Limousines have provided luxury to their passengers since the early 1700's, yet it wasn't until 1928 that the first stretch limousine appeared! Today, we see an impressive variety of limo styles and possibilities. With stretch limos, SUV limos, Hummers, bus and van limos, and even full coach limos, there are options to fit many budgets and size requirements.
Limos can be the perfect addition to a day filled with luxury. They allow everyone to partake in celebration and champagne without worrying about driving. Limousines for local weddings offer a spectacular mode of transportation. Brides, grooms, and bridal parties will be less wrinkly emerging from the roomy splendor, and quite often limo rides become the party en route to the party. This takes the stress out of parking and punctuality and allows for relaxation and grandeur.
Who's Coming? (and Where Are They Going?)
When deciding upon wedding limousine services, one should determine the number of people that will need transportation in addition to the duration that the vehicle will be used. Will you need the limo to transport passengers to the wedding ceremony as well as the reception? Will the couple leave their reception in a limousine? Create a time-line complete with pick-ups and destinations and the names of all your passengers in order to get a reasonable picture of your requirements.
Find the Right Company
Compare limo companies and ask questions! For example, does the limo company provide wedding packages? Some companies will come prepared with red carpet, white gloves, signs, and decorations. Are they prepared to cooperate with the photographer? Are the vehicles owned by the rental company? Is there a backup vehicle in line? What will the driver wear? Are drivers fully insured and how are they screened?
If you do not state that you want your driver dressed for the occasion, you may be shocked and disappointed to find him in everyday street clothes. Do they have references? Ask to see them. What is the required deposit and what are the terms of cancellation? Quite often, deposits are non-refundable, so it is especially important to understand the cancellation policies.
Depending upon your specific needs, you may also want to inquire about hourly vs. flat rate fees, non-smoking vehicles, and even lost and found policies. Also, does the limo company answer their phones live or will you get an answering machine? If you have a last minute emergency, it would be most helpful to reach a real person on the phone!
You may want to see the actual vehicle you will be riding in. Checking the license plate will ensure that you are getting the actual limo you ordered. Don't be afraid to ask if the tip is already included in the price. Limo companies should encourage you to ask questions and be prepared with fair and helpful answers.
Once you do your research and select the ideal limo package, you will be sure to ride in regal fashion.