To provide transportation for guests or not when there's only 1 location?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

While I don’t know if you SHOULD, I certainly wouldn’t, unless your venue had zero parking for some weird reason. They’re adults, I hope they can handle a five minute drive! 🙂

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Lauralynn_:  Are all of your guests staying at the same hotel?  If so, I’d call the hotels and see if they’ll offer a shuttle service for free/minimal costs.  While I think it would be considerate for you to provide transportation, I don’t know if it’s necessary.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m in a similar situation as you and we are not providing transport. But in our case, the hotel is walking distance (about a block and a half) from the venue. Will your guests be able to walk or hail a cab? Even if it’s only a 5-10 minute drive, you don’t want people doing it drunk.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Lauralynn_:  We’re kind of in the same boat. The hotel is close to the reception, I think what we’re going to do is pre-pay for some cabs to take groups back to the hotel at 2 different times. If they use them great, if not they can pay for their own cab, it won’t be much.

I think it’s fine if you don’t offer transportation, everyone there is an adult, they’ve known about the wedding for a long time and can make their own arrangements. I’ve never been to a wedding that provided a shuttle service.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

tough call and the reason why i chose to have my wedding at a hotel when i really wanted a historic mansion.

i’d be worried about people drinking and driving.  i know adults are supposed to be responsible but you get those that say but it is only a 5 minute drive, i can manage.

so if you have the $1000 in your budget, i would do it but if not then don’t worry about it. hopfully people will carpool.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Lauralynn_:  I do not think it is 100% necessary, but it is something I would do :/  Whereas you would hope most people would take a cab, or hitch a ride with someone sober, I think a lot of people would figure ‘meh, it is close enough’, and drive back to the hotel – after having had too much.  I would not take the risk, AND it would be a really nice, added benefit/accomodation for your guests as well, of which as a guest, I would absolutely appreciate!!  

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Lauralynn_:  Our venue is just down the road (ceremony and reception in same place) but we are providing transportation.  It’s only like 2 miles, but we have an open bar (and know our guests will take part), and it’s just not worth the risk any way we look at it to not provide transportation.  We don’t want people not using the open bar we are paying for… or worse, using it too much then driving, thinking it’s just a quick drive. The way we see it.. most guests are traveling, paying for hotels, taking time off work, finding childcare for the night.. least we can do is put them all on a bus and get them to and from safelty.  I think it will also be super fun!  Our wedding is definitely more on the formal side, but we know the guests are all fun people, so we actually scored a fancy school bus!  It’s not yellow…white…and has actual seats not benches, but it ended up being way less than signature coaches.  We figured it’s just a quick ride, so they don’t need to get there in anything super fancy.  Check out school bus charter companies in addition to coaches.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our venue doesn’t have a hotel attached, so we’re providing a shuttle – mostly because

1. Open bar

2. Out of town guests

Post # 14
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Worker bee

Did you look up renting a a school bus? I am in the same boat as you too and were going to rent a school bus. It’s about $300 for renting and miles driven. Call around though because prices are different. 

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