Congratulations on your wedding! It’s almost time for your wedding. Just one question. How will your bridesmaids get to the church?
The reason this question is so important is that it’s critical that the bridesmaids arrive at the church in time to help the bride prepare for the ceremony but not too early.
How Your Bridesmaids Get to the Church
Carpool with designated parking
This is not our most preferred option, but it will work. You can always have bridesmaids get to the church by driving each other. This will work well especially if the bridesmaids are staying in a hotel close to the venue(s) and there is designated parking. The last thing you want is to get to the church to help your bride get ready and there is nowhere to park because you need to make several trips to drop off bridesmaids. Be sure that you have a place to park if you choose this option.
An Uber, Lyft, or rideshare service
This is one of the preferred methods to get bridesmaids to the church because you are using a service that is committed to one thing and that’s getting you to your desired destination on time. The reasons to use this service are simply if you can afford to do so and if the venue is far from the hotel during rush hour in a large city. If you are working with these factors you may want to try a different method for arriving at the church. But if you have time, if it looks like the coast is clear you should go ahead and call an Uber or similar service.
A ride from the groomsmen, usher, wedding planner, or someone in the wedding party
If you have very dependable people in your wedding party, you may ask them to help out with transportation. This is the method I used for my wedding because the distance was not far from the hotel, parking was a little tight, and because, and this is a very important factor, the groomsman who helped with transportation could easily walk from the hotel to the church after transporting the wedding party.
The groomsmen and ushers make for good transporters because they have a good understanding of the wedding schedule but they don’t have as much responsibility on the morning of the wedding until the guests start arriving and it’s time to start seating. Getting guests to the church from the hotel is typically a good job for groomsmen and ushers.
Ways not to have bridesmaids get to the church:
Walking – even on a beautiful day with no other obstacles, it’s just not worth it. Too many things could go wrong. Just think about keeping your attire as clean as possible.
Figuring it out on wedding day – the last thing you want to do is figure out your transportation plan or any part of it on the wedding day. Have a solid plan in place beforehand.