(Closed) Is it considered rude not to provide transportation from hotel to ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well my venue parking was free and I had a handful that were out of state.  I just gave them directions and no transportation.

Yeah, I would say you need to provide transportation if the reception was hard to get to or limited parking or a long drive.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I dont think so with your situation.  Most people will not mind the drive but I would make sure that all of your out of town guests have a way to get to the reception after the ceremony.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am curious about this too. My situation is that the church is about 30 mins from the reception site. Most of my out of town guests will stay near the reception site. I am looking into options, but wondering if it is rude not to provide the transportation as well! We’re thinking of providing transportation from the church to the reception, but not from the hotel to the church.

Could you provide a shuttle from the reception to the hotel, but not the hotel to the ceremony? That might be appreciated and be a bit cheaper.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another question to ask is how is everyone coming to your wedding.  Will they be flying in or driving in?  If it were me and I was flying in, I would just rent a rental car. 

The question I would ask my mom is how are they getting from the airport to the hotel… should I be driving them around all weekend?

Another thing I considered was have transportation because I didn’t want people to drink and drive. So they would all get picked up at the hotel and then dropped back at the hotel after the reception.  It ended up costing a lot so I didn’t do this.

Plus, my guests all stayed at different hotels, so that might be a headache to coordinate stops.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I wouldn’t say it’s rude but as a guest, I would say it’s a little incovenient. Transportaion for any guests to and from a central lodging location is NOT something that’s always expected. However, it’s a very nice gesture, esp to encourage ur guests not to drink & drive.

If it’s in a  budget, do it. If it’s not, just informed the guests (via email, word of mouth, or in OOT bags or whatever) about the $5 parking and provide maps and stuff. That would be nice.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it depends on how easy it is to get lost on the way coming or going. I know that roads can look drastically different in the dark and if you have older guests who may not be used to driving at night, it could be an issue. If you choose NOT to provide transportation to and from, can you maybe give one of the BMs or GMs the to-do to coordinate the buddy system for older guests and guests that may not have cars?

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