Wedding Transportation Tips To Ensure a Smooth and Special Day

American Limousines - Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Wedding season is already upon us -- and many couples may already be planning ahead for their wedding in one or two years' time. There are countless elements that go into any wedding, including amazing food, music, flowers, and (of course) the white dress. But transportation will prove to play a key role for most weddings, too. To ensure your Big Day goes off without a hitch, you'll need to prioritize your transportation. Below, you'll find some helpful tips to keep in mind when reserving your party bus or limo services for your upcoming nuptials.
  • Book in Advance: The golden rule when you rent a limo or party bus is to do it early on. You shouldn't book before you've picked the date and booked your ceremony and reception venues, of course, and you should wait until you know the size of your wedding party. But be sure to book at least six months in advance -- or perhaps longer if you're getting married in the spring or summer. Remember that you'll be competing with other couples and (potentially prom-bound teens) during this season. The earlier you book, the more choices you'll have. If you wait too long, you could be stuck with a subpar company or a vehicle that really doesn't fit your needs.

  • Think Outside the Box: Unless you really have your heart set on a particular vehicle (like a stretch limo or a classic car, for example), give yourself permission to get a little creative. You don't have to rent a limo simply because it's conventional. Party buses might be better suited to your needs, or you could choose an in-between option like a party van. If you aren't exactly sure what you want, you'll want to pick a company that offers a variety of vehicles in their fleet. That way, you can go see these cars and buses in-person and determine which is the best fit for your style and budget.

  • Provide Easy Access: Often, party buses and limos are reserved for the happy couple, their immediate family members, and others in the wedding party. But that doesn't mean you have to leave the rest of your guests behind to fend for themselves. If you have a lot of out-of-towners attending your wedding or have a number of elderly or young people attending, you may want to provide some additional transportation from the main hotel to the ceremony and/or reception. While this may mean an additional cost for you, it could make all the difference for many of your guests who might not otherwise be able to come due to costs or lack of convenience.

  • Give Yourself Time: Your wedding day will already be stressful enough; don't add on more stress by failing to give your party enough time to get where you need to go. Make sure to factor in extra time for delays caused by traffic or interruptions while getting ready. Depending on where your wedding is taking place, you may need to add on 30 minutes each way (or more, if your area is particularly prone to heavy traffic at specific times of day). You may want to do a "test drive" on your own to be certain you've given yourself enough breathing room.

  • Ask About Specifics: Don't make assumptions about what your car or bus company will provide or what they will allow. If you need to make special requests (like decorations, music, champagne, or driver dress codes), make sure to do so before you sign your contract. Many companies will be more than happy to accommodate you -- but they can't read your mind or make every outlandish request come true. You can't expect to secure a 24-karat gold-plated limo like the Sultan of Brunei's vehicle, but you can probably discuss having a special playlist or a toast on-board.
Your special day should go as smoothly as possible -- but you'll need to prepare ahead of time. As long as you follow these tips for your wedding day transportation, you should be in great shape once you're ready to say "I do."

Limousine Rental FAQs

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Monday, July 16, 2018
limousine rentalIf you want to rent a limo for prom, a wedding, a bachelorette party, an anniversary, or any other special occasion, it's understandable you'd have some questions and concerns about the process. Every company operates a little bit differently, so it's important to ask about what's most important to you before you sign on the dotted line. To alleviate your worries, we want to provide as much information as possible up-front. That's why we've put together this handy FAQ post for you. Be sure to see the separate FAQ section of our website for even more information.

How early should I reserve my limo?
This is one of the top questions we get. The answer is pretty simple: as soon as you can. That way, you'll have the best choice of vehicles available. If you know you'll need limo services during a particularly busy time of year (like the spring and summer seasons), you'll want to really prioritize booking early. Of course, it's important to have all the information you need prior to booking so that you aren't forced to make any big changes (and risk not being able to be accommodated).

