The wedding car can be a real show stealer with its ribbon on the bonnet, Just Married sign and tin cans tied to the exhaust. If the thought of a white vintage ‘Roller’ makes you yawn, add some adventure to your day with one or even two of these deliciously different ideas for your wedding transport.
Double decker, open-top and party bus
Everyone loves an open-top bus on a sunny day. If some of your guests are staying at the reception venue, you could make their lives easier by having them catch the bus from there to the ceremony and back. If the venues are close enough, have the bus return to pick up the bride, her father and bridesmaids too! It will make your summer wedding memorable and your wedding photos look amazing.
For something even more exciting, book a Party Bus complete with sound system, lights and drinks! The bride and groom could be sipping champagne on the back seat with all their guests toasting them as the driver brings you all back together to continue celebrations at the reception.
For a retro 1950s inspired wedding you can’t beat a Hollywood Diana Dors style pink Cadillac with its plush leather seats and convertible top. Just add sunglasses and red lipstick and you’ll ooze glamour.
For a 1960s ‘hippy chick’ look, the VW Beatle or campervan is perfect. The bo-ho wedding is the height of fashion so you can have flowers in your car as well as your hair for the full effect.
A retro style London wedding is not complete without a shiny white London taxi swathed in wedding ribbon in all its glory.
Bridal Bond car
Image: Aston Martin, courtesy of Driven by James
Turn heads with an instantly recognisable famous TV or film car replica. You could arrive at your wedding ceremony in the shiny black Batmobile, James Bond’s Aston Martin or even the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee!
Rockstar wedding limo
Look like rockstars in a stretch limo complete with light show, music and champagne. The beauty of the limo is you can fit so many people in, meaning the bride can travel in comfort in an enormous ballgown surrounded by her dear dad and a whole gaggle of bridesmaids too!
Wild weddings on wheels
Image courtesy of wildweddings.co.uk
Arriving at your wedding ceremony on a motorbike, with a leather jacket over your morning suit is the ultimate in cool for a bike riding groom. Biker brides with a dress too big for a sidecar could hire a big showy trike and sit on the back seat with your dad on the way to the ceremony and your groom on the way back. Crash helmets need to be worn so have an easy to keep hair do that can be quickly brushed and fixed when you get to your venue. Serious bikers and anyone with a real sense of adventure will arrive on two (or three) wheels in style!
If you’re planning a wedding by the river or the sea then make the most of the water by leaving your ceremony by boat! Or really ‘push the boat out’ (sorry!) and hold your wedding ceremony and/or reception on a boat. Just think of all those ‘Hello Sailor’ photos you could have taken!
Hot air balloon
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Take to the skies in a breathtakingly beautiful way when you travel by hot air balloon. The views and the wedding photos will be magical.
Tandem – the bicycle made for two
Finally, for environmentally minded couples or indeed anyone planning a green wedding, would could be more romantic than a tandem? Fill the basket with cascading flowers, leaving just enough room for your bouquet and then ride off together on a bicycle made for two.
So, whether you’re a boat, balloon or bike kind of a couple, there is something out there for you. Start your local search for wedding transport in the Confetti Wedding Directory.
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.