(Closed) Providing bottled water for ceremony guests?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think it’s a great idea.

I would not expect my guests to carry their bottles to the reception area and I would provide a recepticle for them. Be considerate to your guests and to the park — wouldn’t want guests just leaving them sitting around! It doesn’t have to be an ugly trash can. You can get a cute bin or basket. Or maybe ask one of your ushers/attendants to just hold a bag or something to collect them specifically at the end of the ceremony (and check for any that got left behind).

And please recycle! πŸ™‚

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

This is pretty adorable, as far as trash cans go. I’d say paint it in a neutral color, bow optional, and you can use it in the future as well πŸ™‚

100% agree that you’d need to provide somewhere for the bottles to go, as it would be pretty awkward for everyone to be toting their trash around (or god forbid, encouraging littering!).

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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shelbypoo:  Just want to suggest that you double check with the ceremony site to see if you can bring them in. At my venue (having both ceremony and reception there), they don’t allow water bottles (too much littering happening, probably). 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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shelbypoo:  i always appreciate when the bride and groom provides water. it’s refreshing and nice to have especially for outdoor weddings. the ones i have been to have the water jugs with cups, and small trash can under the tables. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We’ll be providing bottled water even though our ceremony is inside. We’re having a bunch of cute lables made up for them as well! (It’s actually pretty cheap to do this, definitely one of those touches that won’t break the bank.)

As long as you have designated trash bins that are easy to find, I don’t think guests we’ll leave too much of a mess. (Unless they’re jerks.)

I wouldn’t mind carrying mine (I mean, I carry a purse), but I’d like the option to get rid of it if I was done with it.

There might be a charge!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We had mini water bottles in big galvanized tub with ice.  I didn’t even think of a trash can.  There were some bottles left on the seats, some empty ones thrown back in the tub and some in the grass next to tub.  

I guess if I thought about it I would have put another smaller tub next to the one with the water.  In addition to the water being drank during the ceremony I was glad to grab a bottle after the ceremony was over.  Other people also drank some during pictures.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Either have them collected by your usher in a plastic bag or place a container at the edge of the property where people will have to go to the reception venue or their cars. It will be out of the way and not in any of the pics.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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shelbypoo:  

Maybe some people did bring them to the cocktail hour.  We had 50 people and I only saw a few bottles laying around.   The space wasn’t littered with them.  We also had the whole property for the weekend,  so it was okay that we didn’t pick it up until the next day.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I concur with those suggesting you have your ushers or a couple of helpers responsible for collecting any left behond following the ceremony 

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