Wedding cars and the wedding transportation is a key part of the timing for your wedding day, which will be arranged with a specialist wedding car supplier. Information for you on arranging your wedding transportation with specialist wedding car suppliers. For your wedding day, you will be arranging for a number of experienced specialists to come together to do their own part of your big day - and they each will know what is required in their specialist fields. We can assist with choosing and appointing the right transportation company for your wedding cars, and with our advice things should run smoothly on the day.
In the past, the bride's parents usually took responsibility for the financing of the wedding, including hiring the cars and other the transport arrangements - many still do. However these days, more and more couples are financing and organising the whole event themselves. When you start out, organising your wedding cars can seem like one giant headache. Certainly it’s a big task and a very important one on a day where you don’t want any unwelcome surprises! But it’s not that bad – organising the wedding cars is a matter of common sense, mixed with a sense of logical planning and organisation, supported by your family and friends. Don’t worry – you have all these things already!
Start by running through the wedding day itself in your mind. Imagine the different scenarios from the point of view of the bride, groom and your intended guests. Where will they travel from, who can – or cannot – travel together, does anyone have any special needs, who can arrive at the wedding venue earlier than others (thus, having to wait longer for the ceremony), how will you transport those guests arriving by wedding cars provided by you from the wedding venue to the reception, will the bride and groom or anyone else require transport later in the evening?
There a many specialist wedding car companies to choose from, each with their own fleet of bespoke vehicles. Your first consideration will be the sort of car (or vehicles) that you choose for your wedding. This is down to personal choice and budget – you can choose almost anything from a horse to a Masseratti! Most people will make a choice from the general selection of the most popular forms of wedding transportation; horse drawn carriage, vintage cars, elegant wedding cars and limousines.
If the horse and carriage appeals to you for the bride’s trip to the wedding and for the bride and groom to leave afterwards, then you may also have to consider hiring an additional wedding car for the groom to travel to the venue, and for your bridesmaids, immediate family and special guests to get to the church or venue. When planning to travel by horse and carriage consider the distance that you are expecting the horse to travel (from the bride’s home to the wedding venue and afterwards from the venue on to the reception), most carriage operators have a restriction on the total distance that their horses can travel. Extra travelling time will need to be built in to your plans as the horses will cover the route at little more than a brisk walking pace. Additionally, bear in mind that the route will need to be negotiable for the carriage – as well as the horses, so very steep hills, any cattle grids and busy traffic areas could be a difficulty.
Some specialist wedding car suppliers have a bespoke fleet of vintage or classic cars for you to choose from. Arrival and departure from the church or other wedding venue in one of these classic cars is a certain head-turner. You will need to choose a specific vehicle when booking the classic or vintage wedding car, as each one will be unique. Bear in mind that these are, by their very nature, older cars so ask the operator what contingencies are in place in the event of breakdown.
Most wedding cars, and most additional wedding transport requirements, are chosen from the top-of-the-range luxury car market, from bespoke manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, Bentley, Mercedes, etc. Even if you have chosen a ‘special’ form of transportation for your wedding day, you will still have to consider how your bridesmaids and other special guests will travel, and that probably means hiring this type of luxury wedding car for your main or additional transport. The majority of weddings will utilise these cars to provide the total transport requirements for everyone, including the bride and groom.
Stretched limousines have an established track record as wedding cars in America and are becoming ever more popular in other parts of the world. They are luxurious and have the ability to carry a much larger number of passengers than most other cars. Dressed with wedding ribbons in a coordinating colour they look the part! The vast space in the passenger compartment easily accommodates the groom’s party (Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, etc.). A limousine means that the bride’s mother and the bridesmaids can travel together in one car (most limousines have a passenger capacity of up to eight people). They will hold even the most flamboyant of wedding dresses. Some brides now chooses to travel to the wedding along with her parents and bridesmaids as one party – this is ideal if the wedding venue is a long distance from home and could save time or the expense of an additional wedding car.
Occasionally, the bride or groom (or both!) will have a wish to travel by a bespoke personal choice of transport on their wedding day. Sports car transportation (Porsche, Ferrari, Masseratti, or one of many top makes of fast cars) to the wedding is increasingly popular with the groom, and some brides. Often, this is the bride’s surprise gift to the groom on his wedding day. Alternatively, one of the happy couple takes the opportunity to fulfil a long term desire to travel in a particular, or unusual, type of vehicle and the list for these is as differing as the people themselves – we have seen people arrive for their wedding by Tractor, Double-decker bus, London Taxi, Fire Engines, Helicopter, the list is endless!
You’ll need to consider how many wedding cars you’re going to need for your wedding day, and of what type. If you are able to book all of these with one operator it will make co-ordination easier, but if not, then most wedding car companies have enough experience to make sure that their involvement on the day is executed efficiently and in cooperation with the other cars that are attending. You will need to consider the number of people you need to travel to the venue, the capacity of each car and the locations that they are travelling from. Don’t try to overburden each car; there is only so much it will be able to do when you consider traffic conditions and the fact that you don’t want your special guests to have to wait around at the wedding venue for too long before the service.
Do give some consideration to the fact that your guests may be a little less concerned with the timing than you have been when planning it – it’s not unusual for the car to arrive to collect them only to find that they delay it for a further 10 – 15 minutes because they weren’t ready at the allotted time! If you need help with planning the schedule for the wedding cars most vehicle operators will be happy to assist and draw on their experience and knowledge. You may also wish to consider, before contacting the wedding car suppliers, if you require a car to take the bride and groom from the reception to the honeymoon hotel later in the evening - or if you need to arrange airport transport for your honeymoon trip.
Andrew Shaw has years of experience in supplying wedding cars to all kinds of weddings and wedding venues. Practical advice on planning, arranging and booking your wedding transportation. Details of his UK wedding cars can be found at Chariots Wedding Cars
Your wedding is unique to you and so you will want your own range of bespoke wedding cars and transport for the wedding day. Transport for your guests as well as the bride and groom is very important on your wedding day. We bring you information on all types of wedding cars and transportation, including luxury wedding cars and limousines, to the more exclusive forms of wedding transport such as a horse and carriage to the more unusual wedding transport, including London buses and taxis and even fire engines. We have expert advice on how to find, select and book your wedding car supplier that contains many useful hints and tips for approaching choosing and booking a wedding car supplier.