So you’re planning your big day? First off – congratulations! Secondly – prepare yourself. Nobody ever said that planning a wedding was easy. The amount of time, effort and money that goes into your ceremony is unbelievable. There’s so much going on, sometimes something as simple (and essential) as transport to your wedding ceremony location can take an accidental backseat.
These will be two of the most memorable rides of your life: your last as an eligible bachelor or bachelorette, and your first as a groom or blushing bride. Even if you’re only going a few miles down the road, it’s a journey that deserves some serious consideration. Do it properly and choose a travel method that suits you. Everyone will have their own personal tastes, and depending on the location of your wedding, some of these transportation ideas will be more realistic than others. What’s provided here is an overview of the general pros and cons to each travel method, including a couple of options that perhaps you hadn’t previously considered.
Limousines & Hummers
Always readily available from a variety of companies over Australia and at relatively modest prices, slipping out of a shiny limousine is a sure-fire way to look the part when attending your special day. It all really depends on how high-scale you’d like to go, but any stretch limousine is likely to turn heads. Be warned: if you’re getting married down tight, windy lanes or out in the sticks, a limousine may look classy when you get in – but it’ll look just the opposite attempting to get across dodgy terrain. If you’re tying the knot in a narrow or unconventional location, keep in mind that the limousine may not be the most practical vehicle to arrive in.
Hummers, like limousines, are widely available, and despite looking a little more monster-like than a sleek limo, they will conquer the more difficult terrain if this is an issue. Indeed, if you’re getting married in a tricky spot and still fancy a stretch vehicle, then a hummer would be the way to go.
Talk to a limousine hire company, such as Geelong Surf Coast Limousines, about your destination and the options for getting there in a stretch vehicle.
Horse & Carriage
Without wishing to shatter the illusion of the perfect wedding day, one has to be realistic when considering a horse and carriage. Horses are, whichever way you look at it, animals, and will have absolutely no qualms about nipping to the toilet right outside your ceremony. Chances are that the guests will be focusing on the bride to be, but if animal behavior turns your stomach, then this isn’t the way to go. That said, horses are, for the most part, handsome and placid beasts, and they can really add a sense of prestige to your ceremony. Not necessarily the cheapest option, but you certainly won’t forget trotting away from your wedding being pulled by one of these beauties.
Traditional, elegant and sophisticated, pulling up at your wedding in a classic, vintage car is one of the more popular methods of contemporary wedding transportation. They’re not too clunky or big—meaning they can get to some of the more remote locations and across troublesome terrain without too much difficulty—but most of them are spacious enough to fit a few guests in if need be. The popularity of this option means that vintage cars — such as the eternally high-class Rolls Royce — are always widely available. Indeed, many opt for this method of wedding transportation due to ease and practicality. If you want safe, secure and classy, this is the way to go. But if you’re after something a little offbeat, you might want to check out a different option.
Coaches & Camper Vans
There’s something enormously charming about trundling into a wedding in a vintage coach or camper van. It’s something a little different and memorable, and they’re available in all shapes and sizes. Often reasonably priced, an added bonus with regards to coaches or camper vans is their spaciousness. Not only will this allow for a bit of leg room and comfort, it also means that this particular type of vehicle can cater for a post-wedding group gathering. Of course, going for this larger option has its downsides. It lacks the elegance of a smaller vehicle. It’s certainly an acquired taste, but if you fancy a zany alternative to spice up your wedding day, then this is definitely an option worth considering.
There’s a touch of true romance about a rolling out together on a tandem bike. You won’t have many better memories than riding off into the sunset with your new lifelong partner on a bicycle made for two. And of course, if you don’t fancy stretching those legs out after a busy day, then there’s always the option for a quirky, vintage pedicab, where a hired rider will do all the necessary peddling for you. Admittedly, this is all under the assumption that good old Aussie weather will hold up. Keep an eye on the weather forecast. If there’s a slight chill in the air, it’s going to feel like the arctic riding through the streets on a bike, and you don’t want that lovely wedding dress to be subject to a bit of wear and tear.
Ultimately, remember to shop around, and don’t be afraid to consider mixing it up. There’s no law stating that you have to enter and exit your wedding in the same way. Even if you want to walk, that’s ok too! It’s your special day, and you deserve to enjoy it. Making suitable arrangements for travelling will go a long way towards achieving the best possible outcome for the date you’ll never forget.