Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
11/28/2016

Holiday Limo
Nashville
Events
Nashville Limo Service

Grand Holiday Lights Tour

A Grand Holiday Tradition

One of the best things about living in, or having the opportunity to visit Nashville over during the holidays is that so many magnificent displays of holiday lights provide real holiday cheer and bring family and friends together for an exceptional holiday experience. From Jellystone Park and neighborhoods in Belle Meade and Williamson County, no Nashville holiday season would be complete without a Grand Holiday Lights Tour.

 Grand Holiday Lights Tour

If you are looking for some quality family time, a special night with the love of your life or something fun to do with a group of coworkers or friends, we have got the perfect holiday experience for you. Pack everyone up, grab the cameras and enjoy the impressive displays of lights at Award Winning Homes and their neighborhoods.

 Book a Grand Avenue Holiday Lights Tour

Tours start on December 1st and run nightly through New Year’s Eve. Each Holiday Lights Tour will last about three (3) hours from pick-up to drop-off. We suggest a four (4) hour tour if you have a large group or wish to spend a little more time at different places.

Light displays are at their best if your tour starts between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Lights are often turned off around 10:00 pm so starting any trip after 7:00 pm might not let you enjoy the full effects of some of the incredibly designed displays. The best nights to enjoy a Holiday Light Tour are Sunday through Thursday as these days have the least traffic and will allow you to see more homes during your tour. 

Grand Holiday Light Tours are designed to create memories that will last a lifetime.  With Nashville’s largest luxury fleet, Grand Avenue offers tours in for couples and small groups in luxurious sedans, SUV's and limousines, and accommodates larger groups in our sprinters and coaches.  Give us a call and let us know how many people will be in your groups and Grand Avenue’s tour specialists will help you decide which vehicle is best suited to your needs.

Of course, Grand Avenue’s elves will provide warm cider/egg nog, cookies, holiday music, games and a professional chauffeur to ensure you and your guests have a jolly time. (Please let us know your drink preference and any food allergies when booking).

Call now to reserve your holiday memories with a chauffeured holiday light tour from Grand Avenue. 615.714.5466 or info@grandavenueworldwide.com.
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Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
11/23/2016

Events
Nashville Limo Service
Nashville City Tour

How to spend a unique Thanksgiving in Nashville

When in Nashville for Thanksgiving make it fun. Whether you are away from home, on a business trip or you just couldn't get home to your family don't make this a sad Holiday. If you are in Nashville, try to spend a unique Thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving in Nashville

 

Fortunately, Nashville can take care of you, so you better take it all in.  The food scene, the events just keeps getting better in the Music City. And this is just a part of the things you should be thankful for.

How are you going to make this a unique Thanksgiving? We will try to help to give you some hints.

Do a good deed

Why not? Gather a few friends and help those less fortunate.  If you want to do something special this year, why not volunteer at one, if not more, places that desperately need help.

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and giving, so it makes perfect sense to volunteer your time. Here are a few choices:

Thanksgiving Day banquet at Nashville Rescue Mission

Gobble Gobble Give, Thanksgiving Day

YANA hosts Hope for the Hungry at Hadley Park

 

Go to see Tennessee at Vanderbilt in football

Watching football on Thanksgiving has been a tradition since the 19th century. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday and a few years later the first holiday football games were played.

College and high school teams began playing rivals in the late 1890s during Thanksgiving – and some of these traditional matchups still continue to this day. As we mentioned, take your friends and cheer up your favorite team.

 

Challenge in Music City at Nashville Municipal Auditorium

It doesn't have to be a football game. See Middle Tennessee State University take on UNC Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. after watching the Evansville Purple Aces go up against Toledo at 5 p.m. Friday.

 

Take in the Holiday Lights

It's like one of the best of Nashville. You can't miss it. See the 1 million glittering lights illuminating Cheekwood from 5 to 10 p.m. In addition to the 1 million lights throughout the estate’s gardens, Cheekwood has added Sunday Storytime with Santa and Gingerbread House Workshops. Other attractions include real reindeer, holiday carolers inside, s’mores pits and many other activities.

 

"The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

The show is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in the 1980s, Brooklyn.

