Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Economy of Salvation: Free Ride

{creative ways to save your pennies on the most expensive day of your life}



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Not your typical wedding transportation.  But then, she is a princess.
 Full disclaimer: never in my life have I ridden in a limo.  No one asked me to my prom, this fall will be my first time as a bridesmaid, and, as you can probably guess, we nixed one on our wedding day.  So, keep in mind that everything I'm about to say is speculation only.  I mean, from what I've heard, limos mean drinking champagne and taking pictures in the mirrored ceiling.  I don't know.  Maybe they're awesome.

In my humble opinion, though, transportation seems to be one of the simplest ways to cut your costs.  When you think about it, you're paying someone huge amounts of cash to drive you around for maybe one hour tops, and then to sit in the driveway of your church or reception site.  I'm sure those guys are pros at keeping themselves entertained for all that free time, but for your sake (and your wallet's), why not...
  • Make use of your wedding party members' big vehicles.  Someone or their mom is bound to have a minivan or SUV that can transport you all.  Split up into guys' and girls' cars, which should be easy since you're probably getting ready in separate places, and hightail it over to that chapel.  There's nothing like the giddiness of riding to your wedding with your best girlfriends.
  • Head over to your reception in one of your own cars.  Choose the one with the roomier backseat and lay a sheet down to accommodate that gorgeous gown, and enlist your best man to take the wheel.  This is an especially convenient option if you're leaving for your honeymoon right away, since you'll already have your car.  Do you remember this Subaru commercial?  It can be you, except in a Volkswagen/Toyota/Maybe you do have a Subaru.      
  • Does one of your family members have a sweet ride?  If classic, slick, or convertible is your style and is easily available, nicely ask its owner to chauffeur you two for the day.  Friends and family are always asking how they can help, so take them up on it!  Give your driver a nice note and maybe an atlas (so much better than a GPS), handpicked road music CD, or pair of sunglasses as a thank you.  
  • Whatever you choose, decorate your wheels a little!  Before the groomsmen go crazy with paint and silly string later on, you can totally class up your ride with flowers or a subtle Just Married sign in the back window.  My friends Robert and Sarah's getaway car was so classy.  Look!

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Ladies, chime in!  What's your plan for getting everyone where they need to go, with high style and money in your pocket?  I'd love to hear your logistics!

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