You’ve thought about your big day so many times.
You can picture your wedding party, dressed to the nines, as they enter your wedding venue. You already know your mom will cry. After all, you’re getting married!
As you and your fiancé discuss all the details, you decide to leave the lodging and travel arrangements to him while you take care of flowers, music, and wedding transportation. But do you really know how to choose the right wedding limo?
No worries-with a little help from this short and savvy guide, you’ll be ready for a glamorous entrance before the wedding and a sentimental send-off afterwards.
Step 1: Ask Good Questions
Before you choose a great wedding transportation package, write down a few key questions to ask the limousine company. Here area few examples:
- How new (or old) are the limos in your fleet?
- Do you offer wedding discounts or package deals?
- Are tips extra, or are they included in the price?
- What are your cancellation policies?
- Do you include luxury touches like flat screen TVs or champagne in the limo?
- How experienced are your drivers?
- Do drivers wear company uniforms or tuxedos?
You’ll also have your own questions depending on your wedding’s situation. Don’t be shy-your limousine provider is prepared with the answers you need. In fact, your limo company can bring up other issues you may not have considered before. Talk to a company representative early on so you know what to expect before you book.
Step 2: Pick Your Package
If you already know how many will be in your wedding party, you’re ahead of the game. The next step involves planning your budget and pick a transportation package that works for everyone.
Remember that the sooner you start shopping for a wedding limo, the better off you’ll be. No one wants to settle for the bottom end of the limo fleet on such an important occasion. Look at your options as many months in advance as you can. That way, you’ll have your pick.
Most wedding transportation packages can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars (for several hours of service) to the thousands for an exotic limo-SUV. Six-person limos cost less and feel more intimate. It all depends on what you envision for your wedding day and the comfort of all those in the wedding party.
Stretch limousines can usually accommodate a dozen or so persons. That said, space may require you and your bridesmaids to travel in one limousine and your groom-to-be and groomsmen to travel in another.
No matter your arrangement though, pick your package early.
Step 3: Factor the Flow
Even if you know what size of limo (or limos) you need, you should spend some time mapping out which car will travel where. Will you and your bridesmaids gather together in one spot to travel to the wedding venue? Will they drive themselves part way and meet the limo along the route? And what about the final farewell as the happy couple drives away?
Create a flow chart or a series of maps so you can determine how things should work before the actual wedding. No one wants to get lost on the way to the wedding or reception, so spell it all out for yourself, your wedding party, and the driver (or drivers). That way, you leave nothing to chance.
Step 4: Allow Adequate Time
One final factor to wedding transportation success is timing. Your day won’t feel as special if you get in the limo and head to the church-only to get stuck in rush-hour traffic or in a construction zone. If you need to, consult your municipal planner or city council for information on closed roads, special event traffic, or similar scenarios.
Pay attention to road conditions at certain times of year as well. A winter wedding can be romantic, but you’ll need extra time on slick roads. Include all of these factors in when you book the actual use times for your wedding vehicles.
By following these steps, you’re well on your way to being the happiest-and savviest-bride in town. Best wishes for a fabulous wedding journey!