Timeline to shuttle guests at end- when did your folks leave?

posted 2 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We had a similar make-up of wedding guests. About half of our guests left right before or right after dessert was served (but I think right after would be a good first shuttle time; I was a little disappointed when people left before we had cut the cake), and the other half trickled out until the end of the evening. I think if you advertised (on your wedding website?) what the shuttle times are, your guests will know what the plan is and determine either beforehand or at the reception which time they would like to leave.

The gesture to shuttle back to the hotel is kind, but I think just shuttling back to the parking lot is sufficient.

Post # 3
1278 posts
Bumble bee

We had two shuttles, one left an hour before the end and the other at the end. We found that older people and people not as close to us left on the first shuttle, and everyone else left at the end. I think 8.30, 9.15 and 10 sounds good but maybe book the 10pm one to leave at 10.15pm so that people dont feel rushed off the dancefloor and have time to gather their belongings and say bye. If your families are anything like mine, saying goodbye involves a minimum of hugging everyone in the room, announcing you are leaving 3 times before starting up a new conversation about when everyone will next see other. 

Post # 4
61 posts
Worker bee

We are thinking something similar, three shuttles spaced out about 45 minutes to an hour apart based on the order of events although our meal starts a bit later and thus things go a bit later. We are also going to have a set of buses pick people up (at a single, set time) prior to the ceremony, so they dont have to worry about leaving their cars at the venue overnight.

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