Will you arrive fashionably late with your father and keep your groom waiting at the altar, or turn up on time with all your bridesmaids in tow? There’s more to booking your wedding cars than you might think. Here’s your guide to wedding car etiquette and how to make sure your wedding day travels all go smoothly.
It’s up to you whether you choose to follow traditional etiquette or do your own thing. A combination can work well with lower budgets as you may want to arrive in a vintage car with your father and depart as newlyweds in a horse and carriage, but have everyone else travel by minicab! Here’s the traditional way:
On the way to the ceremony:
1 The ushers travel to the ceremony together first
2 The guests start to arrive
3 The groom & best man travel together
4 The bridesmaids & mother of the bride travel together
5 The bride & father of the bride travel together
The ushers should arrive at the ceremony venue first, in order to direct guests to the correct seating, hand out orders of service and be on hand to assist with any other issues that may come up.
The groom and best man should arrive next, and with some fanfare, just after the guests begin taking their seats, followed by the arrival of the mother of the bride and bridesmaids. The bride and her father arrive last.
1 The bride and groom travel together, usually with glasses of champagne after photos are taken outside the ceremony venue.
2 The rest of the bridal party should aim to arrive at the reception ahead of the guests to ensure all is as it should be.
3 The parents should betherewith the bride and groom to greet their guests on arrival.
How to decorate the wedding car
Finally, it’s a lovely tradition to decorate the wedding car with a Just Married sign, ribbons or even tin cans trailing from the exhaust! Your hired wedding car is likely to come decorated with an ivory wedding ribbon and white flowers so if you’d prefer to have something slightly different, discuss this with them well in advance. However you choose to travel to and from your wedding venues, do it in style!
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.