Post # 1
Please help me out!
Our ceremony and reception are in one location. Fiance and I are unsure whether we should rent limos/party buses. If we rented transportation we would need two limos to get each side of the bridal party to the ceremony/reception location. We would also want a limo to drive fiance and I to our hotel after the wedding. I am confused as to whether we would also need to provide transportation for the bridal party back to a hotel as well.
To me the above plan sounds expensive. I would like to just carpool the bridal party to our wedding location and hire a limo to drive FI and I to the hotel after the reception. My fiance does is not a big fan of this plan.
So please give me your opinions on the best way to handle transportation on the day of the wedding. If you are having/ or have planned a wedding with the ceremony and reception in one location how have you planned the transportation??
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We just drove ourselves and carpooled. At the end of the night we drove his vehicle to the hotel and my sister took mine. No hired transportation – saved money and planning.
Post # 4
if you drove the bridal party, would their SO’s be there with them? if not, they can drive themselves there and your bridal party can drive home with their dates. If not, then maybe have a bus take everybody back.
Post # 5
We have a similar situation (although ceremony and reception are not in the same place)
Limos rent out for three hours usually and it would have been insanely expensive to keep the limo from around 3pm to midnight.
We’re getting a HUGE limo for the wedding party to get to the ceremony and then to the reception. (Hummer limo — seats like 20 ppl I believe) We’re also getting a smaller limo to transport parents/grandparents to ceremony and reception.
I too was worried about getting everyone back to the hotel at the end of the night. My family has a lot of big drinkers and even locals are staying over in the hotel so they can have lots of fun. We decided to get a trolley back to the hotel at the end of the night. It’s costing less than the limo and I think it will be lots of fun
Post # 6
Oh, and I meant to add that I’ve heard lots of people using school busses to get people back to the hotel. Cheap and fits a lot of people.
Post # 7
Our ceremony and venue are in the same place so we have transportation to take the bridal party to the venue (and then their significant others or friends will take them home) and we will either have a family member take us to our hotel or we will call a cab.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the answers so far!
Hotchildinthe city— The trolley idea is great, but my fiance does not want to rent one because he worries that our families (certain members can be big drinkers) will see the provided transport as an excuse to guzzle the booze. I kinda worry that they will all drink and drive, but hey they are adults so they must make good choices 😉
I found a great coupon for a good limo company in our local entertainment book so I may give them a call and get some rates.
I am still conflicted on this matter, but all the feedback is helping to calm me down:)
Post # 9
Jaylii, I figure my friends and family are going to drink like fish anyway. And I’d rather have provided transportation than to have them all standing out front of the country club, calling cabs, trying to get people to pick them up, or godforbid getting in the car when they probably shouldn’t be driving. There’s going to be zero people at the wedding that won’t be drinking ;o)
Post # 10
Yes, schoolbuses are great! We are getting one to the tune of $35/hour plus $1+ per mile…basically, less than $300 for more than six hours!
Post # 11
My hotel actually provides a free shuttle. It doesn’t hold too many guests, but it’s enough for the main people and then the remainder can carpool. It might be worth a call to your hotel.
Post # 12
Check with the limo people- one of the places I’ve looked at will split the time- drive around after ceremony for more pics and then pick us up at the end of the night. I second the check with the hotel as many of them have free shuttles. I’m getting married in a downtown area, so the hotel would also be within walking distance. I’m guessing most of the wedding party would have some other way to get back at the end of the night.
Post # 13
If you can afford to get a party bus for 6 hours, I say go for it. No excuse for people being late to your wedding. However, if this is going to push you over your budget, I say car pool and get a limo to take you and your FH back to the hotel after the reception.