Wedding transport has traditionally been the domain of the groom, and whilst we’re all for giving grooms free reign, there are a few things brides need to know about their transport; it isn’t all about what’s underneath the hood! There are so many reasons why you need to choose a reputable car hire company for your wedding and many of these reasons might not be on your man’s radar.
The Smart Bride’s Guide to Wedding Cars
Among the numerous items that the busy bride-to-be has on her checklist is the transportation set-up for the wedding party. The most popular option is to simply invest in wedding car services — an option that actually makes sense because of the convenience, glamor and safety it can bring to the occasion.
Renting a chauffeur driven car for your wedding can make a great day even dreamier. To make sure you get the most out of the experience, take note of the following strategies from brides who have pulled off successful weddings and ridden off into the sunset aboard a stylish car.
Be an Early Bird
Brides don’t want to deal with last-minute surprises. So, she prepares early, does her research and shops around months before the big day. She talks to potential service providers and books the date once she founds the perfect one—before another enterprising bride beats her to it.
Be A Savvy Dealer
A bride never believes in promises unless they’re written on paper and signed by both parties. She scrutinises the fine print and is not afraid to ask questions when some things need clarification. Most of all, she doesn’t blush when the talk is about the price. She studies the payment terms and conditions and may even be bold enough to ask for a discount or upgrades, such as complimentary champagne.
A Smart Bride is Unapologetic
A bride doesn’t mind if she may look like a discriminating customer, because she is. So, the smart bride will nicely ask to inspect the actual vehicle in person before signing the contract. She may talk to the chauffeur to be assigned to her party and get the limo rental office’s hotline so she knows where to call in case an emergency comes up during her special day.
Questions Every Bride has About the Wedding Car
Although organising a wedding car is usually tasked to the groom, there are six questions you need to ask to ensure you have the right car for the job.
What’s the Theme?
Arriving in a white Maserati will set the scene for a sexy, sleek wedding; whereas a black Mercedes just screams understated elegance. The bride generally gets ready at her parent’s home, so the car is the first official wedding ‘setting’ for her and her bridesmaids. It’s so important to choose the right car because it really sets the mood for the rest of the day.
How Many Cars
This all comes down to your budget and the size of your bridal party. For smaller weddings, couples’ book three cars, one for the bride and father-of-the-bride, one for the bridesmaids and one for the groom and his groomsmen. For bigger weddings, couples will book four – the extra transports just the groom and his best man. More and more, couples are choosing to book another car to take the groom’s parents to the wedding, which is a really nice gesture.
Who Rides with Who? And Who Leaves with Who?
When it comes to who rides with who this is completely up to the bride and groom, but traditionally the bridesmaids ride with the mother-of-the-bride, the bride rides with her father and the groom and the best man team up.
When leaving the wedding, traditionally, the bride and groom leave the church first; this car should then be used for photographs. If the budget is tight, you can opt just to keep one car for the bride and groom and transfer the rest of the bridal party in cabs.
Is There an Order for the Bridal Party to Arrive
The ushers should be first to arrive, then the guests. Shortly before the ceremony’s official start, the groom and best man should arrive. Next comes the bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride and finally the bride and her father make their big entrance!
Should We Decorate the Wedding Car?
This is completely up to the bride and groom, but if you’re using a beautiful hire car, it’s probably not a great idea to decorate with silly string and toilet paper! As long as the car has been stocked with champagne and flowers, you can be sure the bride and groom will leave happy.