If you are planning to rent a limo on your wedding there are a few questions you need to answer to make the experience successful. What is your budget? What size of limo do you need and what style of limo do you want for your wedding day?
Are you planning to rent a limo for your wedding day? If so you should probably start planning well ahead of time because you will need to reserve your limo six to nine months out from your wedding day. Yes, they book up fast and if you are planning a summer wedding you definitely want to get your reservation in early so you can arrive and leave in style. For the detail orientated brides who like to have it all tapped out the day after the proposal- most limo companies won’t reserve the limo a year out so the best you can do is call at the nine month mark.
Before you reserve your limo you will need to decide three things. First what is your budget? A typical limo runs £100 to £300 an hour and as much as you may want to economise here and only rent it for an hour – you should be realistic in your assumptions that your whole wedding will go off without a hitch in an hour or less. The rule of thumb to follow is to rent for an hour longer than you anticipate needing the limo so when and if anything goes wrong- you won’t be stranded at the church. Weddings rarely start on time, it is inevitable that the best man forgets his tie or the bridesmaid leaves her boutique in the hotel room or the mother of the groom is running late. Relieve your stress now by planning for those contingencies in your rental time. You will want to make sure you have plenty of time for the limo to take you to the church, wait for the wedding to commence and then take you away to wherever you plan to go after the wedding.
The next question is what size of limo do you need? Again the rule of thumb here is to rent bigger than you think you need. When a limo says it can hold ten passengers it is estimating the average weight of the passengers to be 150 pounds or less. Throw a few big guys in there and it can suddenly seem like a very small and cramped ride. Not exactly the luxury ride you were counting on for your wedding day. So if you only plan on a party of ten, rent for a party of 14. It is better to have too much room than to have the bridesmaids sitting on the laps of the best men and ushers because you went small.
Finally what type of limo do you want to rent? You can rent a typical limo that holds ten to fourteen passengers or you can go for a specialty limo like a Hummer, expedition or antique roadster but be prepared to pay a substantial amount more for the specialty limos.
And as you plan your limo budget you should also figure in a 15-20% cash tip of the total bill for the night for the driver. This gratuity is expected so make sure you plan it in your wedding budget.