Post # 1
As of right now, I have no money to afford a limo to take us from the reception to a hotel room after the wedding. As it is, I’m not sure I can afford to get a hotel room for our wedding night! We actually live with our best man (currently going through some stuff and needs a lot of support), so we don’t want to just go home and spend our wedding night with our friend. I might be able to find a place to stay, but am wondering if anyone did anything creative and ultra low-budget in place of a limo or classic car when they left their reception? Any ideas? Thanks bees!
Post # 3
Thestrals, broomsticks, portkeys (though the Ministry would have to set one up for you), Apparition…
I wonder how far you can Apparate.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
You can get your car cleaned inside & out, and have friends decorate the windows with “Just Married” etc.
You could take a classic cab (usually no more expensive than a regular cab, they just look cooler)
You could ask a family member/friend who has a nice car to be your chofeaur (this is our plan– we are borrowing FFIL’s 1969 Chivelle as our get-a-way car).
As for the hotel– any chance the best man can crash at another groomsman’s place for the night?
Post # 5
Well we went back on our friend’s boat, but our venue and hotel were just across the harbor from each other so I don’t know if that will work for you. I was driven to the venue in my dad’s SUV, I don’t think you need a fancy ride!
Post # 6
Do you know anyone who has a nice car you could borrow? That might be the cheapest route, other than that you can try and put an ad on craigslist and see if someone might let you borrow one for a few hours for cheap. We will be driving away in my FI’s car lol. I might try and decorate it or something
Post # 7
We didn’t use any special transportation, as for us it just wasn’t smart economically. Would you be willing to just use your regular eveyday vehicle ( if you have one?) You could always decorate it 🙂 Or if you have any friends or family members with a car you like, perhaps you could borrow theirs? Public transit? it would make great wedding photos to see everyone on a bus, trolley etc
As far as a room for the “night” perhaps a few close family members could help you out?
Post # 8
Seriously, though: do you have time to pick up some extra work between now and then? A hotel would be a couple hundred dollars, and a limo…well I don’t know how much. But if you got a tutoring gig, or a part-time job for a while, you’d be able to make that money.
You can sell books on Amazon, you can have a yard sale…you can do odd jobs for people.
Post # 9
I’ve been trying to find a muscle car to surprise my man, cuz he is a total car freak, but it’s been like 4 months and I haven’t found anything. If it comes down to it we could drive one of our own vehicles…it would just obviously be nice if we could find something a little nicer than a beat up Tahoe or GMC pickup 🙂
We’re actually getting married in a summer camp and I begged him to agree to rent a cabin for that night, but he didn’t seem interested. I think it’d be really fun to stay in a cabin with fireplace and electricity for the night! Especially when we’re taking a cruise in November, but he doesn’t want to. Maybe we could ask our best man to find a place to crash. I’ll have to look into that.
Post # 10
Do you have any friends or family who have any kind of “special” vehicle? Something luxurious, vintage, different? an old truck? school bus if you are a teacher?
Are you involved in anything that could be connected with a special transportation in any way? volunteer firefighter, first aid provider, biker, cyclist?
If not, you wouldn’t be the first couple to leave in an ordinary vehicle. Add some streamers and a sign, and you are good to go.
ETA have you contacted the Muscle Car Club? You may not find anyone who would do a rental as there are liability insurance issues, but you might find someone who would do it in exchange for a donation to the club or a charity.
My dad had a vintage car and he loved driving brides and grooms!
Post # 11
@peachacid: you definately read my mind–I just posted a TON of stuff on craigslist to try to make some extra cash! I think I’m just a little worried, because I’m paying for all this myself, and my fiance hasn’t been able to really pitch in a whole lot so I can’t rely on money that isn’t there. We’ll figure something out though!
Post # 12
Some larger cities have those rick shaws. They’re pretty cheap. As a matter of fact, I just saw a married couple using one from the courthouse yesterday. They looked so excited and happy and people were hollering and whooping at them all the way down the sidewalk until I couldn’t see them anymore. I thought it was really cute. 🙂
What about a horse and buggy? Or just a couple of horses? I’ve seen that done before also.
As for a place to stay…if you want a hotel room or something, you’re going to have to find a way to scrape together the cash. Could you politely ask for gift donations at the wedding?
Post # 13
Also – regarding the hotel room – our hotel room was free because we had >20 guests booked under our Room Block. If you are doing a room block with a specific hotel ask them whether you get a comp’d room if a specific number of rooms are booked.