We’ve had quite a few questions on the subject of wedding cars so we thought we’d share the answers in a blog post and hear it is – 5 things you wanted to know about the wedding transport. Thanks for getting in touch.
SHOULD I HIRE A WEDDING CAR IF THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION ARE AT THE SAME PLACE?
I see what you mean. You don’t need a car to get you from A to A but the wedding car is so traditional that you don’t necessarily want to miss out. And that’s the key point, if you don’t want to miss out on a ride in a fancy car then yes you should have one. Don’t hire it because you feel that you should.
If you do book a car, think about what you’re going to do with it. You could go for a post wedding spin with the photographer in toe to take some shots with the car in a remote location.
You could also think about alternatives to the traditional wedding car. This could be the perfect time to take a once in lifetime helicopter ride, if you’re near water maybe hop aboard a boat, or be creative – if you’re getting hitched at an exclusive golf course, maybe you can zip off in a buggy!
IS THERE A GRACEFUL WAY TO GET IN AND OUT OF A WEDDING CAR IN THE DRESS?
Much like riding a bike in a skirt, it can be done but you’re going to need to be careful as you do it. Getting in is relatively easy, stick yourself into reverse baby and back yourself in. Don’t try and get one leg in to the car in one movement, simply aim your bottom at the seat, land and pivot – voila.
Leaving the car is a more of a challenge but you can exude the same amount of grace if you have a good exit strategy. As you will have learnt at finishing school, keep your knees together ladies. In this situation try and keep your feet together, carefully swing your legs out of the car at which point the bridesmaid will help straighten your dress and the driver (or your father) will give you a hand to elevate you out of the motor. Remember to keep your feet parallel the floor and everything will be peachy.
SHOULD I SPEAK TO THE DRIVER?
Do whatever comes naturally. On the way to the church, you’ll probably be too focussed for small talk and you might be looking after your dad whose emotions might have started to get the better of him. It’s typical for your old man to break down in the back of the vehicle. Unfortunately the AA can’t help in this situation so you might find yourself helping your dad out.
When you hop in the back with the groom after the ceremony you might have a bit more to say but you’ll be beaming with so much joy that you won’t need to fill any uncomfortable silences. And don’t forget, it’s not like being in the back of the cab, your new husband’s usual line of driver chat won’t be available to him, “alright mate, been busy tonight” just won’t work.
WHO TRAVELS IN THE WEDDING CAR?
Well if you’re traditional, you will hire a car for the groom and the best man, the bride and her father and the bridesmaids. However, don’t worry too much about the boys, the groom and his best man will probably make their own way to the church. You don’t even need separate cars for the bridesmaids if it’s a short journey to the church. Depending on the distance to church you might be able to pre-arrange that the wedding car takes the bridesmaids first and then comes back for bride and daddy.
DOES THE PHOTOGRAPHER TRAVEL IN THE WEDDING CAR?
Because the photographer is involved in the wedding from start to finish it’s easy to think of him or her as one of the guests, you sometimes even feed them. Just remember that the photographer isn’t a guest and they can manage to get around under their own steam. Both trips in the wedding car are such special and intimate moments that you wouldn’t want any of your guests there with you and that includes the photographer. Don’t worry, any decent wedding photographer will get shots of you in the car, they don’t need to be in there with you.
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