(Closed) To provide or not to provide transportation…

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i don’t think it’s overboard but i don’t think it’s thoughtless to have them make their own arrangements. if you can’t get a shuttle, emphasize to them that you want someone to be a designated driver and consider having taxi numbers at the ready.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

we’re going to provide a shuttle. we didn’t budget for it either, but since the venue isn’t within walking distance from the hotel and we are having an open bar, we feel it’s necessary. however, it’s definitely not expected, and i think it’s very thoughtful to provide the numbers for cabs.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

i think my main reason why i would feel more inclined to provide transport in this situation is the fact that there will be a semi-sanctioned "drinking time" in between the ceremony and reception.  I think i’d feel guilty condoning people to go have a few drinks for a couple hours, then letting them all get in cars and drive.  We didnt have room in our budget for providing transportation for our guests, so we just did it out of our own pockets.  I guess i cant imagine the guilt i would feel if someone got in an accident after we encouraged them to drink.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

We are going to provide a shuttle for our OOTs because they will probably have to stay 15 to 20 minutes from the reception/ceremony location.  Our location is very rural and there is one (3 room) bed and breakfast in my entire home town and no motels or hotels.  And forget about taxi service, most people in the area have never ridden in one.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

oh…i guess i over looked this fact…but is your wedding in a major metro city?  if its in SF, NY, or other downtown places with readily available cab service, then i def dont think you should feel super obligated to provide transport if you cant afford to do so.

I honestly think that people just need A WAY to not drive if they’ve had drinks…whether they pay for it or you is beside the fact.  If your wedding is in a city that doesnt have cabs all over the place, then its more necessary that you provide transport IMO. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

To me, totally fine.  People might differ on that opinion, but if I’m drinking at a wedding, i dont care whos paying for the transport…I care that there is any, at all.

If there are cabs available, I say definitely make phone numbers readily available for your guests, but dont go into debt over paying for it yourself if thats what it comes down to.

Its always nice to pay for as much as possible, of course, but I think you and your guests will be just fine with them having the option to call a cab if theyve had a few drinks.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am doing this – it was a well priced otpion at about $300 and it made me feel much better about my guests not loading up and driving back to the hotel.

The hotel prvided the shuttle and driver and I will have him "on call" all night, if in case he’s not sitting out front waiting when someone needs him.

I’m sure that most my guests are responsable enough not to drink and drive, but this is a nice added feature to those who may not be able to have more then one drink, because they would have to dirve home – they now can and hitch a ride back to their waiting hotel room 🙂 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We are getting married out of town in the moutains, therefore everyone is considered an out of town guest, we are providing shuttle service by the way of two 15 person cube vans, and 2 van taxis (slim pickings in the town). I feel it’s important to provide guests an option, espcially in a location they never been before.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

<p class=”MsoNormal”>We were worried about this issue as well, but the hotel where we have our block of rooms has a shuttle service that’s free if you book 20 or more rooms in your block.  Before we knew about this, we were talking about one of my parents’ co-workers serving as a DD with a 15-passenger van for the night.  Even if you pay someone and rent a van, I don’t think the cost would be that much.  I’m sure your guests would be appreciative of any kind of transportation you would provide.  Cabs aren’t available where we’re getting married, but I wish they were! 🙂

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I think if there is anyway you can arrange for a taxi van to be at the ready it might be worth it. Also seriously consider wedding insurance. It will cover you should something unthinkable happen (ie drinking and driving guests)

Hotel shuttle service, taxiVan, friend with an extended van who can agree to be your DD, etc all great ideas!

 

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I think it’s a nice idea, but probably not essential. If you decide not to spend the money, another nice option would just be to make sure they have the information available at their fingertips for alternative transportation.

 For my FBIL’s wedding, they had transport to & from the wedding location because it was a bit of a drive down a winding river road, and they wanted to ensure their guests had plenty of fun and were safe. In that instance, I would say providing transportation becomes more essential….

 

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