Does It Matter Which Ride Type I Choose for My Wedding Transportation?

wedding rides

Your Best Day Deserves the Best Ride

Balancing how to throw a dream wedding while staying on budget is a common challenge for many involved in the wedding planning process. Whether it’s finding the perfect dress at a great price or securing a beautiful venue without breaking the bank, there are many costs to consider as the big day nears. When booking wedding transportation, it may seem the smart, economical choice is to reserve a ride only for the amount of time you are in the vehicle. While it may appear an easy way to save a few dollars, a point-to-point ride type is probably not the best ground transportation choice for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Point-to-point rides are a great option if you are traveling from one destination to another and don’t need to accommodate a lot of additional items such as gifts or a wedding dress or multiple stops along the way. Hourly rides, on the other hand, are a great choice for special occasions where having more time and flexibility is desired.

While the point-to-point ride may appear the better choice because it’s usually less expensive, it also means you will likely miss out on amenities and overall benefits that come when you reserve an hourly wedding limo.

For example, many brides hire a wedding photographer and plan to have pictures taken before and after the ceremony. When you book an hourly limo ride for your wedding day, you can factor in the extra time needed for photos and ensure you get to and from the aisle without rushing. You also have the peace of mind that the vehicle is there for the dedicated amount of time no matter what unexpected events may occur. And let’s face it, how often do weddings start on time or stick to a rigid schedule?

Don’t forget about special requests and in-vehicle amenities. When you book an hourly wedding limo, you have the option to include special requests such as a bottle of bubbly or decorations. When you reserve an hourly wedding limo you are also letting your driver know it’s a special day and they can work with you to truly roll out the red carpet for you.

Some of our limousine partners include extra amenities when the reservation is made as a wedding ride. None of these are included if booking as a point-to-point ride. Here are some examples of amenities that might be included when you book an hourly wedding ride:

  • Photo opportunity with the vehicle to commemorate the big day
  • Chauffeur dressed in a tuxedo instead of a regular suit to better match the wedding party attire
  • Celebratory sparkling wine toast in the vehicle following the wedding ceremony for a special moment between you and your groom
  • Red carpet roll-out to make your arrival at the ceremony or reception more glamorous
  • Bottled water and ice to keep you refreshed throughout the day
  • “Just Married” magnet to publicly showcase your new bond

And after all, it’s your special day that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Why risk booking the wrong ride type?

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Prom Transportation Planning Guide

Prom Transporation

Book Early for the Best Selection and Savings

Need help finding the perfect limo ride in time for this year’s prom season? We understand there are many considerations for both parents and their kids when figuring out which vehicle option is best. With that in mind, we’ve created this guide to help you have the best transportation experience this prom season.

Plan in Advance of the Big Event

Ensuring you find the right prom vehicle often depends on factors such as number of passengers, number of hours you’ll need the transportation and the distance you’ll be traveling. While a party bus limo option might better suit a group of 15 or more, if you are traveling with a smaller group of say 2 to 4 people, you may be better off booking a smaller vehicle. The more information you can provide up front will make a huge difference in the experience. Before making your reservation, make sure you have provided the correct information up front so you are choosing from the right selection of vehicles.

Factor in Service Level as Well as Price

While price is always an important consideration, it shouldn’t be the only consideration when choosing the best prom transportation. Similar to booking a hotel, different price points often mean different levels of service. It’s good to have a budget in mind in advance of your event, but you also want to have an idea of the type of service level you expect. One of the benefits of booking with Limos.com is our ability to display photos, descriptions and reviews for all our vehicles in addition to the price.

Understand All Your Options Before Making Your Selection

Choosing the right vehicle type can make all the difference in ensuring a great experience. Before choosing your prom limo, you should make sure you will have enough space as well as all the features you are expecting from the vehicle. Try to book a prom vehicle that has room for at least one to two more people than are in your party – especially if having a lot of space is a concern. Some companies provide music, so ask in advance if this feature is available. Not sure which is the best prom transportation for you? Take a look at our Limo Vehicle Guide to learn more about party buses, stretch SUVs, luxury sedans, deluxe motor coaches and other vehicles provided by our operators.

Reserve Early ­- Especially for Big Events like Prom

It’s always a good idea to book out well ahead as prom is a busy season for limo operators. While some customers may book as far out as 3 months in advance, it is generally best to looking at least 3­-4 weeks before your event. Limos.com allows you to get quotes and reserve ground transportation service as far as nine months in advance.

