Post # 1
I hadn’t really considered this a need for my situation, but can I get ya’lls opinion? Im getting married about 2 hours from where I live….so i guess it’s destination. But everyone will be driving there. I have 2 hotel blocks (2 slightly different price points and locations) arranged both within a few minutes drive of the ceremony. I had not considered that I needed to arrange transportation for the guests to the ceremony/reception location (all happening in one place) because everyone would have a car to begin with.
Am I ok with not arranging any transportation, or do you think some people will be offended if I dont arrange something?
Post # 3
Hmm…I don’t know if you’re required to or not. I know our hotel offers a free shuttle to the ceremony/reception site. I honestly think many people will drive so they can have the freedom to leave whenever they want. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 4
I don’t think anyone expects to have transportation. Especially, since everyone will have cars, providing transportation in your case is definately above and beyond. If your wedding location and hotel location are more than 5 minutes apart, providing a shuttle service may be a pain because the shuttle times would be spaced far apart… people may end up driving so they don’t have to rely on the shuttle to take them back to the hotel when they are ready. Since everyone would want to get to the ceremony at a certain time you may have to provide more than one shuttle which can really add up price wise.
Post # 5
I’m in a similar boat – our wedding is an hour away, and I have a block of rooms at a nearby hotel (15 min drive). I’ve arranged with the hotel for a shuttle to bring hotel guests to and from the wedding, but it’s costing us $150 per trip, and the van holds only 14 people. We couldn’t afford an open bar, so we are footing the bill for the transportation, but I don’t think it’s required.
Post # 6
It’s not required of you but I think it’s a nice touch if it’s within your budget. It doesn’t hurt to ask the hotels if they could provide shuttle service for you.
Post # 7
Most weddings I have been to do NOT offer transportation, and everyone figures it out. If you are having alcohol, I would encourage people to carpool, but I certainly do not think you are required to provide any kind of transportation.
We are paying for transportation between our main hotel and the reception because: (1) our venue requires it – they only have 4 parking spaces! and (2) it’s a destination wedding so I didn’t want to make people drive on unfamiliar roads (our venue is up a very windy mountain road). I am happy that we are doing this, but – OMG – it has been the biggest pain of planning by far.
Post # 8
I recommend transportation so people don’t have to worry about drinking or renting a car if they don’t have one. We are having just one van since we expect most people will have cars but don’t want them to feel obligated to drive.
Post # 9
thanks for the opinions! I will definitely check to see the availability of hotel shuttles. But if its anything like prices to rent a limo or nice big vehicle Ive seen, they’re all gonna be on their own!