Organising the wedding car is usually tasked to the groom – which is fine if you’re ok to be driven to the church on a pimped-up Harley or in a convertible (goodbye hair); however, if you’re not, you’d better start giving your husband-to-be some clear guidelines.
Here are 6 questions you need to ask to ensure you’ve got the right car for the job.
1. What’s the Theme?
Arriving in a white Maserati will set the scene for a sexy, sleek wedding; whereas a black Mercedes just screams understated elegance. The bride generally gets ready at her parent’s home, so the car is the first official wedding ‘setting’ for her and her bridesmaids. It’s so important to choose the right car because it really sets the mood for the rest of the day.
2. How Many Cars?
Justine Rollas from Astra Limousines says that it all comes down to your budget and the size of your bridal party. For smaller weddings, couples book three cars, one for the bride and father-of-the-bride, one for the bridesmaids and one for the groom and his groomsmen. For bigger weddings, couples will book four – the extra transports just the groom and his best man. More and more, couples are choosing to book another car to take the groom’s parents to the wedding, which is a really nice gesture. If you’re trying to keep budgets down, book all of the cars through the same business and ask for a package.
3. How Rides With Who?
Justine confirms that this is really up to the bride and groom, but traditionally the bridesmaids ride with the mother-of-the-bride, the bride rides with her father and the groom and the best man team up.
4. Is There an Order for the Bridal Party to Arrive?
The ushers should be first to arrive, then the guests. Shortly before the ceremony’s official start, the groom and best man should arrive. Next comes the bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride and finally the bride and her father make their big entrance!
5. Who Leaves with Who?
Traditionally, the bride and groom leave the church first; this car should then be used for photographs. If the budget is tight, you can opt just to keep one car for the bride and groom and transfer the rest of the bridal party in cabs.
6. Should We Decorate the Wedding Car?
This is completely up to the bride and groom, but if you’re using a beautiful hire car, it’s probably not a great idea to decorate with silly string and toilet paper! As long as the car has been stocked with champagne and flowers, you can be sure the bride and groom will leave happy.
Astra Limousines is Australia’s most prestigious limousine and luxury ground transport provider. Astra’s fleet consists of all the latest luxury European sedan limousine’s such as Maserati Quattroporte sedan and Maserati Grancabrio Sport Convertible, Mercedes Benz S-Class, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG & Mercedes Benz E-Class Convertible, BMW 7-Series, Audi R8 Spider, Audi A8, Jeep Cherokee and our newest addition a Ferrari Californian T 2015.