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Why Hire a Vintage Car for Your Wedding?

By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 15 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Why Hire A Vintage Car For Your Wedding?

Many weddings and civil ceremonies follow set traditions from many moons ago - the white dress the corsages and bouquet, the exchanging of vows and rings.

The whole event often centres on a multitude of time-honoured customs and traditions. It could then be said that vintage cars fit in perfectly with this traditional mode, as they hark back to a bygone era. The classic and sartorial elegance of many of the sporting and luxury models perfectly complement the grace and formal attire of the bride, groom and guests.When choosing the right vintage car for your wedding, you’ll be surprised at the sheer quantity of vintage wedding car hire services available to you. Some companies will specialise in providing just vintage and classic cars, whilst others will offer a range that include modern executive or luxury models. However, remember that vintage cars aren’t as commonplace as their modern counterparts, so if you really want to make a memorable impact, opting for a rare vintage wedding car is a great way to do so.

Cost

The cost of hire for a vintage car is generally no greater than your average executive Mercedes S-Class or modern Bentley. In fact, the cost of insuring these cars are usually much less than their modern equivalents, so you might find that they are actually the cheaper (yet classy) option. Some insurance policies even include an inexpensive policy extension for weddings, or special wedding car policies. However, take into consideration the fact that vintage cars do require ongoing maintenance, so this may be factored in the price of hire.The cost may also depend on the rarity, engine size (on account of the amount of petrol it may guzzle) of the car, and time of year that you choose to hire. It is likely that you will have to receive a quote, rather than a set price for the hire, as there are many factors that have to be taken into consideration, such as the overall amount of time you require the car for, and how far it has to travel. Some insurance policies for wedding cars are set with a maximum mileage, and if you require an extensive mileage during your period of hire, you might find that the price of hire is increased due to this factor. Also remember that summer is the peak season for weddings, so you may find that you incur a premium when booking a wedding car for this period.

Choice

If you have decided that a vintage car is definitely the wedding car for you, make sure you choose a model that is appropriate to your needs! You will need to think about how many people will need to be ferried about – how many bridesmaids are there going to be? Remember that there needs to be enough room, a car crammed like a tin of sardines is the fastest way to create a swathe of creased dresses, hot faces and much stepping on each other’s toes.

It is also best to see the car in person to make sure that it is up to scratch. You don’t want to break down on the way to the church or the reception! However, generally any vintage cars that are hired out for weddings and special occasions are usually extremely well maintained and top quality. Word of mouth is one of the best methods of referral, as is positive customer feedback. If you can acquire one of the two, then you have definitely found a reliable service.The weather is also a big factor when considering the best vintage car for you. Even in the summer months, the British weather can be unpredictable. If you are confident of the forecast, you could opt for an open-top, but if you prefer to err on the side of caution, a hard top is your best bet. Vintage cars tend to be quite tall and roomy, so you will still have enough space to arrive at your wedding in style and comfort. . A good middle ground is a car with a hood – that way you are prepared for pretty much any meteorological eventuality!

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