Making a grand entrance and exit is part of a wedding. Think of the special music for the bride’s entrance and the many traditions for the couple’s exit. Your wedding day transportation is part of that.
The bride’s arrival and entrance is a dramatic moment at most weddings; it’s when everyone gets to see her in all of her bridal beauty and glory. The couple’s departure from the ceremony is also a highlight, with the newlyweds being showered with confetti or flower petals as they dash to their getaway vehicle. But exactly what type of vehicle should that be?
Many different types of cars make wonderful wedding transportation. Couples can chose from limos, vintage cars or luxury models depending on their budget, taste and wedding style. If you are doing a roaring ’20s wedding theme, for example, a 1920s car is an obvious choice. It’s hard to go wrong with a limo, and you can find models that fit more people if you want to bring bridesmaids and groomsmen with you.
If you are having a fairytale wedding, perhaps you want to go all out and travel in a horse-drawn carriage. It’s elegant, but you won’t be getting anywhere very fast – which means you can relax and take in the scenery. The classic carriage is one option, but you could also opt for a jaunting car if you are certain of nice, dry weather or a hay wagon if you have a country western wedding theme.
If you are having your wedding and reception some distance from each other and have many out of town guests, or if you just like the casual, fun atmosphere, you can get a bus to bring everyone from A to B. From a decorated minivan to a shuttle bus to a larger bus, you can find rental transportation for whatever size group you have.
Don’t Forget the Practicalities
When choosing your wedding transportation, the first thing to consider is how many people you are transporting. Is it just the bride getting to the ceremony and then the couple traveling to the reception? Or do you want the whole wedding party to travel together? In one car or two? What about the couple’s parents and other relatives?
How far is the journey? If the bride lives far from the wedding venue and budget is a concern, it makes sense to get ready closer to location and travel from there if there is a friend or even a reasonably priced B & B. The savings on some transportation could make that worthwhile. Also, horse-drawn carriages and some vintage cars aren’t able to take the freeway so are only suitable for shorter distances.
Weather and traffic are other concerns when choosing your wedding transportation. Think about the times of day you will be traveling and check for any special events on the day that could cause extra traffic. If you want to incorporate an old Irish wedding tradition into your wedding day travel, you should double check to make sure you won’t cross paths with a funeral procession. The bride should also listen for the call of the cuckoo bird, a good omen, and see how many magpies she spots along the way. One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy.