Most soon-to-be-married couples think creatively when it comes to transportation for their wedding. It is important to think outside the box when making plans for wedding transportation. Your wedding transportation is one of the areas you want to deal with early on, six months to a year in fact, prior to your wedding day. On your checklist, it would happen after you’ve selected the venues for the service and the reception, and after you’ve confirmed the number of wedding attendants you will have. Why is planning the transportation so important? Well, the arrangement for the transportation has to do with the time it takes to move your wedding party from point A to point B and then to point C without leaving anyone behind as well as meeting the time schedule you have set. First plan how the bridal party will be transported from where they will dress to the location for the wedding ceremony. Traditionally transportation is planned for all the women and girls in the wedding party as well as the parents of the bride. Arrangements must be made in advance with the service provider if multiple trips are necessary to transport a large bridal party. Usually the groom-to-be and his party arrange their own transportation to the ceremony and this is not something that typically is contracted out. Arranging transportation for after the ceremony is much more flexible. Some couples choose to transport the entire wedding party to the reception, but it is quite all right to provide transportation for the bride and groom only or to include the best man and maid of honor with the bride and groom. If you’ll be transporting the whole gang, again, several trips or multiple vehicles may be needed. Concerns about transportation end once the wedding party arrives at the reception. Once the logistical information is worked out, it is time to start your transportation search. First, double-check the wedding budget worksheet to see how much money has been allocated for transportation. Your options can get pricey. There are several alternatives to look at besides choosing a limousine. The use of a stretch Hummer or SUV can provide a great entrance and can also transport a large wedding party. For a trendy option, consider being transported in classic or vintage cars. Other ideas include a party bus, a horse-drawn carriage, a boat, a snowmobile, motorcycle and side car, hot air balloon, or anything really that fits in well with the overall theme of the wedding. Of course a personal vehicle is always a fine option and is the least expensive. While shopping around for the right transportation company, ask about any wedding package deals they may be offering such as free champagne or transportation at the end of the evening. And always carefully review the contract before you sign. The contract should document all agreements such as dates, times, cost, payments if applicable, details about the driver such as their name and expected attire. The contract should also specify the cancellation and refund policy.
Have a job and need a car for transportation is a mantra of many today. Owning a vehicle is not luxury anymore. You may live out in suburbia or anther area where bus service is not practical – either by availability or scheduling. It may be your schedule to get to work, or the bus companies schedule may not be frequent enough or provide logistics to get you to work easily or on time. Worse yet many cities and municipalities in an effort to save you tax money are cutting back on vital transit services for its residents. Oh well you say – what of global warming and President Obamas’s moves to the green economy. You can bet that bet few of Obamas’s top staff and bureaucrats take the bus to the White House each and every morning and in the early afternoon after the work day ends. Yet when it comes to choosing vehicle it’s not only a question of style and looks but one of everyday practicalities and fuel economy. Sure as a young male you may have always dreamed of that high powered sleek sports car but what of bring groceries and beer home for the weekend without even considering the high cost of fuel and gasoline economy , thriftiness and your monthly cash flow and budget. Small vehicles like the Mercedes “Smart Car” may be the most economical on gas, yet what happens in a major road accident or collision in terms of personal safety and that of your family and passengers. Small may be inexpensive to buy, run and insure but too small and if you have a chance meeting with a much larger vehicle – a truck or SUV and your personal liability costs as well as hospital and medical bills may prove that choosing a small car may be poor value – and yield you poor quality of life in the end game. At the end of the day most auto purchasers seem to like run of the mill popularly sized vehicles – be they American made cars or truck, or imports. Every driver and auto owner has their own personal preferences often involving their own particular reasons and biases. However just like real estate when you purchase a vehicle think of resale. Its not only resale price involved but also demand for the automotive or transportation product at hand. A high end Porsche or BMW may fetch a good resale price and keep its value – yet in you neck of the woods there just many not be that many auto purchasers and those actively looking in the market who feel that they justify the expense of your particular vehicle. Sure you can expand you catchments area of sales with an online service such as eBay. Yet eBay involves extra costs and expertise. Many people, especially older more