Post # 1
We are getting married in Pittsburgh on May 5, 2012. Both the ceremony and reception are at the same place. The original plan was to block hotels in the city (Southside) close to the venue so that out of town guests could navigate easily with hotel shuttles. Well…I failed to realize the Pgh Marathon is that weekend. So, the hotels in the city were outrageous and mostly booked. We were able to block rooms at hotels in Robinson Twp but now I feel that we should have some sort of transportation available. We will have about 30 out of town guests. Most will have cars (driving from Toronto). Pittsburgh isn’t the type of city where you can hail a cab on any corner. You need to call and order them. I’ve looked into a few places and it is anywhere from 1500-2000. Yikes! That’s a lot to pay, especially when we will really only need them for a few hours in the afternoon and after the reception.
Any creative ideas? Thought of renting some passenger vans from a rental car agency and finding credible drivers. I am really hoping to find something more budget friendly.
Post # 3
is there any way you can just pay the shuttle for the hotel, or do they have a radius limit?
I think your best bet would be to rent the vans. Especially if you do not want to pay a lot
Post # 4
Have you looked at Shamrock Limousine? I got a flyer from them at a bridal show that had different vehicles and prices listed on it. For 4 hours of service you can get a bus for $650.00. That includes tax, fuel, and cost of driver. The flyer I have states that that is for 23+ people so maybe call them for a quote on 30 and see what they can do for you? Their number is 877-288-4305.
Post # 5
@HeyKaraoke: Thanks so much for the tip. I will definitely give them a call.
@MlleBrielle: I asked the hotels initially and they didn’t seem willing. But, maybe it doesn’t hurt to ask again? I would be willing to pay them extra to block out the shuttles during that time. Thank you!
Post # 6
School buses are a pretty affordable option too! That’s what I’m planning to use.
Post # 7
I’m getting a trolley for my Out of Town guests, not sure if there’s something like that in Pittsburgh though. A lot of hotels have shuttles but definitely test them out beforehand to make sure they’re timely.
Post # 8
Robinson to Southside isn’t a horrible drive, and they should be able to exit 376 prior to the downtown nightmare from the marathon, and the tunnel.
Pittsburgh does have at least one trolly company (though if the duck tour people did wedding transportation, that would be pretty cool!), though I don’t know the pricing.
I’d probably check again with the hotel. If everyone is booked at one place, you may be able to convince them to provide a shuttle.
Post # 9
I don’t know if you would even consider this but Pittsburgh has a limo service called designated drivers. I think the limos might say “DD” on the window, so I’m not sure how bad that would look for a wedding. Anyway, they charge per person, I think maybe $10 a person. I have used them several times on Saturday nights out to the clubs and never had a problem. They pick you up where ever you want, drop you off, then pick you back up a few hours later. It’s been several years since I moved so I’m not sure if the $10 is round trip or one way.
On another note, I’ve never been to Toronto so I’m not sure how the roads are, but Pittsburgh is confusing to get around if you don’t know your way since its an older city. I grew up in the south side and know those roads very well. The main roads should be open by the time of your wedding, but if they are not you may have some guests that get lost.
Post # 10
I think if you can afford it, it’s a nice option. One of my friends rented school bus. A little wierd but innovative, I have no clue how much she paid, but I’m guessing she did it to save some money. If you aren’t opposed to that perhaps checking the philly area to see if they do the same. Another thing to do is perhaps rent a big Van and have a family friend or someone trust worthy to shuttle guest back and forth.
ps: I’m renting Trolleys also, they are just as expensive
Post # 11
We were in a similar situation, although most of our out of town guests rented cars. However, my mom was worried about people drinking and driving so we went with guest transportation. We rented a 15 passenger van from a rental car company and then had a family friend (who isn’t that close and wasn’t going to the wedding) pick up the guests and the hotel before the wedding and then drive him back at the end of the night. We paid him a nice amount for doing it (although I can’t remember how much) and I thik we served him dinner at the wedding too. Honestly I really can’t remember, my mom was the one who organized it all.