What information is necessary for a limousine rental reservation?
Generally speaking, limo companies need to know the date of the event, specific times and number of hours you'll be booking, the number of passengers in your party (and their names, in some cases), pickup and drop-off locations, special requests, contact information, and a form of payment. However, the limo company you choose will let you know exactly what they need for your individual reservation.

How do I know which vehicle to rent?
This can be tough, particularly when the company you choose has several vehicles to choose from. Although 60% of limousine rental companies have fewer than five vehicles in their fleet, our company has far more than that. The best vehicle for your situation really depends on the size of your party and your budget. We'd be happy to assist you in making your choice and introducing you to our fleet in person.

Is alcohol consumption allowed?
Assuming all limo passengers are 21 or over, we will allow alcohol within the vehicle for your enjoyment. We do not, however, provide alcohol for our clients. You are free to provide your own. Please contact us for further information on this matter.

Can I smoke inside my limousine rental?
For the health and comfort of every rider, most limo companies will not allow smoking inside their vehicles. Because cigarette smoke lingers and can compromise the experience for guests, refrain from smoking inside your limo rental.

Should I tip my limo driver?
Though it is not required nor expected, tipping is a much-appreciated gesture for stellar service. How much to tip is entirely up to you (unless your limo company has a built-in gratuity policy). A 20% tip is considered to be standard for an excellent experience, though you can choose to tip more or less depending on your preferences.

Here at American Limousines, we strive to make every occasion a truly special one. For more information about booking a limousine rental for an upcoming event or to ask any questions that were not answered here, please get in touch with us today.

3 of the Best Breweries to Visit in Baltimore

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Thursday, June 28, 2018
From lagers to IPAs to pilsners, beer comes in so many different flavors and types that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. But what better way to try and do so than by visiting a bunch of different breweries?

If you live in the Baltimore area and are planning a brewery tour with all of your friends soon, here’s where you need to go.

Union Craft Brewing 
Opened in 2012, the brewery offers visitors a taste of their Duckpin pale ale, their Anthem gold ale, and their Snow Pants oatmeal stout. The brewing company is in the process of changing locations from their old warehouse in Woodbury to an old Sears Roebuck Plant in Medfield. The new location can hold tripping their brewing capacity but will also have a space for music and local vendors. This should definitely be your limousine rentals first stop on your brewery tour.

Heavy Seas Beer
Next, have your limousine rental take you to Heavy Seas (formerly known as Clipper City Brewing Company). This pirate-themed brewery has been open since 1994 and is located in South Baltimore. They produce 34,000 barrels of beer each year in their space. Their free brewery tours are perfect for everyone in your party bus. At the end of your tour, you can get a pint glass and four beer samples for only $5.00. Give the brewery’s popular Loose Cannon IPA a shot during your visit.

Diamondback Brewing Company
Can’t ever get sick of the college-bar scene? Head to Diamondback Brewing Company which was inspired by dorm-room at-home brewing concoctions. Three friends started the brewery back in 2014 and gave it a permanent home in South Baltimore. Your limousine rental can take you to the old Philips Seafood and Coca-Cola plant for some local eats and their New England-style IPA called “Green Machine.”

Many people rent a limo or sedan cab service for a brewery tour as a safe way to get from one place to another. The first limos had a seating capacity of four people, but you can now find party buses that fit 20 plus people inside. After figuring out your ride for the brewery tour, it’s time to choose your stops. Heavy Seas Beer, Diamondback Brewing Company, and Union Craft Brewing are all must-visits for your trip with your friends.

Limo Van Rental Checklist: What to Do Before You Book

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Monday, June 25, 2018
Approximately 50% of all weekly limo services are used for businesses and corporate customers, but many passengers are looking for a way to travel in style to a special event. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, commemorating your last night of single freedom, or sending off your teen to prom, limo van rentals can provide the perfect solution. But no matter your reasons to rent a van, you'll want to make sure that you've made a good decision on the type of vehicle and the company you choose to work with. To that end, here are a few "musts" before you book.
  • Plan Ahead: Waiting until the last minute to book will only result in disappointment. By doing all the legwork ahead of time, this will allow you to make an informed decision about the type of vehicle you actually need and ensure that the company of your choice will be able to provide it. You'll need to get a clear headcount of attendees since occupancy is a key part of choosing a particular vehicle within a fleet. Our limo van rentals, for instance, can seat up to 14 people in lavish comfort. But because many limo services have fewer "in-between" vehicles (i.e., not quite a limo and not quite a party bus), you'll need to make your reservation fairly far in advance. The last thing you'll want is to overpay for too much space or find your party has to rent two vehicles to accommodate everyone. 

