The average couple spends about $750 on bus and limo services for their big day. Whether it’s to transport guests or yourself, hiring a driver or renting cars can make transportation more convenient for everyone.
However, there’s always a chance of something going wrong with these services, so it’s essential that you prepare for potential emergencies. Here are three of the most common dilemmas and how a bride might handle them.
1. Issues With Accessibility
In all the chaos of wedding planning, it’s easy to lose track of who’s given you an RSVP. However, if you forget about your elderly or disabled guests, they may have trouble getting around the venue on your wedding day.
For instance, grandma might be unable to walk down a hill to watch the ceremony, and your friend in a wheelchair may be incapable of rolling around a sandy beach.
Easily handle these emergencies by having a golf cart on standby or by finding a friend who can drive these guests around the venue.
2. Your Car Won’t Start
Aside from terrible weather, one of the most stressful things that could happen to you on your wedding day is dealing with a car that won’t start — especially if it’s yours.
In this instance, it’s best to have a friend or family member on standby so they can pick you up and be your chauffeur.
However, you might also keep contact information for nearby auto shops handy so both you and your guests have quick access to maintenance work, repairs, and possibly jump-starts.
3. Someone Drinks Too Much
Many couples choose to serve alcohol at their wedding. However, this decision can come with consequences, including an expensive bar tab and drunk guests.
If a few people get carried away and consume one too many, you may begin to stress about getting them home safely.
Luckily, you can easily solve this transportation emergency by appointing someone in your wedding party or family to be a designated driver. If your venue is in the middle of nowhere, you might also consider renting a charter bus or paying a few taxis or Uber drivers to wait outside and take guests back into town.
Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best
When it comes to organizing a wedding, brides should always plan for the worst and hope for the best.
In other words, hire drivers or rent shuttles ahead of time, advertise transportation options on your invites, and have multiple contingency plans in case something goes wrong. Then, if an emergency occurs, take it in stride and troubleshoot as you go.