Post # 1
The church of my dreams (and my fiance even loves!) is having construction done and therefore, there is no onsite parking. The church does provide an offsite parking garage (2 minutes away) and free shuttling service (25 guests per air conditioned shuttle). I plan to have around 200 guests. Is it too much of an inconvenience to my guests to ask them to move in and out of shuttles to and from the ceremony? I am particularly thinking about elderly guests and families with young children that probably need to load and unload strollers, diaper bags, etc. Also, I fear people may come to the "church" on time rather than going to the parking garage with enough time for the shuttle ride to the church. Am I thinking too much?
Thanks for your advice!
Post # 3
No, I think those are all valid concerns. How far is the parking garage, distance wise? Is it something people could walk in 10 minutes instead of taking the shuttle in 2? If you haven’t set out your invites yet, you might make a note or include an insert letting people know that a shuttle will get them where they need to go. That will give them the heads up to leave a little extra time and keep them from being confused about where they’re parking. If you’ve already sent the invites out, you might follow-up with those who RSVP yes just to let them know what the situation is…
Regardless, I don’t think it’s a huge deal – I’m sure guests will appreciate the shuttle being air-conditioned! : )
Post # 4
we kind of have the same issue (church parking is access thru a small not-SUV friendly cobbled alley and there arent many spots) but our reception has free parking & that is only 2 blocks away. we are hoping our day-guests will park there & stroll to the church and then back to the reception. we are planning on our weekend-guests to be parked in the nearby hotels & walk the 2 blocks from there to the church & then walk the 2 blocks to the reception. we looked into shuttles but they are expensive & of course if someone REALLY needs to drive, they can (but we arent going to advertise the church parking). we plan on snacks as bribes to get them to walk!! the point of all this is that i dont think your guests will mind, and neither should you because it’s free!
Post # 5
thanks for the suggestions and encouragement. i have not sent any invites out yet so i will definitely make sure to include an extra insert regarding the parking situation. i guess i will also remind people with kids that they can drop them off at the church site with another adult before going to park the car in the lot (2 minutes away but not walking distance in westwood, los angeles). yeah – i am really lucky that the church provides this service for free. snacks for the shuttle ride sound like a great idea. who doesn’t like a little snack? 🙂 thanks again!