by J. Cassar
So, you are working your way down your checklist and you have arrived at the wedding transport.
There are so many options to choose from, do you opt for the regal Vintage Rolls Royce or a Cinderella style horse and carriage? A big factor, what time of year will you will be getting married in ? It is great having an open-air car or a horse drawn carriage but what if it is winter and sunny weather is not a guarantee? This does not mean that you are in any way limited.
For the budget weddings, hiring a simple Mercedes E class is a perfect option. This car is especially appropriate for civil weddings. The Rolls Royce and her sister the Vintage Rolls Royce are perfect for a more regal entrance, during summer you could opt for an open-air car. Couples are now having more fun with their wedding transport and are opting for a chauffer driven stretch limousine, sipping champagne, having a giggle and arriving with all your wedding attendants is such good fun. Then there is the Cinderella horse drawn carriage, every bride’s fairy tale. To arrive at your destination, the wind blowing in your hair, feeling like a real princess – and why not this is your day after all.
But why stop there? Ever wanted to arrive James Bond style? How about arriving at the ceremony venue by speedboat! Obviously the venue would have to have direct access to the sea but it has been done before and I am sure it will be done again. Suitable venues would be the Westin Dragonara, Radisson SAS, Marina Corinthia, Ballutta Church, in fact any church that is on the seafront and has access to a jetty.
Getting married is all about celebrating the love between two people and having fun while you do this should be at the top of your list. There are so many reliable companies to choose from, it is best that you visit a few before committing with a deposit. Ask them about their different options and special offers. Have a look at the car they are recommending and then sit inside it. Try to imagine yourself sitting in it wearing your dress and full accessories, sitting next to you would be the person giving you away and any attendants that will be travelling with you usually sitting in the front seat. If you are in doubt, then ask for a car with a larger interior. This is very important as you do not want the car to arrive only to find that you do not fit properly. Your dress would get creased and it would be an uncomfortable drive. If they do not have the type of transport you want then continue your search with another company.
You might like to have a themed wedding, for example the 1950’s. Look for a company that have American Cadillac’s for hire. Another alternative would be to also ask around the various organizations of vintage cars and ask if they would be interested in hiring out their car for your wedding day.
Normally a wedding car is secured for 3 hours. It would collect the bride from her home and escorts her along with her attendants to the Church. After the ceremony, the wedding car drives leisurely to the reception with the newly wed couple.
You will need to take other family members into consideration. If you have a few attendants then it would be best to book a separate car for them – a popular choice is the Mercedes. It is also recommended that a car be ordered for the groom’s parents and bride’s mother (although she could travel with the bridal attendants). If you are having a civil wedding in a venue other than the Public Registry Office then you will need to order a return taxi for the registrar. Details will be given to you when you take your documents. Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Look at different modes of transport and go for the ones that suit you.