 

Get a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

If you still want to have the family experience, Monell's a family-style Thanksgiving meal with all of your favorites. Turkey, ham, roast beef, fried chicken plus a selection of sides and caramel pumpkin pie for dessert.

How does these sound? Even better you could book Nashville Limousine Service to make your weekend special. Gather a few friends and spend a Unique Thanksgiving in the Music City.


Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
11/15/2016

Executive Travel
Nashville Limo Service

Gift Ideas for the executive that has everything

Many of us found themselves wit’s end trying to think of a gift for your favorite road warrior. This is particularly hard because these types of persons, usually have everything from books to efficiency-boosting gadgets and on top of that they are very hard to impress.

Executive gift ideas

It was hard, but the experience we have with the executive travelers helped us to make a list of ideal gifts for the ones in your life. Grand Avenue is proud to help not only with your ground transportation needs but also with a few ideas for the perfect gift.

 

SPA gift certificate

They lead a stressful life, every once in a while they need to indulge themselves, right?. All the hours they spent working or traveling or sitting in conference rooms to negotiate with their partners takes a toll on their health.

A spa gift certificate means relaxation. A massage, a facial or even some time spent doing nothing it will be relaxing.

So this is the gift of relaxation.

 

Gift card to favorite restaurant

They all have one. You hear them telling everybody that you need to go to see that restaurant because everything is amazing there: the food, the music. So why not surprise them?

Showing how much you care is a perfect gift.

 

Limousine service for a grand occasion

The executives are no strangers to limos. The probably have it for airport transfers and events, but the secret is that you need to make this one different.

A luxury vehicle might await them every time they travel, but this one is a special ride.

Plan A Grand Holiday Lights Tour with Grand Avenue Nashville because this isn't just an amazing experience is a bonding experience. The whole family relaxed in the back seat of a limo some sipping champagne others hot chocolate and enjoying, just enjoying this time. No work related stress, no email to check. Just family time. Experiencing something like this besides the business side of a limo it is a gift.

We know that this is not much but trust us, this is the thing an executive doesn't have time to relax. Offer him the gift of relaxation or time spent with his family, and you will never go wrong.

Remember that the gift doesn't even need to be wrapped you just need to get creative.

Don't hesitate to book your Grand Tour. This gift is one of a kind.


Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
11/08/2016

Executive Travel
Nashville Airport
Limousine Company

Winter Weather Traveling Tips for the Executive Traveler

If you are a business traveler, then you know that sometimes you simply cannot avoid traveling in the colder months. It’s a job thing.

Unfortunately, winter months are well known for weather-related travel issues. Cancellations and delays or even the spread of illnesses like the common cold or flu are the greatest pitfalls of a business traveler during the winter.

winter travel tips

Keep in mind that if you are in need of traveling during the winter months, your priorities should be health and safety. These two should always be your priorities.

Grand Avenue has a lot of experience with corporate travelers because we are always the first option when it comes to ground transportation service in Middle Tennessee. Our road warriors are always sharing with us their tips and travel hacks that make their travel experience better. This time we gathered from them a list of winter weather traveling tips. We are happy to share it with you.

Tip 1

Always know if winter is coming. Meaning to check the weather constantly. If you are traveling to one of those states where winter brings a blistering wind you need to make sure you are not taken by surprise.

It is a good idea to check the weather forecast a few days, a week before you travel so you can be fully prepared for major weather issues and have a black up plan.

Tip 2

Never book a layover flight. It may seem that the only inconvenient is that you'll be wasting just a couple of hours but actually, it can be more bad news. One of it, being stranded for hours at a connecting airport. Those couple of hours that you thought you'll waste can turn into 10 hours. Unfortunately, bad weather can be a deal breaker in these situations so try using an airline provider that has the most flights to and from your departure/arrival airports to increase your re-booking options.

Tip 3

If you checked the weather, then pack accordingly. For fluctuating weather, it is best to pack and wear layers of clothes. It's easier to add layers on days that are colder, and then take it off on days when the weather is warmer.

Also, pack a hat, that will help you cover your ears, and keep the heat from escaping through your head.

Tip 4

Try to avoid driving. Navigating an unknown road during winter can be risky, winter roads can make driving even more hectic and dangerous.

