Post # 1
We haven’t even budgeted for a limo. Frankly, I don’t think we really care whether or not we have one. One of my BMs thinks we need it and proceeded to tell me any wedding she’s been to the bridal party’s dates rode in the limo with the group. Has anyone heard of this? I’ve never seen it, myself.
Side note- The ceremony and venue are within 15 minutes of each other and, as of now, we do not have plans to take pictures anywhere else so we were thinking of renting a fancy car for the two of us.
Post # 3
Nope, the only people who get to ride in the limo are the bride groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen (and maybe flower girls and/or ring bearers).
If the entire bridal party brings a date, you’d obviously need a bigger limo and that’s probably going to double in cost.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a limo in the first place, I wouldn’t even consider your BMs suggestion, especially if the venues are only 15 minutes apart.
Don’t sweat it. The car for you and your fiance sounds like a perfect plan!
Post # 4
I don’t think you have to have a limo by any means especially when you are so close. And no, I’ve also never heard of the bridals party’s dates or guests or SO riding in the limo. It’s supposed to be just the bridal party, I wouldn’t want double the amount of ppl in the limo that’s just too crowded. Also, I think a fancy car is a great idea for the two of you ..no need to chauffeur everyone.
Post # 5
@Stace126: Yeah this is looking to be another $1k and I think totally not worth it. I count 15 for the proposed limo including everyone. Lucky for us my sister is 8 so no date for her, no flower girl, no ring bearer, and half of the group is married to each other. She’s like well what happens to my date? And I’m like well….if we have pictures at the venue its really a nonissue…
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@jpalm13: Providing transportation for the bridal party is good, but if it’s not in the budget *shrug* what ya gonna do? I like the idea of renting a car for the two of you and I’d just coordinate with the MOH/Best Man and make sure they get the rest of the party to the reception.
And for a sidenote: As a +1 at a wedding in a town I wasn’t familiar with I very much appreciated being invited on the trolley the bridal party was travelling in at a wedding Fiance and I attended this summer. FI was a Groomsman. Even if it’s 5 minutes away we were in a big city and I had no idea where to go! But if I hadn’t been invited on the trolley Fiance would have made arrangements for me to ride with one of his other friends in attendance at the wedding.
Post # 7
It isn’t necessary to have a limo. And if you do, the minimum the bridal part would be in it, and it is up to you to decide if you want to shell out the extra cash for a larger limo.
Any wedding I’ve been in that had a limo, the dates just drove themselves.
Post # 8
I’ve never heard of that… only the bridal party rides in the limo. Furthermore, if you don’t want a limo, you don’t need to have one. It’s not mandatory.
Post # 9
Since you don’t plan to travel to another site for pictures, it really isn’t necessary to get a limo or any sort of transportation for the Bridal Party. I think a fancy car for the two of you would be all you need.
For my wedding, we did get a limo and we invited all of the SO’s of the bridal party. We were good friends with most of the them anyway and we didn’t want the people in our Bridal Party to have to ditch their dates for 2 hours while we took pictures. Our Bridal Party also told us that they were really happy that we invited their SOs. It’s not common practice to do this, but I think it’s a very nice gesture and I wish more couples did it.
Post # 10
I had a limo and I only had my bridesmaids and my father ride in it. I’ve never heard of dates nor guests riding in it.
Post # 12
So it looks like I’m not alone in my thinking here. It would be a maximum of 4 extra people on top of the 11 in the bridal party. Two couples in the bridal party are married to each other. I mean we’re talking two car pool cars to go take pictures if we did go anywhere but I’m afraid to even suggest we go to the local park or downtown to take a few shots if its going to come across as a huge pain in the *ss. I think we’re all perfectly capable of driving 5 minutes down the road and 15 to the venue. And even if I invite the date, what do they do while we’re taking pictures? Sit in the limo while we’re taking photos and booze it up?
Post # 13
I would only do the wedding party and parents if they want to instead of driving themselves.
Post # 14
@jpalm13: Personally, I’d tell my bridesmaid if she feels it’s that important, she can either have one at her own wedding, or she can pay for it herself. I wouldn’t blow my budget to accomodate someone else’s wishes- you’ll end up bankrupt this way!
That being said, I believe the practice is just that the bride and groom and the bridal party ride in the limo. But I’m unsure because I live in a region where limos at weddings are extremely uncommon.
Post # 15
I think it’s completely up to you. We chose to have our bridal party’s dates invited as we had extra space in the party bus. We also intended on having our photographer with us as well. The difference is we rode around for about an hour and stopped to take pictures along the way.
When I’ve been a bridesmaid I experienced it both ways. One let us bring our dates, one didn’t. It was much more fun for my date when he got to ride along, we actually got to enjoy the day together and not just a few dances at the reception.
That being said, it’s your wedding day and you get to decide how you want it. A 15 minute ride is not worth shelling out a ton more money just to please one guest. Good luck!