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Posted: Thursday, Aug. 08, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

In an effort to make the trip easier on our guests (and more fun for those that want to indulge in our adult beverages), we hired shuttles to transport our guests from the hotel to our venue and back again after the wedding. However, it’s been a headache thus far. And with only 10 days left, I don't need a headache!

We have them for three hours pre-wedding and three hours post-wedding. The shuttle holds 24 people. So I figured a couple trips would be necessary to get folks who are staying at the hotel and USING the shuttle to the venue. We have some family and friends that live close enough to drive so there are only about 50 or so that will need the shuttle.

The headache has been figuring out how to get everyone there without making some folks be there super early. So the Bride (ME!!!) and the bridesmaids will arrive first for pictures and then hide out upstairs in the Dairy Barn until wedding time. The Groom & groomsmen will arrive next for their photos. Then we have the guests. It’s a pretty even split on family/friends that will be taking the shuttle.

I decided that friends would be better go first and arrive approximately 45 minutes before the ceremony starts. The next group will arrive 25 minutes before the ceremony starts. We plan to have games and water for our guests to enjoy while they wait and of course our wonderful musicians will be set up and playing.

I know it will all work out fine and I’m trying not to stress of this little detail but I cringe at the thought of a shuttle flying up a gravel road at the start of my ceremony carrying a quarter of a our guests. But I guess as long as the bride, groom and officiant are there, that's all that really matters, right? Just kidding. We want everyone to be there and I'm trying to figure out how to make that happen without asking anyone to stand in the sun for an hour pre-wedding. Maybe we should have hired an ice cream truck?

How did you get guests to and from your ceremony (especially for those who wanted to drink responsibly)? Is it okay to assign shuttle times to guests? Would love to hear your opinions on this tricky subject!

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