Now, it's not the case to panic about winter driving but simply be aware circumstances are different during the winter months and consider a safer option.

 

Grand Avenue is considered the safer option by many travelers, business or leisure. Being able to provide more than a simple service made us a go-to ground transportation service provider for everyone living and traveling to Middle Tennesse not only in the winter months.

We know that traveling during the winter months can be a little more stressful than any other period for everyone. Having your flight delayed or canceled can ruin your entire day, travel experience and increase your costs.

Be prepared and always make sure you choose the safer option.

Grand Avenue offers to all its clients the safer choice. Being driven it's not a luxury but a necessity.

Whether you are traveling for business or leisure or need a ground transportation solution, Grand Avenue has solutions for your every need.

Corporate Transporation, Airport Transportation, Special Events Transportation and even WorldWide, Grand Avenue offers you the Grand Difference.

Choose your Grand Avenue Transportation solution, book and discover the many ways to be driven.

You can contact a customer service representative at 615-714-5466 anytime.


Making Your Holiday Party Rock

Whether it’s for your company or an annual home holiday party, there are plenty of ways to make your holiday party rock! You can host at an awesome venue, create special themes, or contribute to local charities to make your party the best of the season. As a complex transportation company Grand Avenue has years of experience of providing transportation to the greatest holiday parties of all! Read on to discover ways to make your holiday party rock.

Nashville Holiday Tours

Unique Venue

One of the best ways to make your holiday party extra special is to host it at a unique, special venue. The typical locations for holiday parties are houses or restaurants. Make your holiday party rock by hosting it at a unique location. It’ll be sure to get your guests excited! Host it at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President, Adventure Science Center or B.B. King’s Blues Club & Restaurant.

Take your friends to a bowling alley, or a wine bar. Host your company party in a country club, or a museum. A truly unique venue for a holiday party would be a concert hall or a ranch. There are plenty of unique and interesting venues in Nashville that are perfect for hosting your holiday party. You can find a venue that provides catering or bring it in yourself.  Going outside the norm of hosting at a restaurant or house is one of the simplest ways to make your holiday party the best of the season!

Go the extra mile and book a transportation for all your guests. Grand Avenue will be more than pleased to assist you and provide your party with amazing Nashville Limos.

Specialty Themes

A tried but true classic theme for a holiday party is the Ugly Sweater Party. It’s fun, silly, and sure to get some laughs, but sometimes it seems like it’s been done to death. To make your holiday party rock, shake things up with a special theme. Whether you choose to create a dress code (such as a White Out Party or a Plaid Party) or focus on one specific aspect of the holidays, going with a theme will make your party really stick out instead of being a mix of all holiday aspects. You can bring the theme element into every aspect of the party from what the attendees wear to the food to the decorations and music. For example, if you focus on having a Snow Party, you could eat snowman cupcakes, play traditional snow-related music, and have your guests dress in white. There are plenty of special themes to choose from, like a Cookies Exchange, a Winter Wonderland party, a Christmas Carol Karaoke party, or a Holiday Chic party.

Entertainment

Photo booths are always fun and appreciated but consider stepping out of the box to make your holiday party truly rock. Consider hiring a selfie station instead, where your guests can place themselves in a variety of background themes using a special effect “green screen” technology! If you love the concept of the photo booth but want to add a little “oomph” to it, rent a video booth! Your guests can record private videos and record them singing karaoke or talking about fun things they appreciated about the party!  DJs are always a fun way to incorporate music into the evening, but there’s definitely something to be said for live bands. Finding a band that can play various versions of holiday music is a wonderful way to make your holiday party rock!

Giving Back

One of the best things you can do to make your holiday party rock is to give back to the community.

Grand Avenue has Grand Gives Back Program already in place.

Focus your party on local charities and make it the highlight of the year for friends or coworkers. If you don’t want to make it the main focus of the party, you can always give back through your party favors. Instead of the logo-covered swag or overpriced filler, opt for holiday party gift-giving with purpose. There are plenty out there to choose from. If you want to make giving back the primary focus of your party, you can always host an Angel Tree party where you distribute an angel to each guest and then collect the gifts for donation or host a gift-wrapping party to gift wrap the presents before you drop them off at the proper donation station. Throwing a “Spirit of Giving” party is a great way to collect donations for local charities or raise awareness about problems in the area. The holiday season is about giving back and focusing on those less-fortunate, which makes having a party focused on altruism the perfect way to have a rocking holiday party!

