Post # 1
Our venue is a country club and after looking at the options for nearby hotels I decided I didn’t really like them and opted to look into beach houses. There were quite a few to choose from so we will be renting one for the wedding weekend, therefore we are not blocking rooms in nearby hotels or anything like that. This is a 6 BR rental which will house the wedding party. Ceremony and reception are at the same location.
I know neither Fiance nor I are planning on getting wasted but having a couple drinks and enjoying the night, so we won’t be driving. The friends and family like to rip it up, so I don’t want to rely on anyone else to drive us either. That being said, even though I’m not responsible for other’s decisions I do feel like I should offer some kind of transportation options to deter Dirty Delete.
I was thinking of hiring some kind of bus or transportation that would leave at 8, 9, and 10 and go to where the guests need to go (since I’m not blocking rooms and don’t know where they’ll be staying) Would a company even do this and does this seem to be more effort than it’s worth?
Post # 3
I’m very interested to see people’s responses, because I have this same question. Our wedding and reception will be up in the hills, and my Fiance is worried about (specifically his friends) tipsy driving back down the hill. But the thing is, do we do a shuttle the whole hour back to where we all live? Have hotel rooms right near the site and just have them drive to there and then shuttle them back to there? Just say oh well you’re adults you can figure it out? gahhh I don’t know
Post # 4
OP – you can still block rooms off at hotels even if you personally aren’t staying there, so why don’t you do that for the added convenience for your guests. Some hotels may even offer shuttle buses if you block rooms off – it’s definitely worth making phone calls and asking around.
I live in Chicago, and most transportation companies require a 3 hour minimum, so if that’s also the case where you live then you could hire a bus/shuttle for 3 hours and have them drive back and forth. To me, the effort is worth it b/c your guests will appreciate it.
Post # 5
@AshleyR83: Exactly. Block some rooms for your guests, and then you’ll have a home base for the shuttles. This is what we are doing for our wedding. But yes, there is a minimum. It’s 8 hours for our location, so we have (and have to pay for) the shuttles for the whole day.
Post # 6
Good idea-I didn’t think to block rooms at hotels I won’t be staying at, I definitely plan to add that to the to-do list!