It used to be that an open bar was more than enough to impress guests at a wedding reception. These days, though, people are getting a little more creative when it comes to serving adult beverages. One of the latest trends, taking place especially in the southwest, is that brides and grooms are hiring “beer burros” — which are pack donkeys that carry brews on their back to serve guests.
Texas Hill Country Events provides beer burros for events across Texas, and the donkeys offer more than just beer. Their packs can be loaded up with appetizers and a variety of other beverages as well.
Check out this adorable snap of a bride and groom with two burros, posted to Instagram by @txhillcountryevents.
“They have custom-made pack-saddles, about waist-high, with baskets,” Alisha Randig, co-owner of Texas Hill Country Events, told Insider of the contraptions that allow the donkeys to “serve” guests. “They’re small — we don’t put a lot of weight on them, they’re more for the aesthetic.”
The donkeys can carry six to 12 beers in their pack at a time. Beer burros add a fun touch of novelty to a wedding, and of course, they make for perfect Instagram shots as well. Here’s another sweet image from @txhillcountryevents.
The caption reveals a fun fact about donkeys, which might explain what makes them such great beer burros: “Donkeys get depressed very easily when left alone,” the post reads. “That is the reason why they live in herds. In absence of other donkeys, they will need some other companions like goats or humans.”
Aww! They must have a blast at weddings with all the people there to shower them with affection. Beer burros, or “drink donkeys,” as they are also called, can also be a great way to get your guests talking as well.
Another company that offers beer burros is Arizona-based Haul N Ass Productions, which is at @wedding_burro on Instagram. How cute is this little decked-out donkey?
“At weddings, you’ve got people that have never met, and before you know it, they’re hanging with the donkey, meeting over the donkey and helping each other take photos,” Vanessa Rice, owner of Haul N Ass, told The Knot. “It’s just a great ice-breaker.”
Texas Hill Country Events charges $575 for a pair of donkeys, but there is an additional cost for events that are more than 30 miles away from their ranch in Wimberley, Texas. You can contact them here for a personalized quote. Rice of Haul N Ass says her company charges around $500 for two hours with a pair of donkeys.
Other companies provide the service, too, of course. These include Glamorass Ranch in Naples, Florida. Here, @glamorassranch shows a bride and groom by their burro, about to kiss. How sweet!
You could also hire some donkeys from Ears with Beers in Henly, Texas. Here’s a sweet photo from the @earswithbeers Instagram account, showing a bride and groom giving their drink donkeys some well-deserved hugs!
You can also find these adorable servers being offered by wedding venues who have them on site, such as Pecan Springs Ranch outside of Austin, Texas.
Are you thinking of hiring some beer burros for your next event? It would surely add some cuteness to the festivities!