Holiday Light Tours

If you want to host a unique holiday party, host it on a Nashville bus or a Nashville motorcoach! Ride through elaborately decorated neighborhoods and tour the beautiful holiday lights that make the season so beautiful.

Enjoy an all new holiday lights tour like none other with Grand Avenue this season. Twinkling lights, steaming cider and holiday memories await!

Choose from two Nashville routes which we customize for your group. Take a trip through The Dancing Lights at Jellystone Park on the NORTH POLE route, or journey to the SOUTH POLE to see beautifully decorated homes in Brentwood and Franklin, TN. 

Make your holiday party rock by hosting it on an elegant and safe vehicle with your closest friends and family. Or take your employees along for a fun ride that begins with a delicious holiday dinner and ends with a holiday lights tour that makes this season amazing.

We hope this list of ways to make your holiday party rock has helped you come up with fun and creative ways to make your party extra special this year! If you’re interested in hosting a holiday light tour, we have plenty of fun locations for you to tour!

Trust Grand Avenue to make your holiday party rock. Book your ride here.


Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
10/26/2016

Executive Travel
Limo Industry
Chauffeured Transportation

Grand Care - Duty of Care

According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), "the cornerstones of an effectively managed travel program are a well-designed travel policy and compliance."

Grand Care

The Duty of Care has become a central concept in assessing a company's obligations for traveling employees, and also in protecting employees from potential risks and threats. To address security and duty-of-care best practices, Grand Avenue has an extensive vetting process for drivers, which includes appropriate registration, licensing, background and employment history checks. Grand Avenue's chauffeurs are fully insured.

Licensing and Background Checks

All car service drivers must be properly registered, licensed and in good standing with their local authorities.

All proper markings are required on vehicles per local regulation.

All chauffeurs undergo background checks either at the local regulation level.

Constant evaluation and feedback

Grand Avenue's  chauffeurs receive both classroom and on-the-road training which includes classes in customer service, safe driving skills, and proper use of the latest technology.

Drivers are continually reviewed using surprise audits, extensive direct customer feedback and quantitative scorecards.

Screening of Drivers and Vehicles

Drivers must have at 5 three years of prior commercial driving experience and an impeccable driving record.

Vehicles are regularly inspected for cleanliness and quality.

Fully Insured For Your Protection

Our drivers all carry liability insurance so that if anything goes wrong, you are fully covered, and your needs are met. If a driver's coverage fails to cover any monetary losses, our blanket policy kicks in and fills the gaps.

While the likelihood of an accident is slim to none, not even the best drivers can avoid every obstacle or circumstance. This is why we make sure we are prepared to handle any eventually and train our drivers to respond in the event of an emergency.

Data Safety and Security

We believe that Duty of Care doesn't only apply to safety and security during your ride, but before and after as well. This is why we maintain a dependable platform that ensures against data breaches and is constantly maintained and updated to address even the slightest of threats. Your personal and financial data are safe with us, and we make every stride to ensure it stays that way, starting at the point of collection and for as long as it resides in our secure cloud environment.

We meticulously record the flight information and track the flights of our customers traveling to and from airports across the country and around the world. Accessing our fully-vetted network of affiliates, we will work with you to determine a meeting location at any airport, and take care of your luggage. Your chauffeur’s cell phone information will be provided to you in advance of your trip to ensure smooth and constant contact.

While Grand Avenue is based in Middle Tennessee, we have an international network of affiliate transportation organizations that partner with us. This network allows us to arrange seamless ground transportation for you in more than 550 cities around the world. We also provide an array of vehicles that can transport you anywhere you need to go in Middle Tennessee or beyond.

Trust Grand Avenue with your ground transportation needs. Corporate, special occasion and customized transportation.

Experience the Grand Difference – and the many ways to be Driven. Book here.


Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
10/19/2016

Executive Travel
Limo Industry
Chauffeured Transportation

A Grand Promise - Safety

Licensing, insurance and passenger safety have become hot topics in the ground transport industry. Over the past two years, we’ve seen more operators really beginning to ‘show their wares’ when it comes to safety and assurance.

While technological innovation and a perceived convenience at the point of booking may appear to trump these essentials, Grand Avenue always knew that customer safety and care are paramount to being a long-term trusted ground transportation provider.

Responsibility

Businesses owe a duty of care to their customers and it’s up to us – as a business and as an industry – to provide them with the reassurance that we can be trusted to keep them safe. Failure to do so will not only result in bad headlines, but lost revenues, which are not part of anyone’s plan.

Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant at GoldSpring recently spoke at the 2016 GBTA Convention in Denver on duty of care for meetings and events.

He expressed his concerns about the fully understanding of what duty of care means and what specifically applies to meeting and event leaders as part of their onsite planning responsibilities.

As we totally agree, we are sharing some of this session’s best practices:

1. Make sure your third-­party risk ­management partner (e.g., iJet, iSOS, travel ­management company, venues, etc.) can provide services to all types of travelers (staff, volunteers and other non-­employees) and sort by group for reporting needs and accurate tracking. I would also include pre-­trip “know before you go” communications to travelers booked to visit a mid-­ to high-­risk area.

2. Institute an emergency response plan for international travel, covering all contingencies, including military action, political unrest and natural disasters. It is our responsibility ­­ and smart business ­­ to safely bring home every employee and contractor when we ask them to go abroad to further the corporate mission. Don’t forget to include your key suppliers in the design of your company’s plan.

3. Have a good communication plan set up for your travelers. Keep it simple and clear, so should a trip go awry, they know who to call for what. Incorporate info into a mobile app and laptop­-static document that doesn’t require the Internet to access. If possible, use one main link to provide immediate access to protocols so there’s no need for phone numbers and multiple other links.

4. Educate your travelers through policies, smart communications, web pages, special alerts, etc.

5. Ensure that travelers understand pertinent details, particularly if a trip is rescheduled or the airlines take over their flight reservations. Your traveler-­tracking program is only as good as the integrity of the booked data. When not communicated to the travel or meetings manager, changes to itineraries can handicap the ability to be effective.

6. Be ready for the unexpected. International travel isn’t business as usual. Researching what resources are available in the event of an emergency is important, as is advising travelers to review their insurance coverage and other services to ensure they are available. Pre-­trip planning and advisory communications also are key.

 

7. Ensure you have the financial means and proper form of payment so you could purchase a large volume of tickets, hotel rooms, charter flights or other arrangements at a moment’s notice in case of mass attendee evacuations.

8. Have a team approach. When it comes to risk management and duty of care, it’s best to have all stakeholders involved ­­ including travel, security, HR, senior management and risk staff. You also should seek an integrated solution that encompasses all your travelers’ needs while emphasizing that everyone, from senior management to employees, have duty-­of-­loyalty responsibilities for traveler safety and well-being. Everyone should be equally made aware of status updates and emergency situations. Make sure that all staff contact information is kept up-­to-­date with regularity.

Duty of care in today’s world is not a “nice to have,” it’s a must­-have.

This article originally appeared in Meetings & Conventions Magazine on September 28, 2016. For more information, click here.

We invite you to experience the difference of riding with a company that will never be afraid to make a safety promise.

Experience the Grand Difference – and the many ways to Be Driven. Book now.

Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
10/11/2016

Airport Limousine Service
Executive Travel
Airport Limo
Nashville Limo Service

What does the Travel Industry Look Like in 2017?

The world of travel is moving at such a frenetic pace. To keep up, the travel industry has been really on the move to match the tempo with new technologies. It’s the world where mobile is having more and more impact on the purchasing behaviors of today’s connected traveler.

So let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead to 2017. We’ve identified focus points that will have a large impact on the entire travel sector. It ranges from hotels to airports, airlines to bookings, food to adventure and travel management platforms.

