Post # 1
Some of my guests are coming in from the city and don’t have cars. After the ceremony, I’m sure people could carpool to the reception, but what do I do about getting them home. As the hosts, is it our responsibility to provide transportation to the train station, or is this something that is reasonable to expect them to take care of? I don’t want to appear cheap, and I know that it would be nice to do the gesture… but is it expected or is the party enough?
Post # 3
It would certainly be nice to rent a van and have somebody run a shuttle. If your reception is somewhere out of the way, where they couldn’t normally flag a taxi on the street, you might want to provide another option.
However I think that people without cars will be thinking about how to get to and from the reception. They will probably get back the same way they got there – and if you expecting them to be able to get there, there’s no particular reason you should assume they can’t also get back.
Post # 4
Pretty much agree with suzanno. It’d be a nice touch if you have the money, but I don’t think it’s required or assumed.
How will the people without cars be getting to their hotels from the airport/wherever? We might be driving a few people to their hotels ourselves, so we’ll know who needs a ride (for carpooling). We’ll probably also have a list of taxi phone numbers for people that might need it (also handy for those who had a little extra to drink). There was a recent bee who posted about her taxi cards (title was something like ‘safe and sound’).
Post # 5
I would love to provide a shuttle between the hotel we blocked (where most guests are staying) and our ceremony/reception hotel, but we just can’t afford it. They are literally less than 5 minutes away by car, if that, and most people are rooming with others, so I don’t feel too bad about having them cab to the ceremony and from the reception. (Rooms at the ceremony/reception hotel were 2-3x as much as at the block hotel, so at least our guests are saving a little money that way!) It shouldn’t cost more than a few bucks, and cabs should be abundant at either hotel.
Most people (or groups of guests) are renting cars to get from the airport to the town (~1 hr) so they could drive their rental car to the ceremony and park – as long as they have a designated driver, of course. We’ve just tried to give them as much info about the different options (cab info, approximate fare, parking info and costs, etc.) as possible, many times over, so they’ll be prepared on the day. I’ll definitely provide some sort of signage or cards with taxi info at the reception as well.
As a guest, I’ve never expected a shuttle or for parking to be taken care of – though it definitely would be appreciated!
Post # 6
I agree. As a guest, I never expected it, but as a hostess, I want to do the right thing. I’m guessing that my friends from the city will probably not rent cars, but I haven’t heard anything from anyone and I might be stressing for no reason. I can also make sure that I take car service numbers with me and have them handy for the night… just in case! It’s best for a bee to be prepared!