Post # 1
Our reception is 3 blocks (1/2 a mile) from our ceremony in downtown Charleston. It costs $150 and hour to rent a trolley 3hr minimum. It’s a hassel to find parking, but there’s a garage right beside the church that the guests will use and since it wouldn’t be but a 5 minute walk (elderly could use rigshaws) would it be necessary to rent a trolley out? We’re looking at $900 just for our guests to use the trolley for 4 seconds there and back…the only thing we were worried about, that only makes us think we might want one, is the fact that it might be rainning/pouring….what should we do?! thank you!
Post # 3
I think you should have some sort of solution. Remember that your guests will be very dressed up, some wearing heels. If you are expecting them to park by the church and walk five+ minutes to the reception, then either a trolly would nice, or some sort of parking arrangement near the reception site.
What happens if it is raining? I hope it won’t be on your wedding day, but you never know. I think guests would be very unhappy to have to walk 5 minutes in the rain, or not have an option to drive/park.
Could you maybe call the trolley company and see if there is a compromise? Maybe you could pay $200 for one hour of use, or something like that?
Post # 4
Have you thought about having a bridal walk? Some cultures actually do a celebratory bridal march to the church, hotel or the venue. If you include it in the wedding schedule, make it special by providing monogrammed umbrellas, or parasols in your wedding colors, or a handkerchief for the men. Another way to do it is to have noise makers of some sort, scarves to wave and some awesome photos of it all later.
I was at a wedding in New Orleans that did just this. All the guests got flowers, parasols, or handkerchiefs. We had to walk to the reception, but it was so much fun being in the street celebrating their love! I preferred the walk to having to find another place to park. At the end of the night, they had people to drive us back to the first venue to get our cars. It was a nice touch.
For the elderly, maybe enlist members of your bridal party or if you have ushers or hostesses to drive those who would struggle with the walk. Or rent a large (holds 15-20 people) passenger van and recruit someone to drive people to the venue and back.
Post # 5
Well see everyone walks in downtown Charleston…you find a parking spot somewhere and then you walk. There’s also a parking garage next to the recepetion site but that’s paying another fee..i guess that’s not something I need to worry about though. But they can certainly drive and park some where else for the reception.
That just seems like a lot of money to pay for a trolley, even if we could work out a deal, just on the off chance that it does rain. I think I would just need to know ahead of time and say bring your umbrellas! Our wedding is not outside.
Reasons TO get Trolley
Reasons NOT to get Trolley
1. not enough distance between the reception and ceremony
2. too much money
3. other parking options for guests
Post # 6
It is not your responsibility to provide transportation between the church and the reception.
I don’t know how this idea is making its’ way into wedding practice.
Can anyone tell me any other party you throw where you not only worry about, but go on to provide transportation for guests?
A 3 block walk is totally doable for most people. For the elderly and infirm, someone can drive them to the reception, then go back and re-park their car and walk back to the reception.