Should bride pay for amusement park tickets?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Yes or no?
    Yes : (4 votes)
    7 %
    No : (57 votes)
    93 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think it would be a nice token if she did, but I don’t think it is necessary. Presumably she is paying for people to eat/drink at the reception, which is all that is required to show her appreciation to her guests. I doubt everyone will want to go on the rides anyway.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @PennyForYourThoughts:  If she is having the reception there and hosting her wedding within a venue of the park then no. Is she expecting that the guests would wander off to go on rides?

    It sounds like it could be more choatic and tempting for guests to leave the reception area if everyone gets tickets. Maybe if her reception ends before the park closes she could have some tickets available for guests (if the park has the option of paying to ride, just 1 or 2 rides and not havign to get the hand stamp). She may even be able to work out a deal with having the park stay open an extra 1/2 an hour just for her guests to ride for a small fee. Again IDK, she would have to consult the park. 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Why would she buy a handstamp for the photographer? I’d want my photographer taking pictures, not riding rides! (Unless she’s hoping the photographer will get some good pictures while on a ride?) I don’t think she needs to pay for the rest of the guests to ride amusement park rides as long as she has the rest of the basics covered (food, drinks, chairs, bathroom facilities, etc, etc).

    Post # 6
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    If the bridal party will be enjoying the rides during the hours advertised for the wedding, then the guests should have equal access to the rides. If, however, no one in the bridal party is enjoying the rides until after the wedding is over, then no, the bride does not need to provide tickets or handstamps for guests.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @PennyForYourThoughts:  I think that if she intends to go on rides or for the bridal party to during that time and she is hosting that, then she needs to host it for all her guests. I personally do not think it is right to have two classes of guests. You host for all or you simply don’t do it.

    ETA: for the sake of comparison, imagine if she paid for the wedding party to have steak and lobster while everyone else got chicken fingers.

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @mrsSonthebeach:  this was my thought as well.

    I think the guests should be treated the same as the bridal party. If the bridal party will be going on rides during the reception on the B&G’s dime than the guests should be treated the same way.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @PennyForYourThoughts:  But she’s not requiring the guests to wear a specific dress. If she demanded that everyone wear a cowboy hat, then she better provide the darn hats.

    (Plus, in America, the bridesmaids usually pay for their own dresses.)

    Post # 16
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @PennyForYourThoughts:  No, but if she’s hosting for one, she should host for all. If the rides are part of the event for some, then they should be for all. All guests should have equal access to the same level of entertainment, food, and drink.

    Clothing is not a good comparison. This is an entertainment aspect. Would you invite everyone to the movies and pay for 5 people’s tickets and then tell everyone else to pay their own way? After all, they could get into the lobby for free.

    Maybe a better plan is to not buy any handstamps and instead by single ride tickets for everyone. Then, the bridal party can get some shots on a ride, which would probably be awesome to have, and no one’s experience has been upgraded beyond that of someone elses. A wedding is not the place to create haves and have-nots.

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