you think about cute donkeys as wedding guests? Let us know in the comments below!
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