One of the major things we have left to book is our day-of transportation. When we first got engaged, one of the last things on my mind was “how are we going to get to and from the ceremony?” Now with the wedding fast approaching, it’s time to make some decisions.
A main factor for transportation consideration is the location of the venue, and even that wouldn’t be that big of a headache if it wasn’t for one thing: our local sports teams.
Soccer and baseball / Logos via Sports Logos
You see, I am very worried about transportation both for ourselves and our guests because both of those above teams (whose stadiums are 1.1 miles from our venue) have games the day of our wedding. To make matters worse, it’s the only time during the ENTIRE season that the games are roughly at the same time (normally they do one afternoon/one evening), which of course is at the same time as our ceremony. Ugh.
See, 1.1 miles is not very far. / Image via Google Maps
I’m trying not to worry too much about getting our guests from hotels to the venue, and I have some ideas about how to make it known to every guest to give themselves extra time (it’s already plastered on several pages of our wedding website). What I am starting to focus on is getting us and our wedding party from our hotel, to picture locations, to the venue.
Here’s what I’m thinking…
There are 10 of us (plus two photographers), so if we want to all travel together we’ll need something like a stretch limo.
Except these only seat eight and they probably aren’t including the woman in the wedding dress. / Image via Denver Platinum Limos
A traditional limo isn’t really a good option due to size (unless we got two). We need to think bigger.
I don’t care how many people they fit, stretch Hummers need not apply. / Image via American Access Limo
It would be lovely if Seattle had rentable trolleys like they do in other cities.
How adorable is this?! / Image via Trolley Tours
Unfortunately, all we have is the terribly named South Lake Union Trolley (yes, that would be the SLUT for short). OK, OK, so the OFFICIAL name is the SLU Streetcar, but everyone around here really does call it the SLUT.
Also problematic: it doesn’t go anywhere near our venue.
Image via Seattle Horse and Carriage Company
There is something romantic and totally out of a fairy tale when you think about horse-drawn carriages and a wedding. Except it doesn’t exactly solve our space problem and also I would feel kind of silly. (My inner seven-year-old girl might feel differently…how about yours?) Fun fact: that courtyard pictured is one of the places I would like to have our photos done.
We could always rent a party bus. (In fact there is one that parks near our house all the time!)
Image via Limo Service Seattle
Except probably not.
Realistically we’ll probably end up renting a van of some sort. There are a few well respected companies who rent them and the rates are mostly reasonable.
As you can tell, we’re still figuring it out.
One thing about transportation that I have known since the beginning of our engagement is how I would like Sparky and me to get back to our hotel at the end of the night. That, my friends, was an easy decision.
Enter British Motor Coach.
Image via British Motor Coach
They have a fleet of vintage cars that are definitely swoon worthy. You can check out more of their fleet here.
Arranging this has been my biggest wedding procrastination so far. (I asked Sparky to give it a shot, too, but he also put it off.) We’re hoping our day-of coordinator and our photographer will give us some guidance when we meet with them at our venue’s open house. Perhaps I’ll even get on booking our transport in the days after we meet with them!
How are you planning to get to/from your wedding? Any suggestions to throw our way? Did your local sports teams* cause you massive headaches?
*We once met a guy who legitimately (seriously, no joke) began a conversation with, “So, how about those local sports teams?” He then continued with, “Do you read the weblogs? Weblogs? Do you know what I mean when I say weblogs?”