I had a friend ask me a question, and I think I know the answer, but I wasn’t sure. He has been invited to a wedding taking place at a ball game. Apparently multiple couples will be married on the field before the game. I have no problem with that, if that is what the couple will enjoy. However, they expect the guests to buy their own tickets to the ball game. And apparently they are expensive, in the $40 range-I’m not sure why, if the wedding event itself costs extra, or they want you to sit in a certain section or…? I told him I thought this was very tacky, but then I wasn’t so sure. They are still hosts, so shouldn’t they be buying the tickets for the guests? Or is there an exception for public events where you are getting entertainment other than the wedding itself? 0722-13
The baseball stadium or team owners are using the group wedding as a marketing ploy. Invited guests are being used as a means to increase stadium revenues by having their desire to witness the weddings of friends and family exploited requiring them to pay a price for the privilege of witnessing what should be serious vows of commitment.
Weddings should NEVER have an entrance fee of any kind. If you want to get married in the local Renaissance Faire, then buy tickets for all guests who have rsvped in the affirmative. Want to get married on third base at Wrigley Field? Buy the tickets for guests. Having a wedding at a public sporting or entertainment event substitutes for the obligation to properly host your guests at a traditional reception in which the host provides the venue and food. There is nothing wrong with having an unconventional wedding and reception but there are serious wrongs with expecting your guests to foot the bill by paying entrance fees to the public event and expecting them to buy their own food. It’s like asking them to pay the reception hall rental and caterer. Mucho tacky and ungracious.