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Generally a more affordable option than a coach bus, packing guests into a big yellow school bus can provide a fun, relaxed and, for some, sweetly nostalgic ride. In fact, it proved an especially fitting service for one of O'Mara's recent clients—a second-grade teacher. She personalized her school bus by displaying, in each window, drawings her students had created for the occasion. Contact your local school bus company for pricing information.
Sightseeing or wedding-specific trolleys (white with minimal writing) are often employed by brides for toting their guests around town. Keep in mind: Sightseeing trolleys, while often the less expensive option of the two, are typically open-air, and many wedding guests (especially those who've spent a lot of time on their coif) don't always love them. Wedding-specific trolleys, such as Kenny's Coach in Weymouth, MA, are enclosed, climate-controlled and even offer complimentary champagne. The company charges $899 plus gratuity for three hours on a Saturday night, kennyscoach.com.
What could be more picturesque for a winter wedding than transporting guests by sleigh? Denise Latousek of DL Event Planning in Aspen says that in the winter, a sleigh is the only way to transport guests to the popular Pine Creek Cookhouse in nearby Ashcroft. Guests are instructed in their invitations to bundle up and are treated to a 20-minute Clydesdale-pulled sleigh ride to the site on the couple's big day. The sleigh ride costs about $25 per person, but group rates are available.
Couples who've chosen to get married at the Aspen Mountain Club atop Aspen Mountain can shuttle guests to the summit with a 16-minute gondola ride. In the winter, guests can enjoy blankets and hot chocolate or hot cider, explains Latousek. Rates start at about $15 per guest during regular operating hours and $750 per extra hour it remains open.
Boston's famed land-sea vehicles, known for providing out-of-towners with a tour of the city, can also be chartered for weddings that take place downtown. Each DUCK seats about 32 people, and brides can request a specific color of boat as well as their favorite conDUCKtor, who can also point out the sights. Guests can be taken either by land or along Boston Harbor. Rates start at $675 for 80 minutes—the length of a normal tour, bostonducktours.com.
Who says limos are only for the wedding party? Some couples treat all their guests to a luxury ride. This option works especially well for smaller weddings. Bauer's Limousine in San Francisco has more than 40 limousines in its fleet, and group rates are available, bauerslimousine.com.
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