Making an Entrance – How to Travel on your Wedding Day

14 Jul 2011

Making an Entrance – How to Travel on your Wedding Day

Here is some inspiration on how to make a stylish arrival on your big day.

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Is it going to be a horse and carriage or a horseless carriage? And if it’s a horseless carriage, is it going to be as near authentic in years as you can get, or one of those stretch limos that brings a taste of Hollywood to the Cotswolds? Your choice of transport for your big day should, above all, reflect your own personality and taste.

Whatever your choice of wedding transport, there’s such a wide range available now that it makes for a very difficult choice if you want to stand out from the crowd and be that little bit different. And there’s bound to be a company in the Cotswolds that can provide something suitable. It doesn’t even have to be anything totally off the wall – the traditional chauffeur-driven Rolls is still by far the most popular mode of transport to get you to the ceremony on time. They are, after all, purpose-built for the job with plenty of room inside to accommodate a flowing dress, air-conditioned and comfortable, and as near to decadence as you’re likely to get for those few precious moments.

For a bit of vintage charm and elegance, consider Chitty – the newest addition to a fleet of luxury limousines at 16th century Rookery Manor in Edingworth, near Weston-Super-Mare. With its cream leather interior, champagne bucket and even a special holder for the bride’s bouquet, this Imperial vintage-type car oozes charm. The landaulet hood folds back to create a spacious seven-seater, so it’s the perfect way for the bride (and bridesmaids) to travel to the ceremony in style.

For full details, call the Rookery Manor wedding team on 0845 409 09 40 or go to www.facebook.com/RookeryManor

However if you’re after something a little different, ‘Karma Kars Cotswolds’ could provide you with just that. The beautiful vintage Indian ambassador Karma Kar is festooned wth flowers on both bumpers, and the interior features lavish fabrics of red and gold, giving the car an enchanting finish. Brides travelling to their wedding in a Karma Kar will be following in the footsteps of the likes of Kate Moss, Jade Jagger and Jason Donavon and even the cast of Coronation Street, who used a Karma Kar for one of their weddings.

‘Karma Kars Cotswolds’ covers the Cotswolds area including Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury and Swindon.

For further information see http://www.karmakabs.com/ or visit their Facebook page.

Contact Suzie Goodman via email on

info@karmakars-cotswold.co.uk <mailto:info@karmakars-cotswold.co.uk> or call on 01242 248 190 / 07828 309527

Transport isn’t just about getting to the church on time. There’s potentially a lot more to think about. Stag and Hen nights, for instance, can get off to a great start by hiring a stretch limo to ferry the parties to and fro, and what wedding guest could fail to appreciate that their needs have been catered for too, when a vintage coach picks them all up and transports them to the reception after the service? That way everything can be kept running to a tight schedule.

Don’t overlook the groom’s needs either. Often the groom will, rightly, take a back seat during the celebrations – it is, after all, largely the bride’s day – but a surprise gift from his bride-to-be of either a chauffeur-driven or, better still, a hired sports car to get him and the best man around on the day would certainly be hugely appreciated.

Much will depend on the time of year for the wedding. An open landau could be a little parky during the winter, but some winter days are finer than a lot of summer days lately, so who’s to tell? A long-range weather forecast would be good to factor in when you are planning the day; it may not be entirely accurate but it could help to make up your mind for you.

Cost is going to be another deciding factor, with some of the more exotic or unusual modes of transport attracting a bit of a premium, but whatever you do and however well meant the offer, try to resist friends and relatives looking to help out and provide transport for everyone. With the best will in the world, things could go wrong, which is the last thing you want to happen on the most important day of your life, and you wouldn’t want to risk the possibility of souring relationships on what should be a happy occasion. However much the transport arrangements cost, it will be well worth it.

Finally, if you are planning to fly away on honeymoon, leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and resist the temptation to drive yourself. Hire a chauffeur-driven vehicle to take you there to make sure that you start your married life as you mean to go on – unflustered, relaxed and looking forward to whatever life drives by you.

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