Making sure that you and your wedding party arrive at each location on time is a must! A good transportation plan helps avoid confusion and keep everyone where they need to be.
Plan for how you (and your wedding party) will navigate:
- From the getting ready location
- To the ceremony
- To the outdoor portrait locations (first look, newlywed, wedding party, etc.) if separate from the ceremony or reception
- To the reception
- Home at the end of the day
Buffer Extra Time Between Locations (At least 10 Minutes)
One of the mistakes that we see couples make is only accounting for active driving time. On a wedding day it always takes a few extra minutes to gather up items, get them into the necessary vehicles, get all the members into the transportation, drive, and then when the transportation arrives at its destination it takes additional time to get parked, unload people and supplies, and walk to the next area where the next event of the schedule will take place. Buffering 10 minutes helps account for the extra logistics.
You may want to add more if there are any planned road construction and detours, if you will be traveling during rush hour traffic, or if there are weather events that could add delays.
Ideas for the bride and groom:
Whatever your transportation plan may be, we encourage you to have someone drive you along the way! The ride between places can be a good chance for you to connect as a couple and it is easier to do that when you’re not also focused on driving directions.
- Vintage car – your family or their network might have access to a special type of vintage car that you can use for the wedding day.
- Convertible or luxury car rental – practical with a dash of fun. Typical car rental locations or even Turo can be a good option to look for something that fits your needs and style
- Personal car – is totally acceptable and practical!
- Ride with the wedding party (see options below)
Ideas for the whole wedding party:
If you prefer to ride along with your wedding party and provide transportation for them, the following are great options to consider.
- Party bus
- Fire Truck
- Coach bus – particularly if you’re just looking for a practical way to move a lot of people from one place to another
- Carpool / On Their Own