Guest expenses

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would just provide the shuttle (free of charge to guests), or simply let them call a cab.

As a guest I would feel that you’re being cheap, but as a person planning a wedding I see where you’re coming from! Have you ever thought of having a team of designated drivers at your wedding? They can work in pairs to get the guest’s car home as well? What is the cost of the shuttle for the night?

Post # 4
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852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d be happy to pay. If im going to get a taxi anyway and this is a cheaper alterntive that I dont have to organise myself I’d be very pleased. Maybe send a note to see if anyone want’s in?

Post # 5
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18 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you can manage it, I think you should just throw it in. The Texas guests are already paying big $$ to go to the wedding, so that would be a really nice touch on your part if they didn’t have to worry about driving as well.  Asking them for $10 does seem a bit cheap to be honest, even though I am also aware how things add up and it can be expensive!

Post # 7
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668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If I were asked to pay for a shuttle to a winery at a destination wedding I would be miffed…if it is out of your budget you don’t have to provide it! Just be sure to let the quests know what their DD options are (cabs, etc)..

Post # 9
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@crazyweddingmom:  Honestly, I would probably pay, but I would already be irritated about the wedding.  If you want to have your reception in a remote/inconvenient location, I think the least you can do is provide the transportation.

Post # 11
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1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@crazyweddingmom:  I’m planning a destination wedding as well and will be providing transportation for our guests the entire night of the wedding BUT we will probably have a max of 10 people attending so we dont anticipate it being that expensive. With that being said, if you can swing it financially, I say provide the transportation. Afterall, the guests are traveling to the wedding so try to make it a bit more convenient for them!

Post # 14
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3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@crazyweddingmom:  If you dont want anyone to feel irritated or put a bad taste in their mouth, I would provide the shuttle.  I’ve been to 4 weddings this summer…they all provided a shuttle.  I think a lot of people include these, and I would be shocked if someone asked me as a guest to pay.

Post # 15
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@crazyweddingmom:  For me, it isn’t about payment or driving myself (I don’t drink), it’s about consideration for guests.  Not saying that all, or even most, of your guests will feel this way; however, as someone that sees attending weddings as an obligation (I find most weddings to be boring) the inconvenience is what would bother me.  I do believe there are two schools of thought when it comes to weddings, the first being “it’s the bride and groom’s day/they should do whatever they want.”  I happen to think the other way though, to me the guests should be the most important and the bride and groom should be playing the role of good hosts (i.e. more consideration for the guests than for what the bride/groom wants).

Post # 16
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657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think you should be paying. We had a shuttle for our wedding and it wasn’t destination. Ours cost the same amount, we did it for piece of mind especially since it was open bar. Every wedding I have been to lately has had a free shuttle. I think you should especially do a free shuttle since the wedding location seems to be far off the beaten path.

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