(Closed) Should I provide transportation for guests to the reception?

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If your reception is right after the ceremony, I think it would be really nice to provide the car/minibus/whatever.  Otherwise, people will be scrambling for subway/cabs.  Is it possible to reserve cabs–have 4 or 5 waiting to take the guests?  Even if I had a car in NYC, I would not want to bother parking, then re-parking–I’d still take a cab.

Post # 4
48 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

I know its another added expense in an already expensive NYC wedding, but I would provide transportation.  I am having my ceremony and reception in the same venue, however I will be providing transportation from the hotel to the venue.  Many of my guests are from out of town and I am worried that they would get lost.  Plus, I just feel it is the right thing to do.  Rather than a large bus to take everyone, have you considered a few town cars?  You would only need about 6 or 7 to transfer 25 ppl and they dont have to be rented hourly.. You could just call a car service?

Post # 5
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Alicia Harris: It depends on your budget. As far I remember from my visits to New York traffic/parking isn’t always pleasant and easy so transporation might be a nice guesture if you can manage the extra expense.

We are providing our guests with shuttles to and from the venue from the two hotels we booked rooms at that are about 30 minutes away. Our reasoning was the curvy back roads mixed with alcohol isn’t such a good idea and since we would rather our people enjoy themselves we would provide them with a built in Dirty Delete.

Either way I’m sure your family/friends will have a great time whether you shuttle them to the reception or not, they probably won’t think twice about it if you don’t.

Post # 6
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you can afford it, and don’t mind spending $1000, go for it.

I personally wouldn’t. If certain people don’t drive. I would ask close friends/family if they could give them a ride. At least from the ceremony to the reception. I have about 3 close friends who don’t drive, so I will be asking someone if they can do that. Knowing them, they’ll be fine with it.

Post # 7
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Try NYC Trolley Company


The rates are pretty reasonable. A fun idea would be to provide metrocards and travel on the subway together with your guests. It could make for some really cool pictures.

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