Most Importantly – Safety First

The most important consideration when booking prom transportation is safety for everyone in your prom party. Legitimate limo companies need to be registered with their state (US only), have the proper levels of insurance and be properly licensed. Never book a limo with a company that can’t promptly show you their licensing and insurance credentials. Limos.com reviews the insurance and licensing of our service partners before allowing them to join our elite network.

 

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Airport Pickup Tips for International Travelers

International Limo Service

International Airport Car Service

If you are traveling internationally and plan to reserve car service for your airport pickup, the following are a few considerations you will want to keep in mind to ensure you have a seamless airport pickup experience.

You may need extra time to clear customers. In order to ensure you have enough time, when selecting your airport car service, you may want to select a pickup time that is at least an hour after your flight is scheduled to land.

International travelers often have more pieces of luggage. If this describes your situation, you will want to make sure you select a vehicle that can accommodate your entire luggage. A sedan can typically hold three pieces of standard luggage. However, if all three bags are over-sized they probably won’t fit in a typical sedan. If this is the case, an SUV vehicle or passenger van will be a more suitable vehicle choice for you.

Additionally, before your next international trip, please check in advance that your cell phone can receive calls and text messages from the local country of the arrival and pickup location.  You driver will contact you following your arrival to coordinate a pickup, and you will want to ensure you can receive this message from your driver.

In the event that you cannot connect with your driver upon arrival, please call the Limos.com customer service line to speak with a Limos.com ride consultant who will take care of making sure you connect with your driver.

Lastly, to make it easier to coordinate the pickup with your driver and to get assistance with your baggage, we strongly recommend that you opt for a meet and greet instead of a curbside pickup.

 

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

Holiday Party Rides

Holiday Party Rides

With the holiday season in full swing, you’ve no doubt been receiving your fair share of holiday party invites. From corporate holiday parties to gatherings small and large hosted by friends and family, many of us will come together to share in the fun and merriment over the holidays.

Holiday parties are a great time to connect with friends, families and co-workers and celebrate with great food and drinks. As you raise a glass to toast your host and friends, the last thing you want to worry about is how you will get home from the party safely. And let’s face it, who wants to have to draw straws for a designated driver? Instead, this holiday season hire car service ahead of time to get you and all your fellow holiday revelers to and from your next party safely in comfort and style.

Search the Limos.com marketplace today to find the perfect ride to get you to and from your next holiday party. Going with a big group? Why not share a ride with all your friends? The bigger the number of people in your group – the more you’ll save. Happy Holidays!

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Limos.com for Travelers on the Go

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Download the App

Today’s busy travelers want instant, easy access to tools for booking ground transportation. Limos.com for the iPhone and Android delivers just that by giving travelers access to the world’s largest online marketplace for private car service right from their phones whenever and wherever.

Search thousands of local pre-screened suppliers worldwide who compete for your business. From reliable town cars for your next business trip to stress-free wedding transportation, we feature all types of vehicles to  bring you limo and car service at a great price for any occasion.

With the Limos.com mobile apps, travelers can still take advantage of all the same benefits of booking car service through the Limos.com marketplace, just in a faster, often more convenient way.

Simply Search
Instantly run a search for car service from your phone. The Limos.com mobile app can identify your location via GPS. Simply enter your ride type, destination, time, and number of passengers and click “Find a Ride.”

Compare Rides
From the results screen, compare all your vehicle options, operators, customer reviews, and transparent pricing (tip included) on a single screen. Filter your results by vehicle, service class or price.

Book Your Trip
Click the “Select” button to book your trip. Create a free account and we’ll securely store your payment details so you can book your next ride with just a couple taps.

Download for iOS

Download for Android

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Stress-free Holiday Travel to and from the Airport

As the holiday season arrives, many people are preparing for another busy travel season. Whether searching for last minute deals on airline tickets and hotels, planning itineraries or packing for the whole family, most holiday travelers have their hands full.

Holiday Airport Travel

Stress-free Holiday Airport Rides

While you can’t always avoid some of the challenges of coordinating travel during the holiday season, one way to alleviate added stress is by booking airport car service to and from the airport in advance of your upcoming trip.

Navigating a crowded airport during the holiday travel season is usually a given, so why make getting there and back difficult as well? By booking car service in advance, you’ll ensure you and your family arrive to and from the airport in comfort and safely and on time – every leg of your journey.

So forget schlepping luggage to and from the parking shuttle stop or trying to call a taxi last minute. Book an airport limo and know you can count on comfortable, door-to-door service for every leg of your holiday trip.

Not sure what size vehicle or service to book? Search Limos.com to find the largest variety of car service providers to ensure getting to and from the airport is a hassle-free, relaxing part of your holiday travels.

