Get Me To The Church On Time

Whether you want to arrive in style in a vintage car or stretched limo, make sure you have a fairytale entrance

Arrive in a horse and carriage, or keep it quirky by showing up in a helicopter, fire engine or double-decker bus, there are so many options to be explored that couples won’t struggle to find transport that will reflect both their personalities.

Wedding transport needs to be reliable as well as glamorous, so make sure you choose a reputable company to provide yours. If you’re planning on hiring a vintage car, make sure that the hire company has one or two contingency plans, as old cars – though full of character – can be temperamental. If the vintage car were to break down, what will they replace it with? Also, bear journey times in mind, as they can take far longer in a vintage car than a modern one.

Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting for your money. For example, some companies hire out ‘vintage-style’ or ‘classic-style’ cars – modern vehicles styled to look like as if they’re vintage. Ask to meet the person who’ll be your driver on your big day and make sure that they will be presentable, professional and that they’re experienced in driving that particular vehicle.

If you’re thinking of having an open-top car, make sure you keep the time of year in mind, and plan for bad weather even if you’re getting married in summer. Umbrellas are sometimes provided by the company, but you may want to pack one just in case. If you’re getting married during the cold season check if your chosen car has heating. If not, ask for blankets to be provided.

Make sure your chosen vehicle has enough space for you and your outfit – wedding attire can take up a lot of room! Make sure you check with the company how many the car can seat (ask them to be realistic!). Before you make a final decision on a car company, make sure you know how many cars you will need. Traditionally, the best man accompanies the groom, while the bridesmaids and mother of the bride share a car, with the bride and her father travelling in a separate one.

Before you sign on the dotted line make sure you ask to see a copy of the company’s terms and conditions and double check its charging policies. Ask if they charge for the hour or if you can arrange a flat fee that covers extra mileage and petrol fees, as this can often work out cheaper

Don’t forget the additional touches. Ask if the company is willing to decorate your car. If so, make sure you provide them with your colour theme. Does champagne come as part of the package? Or at an extra cost?

Top Tip: Make sure you get all your transport agreements in writing to avoid any mix-ups on the day

Main Photo by David King