Post # 1
This is my first post, but I have read a number of boards already and really appreciate all of the insight you guys have to offer.
My dilemma right now is to try to decide whether to rent a shuttle/trolley to transport the wedding party from the ceremony to the reception.
It’s about 10 miles or 20 minutes drive between the church and the reception venue. (The reception venue is the hotel where out of town guests are staying.)
After the ceremony, we could take the whole wedding party downtown and take some group photos in urban scenes where parking may be limited. The benefit of using a shuttle is that everyone would arrive at the destination at the same time, and no one would have to hunt for parking or get lost.
The downside is that if everyone drove to the church for the ceremony, what would they do with their cars that would be left at the church? If the shuttle brought all of them from the hotel to the church and back, that would be a loooong day. Plus the guy would be at the church much earlier than needed since they don’t need to get their hair styled.
Another downside is the cost. For a not-so-classy look, we could get a school bus for $350 for the 6 or so hours we’d need it. For some a step above, it would be more like $700.
I just don’t think that getting a few dozen urban photos of the whole wedding party is that important since we’ll get a lot at the church. But my H2B is of a different mindset and is ok with spending the money.
Thoughts? Experience or advice to share? Thanks!
Post # 3
I think you need to provide the wedding party with some sort of transportation, whether it be a shuttle or carpool.
Could they all drive to the reception site, meet there, and have the shuttle pick you up there before going to the ceremony site and/or to pictures? That way all their cars are at the reception site once it’s over. If you didn’t want to hire someone, maybe you can arrange for them all to meet at the reception site, but then carpool downtown so you reduce the number of cars down to 2 or 3.
Post # 4
Definitely rent a shuttle or something to transport the wedding party. I know the prices add up and things get pretty crazy, money wise – but your wedding party are your VIP’s, and you should treat them as such. Go for it! 🙂
Post # 5
Ask the church if it would be ok for the Wedding Party to leave their cars in the lot overnight. Then the next day maybe you could all get rides to the church so everyone can pick up their cars.
Post # 6
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Post # 7
My Fiance and I are providing transportation for our wedding party. We are getting married at a church at 2 pm and the reception does not start until 6. We plan on getting a limo to pick everyone up from the reception venue (so their cars will be there at the end of the night) and taking them to the church. Then from there we will go take pictures then get dropped back off at the church. I personally think this is the best way to go only because I think it would be rude to expect my bridal party to drive all over town to get pictures that they could probably care less about.
Also, keep in mind that your limo can make seperate trips to pick people up so that the guys do not have to be early while the girls are getting their hair done. Just have someone drop the girls off at the church early and hire the limo about an hour before your ceremony to pick the guys up and bring them to the ceremony site. Just have them meet at the hotel so their cars will be there at the end of the night.