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Many brides dream of arriving at the wedding venue in style and this can be a way to add some luxury to start your special day. Below is a guide to deciding if bridal transport is needed, options to consider, prices and how to book your dream vehicle.
If you are simply arriving and then staying at the same venue all day, it is worth considering a family car, unless elegant transport is a must-have for you.
Many venues now offer dedicated rooms for brides and grooms to get ready in. This can negate the spend and limit any transport delays on the day.
If your wedding transit will involve multiple journeys then it is worth considering wedding car hire. This will add to these precious journeys, provide extra photo opportunities and make getting from A to B stress-free.
It is recommended to book bridal car hire six months in advance of your wedding day for niche or specialist wedding car hire or four months if you are opting for a modern wedding car.
Expect to pay between approximately £250 and £500, dependent on the number of journeys you will be making. You should not expect to pay more than this unless the transport vehicle selected is very rare.
Do not be scared to ask about discounts and special rates, especially if you are booking multiple cars.
Modern wedding cars vary enormously from the high range sports models to more tradition elegant cars, which have been made in the last 20 years.
A modern wedding car will ensure that the bridal party has a luxurious ride enhanced by all the mod cons.
This option is recommended for longer journeys, brides who prefer comfort over tradition and weddings taking place off-season where aircon/heat will be advantageous.
Expect to pay between £190 to £400. The most luxurious models to search for are; Rolls-Royce Ghost, Aston Martin, Bentley, Mercedes or Jaguars.
These iconic traditional wedding cars ensure that a bride will arrive in fairy-tale style on her day. While these splendid cars are the icing on the cake for a lot of classic weddings, they are costly to run and will get booked up earlier than other transport options.
Expect to pay between £300 and £450. The most elegant styles to search for are Imperial; Viscounts, Rolls-Royce; Phantom 111, Badsworths and the open-top Beauforts.
Stretch Limousines are an ideal, lavish choice for larger bridal parties who wish to travel and arrive together. These are costly but can often work out cheaper than a pair of cars.
Limousines are good options for the city centre, modern locations where the car will draw a crowd. The most wowing models to search for are Chrysler and Rolls-Royce.
American rental cars give an eclectic and individualised look that will ensure a lot of attention. These style cars work nicely for lavish stately home weddings or modern venues, where the car can add to the decoration of the day.
Costs are generally in line with classic prices, but the rarity of these imports mean that booking needs to take place earlier.
Expect to pay anywhere from £300 to £500. The most impressive models to search for are: Cadillac, Mustang, Dodge or Pontiac.
The cult VW Campervans and Beetles offer the offbeat bride and her bridesmaids a more rustic transport option. These beautiful cars provide excellent photographic opportunities and will ensure a giggle as the journey could be a little bumpy along the way. Expect to pay anywhere from £350 to £500, but make sure to shop around as there are many businesses now offering this transport option.
While classic cars look more elegant from the outside, it is essential to consider your comfort, especially if you have an extended drive.
Car styles have progressed for a reason, and it is highly recommended to opt for a smart modern car, where possible.
This not only increases the comfort, but also lowers costs and availability of alternatives if the car breaks down.
Often from this, a supplier will call or email if more details are needed and then provide a quote (do make sure that VAT in outlined clearly)
From the quotations, it is recommended to either call or arrange an appointment with two wedding transport providers. This will give you the opportunity to view the car and ask further questions which should include:
Once you have found a supplier that you like and trust. It is vital that the price and T&Cs are provided in writing. A deposit is often taken, and the full balance will be requested a month before your big day.
At this point it is also worth checking if there are any discounts or offers, sometimes suppliers may need additional testimonials or blogs, and a promise of this can drop the overall cost.
Once you have found and secured your transport provider, it is wise to contact them a month before the wedding to confirm logistics. At this point make sure to provide an alternate contact on the day in case of emergencies or delays so your morning can be stress-free.