What's Typically Included in Venue, Catering & Rentals > Limo Rental
Limousine or classic car for wedding couple, in chosen package, for a ride to the ceremony and then to the reception
Stretch limousine/SUV for the bridal party
Limousine for the parents
Gratuity included in contract
Additional Cost Items to Look Out For
Time of year, as costs may be higher during wedding/prom season due to demand
Type of vehicle, from a 6-passenger limo to a 14-passenger stretch SUV to a 25-passenger party bus
Classic car options beyond Rolls Royce – unique classic or exotic cars come at a price since they’re not booked everyday
# of cars booked
Booking a car to wait through your reception, and take you to your hotel afterward
Color of car booked. Some companies charge more for their ‘bridal white’ limos than their black limos.
Distance needed; some rental companies charge more for trips over 20 miles, and have ranges of distances to configure cost
Fuel surcharges for certain vehicles
Administration charges; some companies charge an additional 10% for their reservations services and other admin expenses
Rush hour fees; some companies charge extra fees for rides during rush hour, with different amounts charged by the hours in question, such as an extra $10 for 2pm to 7pm [and note that school let-out time of 2om constitutes rush hour!]
Multiple stops command higher costs
Refreshments in the car provided by the car rental company
Wedding extras like red carpet and champagne bucket
Tipping you’d like to do above and beyond the tip included in your contract
Any fees for damage to the inside of the car
Why Does It Cost This Much?
The limo or car rental company spends a lot to acquire, maintain and fuel their vehicles, and the time and pay for a driver adds up to a significant cost absorbed by customers. The real cost danger here is overtime, which can be easy to get into during your fun and distracting wedding day – especially if you’ll have your limousine stick around throughout your reception in order to then take you to your hotel at the end of the night. That plan is something of a rarity these days, but we include it here because it is still on the scene.
There are multiple charges included in this category, including unexpected little surcharges and fees that don’t break the bank but certainly can edge your costs up.
And let’s not forget that a classic car or limousine is part of the bridal fantasy, so it commands expenses, and it’s one of the only wedding day plans centered around your safety, providing a safe driver during a day and night when you may have had a lot to drink. So, with the added value of your life, this category creates a good blip on your budget radar.