Tips for choosing your wedding car
One of the more important visual aspects of your big day is your wedding car. Everyone wants two things out of their ride: to look great and run well but there are other additional issues that needs to be looked out for.
However, when narrowing down your options, it’s important to consider all visual and practical aspects- including: the look/ feel, how well the car runs, how beautiful the car is and so many other things.
Here are some things to take note of:
* Are you renting a car or borrowing one from your friend/family?
* How many people do you have to accommodate in each vehicle (Note: It’s traditional for the bride to travel to the ceremony with whoever is going to give her away, and from the ceremony to the photograph venue and on to the reception.)
* How far you’re going to travel
* How much you want to spend
* Comfort. Will it fit your dress/ everyone else’s outfits? (It would be quite embarrassing if a bride looks all rumpled and disheveled on her big day)
How Much Should I Budget for a Wedding Car?
Most wedding experts recommend borrowing or lending from a family/friends. However, if a car is something you want to splash out on, that’s absolutely do-able, but it means that you’ll have to tighten your budget elsewhere. Similarly, if you happen to have at your disposal a cheap alternative, be my guest and make your wedding one to remember! It means you can spend your money elsewhere (I suggest that you consider less extravagant options)
What style should I choose?
Choosing the style is the more difficult part. Usually, plenty of cars will fit your practical criteria, so choosing a car, like everything else in planning a wedding, depend highly on your personal taste. Not only should the car represent (at least a slice of) your personality, but it should suit the tone and formality of your wedding.
Finding the Best of the Best
Recommendations from friends and family tend to be very reliable when searching for a wedding car. But I also suggest going to a wedding expo and see which ones are recommended by the best hotels, as well as looking in magazines and online wedding sites.
Booking through reputable and professional wedding car companies is usually the best idea. Larger companies generally have the widest array of options, competitive prices and offer assurance that you’ll get quality for your money.
Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have a friend or relative that owns a suitable vehicle, ask if you can borrow it. They might even be happy to even drive you around, which is a lovely way to make your day personal and special. The downside to this plan is that if things go wrong, you might not have a backup. Get another car ready or book a taxi on stand-by in case of emergencies for peace of mind.
Verify the car
Once you’ve found a car you like, go and see it in person. It’s worth the extra effort. Photographs on websites can be misleading and it also gives you a chance to see whether your fabulous dress will fit inside. If you’re providing transport for the wedding party as well, bear in mind that some cars advertised as seating 5 or six people might not be taking into account bulky bridesmaids’ dresses, so choose accordingly.
Finally, if you are renting a car make sure you find out if there any extras included with your transport. Find out if they’ll co-ordinate and decorate the ribbon with your color scheme and whether they provide flowers to adorn the parcel shelf? Does the car have heating/ air conditioning? If you’ve decided on an open-top wedding car, do they provide umbrellas in case of rain? Are any food and beverages provided in the vehicle?