Choosing the right wedding car

Choosing the right wedding car can be a tricky business, obviously here at First Impressions, we hope you like ours enough to book with us, however we recognise that our cars are not for everyone and people will look for something different. So, what can you go for then? Well the choices are varied, would you like the tradition and romance of a horse drawn carriage, the sleekness of a white Rolls Royce, the authenticity of a true vintage car, or the chic, moderness of a stretch limousine.

Whichever option you choose, many of the points needed to be considered are the same., lets take a look at just some of them:

  • As with all transport arrangements, make sure everything is specified in writing as to what you will be getting, this way there will be no mix up on the day.

  • Ask for a copy of the companies terms and conditions, with particular reference to distance and time constraints. Bear in mind that if you are booking a limousine, there is normally a specified time slot, however journey times are not much different from a normal car. If you are booking a vintage car or horse drawn carriage, chances are there will not be more than one wedding per day (as in our case) so you are not so restricted to time, however journey times can be much slower than in a normal car. You also need to bear in mind any particularly arduous hills, tight bends or islands, speed bumps or narrow lanes. Generally speaking vintage cars or carriages can cope with all of the above, however it's better for the hire company if they are known about beforehand!

  • Does the company provide wedding decoration, if so can they be customised to match your colour scheme?

  • Does the company provide champagne as part of the package or is this only upon request?

  • Make sure you know what you are getting, there are a lot of wedding car hire companies hiring "vintage style" or classic style" cars. These are not vintage or classic cars. They are modern vehicles styled to look like they are of a certain age. You will definitely not get the tradition and romance associated with a true vintage or classic car if you opt for one of these.

  • What will the driver/chauffeur be wearing? Above all you want them to be smart and not stand out like a sore thumb. Our chauffeurs wear matching suits and a tie with a professional chauffeurs cap and gloves. We have seen weddings where the driver turns up in jumper and jeans! Not exactly what you want!

  • Are the vehicles heated? The majority of vintage vehicles are not equipped with heating so be sure to know if there are any blankets or wraps provided in the event of cold weather.

  • Do the vehicles come equipped with umbrellas, and if hiring an open top vehicle, what happens in the event of foul weather.

  • You should also check if the drivers have any relevant qualification, i.e. Advanced Driving, etc. Above all though, your driver should be presentable, professional, knowledgeable and experienced.

  • We recommend that you always make the effort to view the vehicle that will be provided. Wedding attire tends to be quite large and you want to make sure that you will be seated comfortably for your journey. Also bear in mind that although certain vehicles state that they can seat six or more, conditions could be quite cramped and realistically four or five would be a more suitable number.

  • Finally make sure you know the companies particular policy with regard to confetti. Many companies are not keen on confetti being thrown in the vehicle. We, personally do not have a problem, however plenty do, so make sure you know what you can and can't do.

Philip Nunn

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