Maybe you’ve previously cruised in a limousine for a hens night or with a group of friends for a school formal, debutante or some special event but now the time has come to booking a limo for your own event. If you’ve never hired a limo before, here are some important things to consider before you even pick up the phone or type Melbourne Limo Hire into Google search engine.
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD I HAVE?
When contacting a limo hire company, make sure you’re prepared with the basic information about your event. You’ll need to be able to provide the date, locations and times of the event in question, and how long you want to hire the limousine for.
But why do I need this?
At this point you probably only just want a quote, but it wouldn’t make much sense to ask for a quote without knowing if the limo is available on that day and time! Prices also vary according to locations and times.
Some vehicles can struggle with accessing certain locations so it’s always best for the limo company to do check before providing a quote to you that they can actually do the job required.
Next, you need to know the size of the party that will be travelling in the limo. It may be that you require a limo that will seat just a small group, or maybe you’ve got so many people you need multiple cars! The limo company will be able to advise you on how many people they can legally carry in each limo.
Name the occasion
When contacting hire companies, make sure you explain what the occasion is, as some companies charge different hourly rates based on the type of event (why do they do this? Well keep on reading!). Many hire companies will provide package deals for events with predictable start and end times, whereby you’re able to hire the car for a fixed duration. This often works out cheaper, and makes the whole process incredibly easy. Events which have a flexible end time will obviously incur more costs. as that is only fair and reasonable.
Like anything in life, it’s always nice to get the best deal available so ‘shop around’ for great value when deciding which company to go with.
Never deal with a grumpy person or even someone who does not even sound interested in you or your event. You deserve much more than this and no matter how ‘cheap’ the deal sounds – it will probably end in an argument somewhere or sometime.
Limo companies that do not ask questions and show a lack of interest in what you are doing should probably be avoided.
Don’t be afraid to tell companies about other, cheaper quotes you may have received, as many will be eager to try and beat their competitors’ prices; or even throw in some extras.
Be wary, if the price seems too good to be true it probably is… some companies charge additional prices for fuel or tolls or long distances which are not included in the advertised price, so make sure you’re aware of this when comparing quotes.
Please make sure you ask the company if you can go and view the limousine and ‘check it out’. If the answer is no or excuses are made, then obviously this company should be avoided. A good reliable company that cares and values you will make every effort to win your business.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIMOS?
Aside from the size of your party, the choice of limo is completely down to you and which type of car best suits you and your groups’ style. Whether you’re after the classic vintage or modern contemporary look, your ride should be all about you and your party. If you need ideas or inspiration, have a look at wedding limo hire Melbourne page.
Attention to detail is really important. Once you’ve decided on a hire company, make sure you let them know well in advance the exact details that are really important to you. From the drinks in your car, any route that you’d like to take to the venue and any music being played during the journey.
The right company will want to ensure you are completely satisfied for the agreed price.
Remember – once you find a limo and service that suits you with a company you trust, make sure you move quickly with your booking. Limousines can be extremely popular so avoid missing out on hiring the right one for your event and get planning as early as possible (especially for weddings to avoid disappointment).
Organize all the pick-up and drop-off locations and times with the company well in advance and save their mobile so you can give them a quick call in the days prior to make sure there are no problems.
Then, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy that glass of bubbly in style!
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WEDDING CAR
Before you even start looking or pick up the phone, you need to determine a couple of details.
This will help you to decide if you need more than one car. You may decide to use 2 separate stretch limos. Typically, one to collect the bride, father of the bride and bridesmaids and the other to collect the groom and groomsmen. After the ceremony, you may choose to join your bridal party in one limo to enjoy the photography session together. Otherwise, you may prefer to travel separately in a sedan in order to spend time with your new husband/wife. Either way, have an idea of how many cars you need and what capacity they need to be.
Next, what type of car do you have in mind?
Write down the times you know.
What time would like to arrive at the ceremony? The reception? How long will need the car/cars for, including photos? A general rule is for the groom/groomsmen to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. The bride may choose to arrive a little late to allow for any late comers to be seated when she makes her entrance. You will want your photographer to get some wonderful shots of you arriving and getting out of the car, as well as giving you time for any last minute adjustments with your dress (or suit!) and hair. Your wedding is meant to be the happiest of days, so ensure you have enough time for makeup/hair etc. for yourself and the bridesmaids, as this is one common pitfall. Allowing plenty of time helps to avoid stress on the day.
ACCOUNT FOR TRAFFIC IN YOUR TRAVEL TIME.
Are there any events which coincide with your special day that may cause delays or detours eg. Marathons, special events or roadwork? Try to anticipate traffic at certain times of the day, and of course, discuss this with your car provider too, as they are well practiced at getting bridal parties to weddings on time. For example, having an 8 metre long stretch limo safely navigate the steep, windy roads up to, and down from, Mount Dandenong, takes time, so an experienced limo company will ensure these factors are considered, and will offer help and advice regarding your time schedules.
QUESTIONS TO ASK
GETTING A QUOTE
When getting a quote, ensure you know what type of car you’d like, how many cars you need, as well as the date and time you need them for. There will be flexibility on the time, but it will allow your company of choice to reasonably say yes or no if we have the car available on that day.
It’s sensible to get quotes from various companies. However, when obtaining a quote, remember that if it sounds too good (or cheap) – it probably is. For example, you might think you’re booking an immaculate 2 tone black with silver Chrysler stretch limo and it actually turns out to be an earliermodel with panel damage etc. This could seriously impact your mood on your wedding day so avoid such mishaps and find the reason why they are cheaper.
It’s also very wise to ask the company for an inspection prior to booking and if they are reluctant to make an appointment then you should avoid – and if you can afford to pay a little more, it is probably wise to do so with peace of mind.
If you’re thinking of booking a wedding car or wedding limo in Melbourne, Limozone guarantee to make it a wonderful experience and provide free bubbly as standard. Our chauffeurs are friendly and professional with years of experience getting nervous brides and grooms to their destination.
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