Post # 1
Hi Everyone! How important is it to have a hotel near the reception and/or a bus to take people back to the hotel? Even though our wedding is not a “destination” wedding for us, it will be for 95% of our guests (I am from PA, he is from IL, and we live in VA). So pretty much everyone will have to rent a hotel room the night of our wedding.
I am looking at some amazing venues that do not have lodging nearby. Should I rent a bus? The budget is tight already, and I wonder how many guests will actually use the bus (whenever we have gone to weddings, Mr. Rocks always drives – that way, if we want to bail early, we can). Or should I concentrate on places with rooms? I like the idea of guests being able to walk back to their room after drinking all night…..BUT a lot of these places with rooms are not the cheapest hotels in the area – most of our friends are still in grad school and cheap is best…. What are you doing for your wedding?
Post # 3
I was really dead set against having a hotel ballroom reception and since the wedding was in the suburbs there really weren’t any options for a reception space that was withing walking distance of a hotel. We ended up with a hotel that was about 15 minutes from the receptions site, and 15 minutes from the church (the three spots basically made a triangle). My husbands parents were nice enough to pay for a shuttle that took everyone from the hotel to the church and then from the church to the reception, and then back to the hotel at the end of the night. It was one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. None of our guests had to worry about knowning the directions (curvy New England roads in the winter), parking, or how much they drank (we had open bar all night). If you can make it work in the budget I REALLY REALLY suggest you have a shuttle for your guests. It’s not something your required to do but it goes a long way towards making your guests comfortable.
Post # 4
Most of the weddings I’ve been to required driving back to the hotel after the reception and none of them had a shuttle. I also never felt there was any need for a shuttle. If people couldn’t drive themselves back, everyone just piled into cabs and split the cost. I really think it is an unnecessary expense (and they really aren’t cheap either from what other Bees have posted).
Post # 5
I just went to a “semi” destination wedding in MD. The B&G reccomended a hotel and provided bus service from that hotel to their wedding site (45 min away). There were also 2 busses back. An early bus at 9 and a later bus at midnight.
There was a lot of drinking at the wedding so no one would have really been able to drive back. Also, some people stayed past the late bus and when they called for cabs it took the cabs 2 hrs to show up.
I think it would depend on your guests and if you think they’ll be drinking too much to drive home or not.
Post # 6
are there cabs readily available near your venue? as a guest i wouldn’t mind paying for a 15 minute cab ride, but i would mind if there was no way of getting back without a car. since people are travelling to your wedding from all over, there will most likely be plenty of guests there without cars. also, i hate to think of all those people driving home after drinking all night at an open bar.
Post # 7
also i’ll add that i have only been to one wedding where there wasn’t either a shuttle or a hotel within walking distance, and we had to rent a car to get to the venue (annoying and expensive), didn’t drink at all, and left early. (i only knew the bride & groom and two bridesmaids at this wedding, so there wasn’t anyone i knew that i could ask for a ride)