(Closed) To have a limo or not

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This is something I’m struggling with at the moment. I want to save the money but it will be best if we all travel together. The problem with NOT providing transportation is that you have to wait on everyone. What if there isn’t parking? What if one person gets stuck behind?

Do you have a lot of time if those issues come up? Most limos have a minimum rental.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How far away is your reception hall from your church?

Are you going somewhere different for pictures in between?

How much time do you have in between?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

To be honest for such a short distance I think it’s so unnecessary.

Our venue was about 45-60 minutes away from my brother’s house and we were going to drive in individual cars for that. Last minute my brother gifted us the limo so we had one. In retrospect yes we did enjoy the time in the limo with the bridal party. It was a lot of fun to crack open the champagne, our nieces and nephews were absolutely hilarious and pulled some funny stunts that left some wonderful memories, not to mention pictures! But was it absolutely necessary? It wasn’t.

And especially for it being a 10 minute drive for you the driver will be waiting for you 75% of the time.

What does your Fiance think? My husband was very against it and at the end when my brother wanted to gift it to us we did not want him to spend the money. But it was one of those pick your battles kind of things.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well, we are all riding to the church together. But only me and Fiance will ride to the reception together. Our first ride as husband and wife type thing, and plus the car we are hoping to get isn’t very big so for it to end up fitting the eight of us is a joke.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We had one for an hour.  It was pretty cheap – $100 for the hour.  It took us from the church after the ceremony to some places around town where we were taking pictures and then to the reception venue.  That’s all we really needed it for.  

I must admit that if you expect your bridal party to take photos with you after the ceremony then it will be easier if all of you are riding together.  It’s just too hard to tell 13 people where to go when they are all driving separately.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a limo for their minimum 2 hrs, but saved $ by going with a smaller one (we have the same # in our bridal party as you). Basically, there will only be at most 6 of us in a limo at a time.  Me and girls (6) from home to ceremony (boys will be meeting us there). AFter the ceremony, Fiance and I will ride limo alone together to picture site ten minutes away. Photog will take pics of just the two of us, while the limo turns around and gets the BMs.  Then pics with FI/Me & BM’s. Then the limo goes back and gets the guys.  After all the group shots, he’ll take the guys back, then the girls, and Fiance and I will go back last so we can get some last-minute sunset shots with just the two of us.  We figured that we are paying for the limo whether he’s driving or parked, so we might as well pay him to drive!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@xo_triciazach_xo: I don’t think you HAVE to have a limo or transportation.  My wedding party will be driving to the reception venue (we will take our pictures there).  We are more than likely just going to decorate one of our cars.  This way we save some much needed dinero 😉

Also, our ceremony site is a 10 minute drive to the reception.  Not that long at all…. Don’t worry about providing transportation.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If the pics are only 10 mins away & the reception is another 10 mins.. I don’t really think it’s necessary at all to have transportation.. not for that short of a distance.  We have a bunch of people in our Wedding Party (16 total including Fiance and I) but we’re driving prob 45 mins to where we want to get pics (downtown St Louis) and then its another 30-40 to the reception site.  We have plenty of time in between ceremony/reception and basically all of our Wedding Party is from out of town.. I wasnt about to have that many people drive that distance & try to park downtown in an unfamiliar area, so I dropped the $650 for that, but my situation is very different from yours. I say nix it.. 5-10 mins is nothing!

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