Post # 1
My future Mother-In-Law is insistent that transportation be provided for our 200+ guests to and from teh reception site to the hotel where we’ve blocked rooms – I think this is a nice courtesy but the reception is only 6 blocks away and there’s complimentary parking! I think she’s concerned about people drinking and driving, but having a huge bus rolling 6 blocks down the street to me sets the tone that our wedding is a frat party…any perspectives would be useful. Am I being overly sensitive? She’s paying for the bus, by the way.
Post # 3
If she is paying for it I would totally do it. Does it have to be a huge bus?? Can’t you just get a shuttle bus? My reception site is less than 2 miles away from the guests hotel and on the same road, but we are getting a shuttle because there is no way I want my guests to drink and drive.
Don’t think of it as a tacky party bus. Think of it as a wonderful courtesy to your guests to get dropped of at the door of the reception site.
Post # 4
I just went to a wedding where the Bride’s family rented a trolly to take guests to the hotel which was also about 2 miles away but it was perfect and actually made for pretty photos, there alternatives to an ugly bus and if it’s so close, you can rent something small and just ask the driver to loop.
Post # 5
If she wants to pay for it why not? After a night of dancing in my heels I would love to have a ride back to the hotel even if its only six blocks. Last weekend I saw mini-buses with flower garlands and just married streamers and cans off the back of the buse taking people from the Lutheran Church on corner of Newbury St and Comm Ave to the Westin and it looked like everyone on board was having fun.
Post # 6
If she wants to pay CONSIDER it but you dont have to do it. I understand your point about the distance, or lack thereof. I have a similar situation, literally a quarter of a mile! My Fiance is asking his groomsmen to choose larger vehicles to rent and we will be fine. I have been to many weddings with close and far distances, for the most part at the most elegant weddings I have not seen busses. It just works out. However I did attend one incredibly amazing wedding and she had a giant coach bus running outside of the venue, I know it made 3 trips back to the hotel and while it was as nice a bus as you could get I do remember it sticking in my head as Oh! (slightly nonstandard)
If you dont want it say no thanks, that you like the idea of humans managing with common courtesy. Some of my best memories from weddings are conversations I had in different peoples cars and meeting guests I might not have.