Transportation To-Dos for Your Wedding Day

boston marriageThere are a lot of details involved in planning your wedding day, and at some point, all of them may seem equally important (in that the wedding simply cannot happen without them).

But once you’ve secured the venues, found the perfect dress, and hired the many vendors you require (photographer, florist, caterer, officiant, and so on), you may realize that you’ve forgotten one important detail: the transportation.

And the wedding definitely won’t happen if one or both of the parties getting married doesn’t show up. It isn’t just as easy as booking a limo, though. There are a few to-dos you’ll have to put on your list concerning transportation for the big day.

For starters, you need to decide what type of transportation you’ll be using and for how long. You need to determine if you just want a ride to the ceremony or if you’ll need a car and driver to ferry you around all day, from the ceremony to the reception and the reception to wherever (home, a hotel, the airport, etc.).

You also need to think about how many people will be in the car, if you want to go traditional or do something a little different, and whether or not you’ll need an extended rental for the honeymoon. In fact, these are all decisions that should be made before you start seeking companies that provide this type of transportation.

Once you’ve called around and narrowed your search to two or three good options, go for a personal consultation. This is a great way to ensure that you have plenty of time to ask all the questions that are on your mind, read the fine print on the contract, and see about getting discounts or deals.

Many times, couples that come in person can get upgrades or discounts (all you have to do is ask), especially if you opt to book for bachelor and bachelorette parties as well as the wedding day.

You should, however, come prepared with a list of questions (pertaining to minimums and overage charges) as well as a list of competitor costs (to see if the company you really want is willing to price match).

Now that you’ve booked your transportation it’s time to make plans for the big day. And you should definitely prepare.For one thing, you should plan to arrive at the venue for the ceremony well ahead of time.

That way if you hit a snag (an accident or road closure, for example) you’ll still have a shot at making it on time. You should also map out alternate routes for the driver. And of course, you need to call ahead to make sure that the driver is on schedule to pick you up.

However, you should also plan for what comes after the ceremony and reception. If you’re renting a car to drive off into the sunset, you’ll need to have someone pick it up ahead of time and get it to the reception (since you’ll probably be pretty busy).

Once you get to the reception you should place your luggage in whatever vehicle you’ll be leaving in so that you don’t have to haul it out at the end of a long and tiring day.

Finally, whether you’re heading to a hotel or hopping on a plane, you should pack some snacks. With all the excitement of the day you might not get a chance to eat and you’re bound to be pretty hungry once you start to unwind.