  • Research Local Companies: Now that you know which limo van rentals would suit your purposes, you'll need to decide on your transportation company. While there will likely be a number of limousine rental companies in your area, you should focus on those with a large, up-to-date fleet of vehicles and a good reputation. Be sure to peruse their websites and social media pages to get a good feel for what they can provide. Then, conduct an internet search for customer reviews, BBB certifications, and other relevant info. After you narrow down the list, contact your top companies directly for a quote and schedule a visit to their facilities (more on that later). 

  • Inspect the Vehicle: Don't book blindly over the internet or the phone. This could leave you vulnerable to being scammed; some companies will seize the opportunity to literally and figuratively take you for a ride. With limo rentals, van rentals, party bus rentals, and any other type of transportation booking, you should inspect the vehicles in person prior to signing any agreement. That way, you can assess whether the vehicles are new and well-maintained. Skip this step and you could be stuck with an unsafe vehicle in poor condition -- or worse yet, no vehicle at all! 
Regardless of the type of vehicle you need for your event, American Limousines has you covered. To find out more about our fleet of vehicles and how we can help make your occasion go more smoothly, please contact us today.

The Dos and Don'ts of Party Bus Rentals

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Thursday, May 24, 2018
Planning a party involves a lot of coordination, especially when it comes to your transportation. You may find that instead of forcing guests to drive their own vehicle or carpool to your destination, a party bus rental will streamline everything and make for an even more festive time. But before you call up the first company you find and reserve a vehicle, you might want to heed the following dos and don'ts. They'll make sure everything goes smoothly and that you'll make a great decision.

When renting party buses, DO...
  • Ask questions: A flashy website or a well-known name might help you whittle down the list of potential companies to choose from, but these won't tell you everything you need to know. Remember to about how long they've been in business, the certifications of drivers, and their insurance and safety records. You should also find out more information about the condition and age of their vehicles. While 60% of limousine companies have fewer than five cars in their fleet, these vehicles might not always be up-to-date. If the company cannot provide you with satisfactory information on these topics, you might want to move on down the list. 

  • Visit them in person: There's only so much you can glean from a website or online reviews. Seeing the vehicles, as well as the company's physical offices, in real life can answer a lot of questions for you immediately. You'll be able to assess whether the party buses are top-of-the-line or in need of major repairs, as well as whether the vehicles can accommodate the number of people in your party. And if everything looks good to go, you'll be able to feel confident in your choice. 

  • Get a written contract: To ensure both you and the limo company are protected and understand the terms of your agreement, it's best to get everything in writing. This should include the price of the party bus rental (including the deposit), tipping policy, cleaning fees, what else is provided, and what's not allowed during the ride. This literally spells everything out so that there's no confusion about costs or permitted behaviors. You can then pass this information on to others in your party to ensure everyone will adhere to the rules. 
 When booking a party bus rental, DON'T...
  • Wait too long to book: When booking a party bus, you need to do so in advance. Waiting until the last minute will put a lot of stress on you, leave you with less time to make payments, and limits the variety of buses and packages that might be available to you. This is especially important to remember if your event takes place during busy times of year (e.g., prom or wedding season). Make sure to do your research early and put your plans in place as soon as possible to make it less likely you'll be left in the lurch. 

