Post # 1
I will be having a wedding where over half of the guests will be flying in to Phoenix. This is a driving City and the church and reception are a 45 minute drive apart, with no public transportation options. Should I provide transportation for those that will not rent a car? The reception is in the hotel where I expect most people will stay. They would be on their own for the rest of their stay in terms of transportation from the airport, etc. Would it be too confusing to ask everyone if they would like transportation from the hotel to the church and back?
Post # 3
@melizabe: I think today’s brides are assuming way too much responsibility for their guests.
I would leave it up to them. Provide the information on your website and let them make their own arrangements.
Post # 4
i think it would be a nice thing to do to have a shuttle from the hotel/reception site to the church and back.
you can ask your out of town guests who would like to participate so you can find the right size shuttle.
just my 2 cents – if i wasn’t already planning to rent a car, i would be a little annoyed at having to find transportation in a city that i am unfamiliar with and having to drive 45 minutes each way.
Post # 5
@ajillity81: this was exactly what I was going to suggest! I don’t think you need to go completely out of your way to arrange stuff but it is nice to make information available to people (ie what the cost of a taxi would be to get from one to the next) or provide a shuttle…
Post # 7
@melizabe: I would make sure guests know the church and reception are 45 minutes apart (so they can figure out their own transportation).
How many guests are we talking about (to figure out transportation for)?
Post # 9
When I’m a guest flying in from out of town to a wedding I always make sure to rent a car. If I can’t afford a car rental then I don’t attend the wedding. Depending on the bride and groom to take care of my transportation needs is too stressful on my end (and on theirs) I prefer to take care of my own stuff!
Post # 10
I would definitely provide a shuttle. Most people will probably take a cab from the airport to the hotel. They’re already flying in to be at your wedding, so it would be nice to take additional transportation off their plates. Then again, it’s customary in the northeast/my circle to always provide transportation from the hotels to the event. I haven’t been to a wedding that doesn’t do this.
Also, providing transportation eliminates drunk driving.
Post # 11
@julies1949: I agree!! I mentioned to a few of my bride-to-be friends that we would not be providing a shuttle and they looked at me like it was SUCH an inconvenience…. Both plan to have shuttles at their weddings, which is great. But why is it my responsibly to provide transportation?? Can adults not assign a DD?? Is it that much to ask?
Post # 12
@MrsCannoliCakes: At any other time they are travelling, they are on their own. I just don’t see that the transportation is the couple’s responsibilty. It is a different situation if you are getting married at a remote site, or as a post this morning dealt with, where they is absolutely no parking at the venue.
Nor so I need you to block rooms. Most of the time I can get a better deal online or by calling the hotel directly. Hotels don’t give that great a discount on room blocks unless you are holding something much larger like a convention.
Post # 13
We spent $800 to charter a 55 passenger bus from the area where most guests were staying to the weddin/reception, about a 45 minute drive. Our guests had a blast on the bus, especially on the ride home ( loud music, disco lights, drinking allowed!). So, there were no drunk driving worries, it was a a ton of fun ( we rode back with them to our after-party.)
Post # 14
we’re not, but I’ve also never been to a wedding where the couple provides the transportation…
Post # 15
Thank you everyone! I will be providing lots of information about taxis, cost of taxis, driving, and the relative location of the events on the wedding website. I have made it clear that renting acar is highly recommended, but not necessary. I think many guests plan on staying for longer than the wedding, so they may well rent a car anyway to get out of town after or before the wedding (Who can pass up the Grand Canyon?!). Another concern I have about a shuttle is that we may well have a long gap between ceremony and reception, and I don’t want to lock people in to staying in one location. We are expecting 20-50 out of town guests.
Post # 16
@melizabe: Some people may take the lack of transportation as an opportunity to skip the ceremony. Not saying I agree/disagree with that decision, but depending on your crowd (and their expectations/ability to afford a taxi or rental car) you may see smaller numbers at the ceremony than if you provided transportation.
We are providing transportation for our guests because the drive is 40 minutes (that’s far in my opinion) and it’s a bit difficult to find the ceremony location, so we don’t want people to get lost going between the two.