Many rental companies tend to get booked quickly during the peak periods in spring and summer, so if your nuptials occur during prime-time, don’t let your date get too near before booking your transportation.

Compare prices among firms for similar vehicles, but don’t make a decision on price alone. Look for a well-established company that maintains a large fleet of newer vehicles – the firm usually will be more reliable and be able to provide a ready replacement if your limo gets sidelined before the big day. Ask whether the company carries liability and medical insurance for their vehicles’ passengers, and always seek references from recent customers.

Make sure you know exactly what you’ll be getting for the quoted price. Most companies charge by the hour, with a three-hour minimum. This can range anywhere from $250 to $500 for a full-sized luxury car to $1,000 or more for a stretched-out specialty model. Is the driver’s gratuity – usually 10 to 20 percent – included?

Be sure to inspect the vehicle you’ll be renting to ensure that it’s in good shape and includes the amenities you’re promised. And be sure there’s enough room for all riders to fit comfortably.

Don’t ignore the details. Can you consume alcoholic beverages in the limo? Can you hang a “Just Married” sign or other decorations on the vehicle?

Finally, be sure to read the rental contract thoroughly before signing. It should denote the make, model and year of the vehicle, the date of service, pick-up times and locations, and all costs involved, including deposit and cancellation policies. Do your homework now and when your big day comes you’ll be able to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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