Post # 1
Although our venue is only about 12 miles from the nearest town, it’s in the boonies and can be difficult to find. Plus, we want our guests to be able to drink all they want without worrying about driving home. So! We’re going to offer bus transportation from the guests’ hotel to our venue. It will take two trips from the hotel to the venue before the ceremony, and two trips from the venue to the hotel after the reception.
Problem: We have no idea how many guests will use the bus. We’re expecting ~150 guests, but many are older, have children, aren’t big partiers, etc. and won’t want to use the bus. Many might, though.
We’d prefer not to spend $700 on one of those really nice, huge coach buses (especially when we can’t be sure how many guests will even use the bus). One option we’re considering is using a school bus. It’s much for affordable AND it fits 48 people comfortably (as opposed to 33 for the small, more affordable coach bus). But… it’s a school bus… and it’ll be about a 25 minute ride to get from the hotel to the venue. As a guest, how would you feel about riding that far in a school bus? I can’t decide if it’s better to be sure we have enough seats for everyone (even if it’s in a school bus) OR if we should go for the smaller, nicer bus and risk forcing some people to drive who might have otherwise wanted to be on the bus.
Moral of the story: Have people RSVP to take the bus 🙂
Post # 3
I see nothing wrong with a school bus. I think it’s a nice, considerate idea.
Post # 4
i love the idea.. i find its super cute, practical and retro all at the same time… go for it!!!
Post # 5
what an awesome idea! how does one go about getting a school bus, though?
Post # 6
I’m planning on using a school bus as well. I think most people would just be happy to have free transport. At least that’s what I’m hoping.
Post # 7
Transportation paid for? Sounds good to me.
Post # 8
Who cares what the transportation looks like as long as it gets them there and back. It shouldn’t matter at all what type of bus it is. Go for it, you’ll be able to fit more people!
Post # 9
Thanks for all the feedback. It’s actually pretty easy to find a bus to rent… we just called a local bus-renting company and they had lots of school buses available. I’ve also talked to other people who called up the local school district and asked to speak to someone at the bus garage.
Post # 10
We had a school bus and I was a bit worried about what people would think of it, but to be honest people were so happy we offered transportation. Many said it was so nice of us and they appreciated it but definitely didn’t expect it (and have never been to a wedding where that was offered).
The bus wasn’t full for sure, we had about 100 ppl at the wedding and maybe 30ish people take the bus, but the amount that those people appreciated it, was enough for me.
It also helped quash any worries about people drinking and driving, we were responsible party hosts and made sure no one had to even entertain that idea 🙂
Post # 11
I think it would be fun! I say go for it!
Post # 12
My fiance and I went to a wedding last year that offered school buses as transporation from the hotel to the wedding and back. My ONLY complaint about it was that we’re both really tall, and the leg room room in the school bus was super tight. So we were pretty squished in there (the bus was full) in our nice clothes for the entire 30-minute ride.
Post # 13
Absolutely…I’d just be happy with a free ride.
Post # 14
On the RSVP I would put a line asking if they want you to save them a spot on the bus.
Post # 15
totally doing this. those coach buses are REDONK.
Another tip: if your city is big enough to offer transit, consider renting a bus. I found they’re not as cheap as a school bus but definitely nowhere near a coach bus. And it’s a nice touch!
Post # 16
Ohh, I hadn’t thought about trying to rent a city bus. Love that idea! Thanks @bebefly