If you are like many brides, you probably plan to hire a limousine company to transport you to your wedding. Before you start interviewing companies, you should think about the type of car or limo you want to rent, how many hours and write down any questions you want to ask the company.
First calculate how many people are going in the limousine, or how many in each limousine. There are several types of limousine cars, each seating a certain amount of people comfortably. These are some standard cars available, however, not all limousine companies will have the same cars available.
- Sedans (mostly Town cars but sometimes Mercedes or Specialty Sedans)
- 6 Passenger Limousine (Seating 4 comfortably)
- 8 Passenger Limousine (Seating 6 comfortably)
- 10 Passenger Limousine (Seating 8 comfortably)
- 12 Passenger Limousine (Seats 10 convenient)
- 14-22 SUV Limousine (usually a Navigator, Escalade or Excursion)
- 18-20 passenger lobster
- Small bus (22-35 passengers)
- Bus (45-55 passengers)
- Small Limo Bus (14-22 Passengers)
- Coach Limo Bus (28-35 Passengers)
- Classic Cars (Rolls Royce, etc).
Once you know how many people will be in limo, you need to find out how long you need it. Most limousine companies charge hourly, so it's important to decide how many hours you need. In addition, most companies have an hourly minimum on Friday and Saturday nights, so if you wedding on one of those days, and you just want a limo for an hour, you can still pay for their minimum rate. Also, ask about their overtime rates. If the shooting session runs a little over the schedule, it is possible that you will be charged extra fees at the time of the service if the booking ran over the allotted time. When you ask for packages, many limo companies offer a wedding package. Usually a wedding package includes 3 hours, red carpet service and often a champagne toast. Three hours of limo service will cover your transportation to ceremony, transportation to photography location and drop off service at reception. You may also want to think about home transportation after receipt. The limousine company can schedule a pick-up time after receipt without waiting for you during your reception.
You will want to book the company at least four to six months before your wedding. If your wedding falls between April and September, you may want to book your transportation even earlier because the more popular wedding months are filling up quickly. Keep in mind that during the period April to June, depending on area, limousine companies also book proms – which may hinder your booking plans.
Call several companies in the area and see how responsive they are to your questions and inquiries. It is important that they are responsive and polite to your wishes. While requesting their rates, you also ask for compensation, cancellation fees and how overtime fees are charged. Limo companies usually allow a fifteen minute grace period to allow extra time, but once you have passed your grace period, overtime may be charged. Ask what the vehicle comes with, alcohol, music, smoking or non-smoking, chilling and / or eating. If possible, plan a meeting to see their fleet.
Book your limousine with the company you know will be on time, have the best vehicle and driver, and have the best price. For most, the price is not as important as service, so do not automatically choose the lowest price, often in the limousine sector, you get what you pay for. When booking, make sure to get a copy of the contract, confirmation / booking number, and their cancellation policy in writing. Confirm with the company if they should leave the job or if they will grow the job to another company. If they plan to grow the job, (which is a common practice among limousine companies, especially for "hot" booking dates), get the name and address of the company so that you can verify their reliability, car condition and service. If you don't feel comfortable with your wedding transport being handled by another company, tell them.
One week before your wedding, call and confirm your booking and request a contact number for the driver. Be sure to verify the route and the addresses for retrieval are correct. The day of the wedding, you may also want to call and confirm that your limousine is scheduled to arrive in time.