Wedding Car Hire: A Buyer’s Guide
There are so many things that need to be planned to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch, with transport being one of the major factors. In this guide we talk you through how to get the best value for money on your transport, because arriving in style shouldn’t cost the earth.
Book in advance
It’s advisable to book your transport as early as you can when arranging your wedding, particularly if you’ve decided to get married at a peak time such as during the summer or on special dates such as Valentine’s day or on Easter or Bank holiday weekends. Wedding cars and limos book up fast on these days so get in there early to make sure you get the transport you want.
By choosing a local company you’ll save more money than you think. Companies from outside your area will charge you more for using extra fuel and they are also unlikely to be as familiar with the area as a local company will.
Work out how many cars you need
Obviously cars will be required for the bride and her father as well as the groom and best man. However, many forget that other attendees such as bridesmaids, parents in law, flower girls and page boys also need taking to and from the ceremony, so it’s a good idea to make a list of everyone who will need transport arranged. Also the company providing the cars will need to know the number of people so they can arrange a sufficient amount of vehicles to transport everybody.
View the cars
Viewing the cars you intend to hire in person is recommended; don’t make your decision based on pictures from brochures or, in particular, websites as there are plenty of phony ones out there that have pictures of cars taken from other sites. Any respectable company will allow you to view vehicles at their premises and it will also let you to make a more informed decision on what type of car(s) you want, assess what kind of condition the cars are in and give you an idea of the standard of service a company is likely to provide.
It is also very important to match the car to the style of your wedding so choose between vintage or executive cars, or wedding buses or even a horse-drawn carriage!
Compare company prices
As there are many different types of vehicle available for hire from classic cars to stretch limos, it can be hard to decide which cars are right for you. The best way to find the perfect balance of the cars you want at the price you want is to compare different company prices. When doing so take into account what we’ve discussed above and make sure the company you’ve decided on has wedding hire and public liability insurance.
Most companies will request 40% deposit to be paid to reserve the cars for you and this is to be paid in 14 days from the reservation. The remaining amount is payable 2 weeks before the wedding.
Don’t always go for the cheapest
While getting the cars you want for the lowest price possible may seem like an attractive proposition, there will be a reason why a company is offering a package that can seem almost too good to be true. Some companies keep their hire costs low by using cars that are old or under maintained.
The cars and the chauffers usually stay for as long as they are needed and the chauffers will help the bride get in and out of the car.
Is there a contingency plan
The last thing you want is a car to break down on the way to the ceremony, but it’s something you should consider. Ask hire companies what they would do if there was a breakdown and whether they would have a similar vehicle standing by just in case. Any reputable hire company should supply a back up vehicle if there is a problem.