A Visit to a "Wedding Wagon"

Well, this isn't the video I wanted to post today, but after a day wrestling with audio-visual problems and YouTube, you'll have to settle for this one! A new "trend" among the Amish is to rent a "cook wagon" or a "wedding wagon" for the big day.  Many Amish weddings are at least partially held outside and its just a big hassle to be carting copious amounts of food to and from the kitchen to a faraway shed. And, sheesh, who really wants 50 cooks tromping through your kitchen?  The wagon compartmentalizes all the work into a contained area.  An Amish woman in Michigan was nice enough to show me the inside of her wagon.  The busy wedding season gears up around April and stays steady through October.  How much does one of these cost to rent for a week?  Someone guess!  Click here to watch the video.

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GOD BLESS YOU Too bad this doesn't catch on for others also.  It would be another example of their entrepeneuriship
KJuneBug's picture

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Price wise I'm with BK and would guess about $250 for the week, plus the horse to pull it!  The Amish tend to be pretty reasonable with the pricing on things, so it just seems this would be one of those things, and you were up in the part of the country where the RV factories are, so if the owner worked at one of the factories, he may have gotten the materials at a reasonable price and been able to do the labor of building the wagon.    Luv, I agree that a wedding should not be so costly.  Our daughter has a fella now, which made both my husband and I realize that she is wedding aged (yikes!)  Fortunately she shares our sense of value and that a great wedding isn't based on spending lots of $$ that it is about creating a special time to remember. I've said before that your videos are a great educational tool for my children, this one too!!    "To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."  Titus 2:5

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What I would give for five ovens...  LOL  Even if just for a day!  But I'm going to low-ball a guess for the heck of it and say $100. Rebecca

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 My guess would be $1,000 - $1,200 to rent the wagon for the five days. It's kind of like an RV and they are expensive to rent. ~Diann
lorraine stoddard's picture

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My guess would be $500.00 for the week.

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Okay, Lorraine and Linda both nailed the correct amounts....$500 to rent a wedding wagon for a week.  Considering all that comes with it and the obsence costs for a wedding these days, I don't think that is a horrible price.  I'm sure a whole Amish wedding with all the "fixin's" could be held for $1000 - $1500...considering what a festivate, celebratory all-day affair they are, it puts our non-Amish average of $20,000 per wedding to shame.....The wagon is not pulled by horse, a non-Amish driver hitches it to a truck and takes it to the wedding site.  The wagon is just too large for a horse to pull....
LuvMaerz's picture

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present." No, $500 for a week isn't bad at all!  Just curious though... why do they need it for a whole week?  Don't they usually start cooking just a couple of days in advance?

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Well...I mean, I think it's just partly for scheduling, a week bloc of time is convenient in that way and if the wagon gets there on Friday, the bridal party has the weekend to stock up the wagon with sacks of flour, sugar, oats, etc for the cooking...I think it just allows a bit more prep time is all...

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My guess is on the cost a week is $500.Question is there no refrigerators in the wedding wagon?  I too wondered about the water do they use a water hose from a spigot and it hook it up to the wedding wagon? linda
LuvMaerz's picture

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present." I'll take a guess of $1000 for a week.  It looks really nice, but is it big enough for 50 cooks?  I am not sure my whole HOUSE is big enough for 50 cooks!! LOL  This is pulled by a horse to each house?  And how do they hook it up to gas and water? I have been thinking lately about the difference between our weddings and Amish weddings.  Last Friday on Rachael Ray, they revisited the huge wedding they did for all of these couples who were supposed to get married when the hurricane hit (was it in Tx?).  Some of those people had sunk $25,000 dollars into weddings and lost it all.  I can't imagine spending that much!  We did ours almost 8 years ago for around $3000, and it was nice and beautiful.  Where we spend our money on dresses, flowers, photographers, churches, honeymoons, etc... it seems the Amish sink all of the cost into their meals!!  It makes me wonder what an average Amish wedding ends up costing the parents.

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I'll go with $750/week. I can't imagine how hot it gets in there with 5 gas stoves going at one time!  I'm breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it!!! Cool

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You know it actually probably doesn't get THAT hot because they have such good cross-ventilation in that wagon, even if all 5 ovens were working on all cylindars, you'd have a really good cross breeze.  All the gas and water are hooked up through portable tanks.  Water tanks will have to be refilled a time or two during the day...

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I will guess $250.00 for the 5 days.

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kevin, what runs the huge coffee maker?  gas?   and my guess for a week is four hundred dollars, lol........let me know if i am close

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