How far for guests to travel

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

I would just be clear about this up front and understand a few won’t be able to make it work. Guests who’ve been drinking obviously can’t drive and a 50 minute taxi drive is a hefty price. If it’s REALLY remote there may not even be enough taxis in town to acommodate all your guests leaving at once. A shuttle might be necessary.

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Are there not venues closer to the hotel? That seems really far – first guests have to travel to the hotel and then another HOUR to and from the venue? That’s a bit much IMO. Adding in a Sunday night and that would probably be a decline from most people. 

Why are you choosing such inconvenient times/places? If you haven’t put deposits down I would urge you to reconsider.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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@ summer22017   Are you going to be providing transportation to and from the hotel?

Honestly that’s a really far drive. Especially if I’ve already had to travel to the wedding area. Then I need to travel 2 more hours roundtrip? No thanks. 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Could you provide some type of shuttle service?

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m going to be honest…

We routinely travel seven hours for weddings. I would have no issue with the Sunday wedding as we usually take a day off anyways when we travel that far so we would just take Monday off instead of Friday but I have to admit that I would be pretty frustrated with that kind of drive to and from a hotel. Not only is that more time on the road, but we would be worried about drinking and driving and that is not a cheap taxi ride. 

ETA: I like the shuttle idea better than having to make the drive myself. Cost is going to vary quite a bit depending on the number of seats you need. I have seen bees hire out school buses so perhaps that could work.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

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@ summer22017   That would be something you have to research on your area. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I agree with others, if you want to be a good host, provide a shuttle. It cost us extra money, but I know my guests felt very comfortable and relieved they did not have to drive 35 minutes after drinking. Shuttles are not cheap (I think around 1000 in my area, but sometimes you can hire a school bus for cheaper).

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

From your use of the word property and how rural it is, I’m guessing they own a good sized piece of land.  In addition to providing a shuttle to the hotel, could you allow anyone who wants to the option of bringing a tent and camping out at the site?

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

Are that many people willing to attend both your graduation and wedding? I think you have to know your crowd. I personally would find it a bit much to drive so far just to get to my hotel and then have to drive even longer to get to the wedding.

I agree with PP about being very clear about the relevant distances. I like the idea of the shuttle service, but I wonder how feasible it will be considering the unclear number of people involved and the rural location. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper

Unless it’s a holiday weekend I’m sure there will be people will want to or have to fly home Sunday night. I think it’s a real stretch to drive 50 minutes to the wedding on Sunday and presumably a similar distance back to the airport. Even by shuttle. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

If you go with this option you DEFINITELY need to provide a shuttle….like I wouldn’t even consider doing this without a shuttle if I were you. Thats a LONG drive and it will take taxis ages to even get there let alone the 50 minute drive to their respective hotels. You’ll need to provide a shuttle both ways which means you will be paying for a shuttle for the entirety of the wedding as they will just wait on the property during the wedding. I would say expect to pay a minimum of $800 but probably more.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

My cousin got married in a remote area where her DH was from. They hosted a shuttle service to and from the wedding and it was lovely! I would bet people would come just make sure they are aware of the items (like a shuttle) you will be providing for convenience

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