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Don’t Be THAT Person: 3 Times You Might Forget to Tip

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Today, our economy thrives on the dedication of the service industry. Nearly every day we interact with hardworking service professionals. Here’s our reminder of some industries that tippers often overlook, so that next time you rent a limo service, book a room, or get Fido a trim, you’ll know the proper etiquette.

  1. Tattoo Artists

    Tattoo artists are artists. Not only are they doing needlework that requires their undivided attention, but they likely designed your tattoo themselves. Many artists accommodate every tiny adjustment you request to make your personalized, permanent body art just right. Recognize their talent, and appreciate their extra thought and care with a tip. Leaving a positive review or posting about your new ink is also a great way to show your thanks and help give the artist a little free advertising.

  2. Pet Groomers

    Many people tip their personal hairdressers but forget to tip the person who cares for their pup’s hairdo. Groomers have to deal with your dog’s tangles and dirt, and often have to use extreme patience when coaxing animals to remain still. Show your appreciation for their good care of your furry friend, and tip them. Usually, about 15 or 20%, like in a restaurant, is the appropriate amount. For particularly messy or unruly pooches, give a little extra.

  3. Drivers

    We tip taxi drivers but forget that other transportation workers deserve tips, too. Whether you rent a limo service, a party bus, or opt for a van rental, workers go out of their way to ensure you make it to your event on time, in style, and without complication. Often, they work with extreme time pressures– even limousine rental drivers make about 105 trips each week. Drivers of all kinds take pride in their work, especially because a large part of their duty is transporting you safely. Be sure to tip between 10% and 20%. If they helped you with bags, navigated heavy traffic, or listened to your drunken antics, don’t be a jerk. Instead, tip your chauffeur more than usual.

So whether it’s your wedding day, a night out on the town, or a special occasion, make sure you’re showing your appreciation to the service workers who helped make your special event a success.

Prom and Homecoming Limo Rentals: 5 Tips For Teens and Parents

Dressed Up Girl Being Helped From LimoProm season may have come and gone, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. And since the school bell will ring again before you know it, you may want to get a head-start on your homecoming dance plans. Often, these plans may involve a limousine rental. Teens and parents who want to learn a bit more about securing limo services for these special occasions might want to pay attention to these helpful tips.

5 Tips to Remember When You Rent a Limo For Prom or Homecoming

  1. Get the group settled: During the busiest times of the year, it can be tough to secure the vehicle (or even the company!) you want. That’s why it’s important to book early. Before you can make your reservation, you’ll need to get your group all set. Teens should talk to their friends early and decide on a plan about who will be involved. That way, you can get a good idea of how much it’ll cost and you’ll have your choice of transportation options.
  2. Ask about amenities and protections: When you rent a limo for prom, for a wedding, or for virtually any occasion, you’ll need to do your research on the company first. That involves looking at reviews and even viewing the vehicles in person prior to signing a contract. You’ll also want to ask the limo company about any amenities that come with the limo that might be of interest to your teen. Remember to keep expectations in check; while there’s a 100-foot limousine in existence that has a swimming pool, jacuzzi, king-sized bed, and helipad, it’s likely that your limo will be a bit more modest (though should still be very exciting). You should also ensure that the company in question is fully licensed and insured so you know your teen will be safe.
  3. Plan for photo time: When you rent a limo for prom or for the homecoming dance, it’s likely that pre-celebration photos will be part of the evening’s festivities. This tradition is one that’s cherished by both teens and parents alike. But when you book your limo, try to think ahead and keep things simple. Be generous in the amount of time you set aside for photos, but try to keep it to just one location. That way, you don’t have to waste time and can even get the limo in the backdrop of the photos, should you so desire. Keep in mind that when you book, you’ll have only a certain number of hours on the clock. The less time you spend pre-prom, the better.
  4. Don’t forget the after-party: Remember what we said about booking your limo for only a certain time frame? This is important to keep in mind when deciding what the plan is after the dance is over. Many times, there’ll be an after-party or an event that requires safe transportation. Whether it’s a sleepover or a bonfire, you may want to consider booking the limo for a bit longer into the evening to make certain everyone gets to their last location of the night safe and sound.
  5. Ask about a prom promise: Many limo rental companies will provide (or even require) a document for teen passengers to sign, sometimes known as a prom promise or pledge. This document shows all teens have agreed not to drink or take drugs on prom night. This provides parents (and limo drivers) with peace of mind and ensures that every kid has an unforgettable and safe time at their school dance. Some limousine companies will make signing a document like this mandatory for their passengers; if a passenger is found to have consumed drugs or alcohol, the limo company has a right to terminate the limo service and contact their parent to pick them up. This can be a good way to encourage healthy decisions on prom night.

Whether you plan to rent a limo for prom or want to arrive to homecoming in style, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for further information!

