How far is too far to shuttle a guest to a reception?

posted 2 years ago in Guests
  • poll: How long is too long to be shuttled to the reception venue? Choose 2.

    15 minutes is okay, but anything over 15, I'd be annoyed.

    20 minutes is okay, but anything over 20, I'd be annoyed.

    30 minutes is okay, but anything over 30, I'd be annoyed.

    40 minutes is okay, but anything over 40, I'd be annoyed.

  • Post # 2
    10274 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Why can’t they drive themselves? I’d much rather just take my own car.

    Post # 3
    6801 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I’d also prefer my own car.  Are they getting shuttled to the reception? I wouldn’t mind just the ceremony but I’d be livid if I couldn’t leave the reception when I was ready to.  20 minutes is nothing unless the AC on the bus isn’t working, the windows are sealed shut and you got one bus for 100 guests or something.

    Post # 4
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1995

    Could you explain a little more as to what you are looking for?  I’m not understanding why the poll if it’s a 20 minute drive.  Are you trying to justify the shuttles or what?

    I personally would like to just drive myself and then I am able to leave when I want to.  

    Post # 5
    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2020

    Another vote for being able to drive myself there (and leave when I choose). Also – depending on where it’s located – I wouldn’t be comfortable just leaving my car parked outside some church.

    Post # 6
    9276 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I also don’t see the point of a shuttle if I then have to drive my car from where I parked it (at the church) or then arrange my own transport from the drop off point. I would rather take my own car or catch a cab from the reception location.

    At the end of the wedding all I want to do is get home as quick and painlessly as possible. Even though you are having a day wedding it is still a long day for everyone involved. 

    Post # 7
    3839 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    I’d poll your guests. I did that with mine and asked if I were to get a shuttle  who would be interested in using it. Also, will the shuttles be waiting? If they’ll be at the reception the whole time and guests can take it back whenever they want, that might also make a difference. 

    Post # 8
    1239 posts
    Bumble bee

    Id prefer to drive myself.

    I also do not understand the purpose of the poll… it’s a 20 minute drive you said. How are the other timings relevant? 

    Post # 9
    2673 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I’d rather drive and have my vehicle with me for when it’s time to go. Most people don’t stay until the very end of the wedding and it will be awkward at 1pm when people want to leave but are waiting for the bus?

    Post # 10
    4904 posts
    Honey bee

    Add me in as another not understanding a shuttle for a brunch wedding.  People generally drink less at daytime weddings.  Shuttles are great for evening when I’m drunk and going back to a hotel or don’t want to navigate an unknown place in the dark.

    How frequently will the shuttles be running from the ranch back to the hotels.  Where are the hotels in relation to the church and the ranch?  What is the ratio of out of town to in town guests?  If your wedding ends at 3 are out of town guests even staying the night or will they have stayed the night before and checked out of the hotel prior to the wedding since check out times are usually 11 or 12 and be leaving straight from the wedding?  I know I wouldn’t stay overnight if the wedding was over at 3 unless I had to fly and there were zero flights until the next day.

    I guess I would ask all those questions first to decide if it’s worth it.  Would they be more annoyed by driving from the church to reception (it’s a 20 minute ride either way -it isn’t like the shuttle beams them there instantly) or more annoyed by having a 20 minute drive back to their cars to head back home and not being able to choose when they leave?  

    Post # 11
    7661 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Based on the information I would also drive myself.

    A shuttle is useful if it’s dropping me off after a reception to my hotel so I don’t have to worry about drinking and driving. Even then, many times I opt for an Uber because I’m particular about when I leave.

    Something like this where I would be driving anyways, I wouldn’t want to sit around waiting for someone else to take me back to my car.

    Are you concerned about parking at your reception?

    ETA: the length of the drive isn’t a problem for me. I consider 25+ a bit far but my friends who live further out into the country have told me that’s ridiculous.

    Post # 14
    5991 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2017

    How will they get home? Are these shuttles going to take everyone home after the reception?

    Post # 15
    1005 posts
    Bumble bee

    I had a shuttle at my wedding and I never drive myself to events – but…what is your question exactly?

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