(Closed) Paying for OOT guest transport only?

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: What would you pay for?
    OOT transport only : (7 votes)
    18 %
    All transport : (15 votes)
    38 %
    neither : (12 votes)
    31 %
    Other.. more detail please? : (5 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    1430 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I’d pay for transport for anyone who stays at a hotel in town. We’ll probably do this ourselves when it comes to our guests and just have a bus or van come pick everyone up and drop them off after the wedding.

    Post # 4
    412 posts
    Helper bee

    Just offer it, but only have it go directly to and from your hotel(s) and the venue. Local guests will then either have to book a room at the hotel, or drive home anyway once the bus takes them back. For most, it’ll probably be a bigger inconvenience than it’s worth (have to wait for busses instead of leaving whenever, potentially double-back to get home), so I don’t see many signing on for it. I would have local guests RSVP separately for transportation so you have numbers.

    Post # 6
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i think it would look a bit strange if certain guests were ushered towards a bus and others werent

    i think preferably everyone should get transport, like pp said – from venue to hotel

    Post # 7
    8731 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    There is absolutely nothing worse than getting stuck at a remote wedding venue. I went to a wedding at a winery and the B&G arranged for five cabs to show up at midnight. However only two cabs showed up. The drivers said they would come back. We decided to wait with friends to give them the company as we had driven to the venue. An hour later no cabs had returned. I ended up making 4 trips and not getting to bed until 4am. not to mention the cost of the petrol. Yeah I wasn’t too happy with the B&G considering I was left to deal with their guests who I didn’t even know.

    Post # 10
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    then i said you pay. because tis one thing choosing a location with good public transport links and taxis…but if its isolated and less convenient then you need to compensate for that

    Post # 11
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think if you can move stuff around in your budget then do it because your Fi seems to not be on board with current plan. I think it’s guest responsibility, if you married in a remote location and they don’t have adequate access to taxis and public transportation, then you should try your best to foot the bill. Encourage people to have dd, and perhaps have one drop off location where they can either book and sleep at hotel, find a taxi or public transportation.

    Post # 12
    13295 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think you either pay for everyone, or no one.  It isn’t fair to not pay for someone just because they’re local, while shelling out for other people to take the bus.  just do the shuttle from the hotel to the venue, and wheover wants to take it can take it.

    Post # 13
    3318 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    i think you only need to provide this for Out of Town guests. Under any other circumstances, your local guests (as they are adults) would arrange their own transport.  I also wouldn’t offer anything I didn’t plan to pay for.  If the best man wants to spread shuttle arrangements to local guests by word of mouth, then that’s cool.  As a guest, I would take advantage of any amenity you offered, reasoning to myself that if you offered, you must be able to afford it.

    Post # 14
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I didn’t provide any transportation for any guests for my wedding.  


    Half of my guests lived about 2 hours away.  If people want to come, they’ll come.  If people cannot, they cannot.


    I’ve never had transportation provided for me for any wedding I’ve attended.  Last summer, I attended a weddng that was 5 hours away.  (All the guests had to travel 5+ hours to get there).  I think it would be a horrible horrible budget buster for you and really, I’ve never heard of this ever.



    Post # 15
    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The hotel we booked had a bus that will take guest to the reception  20 minutes away and pick them up. So only those guest staying at that hotel will get that option.

    Post # 16
    408 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We had a similar situation, ceremony and reception at the same venue and about 20 guests who had flew in for the wedding. Buti knew some had a rental car and wanted to drive and some family members wanted to drive with family who lived here as well as friends who lived here would love to drink and not worry about the drive.

    What we did is to include in ourwebsite that there was a complimentary shuttle bus with limited room so to contact us (my husband was in charge of this) to reserve a spot. We then called all the out of towners to give them first shot.

    It actually ended up being perfect! We hired a huge bus, everyone had a great ride and seemed that the party started on the bus!

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