The list of to-dos when planning a wedding is almost overwhelming. Online checklists show hundreds of line items mapped out over months or even years. Whether you’re doing it all yourself or have professional help, all these tasks can drain the delight out of coordinating your big day.
Thankfully, not all to-dos are big, daunting hullabaloos — choosing the stamp design for your invitations, for example, is a minor detail compared to picking venue. Some errands are downright fun, too. How many opportunities will you have to go cake tasting?
Then there’s choosing your wedding wheels — or did you forget about that part? While not as important as a well-tailored suit or dazzling dress, the getaway car and/or honeymoon transportation is an opportunity to show some class. Sure, you could rent a limo, but do you really want to be like everyone else? And don’t even think about cramming your new wife’s dress into your beat-up Corolla.
If you don’t know someone with a luxury vehicle, or can’t convince them to loan it to you for a couple days, fret not. There are a couple different ways to get your hands on a special car for your special day.
Where to Rent a Car
Hertz and Enterprise
Yes, the same companies that rent out $13,000 Nissan Versas also stock exotic and upscale vehicles for those in need. Enterprise offers everything from Audi Q3s to Lamborghini Huracans, while Hertz tops out at Porsche 911/Nissan GT-R territory. The prices range from about $80 per day to over $1,200 (not including insurance), but even if you go big, it’s still a whole lot cheaper than buying a supercar.
Keep in mind your neighborhood Enterprise or Hertz location may not have the exact vehicle you want (or any exotic models), so if you go this route, be sure to scope out the car you want well in advance of when you’ll need it.
Turo is a relatively new player in the rental car space and goes about the process differently than traditional companies. Instead of buying and storing cars at specific locations across the country, Turo simply connects vehicle owners with potential renters via an app. The idea is that people who own their own car probably don’t need it all day every day, so why not make some money loaning it out some of the time?
I’ve personally tried Turo as both an owner and a renter and I was pretty impressed with the procedure. Renters can select the day or days they’ll need a car, scroll through available models near them, then choose one at a fair price per day. Turo also has a new, wedding specific landing page where classic muscle, contemporary luxury, and photogenic cars are listed to match your taste and themes. The real lure for Turo is the daily rate, which is up to 250-percent cheaper than formal rental agencies. There’s a risk you’ll end up in a dispute with the owner or find a dirty sock in the glove compartment, but that can also happen with a standard rental car.
If you find yourself way under budget as you’re wrapping up wedding planning (a big kudos to you for that) or you just aren’t satisfied with the models available from Turo or Enterprise, there are a number of dedicated exotic car rental stores. McLarens, Ferraris, and the big ticket Lamborghinis are all available for brief loans — just enough time for you to make some memories.
There are some drawbacks to this option, with price being the biggest kicker. Even if you stay within the allotted 50 or so miles per day, a supercar can cost upwards of $2,000 per day. Add in insurance and that refundable $7,500 (give or take a few grand) security deposit, and your bank account is hurtin’ for certain.