conservative types who while established in life having the cash to buy such a dream exotic vehicle shy away from eBay due to concerns from buyers of problems of theft, non payment, logistical issues, comebacks and a whole host of real and imagined issues. Sure they could go to an eBay broker or a person who has the expertise and positive feedback on eBay who certifies as an eBay ‘Trading Assistant”, yet in the end many wonder first if they feel comfortable in such a situation, there are extra fees involved and by the end of the sales process one wonders if it was worth all the bother. When purchasing or considering purchasing a vehicle new or used consider as well the level of service and parts for the vehicle and your specific model both costs and availability. With some vehicles you can just go to a local box store where costs while not cheap or not through the roof. With some specialty vehicles, or oddballs you can only go to the local dealer – if there is one. As well consider the cost of parts, and the difficulties involved in installation. Good old fashioned Chevies were easy to work for a mechanic or even a backyard mechanic. Not necessarily so today. Secondly while an import car or SUV may have good reliability and resale value. The considerably higher priced import car parts may be much higher in price and as well only available from the manufacturer themselves as opposed to less expensive third party parts. This may not be an issue with brand new car – which should only have routine repair and maintenance costs in the first couple of years. Yet buy a more than 3 years old used vehicle and the costs of repairs and replacement parts of many import cars can far outweigh what you thought that you were ahead in terms of reliability, repairs and maintenance costs. Lastly one vehicle which is seldom if ever a bargain in the long run are orphan or odd ball cars. These are ones that either is just being introduced by a new offshore auto maker, or the manufacture has just basically abandoned on the marketplace. Your budget may only allow you purchase of one of these vehicles – especially if you are in the new car market. Head for the hills. No one is going to want to purchase your used vehicle down the road. Parts and service are going to be hard to come by and most likely expensive in relation to most everything else. It is better to buy good used vehicle, with reliable resale value than one of these has beens or orphans that few other in the automobile purchasing market are going to want and will give you little precious cash for. In the end when considering purchasing a vehicle – first of all think of you actual needs, consider running costs and safety. Lastly always consider eventual resale value as part of the calculations and eventual decision or decisions.
A town known as the commercial capital of the Irish midlands, Athlone really has a lot to offer its visitors. Located on the River Shannon, this town is actually surrounded by water. Aside from providing a magnificent view of the water and the view of the castle at its very center, Athlone is also known for being the home of the oldest pub in Europe, Sean’s Bar!
Athlone appeals to a lot of hens mainly because of its beauty. In addition, since it is geographically located at the center of Ireland, it is a major transportation hub which makes it a convenient place to go to.
Cruise Along the River with Pleasure
That’s not all. Since this town is surrounded by water, it is the perfect location for riding a pleasure craft. If you choose to ride a pleasure craft, you will get to see a marvelous view of the town and its castle from the water.
You can even choose to enjoy swimming, bird watching, and angling near Lough Ree’s lakeshore. Lough Ree is another reason why tourists head to this town. This is the largest lake on the River Shannon.
A Grand Shopping Experience
Hens that would like to indulge in a grand shopping experience will have a great time in this town. They will most likely enjoy shopping at the Athlone Town Centre. With a hotel and 54 shops, this shopping complex encompasses two streets and it is actually the biggest shopping complex in the country, outside Dublin.
A Place for the Arts
This town is also known for a place of music, theatre, culture, and the arts. It is the home of three theatres and the Athlone school of music. All hens that can appreciate all of that will have a great time in this town.
For a hen weekend or hen do, you can get unique art lessons and paint naked men. If you enjoy painting, a “naked men painting lesson” might be better than the typical hen tradition of hiring a male stripper.
If you’re more of a dancer than a painter, how about taking dance lessons while you’re in town? You can get a professional dance instructor to teach you and your girlfriends how to dance the can can, salsa, or burlesque. If those do not appeal to you and since it is becoming a popular way to stay fit, you might even want to try out pole dancing!
A Fun-Filled Night on the Town
Athlone possesses a lively nightlife mainly because most of its residents are college students. That is actually a good thing because it is also the reason why a lot of things are more affordable. Compared to other locations, beer and accommodations are cheaper in this town.
So, if you want a truly memorable hen party in Athlone, have it at the oldest pub in Europe. Though cheap beer appeals mostly to stags on their stag night, that does not mean that hens will not benefit from it. With more affordable beer, a night on the town can easily be a night of drunken stupor.
