Post # 1
I am starting to block off hotel rooms for our wedding. We have 65 out of town guests currently. That doesn’t include the guests who would book a hotel room to avoid drinking and driving. I would just like from feedback on your thoughts if you were a guest to this wedding.
Hotel requires you to book two nights which costs around $400 – 500 (Canadian Dollars) but includes a shuttle to and from the wedding venue and back to the hotel
Hotel only requires you to book one night costs around $200 – 300 (Canadian dollars). This hotel doesn’t include a shuttle; therefore, I would have to pay for it myself so I was thinking of charging $2 per person to utilize the shuttle. They would just pay when they get on the shuttle. Does this seem cheap to you?
What are your thoughts as brides and guests to weddings?
Post # 2
ambernicole28 : either provide a shuttle without the charge or don’t provide one at all and trust that adults will be able to get themselves there and back responsibly. charging 2 bucks seems tacky to me
Post # 3
I think you should sacrifice something else and pay for the shuttle rather than charging your guests $2 a person. I get being in a budget but you must be able to find the extra $130?
Definitely don’t make an agreement with the hotel to make your guests have tostay for two nights just to get the shuttle for free. That makes zero sense, if they guests want to stay 2 nights they can but many won’t and therefore they are paying a lot extra just so you don’t have to cover the shuttle.
Post # 4
Do not charge people $2 to use a shuttle.
Honestly, you’re being really cheap here. Asking each couple to spend an extra $300 to have 2 nights (so, over 65 guests thats going to be almost $10,000 extra for the hotel), OR you spend $600-$1000 to provide a shuttle. Really, don’t put this money on your guests.
FWIW I had an extremly similar wedding. Domestic Destination Wedding (canadian as well), 65 people, all staying at one hotel. I contacted a few shuttle companies and one was willing to forego the hourly minimum for half the night. We had the shuttle for an hour or 1.5 hrs in the afternoon to bring guests TO the wedding, and then for 3 hours after the wedding to take them back to the hotel. The hotel was about 10m away, so we just did rolling drop offs. I think it was $700, and we paid extra for the comfy version.
Post # 5
I seriously doubt many of your guests will choose option A! Agree with PP that charging 2$ to use the shuttle is tacky, I would find the money somewhere else in the budget.
Post # 6
I think you should only have 1 night and pay for the shuttle yourselves.
That is what we did, my sister just did that this weekend, and that seems to be the norm in the US. I agree w PPs that it’s tacky to charge your guests $2 or to force them to stay an extra night.
Post # 7
Do not charge $2 to people. Either provide a shuttle or let people know you have taxis, uber, etc. in the area that can be utilized.
Post # 8
I never have cash at a wedding. So don’t do the cash thing. I’d probably book the cheaper one and get an uber myself.
Post # 9
If you think it’s fine for people to spend $2-300 for one night’s stay to celebrate with you surely you can find $130 to pay for their shuttle.
Post # 10
Yes, it seems really cheap to me.
Post # 11
How far is it from the hotel to the venue? What other options are there for your guests to utilize for transportation? Taxi? Uber?
Post # 12
Dont make your guests pay for an extra night, and dont make your guests pay to use the shuttle.
If people are coming from out of town to be a GUEST at your wedding, give them a safe option to get to and from the venue
Post # 13
Thanks everyone. I was thinking charging them for a shuttle was a bit tacky and you all helped confirmed that for me. Thanks again!