Post # 1
So my mom’s biggest hang-up on the gorgeous ceremony and picture location I want is that since our wedding is a Friday afternoon, guests would have to come to our busy downtown core and park (not free) or take transit or some other method of getting there.
If I were a guest at my wedding, I wouldn’t mind paying $5 or whatever to park. I’d want the freedom of having my car, especially since we are going to have a gap between ceremony and reception. (At other weddings I’ve attended, my friends and I go to a pub or something during this and it’s always a great time.) We need the gap for pictures and rush hour traffic from ceremony to reception.
My solution to this is to offer two shuttle buses for guests. We can rent school buses for super cheap since it’s not a school day (teacher conferences). The two options will look like this:
1. Bus pickup at TBD non-downtown location before ceremony, bus returns them there immediately after ceremony. Then guests have their cars and time to do things outside of the busy core before the reception starts (~1.5 – 2 hours).
2. Guests drive to reception location, bus picks them up and brings them downtown for ceremony, they can spend an hour and a half or so at a pub downtown (there are tons of good ones within a block) before the bus brings them back to the venue for reception start time.
I’d set up an RSVP for this on our website so guests can sign up for which option they’d like.
Just curious how many of you would be interested in these options as a wedding guest, or if it wouldn’t bother you to get there yourself. Keep in mind the overwhelming majority (90-95%) of our guests are local and know the city.
Post # 3
@Pinkmoon: `Option two sounds kinda fun 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I like #2. Especially, if the bus can drop people off at a hotel afterwards/car could be left at reception area overnight.
Post # 5
I really like the school bus ideea, especially if you could incorporate a small bit of school type theme into the wedding. It would be fun and kinda make the guests feel like kids again 🙂
Post # 6
I’d think it was really nice that you offered, but ultimately, I’d want my car for the flexibility it provides. It also depends on how much parking is. If parking is $15 or less, no brainer, I’d pay for parking. If parking was $45+ (not unheard of in some cities), I’d be more inclined to take the bus.
What would be the bus situation at the end of the night? Would it run every hour after 8 or 9 PM? Only at the end of the night?
Post # 7
I’d probably do option 2 if it was available. I’m good with hanging downtown and going for a drink but still having the flexibility of having my car at the reception site when it’s time to leave.
Post # 8
Neither bus option would be an issue for me as long as I and my car were in the same place at the end of the night, so yours sound good. How are you going to coordinate leave times though to pick guests up? What if they miss the bus?
Post # 9
I’m not 100% sure on leave times. I’d have the guests RSVP for the shuttles in advance so I know roughly how many for each and then again put that info in the programs so they know where/when to be for the buses after the ceremony. I think we’d only need one bus for each option, they hold 50 each and we will probably have only 150 guests so 2/3 covered. But I guess we will see how many guests are interested.
Parking downtown would probably be $5-10 depending where they went. Totally not unreasonable.
And yes, guests can leave their cars at our venue overnight. I expect they’ll either drive themselves home if sober or get a cab and come back for their cars the next day. It would be really impractical to shuttle them all home around the city at the end of the night!
Post # 10
I would be SO happy not to have to pay for parking! Also, not to drive downtown! You are SO thoughtful to offer shuttles!
Post # 11
@BrandNewBride: Thank you! You’re in New York? I’ve heard that Calgary is second only to New York for parking downtown! It’s like $400-600/month and a couple dollars/half hour depending where you park. Not too bad for short term if you’re not there for long, but then again other places are free!
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would probably just drive, but option 2 is fine also
Post # 13
Honestly, if there is a charge to park at a wedding site, I think it is good manners for the bride and groom to take care of it. A shuttle is a very nice alternative, but I am concerned with the gap between your ceremony and reception. That seems a littlle unfair for guests, even if there are bars and restaurants to entertain them. Can you host something either at the ceremony or the reception site during this time?
Post # 14
@Pinkmoon: I actually live just outside of Boston, and I take the T if I’m going ito the city. But parking is 300-400/mo for a work pass (M-F, 6am-8pm) I don’t know what it is if you actuially live there!
But I HATE driving in cities, even really small ones! Parking in Boston is like $25 for 12 hours, I think. In Vermont city parking is still like $10 for the night! I would be SO happy to take a shuttle!