Post # 1
I need some thoughts/opinions/ideas of what we should do for our guest transportaiton for our wedding in Center City Philadelphia.
So here is our situation. About 95% of our guests will be traveling to Philadelphia for our wedding. A portion of our guests are within an hour from Philly, others are more like eight hours away. Since our guests are traveling so far and paying for a hotel and everything, we want to make sure we are not inconveniencing anyone with travel to and from our ceremony and reception venues.
Our ceremony will be at a church in the city, and our venue will be a number of blocks away, probably not in walking distance for most people. We haven’t priced out shuttles or trolleys yet, but we do know that we at least want to provide some sort of shuttle service from the reception to the hotel so that no one is driving. We are stuck with whether we should provide transportation from the hotel to the church and then from the chuch to the reception, too. I am not sure if that is even an option for our budget, as we haven’t priced anything out yet, so I need some help!
In a perfect world, we would like to provide a full day of transportation so that no one has to deal with cabs and driving/parking in the city, but I am not sure if that is a budget friendly option. Has anyone done this in Center City Philly? What company did you use? How much was it?? We want to figure something out for sure, but it can’t break the bank.
Post # 3
If it’s only a couple blocks wouldn’t a taxi be pretty cheap? I’m sure that your guests honestly wouldn’t mind spending a couple bucks on a taxi ride. Especially if they could get at least 4 people in each cab…that’s nothing.
Post # 4
I’m kind of in the same boat, although my wedding is in Bucks Co, and the ceremony and reception site are 30 minutes away from each other. I’m at the point that I just want to find transportation for the bridal party, and work from there. I have found that the trolley companies are around $1900 for 12 hours (we would need pick up and transport from my house and FIs house to the church, from the church to the photo sites, to the reception, and then the hotel after the reception). I was hoping to find something that cost a little less, but everything I have found seems to be around that amount. Let me know if you find something for less!
Post # 5
I work in University City, so I know Philly pretty well, especially downtown. Cabs are definitely the easiest way for someone to get around. It’s only $6 from suburban station to 30th street, so they will probably pay less for a cab than to park.
I would put the suggestion of a cab on the invite with info about the shuttle to the hotel and leave it at that.
Another question…does your hotel offer a shuttle? Some do, and that may be a decent option for some people.
Post # 6
Can Sylvester Stallone pull people in a rickshaw, or with piggy back rides?
Our tea reception was about 5 blocks away, and it was a sunny day, so we walked up the road to the venue:
Post # 7
Duncan, that was certainly the best suggestion yet.
Post # 8
I would recommend either suggesting cabs, or Uber. Maybe you can contact Uber to negotiate a discount for first-time users. It seems really silly to provide transportation within the city. If it’s something that’s super important to you, we are using Cescaphe Trolley and got a reasonable quote. I also spoke with Sterling Limo, who offered REALLY reasonable shuttle bus prices (but they weren’t the “look” I wanted). When we were thinking about having our wedding in the city, I wasn’t going to provide transportation…but we chose a venue like 15 minutes from Center City so we opted to provide transportation. If you’re providing transportation, I’d guess that adding the time to the ceremony won’t be that much. But I could be wrong.
Post # 9
that many people getting cabs in such a small space could be difficult.
I hired a bus company to shuttle my guests. 100% of my guests live outside Philadelphia. Not one Philadelphia resident in the whole wedding. Nearly everyone who goes will be stayed at the hotel minus a few people who will want to stumble back to the burbs. For this reason I thought transportation was necessary. It’s about 2 miles between my hotel and my venue (reception and ceremony in the same place. :))
Post # 10
@rjiuliante: We’re in a similar situation and just booked guest transportation. We have room blocks at one hotel, and needed to get our guests to the ceremony location (rittenhouse area), reception location (old city area) and then back to the hotel (general center city area).
After considering the size and needs of our group, and the number of ppl coming from out of town (about 75%) it became apparent that we’d need to provide something. We didn’t want to inconvenience anyone by asking them to pay for cabs or a parking garage at the ceremony site, especially considering they will have already paid for parking at the hotel. The amount of partying our group would be doing also was a factor in our decision.
So we went with two full size buses, each holding 54 ppl. Both buses will take two trips from the hotel>church at different times, then everyone to reception, then at the end of the evening they’ll take guests back at staggered times. We’ll have the buses for about 8 hours, and the cost for both came to slightly under $2000. We also went with a trolley for our bridal party, since we wanted the option of taking some pictures before/after the ceremony in different locations.
Happy to provide you with more details if you need it!
Post # 11
@homiepoo Thanks sooooo much!!! Your situation is pretty much exactly what we are dealing with! I wonder if we are getting married at the same locations, our venues seem to be in the same areas! That was a huge help! We were also looking into a trolley for the bridal party so if you have any pricing on it, let me know what that is! We haven’t inquired about one yet but will soon! Thank you again!
Post # 12
@rjiuliante: I so much wanted to provide a full day of transportation for everyone. UNTIL I priced it all out and realized that that was going to cost us literally thousands. Unfortunately it’s just out of budget for us. After talking a lot about it, FI and I decided that we would provide transportation back to the hotel from the reception for our immediate families, bridal party members and their dates only. There will be extra room on the bus for anyone who’s overdone it, but we’re not advertising it as arranged transportation (because then everyone will think they’ll just catch a ride back and we could run out of room).
We’re in your general area and went with Stout’s, you might want to check them out.
Post # 12
I’m late on this i think 🙂 but I actually negotiated a great deal with UBER for my guests. First time riders get a $20 dollar credit and they give you some free rides for the bridal party. You can see the details here:
Post # 13
that’s great. i hired philadelphia rolley works for my wedding adn one bus drove my guests to the wrong wedding and a few people missed my ceremony because of it.
Post # 14
i should also noe that philadelphia trolley works refused to entertain any type of a refund, hey apologized on behalf of the bus driver but said it was his fault not the company’s. lol. then they blamed the loew’s hotel.