(Closed) Transportation Obligations?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Member
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Nothing!!!!!!!!!!  They are ADULTS. Someone can man up and be the DD for the nighht or they can pay for their own cab. It bugs me when people feel they should be provided transportation. It is their own choice to drink or not.

Post # 4
Member
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The only reason we’re getting transportation is because 90% of our guest list is composed of OOTers. I honestly would say in your case not to worry about it.

Post # 5
Hostess
3381 posts
Sugar bee

Provide a number of a cab firm. Otherwise, I don’t think you obliged to provide anything.

Post # 6
Member
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are having transportation, however about 65 percent of our guest list out are from out of town. The shuttles are going to probably two hotels. We planning on letting our guest know this up front.

Hopefully the guest will be responible or have a DD, take a cab home. At most weddings I been too local and oot there hasn’t been a shuttle. I do think it’s important you stress to your venue that you don’t want people over served. Don’t let the bar serve alchohol forty five to half an hour before the reception is over.

As far as your obligation goes, I think providing transporation for your whole guest that lives locally is expensive and not neccesary. Guest should conduct them selfs like do at any other event where they are drinking, and be responible for finding a safe way home. I think providing information is a great idea, either for transportation and hotel. I also think you may be surprised by the guest who will opt to get a hotel room even if they are local. I’ve also done this if the hotel is nearby and I want to enjoy myself and not worry about driving home that night.

Post # 7
Member
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You’re not obligated, although it would be nice to have numbers for local cab companies on hand if guests need them.  Our hotel is insanely close but we’re providing transportation because we hope our guests will get good and schnockered with us.  Otherwise we wouldn’t have bothered.

Post # 8
Member
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Agreed with PP’s – it’s a lovely gesture if your budget extends to that, but by no means an obligation.

Post # 10
Member
33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KHR20507:  I would definitely check with your hotels too.  We picked our hotel because they run a shuttle back and forth from reception to hotel all night long. 

Post # 11
Member
1426 posts
Bumble bee

Another vote for no!  A few groups of our guests rented limos and split the cost.  Found it was cheaper.  DH and I didn’t even rent a limo, lol!

Post # 12
Member
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@linz09:  +1

Seriously, it would have been a total waste of money for me, I think less than 10 people would have taken a shuttle from the hotel had it been offered.  I personally would not take a shuttle even when I’m going to an OOT wedding because I don’t like to be stuck somewhere and have to worry about leaving at a specific time.  Adults can figure out whether one of them will be a designated driver, or if not they can just take a cab.

Post # 14
Member
1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have to say that this thread made me feel a lot better about choosing NOT to provide transportation as well! The hotels closest to our venue are about a 20 minute cab ride. We provided all sorts of transportation details on our website (cabs, town cars, etc) so that people can set-up their own transportation. Act like adults and appoint a DD or whip out that cash and pay for a cab!

Post # 16
Member
7175 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I coordinated with my hotel a shuttle service between the venue and the hotel (a 15 minute ride).  No one even STAYED at the hotel, so it was pointless planning!

I think people are just trying to plan ahead and asking a question.  Don’t feel bad about not providing transportation if you weren’t planning on it.  Often, hotels have shuttles available to their guests, so that’s probably what stemmed the question.  As long as your guests know there is no transportation, they can figure it out on their own.  If you really want to go the extra mile, you can include some local cab companies – but, I probably wouldn’t even go that far (they can figure it out themselves!)

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