Your wedding is going to be a magical journey. Your wedding day limo transportation should help compliment your special day and help make your wedding day a truly memorable experience for your family and special guests.
We have complied our top 10 wedding limousine transportation tips to make sure your wedding goes as smoothly as possible.
Book Wedding Limo Services Way in Advance
Hire your professional wedding limo services about six months out. It will help immensely to have a complete picture of the wedding locations and number of guests in attendance. If you’re getting married between April and July (known as wedding and grad season) all types of formal vehicles and wedding limos will be in high demand. During these busy months you will want to book your wedding transportation even earlier, around nine months is a good benchmark.
Think Beyond the Standard Limo
People usually have an idea about a standard wedding limousine. It’s a town car style stretch limousine and there is nothing wrong with that. They are perfect for all types of weddings and are very traditional. But maybe that’s not your style? Don’t be afraid to get creative. Vintage wedding limousines, party buses, SUV limos are all great additions to any wedding day.
Give Your Attendants a Ride
Your wedding party and guests are always responsible for covering their own travel to your wedding venues. But consider doing them a favour. Treat your wedding guests and/or bridal party to luxury transportation on your actual wedding day. If you’re not traveling to the ceremony with them, provide a separate vehicle for them to get to the venue. You can use wedding shuttles and party buses to make sure everyone gets home safe.
Don’t Leave Out-of-Town Guests Stranded
If you’re hosting large groups of out-of-towners, consider providing them a ride from their hotel to the wedding and back. That way, no one has to worry about navigating an unfamiliar city or choosing designated drivers. A shuttle or party bus can hold up to 40 passengers. That way everyone can just let themselves have fun at your wedding reception and not worry about transportation repercussions.
Book the Reservation in Person
Book online and you might be disappointed on your wedding day. Research companies online and chat with a few over the phone, but make your final reservation in person. Don’t be afraid to ask to see the vehicle in person. This way you can avoid any unwelcome surprises by making sure the fleet looks in tip-top shape before putting down a deposit.
Add A Little Extra Time (20 to 30 Minutes)
Being late to your wedding ceremony, photography session or reception can spoil even the most amazing wedding. Pad a little extra time onto each trip. You could even drive an earlier test route on the same day of the week and time of your wedding. Research any irregular happenings that might be happening in your city like marathons.
Wedding Limo Wait Time?
Most rental companies charge by the hour and require a minimum booking, typically 2-4 hours. In most cases, this means you’ll contract them for the full day. Either way, calculate the total hours needed, from the ceremony pickup to the end of the reception, to determine whether it’s worth it to pay for the wait. (We tend to think it is, if only to save you from stressing out about another detail during your wedding day.) Expect to pay between $75 and $150 per hour, plus a tip, and taxes.
Be Specific About The Small Details
Wedding transportation is supposed to be luxurious. Special requests, like the type of non-alcoholic champagne you want on hand, a certain type of music player you need, Bluetooth or AUX cords, or a specific chauffeur dress code can usually be accommodated. Make sure your limousine company is willing to work with your wedding planner if needed. Just ask your limousine services company about adding these specifics into your contract before you sign.
Wedding Limo Decorations
Many wedding car rental companies don’t permit décor on their vehicles (especially the vintage variety). Some have a standard wedding set they can provide. So before you get attached to the idea of a decked-out wedding getaway car for that classic photo, ask about it. Depending on the nature of the decorations you require you may have to remove them, for safety reasons, as soon as you drive out of sight. If you want the full effect: cans, streamers, signs and flowers, you might be better off using your own car for the exit.
Make Wedding Music Playlists
Many companies carry music on board or have satellite radio that can you’re your style of music but it is always nice to make a few playlists of your favorite songs for your trips to the ceremony, reception and transportation at the end of the night. Create lists for your guest’s limo bus rides too.