When planning your prom night, you want every little detail to be perfect. From you hair to your dress to your jewelry and nails, prom night will give you the chance to present at your absolute best, so why not arrive in high style? After all, prom night comes but once in teen’s life (or twice, if your school has junior and senior proms), and you want to look back at your photos and remember things fondly. How would a stretch Hummer look in the background? What about an Escalade or Lincoln Navigator? If you want to book a luxury limo, you have lots of options, but you do need to do your homework and book early to ensure that you get the ride of your dreams. Here’s how to do it.
The first step in hiring a luxury limo is to get your group together and shop around. If you are going in a large bunch, know that you have a lot of options depending on the company you use. No longer are you limited to a group of 6 to 10 people – not even close. Some party buses can hold in excess of 50 people, not that you would want that many traveling companions, but it is an option. Is your prom featuring an unusual theme, like Great Gatsby or roaring 20s? Consider seeking out a vintage limousine that is appropriate for the time period. Limousines are varied and unique, so look for something that meets your budget, group size, and overall style.
Look for Features
A limo is not just a way to get from point A to point B. Great limousines will provide a lot of flair along with transportation. Options include beverages and snacks (non-alcoholic, of course), televisions, mood lighting, plasma screens, music, and more. Some luxury limo providers also create specialized prom packages which include a certain time period, multiple drop offs and pick ups, and several stops to get you to your pre prom dinners, prom itself, and after prom parties before whisking you back home. Be sure the service you use caters to prom attendees for the best experience.
Make a Decision and Pay a Deposit
Once you have chosen a service and a limousine, as well as the number of hours of service required, you will need to call the company and make a deposit. The easiest way to do this is divide the cost evenly between all the riders (or couples, if the guy plans on paying), collect the money, and pay the deposit in one payment. This deposit is usually due upon booking, with the remaining balance due the night of the prom. Don’t forget that a tip or gratuity is also expected, so make sure to include this in the final total for each rider. For the best results and to avoid an angry parent having to pony up a lot of extra money at the end of the night, make sure that all the money is collected before you leave for the evening and kept in the hands of a responsible rider who plans on being dropped off last.
When riding in a limo, there are a few key points you need to keep in mind for the night to run smoothly. Here’s a quick rundown :
- Know the schedule – Be sure that your driver and friends all know where and when the limo will pick up, drop off, and stop for various events. This way no one will be left behind.
- Act like adults – Remember that the driver is not there to babysit. Behave like young adults to avoid unnecessary and embarrassing phone calls home.
- Check for insurance – According to state laws, all riders should make sure that their service is licensed and bonded in case of accident or emergency.
- Don’t drink – You are a teenager and drinking is against the law. Be safe and considerate of your friends and the laws.
Prom night can be a magical experience, and choosing a luxury limo to get you around can make the night even better. Just make sure that you do your homework and collect all of your money in advance.