The One With the Transportation Dilemma

The title says it all. I have a transportation dilemma.

I’ll try to set the scene a little bit – our wedding is at The Island House which is about 10 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, SC. If you’ve ever been to Charleston, or even if you haven’t, it’s compromised of a series of small tidal islands separated by rivers and creeks. Very low-country, but very indirect to try and get around from place to place.

When we booked the venue, my mother took it upon herself to reserve hotel rooms for our out of town guests – aka the entire wedding. To be quite honest, she went to Google Maps, located the Island House and searched for nearby hotels. A string of hotels on a highway showed up as the closest, about 10 minutes away from the site. She ended up booking rooms at 4 hotels there. They’re nice hotels, nothing fancy, but they’re not downtown.

Here lies the rub – a lot of friends have told me they are going to rent vacation houses, or stay downtown, or at the beach. I have no problem with this.

I have a problem with whether or not to arrange a shuttle or some other form of guest transportation – I’ve gotten mixed reviews from friends and there seems to be two schools of thought:

1. You made us come all the way down here for your wedding, we’re not super familiar with the area and don’t want to drive back to the hotel. You should arrange our transportation.

2. We don’t expect you to find us a ride home, and can take a cab if we want.

Ugh, I don’t know what to do. It’s very, very expensive to rent a bus/trolly etc., especially then because it’s peak season. We would have to rent it for 8 hours instead of just pick up and drop off.

The biggest issue is that even if I wanted to pay for it, it sounds like a decent percentage of guests are planning to stay elsewhere, so there wouldn’t be a central location for pickup/dropoff.

Hive, I need a sound off here: If you were invited to an out-of-town wedding, and were staying at a hotel about 10 minutes away from the venue, definitely not walking distance, would you feel like you need to be transported to the wedding, or do you think you would be okay getting yourself there?

Did/do you have group transportation for your wedding? Any other suggestions?

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