Wedding cars need not be limited to limos or horse drawn carriages, which are expensive and sometimes hard to book when there are a lot of other weddings happening in your area. There are lots of options for finding, renting or borrowing a wedding car for your special day.
It wasn’t so long ago that your choice of wedding car just consisted of friends giving you a ride in their beaten up (but unique) car, usually hand-decorated with “Just Married” painted on the windows and a string of tin cans tied to the back. That’s still a great option and one that a lot of people still take advantage of – most friends are glad to help out in such a fashion. Find a friend with a fun and cool car that you can borrow and ask nicely if that’s ok with them.
Another options for choosing a wedding car is to hire a wedding car from a traditional company. Most will have modern cars like SUVs or a luxury four-door sedans that can easily and safely transport a bride wearing a dress with a long train or multiple petticoats and hoops. The choices are endless from traditional car hire companies, but remember for your own peace of mind, you may want to offer to pay for the vehicle to be professionally cleaned, inside and out, just prior to the wedding, so that your dress doesn’t get any odd stains on it. Also, don’t forget that the standard companies don’t have the level of service befitting a bride, so you won’t get the attention you want on your special day.
Many car rental places have unusual or luxury wedding cars that you can rent too, such as Hummers, limo buses, coaches or that can transport you in style, yet still cost less than a traditional limousine. If you plan on having a friend drive the higher end rental car, be sure to get a quote for the rental using the friend’s information, since rental rates vary based on the age of the driver. And of course, you will want to inspect the vehicle for cleanliness, comfort and function prior to using it. Who wants to be broken down by the side of the road on the wedding day? It may not be a bad idea to buy a roll or two of protective paper, like a heavy tissue paper, to put on the seats in the event that you have any concerns about cleanliness. Spray the interior with febreeze to be sure there’s no “used car” smell or residue from previous rentals (a service you get from professional limousine services). Also, don’t forget to make sure that if you have a friend driving that they don’t drink.
If you really want to go all out but don’t have a big budget, see if you can find a friend with a nice exotic car you can borrow. This is a little more extreme and harder to organize, but if you and your groom want to arrive in style, trying to find a friend with a sporty exotic car is a great options for a wedding car.
If an exotic car isn’t owned by your friends, consider finding a friend with vintage wedding cars. These vintage cars are so classic and photogenic that there are some beautiful shots you can create with your photographer that you will remember forever. Local chapters of car collectors could also be a good place to find a vintage wedding car. Reach out to them and see if they can help, maybe offer to donate money to their charity of choice as a thank you.
Have ideas for DIY wedding transportation? Let us know! Tell us what sort of ride got you to the church on time.