Stretch limousines are a much more common sight on UK roads these days than they were just a few years ago. Whilst many of them are hired for purposes other than weddings (proms, graduations, hen nights etc.), wedding limo hire does account for a fair proportion of their business.
This article takes a look at all aspects of wedding limo hire and provides you with everything you need to know about these shy and retiring beasts.
What is a Stretch Wedding Limo?
A stretch limo is essentially a large, chauffer driven car with blacked-out windows where the wheel-base has been lengthened and the passengers are separated from the driver via a partition.
An American phenomenon that have made their way over here in recent years, the predominant names in the wedding limo hire market include Lincoln and Cadillac, although Hummers (those huge 'mini-trucks' that you may have seen) are now becoming quite popular too. In the last few years, further 'stretched' vehicles have emerged, and a number of European stretch car are now available for hire providing a quirky and appealing twist. VW Bettles and Mini's are perhaps the most prevalent two, but you can be sure that other wedding limo hire cars are on their way. Typically available for hire in white, black, pink or silver, other colours be tracked down should you require.
Able to accomodate many passengers (anywhere between six and twenty is the norm), their seating capacity makes them an ideal option for transporting, among others, the Bridesmaids around on the big day. Often with a sumptuous interior and plenty of room, a comfortable journey is normally assured. Dependent upon the wedding limo hire car, disco balls, mirrored ceilings, sound systems, lazer lights, cocktail/mini bars and even plasma screens can be found inside the vehicle.
Many wedding limo hire car fims will allow their vehicles to be decorated on the exterior with ribbons and bows, but be sure to confirm this up front. With regards decorating he inside of the limo, with their blacked-out windows and snazzy interiror, the need for floral arrangements and alike is often an unneccessary expense, allowing you to save at least a little bit of cash.
How Much Will Wedding Limo Hire Cost?
When it comes to putting a price on wedding limo hire, it is fair to say that prices can, and very often do, vary wildly. Factors such as mileage, length of hire, vehicle interior, vehicle decor and the inclusion of food and drink all will impact upon the final wedding limo hire fee, but on the whole prices in the region of £150 to £500 are commonplace. If you have your heart set on a rarer vehicle (make or colour-wise) you should be aware that this can push the final cost a little higher.
Wedding Limo Hire Top Tips
There are loads of wedding limo hire fims about these days, so we can't stress enough the need to shop about to get the best value.
If you're planning a long journey, search for a wedding limo hire company with low or zero ‘per mile’ charges to help lower the costs.
Check the small print to confirm what your quote actually covers before proceeding with the booking, or you may end up needing to pay extra for champage, food, decor etc.
Due to the sheer size of the vehicles, access can be tricky to some venues - make sure that the wedding limo hire company is familiar with the venue and aware of any potential difficulties up front.
Related: We've a host of wedding transport articles on the site packed of of helpful ideas and advice, not to mention our wedding transport directory that's filled with suppliers of wedding cars, limousines and more. For help and friendly advice from like-minded couples, be sure to check out our weding transport forum.