But on my wedding day, there was no limo to be found, since Stephen and I decided early on that we didn’t want to shell out the big bucks. Instead, we chose to rent a black van for the day, which my future sister-in-law Meg graciously offered to drive.
Was it worth the savings? In the end, I'd say it's a toss up. Though things definitely worked out fine – we got where we needed to be with everyone who needed to be there – I underestimated how hard it would be to get in and out of a van in my gown, plus how cramped I would feel while riding. And then there were the issues of directions and pre-wedding jitters.
While heading to the "first look" site at Gardens of the World, and later to the church, I was so nervous that when the girls asked me to verify directions, I froze a bit. As familiar as I was with the streets and the local area – having grown up there, for goodness sake! – I was entirely distracted and had too much on my mind to think clearly. Fortunately, after a few minutes of back-and-forth discussion, we successfully arrived on schedule.
LESSON LEARNED: Before you cut a certain service or vendor from your budget in hopes of saving money, take into consideration just how much that particular aspect may add to your comfort or peace-of-mind on the wedding day. It may be more worth the spurge than you initially think. In retrospect, I may have been willing to spend the money on a limo at least for the rides to the “first look” site and church, so that I could be as comfortable as possible during my most nervous and anxious moments. It may also be a good idea to have printed directions to each location on hand in your emergency kit, no matter how familiar you are with the area, in case you draw a blank in all of the excitement.
What type of wedding day transportation do you plan to use?
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