Business travel transportation

The increase in bleisure travel

Before we get started, someone has to surely come up with a better name than “bleisure”. What it’s trying to describe is business travelers combining more leisure with their business trips. And why not? They’re extending their trips and bringing along friends and family. This means that brands need to learn how to adapt. Traditional business-oriented hotels in the future will be developing special programs that are exclusively orientated towards children and couples.

In 2017, airlines too will have to raise their game. Like providing faster and better Wi-Fi service for travelers who need to be connected all the time, so there’s more time for them to relax and enjoy themselves when they reach their destination. Airlines may even have to find ways for travelers to better interact and network in the air so they can then do all the business which will enable them to be completely worry free when they touch down.      

The rise of experiential travel 

More and more hotel chains are realizing that they need to create unique experiences that are out of the box on social media, in order to attract new clientele of the millennial variety.

A perfect example of this is the Curio Collection from the Hilton group. This is a superb line of unique, independent hotels that are constantly expanding in the travel experience marketplace. Each Curio property offers something different, creating an authentic local experience for every guest. 

Keeping fit and well

The wellness movement is emerging into commercial travel in a big way with resorts like St Lucia Body Holiday, dedicating entire weeks to detoxing, destressing and getting their clients fit and healthy. Four Seasons properties around the world have introduced running, walking and hiking tours, all free to their guests. The perennial favorite cocktail menus have been replaced by juice menus in hotels and even major chains like the Westin have dedicated running concierges. There are many other hotels and airlines putting plenty of money behind the wellness revolution and the trend will continue into 2017.

Food, glorious food

 It’s got business travelers taste buds salivating at the thought. Culinary travel experiences. Food of all descriptions still has that extraordinary capacity not just to satisfy, but connect the senses to places that are always remembered. Local cuisine on so many levels allows the business traveler to get to the heart and soul of a region. It a wonderful opportunity for them to experience taste sensations that they would never find in a well-heeled restaurant. Take South East Asian street food. It has emerged as a superb taste attraction. So much so, that Michelin has added a section in its annual star ratings to profile the best food stalls in Hong Kong and Macau.   

 

Hospitality, cruising, and aviation brands across every budget tier are also providing the business traveler with options by incorporating local products and producers into their marketing strategy.

And there is more to this, we know it and you know why? Because business travelers become more and more demanding, they do not want just more outlets and great Wi-Fi, they want loyalty programs, they want benefits, business travelers want their companies to pay for pre-check fees, they want a whole world designed just for them. And who can blame them?

Grand Avenue anticipated the evolution of travel and designed The Grand Select Program,  a premiere service for the busy traveler, entertainer or simply for those looking for easier mode of transportation.

Member benefits include:

?     Special discounted rates on all transportation

?     Our most experienced drivers will be there every time

?     On-Demand pick up any day or night

?     Discounts, reservations and preferred access to many of Nashville's top restaurants, bars, lounges, clubs and venues

?     Access to all Affinity Partnerships and amenities

?     Customized profiling for easy booking

?     24/7 access to our Grand Select account representative

We get to know our clients and their needs to customize each program to their specific needs and preferences.

Grand avenue has always been a trend setter and now we are ahead of everyone with our loyalty program that contains everything a busy traveler needs. Grand Select Membership is only $495.00 per year.

Please contact us to find out more about Grand Select Program.

Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
10/04/2016

Wedding Limo
Nashville Limo
Wedding Car

7 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding can be a long and intensive experience. That’s why many couples choose to hire a professional wedding planner, instead of completely going it alone!

nashville wedding transportation wedding planner

Having a pro in your corner helps to make the planning process more manageable, and ensure that your wedding day is everything you hoped it would be. But hiring a wedding planner is, in itself, a difficult a decision.

All wedding planners are not created equal, and you want to be certain that you have found a professional who is up to the task, and has the experience needed to plan the perfect wedding.

Most of all, you want to find a wedding planner who works well with the both of you, and who fully understand what you want for your big day. So, before you sign a contract with a professional wedding planner, remember to ask these ten important questions.

1. How Will You Stay in Contact?

There are a lot of decisions to make when planning a wedding, and you need to keep in close contact with your wedding planner. Before you hire anyone, ask how they handle the lines of communication. Will they keep in touch by email or phone? Will you get weekly or daily updates? And most importantly, can they be reached any time you have a question or concern?

