How to Transport Your Wedding Party and Guests on Your Wedding Day

Learn planning tips, average costs, and fun ideas for your wedding day celebration

Written by Mike Philippou of IGMM

Bride and groom with cheering guests on a trolley on way to their wedding

Introduction

It’s the minor details that make your wedding day special. From the flower arrangements to the place settings, every element of your big day comes together to create an event that you will never forget. If you’re already knee-deep in planning, there’s one important thing you must not forget: wedding transportation for your wedding party

Making sure that you, your wedding party, and your guests make it to the ceremony on time is an absolute must. It’s also important to organise transportation so you can easily get everyone to a reception or an after-party hosted at a separate location.

Whether you need to book shuttles for your wedding or unique options like boats and party buses, we are here to help & share everything you need to know about planning your wedding transportation. 

When You Will Need Wedding Transportation 

It’s likely will need some type of wedding transportation for your event. However, the amount of vehicles you will need depends on your guests and where you are holding your reception and ceremony. The first step in planning your transport is figuring out what you need and at what times throughout the day. “Transportation is generally needed when you have a large wedding party and need to keep your group together for photos, arrive on time at the venue, and more, depending on your needs,”

If you are hosting a destination wedding, offering transportation options is extremely helpful to guests, especially if you are in a location that might have limited access to taxis or rideshare options like Uber.

If there are two locations for your ceremony and reception that are a drivable distance, you should also consider offering a shuttle option to your guests. Since many local guests may take rideshares to your wedding, waiting for everyone to call cars and arrive at the next venue may hold up the timeline of your day. Mike adds “Don’t forget transportation for your after-party—don’t assume that rideshares will be available late at night, especially at venues farther away from a major city.”

Who Needs Wedding Transportation

Not sure who exactly should be provided transportation to your wedding? I’ll break it down below.

Wedding Party

It’s a given that you and your partner will need an efficient way to get to and from your ceremony and reception. If you are all coming from the same location, it’s helpful to book transport services your wedding party as well so they arrive at the venues on time. “When booking transportation, don’t forget about the wedding party,

“It’s a nice touch to have the wedding party together as it allows for everyone to stay on time and together,” explains Mike “The newest trend is having the [couple] together in a large limo or party bus so they can celebrate ahead of time with their wedding party. It takes stress off when they have specific photo locations. Having everyone arrive at the same time makes for an easier schedule.”

Wedding Guests

If your budget allows, you can offer all of your guests transport to the ceremony, reception, and after-party. This is especially important if you have any guests attending the wedding from out of town, have different ceremony, reception, or after-party venues, or are hosting a destination wedding.

Average Cost of Wedding Transportation

Let’s talk about the costs of giving rides to your wedding party and guests. “Budgeting for transportation should be a key factor on your list of must-haves,” says Mike “Pricing varies depending on the type of transport. For example, a stretch limo which can fit 12 to 14 people might run you £200 to £500 for just a few hours and there is usually a three-hour minimum with most fleet companies.” 

He continues, “Shuttle busses or party busses can vary from £500 to £1200 depending on the time needed. They are usually at your beck and call on how long they need to stay at each event and [when to provide the] last shuttle back to the hotel of choice.

When to Book Wedding Transportation

Starting to plan your event? Booking your wedding transportation early is the way to go. Leaving this part of your wedding planning to the last minute is a recipe for disaster so make it a real priority from the start. “Be sure to start booking your wedding transportation early,” says Mike. “Vehicles and staff are limited—even in big cities—so book early so that you can get on their schedule. Ask about the minimum number of hours for each vehicle.”

Booking Tips

Ready to get moving and book your wedding transport? Before you dive right in, you might want a bit of expert advice to ensure you tick all of the boxes. Here are four things you need to keep in mind: 

Ask the Important Questions

You need to make sure that everything is clear from the offset. “Be sure to ask about tipping, fuel, and mileage,” says Mike. “Often these are included in the quote, but be sure to ask so that you don’t have any surprise costs after the wedding.”

Get Quotes Early

“Couples are always surprised by the price of transportation,” says Mike. “It really varies by region. Be sure to get a quote early so that you can build this price into your budget.” The sooner you understand how much your wedding transport will cost you, the sooner you can start factoring it in. 

Use Your Negotiation Skills

You don’t always have to take the first offer or price you get. If you’re looking to cut back on costs, it could be worth talking to the venue or the manager of your hotel. “Many hotel chains will offer incentives such as shuttle depending on rooms which are booked,” says Mike. “Use your fabulous negotiation skill set to allow you to provide a stress-free day. Trust me, your guests will appreciate this more than you know.”

Invest in Wedding Insurance

Whenever you’re forking out cash for an essential, such as wedding transportation, ensure that your insurance covers it. The last thing you want is to end up paying out-of-pocket should your chosen company have any hiccups along the way.

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Wedding Transportation Ideas

From planes and trains to automobiles, the wedding transport options are seemingly endless. Should you be looking for some inspiration to help you figure things out, here are some ideas you could try. 

Stretch Limos

Perfect for 12 to 14 guests, stretch limos provide a little pizazz to the wedding day. Mike recommends getting one with “all the bells and whistles inclusive of a full bar, TV, and light show.”

Party Buses

If you need to transport more guests to and from your venues, you might want to look into a party bus. These can come with fun extras, such as on-bus discos and even dancing poles. 

Shuttles

Shuttles for weddings are extremely useful to bring guests to the next wedding event. Depending on the size you hire, mini-buses can usually accommodate 14 to 28 passengers, while charter buses can bring up to 56 guests.

Ferries

Hosting your wedding near a lake or on an island? You might want to look into ferrying your guests to the reception. Mike says that this is a “relaxing breezy ride either way” and will create a memorable trip.

Double Decker Buses

Looking for something quirky? A revamped double decker bus could be the way to go. This fun type of wedding transport is ideal for larger groups and, as Mike says, it can be a “fun twist on traditional shuttles.”

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