While chatting with my mom last week she asked me about the logistics of how we would be getting around on our wedding day.
“Well, we don’t have money in the budget for a car, so everyone is just going to have to drive themselves,” I told her, adding that if I had to drive myself to my own wedding I’d do it.
We’ve been cutting a lot of traditional wedding elements because of our tight budget, but one of the most dramatic cutbacks will be the lack of transportation.
Traditionally, the bride and groom would rent a stretch limo or two to shuffle their wedding party and close relatives to and from where ever they need to go. Sure, we’d LOVE to do that. But, we don’t have the money for it.
Admittedly I didn’t price out limo rentals on Long Island because we knew we’d be cutting it right off the bat. But, the last time I rented a limo was for prom 10 years ago.
For a stretch passenger limo, our cost was somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,100. I don’t remember exactly, because the limo never made it to my house. The idiot didn’t leave Queens until like 6pm and was stuck in traffic on the Southern State Pkwy (You Long Island brides know how what I’m talkin’ about). So after my friend Tiffany’s mom screamed at him and my father calmly told him to turn around and not to bother, we all kept our money and I arrived at prom in a Toyota 4Runner.
And that was cheap. Too cheap to be true, cheap. But I can safely say that having two limos for four hours would cost us way more than the $900 that my budget calculator came up with.
We considered just renting a nice car for the two of us, which we may still do if we can get a good rate for the day, but it seems sort of pointless to spend money on a car we’ll only spend a few hours driving. I’d rather put that money toward paying for the car I currently drive and still owe money on.
How did you get to and from your wedding?