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Duties of the Groom: Managing Your Wedding Transportation

In addition to selecting the bride’s wedding ring, one of the most important duties of the groom is to secure the transportation for arriving at the wedding, the reception and departing for the honeymoon. Even if your wedding is months away, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the type of vehicle that will work best in keeping with your wedding theme and how much you want to spend.

Today it’s most common for the transportation costs to be evenly shared by both partners. You and your partner should include transportation costs in your budget right along with the invitations and photography. In general for a limousine, you can expect to spend between $50-$75 per hour per car with an additional charge of $25 per hour per valet for parking service and about 15-20% of the bill as the gratuity.

Calculate the number of cars you will need based on the number of people in the bridal party and the type of car you want to use. A stretch limo can comfortably seat 10-12 passengers, while a regular limousine only seats 6 people and a town car only 4.

You should confirm the parking procedures for guests arriving on their own to arrange for parking attendants. For a wedding part of 100 guests you will need at least four parking valets plus a site manager.

Start your search by talking with the facility manager at the locations for the ceremony and reception to be sure there are no vehicle restrictions.

At least 6 months before your wedding make a list of all the people you will need to transport and then begin to compare rental costs and make your reservation.

6 weeks before the wedding, you should confirm the travel details with the transportation company and be sure that if there are any changes in the contract that they are put in writing. You should also have an after-hours contact number in case of emergencies.

One week before the wedding, confirm your reservation and schedule a test drive of the route to the ceremony and reception to be sure that there is no road construction, detours, public events or other factors that will cause a problem arriving or leaving on schedule.

You should call your driver the day before the wedding and provide them with contact information, detailed maps and directions. Confirm the time they will arrive on your wedding day and get ready to be married!