Congratulations, you’re getting married! Your to-do list has ‘Wedding Car’ unchecked but what to consider before booking?
Here’s a 15 point checklist, based on our experience. We hope it will ease the journey.
Do you need a wedding car?
If you are getting ready at the venue but would like a special drive or vehicle for photos there are ways to achieve this.
Meg, our 1965 VW Splitscreen Microbus can transport Brides to the venue the day before. It’s more about the fun of the drive, than the professional photos. There could be somewhere special you want us to stop on the way.
We can collect you from hairdressers or home in the morning, when getting into dresses at the venue. We then collect the Groom and wait for photos after the ceremony.
How many people do you need to transport?
Some Brides wish to travel with only the person giving them away or with Bridesmaids, children, photographer… Meg seats seven besides the chauffeur.
Do you need one or more vehicles?
We are often asked to collect Groomsmen/ first Bride (when there are two Brides getting married) then Bridesmaids and a third run with Bride and Father. It depends on locations whether a double or triple run works.
This can be more cost effective than two vehicles. Our price is £390 for up to a 30 mile round trip from our Falkirk base. After this the price goes up £10 for up to 40 miles, £20 for up to 50 miles and so on.
While on the subject of pricing, check if the car goes up in price after a certain number of hours. Our price is for up to four hours, most weddings don’t need us longer and we don’t charge extra if we run over a bit but some companies do.
Bear in mind Meg can become part of the entertainment, as guests love to sit inside and pose for photos.
How much room do you need for your dress?
Will your dress fit in the vehicle? Can you get in and out easily without your dress getting crushed and how clean is the vehicle?
Are you having a theme, what is your style?
Be true to this with your vehicle choice but dare to be different if you wish as well. Classic ivory ribbons and bows are a popular choice but plenty Brides choose colours or flowers for decorations to personalise Meg’s appearance.
Are you choosing a reputable company?
Be sure to read reviews, ideally in more than one place. This could include Facebook, Google or Scottish Wedding Directory. Do they have a website? If not have you visited their premises?
Are you able to view the vehicle before booking?
A Wedding Transport company will have premises and welcome the opportunity to meet you. Not all Brides take this opportunity, you may be happy with online photos. We have 360o interior tours on our website, so you can see what our vehicles look like inside, in case you can’t come to view at our premises. I really love to meet our Couples, so I hope you do though!
Does the vehicle come with extras?
Are Champagne and a ‘Just Married’ sign included, are there umbrellas, mints, tissues and other emergency items on board? Meg has all of these and more. If you’d prefer something other than Champagne, no problem just let us know.
What photos would you like and is there anywhere special you’d like to go?
As an option we offer a Champagne drive to get photos at another location. It will depend on your venue grounds if you need this. Sometimes it’s just good to spend precious time, as a couple, away from the crowds. Other Brides don’t like the idea of being away from their guests or the party!
Is there heating?
What if the imagined sunshine in reality is rain or worse. Does the open topped or vintage vehicle you are dreaming of have heating? We have a modern heating system in Meg.
Is there music?
This is important to some Brides. We have had Bridal Party sing-alongs but details of what goes on in Meg, stays in Meg!
Meg has a selection of CDs at the ready, if you haven’t requested anything particular in advance or brought your own music. There’s an aux. cable for ipods and phones also.
What’s the spec of the vehicle?
Is it vintage or a kit car? If vintage and a VW is it the older splitscreen version, manufactured up to 1967 or a baywindow (’68-’79)? Is it a campervan used for camping with a sink & cooker in it, or a microbus with more seats like Meg?
If you or your intended would like to drive themselves, this is possible in our bay window campervans. Destination weddings, festival themed weddings with camping, weddings & honeymoons combined are examples of when Vintage VW Campers Couples may choose to self-drive. People have been using campervans for the convenience of carrying lots of people or lots of clobber since they were first around. Up to 4 people can go on our insurance, so others can help with the drive, if you let them!
We offer our Couples who book Meg for their Wedding a 20% discount on a self-drive holiday in a campervan. This can be used up to and including your first wedding anniversary.
When should you book?
It depends on luck or destiny if the vehicle you choose is available for your date. We are taking bookings up to 2019 but still have a few 2017 dates available. If you are a 2019 Bride and know what you want then secure your date and lock in today’s prices. Meg’s price hasn’t changed since 2015 and we have no foreseeable plans to change them. It’s £150 deposit, with the balance payment 8 weeks before your Day.
Gift for Bride or Groom?
Some of our Couples have surprised their intended by Meg turning up unexpectedly to transport their partner instead of the taxi or car they thought they were travelling in. This is such fun and can be a very treasured memory of the day. We have other surprise bookings coming up, so it could be you!
If we haven’t covered anything or you’d like to arrange a viewing or check availability please call Ishbel on 0131 344 4146 or email [email protected]
Our featured image is Rachael & Don by Matt Marcus. We always do our best to credit photographers & if not they have been taken by ourselves.