Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Hi bees! Not sure what the etiquette is in my situation so hoping y’all can give me some input! I’m getting married at the Four Seasons in a large city, and have room blocks at two other hotels about a mile away from the venue, as the Four Seasons is very expensive even with our special wedding block rate, so not everyone can afford to stay there.
My mom is not sure we need to spend money on shuttling guests from the other hotels we have blocks at to and from the venue on the wedding night since they are a mile from each other in an urban area and it is not a destination venue or a venue that is out of the way/ hard to get to. What do you all think? Should we try to provide transportation to and from for the out of town guests or in this case, is it okay for them to Uber, taxi or drive if they have their cars (we will have complimentary guest valet parking at the Four Seasons for the wedding)?
We plan to invite about 150 people (estimating a 120-140 guest count) and I would say about a third of the guest list will be from out of town and staying in hotels.
Post # 2
I think it’s a nice gesture especialy if your guests are from out of town and had to travel to be there. Plus, I’d take into consideration that you priced your guests out of staying at the venue because of the cost of rooms. I wouldn’t want to walk a mile between my hotel and the venue all dressed up in heels. Sure, I could uber or take a cab but being a wedding guest is an expensive venture these days and I think its a nice touch. I also wouldn’t want anyone to drive if they are planning on drinking. It sounds like you have a significant portion of the guests coming in from out of town so I’d personally find room for a shuttle in your budget. That being said, I’ve been to weddings that didn’t have a shuttle and I managed just fine.
Post # 3
I think it’s a nice gesture, it just makes things easier for your guests especially elderly people. And also ensures people arrive on time! xo
Post # 4
A very nice gesture? Yes.
However, if you are having your wedding at a hotel that is too expensive for your average guest to even stay in, I’d probably expect a shuttle to make it into your budget.
Post # 5
Of course it’s a nice gesture if you have the money. If you don’t, there is no need to provide transportation when there are plenty of alternatives available- taxi, bus, Uber, Lyft.
Shuttles are really ony necessary when you book an out of the way venue where your guests would have no other choice but to drink and drive, or choose a designated driver.
Post # 6
It is nice to do but not necessary. We have a similar dilemma. Ultimately there are plenty of taxis, Uber’s, Lyfts, etc. near our venue so we decided not to pay for a shuttle (which was estimated around $1200-$1500 just to transport ~15 people to our hotel block!!). We are providing a list of cab company phone numbers on a cute display at the bar. Adults are adults and should responsibly get themselves where they need to be.