Post # 1
Sooooo…… valet parking attendants run the gamut from 600-2300. And Shuttle service is just as bad, but with a smaller range of cost. Mr. Repost and I were horrified! So, we want to rent a 12 passenger van from enterprise (or whatever) and asking my nephew’s friend to shuttle peeps. (19 yrs old. and he can come to the party, bring a guest and have $100)
Has anyone else done anything like this? How did it work out?
Post # 3
Chances are if he’s shuttling people he won’t be able to come to the party or hang out with his guest. People are going to be leaving throughout the night, or that’s what happened at ours anyways. You might want to offer him a bit more cash and forget the “come hang out” bit and just treat it like a night’s well paid work for him 🙂
Post # 4
My cousin had a large passenger van to shuttle people and it worked quite well.
In reference to what the PP said about him not enjoying the time – you could specify that the shuttles runs between certain times so for dinner/dancing he could be there and later make shuttle runs.
Post # 5
We did a big bus and had people sign up at the hotel which run they wanted to take. There were 2 runs there and 2 runs home. If they wanted to leave early they had to drive. Of course we didnt follow up on the signup sheet, but this prevented everyone from trying to catch the last shuttle.
Post # 6
We’re thinking of doing something like this as well. I would agree that you shouldn’t invite him to the party- you could give him a few hours off from when the ceremony starts until an hour after dinner, and give him some extra money to eat somewhere local.
Post # 7
my first concern is insurance for both you and the driver – otherwise i think a shuttle for guests is a thoughtful idea but be sure to explain to him he cant drink at all/all night
Post # 8
I think you all are right, I’ll just treat it as a job. I just wanted to use someone trusted, but our trusted friends of course will be at the wedding, so I was trying to go “once removed” in friend circles. I like the idea of specified shuttle times…. wedding is from 5:30-11:30 so maybe 5-6pm and 10-12 pm or some such thing. Maybe I throw the kid $200 instead, and he can just hang out with his friend, my nephew, when he’s not working. i mean, then its still 5 hours to have fun at a wedding… I’m thinking my nephew will bring a date, and so will the driver, and that they would be all 4 friends, so when its time for the guy to drive at 10pm, his date won’t be all alone. I plan to have him sign something outlining his duties and a pledge not to consume alcohol (underage and illegal anyway). I know this is not a release of liability, or a legal document, but at least the kid knows i’m serious. plus I’m pretty sure my nephew will be on him about it 🙂
PS-the shuttle goes from a residence, less than 1/4 mile, to a parking lot. All of which is in a very quiet part of town, so no busy intersections, speeding, multilane roads, etc
Post # 9
You have to be 25 to drive a rental car, or some places charge and additional fee for drivers under 25. Just something to keep in mind if your nephew’s friend is only 19.
Post # 10
@Ms Rocky Point: Also, I would still be a little nervous about liability issues, which are covered if you rent a shuttle service. But then again, it sounds like an easy drive without a lot that could happen. Hope it works out for you! 🙂
Post # 11
I am doing the exact same thing. My sister’s friend will pick ppl up at the hotels, and shuttle to the reception (and back home at set times). I’m paying her $200, and obviously she’ll be getting a meal at the wedding. I think paying her a decent amount makes it more a “job” than a “favor”. It’s the perfect solution, as I didn’t have enough guests to fill a school bus.
Post # 12
Good news! I got a reasonable quote (FINALLY!!!) from the last valet company I was waiting tohear back from! Sooooo excited, as i would really prefer this route 🙂