Post # 1
I didnt know exactly where to post this but, here goes…
I keep receiving these CRAZY costs for limo services. My issue is, if we were traveling a long distance I wouldnt mind chalking up the cash. However, we need a limo to get us (both parties) to the venue (approx. 5 miles max from pick up location) and then to drop us all off at the end of the night for late night partying downtown (approx. another 5 miles).
Maybe someone has a better idea for this. I dont want my party driving downtown after drinking during the reception, so that crosses off the possibility of everyone driving on their own to our location. I also cannot have everyone drive to the ceremony/reception because then… what would they do with their cars at the end of the night after the wedding if we take a limo downtown?! They cannot be left at the ceremony/reception location.
I have been quoted about 650$ for 4 hours of use, and then 75$ per hour after that. Maximum I would need the limo for is about 2 hours total for the entire event, once to pick us all up (first bridesmaids then groomsmen) to take us to the ceremony/reception sight, and then once more at the end of the reception to take us all downtown. Paying someone to twiddle their tumbs for 5 hours inbetween seems really silly.
Any input or ideas would be awesome! I also could be totally confused on how limo services work. haha Thanks everyone 🙂
Post # 3
Would you be opposed to a taxi service instead?
Post # 4
Yeah, can you just take a cab or car service downtown at the end of the night?
Post # 5
@GoldfishPie: Im really only opposed because separating everyone would be a total mess. Also, I dont want a yellow cab showing up at the end of my wedding when photos are still being taken of us all leaving.
Post # 6
Most companies that I’ve seen charge by the hour with a 3-4 hours minimum, unfortunately. I think your best bet might be some sort of taxi service or something like that.
Post # 7
@hotchildinthecity: My only issue then is what does everyone do with their cars if they drove to the wedding? You know what I mean?
Post # 8
My uncle owns a limo company, and these prices seem pretty standard. The reason you have to pay for the whole time is they can’t book anyone else in that time. Like they can’t pick you up/drop you off, go do another job during your reception, and then come back. That’s just not how it works.
We had the limo just for the ceremony, and going to the reception. Then we had a trolley to bring everyone back at the end of the night. It was expensive though.
ETA: Anyone who drove to the ceremony dropped their cars back off at the hotel and took a cab to the reception so that they could use the trolley service at the end of the night.
Post # 9
Im now considering a taxi to take us there, since no one will really be seeing us arrive as we are getting there an hour before the ceremony begins. and then to take a limo with all parties out afterwards.
Post # 10
I feel your pain, I went through the same process of trying to find a limo company who could do more of a pick-up/drop-off service and all of them required I book for the full duration of the wedding. It makes sense and I understand why they’d do this but I was frustrated too.
Have you tried searching for transportation service companies? Alot of limo companies do things like airport drop-offs and pick-ups and might be willing to do the same for your wedding party.
Post # 11
Some Limo companies allow you to rent a Limo without a driver if you can provide a qualified driver who is approved by their insurance company.
You could also try to rent a larger vehicle such as a Hummer.
Or, rent a school bus from a private company.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Just get a taxi– some towns even have vintage taxi companies so you and the groom can ride in a cool looking car (and take pics with it!) but without the super crazy expensive costs.
Post # 13
I also vote for cabs. Just because they’re there doesn’t mean you have to take pictures of them. I don’t think a couple picutres with a limo is worth it, at all. And it shouldn’t be that confusing. Just decide before hand where you’re all going first tell that to all the cabbies. Then everyone meets up there. Easy peasy. Also, how is everyone getting home after partying down town?
Post # 14
I wanted this as well and our hotel is only about a 10 min drive to the venue (where the ceremony AND reception will be) I found a company who wouldn’t charge us multiple hours (they called it Point A to Point B service) because I was only needing a drop off but it was still close to $250. At first I was irritated that it costs so much and then my oh so clever fiance responded with, “well babe, you’re not paying for a ride to the venue, you’re paying for the expeirenc”. BAM! That hit me. He’s right. I’m sure it doesn’t cost 250 for someone to pick me up in a standard car, but if I want the expeirence of a limo, driver, bridal party together…ect. then I’ll be paying for it.
We decided to drive ourselves =) BUUUUT, I think the cabs would be fun! Gets your bridal party there without them having to drive, but costs a lot less.
Post # 15
Rent a limo for 1 hour to pick you and your groom up from the ceremony and drop you off at the venue. One hour won’t cost the earth and you get a photo of you getting out of it when u arrive. If the hour will not cover everyone’s journey, get the rest of the party into cabs.
Dont turn up in a cab at your reception. Give yourself the luxury of a limo at some point of your day.
Post # 16
I can’t see spending money on limos, etc. either. Nothing wrong with cabs! You may be able to decorate them beforehand, too, if you talk to the company!