by George Howard
There are plenty of companies out there which offer wedding cars for hire, but you need to make sure that they have exactly what you want before you make a commitment. When you're choosing which wedding cars to hire, there are a few important points that you need to consider before you finalise your decision.
Vintage or Modern? Classic wedding cars include Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Daimler and Bentley which really are timeless. Vintage wedding cars come in a wide range such as a 1960s Princess, a Beauford, a Regent Convertible, Regal Landaulette or a Fleur de Lys. If you want to take advantage of an open-topped vintage car, do consider what the weather might be like on your wedding day.
Of course you can be ultra modern and go for an upmarket sports car such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari or Porsche or for something larger, a Hummer or Range Rover.
Chauffeur-driven or drive yourself? If you're having a traditional wedding with classic or vintage wedding cars, with the bride and her father arriving together then chauffeur-driven is fitting, it's also useful if parking or waiting is a problem near the wedding venue. For a small civil wedding ceremony drive yourself is fine, particularly if you fancy taking a spin in one of those high-end sports cars, but don't forget that you won't be able to drink alcohol if your drive yourself.
Colour? Bridal cars for hire come in a variety of colours with white and cream being the most popular, followed by silver and burgundy. However, you can go for black or even pink if that's what takes your fancy.
How many cars do you need? You need to decide how many of the main wedding party are going to the wedding in a limousine. Traditionally, the bridesmaids will travel together in a limousine, possibly with the bride's mother, the best man will transport the groom and the bride and her father (or whoever is giving her away) will arrive last. If the bride wants to travel with her attendants and her father then a stretch limo might be suitable transportation.
Budget? Wedding cars for hire aren't cheap so you may want to hire classic wedding cars for the main party and maybe a town car or two for other guests. Alternatively, you may only be able to afford a car for the bride, but in that case do make sure that everyone else has transport and knows who's driving.
Choosing wedding cars for hire is fraught with difficulty and there is always the risk that someone will be offended if you don't include them in the main party that is being chauffeur driven, but stick to your guns and your budget - it is your wedding after all.