Alternative transportation has become essential: to decrease stress caused by a daily automobile commute; to help the environment by decreasing our carbon footprint; to allow us to live in areas where commuting by automobile isn’t practical. Bowen Island Ferries meet these alternative transportation needs and offer respite for the daily commuter. A Bowen Island Ferry ride exceeds expectations.
Daily commuting creates outrageous costs – in gasoline, in vehicle maintenance, and in depreciation to automobiles. Automobiles were meant to be enjoyed – not as another work tool. Become a weekend driver. Bowen Island Ferry rides allow the cost-conscious commuter a means to travel to and from Vancouver without the constantly accruing costs associated with an automobile commute.
Whether traveling by automobile or ground mass-transit, construction, accidents, and meandering routes cause lengthy travel times. Why waste minutes of your day worrying about when you will arrive at your destination? Eliminate these delays and you are left with only one choice for the most efficient route. Travel the quickest means possible – via Bowen Island Ferries.
The daily grind is stressful enough without adding a lengthy, distracting commute to your day. Enjoy much-needed relaxation time by allowing Bowen Island Ferries to chauffeur you on your route. Gaze at the panoramic views you would never have caught while driving. Grab a cup of coffee, open your newspaper, and sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Green Commuting Alternative
Reducing our carbon footprint – the amount of CO2 we are each personally responsible for – has become easy with mass transit commute alternatives. Eliminate the toxic waste created by your automobile and change your method of travel. Bowen Island Ferries allow you to express your environmental consideration – while traveling the most efficient means possible.
Professional, Friendly Crews
A Bowen Island Ferry ride is led by a well-skilled team. Professional and friendly, these artisans of the trade work diligently to ensure that the excursion will be your only commuting alternative. With personal attention for each passenger, Bowen Island Ferries’ crew shares a commitment to service.
Effective use of leisure skills depends on the factors of time, money, people, and available activities when developing a significant social life. Make a list of activities available nearby your area by searching from internet, magazines, newspapers etc. in your free time. This is a significant step in deciding what type of activities a person might start doing. If you want to be involved with a health club that only meets on the weekends, but you work on the weekends, it would not be a good idea to vigorously pursue becoming a member. Although it is good to be involved with so many social and other networks that they are too tired to work.
Many leisure activities cost some money. If an activity costs so much money that you having a difficult time paying for rent, groceries, fees, transportation, etc., you may have to change your choices. There are many leisure activities that cost little or no money.
One of the best and economical ways to get involved in leisure activities is to meet people. Of course, you may have to get involved in a leisure activity first in order to meet people who have the similar interests. You can meet people in your neighborhood, church, park, and work.
Depending on where a person lives, the number of leisure activities that are available is going to vary. A person living in a metro city is going to have a better selection of activities than person living in a small city or town. Remind that most towns have holy places, parks, playground and opportunities to volunteer. You can choose according your needs and interests.
Have a look in newspapers, you may go through the sections that listings of leisure activities going on in the society. You can go with your friends for movies and other entertainment, sports, outdoor recreation, volunteer opportunities, yoga classes and health clubs. You should identify three activities you would like to participate in over the next few days. Remember to consider the cost, time available, and transportation. Talk about with your friends or spouse why you would be interested in participating in the leisure activities you chose.
Ask yourself, as an elective activity, have you met in two weeks without an expert trainer, and have you participated in any of the leisure activities. Think about the cost, whether you enjoyed it, and whether you met people at the activity that you may do something with in the future.
Lisbon is one of those amazing places that manages to seamlessly blend together centuries of tradition with the energy and dynamism of the new. From ancient monuments to winding cobbled streets and restored palaces, all the way through to Art Nouveau cafés, fabulous restaurants and exciting nightlife, the Portugeese capital has it all and can be easily reached via Lisbon Portela Airport, just 7km away.
Last year a huge investment in the airport, which dealt with in excess of 13 million passengers, saw the services there vastly modernised and a second terminal opened to cater to domestic flights only. In fact visitors to Lisbon Airport are ridiculously spoilt for choice when it comes to extracurricular facilities, whether it´s to indulge in some retail therapy or relax with a drink.
Most of the shops are open between 07.00am and 23.00pm and although there is the usual abundance of duty free, book and convenience stores, there is also an astonishing array of fashion and accessory outlets including Lacoste, the Sunglass Hut and a couple of jewellers. For those that want to take a flavour of Portugal back home with them, there are also two delicatessens.
