Choose the Wedding Car That Suits Your Own Style

People are different and they express their differences in many ways, as is evident in their choice of wedding cars, for example.

Some like something traditional from the times of the vintage and classic car periods while others prefer a themed car from, say, the James Bond movies, or a very modern car that spells ”today”.

It depends on a few factors. Personality is often a good indicator of the type of car a bride, her groom and family may favour. Another is budget since not everybody can hire an expensive car for the wedding day. Whatever one’s motivation, the vehicle is most likely as important to most couples as the venue for the wedding or even the honeymoon destination.

And therefore the wedding car is important. Most people will only marry once and will therefore want to remember a lot of the detail. If your budget is very limited you may simply wash and clean your own car, or that of a friend, and use it on the big day. However, most people make sure they include a rented car in their wedding budget.

This allows them a few choices in terms of the car they want for the day, such as the rate at which it is hired, as well as the model of the car. Depending on one’s tastes and own ideas there will always be a choice of wedding cars.

Some may make it a fun experience and try and find a Kombi with hippie flowers painted all over, or an old Beetle from yesteryear, even a bus that seats many guests. The bus idea is popular for those who do not want to drive to and from the reception and rather enjoy the party while on the bus itself.

Then you get those who feel they want a real smart, classy and stylish car such as a vintage Ford, Rolls Royce or other car from the 1920’s or 1930’s. Others, still, may want a car from the 50’s or 60’s when movie stars made the coupe and sports cars popular.

Wedding cars will always have their own following depending on who the couple is. To find the car of one’s choice may not be that easy. That is why many people start looking the moment they are putting together ideas for the wedding itself. They know there are issues to deal with such as availability and budget.

They also understand that wedding cars may be more difficult to come by during summer months and weekends. To find one, the answer – if you don’t know someone who owns the car of your choice – is to contact a firm that specialises in finding and letting these wedding cars. There are a number of companies that make it their business to find couples the car of their choice.

They normally don’t own these cars but they rent them out on behalf of their owners. If you deal with a well-established firm with a good, widely respected name, you are very likely to find the car you want on your wedding day. Make sure you ask around to find out who to deal with, since no-one wants to be disappointed on their wedding day if they find that their car is not available.

Good companies know how to ensure that all arrangements surrounding hired wedding cars go smoothly, from finding the car, arranging payment and delivering it clean and beautiful to the client on the wedding day.

Some companies have been in business for many years and offer a great variety, whereas others may be smaller because they prefer to specialise in specific cars for people’s big day. Whatever your preference, make sure you never leave looking for the ideal car too late. You may not find the one that you are looking for.

Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Cars for Your Event

Your wedding is probably the most important event in your life and so naturally you want things to be perfect. One of the most important elements of a wedding ceremony is the car. However, when it comes to renting a wedding car there are probably hundreds of cars to choose from which can make things very confusing. If you are on a limited budget probably choosing something cheap may be your best bet. But if you want to find the best car and your budget is flexible then the following tips should help you find something that will make a great impression.

Car types

The market for wedding cars is huge and you’ll get a good idea of the sheer number of luxury cars available by visiting any wedding cars rental service. Since, your wedding is a special occasion a luxury car should be your first consideration. However, you have to choose between two categories i.e. a vintage luxury car or a modern one. The number of modern luxury cars available ranging from BMWs to Mercedes and Jaguar are staggering. But you’ll need to do a bit of searching around if you want to find a vintage car.

For instance, if you want to make a big statement you can chose a classic Rolls Royce or even a Bentley complete with a well dressed uniform wearing chauffeur. The other option you have is a limousine made from exotic cars. But with a limo you will have to make sure that there is ample parking space available.

Distance considerations

When looking through all the wedding cars available you also need to consider the distance you are going to travel i.e. from the hotel to the church, the reception and then back to the hotel. At times couples may also chose to travel to their wedding photo shoots prior to going over to the reception which may be a rather lengthy detour. So, the rental you chose should be able to cover the distance with ease. It should also be comfortable to ride in.

Comfort level of the car

Your wedding day as much as it is joyful it is also stressful both for you and your bride. This is why it is important to choose a car which delivers a smooth experience. Even though luxury cars are supposed to be comfortable some of these cars are more comfortable than others. Your task would be to choose the most comfortable of the cars available so that you and your bride has some time to unwind when on the road. The car should also be large enough to allow your bride to easily step into and out of the vehicle without trouble. That being said you need to consider this bearing in mind the size of the wedding gown your bride will be wearing.

The number of businesses offering wedding cars on rent are a dime a dozen. However, keeping the above in mind and the limited time you have to find a vehicle it pays to only stick with reputed wedding car dealers. This will ensure that you find the best car in the shortest time period.

The Right Wedding Car for You

Choosing the right car for your wedding can be a very daunting task for some people. There are so many types and styles of cars available from genuine “old” vintage cars to modern saloons and limousines. The choice can be huge and where do you start?

Firstly it is important to decide on what style of car you want and this can often be determined by your bridal theme for your wedding. If your wedding is going to have a traditional theme with a church ceremony, followed by a reception at a grand hotel or Hall, you may prefer to choose a vintage or classic style car such as a Rolls Royce, Bentley or Beauford that is in keeping with the traditional style. If however your theme is more modern, perhaps a civil ceremony at a Registry office followed by drinks at a local hotel, you may feel the a more modern or functional saloon car such as a Mercedes, Jaguar or Baby Bentley is more appropriate.

