Deciding on a wedding car to take the bride to the service and convey the bridal couple away from the ceremony can take a while. Unless you are lucky enough to have a collector of vintage cars in the family or the groom already owns a stylish sports car, hiring your wedding transport is the usual option.
Depending on your budget you can decide on wedding car hire for the whole wedding retinue, or just hiring one vehicle for each stage of the wedding: a car to transport the bride and bridesmaids to the ceremony, one to transport the bride and groom from ceremony to the wedding reception venue and one for the bride and groom to ‘go away’ in after the reception.
So what are the options for modern bridal couples looking for stylish wedding transport?
1. Chauffeur driven limousine
This is a conventional but very practical option. Limousines are spacious with plenty of room for bride and bridesmaids to stretch out without crushing trains and dresses. Wedding car services often offer little extras as part of the package, such as chilled champagne waiting for the bride and groom after the ceremony as they are transported to the reception. To make it more affordable find out the best value deals from your local limousine services. It could be cheapest just to have the limo drop the bride at the ceremony and not wait around, or there could be special wedding packages that make it worthwhile to use the same limo for transport to the reception after the ceremony.
2. Vintage Car
There are specialist hire car services that provide vintage cars especially for weddings and special occasions. Drive up to your wedding in a Rolls Royce or a Bentley for some classic, timeless style. Depending on the car service they can be hired as self-drive or with a chauffeur. If you go the self-drive route, appoint a member of the family as chauffeur for the day and use the car for all the various wedding transports: taking the bride to the ceremony, the bride and groom to the reception and then the groom can carry off his bride in it after the reception, all for the cost of one day’s car hire.
3. Sports Car
The groom might have set his heart on driving away from the wedding in something sexy and speedy, in which case hiring a sports car for the day is the ideal solution. Look for a local specialist hire car service that includes top end models of a range of sports cars. If you plan to use it as wedding transport between the ceremony and the reception, just make sure that there will be room for the wedding dress without it getting uncomfortably crumpled.
4. Horse and carriage
Perhaps you are the romantic old-fashioned types and would like a horse-drawn carriage for your wedding transport. Remember that there is less room in a horse-drawn carriage than in a limo, so if you have several bridesmaids you will have to find separate transport for them to the ceremony. Before hiring, you should also discuss whether the wedding venue is suitable for horses, both with the venue itself and with the carriage hire service.
Combine any of the wedding transport options above: perhaps the bride would like to arrive in a limo with her bridesmaids, the bridal couple could then drive to the reception in style in a Bentley and then whisk away in a smart sports car after the reception. Decide on your budget for wedding transportation, research the best options in your local area and then see which options fit within your budget.