Once you have shopped-til-you-drop and are in need of some serious refuelling, there are a choice of either self-service or waiter service restaurants. These vary between the culturally apt, such as Passarola restaurant, to the culturally familliar, in the form of McDonalds and Pizza Hut. There is even a Harrods Knightsbridge coffee and snack bar for those that are truly homesick for Blighty. For lighter refreshment there are a selection of cafes and bars scattered around the departures area mainly, although there is an Expresso Café and Delta Café in arrivals.
Getting to and from the airport is the biggest priority for many and to really take advantage of everything that this amazing city has to offer it is best to organise a Lisbon Airport Car Hire. There are 7 companies in total that offer car rental at Lisbon Airport, but Auto Jardim, located within the terminal, is the most convenient for those travelling with children, the in-firmed or elderly. The other 6 – Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt – all provide cars that are wellmaintained and generally under 8 months old but check with individual agencies to find out what else is included in the quoted price.
Another option is to get a Lisbon Airport Transfer. By booking in advance it ensures a driver is there to meet you in arrivals and take you straight to your transportation. This avoids any hanging about which is often the case when relying on other means of transport such as a taxi, which have stands located outside both the arrivals and departure halls.
There is no train station but there are several bus routes that take in the airport. These go to a variety of destinations including metro stations stops, the city centre and Oriente Station, a main railway station from where national and international trains can be caught. Bus fares currently are €1.30 for a single trip.
For further information on Lisbon Airport including arrivals and departures, bus timetables, car hire quotes, parking, weather and much more go to The Lisbon Airport Guide.com.
Arriving at your wedding or event needs to make a statement. This is the after all the first impression that your guests are going to have of you and the theme of your event. A limousine, vintage car, or horse drawn carriage are some of the more traditional ways of arriving at your wedding. But to truly arrive at your wedding in style and to make a unique entrance, you may want to consider some more unconventional wedding transportation.
For a truly unique entrance arrive to your wedding ceremony in a hot air balloon. This style of transportation would be most effective during an outdoor wedding ceremony. Imagine your wedding ceremony taking place in the country or in a vineyard and your bridal party arriving in magnificent hot air balloon. Not only would it be a fantastic experience to have with your future husband but also you guests will be blown away. The timing and time of year would need to be taken into consideration with this type of wedding transportation. You should also have a backup plan as there may be weather conditions that would prevent the hot air balloon from taking flight. If all goes to plan a hot air balloon for your wedding transport will be the talk of your guests and would be remembered for some time. It would also give rise to some beautiful wedding photographs.
For a more cosmopolitan and modern entrance arrive to your wedding on the back of the back of a Harley Davidson or Motor bike. This entrance is certain to create quite a stir. The revs of the engines will let everyone know you have arrived. In choosing this type of wedding transportation you would have to consider the type of wedding dress you will be wearing and also your hair style needs. If you choose to have a less formal dress and hair then the Harley Davidson is perfect for your modern wedding.
A Gondola is extremely romantic and is perfect as wedding transportation for a wedding ceremony or reception by a lake or river. Not only would it be a serene and beautiful entrance and give rise to spectacular photographs, your guests will truly be impressed. Leaving your ceremony or reception on the Gondola is symbolic of your life long journey together on the river of life and love.
A Jet Ski entrance is suitable for an informal beach wedding where the bride and bridal party are dressed in shorter beach attire. Although the jet ski seems less practical as an entrance or form of wedding transport, picture a warm summers day where the guests are waiting in anticipation and in the distance on the ocean your see a bride and groom and the bridal party arriving on the back of jet skis. Imagine the excitement that this entrance would create as well as an expectation of a fun and relaxed wedding.
For an exotic entrance arrive to your wedding on the back of an elephant. Making an entrance on the back of an elephant would suit a wedding ceremony held at the zoo or in a botanical garden or even a rainforest wedding. You could either ride the elephant bare backed or sit inside a tent on the back of the elephant.
Whichever choice you make will certainly create an air of mystery, romance and fantasy for your wedding.
So whether it is by air, water, land or sea make the most unique entrance by choosing wedding transport that makes the ultimate impression. Arriving on a gondola, elephant, Jet Ski, Harley Davidson or hot air balloon is sure to entertain and leave your guests with an air of excitement and fantasy.