Unless you're having just one venue with ample parking near everyone you know, getting yourself and your guests where they need to be is not always an easy task. Plus, offering transportation keeps any tipsy driving to a minimum as well. Here are some riding-in-style wedding transportation tips to make sure nobody gets left stranded en route to your rockin' party.
Book personal transportation well in advance
If you'll be booking a car, limo, tandem bike, etc. for your own travel needs, book it as early as possible, preferably 5-7 months beforehand. This is especially true if your wedding is around prom season (April-June) and you're looking for a formal or vintage car or limousine.
Think outside of the limo
Many cities have awesome bus services of which to take advantage. Party buses, charters, vintage Volkswagens, open-air trolleys, hearses, and specialty buses (like Reggie's in Chicago) can be awesome limo alternatives that can carry loads of people.
Or, go old school with a rented school bus. School districts will often rent buses for pretty affordable prices.
Think outside of cars and buses entirely!
From the silly (skateboards) to the sublimely dreamy (Batmobile!), we've seen lots of non-car options in our time. Think bicycles, bike rickshaws, horse-drawn carriages, helicopters, golf carts, farm equipment, and more. See more ideas here.
Look at your rental before you sign
If you're booking a car, limo, or bus, feel free to ask to see the vehicle before you sign any agreements. It may not be your exact car, but it'll be easier to visualize what you're getting into before you commit.
Consider your wedding party
It's not required to haul your crew around, but it sure is nice if you can afford it. This could be a great opportunity to check out the larger bus/trolley options. Or see if there's some homegrown ride-sharing potential if everyone is heading from one venue to another.
Non-locals won't know the customs in your area and may need some tips to help them get around. Include some helpful information in your invitation like cab company numbers, bike rentals, and public transportation options. You may also want to have this handy on your wedding website, if you have one.
If you've got a hotel block, you can also see if they have any deals on transportation to your venue and back (and even to the airport, if that's applicable!)
Consider your older guests
Keep an eye on your guest list to make sure any older or disabled guests are covered, transportation-wise. If nothing else, designate a wedding party member or family member to make sure your older guests have safe rides available.
If you're cabbing it, plan ahead
Getting a cab is highly variable in some cities. If you're cabbing it, call ahead to make sure they know your situation. Or use a service like Lyft or Uber who usually has lots of availability depending on the city.
Oh, and bring something to protect your outfit in the cab (garbage bag, perhaps?). You just can't guarantee that it'll be super clean in there.
Ask about custom music
Want a custom soundtrack playing during your ride? See if the company allows you to use your own playlists.
Add extra time to your schedule for trips
Pad your schedule with 20-30 extra minutes to account for traffic, local events, weather, late arrivals, and general mayhem that may occur.
Allow for wait time in your budget
Most rental companies require a minimum number of hours and will charge for wait time, so make sure to allow for $50+ per hour plus tip for these extra hours. The cheapest option may just be to book for the whole day.
It's customary to tip drivers, but it's often already included in the bill. If not, 20% for each driver should cover it.
Are you planning to rent any cars or buses for you and your crew?