At one time or another, every woman has dreamed of being a celebrity. Strolling down the red carpet in glamorous designer gowns and sky-high Manolo Blahnik stilettos, draped in glittering jewels, traveling everywhere by limousine, and perhaps best of all, being wined and dined by handsome Hollywood hunks.
While it is fairly unlikely that you will ever get to wear millions of dollars' worth of emeralds and diamonds, one aspect of celebrity life that actually is attainable is riding in a limo! If you are looking to rent a limo for a special occasion, read on for seven tips to doing it in style!
Not Just for Weddings Anymore
Of course, there are certain occasions that call for renting a limousine. Traditionally, these include weddings, proms, birthday or anniversary parties, bachelor or bachelorette shindigs, or other special events when you and your friends dress to the nines and paint the town red.
But you don't have to restrict renting a limo to those few occasions. Why not get a group together and rent a limo to attend a sporting event, go club-hopping, or even just have a super fun girls' night out?
Riding in a limo is a special occasion unto itself. It's so much fun, as a matter of fact, that once you start the mobile party, you might not want to get out of the limo when you arrive at your destination!
What Kind of Limo Do You Want?
A limo is a limo, right? Wrong! There is actually a wide variety of different limousines you can rent, depending on your desires, the number of people in your party, and the occasion.
Classic sedan limos and stretch limos usually accommodate 8-10 people, while SUV limos -- Escalades, Hummers, and even Monster Ram limos -- can fit up to two dozen riders.
While many limos are black or white, you can book some cars with even flashier paint jobs. Hot pink Escalade limo anyone?
Know What's Included in the Cost.
What do you pay for when you rent a limo? The car's cachet, of course. And its chauffeur. But when you book the limo, you will also be asked about the pickup location and the destination(s). That's because we want you to have the best possible night out in the limo. Leaving the driving and traffic to us is the most important. Most companies include everything in the price, i.e. fuel, tolls, mileage, and unlimited stops.
Another consideration is the tip for the driver. Sometimes it's rolled into the final cost, and other times it's up to you to take care of the gratuity. It will save a lot of awkwardness and embarrassment to make sure you know how the tip will be handled!
Are Limos BYOB?
It's hard to imagine taking a limo ride without popping a bottle or two of champagne. Lots of people cite the ability to party without having to worry about a designated driver as one of the main reasons to rent a limo. But will you need to provide your own refreshments?
Ask if the limo is "iced" -- that's the industry term. And caveat rider: some limos will come stocked with bottles of bargain-bin bubbly, but they'll charge you exorbitant fees for them. It's a little like the hotel minibar scenario.
Be sure to check this aspect of the limo rental early in the planning stages.
Lights, Music, Action
In addition to the wet bar and glassware, most limousines also boast elaborate entertainment systems. We're talking surround sound, flat screen TVs with DVD players, gaming consoles, and even karaoke machines. Some even have a dance floor!
Are you the type who always commandeers the aux cord? Put together a great party playlist ahead of time, so you're not stuck twirling the dial to find a bangin' song while everyone else whoops it up!
You can also expect luxury details like leather seats, LED lighting, crystal chandeliers, inlaid wood cabinetry, mirrored ceilings, and other decorative touches to make you feel like a true A-lister.
Deposit and Booking
As you might expect, the most popular nights for limos are Friday and Saturday. And between proms, graduations, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and weddings, June is the busiest month of the year. If you know you'll need a limo for a specific date, book it well in advance. That way, you will be sure that you have the ride of your dreams.
Reputable limo fleets will require a deposit when you book your ride. Usually, it's been 20% and 50% of the total cost. However, beware of any service that asks you to pay the entire total up front.
Just taking a limo ride for the hell of it, or flexible about when you celebrate? Ask the company about their off-season or midweek rates. There's a good chance you can get a great deal if you want to go cruisin' on a Tuesday or in the wintertime.
Don't Get Scammed
As with any industry, there are plenty of crooked limo operators out there. Make sure to check for licensure, registration, proof of insurance, and other credentials. You can always check with the Better Business Bureau, or solicit references from a particular company you're considering going with.
Don't be hesitant about requesting a tour, either. Any limo service worth its salt will let you check out the cars for yourself. You will be able to see how spacious it is, try out the seats and the sound system, and of course, find out if the interior is as impressively appointed as the exterior.
Ready to Rent a Limo?
Everyone should have the opportunity to rent a limo and ride in a limousine at least once in their life! Whether you use a limo ride to make your special night extra memorable, or as the event in and of itself, why not treat yourself and your friends to the glitz and glamour of a stylish ride?
Check out our fleet, read what our customers have to say, or give us a call if you have any questions. Heaven On Wheels awaits!
How to Rent a Party Bus
How do I rent a Party Bus? What do I need to do to rent a Party Bus? What do I need to know?
We get asked these questions all the time. Renting a Party Bus for your special event shouldn't be daunting, shouldn't cause you unnecessary stress and shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg! Booking a Party Bus really is easy as pie! Follow these 6 tips on renting a party bus in Dallas or anywhere else for that matter to make sure you don't get 'taken for a ride.'
