How Much Will Your Wedding Limousine cost in 2018?

You’ve planned all the details and all your major wedding vendors from your photographer to your caterer have been booked and are ready to go. Now you need to find that beautiful wedding limo to whisk you and your wedding party to your ceremony and reception venues on your big day!

According to real time data collected nationwide by Decidio, wedding couples in the United States can expect to pay an average of $594 to rent a wedding limousine in 2018, which is an average of 1.9% of their total wedding budget. This expense ranks number 12 in terms of wedding expenditures ahead of buying a wedding cake and behind hiring a wedding DJ. A complete listing of average wedding costs can be viewed HERE.

2018 City and State Averages

The exact amount couples will spend on renting their wedding limowill depend on the type of wedding limo reserved, how many passengers the car can carry, the city where the customer is located, and supply/demand factors such as the day the car is needed and whether it is needed during wedding season. Shown below are real average budgets for wedding limousine rentals over the past year. How does your area compare?*NOTE: The amounts appearing below are updated throughout the year.

Top 10 Most And Least Expensive Cities

The Average Cost of Wedding Limousines by State

StatesAverage Cost
USA$612
Alabama$538
Alaska$646
Arizona$549
Arkansas$477
California$697
Colorado$567
Connecticut$721
Delaware$555
District of Columbia$696
Florida$582
Georgia$534
Hawaii$629
Idaho$465
Illinois$611
Indiana$527
Iowa$478
Kansas$490
Kentucky$529
Louisiana$541
Maine$560
Maryland$622
Massachusetts$713
Michigan$565
Minnesota$520
Mississippi$534
Missouri$502
Montana$446
Nebraska$481
Nevada$551
New Hampshire$627
New Jersey$780
New Mexico$472
New York$704
North Carolina$526
North Dakota$478
Ohio$557
Oklahoma$526
Oregon$556
Pennsylvania$643
Rhode Island$650
South Carolina$546
South Dakota$451
Tennessee$522
Texas$566
Utah$527
Vermont$545
Virginia$561
Washington$619
West Virginia$483
Wisconsin$570
Wyoming$555

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What is Included?

Knowing what your expected cost of renting a limo for your wedding is important, but ultimately your final price will depend on what specific transportation services will be needed. For example, will you also need to transport your parents or members of your wedding party, what style of car you would like to ride in, how long you need to reserve the car, and other considerations.

For weddings, companies will generally require a minimum rental period of up to 4 hours to cover the time needed to pick up and transport passengers to and from the ceremony and reception facilities. To avoid paying expensive overtime fees that can run anywhere between $100 to $300 an hour, it is highly advisable to assume your reception will go over the planned time and simply reserve the car for longer than you think it will be needed. Below are the types of limousines typically rented for weddings and their associated costs.

  • Standard Limousines cost between $70 and $120 an hour and seat between 4 and 6 people. While this is the most affordable type of limousine options, many couples opt for other more extravagant vehicles to transport them on their big day.

  • Stretch Limousines cost between $150 and $175 an hour and seat between 6 and 8 people. A white stretch limo is the type most often rented for weddings, as it conveys luxury and elegance worthy of one of the most important days of your life. These limos will also include options not available in standard limos such as specialty interior lighting, mini bar, leather interior, and more.

  • SUV Limousines cost between $125 and $250 an hour and seat between 5 and 7 people, depending on the model SUV you plan to reserve. Larger in size and more noticeable than a stretch limo, SUV limos are for weddings that are a bit non-traditional and want to stand out. These limos are just as luxurious as their stretch counterparts, and can be even more so with full bars, interior laser light shows, flat screen TV monitors available throughout the interior, and more interior room to relax.

  • Vintage Limousines cost between $125 and $200 an hour and seat the wedding couple only (2 people). Couples are treated like royalty when transported on their wedding day in an elegant Bentley or Rolls Royce. These are a bit harder to find than other types of limos, but the intimate experience provided by these unique vehicles make the search worth it. Your wedding photos will also look spectacular as you enter/exit these vehicles!

  • Party Busses cost between $125 and $300 an hour and can seat up to 25 people. While the wedding couple will not be riding in a party bus limo, many times they will be rented to transport guests between the ceremony and reception locations. This will keep all your guests together and the mood festive and fun!

Additional costs that you should expect may include the following:

  • Overage Fees: These are fees that are applied when a car is used for longer than the agreed upon time. These overtime fees are charged in fifteen minute increments and are usually priced at a higher rate than the standard, anywhere between $100 and $300 per hour. To avoid this charge, reserve the car for longer than you think you need in case the reception party keeps going!

  • Fuel Fees: Usually this will not be an issue for wedding rentals, unless there are extra stops or changes from the original agreed upon itinerary. During gas price spikes, some companies included a gas surcharge to the total bill for trips beyond a certain distance.

  • Per Stop Fees: This may apply if you stop at additional locations not covered in the original agreement. The fee could be anywhere between $10 and $35 per 10 minute stop, depending on where you live.

