It’s your favorite day of the week! Or at least the most helpful day of the week. It’s time for our Wedding Wednesday Q&A to help you get through your wedding planning roadblocks. This week’s question is about wedding shuttles.
Q: I’m having my wedding at a private estate and they do have parking onsite, but I’m thinking about renting shuttles for my guests so that they don’t have to worry about trying to find the place. What do you think about shuttles? Are they a good idea?
Oh to shuttle or not to shuttle, that is the question. Wedding shuttles can be wonderful but whether it is the right choice really just depends on the wedding.
Wedding shuttles are great if the location is difficult to find or is off the beaten track because it ensures that guests won’t get lost. If you’re having a destination wedding, people are flying into an area they aren’t familiar with already, so wedding shuttles are especially helpful. In some instances guests won’t be renting cars, so the shuttle really makes it easy for your guests to get to and from your wedding. Shuttles are also great because it allows people to drink and not have to worry about getting home safely.
But, there are downsides. One of those is that your guests can’t leave whenever they want and are essentially stranded until the shuttle is ready to leave with everyone. Even if you have shuttles leaving at different times, not all guests like this and prefer to drive themselves just so they have full control. The other downside to wedding shuttles is that if they aren’t required and you give people the option to drive or come on the shuttle, you’ll need to get a headcount beforehand. This isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but some people may not want to commit to a shuttle early, in which case you could either have a shuttle no one uses or not enough room on your shuttle. This can potentially become a big headache.
There are other small reasons for and against shuttles, but it comes down to your guests and what would be the most helpful for them. You want to make your wedding experience as fun and painless as possible and you know your guests, so choose what makes the most sense for your particular group and you’ll be fine.
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