Choosing the Perfect Form of Transport
On your wedding day, one of the most important parts of the day is to make sure YOU get to the church! A reliable and quality service is of the utmost importance to ensure that you arrive on time and in style. You also need to decide on how the rest of the bridal party will travel and therefore what transport you will need. The following information and photos have been kindly supplied by Ace Wedding Cars. Your choice of transport will depend on the theme of your wedding, the style and of course your budget. You may want to hire a vintage car (a vehicle built between 1916 and 1930), a classic car, a modern car, perhaps all travel together in a stretched limo or your dream is to arrive in a Horse drawn carriage. Some companies offer a discount for a second car and may offer two or more car package deals. Take advice from the people who know and book early to get the car you want and to avoid disappointment. This is especially true when your wedding is on a Saturday. Please remember that the most professional companies get booked early as they will only use their vehicles for the one wedding on that day. It is advisable for the bride to be to go and look at the wedding vehicle that they are going to book and think about important questions to ask. Will it provide enough space for your dress? Is it the same vehicle as the photo or is it an agency vehicle? If choosing a convertible car, can the roof be closed if it is raining? Ask what is included in the price, are ribbons, bows and flowers an extra cost? Do they carry umbrellas in case of rain? Do they offer champagne to the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony. It is also worth asking what the arrangements would be in the event of a breakdown. Does the company have back up vehicles or would you have to rely on a guest to use their car to get you to your service? When choosing a horse and carriage remember the journey time will be slower and the distance from the leaving address to the service and reception after would need to be taken into account, you may have to liaise with a wedding car company to meet at a rendezvous point to complete the final part of your journey. Check that there are no cattle grids on the way to your destination as horses will not negotiate them. Once you have made your choice of transport and made a booking, the company should confirm your booking in writing stating the collection times, brides pick up address, service time and address plus the reception venue etc. Companies will ask for a deposit on booking with the balance due before the wedding date, this will vary according to the company, but make sure that they write to confirm your final wedding day details nearer your wedding day as you may have changed important details, times etc. Make sure that you let the company know if there difficulties regarding access, turning or parking at the brides leaving address. If your wedding and reception are at the same place, it is a good idea for the bride and groom to go for a drive together after their ceremony as this can be the only time of the day that they are alone, they are then “welcomed” back to the reception by their guests. It is also a chance for them to enjoy the champagne that is served by the car company. The transport arrangements are usually in the following order:
- The bridesmaids, page boys and brides mother travel to the church first.
- The bride and her father then leave for the service.
- The best man normally drives the groom to the service, then uses his own car to get to the reception.
- It is now common to have cars for the groom to arrive in, after all it is also his special day.
- After the wedding ceremony it is customary for the bride and groom to leave first followed by the brides parent’s.
- The rest of the bridal party then follow, finally the best man leaves after he has made sure all the guests have transport to the reception.
Lastly if the newlywed’s car is to be decorated, please make sure that the decorations can be easily removed, especially for a long journey. Then sit back and enjoy your time in your wedding transport!