2. What Services Do They Offer?

Again, not all wedding planners are created equal. Some offer more extensive services than others, and you want to be sure the person you hire can handle all of your planning needs. Some wedding planners offer comprehensive packages, and handle every aspect of the wedding from start to finish, including bridal showers and rehearsal dinners.

Others offer task specific packages, leaving much of the basic planning to the couple, and simply handling coordination and last minute arrangements. Before you hire a wedding planner, be sure they are offering the services you want and need.

3. What Experience Do They Have?

This is an important question, because you want to hire a wedding planner with a solid background and enough hands on experience to ensure that your wedding is a success. Ask for referrals from previous clients, and don’t be afraid to pass on a planner who hesitates to supply you with those testimonials.

Also, ask for a list of their favorite wedding vendors. Those vendors can give you a lot of insight into how professional and organized your prospective wedding planner is, or isn’t.

4. How Budget Conscious Are They?

Your wedding planner will be spending your money, and unless you have a bottomless bank account you want to know that they can keep to a strict budget. Ask about their relationships with their preferred wedding vendors, and if they can secure any discounts.

Talk frankly about your budget, and gauge their responses. If they seem unconcerned with your financial stake, move on to a new candidate.

5. Do They Specialize?

This harkens back to your wedding planner’s experience. You want to find a wedding planner who has had experience staging weddings similar to yours, in both size and theme. A wedding planner with extensive experience staging large church weddings may not be the best match for a couple planning a quirky intimate wedding.

Similarly, a wedding planner that specializes in large extravagant weddings may not be able to work effectively with a smaller budget. Quiz them about their experience, and the types of weddings they excel at, and match that against your own vision.

6. What Do They Charge for Their Services?

Unfortunately, even weddings have budgets and you need to know what your wedding planner charges for their services. Some charge a flat fee or an hourly rate, while others expect to be paid a percentage of the total cost of the wedding. Before you sign a contract, ask about costs and request an itemized list of all services and attendant fees.

Ask how much of a deposit is required, and how and when the balance is due. You should also ask any potential wedding planners about their refund policies, in the event your wedding has to be postponed or cancelled.

7. Finally, a Question to Ask Yourselves

Finally, before signing any contract, there is a question you must ask yourselves. “Can you work well with this wedding planner?” This is important.

Planning a wedding is labor intensive and stressful, and you need to be sure that you are in sync with your wedding planner. If your personalities don’t mesh, you will find the whole process frustrating and you are likely to end your wedding day on a sour note. If either of you don’t feel you can work well with someone, move on and interview another wedding planner.

The right wedding planner can help to alleviate some of the stress associated with planning a wedding. But to find the right wedding planner, you need to ask the right questions. If you’re in the market for a professional wedding planner, keep these ten questions in mind.

Another important thing you should consider for your wedding no matter the size is the transportation. First of all, think about your transportation and then your guest. Offering them this option will make them happy not to hassle the traffic, wasting their time to find a parking space and ditching the worry about drinking and driving. For you, the matter of transportation it’s at another level: you’ll need it for the Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelor/ Bachelorette Party Honeymoon. So you will be needing an expert this too.

Luckily Grand Avenue offers a full service wedding transportation, helping you to make your entire wedding memorable with a ground transportation plan that considers engagement parties, showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, airport transport for guests and the day itself.

Beside choosing carefully your wedding planner you should choose the best in Nashville for wedding,

Contact us at 615.714.5466 to plan your wedding transportation package today or fill in the form online.


Posted by: Grand Avenue Worldwide
09/27/2016

Airport Limousine Service
Airport Limo
Corporate Travel
Nashville Airport

Travel Like a Pro: 10 Packing Tips for Flying at Nashville Airport

It’s the night before your flight. You’re scrambling to pack your bag for your weekend getaway, but you’re not sure how much you want to take. Are you going to pack light and only take a carry-on, or are you going to go big and pack a bag that’ll need to be checked at the gate? Packing can be one of the most stressful parts of a trip, but unless you plan to buy everything once you land, it has to be done. Here are 10 packing tips that every traveler should use when flying at Nashville International Airport:

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1. Follow Airline & TSA Guidelines

The most important thing to do before you begin to pack for your trip is to make sure you have luggage that is approved by your airline. If your luggage is too big, your clothes may not be making it to your final destination. Most airlines have a standard size limit on carry-on and checked bags, but always make sure to check your airline’s luggage size limit. And don’t forget to check TSA’s website to make sure you’re compliant with the 3-1-1 rule and other regulations.

