Many couples fail to think outside the box when it comes to wedding
day transportation. They simply price limousine services to
find the least expensive and choose that option. While a limousine
is appropriate it is also quite common. Anyone wanting the event to
stand out should think creatively. In this article there is a list
of transportation issues to consider beforehand and alternative
ideas that many don't think about.
Wedding transportation should be arranged six months to one year in
advance (wedding planning
timeline). It needs to be done after the ceremony and reception location are
arranged and also after the number of attendants has been decided. A large part
of wedding transportation involves logistics. Considerations must be made to transport a certain number
of people from point A to point B, and the length of
The first consideration is transferring the bridal party from the
location they will dress at, to the ceremony. It is customary to
transport all women (and girls) and the bride's parents to the event
together. If the bridal party is too large, multiple trips can be
planned and coordinated as long as they are discussed with the
driver beforehand. The groom and groomsmen arrange their own
transportation to the ceremony and this is generally not contracted
After the ceremony there are no rules. Many couples choose to have
the entire party transported but it is acceptable to only transport
the bride and groom or the couple and the best man and maid of
honor. If the entire party will be transported multiple trips or
vehicles may be necessary. Once all are present and accounted for
the topic of transportation is over.
With the logistics taken care of begin searching for a service
provider. Check the budget worksheet to see how much money has been
allowed for transportation. Options can be pricey, especially if a
stretch limo, Hummer or SUV is used to transfer a large group.
Classic or vintage vehicles are a great option. Other options
include: a party bus, a horse driven carriage, a boat, a snowmobile, a motorcycle
and side car, a hot air balloon or anything that fits with the
overall theme of the wedding. A personal vehicle is completely
acceptable and will cost nothing.
Ask service providers about package deals which can include
champagne or transportation at the end of the evening. Carefully
review the contract before signing it. Be certain it states the
date, time, costs, any extras agreed to, the driver's name and
attire, and also the cancellation or refund policy.