Ceremony –> Reception Transpo

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Ugh, I wrote out a response and it was eaten!

I think you’re better off having the church and venue close.  I’m assuming by your user name that you’re in the Southwest suburbs, but I think if you want your church in the city, especially downtown, it’s going to be tough trecking everyone back to the ‘burbs.  You also have to take into account where everyone is staying – are they already in the ‘burbs or are they staying downtown?

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

hickoryhills :  None of your family will have cars coming from out of state? Will they not rent a car to get around while in town for the wedding? I would look for a ceremony and reception venue that is within close proximity to each other. That would make it easier as far as  transportion. If no one will have a car then I would suggest some sort of shuttle bus. Will they all be staying in the same hotel? If not how will you work out the logistics of a shuttle bus for them?

I think if people are flying in then most of them would rent a car to get around town. Have you thought about having the ceremony and reception all in one venue? That would make the entire process easier. How long of a drive are you looking at from Church in the city to venue in the suburbs? 

Have you considered venues that you could have the ceremony and reception? 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

This is hard! As someone whose priority was a church wedding, I’d find it hard to sacrifice a church I loved. But, obviously you’re hosting your guests and the reception is to thank them for coming to the ceremony. Our wedding is in Indianapolis, with the ceremony being in a suburb and the reception being downtown where any out of town would be staying. The two locations are a 15ish minute drive, which I don’t think is unreasonable.

I think it would help if guests stay close to the reception venue if possible. Are buses an option? I’m inclined to think that the only reason a guest should legitimately complain about distance is if no transportation is provided. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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hickoryhills :  i think you have two choices: either get a reception venue in the city, or provide a shuttle to get guests from the ceremony to the reception AND back from the reception to their hotels.

i get it; i live in NYC and most people who would fly in here from out of state aren’t going to rent cars because they assume they can rely on public transportation. a car (and driving and parking) in NYC is insane. as a guest, i’d be pretty annoyed to have to rent a car to get our to your reception in the burbs when you live in a major metropolitan area and your ceremony is in the city.

so either get a shuttle to get everyone to the reception and back again, or find a reception venue that’s downtown.

out of curiosity…what is the price of, say, an uber to get from the reception back to the hotel? while i wouldn’t foist that cost onto all your guests, it might be nice to know what that price is in case you have a few elderly relatives who want to leave the reception early before the shuttles do.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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hickoryhills :  I think if most of your guests are staying downtown, then you need to keep everything downtown..which is going to get really pricey.  Is this right now all hypothetical, or do they actually have arrangements to stay downtown?

My husband’s family all came in from out of state so we had our ceremony and reception at the same venue (in the burbs) on purpose.  We chose a venue that had many hotels close and we reserved a block at one hotel that had a shuttle bus.  It worked out very well for our guests.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

You usually have to be a member of the parish to get married in a Catholic church. So II would check out the rules at the churches you are interested in before diving too deep into planning as you may not be allowed to get married in the church of your dreams.

Also, a 45 minute drive (even in a shuttle) is a nightmare for guests. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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hickoryhills :  i dont know if uber is still doing it, but i remember like 2 year ago you could get uber vouchers for events. it was something along the lines of, you could activate a certain number of ride codes, each for up to a certain value, and then when used, they would all charge to your account. like you could get 30 ride code each for up to $45 dollars and make them available to your guests – and the ones that are used would charge the actual value to your uber account? again, dont know if that’s a thing still or if they shut it down, but something to look into.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Our hotel provided free transportation if we booked a certain amount of rooms (NYC area). There might be hotels in your area that do the same!

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