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To Transport or Not to Transport? — Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Poppy Belle Design is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist. Feature photo by Erica Serrano Photography.

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So you’ve spent countless hours, thousands of phone calls and what feels like endless renditions of Excel spreadsheets planning a gorgeous and elaborate—or not—wedding. You’ve got food (yay, your guests will eat!) and tables and chairs, of course (also important for the eating). You’ve picked out your gown (since naked wedding was taken off the table early on) and your fiancé has … something in his closet as well, hopefully. The music is lined up, flowers arranged, centerpieces made, and everyone has at least been told (probably one to half a dozen times) where they’re supposed to be and when.

Every tiny detail about the event you’ve thought over and talked over to satisfaction. You know how things will go on the day.

But how will people get there?

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I’m sure you’ve thought of how you and the wedding party will arrive (Did you see the above? You’re detail-oriented—or have a planner who is), but what about everyone else?

Something of a trend nowadays is providing transportation for your guests, be it in the form of a trolley or shuttle bus or something else entirely that runs from the hotels to ceremony and reception.

I’ve seen it a few different ways. Some couples set up specific times and have the vehicle make loops between points A and B, giving guests some flexibility both at the beginning and end of the event. Others (usually smaller wedding parties) have a take it or leave it one-time deal.

Whether this is right for you and yours is completely up to you, but (since spreadsheets are your thing) here’s a pros and cons list to help navigate the decision.

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Pros to guest transportation

 

  1. Prevents drunk driving

If you’re providing alcohol at your wedding, setting up transportation for your guests will keep anyone who has one drink too many off the roads. This in turn could allow some people to party a little harder (if you’re into that sort of thing) than they might have otherwise knowing they have a free and safe way home.

 

  1. Helps with parking

If this is an issue at your venue—which it can definitely be in big cities or some more historic venues—eliminating a majority of the car traffic can make a huge difference and can eliminate some stress for your guests. Even in cities where parking might be plentiful but a tad costly, sending a shuttle might make things easier.

 

  1. Eliminates GPS error

If you chose a hard-to-find venue for your ceremony and reception, taking navigation out of the equation might just make the difference between one of your guests arriving on time or not. Not to mention if the ceremony and reception are at different locations, a shuttle to and from—or at least between—them eases that transition and can help ensure things move along in a timely manner, i.e. people don’t linger too long after the ceremony and delay the start of dinner!

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  1. Ensures the timeline

Having a scheduled shuttle would definitely make sure that everyone—or at least a majority of guests—arrive at the ceremony on time (or all equally late if the shuttle runs into traffic). A scheduled evening ride might also cut down on the number of people who linger afterwards and delay your departure and retreat to the honeymoon suite—and sleep!

 

  1. Brings people together

Piling dozens of guests onto a charter bus certainly creates a community feel—and a youthful one!

 

  1. Decreases the burden on guests

The bottom line is providing transportation makes things a lot easier for people attending your wedding. It cuts out logistics, decreases costs and eliminates the need for out-of-town guests to rent a car. If you’re looking to have a seamless, carefree event for people, guest transportation is the way to go!

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Cons to guest transportation

 

  1. Cost

This is the biggest deterrent for most couples. Hiring a bus or a limo or what have you to shuttle guests back and forth can get quite pricey, and the bigger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

 

  1. Lost of flexibility

Having set times for people to leave the wedding can make it difficult to adjust the event timeline if things get pushed behind.

 

  1. Logistic difficulties

If you have rooms reserved at more than one hotel, mapping out a route that doesn’t leave too early or arrive too late can be challenging. Not to mention if you want a sendoff, you’ll have to decide if you want it before the first shuttle leaves so all guests can participate or when the last one takes off—when you’re actually leaving.

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  1. Excess alcohol

Having an out to driving might encourage guests to drink more than they would otherwise, which, if you’re not really into the party scene, might not be the vibe you want.

 

  1. Early birds

Some guests might leave earlier than they otherwise would have because their desired departure time falls between the two scheduled pick-ups.

 

Whichever way you fall, this can be a tricky road to navigate! Give us a call at Knots ‘N Such for some guidance or full-on planning. We’d be happy to help you out!

Shop Local With In-Season Flowers – Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner

Poppy Belle Design is a Raleigh wedding planner and florist. Feature photo by Mikkel Paige Photography.

Let’s be honest, when you think of weddings, flowers are usually right up there with white gowns, cake and dancing like a fool.

 

Even in the vaguest of daydreams, most people will at least picture a bouquet, am I right? Flowers and weddings go hand in hand—particularly this time of year with so many pretty things in bloom!

 

Now, as a Raleigh wedding planner who also doubles as a florist, I’m a bit biased, but I really do think flowers can bring so much to your big day. There’s no doubt about it, though, that bill can add up fast. A great and easy way to save a bit on blooms is to go with flowers that are in season.

 

And trust me, there are so many options! So here’s a quick guide to what grows when.

 

Some flowers are more or less year-round, such as carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies and gerbera daisies, and roses. But others are a bit pickier.

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Spring

 

The growing season is here! Spring is one of my favorite times for flowers—shocking for a florist, right?!

 

Some common ones for this time of year are the calla lily, delphinium, forsythia, freesia, gardenia, hyacinth, irises, daffodils, hydrangeas, sweet pea, casa blanca lily, lilac, orchid, peony, poppy, tulip and ranunculus.

 

There are lots of tree blossoms that show up in the spring, as well, like dogwood, cherry, and quince. Those could be uber romantic for a barnyard or winery wedding!

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Summer

 

Summer can be a bit rougher on flowers around here due to the intense heat. You’ll probably experience your florist being a bit more worried about leaving those blooms outside for long periods of time, lining up someone to make sure they have enough water.

 

Good choices for this time of year are sunflowers, Asiatic lilies, gerbera daisies, peonies, delphiniums, irises, calla lilies, lisianthus, baby’s breath, carnations, chrysanthemums, dahlias, delphiniums, foxgloves, freesia, gardenia, hydrangea, iris, zinnia, and lilac.

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Fall

 

With more of a harvest feel, fall weddings sometimes shy away from too many flowers, and be prepared for the blooms you do have to boast those deep, rich autumn colors!

 

Good choices for these months include gerbera daisies, hydrangea, delphinium, amaryllis, carnations, viburnum, irises, narcissus, baby’s breath, freesia, juniper, lily orchid, Queen Ann’s Lace, roses, sunflower and zinnia.

 

Throw in some leaves, pumpkins and wheat for a wonderfully crisp fall feel!

Winter

 

Flowers during the cold season can really add a pop of color, especially if it’s snowy white outside (usually not the case around here, I’m afraid).

 

Things that you can find blooming at this time are carnations, gerbera daisies, helleborus, holly berry, lilies, casa blanca lilies, orchids, tulips, hydrangeas, amaryllis, pansy and poinsettias.

 

Add some ivy and evergreen accents to really set the winter feel!

 

For more pointed tips on local seasonal flowers, give me a buzz at Knots ‘N Such! I’d be happy to point you in the right direction for blooms on your big day.