However you choose to make your grand entrance — whether you sweep up the gravel drive to the church in a classic car, make a fairytale arrival in a horse-drawn carriage or get dropped in by helicopter — you need to be able to trust your transport!
Wedding transport says a lot about a couple and it plays a big part in the overall ‘look’ of a wedding.
Personal preference, budget and length of journey are all deciding factors. The route that the transport has to take needs to be taken into consideration particularly if you fancy something a bit different. No point laying on a double decker bus if there’s a low bridge to negotiate en route. And best not to choose two white prancing horses if you’ve got a motorway junction to get across.
If you are hoping to make a dramatic entrance by either air or water then you will need to ensure that you have the necessary rights of way secured and that there are no time restrictions on when these routes can be used. It’s a good idea to do a dummy run of the route on the same day at the same time a couple of months in advance to get an idea of how long the journey will take.
Budget is always part of the equation. While a celebrity-style arrival by helicopter followed by a vintage Rolls Royce car ride would be lovely, it’s also going to cost mega bucks.
Think about the logistics too. Ordering a 2-door classic Mini to transport three bridesmaids in huge frilly dresses to the ceremony may be great for breaking a Guinness Book of Records statistic but it’s not going to do the outfits or their composure on the day any good. As much as you want your day to be special it’s a good idea to be a little bit practical too.
You want to arrive feeling fresh, comfortable and crease-free a dress with a 20ft train into a small car doesn’t go.
Whatever form of wedding transport you choose there are a few practical pointers to consider:
Go and view the quality of the transport if you can, don’t just go on the lovely pictures in the brochure, that way you avoid disappointment.
Check they are available for your wedding date.
Agree in writing the following; the particular transport to be used, collection address, collection time, ceremony time and the venue.
Check that the total cost includes the hire of the vehicle, the chauffeur, the travel cost and VAT. Check that there are no hidden extras.
Find out what provisions are made in the unlikely event the transport breaks down or the horses are unavailable and consider having a friend or relative at hand as a last minute replacement.
If your budget doesn’t allow for hiring transport then use a family car.
Check that it's in good working order and that it can get you to the church/venue on time.
Get a willing relative or friend to wash and wax the car and give it a good clean inside. Tie a ribbon to the bonnet and it will look just fine.
Remember, people will be pleased to see you and how stunning you look, not the car that got you there.