What’s the Occasion? 3 Events That Call For a Mini Bus Rental

summer holidays, vacation and celebration concept - smiling girls with champagne glassesIf you’ve ever had the occasion to rent a limo for a bachelorette party or party buses for a bar or bat mitzvah, you’re probably familiar with the process. For special occasions that require transportation from one venue to another, it’s appropriate to enlist the help of local limo services. Among their vehicle fleets, you may also have seen another transportation option: the mini bus, coach, or van. While the appearance of these vehicles might differ a bit from the traditional limousine or party bus, these mini coaches and buses are incredibly versatile. Let’s take a look at just a few occasions where you might want to rent a mini bus.

Rent a mini bus when…

    1. You need to get to the airport: If you’re traveling with a large group and want to ensure the beginning of your trip starts off smoothly, there’s no better way to accomplish that than mini bus or van rentals. Although the first limos sat only four people, shuttle buses or mini coaches can seat anywhere from 14 to 29 people, depending on the vehicle. This means that your entire group will arrive at the airport together. This can offer some much-needed stress relief for your group organizers; not only will no one arrive late, but you also won’t have to worry about parking your own vehicles in the lot while you’re away! Whether you’re headed to a family reunion, a big sporting event, or a festival, this is truly the way to travel.
    2. You want to see the sights: Say you’re in town for the weekend and aren’t familiar with the area. Instead of renting a car, relying on public transport, or taking your chances with a ride hailing app, you can play tourist in comfortable surroundings when you rent a mini bus (or “people mover,” as they’re sometimes called) for everyone in your party. This is an excellent option if you’re traveling with friends, family, or coworkers who have a desire to see the main attractions a given city has to offer. This is also a great idea for small student groups or when you need reliable transportation to and from specific locations during your stay.
    1. You’re going on a wine tour: When you want to ensure the health and safety of everyone in your party, you may want to explore alternative forms of transportation — particularly if there is alcohol involved. There’s no reason anyone should miss out on any of the fun or be worried about navigating to the next stop on the wine tour, pub crawl, or beer tasting excursion. Depending on the size of your party, van rentals or mini bus rentals may be entirely appropriate. And because they’re climate controlled and comfortable, the joy will continue throughout the afternoon or evening.

Want to rent a mini bus for an upcoming event? You can turn any day into a special occasion with help from our fleet. To find out more, please get in touch with us today.

Wedding Transportation Tips To Ensure a Smooth and Special Day

a big party bus fill ed with comfortable seats and shiny bright floor for dancing and having funWedding season is already upon us — and many couples may already be planning ahead for their wedding in one or two years’ time. There are countless elements that go into any wedding, including amazing food, music, flowers, and (of course) the white dress. But transportation will prove to play a key role for most weddings, too. To ensure your Big Day goes off without a hitch, you’ll need to prioritize your transportation. Below, you’ll find some helpful tips to keep in mind when reserving your party bus or limo services for your upcoming nuptials.

  • Book in Advance: The golden rule when you rent a limo or party bus is to do it early on. You shouldn’t book before you’ve picked the date and booked your ceremony and reception venues, of course, and you should wait until you know the size of your wedding party. But be sure to book at least six months in advance — or perhaps longer if you’re getting married in the spring or summer. Remember that you’ll be competing with other couples and (potentially prom-bound teens) during this season. The earlier you book, the more choices you’ll have. If you wait too long, you could be stuck with a subpar company or a vehicle that really doesn’t fit your needs.
  • Think Outside the Box: Unless you really have your heart set on a particular vehicle (like a stretch limo or a classic car, for example), give yourself permission to get a little creative. You don’t have to rent a limo simply because it’s conventional. Party buses might be better suited to your needs, or you could choose an in-between option like a party van. If you aren’t exactly sure what you want, you’ll want to pick a company that offers a variety of vehicles in their fleet. That way, you can go see these cars and buses in-person and determine which is the best fit for your style and budget.
  • Provide Easy Access: Often, party buses and limos are reserved for the happy couple, their immediate family members, and others in the wedding party. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave the rest of your guests behind to fend for themselves. If you have a lot of out-of-towners attending your wedding or have a number of elderly or young people attending, you may want to provide some additional transportation from the main hotel to the ceremony and/or reception. While this may mean an additional cost for you, it could make all the difference for many of your guests who might not otherwise be able to come due to costs or lack of convenience.
  • Give Yourself Time: Your wedding day will already be stressful enough; don’t add on more stress by failing to give your party enough time to get where you need to go. Make sure to factor in extra time for delays caused by traffic or interruptions while getting ready. Depending on where your wedding is taking place, you may need to add on 30 minutes each way (or more, if your area is particularly prone to heavy traffic at specific times of day). You may want to do a “test drive” on your own to be certain you’ve given yourself enough breathing room.
  • Ask About Specifics: Don’t make assumptions about what your car or bus company will provide or what they will allow. If you need to make special requests (like decorations, music, champagne, or driver dress codes), make sure to do so before you sign your contract. Many companies will be more than happy to accommodate you — but they can’t read your mind or make every outlandish request come true. You can’t expect to secure a 24-karat gold-plated limo like the Sultan of Brunei’s vehicle, but you can probably discuss having a special playlist or a toast on-board.

Your special day should go as smoothly as possible — but you’ll need to prepare ahead of time. As long as you follow these tips for your wedding day transportation, you should be in great shape once you’re ready to say “I do.”