  • Change routes after reserving: Generally, you should set the itinerary when you book (or very soon after). Making changes to the route could impact the price or could make things more stressful for your driver. You'll likely need to get approval from the actual office in advance. Don't assume that your driver can make changes on the spot to your route. What may seem like a small adjustment to you could be a big deal for the company and how the driver's hours are accounted for. If you do need to make any changes, make certain they're requested well ahead of time. 

  • Add last-minute guests: Because party buses are large vehicles, you might not think it's a big deal to add one or two extra people the day of the event. But it's possible that your decision could be in violation of the company's policies, particularly if that number would exceed the vehicle's maximum occupancy. Make it a point not to add anyone last-minute and get approval from the company if you do need to add a couple of guests.
Need a source for limo service or party bus rental Baltimore residents trust? Look no further than American Limo. To find out more information, please contact us today.

4 Fantastic Reasons To Rent a Limo For a Bachelorette Bash

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Major life events often call for big celebrations. From birthdays and graduations to weddings and anniversaries, limo services may play a major role in the festivities. And when you're commemorating your last hurrah as a single woman, there's no better way to keep the party going than renting a limo. With more than 130,000 limousines currently in service across the nation, you'll have your pick of packages. But why exactly -- other than tradition -- should you rent a limo for a bachelorette party? Here are just four fantastic reasons why limo services should be your go-to method of transportation for your fun-filled evening.

  1. You'll have hours of enjoyment: Getting from point A to point B isn't always a blast, especially if you're relying on a taxi service or are trying to drive a bunch of rowdy guests yourself. But when you reserve limo services in Maryland, the ride is actually part of the entertainment. You can have a glass of champagne, rock out to your favorite tunes, and actually socialize with your best friends rather than worrying about how much the ride will cost or finding a place to park. You can start the party sooner and end the party later when you decide on a limo or party bus rental.

  2. You'll be safe: Typically, bachelorette parties can be pretty wild. Many brides-to-be and bridesmaids have every intention of spending the evening enjoying some bubbly and cocktails. But going overboard can result in disaster right before a wedding. Renting a limo ensures that everyone can indulge without risking their safety. Your chauffeur will act in the best interests of everyone in your group and will make certain everyone arrives home safe and sound.

  3. Your night will be less stressful: Planning any aspect of a wedding -- including the bachelorette party -- is bound to bring stress. But it shouldn't be more overwhelming than necessary. Trying to coordinate multiple rides and routes will quickly turn into a big headache, especially when alcohol is factored into the mix. Renting a limo will streamline everything, allowing everyone to travel together in luxury and without confusion.

  4. You'll make the bachelorette feel special: Perhaps most importantly, renting a limo is a great way to treat the guest of honor and make her feel like a total queen. Limousines are luxurious and comfortable, but they're also not an everyday mode of transportation. You can really make the bride-to-be feel pampered and excited about her big day by starting off the celebration with a limo ride.
From bachelorette parties to bat mitzvahs, renting a limo can make any occasion even more memorable. To find out more about our services or to make a reservation, get in touch with us today.

Mind Your Manners: Limo and Sedan Service Etiquette Tips To Know

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Monday, May 21, 2018

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Renting a limo for a special event or taking a sedan cab service for a corporate occasion can help to alleviate stress while allowing you to travel in style. But even though there are hundreds of thousands of these vehicles currently in service all across the nation, that doesn't mean everyone knows how to act when they're riding in one. A little bit of politeness can actually go a long way. By following these etiquette tips, both passengers and drivers will have a much smoother trip.

Relay Plans in Advance

The drivers who work for limo services and sedan cab services average approximately 105 trips every week. That's a lot of different routes to keep track of and a lot of passengers to keep happy. You'll need to do your part to ensure your driver isn't thrown off course by changing party sizes or stops along the way. When you make your reservations, you should provide this detailed information. If any adjustments need to be made to the number of passengers or the itinerary after booking, be sure to let your sedan cab service or limo company know well in advance. This will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch and that no one will have to scramble at the last minute.

