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To shuttle or not to shuttle?

Brittney, on July 3, 2020 at 3:46 AM Posted in Planning 0 5
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Hi! We are planning on having about 300 guest. We鈥檙e getting married in Washington D.C.. We have family coming from Virginia, New York and quite a few already live in the D.C., Maryland, NOVA area. We picked the perfect church and the most absolutely, gorgeous reception venue but the problem is they鈥檙e 35 minutes apart! 馃槶馃槶 I figured reserving charter buses would be easier. Right after the ceremony is over they can just load onto the buses and sit, talk and relax on their way to the reception. I鈥檝e found some great deals too. Should I add it as a question on my rsvp cards so I know who鈥檚 driving or not? Opinions please 馃槱


  • Rebecca
    Rockstar August 2019
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    The problem with this is... would you shuttle them back to the church after the reception? What happens to those who want to leave early? Will the church let them park their cars there all day?

    Shuttles are best for transportation to/from hotels. Unless you shuttle people from their hotels to the church, then to the reception - where their cars are - I wouldn't recommend.

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  • Mrs. S
    Super November 2019
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    We had hotel shuttles and only one couple used them. I did have a question on my rsvp cards and about 12 people said they wanted to take the shuttle and then drove anyway. But we had a much smaller guest list. So they may be more beneficial to you.
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  • Amanda
    VIP December 2020
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    We have been to a few weddings where the wedding party/immediate family shuttled to and from the ceremony but the guests drove to the ceremony and reception. I have never heard anyone having issues with this type of arrangement.

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  • Kaysey
    Super February 2020
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    Shuttles are always a good idea for guests for convenience when the ceremony and reception are at one place. In this case, however, would you also have the shuttle take the guests back to the church to get their cars after the reception is over? If you do, and if the church is okay with your guests cars being in their parking lot, then I think it's a good idea.

    If you do plan on going with a shuttle, I would 100% put something on your RSVP's asking for people to mark if they will be shuttling from the ceremony to the reception. I would also include the shuttle times from the reception back to the church so guests can get their cars, so they know that they will have to wait until the end of the reception to get back to their cars. Also so they know if the shuttle will be running to and from during the entire reception or not. Smiley smile

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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
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    A shuttle makes sense if it is from hotel to ceremony to reception back to hotel at the end of the night. If it is drive to ceremony shuttle to reception shuttle BACK to ceremony location where everyone then gets to their cars and to their respective hotels, I think it sounds like more trouble than it鈥檚 worth. People can sort out carpooling on their own if they want to mingle between ceremony and reception (the last wedding we 鈥渄rove鈥 to, we piled into a car with my parents and an uncle and several of our family did the same just to have fewer people driving).

    We did a shuttle from hotel to wedding (ceremony and reception at same place) and back at the end of the night. I did a back side to my rsvp cards and asked if people would be interested in shuttle service , but I didn鈥檛 get concrete numbers [didnt ask for specific commitment]. Instead I just accounted for everyone staying at the hotels to be accommodated with the shuttles (I didn鈥檛 want someone to opt in last minute just deciding they didn鈥檛 want to drive , and then not be able to accommodate them or someone else!) , so I basically just tallied up everyone staying at the hotels. One note there鈥 everyone who booked through my block was easy to count (hotel gave me a list of those names), but we did have several guests book the hotel outside of our block bc they were able to get a better deal using a different promotion鈥 so watch out for that if counting hotel reservations ! With all of my spreadsheets of guestlist I had a pretty good idea of who was staying where so I caught on when I got the list from the hotel and there were a handful of cousins missing that I was certain were staying there 鈥 so I went through the list and counted people who I was pretty confident were staying there even if not on the hotel list (I asked around a bit too to get answers). And rounded up!
    I think adding a 鈥渟huttle? Yes/no鈥 to the rsvp is a great idea, but I鈥檇 also still make sure to have a few extra spaces鈥 not all of my guests answered that question. I think some still debated driving.Come day of, most opted in to the shuttle !! (Which is to say- don鈥檛 trust a 鈥渘o鈥 to definitely remain a 鈥渘o鈥)
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