Important Tips When Hiring a Wedding Transportation Service
Booking rental transportation is a great way to ensure your guests’ comfort and luxury at your wedding and reception. If you have decided to rent a bus, coach, or mini-coach, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure the experience goes off without a hitch.
Book in Advance
It’s best to schedule your transportation rental about six months in advance of the wedding as long as you know your wedding date, the size of the party, and the various sites you will need transportation to and from. This is especially true if you will be getting married in the same season as prom and graduation, which are incredibly busy times for transportation rental companies. Be sure to consider any special accommodations, too, and ask the rental company for them well in advance.
Treat Your Wedding Party to a Ride
It’s customary for you to give your wedding party a ride to the ceremony on the big day. This is true even if they were responsible for covering their own transportation to the wedding location. Even if you have no plans to travel to the church or other wedding site with the wedding party, provide separate transportation for them. This way, the newlyweds can sneak away and the party won’t be left stranded or calling multiple taxis to get back to their hotels – or home, depending on how far away you are.
Provide Transportation for Guests
During a wedding, you will likely have a lot of people coming in from out of town, and it’s a good idea for you to help them get back and forth from their hotels to the wedding and reception sites. This way, no one is stressed out about navigating unfamiliar streets, and there’s always a designated driver, so everyone can have a good time. Most of the time, a standard coach is perfect for this, as it holds plenty of passengers and can ensure everyone’s comfort, too.
Give Trips Time
Make sure that you pad every single trip your rented bus or coach will make by about 20 to 30 minutes. After all, traffic can be difficult – especially for larger vehicles – and people may want to stop to stretch or buy something at a local convenience store. Once one trip runs late, the entire schedule is thrown off – and when it comes to weddings, it’s always much better to be early than to be late. Just make sure that you understand you may also be asked to pay for wait time unless you’ve rented the bus or coach for the entire day/night or weekend.
Renting the best possible wedding transportation is all about planning ahead. Make sure your chosen transportation has enough seating, that you’ve padded trips to keep things moving on a schedule, and that you aren’t leaving your wedding party or guests stranded in an unfamiliar place. Just call about six months ahead – or as soon as you have all the wedding details in place – to schedule your rental, and everything will be perfect on your big day.