Post # 1
Bees, I’m hoping for some perspective here.
Ceremony + reception will be at the same place. There is terrible cell reception, no cabs will be driving by as the location is isolated & it’s 25 mins from the city.
Majority of my side will be travelling (from interstate & o/s) to get here. We are thinking of covering the cost of a bus for their transport on the day as we are unaware of their car situation & understand that the place will be unfamiliar to them.
Now, for the locals, we are happy to organise a bus but i’m hesitate to cover that cost. Thinking as we hand out the invites we mention that best man (we’ll put the deposit down etc) is organising a bus so if you are keen we can provide his contact details. Best man would then say it’s $10 a person. Local guest can then decide whether they take that offer, decide to drink reponsibly (as they are adults), organise a car pool, organise a taxi…etc This would save us over $400.
FI doesn’t think this is fair.
I don’t want to spend more money that we don’t have.
Post # 3
I’d pay for transport for anyone who stays at a hotel in town. We’ll probably do this ourselves when it comes to our guests and just have a bus or van come pick everyone up and drop them off after the wedding.
Post # 4
Just offer it, but only have it go directly to and from your hotel(s) and the venue. Local guests will then either have to book a room at the hotel, or drive home anyway once the bus takes them back. For most, it’ll probably be a bigger inconvenience than it’s worth (have to wait for busses instead of leaving whenever, potentially double-back to get home), so I don’t see many signing on for it. I would have local guests RSVP separately for transportation so you have numbers.
Post # 5
@starbuckslover: yes we considered all that, but you pay for those that do sign up?
It will also be NYE so that maky make it more enticing….
Post # 6
i think it would look a bit strange if certain guests were ushered towards a bus and others werent
i think preferably everyone should get transport, like pp said – from venue to hotel
Post # 7
There is absolutely nothing worse than getting stuck at a remote wedding venue. I went to a wedding at a winery and the B&G arranged for five cabs to show up at midnight. However only two cabs showed up. The drivers said they would come back. We decided to wait with friends to give them the company as we had driven to the venue. An hour later no cabs had returned. I ended up making 4 trips and not getting to bed until 4am. not to mention the cost of the petrol. Yeah I wasn’t too happy with the B&G considering I was left to deal with their guests who I didn’t even know.
Post # 8
@newname_99: venue to the hotel / centre of city / close to cab rank is what it would be. it would be offered to ALL guests, but i’m questioning who would cover the actual cost
Post # 9
@j_jaye: totally understand getting stuck at the venue. it would suck. especially where we would have it. I may have not been clear in my original post, but ALL guests would be offered the transport. Those locally would have the option of joining the shuttle (confirm numbers prior to the date) but it’s a matter of who wears the cost. The local guests themselves or the b&g?
note – i’ve never been to a wedding where such an option was even offered let alone paid for!
Post # 10
then i said you pay. because tis one thing choosing a location with good public transport links and taxis…but if its isolated and less convenient then you need to compensate for that
Post # 11
I think if you can move stuff around in your budget then do it because your Fi seems to not be on board with current plan. I think it’s guest responsibility, if you married in a remote location and they don’t have adequate access to taxis and public transportation, then you should try your best to foot the bill. Encourage people to have dd, and perhaps have one drop off location where they can either book and sleep at hotel, find a taxi or public transportation.
Post # 12
I think you either pay for everyone, or no one. It isn’t fair to not pay for someone just because they’re local, while shelling out for other people to take the bus. just do the shuttle from the hotel to the venue, and wheover wants to take it can take it.
Post # 13
i think you only need to provide this for OOT guests. Under any other circumstances, your local guests (as they are adults) would arrange their own transport. I also wouldn’t offer anything I didn’t plan to pay for. If the best man wants to spread shuttle arrangements to local guests by word of mouth, then that’s cool. As a guest, I would take advantage of any amenity you offered, reasoning to myself that if you offered, you must be able to afford it.
Post # 14
I didn’t provide any transportation for any guests for my wedding.
Half of my guests lived about 2 hours away. If people want to come, they’ll come. If people cannot, they cannot.
I’ve never had transportation provided for me for any wedding I’ve attended. Last summer, I attended a weddng that was 5 hours away. (All the guests had to travel 5+ hours to get there). I think it would be a horrible horrible budget buster for you and really, I’ve never heard of this ever.
Post # 15
The hotel we booked had a bus that will take guest to the reception 20 minutes away and pick them up. So only those guest staying at that hotel will get that option.
Post # 16
We had a similar situation, ceremony and reception at the same venue and about 20 guests who had flew in for the wedding. Buti knew some had a rental car and wanted to drive and some family members wanted to drive with family who lived here as well as friends who lived here would love to drink and not worry about the drive.
What we did is to include in ourwebsite that there was a complimentary shuttle bus with limited room so to contact us (my husband was in charge of this) to reserve a spot. We then called all the out of towners to give them first shot.
It actually ended up being perfect! We hired a huge bus, everyone had a great ride and seemed that the party started on the bus!