Post # 1
Hey Ladies I have been back and forth all day with my Fi over this.We are inviting 170 people, about 60 percent of our guest list is from out of town so we want to have shuttlse for our guest. While we plan on discouraging people from renting a car because it’s super expensive to park in this city, I know a lot of our guest may choose to drive in.He has done all the research and come narrowed it down two Trolley companies.There are a few issues.
1.We are trying to decide between two companies. The pros for the first one, the Trolleys are white and beautiful, they offer a discount for April. The guy has indicated he would be open to negotiation and cutting us an extra deal if we rent four trolleys(I think that may be way too much!). The second place cost slightly more, but it’s the historic trolley company that does tours in Boston, and we have the option of our guest being able to take a 30-45 min tour of Boston before the ceremony.
2. The first thing I’m concerned about is I’m not sure our guest would want to sit through 45 minute tour while they are all dressed up. It may end up being too much time for them to go on the tour, go to the wedding wait about 15-20 minutes before the ceremony, then endure another 20 minute ride to the reception and cocktail hour.
3.I’m worried about cost. We still have two other vintage cars he wants to rent. How do we know this far out how many people are going to use the trolley? They seat about 30 people each. One would be for the bridal party(after ceremony). Once would be for local guest who took the T into town, the other two would go back forth between two of the hotels we are blocking off our our guest.(may be an issue if we have tours, and the shuttle needs to make more then one trip) I made the mistake of looking at the prices and even though he allocated a high amount for transportation in our budget I’m wondering if it is worth it?
I would love to hear your experiences using a shuttles in your wedding, or as a guest.
Sorry this was so long!
Post # 3
I think you have a good idea here but do the trolleys have AC? If next April has the crazy hot weather we’re having now people would be sweating & open windows mess up dos.
Post # 4
I’m booking a trolley to take ~70 guests from hotel to the church, from church to reception, and then reception to the hotel. The trolley seats 21 and each route will have 4 trips. Altogether its about $1000, so I’m obviously a fan of trolleys
I think the tour option is awesome but maybe not right before the ceremony- like you said, people will be dressed up, plus I’d be worried about the tour going too long and getting to the ceremony late. Maybe book the tour trolley for the morning of the wedding (if it’s an evening ceremony) or the day after? I think its a really neat way to show guests the city and it saves them from the parking and driving hassles.
Post # 5
I’d love to ride in a free trolley but I’d hate if I had to sit through a tour? If you wanted to offer a tour, I’d make it optional at another time.
Post # 6
I agree with previous posters that before the wedding is maybe not the most practical time for a trolly tour. Are you going to have a ‘gap period’ between the ceremony and the reception? This sounds like a great way for your guests to spend time between the two. If you guests don’t have rental cars maybe you could arange for them to be picked up at the ceremony, go on a 30 minuet tour, and arrive at the reception area.
Post # 7
@arielle Thanks for bringing that up, I didn’t even think to ask! Also since it’s in April and New England has wonky wheather it might snow, it might be sunny and warm out, or it might be rainy.
@Zouave I thought we should rent only two trolleys and have them do two trips. Fi is worried about traffic, so I guess we will see.
@globalmargret that is a good idea. We both want to make it too at least half of our cocktail hour so it would buy us some times.
@bookworm you raise a good point I don’t want to force the guest or bore them.