Coordinating Family for the Wedding

Hi ladies,


My entire family (50 people) is coming from Chicago for the wedding (in NYC).  My family does not fly at all, so I thought it would be easier to rent a charter bus for all of them to relax while traveling instead of them trying to carpool together.


I let everyone know that it would cost $120 a seat to ride the bus (much cheaper than a flight) and required each person to put down $30 by November 1 to reserve their seat.  Guess how many people gave the deposit..... NONE!! I was soo irritated.  My friend said you know black people like to wait until the last minute.


I get it, but I need to reserve the bus now to ensure that we have a bus for the time next year.  I had negotiated with the bus company for a 45 passenger bus to let me pay the deposit of $500 in January because I expected a couple of late stragglers.  There is another company with a 30 passenger bus thats cheaper, and I know I will have definitely 20 people who are going to absolutely ride the bus.


So now what should I do, do I still put down the deposit for the 45passenger and just let them turn in money when they get it?  Do I go with the other company for the smaller 30 bus, give them a deposit, pay the difference? Or do I just let them figure out transportation for themselves?

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 am
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Amberglam
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Hi allbyfaith! I know exactly what you mean! I am giving my family way long heads up on our destinantion wedding. I get the vibe that they still wont save up and be prepared to pay for what they need to attend- passports, transportation, etc... But we are very organized and we have set out all details on wedding web site and invitations. Right now, I feel like if they dont pay - oh well - their loss. I think if you really have the $- pay the deposit and remind your family and friends of the deposit needed - in writing - via email or little "reminders."


 


I am not a pro at this so I am sorry for the lack of advice- LMK how it works out

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:24 am
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Personally, I would have handed that duty over to someone else in the family to organize. It saves you the stress, and put the responsibility of getting to the wedding fully in their hands. Surefire way to get people to sit up..

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

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