Ideally, we wanted a 4-5 hour rental that would pick up all of the bridal party and our photographer (Uncle J) and bring us to a few local places we wanted to take pictures at before the ceremony and have a final drop-off at our ceremony/reception location before our 5pm ceremony start. I immediately crossed out the limo idea, as I am about as graceful as a St. Bernard on a slip and slide - nevermind when tied up into a wedding gown. Something I can step up into was preferable, if not mandatory.
I looked into trolley rentals in our area, I figured they weren't quite as popular as the limo and maybe not as expensive. WOW, was I ever wrong! The trolley rentals I found were almost 50% MORE expensive than the limos and most required a 6-8 hour rental minimum. It was way outside the (completely arbitrary) $500 budget I seem to set for everything, but I was determined to find something more affordable.
In our small-ish city, we have a few city trolleys which operate in the summer months doing tours of museums and "famous" locations around town. I inquired with the city to see if they rented it for private events. They don't.
Never fear, a similar small-ish city is only 20 minutes away. I shot off an e-mail to their parks and rec. department...
We are really excited to not only support a local city, as all of the money they take in on these private events is set aside for road and city vehicle repairs, but also to have a really cool trolley for an amazing price!
For those brides still looking for transportation, check with your local small-ish cities - you may be surprised at what they have to offer!