Post # 1
I’m trying to wrap my head around this whole transportation thing and can’t quite figure it out. The issue is that I don’t want to pay a limo to sit there while we are at the reception for 4 hours. Nor do I want to pay for 3 hours and only use it for 1.
The ceremony is at location A and the reception is at location B. Our bridal party is 4 people (2 BMs and 2 GMs) who are all coming from out of town. I would like to at least leave in a limo that would then take us home (to change and get luggage) and then to our hotel by the airport since our flight is at 8 am the next morning.
How are you all doing the transporting logistics? Renting cars or vans? Renting limos? Just carpooling? Some combination of all of those?
Post # 3
I hated to have to pay for a limo too…and the ones here are so expensive and not really too nice. So we decided since my fiance is in a custom car club that we could have more of a motorcade. The people in the club happily agreed to drive us all to and from the church. It’ll be like a procession of custom cars which, considering my FI’s interests, wouldn’t be so bad and should certainly grab some attention. We’d have to break up the party and go in seperate cars (since some don’t even have back seats) but so what? We’ll all meet up again at the end. I think he talked them into adding some bikes as well! I’m excited to see them. Best part? Its free!! That’s what I’m talking about.
Post # 4
I was counting on carpooling, but apparently my sister believes that a limo is necessary. I am going to leave this one up to her and my mom – if a limo magically appears, that will be fine with me.
Traditionally, if it helps, it is the job of the best man to provide transportation for the bride and groom. Of course you have to think about your best man. My mother was late to her own wedding because my dad’s brother, who was driving her (and my grandmother) to the church ran out of gas and then couldn’t find the key to his locking gas cap. My dad was not amused.
Post # 5
Thanks for the tip suzanno. I didn’t know that about the best man.
Too bad about your mother, though that’s a pretty entertaining story! Likewise, my FI’s Bridesmaid or Best Man is perpetually late, so I might want to tell him that the wedding starts a half-hour early…
Post # 6
well im getting ready with my BMs at the hotel, and they are responsible for finding their own transportation to the church. i think they will carpool. i am going to a church in a rented luxury car with my dad driving. my Fiance and his GMs will be getting ready at our house, so they’re responsible for getting him to the church. then my Fiance and I will come back to the hotel in the rented car and my mom will bring my dad back.
Post # 7
I didn’t know about the best man tradition, either. Quick point about tradition, though. Just because we’re up on our weddin etiquette knowledge, doesn’t mean that everyone else is, too.
If this was not discussed when your Fiance asked your Bridesmaid or Best Man to participate, it might be a bit of a surprise, especially if he’s throwing your Fiance a bachelor party, too.
Many limo companies offer drop-off & pick up service, in addition to their hourly services for longer clips of time. Ask them to price out two separate trips, one for the ride from ceremony to reception and one for the ride from reception to home to hotel. It might save you some money instead of having to rent the car to be on call the entire day of your wedding.
Also ask them to price out a town car instead of a limo, if it’s just going to be for the two of you and not your whole bridal party. Good luck!
Post # 8
You could just get limo service to the airport and include a stop to change on the way. This is not uncommom for urban areas where frequently business people are picked up at the office and stop for thier luggage on the way to the airport. There will be the airport fee and the fee for the trip from your venue to your home.
Asignn someone to drive you from your ceremony site to the reception (preferebbly someone with a nice car) and let your bridal party take themselves or have them team up in groups to do the same.
Post # 9
I am sure that FI’s brother (BM) has no idea that he is the transportation manager. We just laugh about it because we are actually going from the wedding straight to our weekend away, so driving about an hour. Which means that at least one of us has to stop imbibing early, or we have a get a limo, or – Hey, where did your brother go?? The thing is, he is such a nice guy he would probably do it, which is another big reason that I don’t think we will even ask him. We are actually going to put him in charge of Future Mother-In-Law, which will be enough of a task for the day.