Want a Rolls Royce but only have enough for a Skoda? If you’re looking for ways to cut corners on your wedding cars but still want to arrive in style, here’s how to rethink the vintage cars, save hundreds and still do it in style – 5 ways you can save money on your wedding transport.
Do you know anyone with a cool sports car or a convertible who may be willing to lend it to you for the day? Borrow a friend’s fancy car for your wedding day and get yourself insured to drive it unless they offer to wear a leather cap and be your driver. It could be their wedding present to you, you’ll save hundreds on fancy car hire costs and have some amazing wedding photos for ever more.
Book a wedding bus
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I don’t mean the local bus into town, I mean save money in style by spending your whole wedding car budget on a double decker bus instead of hiring the usual two or three wedding cars and hoping all your guests will find parking at each venue.
Book the bus to do several trips if your venues are close by so your bridal party and most guests arrive at the ceremony by bus, then send the driver back for the bride and her father to arrive later as is tradition. Or break with tradition to save more money and all travel together! After the ceremony everyone can simply hop back on the bus to return to the reception!
An even cheaper alternative to the double decker bus, though not as stylish, is a coach or minibus. Decorate it with wedding ribbons and flowers to make it more special. The old London Routemaster double deckers will seat up to 72 so they’re ideal for smaller guestlists.
Minicabs and London taxis
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Booking a regular minicab will save money as you won’t be paying for car hire, decorations or Champagne, simply the journeys you make. Find a local cab company offering stylish new cars or hire a white London taxi for something just a little bit more special. Ask if you can decorate the cab with your own wedding car ribbon for the journey and add your own flowers and bubbly too!
Wedding tandems – the bicycle made for two
If your wedding venues are close enough, be environmentally friendly and save hundreds by getting on your bikes! Brides, you won’t be able to do this in a ball gown so there’s another saving! Decorate your bicycles with flowers and ribbons or pearls and consider investing in a tandem that you can use for years to come!
If you’re lucky enough to live close to your ceremony and reception venues then do the traditional thing and walk to your wedding with your bridal party and all your guests following! That’ll make one amazing wedding photo. Just don’t forget to invest in some ivory umbrellas, just in case!
Whatever wheels you ride in on your wedding day, just keep in mind that it’s the end journey that is the important part, not the travelling. And yet if you can do it in style and save money too, even better!
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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.