Post # 1
I am struggling today with trying to decide if we should rent a limo. We have a small bridal party (6 of us including me and FI). So we would only need a 10 passenger, and then some of the party’s SO’s could tag along. Here is my struggle:
A) Additional cost, is it necessary
B) Our ceremony is in a different town from the reception, and everyone I have talked to is going to tack an hour on to their 2 hour minimum to compensate for this (so will have to pay for 3 hours total)
C) In the day of timeline, we have 1 hour from the ceremony take off to arriving at the reception, so really just time to get to the reception venue, maybe a pit stop (FAST) at our favorite pub
D) What the heck do we do with the cars that we drove to the ceremony if we are taking a limo back to town? (Ask ushers to drive them back, other family members, etc)
I like the idea of having pictures getting into and out of the limo. It is a special day, and the private time with our closest friends would be nice. A little bubbly on the way to dinner would be fun.
Totally torn, what did you do?
Post # 3
So after calling around I have found that we are looking at around $300 for the ride from Ceremony to Reception (based on 2 hour minimums and drive charges). My Fiance says it is totally not worth it, and I am leaning towards agreeing. Now I am stuck trying to figure out what car we should use for our drive from on place to the other. I love my Tahoe, but it isn’t quite “Weddingish”, nor is his Hummer.
What did other Bees do in lieu of a Limo?
(Sorry this is in Etiquette, not sure how that happened)
Post # 4
We intend to call cabs to transport our 40 guests from the ceremony at the hotel to the offsite dinner than back to the hotel after. No one has to drive and its still useful. Not elegant by any means but gets the job done.
Post # 5
We aren’t doing a limo.
It would be about $700 and I just think that money could be used for way more awesome stuff.
Post # 6
We just borrowed someone’s car, no one really even noticed it. It was raining, we had to redo our kiss before we left the church for the photographer, and where we got our pics done, only close family was there.
I wouldn’t bother paying for one, totally not worth it IMO.
Post # 7
I wasn’t going to have one…in fact, I was totally against wasting money on that, but it turns out one of my mom’s cousins owns a limo company so he’s giving us a limo/driver as a wedding present to use all day (score!)
Post # 8
You have a Tahoe and a Hummer and you think that $300 for a limo on your wedding day is expensive? That’s like a week of gas for you two.
Post # 9
@MrsBrightSkies: I totally agree with you, limos are expensive. We have 6 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen in our party but are also have the significant others join us. We decided to go the party bus route. Limos in my area run from $1,000 just for a couple of hours. We found that if we went with the airport shuttle services, Lakefront Lines. They are charging us $325 for 5 hours, which is much easier to handle. I think that if you are requiring your wedding party to be at specific locations in order to take pictures you really need to make sure that you provide transportation for them. Even if you have someone rent a large van from a place like Enterprise (you can rent a 12 passenger van for about $80 for the day). you would just need to have a friend or someone drive it around for the day.
Post # 10
Some limo companies will just charge a drop off fee. Look into that.
Post # 11
OP – not sure what i would do in your case, but in lieu of a limo, I’ll be taking a good old taxi cab. The venue is a 5 minute walk from my house, so it wasn’t worth it for me to even rent a fancy car for a 1 minute ride lol!