Your wedding day – one of the most memorable days of your life. Leading up to this day takes hours and hours of organising and researching. One aspect of that organising that is very often overlooked or left to the last minute, is the wedding cars. This is traditionally the groom’s responsibility, but as is the case these days, the bride is often the one who actually organises everything usually with the help of her mother, sister or friends. This is just as well, as most grooms don’t have the knowledge or understanding of just how important the wedding cars are for the bride to be.
So how do you know exactly what you’ll need in regard to wedding car hire and transport?
Firstly, how many cars, or even bigger transport, will you need? Think about the journey and who will need to be in the cars. The bridesmaid, flowers girl, pageboys as well as considering the mothers and fathers of the bride and groom. Oh, and don’t forget the groom himself with the best man. This will help to decide on the numbers and type of cars needed.
It’s traditional for the bride to be and her father to travel in the main wedding car, but due to budget restraints many brides are opting to hire a larger style car such as a stretch limousine which can transport the bride, her father and the bridesmaids with the flowers girls for the same cost as a smaller, more traditional car such as a Rolls Royce or Beauford. Very often the cost of hiring a stretch limousine works out as great value for money.
The size of the car needs to be considered when thinking about the wedding dress too as you need to make sure that your and your dress fit comfortably into the car, especially if there is also a long train on the dress. If you have any luggage or large bags, consider asking a relative to take these or ask the venue if you can drop them off by taxi the day before, making sure the venue has a safe, secure storage place.
Remember to ask the wedding car company if they have the correct insurance, not just normal car insurance but public liability insurance to cover for accident to you dress etc. Also ask them if you have exclusive hire of the cars as you could be delayed at the church or registry office and you need to make sure the wedding car hire company is not in any hurry to attend another wedding after yours. Call the wedding car hire company 2 weeks before to make sure everything is still on track.
You may have to consider hiring a coach as well if your venue is far from your place of ceremony or if it is difficult for your guest to get to.
Your wedding cars are not just for transporting the bride and groom etc, they are a vital of your day and they will also be included in your photography, so it is important to appreciate that this transport as just as important as the dress.
So remember, book the cars well in advance as they often get book up very quickly. Use a reputable company, join a wedding forum in your local area and ask others for their recommendations but most of all do everything well in advance and then sit back and enjoy the ride!!
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