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Best Limo Alternatives for Your Wedding

May 25, 2011 2:00 PM

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It’s all about arriving in style. Or departing in style, whatever your case may be. But maybe, the wedding limo seems a little too overdone. You’re looking for a bit more splash or grand entrance to really make a statement. Continue reading for new alternatives than just arriving at your wedding in a white limousine.

Classic Car

How classy would it be at the end of the night to roll away in a 1948 Rolls Royce or 1953 champagne-colored Bentley? If you’re looking for that vintage, post WWII era feel for your wedding consider these cars for your transportation options. The rate is $600 for 3 hours. If you like the era of the Godfather you can rent a black 1940 Packard Limousine that seats 7 in the back, great for fitting in a small bridal party. They also have options for older models of limos from the 30s and 40s. All rates are listed on their website.

Classic Chassis
PO Box 72456
Roselle, RD 60172
Phone: 847-301-7656
Fax: 847-301-7552
E-mail: info@classic-chassis.com
Website: http://www.classic-chassis.com/index-weds.htm

Exotic Luxury Car

Does your fiancé drool every time a Lamborghini roars by him on the street? It might be time to hand this part of the wedding planning over to him and let part of your dream wedding be his too. Through Chicago Exotic & Luxury Car Rental you can rent his dream car for just a few hours. They offer Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Maseratis and Corvettes. There is a range in rates, so check out their website. Indulge in a little bit of luxury on your special day and drive away in style.

Chicago Exotic and Luxury Car Rental
10 S. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-204-7227
Website: http://www.chicagoexoticrentals.com

Horse-Drawn Carriage

If you want to feel like the royal Kate Middleton or you like the idea of being a Cinderella on your wedding day, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage might be just the ticket to get that fairytale effect. Horse carriages normally only fit up to four people, so consider that during your planning. There are a couple of horse carriage companies in Chicago. Noble Horse will do carriage rides in the city and Jim & Becky’s Horse & Carriage Service will not serve downtown Chicago, but will serve northern and central Illinois and northwest Indiana.

Noble Horse Carriages
1410 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-266-7878
Website: http://www.noblehorsechicago.com/carriages.html

Jim & Becky’s Horse & Carriage Service
28057 S. 88th Ave.
Peotone, IL 60468
Phone: 708-534-7600
Fax: 708-534-6560
E-mail: becky@jimandbeckys.com
Website: http://horsedrawncarriages.com/

Trolley

If you have a big group of people you need to transport around, then a San Francisco-style trolley is a great option. Whether you’re transporting the bridal party to the church, picking up wedding guests, taking the wedding party to the photo shoot, or just getting the whole wedding party to the reception in a relaxing ride, this is the way to go. The trolley company is also willing to take you on a photo tour of the city so you can get some amazing shots of you and your groom and the rest of the wedding party at iconic Chicago locales.

The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
615 W. 41st St.
Chicago, IL 60609
Phone: 773-648-5000
E-mail: chicagotrolley@coachusa.com
Website: http://www.coachusa.com/chicagotrolley/rent-a-trolley/chicago-weddings.asp

Party Bus

Take the party inside with your closest friends while you travel from the wedding to the reception. If you’re looking to have a little fun and get the party started before you even arrive at the reception, take this path. Whether you know you might have the possibility of inclement weather because of a winter wedding, or you like the idea of having a stocked bar, enjoy relaxing in style with your wedding party after the ceremony and let loose. See their website for hourly rates.

Chicago SUV Limo
Phone: 312-224-8581
Fax: 866-335-8984
Website: http://chicagosuvlimo.com/weddings.html

Helicopter

Your wedding day might make you feel like you’re on Cloud 9, but why not truly achieve that height by helicopter? Reaching these new heights on your wedding day can help you accomplish the greatest wow factor. It’s not too crazy of an idea, but you need to make sure that your venue has a helipad and clearing and that your wedding budget has a cushion for more than just a limo. Generally running at a minimum of two to three hours, hourly pricing can range between $1,200-2,000 an hour with a maximum of four people in the aircraft.

Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals
Phone: 773-661-4580
Fax: 312-604-7394
E-mail: info@imaginelifestyles.com
Website: http://www.imaginelifestyles.com/aircraft-charter/helicopter-charter

Byline: Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. See her recent article for the “Best Places To Take Wedding Photos In Chicago” for more inspiration! Read more of her work on her blog parksandpancakes.com.

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