Transportation for your Wedding
- Hire Car – From an elegant vintage car to a pristine Limousine, there are various and lengthy options for vehicles to transport you and your Bridal party to your wedding venue, including:
- Rolls Royce
- Taxi Cab
- Harley Davidson Escort
- Travel by Air/Water – how about flying in by helicopter, or floating down by hot air balloon? Of course, these are far more extravagant ideas (and depend on the location of your venue), but they will definitely provide the ‘WOW’ factor!
The list doesn’t stop there…
- Water plane
- Water taxi
- Speed boat
- Horse & Carriage – A very popular, fairy-tale wedding, style of transport that is guaranteed to make the Bride feel like a true princess on her big day. There are various styles of carriages (open top, closed roof etc.) to suit your wedding theme and the season (no Bride wants to get caught out in the rain!).
- Wedding London Bus – A fun and handy choice when transporting a large group of guests from one venue location to another. There is even the option to have a champagne bus tour in some areas! A little less traditional, but a great way to entertain your guests for an hour or so.
- The Weird, Wacky & Wonderful -New ideas for wedding transportation are popping up all the time, as couples want to personalise their wedding more and find something that suits their style, personalities and wedding theme. How about a wedding rickshaw (‘tuk tuk’), or arriving by emergency vehicle? These are just a couple of wacky ideas that are slowly emerging…
- Fire Engine
- Police Car
- Camper Van
- Horseback (or donkey?!)
TWO Reasons Why You SHOULD Hire Transportation for your Guests
- Ensure that ALL of your guests are in the right place, at the right time (especially when the ceremony and reception are being held in two separate venues).
- Special attention and care for elderly and/or disabled guests if your venue is difficult to access (i.e. on a beach, on a rough, field-like terrain, or in a remote area)
What to Remember When Hiring Wedding Transportation…
- The Journey Length and Time – Whilst you may have your heart set on a certain reception venue, if it is miles away from your ceremony location, it will not be so enjoyable or easy for guests to move from one area to the other.
- Seating Capacity & Vehicle Access – Remember that your Bridal party (bridesmaids, father of the Bride etc.) will most likely be traveling with you to the venue location. Take into consideration how many people you will have, and how big or long the dresses of the Bride and Bridesmaids are. You may hire a 6-seater vehicle for the Bride, Father of the Bride, and four Bridesmaids, only to realise that the Bride’s dress takes up two seats next to her!
- Length of Transport Hire – Do you really need the vehicle on stand-by for the entire day? Many transport companies will charge by the hour, so is it necessary for the vehicle to wait for you at each venue? Ask questions always – maybe they can arrange a deal for you for a full day of transportation.
- The Weather!!! – Always a difficult one to rely on (especially in the UK!). No matter how many times you check the weather, there is always a chance the weather will change. Remember to take this into consideration when booking your transportation and ALWAYS have a back-up plan!
- Wedding Theme – It sounds simple enough, but so often the Bride or Groom may have their heart set on a certain type of transportation (i.e. a Ferrari for the Groom to drive off in!) that does not fit in with their wedding theme (i.e. vintage) and may look a bit out of place.
- Vehicle Driver – Maybe the Bride’s father has planned to drive his Cadillac to the ceremony venue with the Bride and Bridesmaids, but this is not ideal after a few celebratory flutes of champagne, and needing to move on to the reception venue. Be sure to think about the whole day and the practicalities of your transportation. Most often the best idea is to hire a chauffeur (majority of transportation hire will include a chauffeur) or check that it is included in the price.
What Happens If There Are Street Closures or Traffic Delays on the Day?
- Always have a back-up plan for planned/sudden road closures and consider the possibility of delays
- Plan ahead and find out if there are any major events in the area on the day that may cause traffic, and organise an alternative route, if necessary
It’s important to organise a transportation itinerary with the company you are organising your transportation with (if you are using several different companies, then it would be a good idea to let them know the itinerary and the other transportation that will be used – if necessary, they can liaise with each other).
Remember: Vintage cars are prone to break down, and horse & carriage are much slower than normal transportation and there is always the potential that obstacles may be encountered, in regards to the horses. Always have a back-up plan, and make sure that the company you hire from has a back-up plan as well.
Typical wedding transportation journeys and order of leaving to the ceremony venue:
o The Groom & Best Man
o The Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride
o The Bride and Father of the Brides
Typical wedding transportation journeys and order of leaving from the ceremony venue to the reception venue:
o The Bride & Groom
o The Best Man and Groomsmen
o The Bridesmaids (they would normally travel together with the best man and groomsmen, dependent on vehicle space and numbers)
o The Mother and Father of the Bride
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