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Three Ways To End Your Wedding With A Bang

Posted On: May 28, 2015

Three Ways To End Your Wedding With A Bang


 

Have you ever gone to a party that you didn’t want to end?  Have you even been on a vacation and on that last day of you began to feel sad?  Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and can quite possibly be the biggest party you ever throw, and so it is only natural that you will want to keep the party going for as long as possible.  Below are three tips that will either prolong the unfortunately inevitable or make the very end of the night as awesome as the beginning.

 

The old Sparkler Send Off.  These can be very cool if done and coordinated properly.  Having a nice limousine or antique car pick up the bride and groom and have all of your guests give you a nice send off.  This is usually done with either with colored confetti and music or a tunnel of sparklers, these scenarios make for great photo opportunities.  Its important when doing this that is properly timed and coordinated.  In addition make sure you have a nice exit vehicle.  The whole thing is ruined if a pile of junk shows up to whisk you off, or if your guests are not aware of what’s happening or are poorly coordinated.

 

Have an after reception food truck or special food delivery.  As your guests are leaving having a cool coffee truck or deli truck serving treats to your guests who aren’t exactly ready to call it a night is a great way to keep that party going.   Another idea is to have a bunch of pizzas or fast food delivered at the very of the reception just to make sure your guests have a full belly before they hit the road.

 

The obvious and most common tactic used to keep the party going is to have another party.  Having an after party at the hotel or at another location post reception is a great way to make sure you squeeze every last ounce of awesome into your big day.  It is usually best to either have this party at the hotel everyone is staying at, or have transportation arranged afterwards to get everyone home safe.

 

So there you go, three great ways to end your wedding with a bang.  The sparkler send of is a timeless classic and can be gorgeous when coordinated properly.  For those of us who love to eat (and who doesn’t) a late night snack truck or a last minute special delivery is a great way to make sure your guests don’t go home hungry.  And possibly the best way to end your wedding is to not end it at all, and instead have another party right afterwards at a different location!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2015 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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The Most Reliable Limousine service in New York

Posted On: May 21, 2015

The Most Reliable Limousine Service In New York


 

 

It sounds simple to pick someone up and take him or her to a destination, in theory it is, in practice not so much.   Many factors and variables effect the execution of ground transportation.  Being in a densely populated area like New York adds another level of difficulty to a transfer.  Consider traffic, flight delays, mechanical error, human error, and weather these are only a few things that need to be accounted for in order for a limousine company or executive car service to be on time for a pick up.  Now once the customer is in the car an entirely new array of potential problems arises.  Communication problems, the style of driving, the route taken, interaction between driver and passenger, and then of course all the afore mentioned issues. 

 

Being a reliable limousine service is not something that is easily done.  In fact the majority of limousine services in New York and on Long Island are not reliable.  They over book, they do not do the necessary maintenance to their vehicles, they do not properly screen or train their drivers, they cut corners everywhere they can in order to maximize profit.  Unfortunately and frighteningly this is the norm, most limousine companies are sub-par and disappoint more often then they impress.  Why is this?  One reason is that it is a poorly regulated industry with very tight margins and there is no universal quality control in place.  So you end up with a lot of smaller operators that employ decent sales people who over promise and under deliver.  If you don’t use them again it doesn’t matter because there is always going to be another wedding or prom. In a place like New York where there are so many people with the ability to afford this type of luxury service there is always another customer just around the corner.

 

It takes a lot of effort and diligence to be a reliable limousine company in New York.  The proper staff needs to be hired, the proper vehicles need to be bought and maintained.  Fail-safes, back up plans and different quality control methods need to be in place.  Corners cannot be cut, they should not be cut, people are paying a premium price for a premium service, they would have ordered a cab or called Uber if they wanted something cheap.

 

When done right and approached properly ground transportation is seamless and simple.  The company needs to do things right to be reliable.  In our area it is scary that so many of them fall so short.  The proper steps need to be taken and once they are the luxury transportation that you advertise will be the luxury transportation that you deliver.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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Staying Humble

Posted On: May 19, 2015

Staying Humble


 

 

Humility and respect are the cornerstones of civilized society we are all best served by being decent to one another and understanding our own personal limitations.  No matter the success we achieve, the things we accomplish or the things that we build, it is important to stay humble.  No one, no matter how much money they have how many degrees they have earned or what their experiences have been, knows everything there is to know about everything and most people don’t know everything there is to know about anything.  Staying humble allows us to grow as individuals and as a society, it keeps us curious and careful, it keeps us always trying to be better.

 

Arrogance and ego are wrecking balls, we all must remain grounded firmly in reality, understanding that most of us really know very little, and that our milestone achievements are only the briefest of moments in the history of our world.   As soon as you think you know everything you become ignorant to all the new information and perspectives that are constantly being introduced and evolving everyday.  The smartest and best of us listen to everything they hear from claimed authorities.  Then those individuals have the ability to process all of that information and make a good decision.

 

The other issue with arrogance and ignorance is that once you begin to act like you are better then someone else that other person will (usually) stop interacting with you.  For many this may seem like a small loss as you obviously feel like you are better then this individual so the absence of their company is not felt.  But people are surprising and sometimes the lowest amongst us can make the greatest change or achieve the most powerful results.  People change, none of us know what the future holds, and tomorrow the rich can be poor and the poor can be rich.

 

Ego and pride will always hurt us, they are deceptive attributes that serve solely to erode and segregate.  Stay humble; understanding the reality of not knowing will only help you to expand your world and your personal knowledge.  It will help you and those around you to be better people.  The moment you think you know everything is the moment you stop learning.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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Customizing The Sale

Posted On: May 18, 2015

Customizing The Sale


 

With information technology what it is today competition gets fiercer as margins get smaller.  People have more of an ability to find things on their own as opposed to being forced to use a third party or a broker type service and because of this they find them selves with more options.  This is good for the market as inferior products are forced out quicker and it keeps price gouging and poor quality service to a minimum.  It can, however,  be bad for the small business owner or the guy who is just starting out and who may be underfunded.  So how can the little guy compete with the big box stores and the institutions that have been around for decades?  Is there no hope for the small business owner?

