1. Make sure you know exactly what you’ll be getting for the quoted price. Most companies charge by the hour, with a three-hour minimum. This can range anywhere from $250-$500 for a full-sized luxury car to $1,000 or more for a stretched-out specialty model. Is the driver’s gratuity – usually 10 to 20 percent – included in the cost?
2. Sketch out the day’s itinerary so you know how many hours you will need transportation for. Most companies require a three-hour minimum, and an even longer minimum may be required based on your vehicle, such as an SUV limo. Remember, idle time still counts toward your overall total.
3. It’s not bad to start looking for a limo around six months out from your wedding. You can start looking around 12 months before the big day, but some companies may not book that far in advance.
4. Some limos can fit more than a dozen people, some cap out at around 10. Make sure your potential ride is right for your group.
5. Check out the company’s fleet first-hand. Don’t rely on pictures or words to represent what you’ll be riding around in on the big day.
6. Get a signed contract. You’ll want all your potential services in writing, as to avoid any problems down the road.
7. Be sure to inspect the vehicle you’ll be renting to ensure that it’s in good shape and includes the amenities you’re promised. And be sure there’s enough room for all riders to fit comfortably.
8. Don’t ignore the details, even down to what the driver will be wearing (typically and ideally, a uniform or dark suit). Can you consume alcoholic beverages in the limo? Can you hang a “Just Married” sign or other decorations on the vehicle?
9. Finally, be sure to read the rental contract thoroughly before signing. It should denote the make, model and year of the vehicle, the date of service, pick-up times and locations, all costs involved (including the deposit) and, heaven forbid, the company’s cancellation policies.
Do your homework now and when your big day comes you’ll be able to just sit back and enjoy the ride.