(Closed) Ettiquette for proving transportation for the wedding party?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Same boat here!  I’m not really a stretch limo kinda gal and I’ve always wanted to get a vintage rolls royce… So I’m having one!  I told my wedding party that they would be driving and they said that it’s really okay with them.  The church and reception are a mile apart so it’s not a big deal, I suppose.  The distance is just four miles, I don’t think that they would mind.  I mean personally, if I was your Bridesmaid or Best Man, I wouldn’t mind driving at all πŸ™‚

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

yeah i was really conflicted on this issue.

i really like the idea of the send off plus i wanted to save some money by not having to invest in a stretch limo. but when i ran the idea by my Maid/Matron of Honor she acted like that was not a good idea. the places are very close together. the hotels are less than a mile from the reception site and the reception site to the ceremony is like 5 miles. she said that since a lot of the wedding party are not bringing dates they would have no one to drive them home after drinking so it would be a good idea to have a limo so they can be dropped off at their hotel.

i get it and it is what i ended up doing, but i don’t like that i have to miss out on the idea of a send off. oh well!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

FH and I teetered back and forth re: transportation. Long story short this is what we’re doing….We are having First Look pictures.  FH and I have a vintage British Cab and that will drive us around the city for 2 hrs then drop us at our venue.  We got our wedding party a Party Bus that will meet FH and I for the last 30 minutes of our First Look photos.  Then the Party Bus will take the wedding party to the Venue.  At the end of the night we’re all riding from the Venue to the Hotels on the charter bus that we rented for our Out of Town guests (90+% of our guests are from Out of Town.)

There are options – – the trick for us was that certain companies have a minimum of x amount of hours….OY

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I think it just comes down to which option works better for you personally.  I’ve seen many weddings where the wedding party rode together from the ceremony site to the reception site, and the pictures of everyone drinking champagne and having fun are really cute.  However, it’s definitely not expected, and if you want some alone time with your Fiance, you should totally go for that.  I think being mindful of the fact that people, especially the wedding party, will be drinking and may not want to drive is always good, but they are adults and its their responsibility to watch their alcohol consumption if necessary.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

In my area, it seems like it is the norm for the bride and groom to provide transporation for the entire bridal party from the ceremony to the reception. However, after that, they are on their own. Because of this, I booked a limo bus to get all 14 of us from the church to the photo site and then to the reception.

 

We also booked a block of rooms at a hotel that provides free shuttle service for guests to and from the reception. That way if anyone wants to drink, they can shuttle and not worry about driving!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@mrsl:  I am using agate limousine.  The owner gave me a good deal because his limo company is a preferred vendor of our reception venue.  I did look at classy chassy but I thought they were expensive.  Love their extras, though! πŸ™‚  champagne and choco-dipped strawberries?  What’s not to love?! πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I believe that I read somewhere that it is proper etiquette to provide transport for the Wedding Party.

Whether or not you follow this “rule” is up to you!

I am really excited for the Wedding Party travels in the limo – it will be a blast and will include champagne!!!! πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I think for a wedding it is very fitting for the bride and groom to go on their own.  I’ve been in a few weddings and have had both experiences, where the entire wedding party is in a stretch limo, and where the bride and groom had their own limo.  I think either one is fine, and I am sure everyone in your bridal party will be understanding of your choice.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@mrsl:  Yes, they are cheaper than classy chassy.  They do service the northern LA burbs.  I think they are based on SF valley where we are getting married πŸ™‚ I don’t know how north you are though.  Are you talking about Palmdale/Lancaster area?  By The Way, ask for Leo.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The traditional ettiquette is for the bride and groom to provide transportation for the bridal party. BUT, that doesn’t mean that you need to provide them with a limo. If they’re from out of town and don’t have a car, just make sure ahead of time that they have a ride to the ceremony, to the reception, and back to the hotel πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We ended up renting a trolley.  Our ceremony is at a church and the reception is at a country club.  The trolley will pick the girls up at my parents’ house, then drive the whole wedding party downtown for pictures, and then to the country club. 

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