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When Kevin and I look back on our wedding day, it’s really hard to pick which part was our favorite. I don’t think it’s possible for any bride to do because it’s all so amazing, but I will say that we both agree that our party bus was one of the best times we’d ever had.
Just think of it this way: we had our very best friends in the entire world, drinking, laughing and listening to music…all while confined to a bus. It was something we really appreciated since all of our best friends live all over the country. It. was. the. best!
When initially researching party buses, we were completely discouraged. Some of these companies were trying to charge upwards of $1,000 PER HOUR and all of them had a four hour required minimum. There goes 1/4 of our wedding budget! I asked my dad to ask his friends/co-workers if they knew of any and miraculously, we found our party bus!
Bob’s Transmission in Maryland Heights owns a bus that they use for weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc. and charge just $85/hour with no minimum. Awesome, right?! We were even able to work out a split shift where the driver would drive around our wedding party and then come back at the end of the night to take our guests from the reception to their hotels.
The two downsides to using their bus: the driver that we had, Dan, seemed a little unreliable at first. I had to tell him the addresses and times for our day multiple times leading up to the wedding. I can honestly say that I wasn’t nervous about anything going wrong at our wedding except for the bus not showing up. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about! Another downside was that the bus wasn’t “the latest and greatest.” There were no big TVs, lights or leather seats. It was literally just a bus with parameter seating. But ya know what? That worked for us!
Perhaps it sounds bizarre to go with a transmission company’s bus, but it couldn’t have worked out better and we saved a ton of money!
We packed the bus with a couple coolers and some snacks. I also believe someone packed rum and shot glasses <- smart thinking!
We worked out the photo location with our photographer and because we had three hours for pictures, we were able to go to a couple great spots! We first headed over to Forest Park for some gorgeous outdoor pictures. Here are a few of my favorites (it’s so hard to narrow this down, so I apologize for a picture-heavy post!):
After a few wedding party pictures, our friends headed back to the bus and Kev and I took a few pictures. Here are some more favorites!
After Forest Park, we drove over to Main Street St. Charles for some pictures on the cobblestone streets and old buildings. I love how these turned out too!
We made those two stops and went straight to the reception venue…to be continued!