(Closed) Guest transportation?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think it is nice, but not necessary. I think most would just take a cab since they are dressed up and don’t want to walk – personally I wouldn’t mind taking a cab, the fare would be so cheap anyway.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It seems really silly to me to do a shuttle for half a mile.  I would skip it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We also felt obligated to provide shuttles for our guests, until we saw the price.  Money Mouth

So we’ve decided NOT to do it, we will be calling cab companies in advance to let them know we’ll need their help, and we’ll have a couple of cabs waiting outside the venue.  This is something you could do if you’re really worried about the walk/people driving.  

Agree with PPs, although it’s super nice of you to consider your guests, transportation is really their own issue.  Don’t worry about it.  (And yes, I have to keep telling myself this, too!)

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ya its a dilemma…

As a guest (who likes to have a good time… aka drink) I like the idea of not having to drive.  And I can tell you I’d really appreciate the ride after a night of dancing (thinking sore feet from being in heels all day).

Cab fare would work, but a shuttle would be better

(Thinking here how cab companies might not be all that impressed with a fare that is only going a few blocks… so finding them wanting to hang-out / help-out could be difficult…. visualize guests waiting endlessly for a cab to come get them)

Personally, I’d say if you can swing the cost of the shuttle then do it.

Your guests will no doubt appreciate such a “considerate / convenient” option

 

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sportsgal31:  So we’re in an almost identical situation! Our hotel (where the weddingparty/room block is) is literally not even a full block from the reception venue and the church is essentially 6 blocks from them both. We’ve been debating about the shuttle/transit or not for a while too, because it’s pretty cost prohibitive. However, I think we’ve reached this conclusion:  we’re hiring a 12-18 seat limo bus (I dont want to climb down into anything, or slide around seats) to deliver the families and bridal party to the ceremony. Since most companies require a 4 hour minimum, we’ll use them after the ceremony to shuttle people back to the reception venue (it will be 80+ degrees that day, our grandmothers are 80+ years, etc.) After that, we plan to have them outside to run a quick route for whomever needs it until they fill the remainder of their time.  We will be posting a sign in the venue lobby that says “Complimentary Shuttle will be making trips around mid-town until 9:00pm” or something to that effect. It’s a tough call though!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d base it on how easy it might be to catch a cab from the venue to the hotel after the reception.  If it’s an area where cabs are plentiful, then you can probably skip the shuttle, but if it’s an area where you’re going to have guests waiting a half-hour if you need 7 or 10 cabs all at the same time, then you almost have to do the shuttle. 

Our venue is about a 20-minute drive from the hotel and we are discouraging our OOT guests from getting rental cars, and the venue isn’t in the easiest location to get a taxi, so we’re pretty stuck with a shuttle.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Don’t do the shuttle – I have been to so many weddings where the shuttle just doesn’t work correctly.  Either they didn’t stop at all the hotels they were supposed to – or they didn’t show up – or they went to the wrong venue, it is just another thing you’ve got to organize and make sure it’s running correctly.  

Our venue was about a 5 minute drive from where most of our guests were staying.  People took cabs – If anyone cared, no one said anything to me about it.  

 

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