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70 THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM PLAN YOUR WEDDING Wedding Day Transportation Nice-to-Have … or Need? by Emily McMahon Event Producer, Dover Hall Estate Y ou've booked the venue, said yes to the dress and tasted enough cake flavors to make you put off sweets until the big day. Time to take a look at transportation. Specifically, do you need to provide transportation for your guests to and from the ceremony and reception? A few questions to ask yourself when making this decision: • Does the city where I am getting married have ample cabs or Uber? (And will they pick up from your venue?) • Is the walk from the ceremony to reception man- ageable for most guests? (If applicable). • Is the venue close to where most guests will be staying for the night? • Is your reception ending early or not serving alcohol? • Are most guests locals? If you answered No to the majority of the questions, you probably need to start looking into providing transportation for your guests. Not only is it a popular perk to offer guests, it helps reduce the stress and risk of sending guests off into the night after a long evening of celebrating. When starting your research ask your coordina- tor or venue for their recommendation of reputa- ble companies. And if you decide to use a free hotel shuttle service make sure you ask specific ques- tions about how many trips they will take, how many guests fit in each shuttle and whether or not you will have use of the hotel shuttle exclusively. Nothing worse than expecting your guests to be picked up a certain time and finding out the shuttle is dropping off another hotel guest 20 minutes away! When looking at options for transportation take a look at your guest composition. If there are a fair amount of older guests on the list it can be smart to offer an early option. After the cake cutting is usually a great time to schedule an early shuttle! Finally, always give a copy of the transportation schedule to your venue. Since they know the city well they can usually give great advice on whether or not the schedule is feasible. Don Mears Photography David Abel Photography

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