It’s your choice

04/02/2009 9:13 PM

02/16/2012 4:31 PM

Owners from local transportation companies offer suggestions on how to choose the service that is just right for you.

Start looking when you begin searching for your ceremony and reception sites. Call ahead and make appointments. Don’t make decisions over the phone.

Examine the equipment to be sure it looks safe and clean.

Check references and ask around about the reputations of the various services.

Don’t even consider someone who does not ask pertinent questions about your wedding, such as the date, time and location of the ceremony and reception. You need someone who will help you think through your needs and who knows the questions to ask.

Ask about liability insurance. Don’t choose anyone who can’t provide paperwork and show full coverage.

Ask about rain policies, especially in the event of less traditional modes of transport. Check to see if the service provides a back-up plan or if you have to keep a contingency in mind.

Ask about refund policies in case of cancellation or change of the date/time/locations. Are there refunds in the case of weather-related changes in the service? Are there refunds if the transportation is late for any reason? Can you get those terms in writing?

When you’ve made your choice, be sure to arrange photos through your photographer and your camera-carrying friends. Brides often find out too late that the transportation they chose was represented in the wedding album only by the fleeting flash of tail lights. Most drivers are willing to wait for or help pose formal photo sessions if the bride asks.

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