Four wheels? Check. Engine? Check. 16v 8ltr 268mph SuperSport? Er..probably not (but worth a shot?). It’s time to talk motors, gents. More specifically, wedding cars. And while it’s by no means essential to splash out on a fleet of vehicles for the main event, you need to give some careful consideration to logistics. Figuring out wedding transport early on in proceedings will save you a whole heap of hassle in the run up to the big day. So we’ve put together a quick and easy guide, from cost and booking to Batmobiles, to help get the wedding party from A-B without a hitch.
Do you need to hire a wedding car?
In short, no. It’s a matter of personal choice. If you’re trying to keep costs down then roping in a few mates to chauffeur for the big day can ease the financial outlay and double-up as a pretty nifty wedding gift on their part. But you’ll still need to make sure the wedding party has a well-organised and smooth journey on the day (so pick your chauffeurs wisely, gents!)
If it’s all about arriving in style and you’ve got the funds to match, then there are a huge range of options available. When it comes to hiring a set of wheels for the big event, you’ll need to factor in a few key points.
Wedding Transport Checklist
Key VIPs; Bridal party (bride and father of the bride, bride’s mother, bridesmaids and pageboys), groom and best man, both sets of parents, siblings, grandparents and ushers.
Guests; It’s not essential to arrange transport for the entire wedding collective but supplying reliable directions is a must!
If you do choose to lay on some sort of transport for your guests, double decker buses are a proven crowd pleaser for ferrying the masses between gigs, and there are some cracking companies out there ready and waiting with a fleet of the bright red monsters. Models like the Club Class Bus can seat up to 62 of your nearest and dearest, with drinks an optional extra and superb karaoke systems onboard. Or you can always rope in a few more willing pals to act as chauffeur for any elderly relations, or guests who might have had to travel cross country for the occasion.
Main journeys to plan for;
- Bridal party to wedding venue.
- Groom and Best Man to wedding venue.
- Bride and Groom from wedding venue to reception.
- Guests from wedding venue to reception.
- Newlyweds to their hotel/airport/home.
When should you book?
When it comes to pre-nuptial planning, preparation is key. Once you’ve got the venue sorted and a realistic idea of party size, it’s time to get cracking. Ideally a good few months ahead of time. It’s worth bearing in mind there’ll be stiff competition for classic motors at certain times of the year, so you’ll need to book well in advance during summer when the double whammy wedding and high school proms land in town.
Choosing a Wedding Car
It all comes down to personal preference on this one, gents. Key factors including budget, themes and seasonal availability all need to be taken into consideration, but with a colossal range of wedding cars available to cover every budget and taste, you’ll have the pick of a mighty fine bunch.
- Debonair, stately and traditionally cool, no two ways, they’re classics for a reason.
- Models include: Beauford, Daimler, Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
- Commanding, stylish and packed to the hilt with gizmos and gadgets.
- Models include: Bentley Arnage, Mercedes Maybach, Rolls-Royce Phantom
- Unless your collection already happens to boast a Bugatti or 911 (lucky sod), your wedding’s the perfect opportunity to get behind the wheel of a seriously impressive machine. A word to the wise though, gents – it’s worth putting in a few practise moves before the big day. Stalling in front of a bank of cameras? Not so great.
- Models include: Aston Martin, Lamborghini Murciélago, Porsche Panamera
Useful online resources:
- Compareweddingcars.co.ukoffer a great head-to-head comparison of the UK’s most popular wedding cars.
- Weddingcars.co.uk have a handy online database for finding suppliers in your area.
Wedding Transport – Alternatives
If it’s all about the entrance and you’re after something a little more memorable there are plenty of alternatives to the more mainstream four wheels and engine selection. Like a tank limo say (although you might have your work cut out convincing your lovely lady on this one). A horse and carriage remains an ever faithful favourite, and at roughly £300-£700 fits with the general price range of its motorised counterparts. Or how about a bit of Bond action with ride in a chopper? Tuktuks, milk floats, Harleys, speedboats, coaches, tractors… take your pick!
Groom and Best Man
Strictly speaking, arranging a set of wheels to get the groom to the ceremony falls firmly to his clued-up best man. As a general rule you should aim to be safely at the wedding venue at least half an hour before the service begins, and until hoverboards become a reality – and almost certainly the number one choice for grooms and best men the world over, the chances are you’ll travel in your best man’s own trusty motor.
However, forgetting time, money and whether some of them are actually available yet or not, there are a few cool alternatives to taking your best mate’s hatchback. GoGroom’s top 3 choices;