Question about Shuttle Bus between Ceremony/Reception Site and Hotel

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Do we need to provide round trip shuttle for a 3 mile distance btwn hotel/venue?
    Yes, hire the shuttle : (9 votes)
    43 %
    No, you do not need to hire the shuttle : (12 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @yehyehgirl:  I don’t think the shuttle is necessary. It might be different if the wedding was in some remote location where taxis would not be readily available and you were concerned about drinking and driving. That is not the case in this instance.

    I think that in many cases couples are taking on way too much responsibility for your guests. I can make my own hotel reservation and provide my own transportation.

     

    Post # 4
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    7179 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    @yehyehgirl:  Have you promised transportation to your guests?   How many will be at the hotel?

    It’s only 3 miles away – if guests need to – they can grab a taxi!  I wouldn’t spend the cash for shuttle service.

     

    Post # 5
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    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Can you ask your venue how well taxis have worked for them in the past?  DH and I hired a shuttle service for our wedding because we had about 75% of guests staying at the same hotel, and were told by our venue that due to their location (slightly rural) they have had problems with taxis in the past.  I’d say if there aren’t that many guests who would require the shuttle, and if taxi service is good, don’t bother.

    That being said, if have room for it in your budget, I’m sure your guests would appreciate the shuttle service.  

    Post # 8
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    629 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If it’s mostly in-towners, I’d say no shuttle. If mostly out-of-towners, and you can afford it: go with the shuttle. If you do plan on using the shuttle, I’d include an info card with the invitation/accomodations paperwork so that the guests who would use it know it’s there, otherwise they might skip the wedding!

    Post # 9
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    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    This is a social event. People get invited to holiday parties, founders’ day events, church events etc. If they can make it they will. If they have to plan it hotel and transportation they will. No need to coddle your guests. Just put the address of the ceremony and reception place on your invite and they will figure it out.

    Post # 10
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    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @yehyehgirl:  Arranging for them to show up at the venue is a great idea!

    Post # 12
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    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Get a shuttle so everyone can drink.  You don’t want anyone to attempt to drive drunk, and my belief is that at a wedding none of your guests should ever need to open their wallets.

    Post # 13
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    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think adults should arrange their own transportation. It’s nice of you to have a shuttle, but so not necessary. 

    Post # 14
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    3711 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think I would be skeptical about providing transportation to and from the venue, for everyone staying at the hotel. It’s according to how many end up staying there, the capacity of the shuttle, etc.. If the venue is 3 miles away, that could mean a 30 minute round trip, in traffic. How could everyone get there by the time the ceremony starts? Most people start to filter-out of a wedding at various times, but if you have big partiers, a lot might stay until the doors close. People could be standing at the venue, waiting for the shuttle, after the doors close.

    We’ve blocked 4 different hotels, but 1 is 4.5 blocks away from the venue, for those who need to walk back. My Dad, a non-drinker, was adamant about providing 4 shuttle vans or trolleys, just to accomodate those who like to over-indulge. His opinion is that if 5 people fit into a car, there has to be one willing to be a designated driver. BTW, both the groom and myself were raised in alcohol-free homes, so we’re talking about a possibly small number who would need a shuttle.

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