(Closed) Accommodations and Transportation Help

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’ve been to a couple of weddings that had this problem (in another country – Poland – large numbers of guests who had to get from the party venue to a different city). For both weddings, buses were rented that provided either a staggered shuttle service (from x’clock until the end of the wedding) or were scheduled to leave at two specific times (I think shortly after the end of dinner and beginning of dancing and again at the end of the wedding). The buses dropped guests off at a central location and guests were encouraged to find hotels near the drop point (which was easy to do at all price points). Buses also brought guests from the ceremony venue to the party immediately following the ceremony.

Obviously the first is easier for guests to accomodate, since there were many options, but the second was more practical from a price perspective. Both of these weddings took place in an area where hotel accomodation was limited and expensive, so the majority of guests were going back to the city (an hour away).

If most of your guests are going to be staying around the venue I think a shuttle service would be nice, though I wouldn’t ask guests to pay for it (otherwise why not just share a cab and leave whenever you want?). If a shuttle service is over budget, at the minimum I would post the numbers of cab companies to make it easy for guests to arrange their own transportation. You should also talk to the hotel, as some may already have package deals for this that they can tack on, especially if you’ll be reserving a large block of rooms.

The houses are a nice idea, but I would want to stay with my fiancé for the weekend and not necessarily in a girls only house. I guess it depends if it would be separating couples or not. But in theory it’s a nice idea.

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think for the wedding people should be at a hotel close to the venue, not LA. If people have 1 1/2 hour drive ahead of them 1) that’s potentially dangerous 2) many won’t drink 3) many will leave early.

I do think it’d be nice for you to provide a shuttle but it’s not required by etiquette. Youll have a hell of a lot more fun of a party though if people don’t have to worry about driving. I do think it’s rude to ask people to pay, and it will be a pain in the ass for you to collect. Either offer it for free or not at all. Guests can arrange a bus themselves if they want, like your other relatives. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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BritneyK:  I think the ideas of nearby houses is really cute!! I’d say go with the closest hotel as possible, people do not want to drive far after a wedding.

I think staying in LA is crazyyyyy (why don’t they just spend the night closer/ do they not understand CA traffic??) i went to a weekend wedding and stayed a hotel closer to the airport, about 30-40min away from the venue, and really regretted it.

shuttles are always appreciated but not expected… It can be awkward if people want to leave earlier or later but it can be great if your venue needs you out by a certain time. I guess see if there’s a bridal person willing to serve as driver for the group or plan for another shuttle/taxi?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would either offer to provide a shuttle or offer to at least to do the research and get quotes. I can imagine that being local you are less likely to be “fleeced” for extortionate prices that some companies may quote to “tourists”

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