Beyond the Limo: Alternative Wedding Transportation

Photography by altf – see more at

Your wedding transportation needs are going to be determined by the locations of your ceremony, reception, and accommodations. If you’re having a destination wedding, for example, where everyone will be staying in the same resort and the ceremony and reception will take place there too, you don’t have a lot to worry about in terms of transportation. However, for most couples, figuring out how to get themselves, their wedding party, and sometimes their guests from point A to B is high on their list of planning priorities. If you want to travel in style on your wedding day, consider some of the following alternatives to the traditional limousine:

Here comes the Bride…Yeehaw!
Given the cost of fuel these days, horse-drawn carriages are a pretty attractive option! In fact, horses actually produce their own gas…but you’re bound to figure this out for yourself if you end up riding behind one. That factor aside, this is a very romantic and old-fashioned option for the bride and groom’s arrival and departure from the wedding ceremony and/or reception. If you’re planning a snowy winter wedding, you could even use a sleigh! How picturesque.

Party Bus!
If you have to move a large group of people, this is an especially good choice. It might not be as glamorous as a sleek white limo, but what could be more fun than having all your friends and loved ones together, full of bubbly social lubricant, riding around in a bus with a designated driver? I say that this is a guaranteed good time, and a very safe and efficient people mover.

Two If By Sea
If you are getting married near a body of water, there are plenty of creative ways to get to and from the wedding site. Consider sailing in, rowing with dear old dad, or even jet skiing for the extreme wedding couple…but be logical with your sporty ideas. When I was planning my lakeside wedding, my little brother thought it would be “totally awesome” if I water-skied into the ceremony site. While I do love to water ski…did he have any idea what that would do to my dress and hair? Men.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s the Bride?
It’s not the most economical option, but if you want to make a dramatic statement you could use a hot air balloon or a helicopter to whisk you to and fro on your wedding day.

Classic Cars
This is an original and interesting alternative to the limo, and logistically it’s just as simple. Look on for a classic car company in your area, to provide fun and fancy transportation on your big day.

Let Your Individuality Guide Your Ride
If you and your partner have a particular interest that lends itself to a creative transportation option, go with it! If you’re bikers, consider riding a tandem off into the sunset. Motorcycle lovers? Have the groom squire his bride away in a vintage sidecar (or vice versa!). Naked rollerblading enthusiasts? Put your clothes on and take a limo, for Pete’s sake.