Step 1 : Know your date/time you need a bus for.
Why is this important? There are many dates throughout the year that, due to high demand, can affect limo or party bus pricing. Prom Season, Wedding Season, and Holidays are special times throughout the year that the prices for a limo or party bus can be 1.5-2 times the normal rate. So, date and the number of hours you need a bus for are extremely important to get an accurate quote.
Step 2 : Number of Passengers
Buses can range from as little as 8 passengers all the way to 55 passengers. Price is dependent on what vehicle, the bigger the vehicle, the higher the price tag usually.
Step 3 : What is your budget like?
Step 4 : We highly suggest to see the limo or bus you want to rent IN PERSON! Trust no one! There are many national companies out there that are considered "brokers." They don't own not one bus or limo, yet they advertise nationally and then add their cut or commission so you end up paying even more! Do your homework, rent with a local company, make sure they OWN the limos they are renting, and see it in person if at all possible!
Step 5 : Confirm with your guests. Nothing worse than being stuck on the hook for a limo or bus when all your friends back out!
Step 6 : BOOK YOUR PARTY BUS!
Dallas's NEWEST Sprinter Bus Limo is here!
Limo Sprinters also come in many different styles, from J seating to executive leather seats. Party style interiors to corporate, single colored lighting as well as lasers and strobe lights. So many options that the Sprinter has become one of the most versatile and trustworthy vehicle in most limo fleets.
How Much Should I Tip My Limo Driver?
So, how much? Industry standard is between 18-22% of the amount spent on the limo. Chauffeurs make really good pay, but their service and what you expect out of them should be reflected in how much they get paid. Meaning, it's not a guaranteed pay. Gratuity for a Chauffeur, like anywhere, is optional and based on the service. If the Chauffeur did an excellent job, then a 20% gratuity is standard, and sometimes even a little more if you deem they deserved it. If they do a poor job, then by all means, you're more than able to take back some of the gratuity.
At Heaven On Wheels, we add on a 20% Gratuity to all reservations. We do require that because honestly, a lot of times people forget, or may be intoxicated by the end of the night and do not tip the drivers. However, if you ever feel that your Chauffeur did an exceptional job, you can definitely pay your Chauffeur above and beyond the 20% minimum. This is an industry standard and the practice is common most everywhere, again similar to automatic gratuity on larger groups at a restaurant. However, if for any reason, you feel your Chauffeur did not deserve the 20%, please let us know at your earliest convenience and we will refund you what you believe is a fair amount to pay for the Chauffeurs time and service.
So the next time you find yourself asking the question, "how much should I tip my driver," consider the training, licenses, DOT regulations, City permitting and insurance requirements it takes to be a professional Chauffeur, and also remember and keep in mind the precious, precious cargo they are carrying before shorting that Chauffeur! :)
Heaven On Wheels Featured On Garage Rehab!
We were so excited to get a call from Richard Rawling's production crew asking us if we wanted to take part in a new episode of the second season of Garage Rehab! As soon as we got that phone call, our office was working out the details and schedule to make sure all would work out smoothly.
We truly appreciate the Garage Rehab crew and Richard Rawlings for featuring our limo company on the show! They told us they were only using the biggest and the best, and they sure came to the right place! Literally the BEST limos in Dallas & Fort Worth. Check out the rest of our "As Seen On TV" links and videos.
It's Friday ya'll! Time to get ready for the weekend! And to us, that means, making memories. Last weekend, we had some great birthday parties, bachelorette parties, Quinceanera's and a couple weddings! What a great group of ladies enjoying our Black Escalade limo last weekend cruising around town. Regardless the occasion, we have the vehicle that is perfect and for you and your group. Limo interior, shuttle seating, coach bus or just a sedan or SUV to get you to and from the airport.
These guys really enjoyed the Dodge Challenger Limo! I mean, how could they not! It is literally one of the coolest cars in DFW with DUAL jet doors, black on black exterior, disco floor, party lighting interior and an awesome Chauffeur to boot! The ONLY Dodge Challenger in Dallas/Fort Worth!!
What a great looking group, oh and check out the two cool limos in the background! Our one and only PINK ESCALADE limo and our WHITE ESCALADE limo! This was one group that literally was too cool for school!!
Whatever your plans are for this weekend, please remember to be safe, drink responsibly, and party hard!! :)
Ram vs. Escalade!
Wow! Check out these two beauties parked next to each other! How can you not just fall in love? Our Pink Escalade is truly stunning, its sleek lines and hot pink color, jet door, Cadillac body lines that are loved by all, the longgggg body, low profile tires and chrome rims are just a few of the outside details. Don't get us started on the inside...
But then there is the RAM! The massive Dodge 2500 sitting on 24" black on black rims, fender flares, jet door and an all black look that is truly to turn heads! One of the most unique and one-of-a-kind limos in the COUNTRY! The one and only glass door that takes the passengers from the inside of the limo to the tailgate special outdoor seating, bar area!
Check out our Monster Ram interior video below!
Last but not least, our Pink Escalade looks incredible both in person, in pictures and on video!!!