Sumptuous dinners, heartfelt toasts, that first married couples dance and the awesome after party later on – all these make for a very fun day indeed. But the only thing that really has to happen to make your wedding a true success is, well, to actually get married. To achieve this, you have to get to the ceremony in the first place (and being on time doesn’t hurt either). Trust me; nothing leaves a more bitter taste in your guests’ mouth than making them wait all day or having a series of breakdowns along the way. This is where the real value of a great wedding transportation company shows it worth.
Now, your wedding day convoy is more than just a convenient way to get from point A to B. It’s also a rare opportunity to make an extraordinary statement. So if you’re going to choose a wedding car or a stretch, you need to do it right. Getting the perfect limo will depend on the number of people as well as how far the party will be traveling. Fortunately for us, most of the leading limo companies usually ask for details so as to give you a specialized treatment for the best experience possible. So if you’re thinking about tying the knot in style, here’s how to rent a limo for a wedding the right way.
Step 1: Deciding on a Limo Company
This is the first phase of getting the absolute best match transportation for your wedding. Contrary to popular belief, the most suitable way to go about it does not start with booking limos or checking out the company’s background. I told you we’re doing it the right way, so we’re going to start with the most sensitive element; your pocket.
Save the Date
I know you’ve already decided when you are going to get married, but you also need to think about when you’ll be renting the limo. Statistically speaking, early summers are usually the peak season for hiring limos. As such, you get a better price when you opt for limo services outside of May through June. Similarly, you get much better rates on weekends than weekdays. Most limo companies charge about 20 percent less for Fridays and have some hourly minimums for Friday and Saturdays. Knowing which days of the week will be more affordable goes a long way towards saving you money.
Find a Credible Limo Company
Once you know which days will get you the best deal, it’s time to call up a selection of choice companies and ask some questions. Make sure they give you a written quote and have the type of limousines you want to rent. This is a pretty easy task if you just want a classic, while limo. However, couples with their hearts set on that vintage Aston Martin or a smooth Rolls Royce will have to look harder to get their choice vehicles.
You also need to look through the rental company’s credentials and ensure they have valid certification, liability insurance as well as professionally trained drivers. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof that the business has the proper license with respect to state and relevant federal laws or if the drivers undergo thorough official criminal back ground checks. It pays to be thorough and safe. Lastly, you want to be sure what is and what isn’t included. Ask if the service includes mileage charges, what time the clock actually begins and if there are any other hidden fees.
Step 2: Deciding on a Limo
As we already established, you will need a leading limousine company if you’re looking for more than just the classic white stretch. Deciding on a car will involve choosing the color, size, model as well as servicing and mechanical condition. However, this is just the easy part. Choosing the perfect limo for your wedding will involve more than just pretty looks. Here’s how to do it the right way.
Determine Number of People in the Party
While most limousine companies are well stocked in six, eight and ten passenger limos, there may not be as many options for more people. However, decent limo companies allow you to choose from a wide range of extra stretch limos, party buses, and even hummer vehicles. Basically, the more people you expect to have in the limo, the more money you will have to cough up. That’s why you need to choose your limo and guests wisely. If you want something a little more private for just the bride and groom, then you’ll be better off with luxury sedans.
Review the Desired Limo Features and Accessories
It’s your wedding; you deserve to have whatever it is you want in the limo (provided it’s legal of course, if not, keep it stashed you party animals). But in all seriousness, the couple needs to review the extras they want such as a TVs, DVDs, car phones, sunroof, sound system, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, heating, bar area, decorations, and pretty much anything they can think of. Of course, your safety comes first, so make sure that there are working seat belts and that the car has been serviced and checked out recently. The last thing you need to do is make a mental or written note of the car’s license plate to ensure you have the correct limo on the wedding day.
Step 3: Riding the Limo
Since we’re doing things right, then you know our guide will stick with you to the very end. You got the limo of your dreams, now what? First off, it’s up to you to follow basic limousine etiquette and ensure you take great care of your ride. As with all other products; you break it you bought it, so try to avoid making messes that you’ll have to pay for later.
Secondly, make sure you are well prepared in case of anything. Ask the management for a number that you can call to address any concerns before, during and after the limousine service. And finally, whether gratuity is inclusive in the bill or not, it’s always nice to tip your driver. Professional drivers will open your doors, be as polite as possible, mind their own business and most importantly, they won’t ask for anything. So if you get an exceptional driver who goes above and beyond the call of duty to please, why not show some reciprocity?