Post # 1
For those bees not getting married in a hotel… are you providing transportation for your guests at the end of the night? I really don’t think it is necessary, especially because our ceremony and reception are at the same location, which is less than a mile from the two hotels I think we’re going to reserve rooms in. Plus, there is a huge free parking lot right at the venue so that isn’t a problem.
But… my mom is INSISTING that we need to provide a shuttle in case people drink too much. Everyone there will be in their late 20s or older so I kind of feel like they should be able regulate themselves. Plus the hotel is SO close they could walk if they needed to. Or call a cab. Or someone could drive them back to the hotel (they’re allowed to leave cars overnight at the venue if necessary).
So, how many of you are providing transport? Why or why not?
Post # 3
Our reception is at a hotel, but our ceremony is at a church about a mile away. So my situation is a little different than yours, but we are having a shuttle bus take people from the hotel to the church and then back to the hotel after the ceremony. We’re mainly doing the shuttle so there wont be a big jam when everyone is trying to leave the hotel and then get back to the hotel at the same time. There is valet parking at the hotel, so it could be extra slow if everyone drove their own car.
Post # 4
we’re not providing any transportation, as the ceremony site, hotel where the reception is (and where many guests will be staying), and the other hotel we blocked rooms at are like, 4 blocks from each other in downtown dc which is totally walkable (.4miles, according to google) and full of taxis as well. i’m getting a little pushback from the in-laws and my parents about transportation between the ceremony and reception, for fi and me, the bridal party, and people who can’t walk, but i don’t know…seems pretty lame to me since they’re so close!
Post # 5
We will have an unadvertised drunk van. My reception isn’t very close to many people’s overnight spots, so if my coordinator thinks you shouldn’t drive, she will intervene.
In your case, there is no need for transport. Cabs and walking are fine.
Post # 6
I am providing a shuttle between the reception and hotel for our guests. It’s only about a mile and a half between the two but it’s an interstate so not such a good idea to be walking it. And yes, they could call a cab but most people are from out of state and already paying a lot to come to the wedding that I wanted to be as accommodating to our guests as much as possible. Plus, it’s not very expensive for us to have a shuttle for the night.
Post # 7
We aren’t doing a shuttle because people are staying at way too many hotels near the venue that it would be impossible for the van driver to make enough trips. We have 100 guests staying at the hotel we are having the reception at. Then the other two hotels are within 5 minutes. If there is someone that is falling down drunk (which I don’t forsee happening) then we would just get them a cab/ride.
Post # 8
We were going to do a shuttle. We have the same set up. The ceremony and reception are at the same place, the hotel is a mile away. But, I just felt guilty having our guests either not drink so they can drive a mile, or risk the drive and have something horrible happen. In the end my parents and my FI’s parents insisted that we don’t spend the money. Both are of the mind that they’re all adults and they can handle their own. Well I hope so!
Post # 9
@jennifer- funny that our parents feel totally opposite of each other! I guess I just feel like assuming 4 people per car….. I can’t imagine that 1 of every 4 guests can’t stay sober(ish) lol. + we’re providing alcohol (not paying per hour for open bar) so I guess I really dont want people getting trashed anyways! 🙂
Post # 10
Yeah, I wasn’t expecting my family or his to feel that way at all. Your probably right though, most guests will be able to have a Dirty Delete.
Post # 11
We’re providing a shuttle. The nearest hotel to our venue is 20 minutes away, and the road is dark and windy. Plus, we really want people to be able to enjoy themselves and not have to worry about driving after 5 hours of an open bar.
Post # 12
We’re providing a shuttle for the same reasons as eurekaanchovies – plus, we WANT people to drink a little too much to drive – they’ll have more fun
Post # 13
We’re having transportation from reception to hotel – having a lot of people at the hotel and quite a few out of towners flying in, we needed a way to get them around. BUT… we realized that if we provided them something home, we had to get them to the ceremony + reception.
Check with your hotel! I know ours has a 13 passenger van shuttle that can be rented out for $60/hr (not bad!) and that is what we are using for our end of the night transport. And we realized that while bridal party and Fiance and I will be delivered via limo/bus thing earlier in the day, we had to find a way to get back to the hotel! haha stranded with no car! that’d be a good story…
So check w/ your hotel – we’re @ Crowne Plaza – they might have a shuttle you can rent for an hour.
Post # 14
We didn’t provide transportation. We assumed that people should be responsible enough to not drink so much that they won’t be able to drive. We had to make sure that we didn’t drink too much so we could get home, why shouldn’t they do the same?
Post # 15
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Ours is technically at a hotel, but it’s a bit on the expensive side so I am betting many guests will stay elsewhere – we’re not providing any transportation, though!
Post # 16
We wanted to, but due to the joys of living in a small town, there wasn’t anyone who we could rent one from. Our only mass transit option would have been to rent a full sized coach bus. Yeah, not happening. We will have cards with the numbers of various cab companies on the bar, but honestly, I think our friends know better than to get rip roaring drunk without arranging their own transportation home first.