Last updated: October 29, 2008

Transportation First thing is to decide on a budget.  When deciding your budget, you should also factor in valet, parking, and tip (about 15-20% of bill, often automatically included).   Next, decide if will need transportation for the entire day, or just for the getaway.   Do you also need to arrange transportation for the wedding party, family, out of town guests, etc.?  Do you need transportation to or from the reception?  

Next, choose what type of vehicle you want for your transportation.  If you have a large party, it is best to choose a stretch limo, stretch SUV or Hummer (seats up to 22 people).  If the ride will be for a much smaller party, consider choosing a luxury vehicle.  When choosing the bride and groom’s getaway vehicle, find something you both will enjoy, something that might match both your personalities.  If your reception is in a different location, you might look into renting vans or buses for your guests.     

Ideas for transportation:
  • Horse drawn carriage
  • Limo/Stretch limo
  • Motorcycle
  • Sports car
  • Vintage car
  • Luxury car
  • Own car
  • Stretch SUV or Hummer
  • Party Bus
  • Yacht

Get a total number of guests who will be needing transportation, then start shopping around.  Be sure to book your vehicle(s) early, as least six months before the wedding date.  Make note of any special events going on around the time of your wedding.  These can make it much harder to secure a vehicle.  For example, if your wedding is in April or May, be sure to book very early due to prom season.  Look for places that offer wedding packages, or discounts.  Some will include free champagne and other extras with your package.  

Look at all the different vehicles they offer, ask lots of questions, read over your contract carefully.   Meet with your driver ahead of time and make sure he/she knows where you are going, how to get there, drop off and pick up times, special requests, etc.         
Traditionally, the groom’s family pays for the groom and best man’s transportation to the ceremony.  The bride’s family pays for the wedding party’s transportation to and from the ceremony and reception location, and wherever the bride and groom go after the wedding.