Post # 1
Does anyone have recommendations on transportation planning and who rides with who? Here is how the day is going to go- bridal party and groomsmen will get ready in separate rooms at a hotel, then we will have our first look at a beach 10 minutes from our venue and then the ceremony/reception are at the same place. Do I need 2 limos for girls and guys? Do I make the guys drive themselves to the beach? Do we stay separated after the first look when going to the venue? I’m sure I’m overthinking it, but any suggestions would be appreciated!!
Post # 2
I think you’re very much over-thinking it. It really doesn’t matter who rides with who, although if there is going to be drinking, you should probably not count on the groomsmen to do the driving (and tbh it seems a little weird to expect the fellas to drive but not the ladies). But since it is just for a first look, you can all drive yourselves (assuming, again, nobody’s drinking) or just tell the bridal party to figure out their carpools.
I personally don’t think I would hire a limo for a 10-minute drive. Most limos have a 4-hour minimum rental.
Post # 3
Depending on your circle, there may be drinking while getting ready. I know we had champagne flowing and the grooms side was taking shots, so there would have been no driving anywhere. My situation was different though as we had villas at our venue so we just all stayed in the same place for 2 days. I would suggest two separate vehicles to drive to the fist look, if you want a true first look to keep the bride and groom separate. But after the first look, I’d say you can absolutely share a ride to the venue as the allure of not seeing you has passed. It honestly doesn’t need to be limos though as PP mentioned some have minimum fees, you could arrange to have someone stay sober or just get Ubers.
Post # 4
Can you ask the limo to drive the guys, drop them off, and come back to pick you up? Usually you rent the limo for an hourly rate so it’s not based on how many trips they take.
Post # 5
Limos tend to squish your dress. If you have the budget, I would get a sprinter van.
Post # 6
You are over thinking. I wouldn’t worry too much about this at all. Just figure out how many cars you need. Ask who can be DD if there is drinking. Have them drive everyone there, you and the groom separately of course. You can drive back together if you want? I’d say just make sure there are enough seats and it’ll work out, I don’t really think anyone cares who sits with who. Unless you want the limo for pictures? Which I don’t really care for. Or to be a little extra and fancy? I don’t think anyone would expect it (or think it’s necessary).