The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis fields this week's wedding questions. Today: Wedding Wheels
The Broadway show “My Fair Lady” included a song with the words “Get me to the church on time.” That, in a nutshell, is what you’ll want from the limousine company that you select, but isn’t the only thing. The limo company that you choose can make your day run smoothly and comfortable, so it’s a choice that should be made with the same attention as other details of your wedding.
HudsonValleyWeddings.com’s article “Choosing Limousine Services for Your Wedding Day” will give you lots of good suggestions as to how to go about the process. Once you have made your decision, you can — literally — sit back and enjoy yourself!
Jonathan asks: “We’re having a very informal wedding, but my bride-to-be wants a limousine to drive her to the church. I say that’s not a good fit. Am I right? What can I offer as an alternative means of transportation?”
Dear Jonathan: In the strictest sense, you are correct. The type of transportation you select should suit the style of your wedding. A stretch limo is fine for a traditional wedding, but would be a poor match for a backyard barbecue. That being said, it’s really up to the two of you. Consider the fact that a limo is your future bride’s dream and you may, in the end, decide to break with etiquette.
Helen asks: “We’re lucky to have a very large number of wedding attendants, but I’m concerned that I won’t find a vehicle that will fit them all. Can you help?”
Dear Helen: Not to worry. There are six, eight, ten, and more passenger vehicles. Not every limousine company carries large vehicles, so check around and you will find someone who can accommodate you and your attendants comfortably.
Carol asks: “What is the appropriate tip for the drivers of our limousines?”
Dear Carol: The standard tip of 15% is customary and 20% may be given for really good service. Sometimes tips are included in the price quoted, so make sure to ask when you book.
CJ asks: “For which of my guests is it traditional for me to furnish transportation?”
Dear CJ: Traditionally, you will need to provide limousine service to the ceremony for yourself and your dad, your mother, and any children in the wedding party. Provide transportation to the reception venue for yourself and your groom, attendants, and your parents. Finally, provide return transportation from the reception venue for all of the above. If the budget allows, additional transportation may be provided for special guests, grandparents, or anyone else you wish to treat.
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