Post # 1
I’m sort of back-and-forth on this, trying to decide whether or not it’s worth shelling out the $350 for a limo for the wedding party and shuttling guests back to the nearby hotel.
Our ceremony and reception are in the same location; the ceremony will be outdoors (weather permitting, of course), with the reception hall a short walk away on the same grounds. But I’m thinking it would be nice to rent a limo for the wedding party, who would be arriving via two separate pick-ups (groom/his two best men first, followed by me/my two matrons) within the same town. I found a 10-passenger limo for $350 for six hours (condition/quality of it yet TBD), which would get us through 9p that evening; thereafter, it would cost an extra $75 per hour (which I know we’d need, as the reception ends at 10:30p).
With me so far? 🙂
This all being said, does a limo rental for seven-eight hours guarantee us his undivided time for those hours? Is it worth it?
Post # 3
I’d say it guarantees he’ll be there, but I just don’t think it’s worth the money – especially if both the reception and ceremony are at the same venue (ours were as well).
We just rented a sedan from a limo company – for about $100 total – to shuttle us, the marrying couple, off to our hotel at the end of the night.
It will save you several hundred dollars – and no one will miss it.
Post # 4
I personally wouldn’t worry about guests, but for the wedding party hell yeah!! It was so much fun all us riding in it having champagne together!!!!!!
Post # 5
@CookieCreamCakes: We have some guests coming from out of town who will be staying at the hotel — and some of whom will be drinking. The hotel offers a shuttle van, but for $300 since we blocked off less than 25 rooms. We know we want the limo for the whole wedding party plus their spouses/SOs, so that’s a given — but it would nice to know that we could provide the limo service to get guests staying at the hotel back safely.
Post # 6
Guests can take care of themselves. They do every other 364 days per year.
It might be nice to do it for you and for the bridal party, but only YOU can determine if it is worth the cost. For us, it wasn’t. Mainly because my fiancé and one of my bridesmaids don’t drink. So my bridal party and I all have designated drivers…
Post # 7
I understand your concern about the drinking. In my case, I printed up cards with the numbers/addresses of several area hotels, as well as the phone numbers for several limo companies and put them out on each table.
If that doesn’t work, most of your guests will likely know someone else at the wedding who can give them a ride hope. Or – and I know this is a big stretch – hopefully they’ll have the good sense not to have more than they can handle so they can drive at the end of the night.
Post # 8
@CookieCreamCakes: I’m concerned because we’re providing full-night open bar (thinking of shutting it off an hour before the reception ends, though, to help people to sober up).
Post # 9
I went to one wedding with a shuttle service for guests, and I must say, as a guest I thought it was the nicest little courtesy. Would I have made it to the reception without it? Sure. But was it nice to not have to have someone pulling up directions on a phone in an unfamilar town in the middle of the night? Most definitely. I say that if its in your budget, your guests would love it.