Know How To Get In and Out

It might seem laughably simple, but you might not actually know how to enter or exit your car. Your driver will open the door for you when you enter and exit. When you get in, sit in the first empty seat you see and swing your legs in smoothly. After sitting, you can scoot over in the row to make room for others. Upon arrival to your destination, remain seated until your driver opens the door. The last person to get in the car should always be the first one to get out of the car. Your chauffeur will be happy to help you out of the car, if needed. This will alleviate confusion and congestion, allowing you to get on your way more quickly and without mishap.

Familiarize Yourself With Seats

When you've reserved sedan or limo services for corporate purposes, follow this advice. Certain seats should be reserved for specific people. If there's a VIP who is either the focus of the outing or paid for the majority of the reservation, they should be seated in the "power seat." This seat is located in the back right of the car. There's also a seat that faces backward and is therefore considered to be the least comfortable. It's called the "jump seat," and that's typically where a junior executive or other lower-ranked individual should sit. These assignments aren't always followed, but you should still know them.

Always Be Courteous

The number one rule for riding with a Baltimore sedan service? Be polite and respectful at all times. Whether your car is being used for a celebration or a professional function, you must always take pains to act like a responsible adult and make the ride easy for the driver. That means no screaming, no drug use, no fighting, and no other illegal acts. You should also keep your drinking under control and refrain from cursing or engaging in anything that could be seen as offensive. You should leave absolutely no debris behind, either. Although your evening should be fun, remember that taking a sedan cab service does not excuse you from acting like a respectable human being.

Remember To Tip

If you've been wondering whether you should tip your sedan cab service driver, the answer is usually yes. In some cases, gratuity may already be included in your bill (in which case, you can choose whether you want to offer an additional tip or not). But most of the time, you should tip your driver. There's no one "right" amount to tip, but most experts agree that 15-20% is standard. However, you're free to go above that amount for truly excellent service.

While following the rules might not be your idea of a good time, these etiquette tips will undoubtedly improve your experience. To reserve your next ride, contact us today.

What to Consider Before Renting a Party Bus For Prom

AGENCY3 SUPPORT - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The very first limousines had only enough room for four people, but limo services have come a long way since then. Now, the accommodations have become even more impressive and attainable for almost anyone. For many teenagers, renting limos or party buses may be an important part of their high school rites of passage. Securing stylish transportation can help create treasured memories and ensure they're safe. But before you reserve a party bus rental for prom, you should consider the following points.

Less expensive doesn't equal better
While it's true that these services don't come cheap, that's actually a good thing. You want to get what you pay for and ensure your child and their friends are in good hands. Cost will likely come into play, but price should not be your only determining factor when reserving this vehicle. Being overly frugal here could result in being stuck with a subpar company (and a subsequently subpar vehicle). You should certainly ask about cost, but remember to check online reviews, ask questions about the business, and get quotes from a few different companies in the area to compare.

Always see the bus first
Of course, it's only natural to assume a business is on the up-and-up. But these days, you can't be too careful. Anyone can fake a website and steal photos from another company, so don't take businesses at their word. Reputable limo companies will be glad to show you their vehicles in person and allow you to compare the ID or license plate to what's on your agreement. This is also a good opportunity to ensure the look and feel will meet your needs. If you get any push back about viewing the bus in person or you sense something seems off when you visit, listen to your instincts and go with another company entirely. The last thing you want is to be a victim of the bait-and-switch or be in any way displeased on prom night.

Collect payment well in advance
When you book your party bus rental, you'll typically need to put down a deposit and sign a contract. This protects both you and the company. After that, you'll need to collect money from passengers to ensure you won't be stuck with the rest of the payment. We recommend that you do this as far in advance as possible. When teenagers are involved, it becomes all too easy to put off payments or forget them the night-of. To reduce stress and the need to frantically run around collecting money at the last minute, it's best to get everything squared away as soon as possible. It may help to remind families that doing so will allow them to get the best possible selection of vehicles! Prom night is meant to be one your teenager and their friends won't soon forget. Renting a bus with all the bells and whistles is a great way to get the evening started. To find out more about our vehicle rentals, please contact us today.