 

The good news is that there is and the solutions, although not exactly simple, are available to all.  The trick is customizing the sale.  Differentiate yourself from the completion by being creative and offering something outside the box that the competition either cannot, or is not, willing to do.   This pertains especially to service orientated businesses or businesses catering to a more high-end clientele, areas where that extra touch or that tiny accommodation means everything. 

 

In conclusion the ability to customize the sale is what will separate you from your competition, even if the competitor is better funded or more experienced.  Giving that little bit extra or being willing to customize the service for a customer makes you and the service you are delivering special.  Never under estimate the power of customizing the sale.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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What It Takes To Win The Bride

Posted On: May 15, 2015

What It Takes To Win The Bride


 

 

Now this blog is not going to be about finding your true love, this is about how, as a wedding vendor, you can gain the business of a bride and groom interested in your services.  In the service industry word of mouth is king, you can do all the advertising in the world but if your service or reputation is terrible then it all means nothing.  Brides and grooms demand, and rightfully so, a certain level of perfection, after all they pay a premium and they have enough things to worry about aside from the contracted vendor not doing their job.  How can we as service providers assure the bride and groom that they are in good hands?

 

Again reputation is tremendous, nowadays with review sites and open forums people can and will do their research on a company prior to contracting with them.  We previously discussed the art of selling or how to sell in today’s world.  Present your information open and honestly to the bride and groom, do not treat them like they are stupid and do not try and trick or manipulate them into a sale.  Have a good product and explain to them their options.  Trust in their ability to make the right decision.

 

It comes down a lot to presentation, brides and grooms what to have confidence in the vendors they select, they want to feel comfortable with there decisions.  You as a potential vendor need to gain their trust and put their minds at ease.  Be good at what you do and enjoy it, have confidence in your service and work hard to be the best at what you do.  If you do these things it will reflect in your service, your reputation and the way you present yourself and your company. 

 

To win the bride you need to have a good product and you need to be able to present it properly.  Bride and grooms today have many resources that they can use to find out the truth about your company and your competitors.  Be honest and work hard to be the best at what you do, if you do these things you will have more brides and grooms then you know what to do with.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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Why choose A Party Bus For Your Wedding

Posted On: May 08, 2015

Why Choose A Party Bus For Your Wedding


 

Do you have a large bridal party?  Is your gown massive?  Do you have groomsmen in your bridal party that are bigger then the average guy?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes then using a party bus for your wedding transportation is your best option.   Twenty years ago when many of the pictures taken at a wedding included the vehicle, and the party bus was far from it is today, using any type of bus for your wedding day would have been unheard of. Today things are very different.

 

Back in the day we did not have party buses like we have today.  Large SUV’s or multiple limousines were your only option with a large wedding party.   Going this route can be beautiful and stylish but having several different vehicles means the cost increases, it also means that your guests’, family and bridal party will be separated.  The cost is one negative variable ,in addition with everyone separated it makes it more difficult for the photographer and videographer to do their jobs (follow this link for advice from the experts).  Many times those candid or natural shots are some of the best memories from the day of your wedding and with everyone in different places for a large part of the day you will not have many of these real moments captured that involve the entire bridal party.  

 

Photography has also advanced to the point where pictures of the vehicles are not done as often as they once were.  This means that the aesthetic or actual look of the vehicle means less then it once did.  Today it’s more about comfort and convenience.  The ability to move around and all travel together in one vehicle makes a big difference.   The other option is sliding in and out of a vehicle or squeezing into the biggest SUV possible just to be shoulder-to-shoulder and sweating on a hot day in a tuxedo or new dress.

 

Do yourself the favor, save money be comfortable and make it easier on your photographer and book a party bus for your wedding.   Things are different today and you will be happy with your decision when you realize the extra comfort and maneuverability a nice party bus affords you.  If you have a big bridal party it really is the only way to go!

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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The Importance Of Punctuality

Posted On: May 01, 2015

The Importance of Punctuality 


We all have that friend that is notoriously late for just about everything.  The guy that you tell to meet you at the party a half hour before it starts because you know he’s going to be at least 45 minutes late.  For the most part its not that bad, you’ve learned to anticipate this friend and as long as he’s not driving everything is fine.  The problem occurs when you are dealing with someone like this who is not your friend, someone that you cant anticipate.  If you are someone who has a problem with punctuality I am going to out line 3 situations below that illustrate some severe problems and consequences of tardiness.

 

If you are late for a job interview you are not going to get that job.  I have interviewed a lot of people and I can tell you that I have never hired someone who was late to the interview.  The logic is if you can’t be on time when you are supposed to be at your best how can we expect you to be on time on a normal day-to-day basis?

 

If you are late for a reservation or for an appointment don’t expect someone to hold your spot and be prepared to wait a very long time before you are squeezed in.   Time is money and if you are committing to a slot to be the recipient of a service have some consideration for the service provider.

 

If you are a business or service where timing is a factor or a part of the service you better be on time.  In the limousine industry you must be on time, being late makes the people you are driving late and this can be devastating in certain situations.  If you are a delivery service and you tell them 30 minutes or less make sure it is 30 minutes or less or don’t expect that customer to call you again.

 

These are just a few examples of the negative repressions of tardiness.  Its not hard people keep an eye on the clock and be considerate of others.   Your lackadaisical or nonchalant treatment of the hours in a day can have major consequences for innocent bystanders.

 

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2014 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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