You’re going to the chapel to exchange you vows and receive you blessings. But how’s Mom getting there? Or your bridesmaids!!! How about your fiancé for that matter? “And just as important, how’s everybody getting from the ceremony to the reception… and then home?” The Knot’s Siobhan Adcock asks.“Unless you plan on beaming up to your destination, it’s time to work out some wedding transportation logistics.”
When to Book Transportation
When there are about four months to go, it’s time to think about your transportation, when you’ve long settled on your date, ceremony and reception sites and wedding party size. If you’re marrying in April—May or June—August, then it’s important to note that wedding transport will be on a very high demand so you’ll need to book your even earlier.
Who to Transport
For many weddings, that means the bride and groom, their wedding party, both sets of parents, siblings not in the wedding party and grandparents. However, in some special circumstances, you may be required to cater for transport of some close relatives, often out-of-towners. So where do you draw the line? The decision will probably come down to budget (but don’t leave your fund entirely bare). If you’re a bit nervous about some of your guests getting lost (or enjoying themselves too much to drive home safely), a party bus can be a fun and practical option.
How to Get There
There are actually three routes to consider besides your walk down the aisle: the trip to the ceremony, the ride between the ceremony and the reception (if they’re not in the same place) and the getaway. You’ll need to figure out who needs transport where.
The ride to the ceremony: Brides and grooms often travel separately to the ceremony with their respective attendants in tow, though you may opt for a ride with your parents. Don’t forget your bridal party.
The ride to the reception: After the vows, it’s traditional to duck into a dream ride for the jaunt to the reception, either à deux or with the honor attendants. Meanwhile, your parents, wedding party, and anyone else who hitched a ride with you earlier in the day will also need a lift. If your budget allows, parents and attendants can ride to the reception in the same vehicles that brought them to the ceremony, while the bride and groom and entourage cruise away in private cars. Else, parents and attendants can ride to the reception with relatives or friends. Just make carpooling plans well in advance, and communicate with everyone involved.
When to Arrive
Next, determine your travel times before you start making calls. Figure out your itinerary by taking a test spin of the three routes to approximate driving times. To estimate an ideal pickup time for the ride to the ceremony, for example, plan to arrive 15 minutes early, then work backward: ceremony time, minus 15 minutes (or possibly even more if you’re planning to get ready at the site), minus drive time, minus 10 minutes of “padding” for traffic, unexpected delays, and getting excited people into multiple cars.
How much it costs
Once you’ve established your needs, start inquiring about rates and availability. Just come to Tristar Africa Skimmer Safaris to get the best deals on wedding transport.
Shop around: Call multiple car companies to compare quotes and packages.
Ask for freebies: Rental companies often throw in extras as part of a wedding package.
What to watch for
Overcrowding: Billowing skirts and nervous excitement call for more space. Don’t try to fill every car to capacity—allow an extra person’s worth of breathing room.
Vague or verbal contracts: Be sure to get all of the details in writing with your rental company. These points should be included:
- date, time, and locations of pickup and drop-off points
- type and number of vehicles rented
- amenities supplied in package
- deposit amount&total cost
- overtime fees and gratuities
- cancellation and refund policies
Planning a wedding in Uganda and still wondering how you can get affordable wedding transportation, you can contact us now by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us now on +256-758540071 to speak with our wedding car hire team.