Once you have decided what style of car you want, work out how many people you need to get from A to B and this will help you decide on how many cars you will need. It’s no point choosing a single two-seat vintage style car if you have 8 bridesmaids. Ideally you want all your bridesmaids to arrive together just before the bride arrives. A two seat car would have to make several journeys shuttling bridesmaids two at a time and clearly this is not ideal. Even a simple 5 minute journey to the church can take about 15 minutes turnaround time for each pair, meaning your first bridesmaids may have to go to the venue an hour or more before the ceremony just to give enough time to do the remaining journeys… and of course we need to leave time to get the bride to church on time as well. The best option here if you do have a few bridesmaids would be to take a two-car package. A main bridal car for the bride & father, or whoever is accompanying her to church, and a second car to take the bridesmaids. There are many companies who specialise in two car packages with matching coloured or styled cars although bear in mind that the main bridal car is the one that will feature in your wedding album.

The second car ideally needs to match the bridal car in style & colour and offer flexibility to ensure everyone gets to the venue in good time. There are many cars available but it is often best to choose a limousine that will hold up to seven.

Examples being the modern Mercedes 7 seat limousines or a “classic” Daimler DS420.

Or you may even fancy an American 8 seat stretched limo – great for the kids.

You may not have that many bridesmaids but it will give flexibility if you need extra space. Don’t forget the bride’s mother!! And remember the bride’s father may need a seat to go on to the reception venue after the ceremony.

Many companies will also offer a small discount for booking two cars.

What colour of cars you choose may be a secondary concern and is of course a matter of personal preference. White, cream or ivory is very traditional but silver is proving very popular these days too. One thing to bear in mind is how the brides dress will look with the cars in the photos. If the brides dress is white then next to a white car the dress may not stand out and the photos may look stark. A white dress next to a cream or ivory car may give a better result. Conversely an ivory dress will look best against a white car. Think also of the upholstery in the car. Again cream or beige/brown or neutral colours look best on photos whereas green leather for example may not look very suitable. Grey is an ideal neutral colour but it’s all a matter of personal taste. Most companies take a lot of time & effort keeping their cars looking immaculate inside & out so this brings us on to the next point…

Always go and see the cars you are interested in or ask for lots of photos if you’re unable to attend in person. It’s easy to disguise problems with carefully taken pictures so seeing the cars close-up is worth the time it takes. That way you can see the cars, sit in them, check out their condition both inside & out and be in a much better position to make the right decision as to which car (or cars) is best for your needs on the big day.

Just a point about replica or ‘kit cars’ – many brides will want “the genuine” article so maybe will choose a classic Rolls Royce, Daimler or a Bentley, all very popular and very traditional for weddings. But bear in mind that these cars may be 40, 50 or 60 years or more old and can suffer from mechanical or electrical issues due to their age. Most companies will spend fortunes on maintaining their fleet but you never know when the unexpected may occur and the older the car is the more likely it will suffer from issues or at worst a breakdown.

There is an alternative in “replica” cars. These are cars built on modern chassis with modern engines and mechanics but built in a vintage style. A typical and very popular example is the Beauford. These are based on Ford or Nissan engines with modern chassis and built using fibre glass panels to imitate the 1920/30’s look and style. The car is actually designed to imitate the 1929 Duisenburg but also looks very much like a vintage Bentley.

The advantage of these cars is simply that you get the vintage appearance but with modern mechanics and electrics which makes them much more reliable with far less risk of breakdown. Most companies will have contingency plans in place if the worst does happen but it’s often better to choose a car with less risk and these replica or kit cars are a very good option. They look the part and are very reliable. Another example is the ‘Regent’ wedding car which is based on an FX4 Black cab chassis.

So you’ve chosen the style, type and colour of car you want and decided on how many cars you will need, what next? Choose a reputable and professional firm and discuss fully your requirements with the company you choose – make sure you include details of every journey needed, how long the cars will be needed for, how far apart the church & reception venues are or if the ceremony & reception are all taking place at a single venue, whether you want to go via a park for additional photos or visit a cemetery to place a bouquet on a loved one’s grave, and the number of passengers on each journey. If you’re having a ceremony at a Hotel, do you want the car to wait until after your ceremony so you can have photos with the car or even a short ride out. Do you want a celebration drink in the car for your journey to the reception venue. All these factors are important and may have a bearing on the final price agreed for the hire. Additional journeys requested later after a price has been agreed may incur an additional charge so it’s important to include everything up front.

Once you’ve agreed a price it is normal to pay a deposit when you book the cars and obtain a receipt. The company should then contact you a month or so in advance of the wedding to go through all the details again and confirm times etc and you would normally be expected to pay your final balance at this time although all companies work slightly differently. Some may prefer the final balance in cash on the day which is not uncommon but it’s your choice on how you want to pay.

If you need impartial advice on any aspect of your wedding day transport you can speak to any reputable company. They will be only too happy to offer their expertise and guidance on what is the best choice for your big day. If they don’t have the cars you are looking for most companies will know someone who does and be able to give a recommendation or referral.