Whether they've come from near or far, getting your guests to the city or town where you're getting married is only half the battle. Once they're gussied up and ready to celebrate, how will they actually get to your wedding? Our experts break down when providing transportation is necessary, and when it's just a little luxury that your guests will seriously appreciate.
If it fits into your budget, you should offer transportation to your guests no matter the circumstances. It's a thoughtful gesture that makes their day a little bit easier (especially if your ceremony and reception are at different venues), and it provides a safe alternative that allows your guests to enjoy the celebration without worrying about parking or a designated driver.
At a destination wedding (especially if it's in a foreign country or a city that few of your guests are familiar with), transportation will help get everyone where they need to be on time, and avoid the hassle of car rentals or hailing a cab. If you're getting married at a hotel and the majority of your guests will be staying there, sending a car or bus to pick up the guests who are staying elsewhere will make sure they don't miss a moment.
And of course, some venues simply don't have the space to accommodate parking for dozens of cars. Let guests know that driving themselves isn't an available option, and that there will be shuttles to take them to and from your wedding, instead. You can either set up a route for shuttles to pick up guests at the hotels where you've reserved rooms, or you can arrange a single central pick-up and drop-off location where your guests can meet. The most central hotel works great for the latter option, especially if they have space for guests staying elsewhere to park or provide easy access to taxis.
Even if you decide not to provide transportation for your guests, be sure to arrange for a car or shuttle for the wedding party and your immediate families, grandparents, and any other guests of honor — they're the VIPs, after all!