(Closed) To Shuttle or Not?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we try to fit a shuttle into our budget to take guests from the hotel to the venue and back?
    Yes, guests will have a better time if they don't have to drive themselves : (24 votes)
    62 %
    No, people are used to driving to weddings and back and will be responsible : (15 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    it depends on what the cost would be for it.  for our wedding, we got a bus to bring everyone back from the reception to the hotel – but i would say 80% of our guests were from out of town, and the area is kind of wooded and dark – didnt want to risk anyone getting lost or worse on their way home

    a shuttle worked well for us, and we squeezed it into our budget instead of a few other things – i think it was totally worth it, and the guests seemed really excited about it

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont think a shuttle is necessary. If there are signs they should be fine. Can you use some type of reflective sticker or ink on the signs? This way they can still see them using the head lights on their car. I would think they shouldnt be driving if they have been drinking anyway.

    Post # 5
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    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would try to fit a shuttle into your budget. I think it goes a really long way with guests and they always appreciate being able to drink what they want and not have to worry about driving home or back to a hotel. And since you say that the road leading to the vinyard is a little confusing, that would just add to the pros of why to get a shuttle.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I said no, then read what you wrote. In that situation if you could find a reasonable deal I’d say yes.

    And people shouldn’t be drinking and driving. If you can’t find something affordable that comes with a driver, look at renting a passenger van or something like that and getting someone to drive it.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I vote yes. It’s pretty cheap to rent a school bus or something for the night, we are doing it and have gotten a lot of good feedback from the guests. I’ts nice that they won’t have to worry about driving back and forth.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Having a shuttle was, hands down, the best decision we made.

    Post # 10
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    10572 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    It’s not required, but it’s something your guests will really appreciate, especially with the road.  Older people especially have trouble with night driving.  At a wedding, my grandparents took the first available shuttle and were the only ones in the limo.  It was the highlight of the night for them!  My grandpa will still talk about it.  It will also reduce drinking and driving.  Too many people will push what the think they can drink and then drive.

    Post # 11
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    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    $1000? No, I don’t think I would. I think people are used to driving themselves.

    Post # 12
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I went to a wedding with a similar route, and everyone was super thrilled there was a shuttle.  Yes people are responsible, but it made it so much easier and less stressful to not have to worry about how to drive there, stress about getting lost, or worry about how to get back.    Even as a sober person, there was no way I would have found my way back in the dark-and the older guests were saying the same.

    Reflective stickers are a nice idea, but people might not look for them.  I vote get a shuttle-at the very least a passenger van.

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Is your wedding in Fairfax? How many guests are you planning on shuttling?  If you have a smaller number, or just want to provide a limited # a shuttle a minibus might work.  Have you checked out chariots for hire or reston limo?  If you go with one of their buses as opposed to one of the fancy things, they aren’t to bad.

     

    Reston Limo: http://www.restonlimo.com/rates/

    4 hours (includes tip) for a 30 person minibus is $460.

    Chariots for Hire http://www.chariotsforhire.com/monthly_specials_blog.html

    4 hours (includes tax, gas, and partial tip) for a 25 passenger is $475

    33 passenger is $500

    36 is $540

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    The wedding was in the city, and the limo only went to one hotel (the one with the block of rooms that were reserved).  I think everyone who stayed in that hotel used the shuttle, with maybe the exception of a few older people (4 at the most) who wanted the ability to leave early.

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