7 Winter Wedding Dos and Don'ts. Here are our tips to make your winter wedding fabulous.

From our partners at THE KNOT: Weddings aren't just spring and summer affairs anymore. More couples are opting to marry during what used to be the off-season for nuptials—and why not? Between the romantic ambience of a snowy landscape, the relative lack of competition for vendors and sites, there's so much to love about chilly weather nuptials. Check out our top dos and don'ts for having a winter wedding

1. Don't be afraid to experiment with color.

You shouldn't feel bound to a palette of winter whites, greens and reds that traditionally surround the holiday season. Why not choose bold, bright colors and create a tropical wonderland of mango orange, key lime green or pineapple yellow? It sounds counterintuitive, but it can actually create a fun, unexpected setting for your guests.

2. Do dress your bridesmaids in style.

Throw out the old-school rules that say you have to wear certain fabrics depending on the time of year you're getting married. It's completely okay to choose a strapless dress rather than one with long sleeves or silk charmeuse rather than double-faced satin as long as it works for your wedding style and your bridesmaids are comfortable with it. Plus, you'll probably have the heat on in an indoor venue, so they'll appreciate being dressed in something a little lighter (especially when the dancing starts up!).

3. But don't allow them to freeze!

Remember, though, you can't be overly picky about what they wear when your bridesmaids are outdoors (which they will be, even if it's just to dash from the car to the ceremony venue). If you've opted for glitzy heels that could be hazardous in snow or ice, be okay with them toting along sneakers or boots to get from one place to the next. And obviously, coats are a must—in most parts of the country, it'll take more than a pashmina to ward off the winter chill.

4. Do create a cozy reception.

There are plenty of ways to make your reception an inviting space. With the sun setting early, candles will create a romantic glow right from the start of your party. To add ambience, consider bringing in lush, soft textures. Think: velvet ribbon tied around each napkin or chenille pillows and throws in a lounge area. 

5. But don't let it overheat.

We know it's cold outside but things may heat up on your dance floor. If it seems like guests are breaking a serious sweat, ask your wedding coordinator or site manager to turn the heat down a notch (or two). Another option: If there are separate thermostats for different areas of your reception space, set the one for the dance floor area a few degrees lower.

6. Do be gracious to your guests.

There are tons of winter-inspired ways you can thank your guests for joining you at your wedding. Winter- or holiday-themed favors are always favorites, like ornaments with each guest's name on them before Christmas or delectable truffles near Valentine's Day. Another option is to do a late-night snack. We love the idea of giving out hot cocoa with shortbread cookies or mulled apple cider with ginger snaps. 

7. But don't leave them out in the cold.

If you want to have a receiving line, plan ahead of time how it'll work so guests aren't left freezing outside. If your ceremony space has a large enough entryway or vestibule, you may be able to wait there and have guests greet you after the ceremony. To hold a receiving line at the reception, do it inside rather than greeting guests as they enter. That way, when the line starts to bottleneck, guests in the back aren't left waiting (and shivering) to get indoors.

Let our team of Wedding experts at Total Transportation assist you with your Winter Wedding wishes!

Call us today: 651-770-5668 or email us at info@totallimo.com


Recipe for Success: Meal Planning Insights

For events, food and beverage offerings can make a difference on how the occasion is remembered, so it’s important to get it right. By adding a cup of strategy, tablespoon of creativity and a pinch of personalization, then mixing together with the insights below, the dining experience during your event is sure to be a hit!

  1. Remember your audience – All menus should be balanced to accommodate the diverse audience, but if you know that a specific demographic is more heavily represented, the menu should reflect that.
  2. Know your numbers – Get to know the history of the past events and understand attendee habits to assist in making the best financial decisions. Events tend to lose a certain percentage of guests for meal functions because of private meetings, other commitments, or those that may have already eaten before attending.
  3. Be creative and engage with the venue – if the standard published menus don’t offer what you need for your theme or audience, don’t be afraid to ask for other options. Be up front about your budget, so the chef can best accommodate, and you can come to a decision faster.
  4. Incorporate Seasonal and Fresh items – most venues do their best to source seasonal ingredients, but it’s also important to consider the region or location of the event for popular food items in the area. By incorporating regionally grown produce or proteins to reflect the locale, it will also ensure the freshest ingredients and maybe even help keep your budget in check.
  5. Allow for a comfortable room setup and flow – choose the appropriate room layout that supports your event objectives and the scheduled meals. Always allow for people to spread out, especially if there is a presentation occurring while the meal is being served so that the notepads and pens don’t interfere with plates and glassware.
  6. Combine camaraderie with culinary education – Depending upon the format of the event, allowing attendees to create their own signature dish or cook the entire menu together. It is a fun way to get attendees on their feet, add interaction and support relationship building while creating an unforgettable meal.
  7. Consider the final presentation of food – It’s said by the best chefs that we eat with our eyes and nose before actually tasting. Whether it’s served plated or buffet, the meal should be visually colorful, fragrant and appetizing.
  8. Susie Tucker is the Director of Culinary Sales and Experience at Cooks of Crocus Hill, a culinary retailer and educator in the Twin Cities.  More about cooking classes and private culinary experiences can be found at www.CooksofCrocusHill.com

Why You Need A Chauffeured Driven Vehicle This Fall!

Fall is a favorite season for many. Some like it for the foliage, others for the weather, and countless for pumpkin spice lattes. No matter the reason for it being your favorite season, a limo can get you to where you want to be to enjoy it. 

