Post # 1
We are having a semi-destination wedding (a majority of our guests are from out of town). The ceremony is a short walk from the hotel where we blocked rooms (they are both on the same college campus). The reception is about 10 minutes away. This is in a college town, with plenty of cheap cabs (it would be about $5 to get from the hotel to the reception). There is a “Catholic gap” in between of about 3 hours.
My sister thinks we need to provide a shuttle so that people don’t have to worry about driving and drinking. My parents think that most people will want to drive anyways, so that they can leave when they want. The shuttle bus will cost us $790 (plus tax and a tip for the driver), and we are only having 100 guests. We can find the money in the budget to do this, but I would rather put that money towards Out of Town bags or a morning after brunch.
What do you all think?
Post # 3
I’d rather have a shuttle ride so I don’t have to worry about drinking and driving than an Out of Town bag, personally, since everyone’s from out of town. It’s really considerate–i recently went to a wedding that offered a shuttle to the reception from the hotel and it was a HUGE burden!!! We had to check on our RSVP if we wanted the shuttle and it departed twice throughout the evening.
They’re already paying for a hotel room–i think it’s just nice to pick up the transportation since you can. Maybe there is a less conventional form of transportation, though–a campus trolley or something like that? If you’re an alumnae of the university, try that option
Post # 4
Shuttles are expensive, but I think it would be really nice to have one. I think people would be safer (not drinking & driving) and people would be happy to not naviagate the streets in the dark or worry about finding parking after the reception.
Since the reception is so close, you can have the shuttle constantly run so people will still have a lot of freedom to leave when they would like (i.e. every 20 minutes or so).