Post # 1
We want very much to emulate what my FI’s brother had at his wedding: a town car to take home guests too tipsy to drive safely. But our wedding is on a much stricter budget, and I just don’t see how to afford it. Still, our cocktail party wedding is bound to end up with some people not being in the best shape to get behind the wheel, and we’d like so much to make sure they have a ride home.
Options now seem to be either:
1. paying one or two of my always-in-need-of-work (college) students a small amount to play tipsy taxi using their own cars, or
2. we can try to arrange for taxis from the two local cab companies to be ready to pick up some fares at the end of the evening.
Both of these have pros and cons, and some sticky etiquette issues (esp. for option 2 – the distance for guests going back to either of the two hotels where we’ll have blocks of rooms will be about 1 mile, so the fares would be minimal, but I wish there were a way to provide the service for free).
Advice, Bees? I’m having trouble working this one out.
Post # 3
I’d go with option 2. Really if you guests get drunk without a plan for getting home, then they can pay for cab ride. I think option 1 could have some serious legal/insurance implications, so I’d avoid it to be safe.
Post # 4
I agree that option 2 sounds best. Your guests should expect to pay for a cab if they get drunk.
Post # 5
Option 3 – Rent 1 or 2 SUV’s for the night (and get the full rental insurance on them) and list the college kids as the drivers on the vehicles. Then give the 2 college kids some money to be chauffers. This way – if (god forbid) anything happens while the college kids are driving, everyone’s financial and legal butt is covered.
Post # 6
Option 2. I think option 1 is a little inappropriate, even for college students. You just don’t want to take on that kind of legal liability should anything happen (drinking related or not). Plus option 2 doesn’t involve you spending extra money, just calling cabs for people to take home.
Post # 7
if your hotel is only 1 mile away, will they give you a shuttle? some hotels will do this for free, especially if you have a lot of people staying with you.
But, I think having taxis available is more than sufficient. Just let people know in advance so they know 🙂
Post # 8
We hired cabs for everyone. But it ended up not working out very well since at 11pm on a Saturday night cab companies are swamped so only FOUR out of the TEN we had arranged for showed up. We felt horrible. When our guests called the number we gave them (since the cabs never showed after half an hour) other cab companies showed up eventually, after another hour of waiting, and they didn’t take our charge account we set up since it was a different cab company. It was a nightmare.
Post # 9
Your hotel may offer a shuttle. Even if it’s $100 for late nigth hours, it would still be worth it.
Otherwise I would go with option 2. You could always arrange to have a cab waiting for when the reception ends. I’m sure if you offered $100 they would drive the mile back and forth for an hour and return your guests to the hotel. I think this idea is a nice touch and will keep your guests celebrating til the end.
Post # 10
We are on a limited budget and we are renting a charter bus to take guests between the hotel and the reception. The quote I got was $300-$400 for the evening. we worked it into the venue budget. Hope that helps!