Because thousands of Irish families are preparing for weddings, Debs, confirmations and other special events this spring and summer ,here are a few reminders and tips about hiring limos and wedding cars
Before renting limousine service for a special occasion, consider the size and type of vehicle you want and decide how many hours you need. Visit Web sites of local limousine and livery companies to view their vehicles and packages.
Prices may or may not be posted online as every event is different, but always call to confirm prices and availability. Check with friends and family for names of reliable companies.
“You want to be sure you’re dealing with a reputable business, so make sure the company is licensed and fully insured all PSV vehicles will have a silver or yellow badge on the windscreen. Verify the year and make of the vehicle you’ll be getting, its condition, and any complimentary amenities. You might visit the company in person to choose the exact vehicle you want. Ask the company for references and call them.
When you reserve your vehicle, be sure that you and the company mutually agree and understand the ending time for the rental. Some companies calculate it as the time your last passenger gets dropped off, while others determine that it’s the time the driver pulls back into their garage.lf so, confirm whether there is an extra charge to get dropped off at a different location than where you were picked up.
If possible, use a credit card for your deposit and payment. Paying by credit card may afford you some protection if unexpected problems arise.
As a parent of a teen attending a special social event in a shared limousine or party bus, you and the other parents may plan to meet at the home before the bus or limousine arrives, to take pictures. This is a great opportunity for you and the other parents to reinforce the rules with your kids in a group setting. It is also provides an opportunity for one designated parent to meet and speak with the limousine or bus driver and emphasize the importance of the rules for the evening.
If, on the appointed day, the limousine sent doesn’t meet with your satisfaction, ask for a refund of your deposit. Some consumers have been taken advantage of by companies that promise one type of vehicle and show up with something different and totally unsuitable.
When renting formal wear, shop early for the best fit and selection. Ask friends and relatives for the names of shops they have found reliable. If possible, rent from establishments that have items in-store; if you have any last-minute changes or needs, they will be better prepared to help you.
Have measurements taken at the store about four to eight weeks before the event. The sales associate should measure around your chest (including and excluding the width of your arms); your waist at belt height; your hips; your neck; and your sleeve length from the center of your back. Ask whether the rental price includes minor alterations.
Rentals cost between €70 to €130 for pants, jacket, shirt, tie, cummerbund, shirt buttons, cufflinks, socks and shoes; additional items will cost extra. When you leave a deposit, ask for a receipt that specifically details everything you’ve reserved and includes the date the items are due back at the store.
You should go in for a final fitting one week before the event for any slight adjustments or alterations.