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Ask Kate… Budget Bridal Car Alternatives

17th May 2012 |By | 3 Comments

Ask Kate is the home of our wedding expert and agony aunt, Kate Thompson. She was recently asked a question about bridal car and taxi hire for a wedding with a low budget. Here is her answer and several ideas for how to have a lower cost wedding car in the form of a stylish taxi or an even more cost-effective alternative.Portsmouth Wedding Taxis

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“We don’t want to spend a lot on cars, but then again I don’t really want to go to my wedding in an ordinary taxi. Would I be right in thinking that there is such a thing as taxi companies, that only drive the top of the range cars and do these cars have more room inside? Or are there any other ways I can get to the ceremony in style without spending hundreds of pounds?”


Yes, there are some taxi companies that offer large top-of-the-range cars, and there are also actual wedding taxi companies too. Check out executive taxi companies in your area.

You have a few other options for your wedding transport, depending on your budget and style:

  • An iconic London taxi cab will be lower in price than a horse-drawn carriage or limo. Stylish, spacious and perfect for Londoners or a London based wedding. We highly recommend Portsmouth Wedding Taxis.
  • Do you have a friend or relative with a posh car? Ask if they’d lend it to you for your wedding, or even drive it for you. It would save you on hire costs and mean they get to give you a fabulous wedding present – so it’s a win/win and they’d probably be flattered if you asked them.
  • If it’s a short walk and a sunny day, walk to the ceremony with your bridal party as brides did before cars were invented. You’ll get to the church without any nerves after a stroll in the sunshine, waving to locals as you go. Invest in some ivory wedding brollies and pack a spare pair of shoes though… just in case.
  • For eco-brides wanting to make a statement, get your hands on a tandem that you ride (dress-permitting only!) to the ceremony with your father, and back to the reception with your new husband!

I hope that helps and that you have a wonderful wedding!

You can find out more on how to save money on your wedding planning in our Wedding Budget and Costs articles.

Search our supplier directory for our recommended list of wedding transport!

Written by

Kate Thompson is a widely published wedding expert and lifestyle writer who has made several television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

3 Replies to “Ask Kate… Budget Bridal Car Alternatives”

  1. Michael

    Useful and witty article. My wife and I had a Vauxhall Astra van as our wedding vehicle. Class. Love the tandem idea!

    Reply· May 17, 2012 11:51am
    1. KittyConfetti

      Ooh Vauxhall Astra, how fabby! 😀

      May 17, 2012 11:54am
  2. sam

    Hi everyone,
    H2B and myself are getting married in Vegas next September so do not need a wedding car, we will however be driven to Gatwick airport (from Hertford) for the flight in the most gorgeous Bentley “flying spur” that a friend used for her wedding a few months ago, I think its quite a new one with cream leather and champagne and glasses etc in the back with us.
    Im sure he only charged £295 all in from the house to the church which was 5 miles (he did 2 trips I think) and then on to the reception with photos outside the venue which I thought was pretty reasonable for what they got especially being a Bentley flying spur (included a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne).
    I know our trip to Gatwick is £150….(not sure of the mileage from Hertford but id imagine around 60 miles) and the owner / driver is a nice guy and very smart…cannot wait
    ps I do remember h2b telling me that when the airport trip was arranged that the Guy was driving to Lancashire for a wedding the following week (from Hertfordshire…I think he is based in Ware) for a wedding that was only booked 2 weeks previous, so he doesnt just do local, worth bearing in mind if anyone is having trouble getting a nice car at short notice. Sam

    Reply· Oct 12, 2013 9:29pm

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