(Closed) Rude for guests to take cabs?

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you’re getting married in NYC, I don’t see any problem asking people to pay what like $5 to get to the ceremony?  I wouldn’t have a problem with that.  If your ceremony/reception is like 45 minutes away from the city, then yeah you should provide transportation.  But in the city?  Cabs are cheap and they know where they’re going. 

Post # 4
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2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

If you are getting married in a city, it’s totally normal to expect guests to take a cab to your reception. What if you were getting married in the suburbs? Your guests would have to find their own way to your wedding, right? Same thing.

I’m going to a wedding in Brooklyn next week and Mr. S and I will probably take the subway.

Post # 5
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

How far is it from the hotel to the ceremony/reception site?  My guess is that it would not be a $5 cab ride since most of the time, cabs start at $3.  That being said, it will probably not be that expensive.  However, one thing to consider is if people are all leaving from the same place at the same time, it may be difficult for them all to get cabs.  I think it would depend on how many people you are having/how many out of town guests/etc.  We had a hotel in midtown and a venue in the Bronx (though close to the metro north on both ends) and even local people decided to take the bus and appreciated it.  I have to say this though – I don’t think it would be rude of you to NOT have a bus on the way there, just a nice gesture, so I think you’re fine either way.  Oy, was that even helpful? 😉

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s TOTALLY fine! Expected, even. Our guests took cabs to and from our ceremony/reception venue if they didn’t want to wait for the trolley (which came as part of the venue–if it hadn’t, I wouldn’t have provided alternate transportation, so you’re already nicer than I was by providing transportation after the wedding!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think in the city people can figure it out.  If any of your guests complain you can always tell them about my guests who have to provide their own transportation to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception (there is a time gap so we can’t shuttle them straight there), as well as home after the reception (though our venue will call people car services as needed.)  

I’m fairly sure they will be able to stick out their arms and yell “taxi” (okay, nobody actually yells “taxi” in NYC, but you get the point).    

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

While I think its ok, I think you should probably take into account the fact that its a VERY expensive city to stay in, and these people are probably spending a lot to just attend your wedding. I don’t think its necessary, but I do think it would be a nice gesture to provide transportation if you can afford it. Also, have you considered how you would feel if guests arrive late because they can’t get a taxi? I have been unable to catch cabs countless times in the city, I don’t think its that uncommon.  Just my .2. Like I said, I think its totally fine if you do it that way, but I think you should weigh all your options.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Regardless of where you are getting married, your guests would still have to make arrangements to get to the ceremony site so asking them to take a cab or find an alternative form of transportation is fine. Actually, its something that I would have never even thought about questioning if I were in your situation. 

Post # 10
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1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it’s fine! If anything with your invite you might want to include a card with directions. Maybe walking directions, subway/bus directions, and then include on the bottom something like “Of course you could always take a cab, it should be a short 5 minute trip in a cab.” Everyone will figure out what works for them.

Where is the wedding? And what hotels are you using?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I live in NYC and I’ve been to weddings here and no one has ever offered me a free ride to any ceremony or reception. They’ve not offered any Out of Town guests either. NYC is very user friendly I think. The cabs will probably be cheaper to use than to rent a car here. I say go for it. It’s not rude to make them take cabs.

 

Hey Sloth, if I see you on the subway, can I say ‘Hi’ 🙂

Post # 12
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459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree that that is totally fine. I got married in a city (Washington) and did not at all consider arranging transportation for people. That’s the point of getting married in the city–no need to drive!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I got married in the city in August – My guests (who didn’t have their cars took cabs) about 20 blocks and the night before to the rehearsal dinner in Little Italy – it was TOTALLY fine.  The only thing I did was get one limo to take 2 trips from church to the hotel after the ceremony for close friends and our elderly relatives.

Post # 15
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1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think you’re over thinking this. Give every guest a map (just trace google maps!) with a sign for the hotel and a sign for the ceremony. Inform guests that if they’d like to walk it’ll be a 20 minute walk. Or, if they’d like to brave the bus system they can walk to 34th St and take the M34 or M16, this will also take about 20 minutes. Or they can take a 5 minute cab ride.

I really don’t think you need to be too concerned about this. If you supply a map with a few options everyone will figure out what works best for them.

Could you ask an NYC friend to act as the “tour guide” and meet your guests in the lobby and escort them over to the venue? They could turn it into a walking tour maybe?

Post # 16
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

@cabanagrl9: seeing your two locations, I actually don’t think you need to provide transportation – that’s really very close!

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