Beer Festivals
They don’t call it “Oktoberfest” for nothing! Fall is often a time for craft breweries to feature new or specialty brews in tandem with Autumn’s equally-amber coloring. Oktoberfest at various locations throughout the Midwest which takes place in October/November is a great opportunity to get a group together and not have to worry about a designated driver. Predictable rates will ensure your group travels within your means (no more last-minute Uber or taxi rides, nor negotiating split rates). A chauffeured driven vehicle will arrive at a designated location and time for your convenience. 

Sporting Events
For sports fans, Fall is synonymous with one thing: football and hockey season. Ticket holders will feel at ease tackling gameday traffic in a vehicle that knows the best route and has the most comfortable accommodations. Whether it’s dropping you off at the tailgate or the entrance to U.S Bank Stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, Xcel Energy Center, or Target Field, you can pregame responsibly with friends and family while enjoying the cityscapes of the Twin Cities. You will be picked up after the game accordingly to avoid the mass rush to the parking lot and pricey parking fees. 

Halloween Parties
We’re just thinking ahead, but Halloween is definitely one of the most fun holidays to celebrate in the Twin Cities. An abundance of Halloween parties and themed bar crawls await you in every neighborhood. Or, are you organizing your own? Having a limo escort your group to and from the party will keep everyone together – and safe! Our drivers will work with you on a schedule that keeps pace with your event.

Fall Weddings
For over 30 years, Total Transportation has always been THE limousine company for weddings and special events in the Twin Cities. Fall is often one of the most popular seasons for weddings for the temperate weather and natural, colorful panoramas. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, guests can also still enjoy the festivities in the comfort of heated vehicles. We have experience coordinating with photographers and are ready to recommend spots for the perfect shot. Our drivers will have planned out the best route based on your expectations to make sure your wedding party arrives on location on time. 

Need a limo for your next fall event? Call our event experts today:  (651) 770-5668

4 Benefits Of Hiring A Chauffered Driven Vehicle

1. Safety Is a Priority
When a rental car or Uber/Lyft is used for business guests, there is always a chance that something can go wrong on the road. When you book a corporate chauffeur driven service, you know that you are in the capable hands of a licensed and experienced chauffeur. Our diverse fleet of vehicles is detailed and maintained on daily basis and there is a backup plan in effect should the unforeseen happen.

2. Luxury and Comfort
When taking out a new client or a business partner,  let’s make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed when choosing that vehicle. Sitting shoulder to shoulder with little or no leg room is one thing; however, with Total Transportation Corporation there are many other options available that put COMFORT and LUXURY into the experience.

3. Convenience Is Key
Renting cars or hailing cabs can be very inconvenient and time-consuming.  Cabs can be hard to find, and renting a car means having to coordinate details that eventually devour more time.  Let us save you that time for your corporate travel needs by utilizing the various programs available through our reservation system.  

4. Impress Your Clients
A luxury vehicle with a professional chauffeur sends out a statement to that client, showing the importance of your meeting and them as a client. First impressions speak volumes.

Find Your Corporate Limousine At Total Transportation Corporation
Total Transportation operates one of the largest and most diverse selections of vehicles in the Midwest. This enable us to provide our clients with the professional and consistent service they expect and deserve.

We provide safe, comfortable, and reliable chauffeur driven travel services across the United States.  Extensive background checks, driving records, and training are requirements that need to be approved and passed before our chauffeurs are allowed to put on the company tie.

How to Find the Best Wedding Transportation

Finding the Best Wedding Transportation: Limos & Party Buses
Weddings can be a time of stress and hectic preparation. Whether it is an intimate gathering or a larger party, one of the things to be arranged without fail is the wedding transportation. Without this really basic arrangement, you are quite likely to find yourself being late for the ceremony or encountering a number of unforeseen glitches that might hamper the celebration of your big day!  To avoid Wedding Day nightmares, you must give the wedding transportation as much importance as the decorations and other details of the wedding. It is essential not just for your own peace of mind, but it will also make life easier for your guests and keep them happy. Our team of wedding experts will guide you to make the best choices. 

What is the Best Wedding Transportation for the Bride and Groom?
There are many options you can choose to get around on the wedding day, but most people choose our stretch limousines because of the grace and elegance that these cars can bring to the occasion. Limousines are also spacious and can accommodate a few more people if required. Our limo service for weddings is the best as we employ an experienced team of wedding experts. Our chauffeurs will come dressed in our usual professional uniform to add a touch of class to the occasion.

What is the Best Wedding Transportation for the Wedding Party?
If you have a large wedding party to accommodate, it is advisable to book a limo bus for your wedding guests to be able to travel to and fro from one venue to the other. The actual wedding service, the photo shoot, the reception, or any other special event that the couple organizes will probably take place at different locations. If this is the case, providing affordable transportation for your wedding party will be your responsibility.

It is also a nice gesture to offer the out-of-town guests transportation back to their hotels after the ceremony. Also, remember that your bridesmaids and groomsmen have made special efforts to ensure that your special day passes without a hitch. The least you can do is to offer them transportation after the ceremony to take them to the local club, or wherever else they want to chill out. This way, everyone can enjoy your wedding and there would be no need for a designated driver.

When Should I Book My Wedding Transportation?
Booking for the wedding limo service must be done around three to six months in advance to get the best wedding limo packages and to ensure that the wedding limo rental service can provide you with what you need. Since formal transportation is in high demand, this should be organized as early as possible in order not to be left despairing at the last minute.

Total Transportation has access to the largest fleet of vehicles, including limos, limo buses, vans, cars and other vehicles that you can rent for the occasion. Our team will ensure that your wedding costs will not break the bank for you.  Contact our team today:  Rachel@totallimo.com / (651-604-8910)