Wedding Vehicles- Transport Etiquette
Your wedding planning is underway. The long list of what you need has begun; the venue, the dress, deciding on the colour scheme, the photographer… no matter what your budget, these things are often mandatory for any bride and groom. Essential to your day running smoothly is your transport. With wedding vehicles and transport comes many traditions which you may or may not choose to follow. We take a look through traditional transport etiquette ahead of your big day.
Before going ahead and booking the transport for your big day, there are a number of factors that you need consider that are vital to the final decision you make for getting to and from your locations.
How Many? How many people will be travelling with you? You will need to consider the main people in your ceremony such as the bridesmaids, page boys, ushers and the best man. This should allow you to plan how many cars you will need.
Budget and Style Planning the budget for your vehicle/s in advance is recommended however allowing some leeway will help you find your ideal transport. Considering the style of vehicle you would like is also something to think about. Here at A String Of Cars, we have a beautiful 1936 Rover 10 which you can view here.
Timings and Locations Will your ceremony take place at a separate location to the reception? What time do you require to be picked up and collected? Plan these timings and ensure when booking that these details are provided to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible.
To The Ceremony
Arriving for the main wedding ceremony comes with a number of traditions about who should travel together and who will arrive when.
The ushers should travel to the ceremony together prior to the guests arrival and be there to meet and greet, taking guests to their seats and providing order of service, if applicable. Next is the arrival of the groom and best man before the bridesmaids and mother of the bride who will travel together. The bride and father of the bride are the last to arrive, some may choose to be ‘traditionally’ late! Often the two main cars to consider are those for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride and the bride and father of the bride. These will be the main transport for the wedding party post ceremony.
Photographs and The Reception
Before travelling to your chosen reception destination, traditional photos will be taken with the main wedding party and the guests, often the wedding car will be a main focal point of the photos. At A String Of Cars, we understand how important your photographs will be in the years to come so do not provide a time limit for our services.
As part of your wedding car hire package, we can incorporate a scenic trip to a local beauty spot. This gives the newly married couple a rare moment in their day to be alone together and for those special photographs to be taken of just the two of you. Or, after the photographs have been taken, you (the bride and groom) will leave first in one of the wedding cars, often with a bottle of bubbly to toast your nuptials; closely followed by the rest of the bridal party who should arrive before the rest of the guests to ensure everything is set up as it should be. The parents of both the bride and groom will be on hand to greet guests as they arrive.
End Of The Day
After many drinks have been had and everyone has had their fill of food, guests will disperse. You may choose to leave your ceremony early and head off to your honeymoon destination but now it is just as common for the bride and groom to book accommodation at the location of their reception. After arriving at your reception, this is usually when your booked wedding transport will leave but ensure all timings are agreed at the time of booking.
At A String Of Cars, we understand how important your day is and will be on hand to ensure your transportation needs are fully met, from our valeted and decorated vehicles through to our smart polite chauffeurs. We always work hard to ensure your journeys are enjoyable and are prepared to go the extra mile. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.