You’ve ordered the dress, and it fits like a dream. You know where the ceremony is going to take place, and it is just perfect. Your guest list is complete and you are sure that the food is going to be delicious. The honeymoon is in hand, and now it is time to think about something important for YOU. How are you going to arrive on your special day?
Couples choose all kinds of vehicles: vintage, luxury, supercars. In England, people even hire double decker London buses. But whatever you select for probably the most important day of your life, there are some definite steps to follow to make sure that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy your journey in style.
One: Research Carefully.
Talk to friends, visit websites, read on line reviews. The more unusual your transport, the less choice you will have but if possible go and see the vehicle in which you will arrive. Get it in writing that this will be the car that collects you on the day.
Two: Book Early.
If you can, try to reserve your vehicle six or even nine months in advance. Once you have set the date and arranged the timings get in contact with your suppliers and reserve the car. There are some factors that you should bear in mind will mean you need to book earlier to secure your vehicle. Getting married the Spring, or near a big holiday such as Christmas might mean that there is demand on the company from events other than weddings, such as graduation ceremonies. Most companies will be quieter during the early part of the week, whilst Fridays and Saturdays will see most demand. Vintage cars are in shorter supply than more standard limos.
Three: Think About who you are Providing Transport for.
If you have a lot of people coming from out of town, should you book a car to collect them from the airport? What about your bridesmaids on the big day? Do they make their own way or do you offer them a helping hand?
Four: Build in Extra Time.
You might need your vehicle just to arrive for the ceremony. Or you might want it to drive you to the venue afterwards, and even collect you again at the end. So, make sure that you build in extra time for your journeys to allow for traffic hold-ups – despite the tradition of the Bride arriving late, you don’t want the panic of your guests sitting nervously awaiting your arrival (and if you do, and you are early, just get the driver to take you round the block one more time). Most companies will charge by the hour, with a minimum hire time. It’s your special day so don’t make the timings too tight. Let yourself relax and enjoy.
Five: Think of the Extras.
Decide what you want from the company. Will they provide Champagne? Will they decorate the car? What about music – can you supply them with a list of your favorite tracks?
Get these five key areas right, and your day will be even more special than you could have possibly imagined.