One of the underdiscussed aspects of a wedding day is the logistics side: given the potential of multiple locations and limited parking, how will everyone arrive on time? There is the additional component of sending off the bride and groom with a flourish at the end of the night. Consider these transportation ideas and the contexts in which they make the most sense.
1. The 15-Passenger Van
This isn’t the most romantic way to roll up to the wedding, but a 15-passenger van can be invaluable if there are many bridesmaids or groomsmen. If you have a family member or friend who is willing to gift you their sobriety and driving skills, renting a van can be an efficient way to get lots of people where they need to go, especially if you have other locations for pictures and the reception.
2. A Classic Car, Limousine, or Convertible
If you have a family member or friend who has an especially nice or vintage car, think about whether they might allow you to borrow it for the night. Even renting a very beautiful car for the day of the wedding can be a great option as someone’s wedding gift or just as a way to make your transportation comfortable and special. Limousines in particular have some of the benefits of a 15-passenger van, but with tons of luxury added! Borrowing or renting may be the best way to go, but there is certainly also the option of using one’s own nice car (more on that later).
3. Your Simplest Possible Ride
If you’ve noticed that everyone who gets married in your family drives away in a car covered in “Just Married” signs and tied up with streamers, balloons, and strings of cans, you may want to reevaluate the style of your ride for the day. Yes, it might be nice to slip into a plush interior after a long night of dancing, but your best bet might be to pick the oldest and least fancy car you have access to and just allow your pranksters to go to town on it. The memory of laughing at a goofy vandalized car will be worth it, and you can always rent a nice ride for part, or all, of your honeymoon to make up for the lack of luxury on the wedding day.
4. Consider Onsite Transport for Specific Guests
You should consider if there is anything that could result in transportation snafus for guests. This may include a long walk from the parking to the venue, confusing signage, etc. Discuss with your venue’s coordinator ahead of time to see if there can be a golf cart available for anyone with mobility issues, and talk about ways to either make an elevator available or avoid the stairs whenever possible. Many times, elderly family will want to share in your special day, but will struggle if the venue isn’t very accessible. This transportation may seem uninteresting to arrange ahead of time, but it’s a great way to show love to those who have trouble with long distances or stairs.
5. Consider Arranging Guest Transport When Alcohol Is Present
You know better than most whether your family and friends are likely to share a glass of wine and head home by 9, or whether they are likely to party until the wee hours of the morning. If you know there is a high likelihood of drinking to the point of impairment, even if that just means there will be multiple hours of an open bar, it could be a good idea to get some quotes for a van or bus, or discover just how much a taxi or ride-sharing service would cost from your venue to the places people are staying. This doesn’t mean that you definitely need to pay for such transportation, but it might really be a kind gesture if it will help people enjoy your wedding. Another method for arranging this kind of wedding transportation is to choose a wedding venue that is located in a hotel or next to one, making walking home an option after a night of celebration.
No matter how your arrange your wedding transportation, make sure that it reflects your values for the day and the things that matter to those you are spending the day with. Make sure your partner feels included in these decisions; if, for instance, your partner loves a good sports car, think about how you could make a sports car part of the plan!