  • Cleaning Fees: The cost to clean the interior of the limousine from any spilled food or drinks, smoke smells, vomit, or anything else will be charged to the customer. Be sure that the party doesn’t get out of control or it will cost you!

  • Repair Fees: The cost to fix any damage will always be charged if any damage to the vehicle is incurred by the riders.

  • Tips and Gratuities: Some companies will add in a gratuity to the total price while others do not, in which case it should be paid in cash at the end of the ride. Figure up to 20 percent of the total cost. Be sure you know if this is included in the final bill to prevent double tipping!

  • Taxes: State and federal taxes will always be applied to the total bill.

  • Tolls: Are usually not included in the rental agreement and will be billed separately after the ride is over.

Regardless of the type of limousine you rent for your wedding, be sure that you get a signed contract from the company you hire. Important details which must be in your contract will include the specific type of limo rented, how long (including start and end times) it will be needed, the type of package you are purchasing, whether gratuity is already included, and a detailed list of all fees, especially overage fees in case the limo is needed for additional time.

Key Points to remember:

  • In 2018, the nationwide average cost to rent a wedding limousine will be $594, which is around 1.9% of a couple's total wedding budget.

  • Pricing for limo rentals depend on location, type of rental needed, how long the rental will be needed, how many people need to be transported, seasonal factors, and more.

  • In addition to the cost of the limo itself, many other types of additional fees may be tacked on that will increase the total price.

  • Always be sure your rental contract includes every detail of your agreement (times, locations, type of car, extras, etc), including any additional costs you may also be liable for (overage costs, etc).

Tips on Saving Money on Your Wedding Limousine Rental

Being transported in a luxurious limousine is an experience every couple can look forward to on their wedding day. Here are some fantastic tips on how to save big while still being able to reserve the limo you want!

  • As with anything wedding related, a little research can save you big! Submitting a quote request on Decidio is the easiest way to get competing offers from local limousine service providers. If you prefer to do your legwork offline, you’ll find that less busy local providers will charge up to 30% less to reserve the same vehicle on your wedding date.

  • Securing a wedding package will often result in cost savings and a better experience than paying per hour. Packages may include flowers or balloon decorations adorning your car, a red carpet being rolled out for you to walk on as you exit the vehicle, and even a sign that says ‘Just Married’! Your chosen service will always work with you in doing whatever it takes to make your day extra special.

  • Bringing your own champagne or booze will both save you money AND guarantee that you get the drink of your choice.

  • Finding out whether your rental service will begin charging you when they leave the garage or when they arrive to pick you up can make a big difference on the bottom line, so be sure you factor in traffic times, etc.

  • As mentioned previously, adding an extra hour to the original package time can end up saving you hundreds in overage fees, as many people like to spend extra time at the reception.

  • You’ll find when receiving competing quotes that while hourly rates for a vehicle might be similar between companies, the amenities and extras they offer can vary widely. Be sure you ask for those before making your final decision.

  • Save by forgoing the wedding package and instead rent for an hour. Use the transportation between the ceremony and reception to enjoy the moment while making a big entrance, then stay at the reception as long as you like and drive your own car home. Your friends can decorate it before you leave to make it extra fun! Conversely, if everyone will be watching you exit the reception but not arrive, rent your vehicle for the big getaway instead. Either of these methods will limit your paying for the vehicle for the time it isn’t in use.

  • Instead of renting one limo for the bride and groom and another for the wedding party, see if it makes sense to rent a single larger car instead. Some super stretch limos can carry up to 10 people.

  • Companies will charge less if it is a slightly older vehicle simply because everyone wants the newest model on the market.

  • Check your local bridal expo and online sites like groupon for companies that offer discounted rates on their rentals.

  • Booking early may result in a deal, as companies like to have a guaranteed revenue stream locked in as early as possible.

  • Limo services have a built in profit margin and know that you can easily take your business elsewhere, so don’t be shy about asking for a better price if you think you can get one. Many companies will be willing to work with you as long as your business is worth it to them.

  • Offer to pay a larger deposit to reserve your car in exchange for a price break.

  • If you can have your wedding off season or on a day other than Saturday, companies will be more willing to give a discounted rate to secure your business. These discounts will also apply to every wedding service you may need, from your day of wedding planner, to hiring a wedding caterer, to hiring your wedding DJ, and more.

  • Visit the rental service before you sign anything to personally verify the condition of the car you want to reserve, then be sure that that specific car (including license tag) is included in the contract to prevent a last minute switch from happening.

  • Mentioning the name of the client if you were referred by someone will result in a small discount, and so will mentioning any friends that will be married in the future.

  • Mention that you will leave a guaranteed positive review on multiple wedding sites like Decidio or Yelp in exchange for a discount.

  • Pay for your rental with a credit card that offers maximum rewards points or cash back to enjoy a post wedding treat!