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Transportation! Not sure where else this can go

So transportation from the hotel to the venue is not provided, and not currently in my budget for all guests. I was planning on getting transportation for the wedding party. 

A few vendors and unsolicited people with opinions mentioned they'd be concerned about liability with guests potentially driving drunk. Is this something I need to find money in my budget for? I would hope that adults know how to be responsible but I don't want anyone getting hurt (or worse) either. 

Re: Transportation! Not sure where else this can go

  • What the heck?! You're definitely not liable god forbid anyone gets in an accident.
    PrettyGirlLostInLoveInQueens
  • Ok. I have had caterers mention it (I'm not sure why, maybe theyre concerned?) but its definitely not in the budget right now. There is uber and lyft in the area, so that is an option.
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  • CasadenaCasadena member
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    Are you providing your own alcohol or is it through a caterer/venue?  If you're providing, often you ARE liable.  Just read your contracts carefully.  It's very easy to get a supplemental liability insurance policy for a reasonable price.

    ETA: that being said, it is absolutely not your responsibility to provide transportation.  The insurance policy isn't cheap and gave us a little More comfort around the subject.


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  • MesmrEweMesmrEwe member
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    I'm no lawyer but generally only if the wedding is at your house/on your property are you potentially liable.  

    Transportation is not your responsibility for your guests nor wedding party.  
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  • We are supplying alcohol to the caterer, who has a bartender they employ that will be serving it. So yes, but it is being served by them. 
  • Are cabs available in the area along with uber/left? If so then this is not something you need to provide. If there isnt sufficient local transportation and you have a number of people from out of town I would say it's nice to have something back and forth, bimut not required. 
  • holyguacamole79holyguacamole79 a taco truck in Houston member
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    ellamber said:
    We are supplying alcohol to the caterer, who has a bartender they employ that will be serving it. So yes, but it is being served by them. 
    Your caterer's bartender should be trained in accordance with your local laws.  If a person were to drive under the influence, any liability should be on the bartender.

    I honestly can't think of a wedding I've attended where transportation was provided for all guests from the reception to the hotel.  My experience is that the guests decide on a strategy of their own. 

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  • JediElizabethJediElizabeth member
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    ellamber said:
    We are supplying alcohol to the caterer, who has a bartender they employ that will be serving it. So yes, but it is being served by them. 
    Your caterer's bartender should be trained in accordance with your local laws.  If a person were to drive under the influence, any liability should be on the bartender.

    I honestly can't think of a wedding I've attended where transportation was provided for all guests from the reception to the hotel.  My experience is that the guests decide on a strategy of their own. 

    Check your state and local laws regarding alcohol liability, then check your catering contract. 

    I have the opposite experience from @holyguacamole79. Most weddings I've been to in NJ and NY have provided transportation.

    We only provided transportation because it was included in both of our room blocks as long as we had 10 rooms booked by a month in advance. Check with your hotel about this - it seems standard in our area. 
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  • ellamber said:
    We are supplying alcohol to the caterer, who has a bartender they employ that will be serving it. So yes, but it is being served by them. 
    Your caterer's bartender should be trained in accordance with your local laws.  If a person were to drive under the influence, any liability should be on the bartender.

    I honestly can't think of a wedding I've attended where transportation was provided for all guests from the reception to the hotel.  My experience is that the guests decide on a strategy of their own. 
    I've had it happen a couple of times recently and am going to a wedding at the end of the month where transportation is also being provided. We are having it, too, but only because it's included with the hotel block.
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  • holyguacamole79holyguacamole79 a taco truck in Houston member
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    Interesting, @redoryx & @JediElizabeth ... Maybe this is a regional thing or I just happened to go to weddings that were exceptions to the norm?  The vast majority of the weddings I've attended were in Texas, but I have been to some in California & Ohio.  I don't have any experiences where transportation was covered when I was out-of-state (granted, I've been to maybe 4 weddings out of state).  

    I agree 100% though, that OP should consult her local laws regarding alcohol liability.

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  • Double check your local laws, and maybe even ask your catering company if their insurance covers that. I've only been to one wedding that included transportation, and it was in DC where parking is a PITA. (Also everything about that wedding was OTT sooo). 

    Unless it's something you've seen at other weddings in your region or your group, it's usually not expected! We thought about doing a Lyft event code because our venue was a little tricky to get to, but ended up not doing it. That might be a little more budget friendly, if you're still worried about transportation. You set the drop off location (your venue) and a time range, then set a pick up time frame (from the same location). You can cover up to your choice of amount for each person, and you're only charged for the rides that are used. The only reason we didn't do it was because most of our OOT guests didn't use anything like that on a regular basis so we figured they wouldn't want to use it for the first time for our wedding.
  • Interesting, @redoryx & @JediElizabeth ... Maybe this is a regional thing or I just happened to go to weddings that were exceptions to the norm?  The vast majority of the weddings I've attended were in Texas, but I have been to some in California & Ohio.  I don't have any experiences where transportation was covered when I was out-of-state (granted, I've been to maybe 4 weddings out of state).  

    I agree 100% though, that OP should consult her local laws regarding alcohol liability.
    I don't think it's regional as much as maybe a social circle thing.  All but four of the weddings I've attended have been in NYC/LI, and I was only provided transportation twice- both times as a member of the WP, from the ceremony to the reception.  But never from the reception to home.  That's new to me.  
  • Jen4948Jen4948 Houston member
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    I have attended weddings in NYC/LI, Southern California and Texas, and was never provided with transportation from the reception back to my home or hotel. That was always my responsibility as a guest.
  • I've been to a few, one a few weeks ago where transportation was provided. But it was a trek down back country roads. Our hotel definitely doesn't provide it, regardless, they dont even own a shuttle. 

    I will check the local laws and check with the caterer, there are also regular cabs available as well. I looked into doing a group code w/Uber but that's not available in my area yet. I think if we offered transportation we would definitely have some takers as many (most all) my guests are OOT but that's not something we will be able to consider until we are close to wedding day, if we have the extra room in the budget.
  • ILoveBeachMusicILoveBeachMusic Indiana member
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    For DD's wedding we provided transportation for guests staying at the hotels (some in town guests decided to stay at hotels) for the exact reasons @lyndausvi stated. Most guests were OOT, parking was limited at the venue and we didn't want people to have to worry about drinking and driving. It was easy for people to get cabs/ubers to the venue but not as easy to get them back to the hotels.
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