A guide to wedding transport
27 Apr 2011
A guide to wedding transport
Like so many aspects of planning a wedding the choosing of the bridal transport can be a daunting prospect to most couples, but thankfully help is at hand.
It is to be hoped that the prospective couple will only have to plan a wedding once in their lifetime, whereby the more professional limousine hire companies are planning similar events with like-minded couples several times per week.
Your transport choice is initially narrowed by practicality, it is no use booking a fairytale horse and carriage if you are 15 miles or more from the church and expect it to complete several journeys for you, similarly it is no use reserving a sleek sports car if you have that enormous hooped or meringue style of dress. Large dresses will in fact flood all but the most commodious of vehicles, and remember, your guests will want to see you when you arrive and not yards of satin and lace pressed against the car windows.
Open Topped, Convertible or Landaulette ( hood over rear seats) style of cars preferably with long bodies are extremely versatile and ideally suited for the job. Many being specifically built for the wedding car industry, also please bear in mind that the most popular cars are in the greatest demand.
A reputable professional company will pay attention to the fine tuning of the chauffeuring on the day by always taking the bride to the church with the convertible top closed, as she has had her best hair and make-up done for the day, doing this keeps the bride looking flawless and ready for the initial photographs.
The above also gives the bride a good choice and variety of photographs as the car arrives with the top up, and whilst you are in the church the top will be opened and prepared for you so that your photographer, video person and guests can all take advantage of the numerous and varied photo opportunities presented whilst the vehicle has its top down. Afterwards from church to the reception venue the choice will be yours to have the top open or closed.
First of all decide how many people you actually want to move, from experience the average number of cars used on a wedding is two, possibly a beautiful open top style of car for the bride with the chauffeur assisting her with the dress. This car then transports the newly married bride and groom to the reception, stopping on the way for photographs with the chauffeur serving celebratory drinks to the happy couple in the car, and also appearing in other photographs as required.
The second car could be either a six or seven seat vehicle which usually transports the bridesmaids, mother of the bride and the page boy and flower girls etc.
Do not leave transport arrangements to the last minute, early booking ensures a wider choice as the most reputable car companies can be taking bookings two years in advance. Make telephone calls and collect information and brochures. Find out exactly what is being supplied before you ask about costs, remember some companies operate nearly new vehicles and some run cars that are between twenty and seventy years old.
It is worth mentioning here that there are now many specialist wedding car companies operating within this area with a vast range of vintage and modern vehicles between them to suit all tastes.
Article by Tony of Horgans Wedding Limousines. tel: 0161 491 5087