Making an entrance doesn’t just have to be about what you are wearing. Cruise your way through the occasion by hiring a standout set of wheels
From a sleek sports car to a retro kombi, a horse-drawn carriage to a vintage classic, every couple wants to make an impressive entrance on their wedding day.
The bride stepping out of the bridal vehicle is one of the most memorable moments of any wedding. It’s when guests – and the groom – catch their first glimpse of the bride, making it one of the most visually important aspects of the day.
So when it comes to choosing your wedding transport, there are several important aesthetic and practical factors to consider.
It’s one part of the wedding planning process that the bride and groom can decide on together and Deb Grant, who runs Greater City Classics, says couples should opt for a vehicle which reflects their personalities.
“It’s going to be a memory that lasts a lifetime,” she says.
“So the choice of car has to be something they’re going to truly love.”
The choice of wedding vehicle should also tie in with the tone and formality of the rest of the day. A traditional white wedding is well suited to a classic car, while more relaxed affairs can be reflected in the use of a more contemporary vehicle.
Before you decide on a particular car, couples should also consider the size of their bridal party.
“It depends whether they want the whole wedding party to travel in the car, or whether the bride and groom want to arrive separately,” Deb explains.
“They need to be able to fit everybody in and they also have to be comfortable.”
Reliability is paramount so couples should do their research. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and take into account customer reviews.
Communication is also important. Couples should discuss all aspects of their wedding car requirements prior to booking. Details such as duration and distance should be decided upon in advance, and communication should stay open right up until the big day.
“Building a rapport with the clients is what I really like,” Deb says.
“I will send an email a day or two before the wedding just to confirm all the details and on the wedding day I’ll text when the car has left, to let them know it’s on its way.
“It makes clients feel comfortable which is so important.”
Some wedding car companies also provide additional extras, so find out what is included in your package.
“We try to make sure our clients don’t have to worry about a thing,” Deb says.
“We have little sprayers to keep flowers fresh on a hot day and a bridal SOS kit. We always have bottled water, as well as other complimentary drinks.
“It’s a special day and it should be enjoyed with nothing to worry about.”