Wedding cars – what style should you book, how many do you really need and who rides with whom? There’s more to consider when booking your wedding transport than just the cost and how to save money. Here are our top 10 wedding car questions and answers!
Would you like a classic vintage car, a funky retro car like a VW Beatle or campervan, a new car like a Mercedes or something different like a horse-drawn carriage or limo? If you’re planning a London city wedding then you might want a white London taxi. Match your wedding car to your wedding style or theme. You might even be able to match the colour too!
2 How many wedding cars do we really need to book?
Most couples book two or three wedding cars but you could save money by booking one special car and several other ordinary taxis or a book one double decker bus to do all journeys!
3 How can we save money on our wedding cars?
Ask a friend or relative with a fancy car if they’d be willing to lend you it for your wedding day. If it’s a two-seater you’d need to arrange additional insurance. You could save hundreds on classic car hire costs and they might even be your driver!
4 How many seats does each car have?
When booking your wedding cars, it’s worth checking how many seats each car has. For instance the limo you love the look of might seat 16 so you can fit your whole bridal party in whereas for the same cost the cute sports car your groom likes the look of might seat only two. Remember marriage is all about compromise!
5 Should we hire a bus or coach for our wedding guests?
If your venues are quite a distance apart and most guests are staying at the reception venue, or if there is limited parking at either venue, then it makes sense to book a bus or coach.
6 How can we get a discount from our wedding car company?
If you’re thinking of booking more than one vehicle with the same wedding transport company then it’s worth asking if they will do a discount – before you make the booking! Also, get quotes from a few companies and ask if your chosen one can beat some of the other prices.
7 Who goes with whom in each wedding car?
Usually the following bridal party travel together but it’s really up to you who goes with whom:
The groom and best man
The bride and her father
The bridesmaids and mother of the bride
8 When does each car need to arrive at the ceremony and the venue?
The ushers travel to the ceremony first
The guests then start to arrive
The groom & best man should arrive next
The bridesmaids & mother of the bride then arrive
The bride & her father are the last to arrive
The bride & groom then leave for the reception first followed by the rest of the bridal party and then the guests
9 What happens if we need to cancel our wedding car booking?
It’s important to get all the details of your booking in writing from the company – detailing the date, times and cost. Check the small print, ask about their cancellation policy and if your wedding insurance will cover it – just in case.
10 How should we decorate the wedding cars?
Decorate your wedding cars the traditional way with a Just Married sign at the back, a car ribbon at the front, flowers inside and don’t forget the champagne!
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.