Post # 1
I am having a handful of out-of-towners for my wedding (some of which are in the wedding party), I was just wondering if anyone else is providing transport for their out of town guests? I am providing transport to the venue for myself and the wedding party, but not sure what to do afterwards once my then-husband and I head to our hotel for the night. Most of the out of towners know how to use public transport and/or call a cab (some of them might also just rent a car and their significant other can drive to the venue for the ceremony/reception), but I’m not sure what (if there is) the etiquette is for this type of thing! Let me know your thougths, Bees! 🙂
Post # 3
@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
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
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
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
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
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
It’s nice, but definitely not needed. Adults can fend for themselves.
Post # 11
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
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.
Post # 13
@paula1248: The hotels are close enough to our venue, but the venue is also in a busy area where cabs are plentiful and it’s right down the street from the train as well.