Post # 1
So my indoor ceremony, cocktail hour, and outdoor reception will all be at the same place. The reception will be tented and the tented courtyard/dance floor essentially takes up the venue’s entire green space. To make a long story short we will need to go elsewhere for couple’s portraits and bridal party pictures (we will do family formals in the ceremony space). There are several parks close to the venue–probably about a 5-10 minute drive depending on traffic. I really want to get a limo, bus, trolley or something like that to bring the bridal party from the venue to the picture location and back again (probably a total of 2 hours). I don’t want to ask people to drive for several reasons. One is that I want people to relax and have fun, not worry about having keys on them, etc. The second is that I want to keep the bridal party together. The third is that I know the groomsman especially will be a couple beers in already!
My question is…will any of the transportation company’s allow us to rent a limo, bus, or trolley for only 1 and a half to 2 hours? Also any idea on how much it will be? We would only be travelling 10 miles max and I would hate to pay more than $500. Thanks!
Post # 2
Hm, that’s tricky. You can certainly call around but I think the price per hour probably goes up if it’s only for an hour or two.
We did something similar – first look and family pictures at the cermeony site and then went to a park for bridal party and couples pictures – but we just drove. We had a smallish party, so we were able to get away with just two cars – one of my bridesmaids was breastfeeding, so she wasn’t drinking much and she has a giant SUV, so we piled 6 of us in her car (with me in the front passenger seat) and everyone else piled into one of the groomsmen’s car. Do you have anyone in the bridal party that you think won’t want to drink that morning? The unsung benefits of having prenant/breastfeeding bridesmaids!
Post # 3
JenGirl: Hmm I don’t think so. Plus, there is 13 of us total so we would need at least 3 drivers. I just hate the thought of splitting everyone up…
Post # 4
HoneyBee827: I cannot comment on the cost, because I am not sure average prices in your region. I am in the Midwest, and rented a 20-person limo bus for 7.5 hours, and paid (including tip) approximately $1400, so yes, I would hope you could get something for under $500.
With that said, I am not sure a standard limo company in your area would not require a ‘minimum’ amount of hours, which would probably be around 4 hours (ish?!). However, if you research individuals that may do ‘side work’ in transportation, you would probably have better luck. (I have a friend whom has a 14-person bus, and is a licensed driver, etc, and does weekend work outside of his FT job for extra money. He does not require a minimum!)
If you run into issue, then maybe consider using a limo to meet the minimum?! Perhaps have them pick up the girls, drop them off for the ceremony, wait, and then take everyone for pictures. I think transport is a great idea, and was one of the most fun moments of the day for my bridal party and us. We drank on it, we danced on it, we took pictures, and had a ball!!
Post # 5
BUMP! Anyone else have ideas/suggestions?
Post # 6
HoneyBee827: I suggest you phone vendors in your area. None of us can tell you what the rates or availability are in your town.
If your wedding is not on a busy day, there may be a limo company who would want your business even if it’s only for a few hours.
You could also try phoning private schools, senior citizens homes or Christian schools to see if they hire out their bus. They often have a smaller 15 seat bus.