So you've met that special guy or gal and now it's time to start planning for the big day. One aspect of this day that often either gets overlooked completely or taken for granted is transportation. In this mini write up, I hope to provide a few tips that will help you and yours plan transportation for the big day.
If I had to put a number on it,I would venture to say that about 90% of the wedding calls we get are from the groom. I would also venture to say that these calls are usually within 30-60 days of the wedding and maybe a quarter of those calls are within a week of the wedding. Maybe 10% or less of the wedding calls are within a 48 hour time-frame of the big day.
This leads me to believe that wedding transportation is treated as a low priority item on the list by many. It gets put behind the food, pictures, venue, dresses flowers and entertainment. Without the right plan in place, transportation woes can turn that special day into a nightmare!
Heed to these suggestions and avoid the potential pitfalls:
Treat Wedding Transportation As A High Priority
Understanding the importance of wedding transportation for your wedding day is the first step in guaranteeing a smooth ride. Things to consider are:How many guests do you have attending?Are they flying in from out of town?How far is the wedding location from the reception hall?Will any guests need special accommodations (elderly/wheelchair/kids,etc)Will vehicles be in the pictures?All of these and many more questions will help shed light on the importance of transportation for your wedding day
Book A Limousine Company As Early As Possible
If you're getting married in April,May or June, it may be in your best interest to book your vehicle in advance. Renting a Sprinter or Limousine in Atlanta during those months can be challenging because of the many events known to be going on at that time (Golf Tourneys, Prom, Weddings, Hair Shows). This is peak season for most transportation companies and getting a head start is of the utmost importance.
Expand Your Horizons
Think outside of the proverbial box.These days there are so many options available for transportation. You don't have to do the same thing your parents did years ago. I've even heard of people using Uber Black cars for the big day. When we first started using Sprinters for weddings, there was a little bit of apprehension from some of our clients, which is natural. People tend to be fearful or cautious of the unknown. However, with time they began to see the benefits and the cool factor behind renting a sprinter for a wedding. Now, we get do at least 1 wedding every weekend! It's your day and whatever you want goes! Go with a coupe if that's what floats your boat.
Think About Your Guests
If you've got a big family and some are going to be flying in just for your wedding, maybe you should consider their transportation from their respective hotels. This may put you over budget, but a whiny relative could also ruin your big day. Given that there are plethora of ride share and private transportation options, maybe this won't be necessary for some guests, but for others, the pressures of navigating a new city may be overwhelming. Also, once the reception is over, some of your guests may be too tired to figure things out. A simple shuttle back to their hotel could save time,money and even lives!
Be Realistic About Your Times
The average wedding booking is 4 hours. The groom usually thinks less time is needed, but for large weddings, it takes time for the bridal party to get dressed and ready. You have to be realistic about your timelines and add some extra time just for the unforeseen circumstances that ALWAYS arise on wedding days. If your wedding is in a major city with unpredictable traffic patterns like Atlanta and the distance between venues is considerable, then you need to factor in traffic time as well.
Talk to your transportation provider and get to know them. Let them give you a run down of past weddings they have done and what services they provide. Never assume that you will get a service, always ask. Find out what their packages include and what you can/can't do. Ask as many questions as possible and get pictures of the actual vehicle.
Get Your Boogie On
You will be in a Sprinter for anywhere from 5-45 minutes depending on venue distances. This is your wedding day. Probably one of the most important celebrations of your life. Don't leave it to chance to get the music right. Every moment counts and something as simple as planning a playlist can go a long way to rekindle those memories down the line. Find out what type of playback options are available in your limo. Aux? Bluetooth? CD? And then plan out your playlist if you can.