Post # 1
We are having the ceremony and the reception at the same place. There will be no people from out of town. Are we required to provide transportation for the bridal party? And if so from where? Our venue gives us plenty of time to get ready there so we won’t be checked into a hotel or anything?
I was just at a wedding this weekend and I noticed that the bridesmaids all arrived to the reception on their own.
We’re on a very strict budget and although it would be nice to have transportation for everyone I’d like to know how necessary it is.
I’m just very confused, I’m open to all suggestions
Post # 3
I think you should provide some sort of transportation if you are all staying at the same hotel and you’re serving alcohol at the wedding. My ceremony and reception were in the same location and our hotel was less than a mile away but we rented a limo to shuttle people to and from the hotel. Now it wasn’t entirely in our budget and we got it really cheap but if we hadn’t, we were going to contact a taxi company and see how much they would have charged for probably 10 trips or less back and forth between the venue and hotel (but again that was less than a mile distance). We also had discussed hiring one of my cousin’s teenage friends to act as a shuttle driver and rent a van or use one of our SUVs. Our concern was just making sure everyone got to the hotel safely since we were having an open bar, I really didn’t want anyone drunk driving because it was such a short distance or they didn’t want to spend 5 bucks on a cab.
Post # 4
The only time that I’ve had transportation as part of the bridal party was going from the ceremony to reception, so I don’t think it’s necessary.
Where are you thinking about having transportation? I’m assuming everyone is coming from and going to different places and that group transportation wouldn’t really work.
Post # 5
@Natalieh86: that’s what I was unsure about but my Maid/Matron of Honor had briefly mentioned it and I was worried it was someting that was expected of us
Post # 6
@redhead46: those are great ideas, thanks! i was worried about people drunk driving too because its probably a good 20-30 minute drive for a lot of people, i just didn’t know how many of them would opt to stay for the night
i like the idea of just having an SUV and hiring a teenager to drive back a forth
Post # 7
Transportation is never “necessary”. Transportation is for the bride if she wants it, and when she does she usually transports the bridesmaids as well. But that’s all just for show anyway.
Usually what happens is this: BMs get themselves to the bride’s house, limo (or some other fancy or not so fancy car) transports them to the ceremony and later the reception, and then the limos depart. After the reception the BMs (like everyone else) are responsible for getting themselves home. From your BMs’ point of view, how is it any different if at the start of the day they need to get themselves to the venue, instead of your house?
So no, you do not need to provide them transportation.
Post # 8
If you want to, you certainly may. It is a nice gesture to have a safe ride home for everyone after the wedding, but we’re all adults and can assign a Dirty Delete.
Post # 9
You do not have to offer transportation at all, its up to you guys. My ceremony and reception are all being held at the same venue, my hotel wedding room block is less than 2 miles from venue. We are offering a shuttle service to all of our wedding guests staying at the hotel. The shuttle will take the guests staying at the hotel to the venue and back at the end of the evening. We are also having an after party at the hotels bar lounge, my wedding reception is over at 9 in the evening. My fiance and I will also be using the same shuttle service for our transportation, we choose this over a limo for just him and I, if its good enough for my guests its good enough for us. We went with a company that shuttles people to the airport normally. Renting a 14 passenger van, not the limo type, just regular old van for 7 hours at a cost of $345! We have decided to add on 2 more hours so this rate will change.
Post # 10
thanks everyone, i have a much better idea of how i’m going to do this now!
Post # 11
It’s not necessary and in your case, not needed.