Wedding Limousine Rental Tips
Nothing says “wedding” quite like a limo. Whether you’re talking the
classic black stretch Caddy or a stretch Hummer
H2, the vehicle leaves an impression on everyone who
sees it. Something fun, something great, is going down. It’s no wonder
then that limos always seem to be part of a wedding.
What people don’t know, though, is also the amount of
research and planning that go into lining up these
special rides for such an occasion. Not to scare you away from renting
a limo for your wedding—that’s the last thing we want to do! Our goal
is the exact opposite. We want to help you make that research and
planning easy, so you can ensure that you will get the perfect limo
for that big day.
When securing a limo, you want to ask three main questions. These will
help you to narrow down your choices for what kind of limo you want.
Later, we’ll deal with choosing the right limo company, but first, you
can’t go to the store until you know what you’re shopping for.
Step number one, of course, is to figure out exactly when
should you start
this planning and research. Most
experts will tell you to begin thinking limo within six to nine months
of your wedding date. Cutting it any closer could severely limit your
selection of vehicles, and leave you with a risky lineup of rental
companies. On the other hand, don’t play it too safe by calling more
than a year before your wedding. Some places may not even take your
Once you have the timing down, your next question should focus on
price: what are you looking to pay? A typical wedding limo rental
could cost you on average $200 to $400 for three hours, depending on
your location. Fancier types, your antique roadsters, Hummers,
Expeditions, and the like, could run you into the quadruple digits. On
top of it all, expect to tip your chauffeur between 15 and 20 percent
of the total at the end of the night. We’re talking cash tip, people.
We know what you’re thinking. You can’t cut corners on your flowers or
your band, so why not save money on the limo by renting it for a quick
hour. Not going to happen. Read back to where we said “three hours.”
That’s because most companies require at least three hours of renting
as a minimum to cover pick-up, drop-off, and all the time spent
traveling in between. You will also pay for the limo to wait for you
at the ceremony, after the reception, etc.
It may sound like you’re paying half the time for the limo driver to
listen the radio, but think of it more like paying for peace of mind.
Weddings rarely go off without a glitch. One of the bridesmaids loses
her bouquet, the groom’s mother disappears, the receiving line backs
up. You name it, it can happen! So you’ll want to request that limo
for more time than you actually think you’ll need: at least an extra
hour. On top of that, figure another extra half-hour to organize
photos, and another half-hour added on per every 100 people in your
receiving line. You stress about everything else during your wedding;
don’t add another worry with your limo.
for that last main question—what size limo should you get?—that
also gets back to the first two questions, and your budget and tastes.
The key is balancing both, and making sure that in the end, the
groomsmen won’t have to be balancing the bridesmaids on their knees in
the back of the not-so-stretch limo. In other words, no matter what
type of limo you opt for, go with one that’s larger than you think you
need. Why? Typically, limo sizes go on the assumption that every
person weighs 150 pounds. Though many females will be under that
limit, it won’t take too many American males to tip the scales toward
crowded, hot, and sweaty. So never imagine, for example, you’ll be
able to fit 10 people in a 10-person limo.
With these three questions answered, you are well on your way to
planning and researching your wedding limo. Now on to part two,
narrowing down your selection of limo-renting companies.
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