The Complete Guide to Hiring A Wedding CarOctober 3, 2014
Choosing The Right Car
Before you even start looking or pick up the phone, you need to determine exactly how many people you require to be transported. This will help you decide if you need more than one car. You may decide to put your bridal party in a limo with you or your husband arriving in separate cars afterwards. Either way, define how many cars you need and what capacity they need to be.
Then comes the fun part – do you want a traditional vintage wedding car, a flashy modern number, or something a little more subtle such as an executive car? You know best which car will suit your needs as well as your personality. If you’re completely not sure, have a browse through photo galleries or social media sites like Pinterest to gain a better idea of which car you’d like to choose.
Making an Entrance
Now comes the fun part, you’ve decided what sort of car you want, but have you
thought about when you need it for? A general rule is to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. This will allow for your photographer to get some wonderful shots of you arriving and getting out of the car, as well as giving you time for any last minute fixes to elements of your dress (or suit!) and hair. Your wedding is stressful enough without the added pressure of time, so allow a margin for error.
Account for traffic levels. The wedding venue will no doubt be somewhere familiar to you and you will be able to anticipate traffic at certain times of the day. You can discuss this with your car provider too, they are well practiced at getting bridal parties to weddings on time so they can offer help and advice as to what time your pick up should be and when you expect to get dropped off.
Questions to ask
- Is there car available for the specified date?
- Do you have to pay upfront or can you place a deposit for your specified date?
- If required, are decorations provided for the car? (ribbons & wreaths for example)
- Will the car remain at the venue during the ceremony?
- What is the hire period, and what extra charges will there by if the schedule runs over?
- What happens in the event of a break down?
- Can you view the vehicle?
- What is included in the hire price (such as added extras like bubbly)?
Getting a quote
When getting a quote, ensure you know what type of car you’d like, how many cars you need, as well as the date and time you need them for. There will be flexibility on the time, but it will allow your company of choice to reasonably say yes or no if they have the car available on that day.
It’s sensible to get quotes from various companies. However, when obtaining a quote remember that if it sounds too cheap to be true – it probably is. For example, you might think you’re booking a Rolls Royce Phantom and it actually turns out to be a lesser Rolls model. This could seriously impact your mood on your wedding day, so to avoid such mishaps find out why they are cheaper – and if you can afford to pay a little more, it is probably wise to do so.
Take advantage of seasonal offers. For example many wedding car firms will have ‘lulls’ in the season and offer hire of their cars at a lower than average rate. To take advantage of this stay tuned for offers by following them on social media in the months during your wedding planning
Many companies will be willing to beat a previous quote, so it’s always worth calling around and being honest with how much other companies have said they can provide a car for. And at the end of the day they may end up fighting for your business by offering additional extras free – such as bubbly or a floral decoration on the car! It’s always worth asking.
If you’re thinking of booking a wedding car in London, Absolute Style Limousines guarantee to beat any quote and provide free bubbly as standard. Our chauffeurs are friendly and professional and have years of experience getting nervous brides and grooms to their destination. To find out more, click here to read about our wedding car service.← 5 Things Every Bride Wished They Knew Before Their Wedding! Why Hiring A Christmas Limo Is a Jolly Good Idea! →