Post # 1
Our wedding is taking place on Friday in the 2nd worst city in the nation for rush hour traffic. I would like to warn our guests to allow extra travel time. We are including a directions insert and this is the wording I have come up with but would like to shorten it if possible. Also, I don’t want to sound bossy.
“In general, you can expect travel time to double in the DC metro area during rush hour. Since the wedding is taking place on Friday, please allow at least an hour to travel from DC to — to account for rush hour traffic.”
I’m thinking of shortening it to:
You can expect travel time to double in the DC metro area during rush hour. Please allow at least an hour to travel from DC to –.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t put it on the invitation; I’d include it on a wedding website with directions or maps for alternate routes. I think anyone from this area will know that, though.
Post # 4
Are a lot of your guests from oot?
Is there any way you could just pass the info along by word of mouth? Or if you are having a website, maybe place it there?
Post # 5
Everyone is from out of town (about 90%). It is on the website as well. But I have found that not many people are going there. We are including a directions insert with the invitation.
Post # 7
I’d spread it word of mouth. Something like: “It’s generally quicker to fly to the moon than it is to go from Foggy Bottom to Georgetown in rush hour!” Kidding! (Well, sort of, I go from Foggy Bottom up to Foxhall a few times a week during rush hour, and it’s a complete nightmare!)
But I’d let guests know on the wedding website and spread the word that traffic is a disaster at rush hour. How far are your guests going? Sometimes there are surprising routes that make the traffic less impossible..
Post # 8
I think putting it on the directions is a good idea. Maybe just say something like “During rush hour, travel time from DC to ___ will be approx. XXX minutes”. Whenever I get printed directions, I always appreciate it when an estimate travel time is given so I can plan ahead!
Post # 9
I think including it in your directions card is helpful. I think your wording sounds fine – not too bossy.
I wonder, though, if it would be possible to get transportation for guests if they choose? You say about 90% is from out of town. Do you have a hotel block reserved that most guests will be staying at? Sometimes a hotel will be able to take your guests to/from the venue for minimal cost. I know it can be expensive though, so it might not be in budget. If I was your guest, I would be very nervous about making it there in time.
Post # 10
@msfahrenheit: I like this suggestion!
Post # 11
@msfahrenheit: Yeah I like that way of doing it. Give the directions, and then an estimate for the travel time. (Kind of like Google Maps.)
Also, don’t count us out! Some studies say we are #1 in worst traffic! Woo!
Post # 12
Thanks! I just think our traffic is so *special* folks need to be warned! I came up with this combo since folks are coming from all over the region not just DC proper.
“You can expect travel time to double in the Washington, DC metro area during rush hour. Please allow approximately 65 minutes to travel from Washington DC to –.”
@Crabbabs: Providing a shuttle is just not an option, unfortunately.
Post # 13
I don’t think your wording sounds bossy at all. As a guest, I would appreciate the warning.