Delicious food, emotional toasts and a high-energy dance floor make for a fabulous party, but before any of that can happen you need to get there—preferably on time. Transportation glitches can get your day off to an awkward start, making you anxious, pushing back the festivities and leaving your guests feeling cranky. Here’s how to make sure you have a smooth, and fun, ride.
- Pad Every Trip by 20 to 30 Minutes
Being late because of traffic can ruin a regular day, and it can really put a damper on your wedding. Pad some extra time onto each trip you’ll be making in case of unexpected delays, and keep in mind that getting excited people in tulle skirts into multiple cars is no easy feat. If you want to be extra cautious, take a test spin of each route at the same time and day of the week of your wedding to use as your guide. Research any irregular happenings about town (think: sporting events, festivals or even just a summer weekend in a popular beach town) on your wedding day that might cause interruptions and add extra travel time.
- Plan to Pay for Wait Time
Most rental companies charge by the hour and require a minimum booking, typically three hours. In most cases, this means you’ll contract them for the full day. Either way, calculate the total hours needed, from the ceremony pickup to the end of the reception, to determine whether it’s worth it to pay for the wait. (We tend to think it is, if only to save you from stressing out about another detail during your busy day.) Expect to pay between $50 and $150 per hour, plus a 15 to 20 percent tip, which is usually included in the contract (sales tax may also be charged). If it’s not included, a $20 tip for each driver will cover your bases.
- Be Specific
Wedding transportation with www.omnibuzz.co.uk is supposed to be luxurious. Special requests, like the type of champagne you want on hand, a certain type of music player you need (like an AUX cord) or a specific dress code for the driver, can usually be accommodated. Just ask your rental company about adding these specifics into your contract before you sign.
- Ask About Decorations
Many car rental companies don’t permit décor on their vehicles (especially the vintage variety). So before you get attached to the idea of a decked-out wedding getaway car for that classic photo, ask about it. The companies that do allow it may require you to take the trimmings off for safety reasons as soon as you drive out of sight. If you want the full effect—cans, streamers, signs and flowers—you might be better off using your own car for the exit.
- Make Day-Of Playlists
You don’t have to ride to the wedding in silence—now’s the time to get in the mood. Make a few playlists of your favorite songs for your trips to the ceremony, reception and home at the end of the night. If you’re hiring shuttles for your guests, create playlists for their rides too (or maybe they’ll even offer to make one for you!).