2. Don’t Check a Bag at the Airport

Although it’s not always possible to pack light, it will definitely save you time and money in the long run. If you’re only going on a short trip, try to pack everything in a carry-on bag. This will not only save you the $25+ baggage fee, it will save you from having to wait in line to check-in and wait at the baggage carousel when you land.

3. Roll Your Clothes

If you must check a bag, you can save room by rolling your clothes instead of folding them. This space-saving technique can almost double the amount of clothes you’re able to pack and may save you from having to check a second bag – which airlines charge an arm and a leg for!

4. Make Use of Your Personal Item

In addition to your carry-on bag, most airlines now allow passengers to bring one personal item when flying. According to TSA, a personal item can be a laptop computer, briefcase, purse, small backpack, or camera case. Find ways to make good use of your personal item and save room in your carry-on, like packing those bulky hiking boots or heavy winter coat in a backpack.

5. Weigh Your Bags

If you check a bag that’s over 50lbs, most airlines consider this to be “overweight,” and although they will let you fly with an overweight bag, you’ll be paying a hefty fee. Southwest charges $75.00 for overweight bags, while Delta charges up to $200 for an overweight bag. To avoid these high costs, always weigh your bag before you leave the house. A simple way to weigh your bag is to stand on a scale while holding your bag, then simply subtract your weight to calculate the weight of the bag. You can also purchase scales that are specially made for weighing luggage.

6. Plan Outfits

We all like to have options when it comes to our wardrobe, but when you’re traveling, try not to over-pack. Instead of throwing a bunch of tops and bottoms into a suitcase, try packing an outfit for each day of your trip. There for three days? Then just pack three outfits. You’ll still have options of what to wear on each day, but planning your outfits in advance will save lots of room in your luggage, which means more room for souvenirs!

7. Consider Shipping Gifts

When you’re heading out of town and need to bring a gift, consider shipping the gift before you fly. Not only will this give you more room to pack in your suitcase, it could also save you the time and money of having to check a second bag. It’s often cheaper to ship a gift than to have to pay for checked baggage. And if you’re staying at hotel, just call ahead and let them know you’re shipping a package to the hotel. They’ll have it waiting for you when you arrive.

8. Put Luggage Tags on Everything

We all hope it never happens to us, but unfortunately this happens every day, and on almost every flight – lost luggage. When the airline loses your luggage, there’s not much you can do but sit and wait. Most of the time, the airlines are able to track down your luggage and get it to you within a day or less. In case your bag is ever lost, always make sure to put a luggage tag with your contact information on every bag.

9. Buy Toiletries After the Plane Lands

If you’re trying to travel light, packing all of your toiletries isn’t always an option. TSA only allows for liquids under 3.4oz in carry-on bags, meaning you can’t take a regular sized can of shampoo, hairspray, toothpaste, etc. Instead, try buying toiletries once you land. Another option if you’re only traveling with a carry-on is to purchase travel sized toiletries.

10. Put Identifiable Object on Travel Luggage

Many bags look alike, and when you’re in a hurry at the airport, it’s easy to grab the wrong bag. To help identify your luggage, try putting an identifiable object on all of your bags, such as a ribbon or bandana. This also makes it much easier to identify your bag on the carousel at baggage claim.

Before you get packed and ready to go on your trip, make sure to secure your airport transportation and your ground transportation in advance. When flying in and out of the Nashville International Airport, always choose Grand Corporate for your transportation needs, needs.

Your time is valuable. Don’t waste it driving. Instead, rely on Grand Corporate, our on-call and worry-free business option that allows you to focus on your work, not the wheel. Whether we’re transporting you or your clients to and from the airport or serving as your mobile office for a long-distance drive, count on us to ensure you can get down to business.

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