Give guests the royal treatment and transport them in style
Stop worrying about your friends and family fumbling around unfamiliar territory on your wedding day. Put their minds (and yours) at ease by providing shuttle service between hotels and ceremony and reception sites for all your guests—it's a lifesaver not only for out-of-towners but for locals who prefer not to get behind the wheel. And with destination weddings on the rise, this increasingly popular perk is quickly becoming an essential part of the wedding-day package. Here, a few fun and creative ways you can chauffeur guests around:
The bride and groom don't have to be the only ones to enjoy this romantic ride. Cedar Knoll Farm in Lisbon, CT, has a 12-person horse and carriage called a wagonette that is often used to transport wedding guests short distances. The black wagonette with walnut panels is typically pulled by two horses (brides choose the type of horse) and can be decorated with silk flowers and bows in the couple's wedding colors. "A lot of people get a big kick out of it," says owner Elaine Keeley. Rates start at $750 for three hours, cedarknoll.net.
Rio San Antonio Cruises regularly uses its water taxis to transport wedding guests between hotels and ceremony and reception sites located along the city's famed River Walk. "People wave at the guests as they go past," says area wedding planner Jennifer Ramirez-Jasiczek. "It's a lot better than walking." And extremely scenic too. River cruise rates start at $80 per 20 people per trip, riosanantonio.com.
Give your guests some independence with personal golf carts. Chicago-based wedding planner D'rita Robinson recently served up golf carts for a 225-guest destination wedding at Daufuskie Island Resort and Breathe Spa in South Carolina. The island doesn't permit cars, so the golf carts were key to helping guests get around: "It just helps people go a little faster and easier. A lot of them don't realize how helpful they are until they have them." Rental fees average around $25 per day.
Ideal for casual fall weddings, this one can be especially fun for kids. Thornapple Farms in New Haven, VT, has a 25-seat trolley pulled by two Percheron horses. It has a roof but no doors and is perfect for taking guests from a parking area to an out-of-the-way ceremony or reception spot. Rates start at $450 for two hours. Hayrides can also add to a fall wedding's ambience, but beware that some guests might be allergic to the hay, vthorsedrawnservices.com.
Many wedding planners agree this is the most popular way to shuttle guests from one location to another—and the ride can often be an extension of the celebration. "People always have such a good time getting to know the people on the bus," says Boston-based wedding planner Alexis Eliopoulos O'Mara. Greyhound Buses that seat about 50 people are available for charter, and rates start at about $380 for five hours, greyhound.com.
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