A Guide to Your Wedding Transportation
Coordinating wedding transportation isn’t nearly as much fun as outfitting your registry or designing your wedding cake. To help speed up the process, we’ve organised everything you need to consider. Review this planning guide and weigh your needs against your transportation budget, then start comparing rates among limo companies and car rental services. Ready to go?
Hopefully, you’ve already determined your transportation budget. Knowing your buying power will make it easier to choose services and proceed with your plan. Figure around $200 per hour per car (depending on transport mode).
Contemporary grooms are generally expected to take charge of transportation arrangements. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays the wedding party’s transportation needs (to ceremony, reception, and wherever the couple’s going afterward), plus any parking expenses. The groom’s family covers just the groom’s and best man’s ride to the ceremony. Depending on who’s footing the bill for other wedding items, transportation and parking fees should be easy to split evenly between families.
Arrival & Departure Style
- Stretch limo
- Classic car
- Horse and carriage
- Luxury car
- Own car
- Quirky Kombi (we love this idea!)
Attendants & Family Transportation
Take a head count, then calculate your vehicle needs. Compare prices as you shop around — one stretch limo might be cheaper than two cars. Here’s a breakdown of average capacities:
- Stretch limos: 10-12 passengers
- Limos: 6 passengers
- Own cars: 2-4 passengers (determine how many each will seat comfortably, then decide if you need to rent)
Depending on your reception and ceremony locations, you might not need to provide mass transport. But if you expect guests to arrive on their own, it’s a good idea to cover all bases in terms of parking. Choose from these options:
- Buses: 52-passenger capacity
- Vans: 7-passenger capacity
- Valet parking