(Closed) To Shuttle or Not?

posted 9 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 # 17
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Since you’ve got a while til next may-maybe do a poll on your save the date?  Or on the RSVP?  That’s how we got our #’s for our shuttle.


    Post # 19
    1820 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @toshella: 100% of our guests used the shuttle.  We got married at a vineyard – up a very windy road – that was about 20 minutes from the hotel where most people stayed.  In town guests could park somewhere closer to the venue and take the shuttle from there.  We paid $1000 for 85 guests.

    Post # 20
    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    look into renting a school bus. a lot of bus companies that contract with school districts offer shuttle services for road trips, etc, on the weekends. at least that’s how it is in NJ and that’s what we’re doing. $400 for the bus.

    Post # 21
    139 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    About 70-80% of our guests used the shuttle and the rest were locals.  We had a similar situation that the venue was tough to find and about 15 minutes from our hotel blocks. If there is any way to fit the shuttle in your budget I would do it.  I just went to an out of town wedding where there wasn’t a shuttle and people were leaving much earlier.  I didn’t want to drink because I knew I didn’t have a safe way to get home. 

    Everyone from my grandma to aunts and uncles rode the shuttle at our wedding and it really improved the guest experience and party atmosphere at the reception.  I know that’s not the most important thing but I tried to keep in perspective how much people were spending to celebrate with us and did not want anyone to drink and drive. 

    Have you investigated the school bus option as someone else mentioned?  It can be very chic for a rustic venue and it about half the cost of a normal shuttle.  We did a double decker bus and decided to ride it with guests at the end of the night instead of a getaway car.  I am so glad we spent the money on a shuttle instead of just a fancy car for us.

    I wouldn’t let your parents deter you if you like the shuttle idea.  You probably know your friends better than they do and weddings are a lot different than they used to be.  My parents questioned the bus idea and many of our decisions but those are the ones guests raved about after. 

    Post # 22
    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We are providing a shuttle. The country club where the reception is is about 15 minutes away from the hotel and I don’t want people having to worry about driving after drinking all night. It was about $400 for a van to do multiple trips both ways, before and after the reception. It will be totally worth it.

    Post # 23
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Hey there. I’m pretty sure were getting married at the same vineyard. I contemplated the same idea but decided against. Happy planning it’s a beautiful place! 

    Post # 24
    28 posts
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are having the wedding/reception at the resort we are all staying in. But still need transportation from the larger airport most are flying into (Orlando – wedding in Daytona – about an hour 20 minutes away). We wanted to help make it affordable for our guests, we do live here in Daytona.

    We looked and looked and ended up renting a 15 passenger van – we’ll need it all weekend long and luckily have the arrival of flights at a few different times, all on the same day though. We are having a co-worker drive the van for us – we have asked all of our guests just to tip him, whatever he doesn’t make in tips, we will make up the difference for his time. The cost for the van, for four days is only 463.00 – that was the cheapest way for us. That is a little over 100.00 per day. It could work too, for some of the older guests who may want to leave a little eralier than some – I realize only 15 passengers per ride might not work great – maybeyou rent two of them – still cheaper than a bus/driver…….

    We will also have the van shuttle guests to our house for our wedding eve party/dinner – the resort is about 2 miles from our house………..we will definitely get some use out of this rental van – oh, also using to take us (girls, then boys) out for wedding day photos, before the wedding. Good Luck!!

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