Weddings 2012 Planning Guide: Transportation

Weddings 2012 Planning Guide: Transportation

Weddings 2012 Planning Guide: Transportation

Specializing in high-end vehicles, Rolls Choice offers three vintage Rolls-Royce limos, a vintage Bentley and a Lincoln stretch. Chauffeurs are decked out in ’30s-style livery; champagne and red carpet are provided. From April to October, $550–$625 per hour with a four-hour minimum. $325–$395 per hour with a three-hour minimum for off-season weddings. 905-841-8476.

Husband and wife Danielle and Louie Reale offer six types of carriages, but by far the most popular is the Cinderella, which comes with two white steeds and a pair of attendants in top hats and tails. One-hour rentals range from $850 for a carriage with one horse to $2,850 if you want a team of six. Extra hours cost between $175 and $525. For the growing Indian population, Caledon provides ghodis (horses) for any sized baraat (a bridegroom’s wedding procession). Caledon horses can be rented for events across southern Ontario. Special permits are not needed for the horses to access city streets. By appointment. 905-584-1333.

Chessington replenishes its fleet every three years to keep it in mint condition. Well-groomed chauffeurs are also well screened; many are former police officers and firefighters dressed in sharp business attire. $65–$130 per hour, $350–$750 for a three-hour wedding package. 905-624-8181.

A division of Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services, this outfit has been going strong for more than 20 years. Corporate sedans and executive SUVs are the mainstay; the Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a limo bus are also available. $110–$250 per hour, wedding packages $700–$2,500. 416-255-5508.

The point of renting a fancy car is to get jealous stares as you proceed to the venue, and Exotic Car Tours does the job. Brides love rocking the all-white Audi R8 (from $900 to $1,500). Grooms lean toward the Ferrari 360 Spider (in Ferrari red, of course, also up to $1,500), the Porsche 911 (up to $1,000) and the Lamborghini Gallardo (up to $1,600). Exotic provides drop-off and pickup services. Drivers must be over 25, and a $5,000 security deposit is needed for most of the 15 exotic models the company rents. By appointment. 1058 South Service Rd. E., Oakville, 905-815-1300.

For passengers who don’t want to use a stepladder to get into their ride, Limo for You has a good selection of stretches in black and white, in addition to the SUVs, Town Cars and a vintage Rolls-Royce. The company can also provide a coach bus that can seat 30 to 40 passengers. Customized tours of Toronto are also available for couples who want to show off their matrimonial bliss with a cruise around town. Closed Saturday and Sunday. First hour $100–$300; full wedding $490–$1,570. 264 Fairall St., Ajax, 416-250-0077.

This large, professional company makes a whopping 400 trips a day in Lincoln Town Cars, limos, sedans, vans and SUVs. Distance isn’t an issue; they can arrange pickups anywhere. For eco-conscious newlyweds, hybrid vehicle options are a plus. $62–$150 for first hour; less for additional hours. 1-800-268-4967.

This fleet includes the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans, the obligatory Lincoln Town Car and stretch limo, the TIFF-worthy Cadillac Escalade ESV and the Ford Excursion SUV stretch limo for the young at heart. Couples with soon-to-be in-laws who are coming from far away can sign up for the company’s private tours of downtown Toronto, Niagara Falls, Vineland and more—all conducted by knowledgeable chauffeurs. Full wedding $300–$1,500. 416-620-5466.

Super-sized SUV limos have been the specialty since the company’s founding in 2003, with the Hummer, Excursion and other models seating 16 to 24 people. All have fibre optic lights and a DVD player, natch (the Hummer also has a lit dance floor). Wedding packages include champagne, a red carpet and a uniformed chauffeur. $125–$300 per hour, full wedding $695–$2,095. 176 Main St. S., Brampton, 647-802-2526.

This company offers 18 vehicles with such options as the stretch Hummer, with lasers and flat-screen TVs, and the 26-seat limo bus—perfect for the newly extended family. Vintage choices include the white 1958 Bentley Continental for a post-war theme, and the Bentley Azure convertible for the bride or groom raised in the ’90s. The wedding package includes a red carpet rolled out from the curb to the door. Prices upon request. 416-854-7900.

Yorkville maintains strict policies to ensure top service: all vehicles are replaced every two to four years and checked by city officials annually to ensure they comply with safety standards. In addition, all drivers go through yearly tests in order to keep their licences. The fleet includes sedans in standard Lincoln Town Car and Mercedes styles, as well as the sleek Bentley Continental. Stretches are also Lincolns or Cadillacs; SUVs round out the selection. Bells and whistles include decorations, red carpet, champagne and white-gloved chauffeur. Full wedding $300–$2,700. 416-835-5466.