Post # 1
Hive, help!! I’ve been going over and over this decision and can’t decide what to do!
We’re having our ceremony and reception at a vineyard that’s about 15-20 minutes away from the hotel guests are staying in. None of our guests live in town, so everyone should have a car or a carpool buddy. I think it’s reasonable to ask people to drive to the wedding and back, and there’s plenty of parking at the venue. Not to mention I know some people will want to drive themselves anyway so they aren’t restricted to coming and going with the shuttle and can leave any time.
However – the road to the vineyard is small, unpaved, and can be confusing and twisty. We’ll put signs up as allowed and provide directions, but I worry about guests getting lost on the way there or running off the road on the way back… especially if they’ve been drinking. Our reception ends at 11 so it will be dark and guests won’t be able to see signs leading out.
Our hotel doesn’t offer any shuttle services, and since it’s a small town there are not many options and none of them are cheap. Should we try to fit a shuttle into our budget anyway?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
@Lovebird724: How much was it for the bus? All the places I’ve found are around $1000, which will be hard to squeeze into our budget, but we could probably cut out some other extras if need be.
@bells: Reflective stickers are a great idea! I’ll keep that in mind. And yeah, people shouldn’t be drinking and driving but there are always people who have “only had a glass or two” and think they’ll be okay.
I guess another option is to give all the guests the number for a taxi service and let them make their own call.
Post # 8
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
Having a shuttle was, hands down, the best decision we made.
Post # 10
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
$1000? No, I don’t think I would. I think people are used to driving themselves.
Post # 12
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
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 # 14
Thanks for all the help everyone! My parents and ILs have been pushing for us not to do a shuttle because they don’t think it will be used, but as I mentioned, I’ve had my reservations.
For brides who did use a shuttle, can you provide any numbers about what size you got, how many guests you had, and what percentage used the shuttle vs drove themselves?
This is so helpful, thank you guys!!
Post # 15
@lolo7835: It’s actually in Culpeper, VA – about an hour away from Fairfax (where I live). Thanks for the links though, I hadn’t thought to look for NoVA shuttles, I figured the rates would be higher! I’ll definately check if any of them will shuttle down in Culpeper. Thanks again!
Post # 16
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.