Post # 1
FIand I have agreed with just about everythinhg in planning there is one thing we really seem to disagree about though – transportation for guests.
We’re having a desination wedding in Scotland. 90% of the people coming will be coming from a country other than Scotland, mostly the US. We have reserved a block of rooms at a hotel and while most people will stay there, not everyone will.
I think that we should provide transportation from the hotel where we booked rooms to the venue and then back again at the end of the night. Some people will not be renting cars. those that are renting cars, I don’t want to worry about them driving on the other side of the road at night or after drinking.
FI thinks that they can just get taxis. Most of them know each other so they can share a taxi and then whern they are drinking at the reception, they can just call a cab and not have to worry about driving.
Most people will stay for the full reception I think – there are a handful who are elderly or who have small kids who would leave early, but the vast majority will still be there at midnight when everything ends.
So thoughts? Should we provide trasportation or is it not necessary?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
If you can afford it, it’s SO nice to be able to take official transportation instead of dealing with getting a taxi yourself… We have a similar situation and are hiring high school kids to shuttle people and their cars back to town.
Post # 4
its definitely so much better and much more thoughtful to have transportation… however it can sometimes be expensive and get cut out. I think that it should be a yes if at all possible.
Post # 5
I think it would be a really nice gesture to your guests if you can afford it. Espeically if you have guests who haven’t traveled a lot and might not be used to using taxis.
Post # 6
This is one expense my FI and I actually agreed on way before we were even engaged. If you can manage it, I think it’s definitely worth it. Your guests will have such a more relaxed, stress-free evening if they don’t have to worry about driving (especially after a night of drinking, and especially in another country, where, as you pointed out, they would have to drive on the opposite side of the road).
I would say that you don’t need to worry about getting shuttles to each and every hotel guests end up booking. What we are doing is just specifying on our wedding website which hotel will have a shuttle (it’s the only one where we blocked off rooms). Then people can choose their hotel accordingly. Also, look for transportation that only charges you for actual hours spent shuttling and will leave the reception (and thus not charge you for that time) and come back when it’s over; we are doing that and only paying about $200 total for roundtrip service.
Post # 7
I think providing transportation would be wonderful because most of your guests are not familiar with the area, and the driving on the other side of the road is a big deal when you are not used to it! But I would only provide it to the hotels you have blocked rooms at, and advertise that before people book. If people choose to stay somewhere else, they can be responsible for their own transportation.
Post # 8
We provided transportation for our DW in St. Thomas. I totally think you should provide it especially since people are spending money to attend your wedding.
Post # 9
Yes especially consdiering it’s a DW< people are shelling out a ton of money to attend, the least you can do is provide them a safe ride to and from the reception.