Arriving in style
Posted: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009
Since it is your day and you will want to be the center of attention, plan to arrive and depart your wedding in the most elegant way possible. In addition, you will want to give careful consideration to the transportation needs of the wedding party and your out-of-town guests.Plan ahead
Wedding transportation is not a low-priority item. You should begin planning several months before your wedding date. Successful transportation preparations will allow you to enjoy your wedding day, free of transportation woes.The sophisticates
The classic mode of travel for the bride to the wedding site is by limousine or luxury car, which will also provide an intimate ride for you and your husband from the marriage ceremony to the reception. There are quality limousine and luxury automobile services throughout the area, but do check with these services well before your wedding to ensure you will be able to reserve the car you want.The romantics
For the perfect fairy tale wedding, many brides and grooms have fantasized about their first ride together as husband and wife in a horse-drawn carriage. There are also hot-air balloons, festively decorated gondolas, or dune buggies for couples who get married on the beach. Whatever your fantasy, now is the time to live it.The whole party
If your budget allows, you can provide special transportation for the entire wedding entourage and out-of-town guests. Party boats, while great fun, are best saved for partying, but a trolley or double-decker bus is a wonderful mode of travel.Down to business
When choosing your transportation service, look over the vehicles the company offers. Be certain the service you choose has the style of car or carriage you want, and that it will be available when you need it. Find out if you will be charged hourly or if all services will be included in one set price. Ask what the driver will wear and about the tipping policy. Professional transportation services will be happy to work with you to ensure that you arrive and depart promptly and elegantly.A little help from your friends
You can also call on dependable (and punctual) friends to play chauffeurs. Each friend who provides transportation for guests should allow enough time to arrive at the wedding site 30 minutes before the ceremony. Give your drivers money for gas and a car wash, and be sure each driver knows the addresses (with directions) and phone numbers for everyone they are to pick up. Donít tip your friends, but a small thank-you gift is always appropriate and appreciated.
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