Big Day Transport: What to Consider

Often, the only chance the bride and groom will have to spend quality time together on the wedding day is in the privacy of their transport. So the way you get from A to B can be an important – and romantic – decision.

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Often, the only chance the bride and groom will have to spend quality time together on the wedding day is in the privacy of their transport. So the way you get from A to B can be an important – and romantic – consideration. The mode you choose can add considerably to the theme of your wedding, but it’s important to remember the practicalities.

Be Prepared

Cars are a popular choice, so Ross Stewart from First Class Classics suggests to book early. ‘While six months before your wedding is usually okay to book transport, you will get far more choice if you book earlier. The options most in demand are often booked 12 months in advance.’

Know the Guidelines

Find out if the company will charge by the hour or as a flat fee. If there’s a chance you will want to keep a car longer than estimated, confirm that no one else has it reserved on the same day. Make sure any DIY decorating plans that you (or your attendants) have thought out are allowed.

On a budget?

Some hire companies offer self-drive options, which could be perfect if the groom has always fancied himself behind the wheel of a Porsche or a Daimler. Or maybe a family member or friend has a flashy car you can borrow. To further save money, remember that having the ceremony and reception at the same place will cut down on transportation costs.

Practical Matters

Think about the style of your gown before deciding on your transport. It can be challenging to exit low-to-the-ground vehicles in a fitted, full gown. You may have always dreamt of landing in a helicopter, but do you want to greet your guests while desperately trying to control a loose, flowing dress as you step into its wake? Arriving on a motorcycle may be dramatic, but you won’t want a helmet head. And it is impossible to travel in a convertible with the top down without ending up with birds-nest hair – just be sure to tell your hairstylist of your plans.

Last but not least

However you make your way, confirm all addresses and pick-up times the week of the wedding so everyone arrives on time – and you can be assured that when it’s time to leave, your carriage will not have turned into a pumpkin.


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