One of the questions that many brides ask when planning a wedding is who pays and arranges for transportation for out of town guests. Let’s face facts, not everyone will be arriving at the same time so this will make it all the more difficult and financially it would be just outrageous. Hiring a limousine service just doesn’t make much sense now does it?
In the days of horse and buggies arranging transportation for out-of-towners was so simple. Today it is easier for all concerned to just include information like local taxi cab numbers and how much a fare from the airport to the hotel costs in your area. Many hotels provide airport shuttle service, if the one you reserved rooms at does be sure to let your guests know this in advance. You can post the wedding transportation information on your iwedplanner wedding website and on the save the date cards or in a wedding newsletter.
If you are having someone special come in, like an elderly relative or other VIP then by all means arrange for a private car to pick them up. Not that you have to use a car service but you could arrange for a friend or relative to pick them up. Some taxi services will let you put in a special order for a pick up at a certain time, check on this early so that you will not have to be worried about it at the last minute.
From The Hotel To The Venue
If it is in the wedding budget having a shuttle service from the hotel to the reception can be a big plus. If your reception will be 5-6 hours long have the shuttle leaving the hotel at 1.5 hour intervals up to 2.5 hours into the reception. Have the shuttle making return trips to hotel starting 4 hours into the reception right up until the last song is played at 1.5 hour intervals.
If wedding transportation is not in the budget, ask the wedding reception venue about having taxis waiting outside at the end of the evening. Tips guests should not be allowed to drive themselves and people unfamiliar with the city should not be left to their own devices. You want your wedding guests to arrive safely and to leave the same way they came, without incident.