(Closed) How far is too far? (Venue vs. Hotel vs. Airport) Shuttle bonanza

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How far is reasonable shuttle distance from hotels to venue?

    Under 10 minutes is best

    Up to 20 tops

    No more than 30 minutes please

    45 minutes max

    An hour isn't so bad on a free shuttle...naptime

  • Post # 3
    5493 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think it’s fine if the venue is a little far from the hotel as long as you provide transportation to the guests staying there. If guest transportation is not in your budget then keep the venue somewhat close to the hotel so that a cab ride there wouldn’t break the bank for your guests, (assume that many of them will not rent a car when they are in town).

    Post # 4
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If you are not providing a shuttle, 30 minutes should be the max drive from the hotel to the venue.  More than that is still stretching it in a shuttle – will there be staggered rides back to the hotel at various times in the evening?

    Post # 6
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think you have more wiggle room if you are providing a shuttle, vs assuming that everyone will drive themselves.  That said, I think that over 30 min on a shuttle gets long.  Can you make parts close together?  Like ceremony and reception at one place or close, with shuttles to and from the hotel?  One wedding I can think of had the ceremony/reception site pretty far from the hotel…. shuttle picked up at the hotel, drove guests to the ceremony, we stayed for the reception, and then took the shuttle back.  It was probably a 45 min ride each way.  It felt long but was not the end of the world since we didn’t have to drive ourselves, and the ceremony and reception were in the same place.


    I’ve been to weddings where I had to drive 30-90 minutes from one part to another (ceremony/reception/hotel), and got cranky.

    Post # 7
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Hiya guys


    OMG I can’t believe it’s me again, I do feel like every section of this wedding is a bloody trauma!


    So I’ve just discovered that my H2B family have booked hotels, online (and did so over a year ago).


    Whats the problem? You might say?


    Well the venue is at my families home, 20miles from my home, not a big problem even in the UK, apart from I live in the heart of the Peak District and out road are not notorious for their ease (we aren’t talking motoways, or even dual carriageways, for the most part it’s single track road.)

    Anyway I’ve just dicovered about this hotel booking, and they happily told me they’d booked a hotel close to our home, oh I thought a little odd, as we won’t be there obviously, but shrugged, 20miles not sooo bad.


    Only they haven’t booked any of the hotels in our village, they have ALL booked into a hotel 17 mile away from our house in the opposite direction to the wedding!!!!


    Oh yes 37 miles away from the venue! Halfway up a mountain, along twisting roads, where they HAVE NEVER BEEN!




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