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What’s the Deal with Curbside Pickup at the Airport?

When scheduling airport car service from the airport, depending on the airport, you may have the option to choose a curbside or a meet and greet pickup. Given the choice, how do you know which option is best for you?

Airport PickupA curbside pickup is the most common way to connect with your driver when you have scheduled car service from the airport. In a curbside pickup scenario, your driver will pick you up at a specified location right outside your arriving terminal – usually near the baggage claim area.

Curbside pickups are beneficial for customers who are traveling light and are on a tight schedule and need to get to their destination as soon as possible.

Should you need help finding the curbside pickup area, the airport information desk can usually point you in the right direction.

Another thing to note is that vehicles are not permitted to wait for you at the curb for security reasons. Therefore, it is usually a good idea to call your driver once you have collected your bags and made your way to the pickup area. The driver may ask for your location to coordinate a smooth pick-up.

Just like your luggage, many of the companies that offer car service from the airport have identical vehicles. It is always a good idea to confirm you have connected with the correct driver.

What about Meet-and-Greet Service?

In a meet-and-greet pickup scenario, the driver parks his or her vehicle and then meets the passenger inside the terminal, usually at or near the baggage claim area. The driver will have a sign with the passenger’s name on it. This is an easy way to find your driver – especially if you are arriving at an unfamiliar airport. Choosing meet and greet is particularly helpful if you require assistance with your luggage.

Please be aware that with a meet-and-greet pickup there is usually an additional parking fee along with an additional fee for the time the vehicle is left unattended by the driver.

Not sure what to do if you need to contact your driver? If you booked through Limos.com, you will always receive a “know before you” go email or text message with your driver’s contact information.

Regardless of whether you choose a curbside pickup or meet and greet, your reservation already includes a gratuity for the driver if you booked your car service through the Limos.com marketplace.

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Wedding Transportation Tips for All Seasons

Spring, summer, fall or winter bride? Make sure you plan early to get the best deals and selection for your big day. Spring in particular is a busy time for limo transportation wedding picbecause of prom season. Even if you aren’t planning a spring wedding you will want to book out as early as you can – sometimes as much as 6 months to a year in advance to ensure the best selection and prices for all your wedding day transportation needs.

Know Your Transportation Needs and Budget Accordingly
Your transportation budget will vary depending on the type and number of vehicles you plan on reserving. Many limousine companies have an hourly minimum for their vehicles so make sure you plan accordingly. If you plan on taking a limo from the reception, make sure to estimate distance, traffic, and other factors that might mean additional time. If your honeymoon getaway is a significant distance from your reception, you want to factor in the time the limo operator needs to get back to the garage after you’re been dropped off.

Familiarize Yourself with Vehicle Selection
Your choice of the type of transportation depends on your vision for your wedding, the needs of your guests, and the size of your wedding party. There are a lot of options out there – everything from classic cars to SUVs to stretch limousines. Not sure what you need? Take a look at our Vehicle guide.

Specify the Number of People to Ensure the Best Vehicle Options
When searching for wedding transportation, make sure to specify the minimum number of guests you will be riding with to ensure you find a vehicle that comfortably fits you and all your guests. Traveling with 14 or more people? You are probably better off renting a mini party bus or motor coach. If you have a smaller party of 8 or less, a stretch limousine may make more sense.

Consider Reserving Additional Transportation for Guests
Planning for a lot of wedding guests? You may want to give some thought to their transportation needs. It may make sense to hire a chartered van or bus to help get all of your guests to the wedding and reception. If a lot of guests are flying in from out of town, you might also want to look at booking airport transfers in advance.

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A Big Thanks to Everyone We Connected with at Chauffeur Driven this Week

We had a great time participating and exhibiting at the Chauffeur Driven Trade show and Conference in Miami this week. Limos.com saw a lot of booth traffic over the three days and our team on the ground really appreciated the opportunity to connect with new and existing limo operators at the show.

show 1It’s an exciting time for Limos.com as we come off the recent acquisition by The Stage Fund – an acquisition that further supports our commitment to helping our operators grow their customer base and bring them more revenue opportunities in their own markets.

We are spending the rest of the week in Miami meeting with local operators as we kick off a series of regional visits planned over the coming months.

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It’s Official: Limos.com Has Moved to the Galvanize Campus in SoMa

It’s an excitigalvanizeng time for Limos.com. Following the announcement of the acquisition by The Stage Fund, Limos.com has officially completed our move to the Galvanize Campus in SoMa. This is a great space that really cultivates collaboration across the Limos.com team.

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