The Los Angeles area offers everything from beautiful sandy beaches and picturesque cliffs to a vibrant downtown scene. This diversity in landscapes presents endless aesthetic opportunities for your wedding, from a coastal ceremony to a city centre affair. No matter which time of year you plan to get married in the City of Angels, you can count on one thing: reliably warm and sunny weather – making it a perfect location for your outdoor wedding ceremony!
However, if there’s one assumption about LA that rings true, it’s that you need your own personal transportation. Because the LA area spans so widely, renting a wedding shuttle bus to transport guests on your big day ensures that you’ll keep your wedding party together, running from venue to venue according to schedule.
Read on for your ultimate guide to renting a wedding shuttle bus for your LA wedding!
Do you need a bus for your Los Angeles wedding?
Yes! If you want your wedding to be everything you’ve always imagined, you need to have all your bases covered. This includes taking care of your wedding’s group transportation ahead of time. Not only is a group bus rental for your wedding the most efficient way of keeping your guests together, but they’ll also appreciate not having to get behind the wheel – especially if this means they can indulge in a bit more champagne than usual. Traffic is also notoriously gruelling in and around LA, so it’s wise to eliminate the possibility of guests getting trapped in traffic with a wedding shuttle bus rental!
Additionally, guests flying in from out-of-town will be endlessly grateful for having an organized ride from LAX to drop them off at your wedding venue. There’s nothing more stressful than coming off of a lengthy flight and haggling with taxi drivers in an unfamiliar city!
Sometimes, you have a need not to transport every wedding guest but instead to transport only the members of your wedding party. In these cases, a sprinter van may be the best vehicle option for you. A sprinter van is a type of compact passenger van that can fit between 10 to 15 people. Bus.com offers sprinter van rentals in Los Angeles.
How far in advance should you book wedding transportation?
Ideally, as soon as you have your wedding venues booked (ceremony, photoshoot, reception, etc.). Otherwise, we recommend booking your bus at least six months before the date of your event to guarantee that you get the bus of your choice when you need it. There’s nothing worse than having to scramble to find last minute group transportation!
How much should a Los Angeles charter bus cost?
The price of your LA shuttle bus rental will depend on a few factors, such as how many guests you’ll be transporting, how long you’ll need a bus for, and which amenities are required onboard.
For example, a minibus is an optimal choice if you’ll be transporting a smaller group around LA. Minibuses cost $98/hour, accommodate up to 21 passengers, and can also come equipped with special amenities, like A/V and A/C, which, let’s be real – you’ll definitely want on hot California summer days!
If you’re planning on toting around a larger wedding party, a school bus or coach bus would probably fit your bill best. School bus rates run at $81/hour, accommodate up to 47 passengers, and provide a fun twist on classic wedding transportation.
Prices for coach buses start at $115/hour, accommodate up to 55 passengers, and are the ultimate choice if you want something with all the bells and whistles. Choose to have your bus decked out with reclining seats, A/C, and on-board entertainment (A/V setup), and additional storage. Just make sure to specify which amenities you’d like ahead of time with one of our booking specialists!
Planning Wedding Shuttles to get to Remote Venues
So, you’ve decided to host your wedding outside of downtown Los Angeles. Excellent choice! There’s a rich variety of wedding venue options that are perfect for the California wedding of your dreams. Whether you envision a small ceremony on a romantic island, or you’d rather opt for a wedding on a ranch, check out these recommendations for an idyllic Los Angeles wedding away from the city hustle. The best way to get to these remote wedding venues? A wedding bus shuttle rental, of course!
Catalina Country Club | Avalon, CA
Located just 20 miles (one hour by ferry) from Los Angeles’ Long Beach is Catalina Country Club. Imagine saying your vows atop a hill overlooking Avalon valley, surrounded by rolling ocean waves. Can you picture anything more stunning? The country club venue itself is a prime fixture of Early California Revival architecture, with Spanish influence apparent in its romantic details. This is the stuff that California dreamin’ is made of.
Leoness Cellars | Temecula, CA
When you think Temecula Valley, you ultimately think ‘wine’ – and with good reason! With a wine selection fine enough to impress the pickiest of sommeliers (and boasting the largest barrel room in wine country!), Leoness Cellars is the perfect place to host a decadent, tasteful wedding filled with all the best life has to offer. This enchanting venue is hidden away in the heart of Temecula Valley’s Wine Country, with French architecture and charming private vineyards that promise to be a romantic setting for your ceremony.
Old Ranch Country Club | Seal Beach, CA
From its spacious reception hall to its manicured lawns, rest assured that your wedding at Old Ranch Country Club will meet your standards in every way. This venue is perfect for an outdoor ceremony; their hand-crafted wrought iron pergola makes for a stunning space to say “I do” to the love of your life, set against a backdrop of distant mountains, glimmering fountains, and lush greenery.
La Quinta Resort & Club | La Quinta, CA
The Spanish-inspired architecture of La Quinta Resort & Club is enough to make you fall in love with this Waldorf Astoria resort at first sight. La Quinta Resort offers everything from elegant ballrooms and private dining to secluded courtyards and historic guest houses to accommodate your wedding party after a long night of celebrating. Take care of your wedding planning woes by working with one of their in-house wedding planners, and make sure that the menu for your big day is first class by designing a customized menu with their onsite catering team.
Get to Photoshoot Locations by Bus
If you didn’t take photos on your wedding day, did you even get married? One of the most important parts of your wedding day is without a doubt working with a talented photographer to capture magical moments with your significant other. Renting a wedding shuttle bus allows you to efficiently zoom around the city and snap pictures with your favourite iconic Los Angeles landmarks.
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier is one of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions. Every day, loads of people mill about on the boardwalk enjoying an ice cream cone or rollerblading along the pier. Needless to say, it sets quite the scene for an unconventional wedding photoshoot. The juxtaposition of your gorgeous wedding day attire against the everyday happenings of the boardwalk? Talk about making a statement!
What better place to take your wedding photos than the Happiest Place on Earth? It’s no surprise that Disneyland is a massively popular photoshoot destination for newlyweds. After all, there’s no better way to show that you’ve found true love than by holding a wedding photoshoot at Disneyland, where dreams really do come true! Snap some shots in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle or with your favourite Disney character for the full effect. Of course, you’ll have to pay a fee to get in, but that’s the price you pay for living happily ever after!
The Hollywood sign is without a doubt the biggest indicator that you’ve arrived in Tinsel Town. Embedded within the Hollywood hills, this is one of the most famous signs in the entire world, associated with your favourite films and actors. What better way to showcase your love for your city on your big day than by adding the Hollywood sign to your wedding bus route itinerary?
Let Guests know about your Wedding Bus!
Once everything has been booked and confirmed, it’s time to spread the word to your guests about your wedding bus shuttle rental! Announce it on your personal wedding website, post it to your wedding’s social media groups, and pick up the phone to call people who aren’t the most digitally-savvy. You want guests to know that their group transportation has been taken care of and that there’s no need for them to bring their own cars. Get everyone hyped up!
Make sure Everything goes Smoothly on the Big Day
There’s nothing more important than making sure that everything is in order in the days leading up to your wedding. Take some stress of your plate by delegating the wedding bus route itinerary to your Maid of Honour or one of the bridesmaids so that you can enjoy your special day!