Does you fiancee want to arrive at her wedding in style with a “beautiful” horse and buggy? “Oh great, “your’re thinking. But this is one area where you can take charge – and arrive at your wedding in style in a BMW. Gentlemen, start your engines! Get ready for some awesome advice from Groom Groove to make you look like a super star!
In this article, we cover some basic considerations about wedding transportation. We also cover the following subjects in other articles:
- What to know about wedding limousines and wedding limousine services
- Thinking about renting a stretch SUV, like a Hummer?
- Renting classic or antique wedding cars
- Scoring a fleet of Beemers, Porsches or Jags (etc.) Sports cars or Exotic wedding cars
- Use your own car- even if it’s old
- Trolley buses, horse drawn carriages, (walking) and other wedding car alternatives
- How to decorate your wedding car (Lucky you!)
Why do you need wedding transportation?
While you may never have considered that you’ll need a way to roll on wedding day, wedding transportation is a big logistical piece of wedding planning. Why? At the very least, you’ll need to organize special transportation to get the bride to the wedding ceremony, and to get the wedding party from the ceremony to a photo shoot and/or the reception.
The number of people being shuttled around
Traditionally, the bride and groom and the rest of the wedding party have their transportation provided for them. This is so that the wedding party can stick together for photos after the reception, and not have to worry about parking before or after the wedding ceremony. (Grooms are not advised to be carrying quarters.)
How the bride gets to the ceremony
As a groom, you may be wondering how your bride gets to the wedding ceremony. As you’re not actually supposed to see the bride before she glides down the aisle, you’ll be happy to know that wedding transportation is really for her and her bridesmaids. The limo, bus, trolley, classic car etc. will pick her up wherever she is with enough time for her to get to the wedding ceremony site. After the ceremony, the bride and groom travel together.
The groom figures out on his own how he’s getting to the wedding ceremony, be it with his best man, his dad or even by taxi. “It was a pretty hot June day when I got married,” says recent groom, Brian Fitzpatrick, in an interview with GroomGroove.com. “My best man and I were going to walk the 10 blocks to the wedding site, but when we got outside, it was sweltering and so we axed the idea. We hopped in a cab.” This is just one of many reasons to plan ahead for your wedding transport. Grooms should also note that their groomsmen are responsible for figuring out how to get to the wedding ceremony on their own, although if it makes you feel more secure having a hand in those plans, feel free to get involved.
What about all the other wedding guests?
As for everyone else, an honorable mention goes to providing special treatment for the mother of the bride and groom and grandparents. It’s a nice touch if you can afford it. You don’t have any obligation to provide transportation to any other guests, even those who are traveling from afar.
How much will wedding limousine services cost?
As with everything related to the wedding, wedding limousine services can be expensive. With a little creativity, you and your fiancée will be able to find the perfect way to get around on your wedding day without breaking the bank. That said, expect to spend between $300 and $600 (and up) for wedding limo services. It really depends on what how many people need to be shuttled around, for how long, and with what mode of transportation. GroomGroove.com covers it all in this article and this section of the site.
For how long do you need wedding transportation?
The glorious bride and groom will need transportation to the ceremony and then from the ceremony, along with the wedding party, to the photo site and the reception. There will also be a lot of waiting time, which can be quite expensive, but typically factored into the minimum time requirement. This minimum time requirement is about four hours, and you’re likely to need all four hours. Here’s where the time goes:
- Leave the garage, and drive to pick up the bride (clock starts)
- Pick up the bride, bring her to the wedding ceremony
- Wait for the wedding to end, and have a smoke or two
- Pick up the newlyweds and wedding party, and transport them to the photo site
- Wait for the photos to end, and have a smoke or twoDrive the newlyweds and wedding party to the reception
Unfortunately, that’s the nature of wedding day and there isn’t much you can do about it. Nor is there any sense in penny pinching with your ride. It’s your wedding day, and if you’re an hour behind schedule after the photos, you’re stuck paying the extra cost. Big deal. The key is to plan your day as much as possible – check out our Wedding Day Itinerary for the Groom for guidance.
A few final words of wisdom
If you have hired a chauffeured vehicle for your wedding day transportation (especially if you opted for a fleet of pedicabs), then you’ll want to make sure that you ask what the driver will be wearing on your wedding day. You don’t want your driver showing up reeking of cigarettes, and wearing a raggedy old chauffeur hat.
- Once everything is booked, it’s always a good idea to provide the drivers with some key information, including:
- The names of the guests who will be driven around on the Big Day
- Pick-up and drop-off addresses, cross streets and time
- Detailed directions to the ceremony, photo site and reception. Use Google maps, and not your hand drawing on a napkin.
Chances all these details will be old hat for your local limousine rental agency. They’ll have already dealt with limousines that break down, bad directions and bridezilla. Be a good groom, though, and be thorough.
As an extra precaution, get your best man to call the car company two days before the wedding to confirm these details. Then, all you have to do is sit back in your horse-drawn carriage, smell the horse poop and enjoy the ride to the ceremony.
Let’s explore types of wedding transportation next.
Source: Groom Groove