(Closed) should we get shuttles?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

if you can afford it and you’re serving alcohol at your reception, my vote is yes. we’re doing it. i just know i would feel absolutely HORRIBLE if someone got into an accident going to or coming from our wedding.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’d just get one and let it be optional. Some guests know getting to and from the reception will be a problem, and others may want to leave a different times. But I’m sure many of your guests would welcome the convenience of a shuttle, let alone the safety factor. If more than one trip is needed, so be it. I think two shuttles would be an unneccesary expense.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

i’m not providing shuttles and the reception and closest hotel is like .5 or less.  Most of the guests come with their dates so I would assume by now that they know to have a designated driver if one of them drinks.  I dont’ drink so I have no tolerance for people who go overboard and frankly I prob wouldn’t have them attend the wedding if I knew they are big drinkers.  that’s just my opinion.  it’s a wedding, not a club.   if it was up to me, which unfortunately to my parents and others who drink, it wasn’t; i’d prefer not to serve alcohol.  i just never need alcohol to have fun in any functions.  *shrug* =)

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Our wedding is at a mountain venue with the main hotel being 25 miles away. For 150 people, it is going to cost us $2k. Wasn’t excited when I found out how expensive it was, but I know I can rest easy knowing that no one will drink and drive. .7 miles is a little different, but if you can afford it, it would be a nice courtesy to provide your guests and some peace of mind for you!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I personally would never use a shuttle.  I like to be able to leave when I want.  I asked around my family, and they said they didn’t want or need a shuttle.  Our hotel is 11 miles from the reception site.  Just my two cents.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I was thinking that I forgot to post this earlier (duh!)…If you have 2 shuttles, you can have them "loop". Ours will be leaving on the half hour starting at 9 (which is when dinner/cake cutting ends). I don’t know if that is helpful, but might be a consideration when deciding the number of shuttles you want if you decide to use them.

Also, I agree that shuttles should be optional for guests who want to use them. We will have a space to inidcate whether or not guest plan to take them on the RSVP card, with plenty of room to take anyone back who might need to take it. 

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I say get at least one and let your guests know they have the option. The closest hotel to our venue is about 7 miles and I had to convince my parents it was worth it to get transportation. I think people coming from out of town have a hard enough time figuring out where to go let alone at the end of a long fun evening-cocktails or not. It’s a nice courtesy if you can work it into your budget. I plan to have the shuttle make a few runs so people can go at different times- better than just one set time at the end of the night.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

What’s the availability of cabs?  And what’s the neighborhood like between the hotel and the reception site?  I honestly think that shuttles are unnecessary (it’s not like summer camp, after all), and people will be able to figure out their own transportation.  

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m planning on a shuttle (of course, my reception is about 10 miles from the hotel, so it’s a different situation).  That said, I’m not sure you need two shuttles, especially since your reception and hotel are so close together.  Just get one and have it cycle around twice or more.  You can even ask your hotel if they’ll keep a shuttle sign up log at the front desk.  Your guests can pick which trip they want to be on (especially good for the end of the reception–some guests like to be on the first shuttle to leave, some on the last).  With the sign-up, the shuttle driver can know exactly how many people to expect for each trip so no one gets left behind.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I’m not sure where your wedding is, but it’s in a non-driving area, i.e. boston or NY, I would get the shuttles.  If people are driving, probably not, unless the reception doesn’t have parking.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

A friend of mine had a shuttle and I would say only about 6 people took it to the wedding and maybe 12 took it back to the hotel (they had carpooled with people that left earlier).  I think shuttles are nice, but not necessary.  Maybe try to get a feel for how many guests might use it and judge that way?

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Are your ceremony and reception at the same location? If not is there time for people to drive back to the hotel to catch the shuttle?

Another thought is to ask the hotel if they have a shuttle? maybe they would do it for free? or at a discounted price?

Or maybe renting a 15 passenger VAN and having a non drinking friend do the honors?

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