(Closed) Do I have to provide transportation for my guests?

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: will my guests be bummed if they have to get themselves to my wedding? if I get them home?
    yes, you should rent a bus to get them there and back : (10 votes)
    28 %
    it's ok just to get them back : (13 votes)
    36 %
    NYC is crazy, I am so glad I am not planning my wedding there! : (13 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    yikes!  i wouldn’t think you were cheap to ask them to call a cab or use public transit.  if you go this route, you could distribute a helpful pamphlet or even little card that estimates the fares for them so they can be prepared.

    Post # 4
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    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    We faced the same dilemma – I got married in the Hudson Valley.

    In the end I decided that I was giving my guests a 4 hour open bar and didn’t want them driving unfamiliar streets late at night. So we bit the bullet and hired the bus and I am really happy we did.  (I didn’t think there would be enough cabs there to transport everyone so people probably would have used rental cars – which if your guests are staying at an airport hotel, probably won’t be the case).

    I think the bus home is the most important if you can give them taxi / car information and make sure there are plenty available to get them there. 

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Etiquette wise you are not responsible for your guests transportation!

    If you can afford it it is a great thing to do for your guests but don’t break the bank over it – I am sure they are expecting to make their way their and back!

    Post # 7
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    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009 - Battery Gardens

    I would give explicit public transportation and walking directions as well as numbers of car companies that are local to that part of Queens and those that service the entire city. Mr. Swan and I use Carmel a lot and find them to be very professional. Most of our events were in the same general area, but our “afterparty” wasn’t. People hopped in a cab there. Then again, we were in Manhattan with an abundance of yellow cabs roving around, but still…  If you are not asking them to go to multiple locations for the wedding, I think it’s fine to give car and public transport directions and options. I also agree with Krissycake to make sure to put estimated costs for cars with and without tip, which is what we did. Plus having grown up in Queens, I know how confusing the streets can sometimes be. I would consider taking a car even if I was a local 🙂

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We’re getting married in London, UK. Maybe not on the same scale as NYC but close. I’ve suggested hotels near the reception to stay at and given the number for 2 minicab firms for the guests. I’d love to do something like rent a big red bus for my guests but logistically it’d be too hard.

    The moral is, do what you want to do.

    Post # 9
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    165 posts
    Blushing bee

    You’re not obligated to provide transportation and in NY of all places, asking them to cab it doesn’t come off as cheap.  Sure it may be easier for your guests to simply hop on a bus, but then again I can’t imagine 50 people realisitically getting to the bus when they’re suppossed to…a bus ride home would be easier b/c they’d be easier to round up.  Just make an extra effort to communicate your expectations of your guests and make it easy for them to cab it…cards with cab phone numbers and fares, they shouldn’t have an issue with it. 

    Post # 10
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    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m having a transportation issue as well since my venue (ceremony and reception at same place) is about 25 minutes from the main hotel. Providing transportation is very important to me and is something we are budgeting for. What I will have to do is this, though. The main hotel (where I, Fiance, family and bridal party and anyone else who wants to is staying) is a Marriott and pricier than some other options. I will obviously be providing cheaper alternatives, but those are about 15 minutes drive from the Marriott. There are 24/7 taxi services available in the area (around Mystic, CT), so anyone that chooses not to stay at the Marriott will have to pay for their taxi to and from there for the post-rehearsal dinner party (also at Marriott) and for the wedding (the transportation will be to and from the Marriott). It’s the best I can really do. I can’t make everyone stay there obviously but that’s the home base so anyone who opts out has to just use the taxi service.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee

    Per etiquette, it is not your responsibility to provide transportation for your guests. If you can afford it, great. But if not, they should understand the situation and be aware that it is their responsibility to take care of. 

    Post # 12
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Can you talk to the hotel? Maybe they can set up a shuttle for you for cheaper?

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We are having this debate too and our reception is in the suburbs only 3 miles from the hotel. 

    I don’t want to pay for transportation so we planned to have the hotel near the reception and this issue is still coming up with Fiance. 

    I do think that if you negotiated a room block at a hotel that far from the reception, that stinks for the guests since it is so far.  If this is just the hotel that everyone chose to stay at and not an official hotel that you negotiated rates with, then they are on their own.

    Post # 15
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    wow, that stinks that the hotel didn’t want to work with you at ALL!

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