Post # 1
I have a destination wedding and is using a wedding organizer to make sure everything runs smoothly, but when I mentioned about my international guests that will be flying in and need some transportation (from airport to their hotels, and on the wedding day from their hotels to the venue), my W.O. says there will be extra fees.
Don’t usually wedding organizers fee include pick-up service, though? What should I do? I really don’t want to pay extra for things I originally thought was already included!
Post # 3
My experience has pointed to no. I am getting married in the Bahamas and all my guests actually banded together to get one major way of transportation to the venue. As far as the hotel, is there no way to get the hotel to pick up the guests from the airport?
Post # 4
Why would your wedding planner provide guest transportation free of charge? I’m not sure why you would think that was included…
The hotel may offer shuttles from the airport free of charge, but if they need to get from the hotel to your wedding venue you either need to provide transportation (and pay for it, it wouldn’t be included in your contract with the planner) or let guests figure it out for themselves.
Post # 5
@reverettaz1203: I am still not sure about this but that actually makes sense with hotel shuttle
@pixiecat: I see… For some reasons I asked this in the beginning of the contract with my planner and they did not say it was NOT included so I assumed so. I guess I’d better clarify. thank you!
Post # 6
@jawaiian86: No. A wedding planner’s fee does not include providing transportation for your guests. There are lots of taxis and some hotel shuttles at the airport in Honoulu. Some of your guests may also rent a car, although parking is expensive in Honolulu.
Post # 7
I had to pay for transportation for our guests. It’s not unreasonable.
Post # 8
@jawaiian86: I would check your contract – if it’s not in there, than it would be an extra.
Post # 9
@jawaiian86: If the hotel is not offering a shuttle for your guests (if it does, be sure to check the hours of availability–if you have guests arriving or departing very early or very late you may need to help guide those folks to a safe alternative), I would recommend that you carefully read reviews for airport transportation companies. Even if you don’t pay for a shuttle you can do your guests a great service by steering them in the direction of companies that are reliable. It’s been about three years since I was last in Honolulu, but at that time the reviews for car services were decidedly mixed and my admittedly anecdotal experience was in line with that. Now, if one takes Yelp seriously it appears that there are a couple of new entrants on the scene that are generating positive attention (for example, a new company called EcoCab seems to receive mostly high marks). Perhaps others who live in Honolulu or who have needed transport to/from HNL in the last year or two can comment as well.
Good luck, and sorry that you’re having to deal with this extra hassle!
Post # 10
@julies1949: i think i msg’d you instead of replying here 🙂 thanks again!
@MarriedToMyWork: yeah, I might have to arrange shuttle or at least some directions in case they decide to rent their own car. Btw I will be having my wedding in Bali, so hopefully it’ll be a cheaper option although I’m not sure about availability, but it’s something I will have to look into and ask my organizer about. Thanks so much for the help!
@Polygon: this actually makes sense…will do 🙂
@BeeG35: Yeah, I don’t mind paying too, it was just surprising since I was understanding the contract differently. Thank you 🙂