Wedding Transportation Planning: What You Need To Know

You have taken a lot of time to plan the perfect wedding. You hope everything goes off without a hitch. The only way for that to happen is for you to get there, and for you to get there on time. Now, in order for that to happen, you need to make sure that you have quality transportation. Transportation isn't just about getting to the ceremony—you also want to consider your transportation after the ceremony. There's also your bridal party and guests. So, here are some things to consider when planning your wedding transportation:

1. Book Well in Advance.

Once you have decided on the date, location of your ceremony and reception, and the size of your wedding party, it is crucial that you hire a transportation company. This is particularly true if you are getting married during a month that is in high demand for formal vehicles. A good rule of thumb is probably six months, if possible, although this isn't set in stone anywhere.

2. Think Outside the Box (the Traditional White Limo).

If you are throwing a traditional wedding, then you likely want to have a traditional white limo. However, this may not necessarily be your style or even fit your wedding theme. Whatever the case may be, get a little creative and think outside the box. There are lots of options available for your wedding transportation, including a Rolls-Royce, stretch Hummers, party buses, and even vintage bicycles. 

3. Don't Forget Your Bridal Party...

While there is no requirement to provide your bridesmaids and groomsmen with transportation, it doesn't hurt to give them something nice for all the hard work and long hours that they have been putting in for you. By providing them transportation to the ceremony and reception and then for a little while afterward, you will be allowing them the opportunity to celebrate your big day without having to worry about finding their own ride. 

4. ...or Your Guests.

If you plan on having quite a few guests from out of town, you may want to consider a shuttle or charter bus that can provide them with a ride to the wedding and reception and back to their hotel. This will free them from having to drive in an unfamiliar city, hail a cab, or find a designated driver if they want to indulge in alcoholic beverages at your reception. 

5. Go in Person to Make the Reservation.

Last, but not least, always make your reservations in person. You never know what you are getting unless you go and see it for yourself. Remember, this is your big day and it should be memorable—in a good way, so you don't want to end up with a junky piece of transportation simply because you made your reservation over the phone. So, don't allow yourself to be surprised on your wedding day; go in person to ensure your ride looks as good as you expect it to look before you pay that deposit.

For additional information and advice, contact a transportation service like Chicago's Private Car and Limo.