If you're throwing your reception at a location different than your ceremony space, you may consider providing guests transportation. But is this necessary, especially when the budget is tight? Our etiquette experts are here to let you know what's required and what's just a generous, added expense.
With anything else you're spending money on for your wedding, the decision to hire transportation is completely up to you. The only transportation you're really required to figure out is transportation for yourself to your ceremony, reception, and to wherever you're staying later that night. It's nice, though, to at least offer transportation for your wedding party, including your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and close members of both families.
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If you're throwing a destination wedding or are hosting a lot of out-of-town guests, the least you should do is include in the invitation a card with information for a local transportation service so they can arrange their own movements (similar to providing a hotel block, this gives them the info but they will pay for it themselves). When the budget allows, though, a nice gesture would be to coordinate transportation to and from the ceremony and reception for out-of-town guests who are all staying at the same hotel. It's thoughtful, and most likely you'll get a good group deal on the trips. If you can't arrange this for all, you may consider providing cars for disabled or elderly family members to ease the stress of the trips. Another good idea is asking close friends and family members to give guests from out-of-town rides.