Post # 1
So i am trying to decide if i should be arranging shuttle transportation for my guests.
We will have approx. 50 or more out of town guests. Our wedding is in a major metropolitan city, and our ceremony venue is about a 20 min drive from the downtown core and the reception is about a 10-15 min drive from the ceremony location.
At first I thought maybe we could squeeze a shuttle into our budget. It would pick guests up from downtown and bring them to the ceremony then to the reception. Then the shuttle would go and ppl would then be responsible for their own ride home at the end of the night. A taxi from our reception space to back downtown is about $12.
Would it be rude to transport ppl to our wedding locations and then leave them without a way home? $12 doesn’t seem like too much to ask of our guests.
Or do I just not worry about it at all and let guests sort it out, after all when I attend weddings in a different city I ensure I rent a car, carpool etc?
It would be incredibly tight to squeeze it in my budget (perhaps going over the budget a bit) but I want to be accomodating to ppl who have flown across the country to attend our wedding.
What do you think?
Post # 3
Let people sort out their own transportation.
Some people will rent a car for the weekend. Some people prefer to use transit or take a taxi.
If they have the address they can GPS their way if they are driving, or use the trip planner link on your local transit website.
Post # 4
I disagree, I think you should try and squeeze the shuttle into your budget to take guests from the ceremony to the reception locations. I think it’s fine to leave guests to get a taxi home at the end of the night because everyone will be going to different hotels etc but after the ceremony everyone is heading to the same place so it makes sense to get a shuttle.
Post # 5
We contemplated getting a shuttle for our wedding, but then I took an informal poll of some of our guests. Pretty much everyone said that even if we got one, they would rather drive themselves (so they could leave when they wanted). We are putting a list of local cab companies and their phone numbers in the Out of Town bags, however.
Post # 6
I would leave guests to find their own way to and from the ceremony. Unless you have a shuttle that also takes them back downtown after the reception, it just seems like you are leaving them high and dry. If it isn’t in the budget then it just isn’t in the budget! You shouldn’t feel bad for making people drive to the wedding. I think most people expect it. We are asking our guests to park at the reception location (we are paying for their valet) and then we are providing a trolley to and from the ceremony. Our ceremony is technically within walking distance of our reception site, but we didn’t want people to have to walk those blocks in heels, and we have a backup in case of rain!
Post # 7
i am having a bridesmaid organize a shuttle and offer it to folks for a charge of around $15 for a 1h30m ride to the wedding/reception location. Considering how my friends drink, i think it’s only appropriate to offer something since taxi is out of the question.
It may be tacky but i just dont have the 2k to pick up the tab.
Post # 8
@FranksMama: this is what i was thinking of doing but wasn’t sure how that would go over. If ppl would buy a $10 shuttle ticket it would be waaay cheaper than them getting a cab there and back and wouldn’t cover the total cost of the shuttle but it would greatly offset the costs for us.
Maybe i will ask some of my close friends and see what they think of it.