(Closed) Providing transportation for out of town guests

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kerrileigh3:  You don’t have to provide them with transportation per etiquette rules.


When I had a Destination Wedding planned, I made a wedding website and had a tab “How to Get Around” that listed car rental agencies, the bus system, taxi companies, etc.  There is no rule that says you need to provide it (unless you have some very special situation like a remote boat ride to a far off location).  If you do, that is very nice.

Post # 4
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree that you don’t have to invite them per ettiquette rules, but it would be a nice gesture. At our wedding we will be providing our guests with transport to and from our venue since the ceremony and reception will be in one location. After paying for plane tickets and hotel rooms, I figure it’s the least we can do for them.

Post # 5
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

As PP’s said, you don’t have to supply transportation, however I find it to be a super nice gesture.

I wanted to make sure my guests got home safely [hopefully no drunk driving], so we will be renting a 20 passenger party bus to take our guests from the hotel to the ceremony, and then to the reception, and back home at the end of the night. Of course, this won’t cover everyone like the people who live nearby and will drive home, but it’ll make us feel somewhat better, and make it easier on our guests.

Post # 6
5995 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

How close are the hotels? A few times I’ve been Out of Town, there has been very nearby accomodation, so transport was sort of a non-issue.

Post # 7
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it’s a nice gesture.  My reception is down a dark winding road with few options for public transportation, so we rented a bus to go between the hotel and reception.  i may not have felt the need to get the bus if the hotel was closer or we were in the city.

Post # 8
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our hotel offers us a shuttle for $50 which I think is pretty good.  If we were to book 10 rooms they would provide the shuttle for free.  We however decided that the distance is less than 5 miles and almost a stright shot so we are going to take the free nigh instead of the shuttle.. But no, you don’t need to, it is a nice guesture though.

Post # 9
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It’s nice, but definitely not needed. Adults can fend for themselves. 

Post # 10
1094 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@Pinkmoon:  +1!

Post # 11
6263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have transportation for them. The hotel I reserved a block with will be giving them shuttle to the venue and from the venue.

Post # 12
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

All of the hotels we have blocks at are providing shuttles. I will tell you what though, it’s ending up being a little bit more of a hassle/worry than I anticipated. People are booking rooms but NOT in the block (which they need to be to use the shuttle so we have enough space), have questions about the shuttles, etc.

I will be putting information in their welcome bags at check-in with the shuttle times and referring them to the front desk for any other questions. At the venue, I will have signs on the doors with the shuttle times and cab company numbers.

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