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.
Vintage VW Campers, based in Falkirk hire out Volkswagen Bay Window campervans for self-drive holidays and a chauffeur-driven VW Splitscreen Microbus for Weddings and events. They are among the select number of businesses to be featured by the ‘Small Biz 100’ campaign each day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on December 3rd.
The business started trading in 2014 and was born out of a lifetime love of exploring Scotland, demonstrating Scotland’s famous hospitality and of course campervans. All of the 1960s & 1970s vehicles have been lovingly restored and are fine examples of classic Volkswagens.
Ishbel Moffat, owner of Vintage VW Campers, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Small Biz 100; championing independent, smaller businesses is very close to our hearts. Like many we look back nostalgically on 1970s shopping trips to exciting, independent retailers and wish our High Streets were just as bustling now.
The Scottish Tourism industry is made up of so many small businesses and we can achieve more working in collaboration. We actively promote the small businesses at home and on our regular tourist routes.
Richie Baird, my partner and I set up Vintage VW Campers following redundancy from separate employers. Redundancy has led to the creation of thousands of small businesses and if we don’t buy from them now, we will lose them all over again.”
Christmas Shopping VW Campervan Event
“On Saturday 3rd December we will be holding an open day at our Granary Square HQ. A chance for visitors to get up close and personal with some of our VWs and perhaps do some Christmas shopping as well. We will be selling campervan experience gift vouchers, upcycled VW parts (think clocks made out of hubcaps) and our campervan photobooth could provide the perfect image for your 2016 Christmas Cards! Everyone purchasing something on the day will be entered into a prize draw for a night away in one of our campervans as well. This includes online sales, so you don’t need to be there to enter but as we are a five minute drive from The Kelpies, Callander House & The Falkirk Wheel you may want to make a day of it.”
If you can’t make the Open Day but would like to view any of our VWs, please email [email protected] to arrange an appointment.
If you would like to buy gift vouchers online learn how to here
What is Small Business Saturday?
In its fourth year, Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign – in 2015 it saw £523m spent with small businesses across the UK, an increase of £119m from the previous year.
Last year the campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day, with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent.
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, not-for-profit organisation, originally founded by American Express in the US in 2010 as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.
The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses.
Catriona Cripps, FSB’s Chair in Forth Valley, said: “It is fantastic to see a great Falkirk business like Vintage VW Campers to be selected as one of prestigious “Small Biz 100”. I am delighted for Ishbel.
“We have lots of amazing independent smaller firms in Falkirk, and we want the people in Falkirk to get behind Small Business Saturday campaign by buying, eating or playing with local firms. Small businesses are the backbone of Falkirk’s economy, and Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to highlight their great role and give them a bit of extra love.
“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.”
Beautiful Bride, Vintage VWs & Highland Tipis at Louise & Jack’s Wedfest.
As 2015 is our VW Splitscreen, Meg’s 50th year, we had hoped it would be a good one for her but it has actually been spectacular.
It is a huge honour each time another couple confirms they wish to travel in Meg on the biggest day of their lives and 2015 has been phenomenal. Marlyn the 1969 Beetle even came out to play a couple of times as well.
From Stephanie & Grant’s beautiful Vintage Winter Wonderland at Gean House in January to the sunniest day in August for Louise & Jack’s Wedfest at Strathtyrum Walled Garden, we have loved them all.
It is hugely appreciated when our couples share their precious Wedding photos with us and I got so excited by the collection received last night that I had to share highlights with you too. All photo credit goes to the very talented ‘Photos By Zoe’.
Meet the stunning Mr & Mrs Walker who were married in The Walled Garden at Strathtyrum on 29.8.15
Not only a beautiful bride, how great do the bridesmaids look also?
Louise’s Dad shows how to do dapper
Photos By Zoe works the vintage look
Just for fun, here’s Richie the chauffeur with an accessory he’s getting famous for…
As 2014 creeps past Halloween into an unseasonably warm November it seems an appropriate time to assess the wedding shows we have attended, to aid our planning for next year.
Two of them have been the Vintage Wedding Shows in Edinburgh; the Roxy in March and The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria in September.
Each bringing specialist, stylish vintage suppliers to what might have been described as ‘a happening’ back in the ’60s.
Then the two local ones, The Falkirk Wedding Show in that homage to ’60s architecture that is the Falkirk Town Hall and the far more beautiful, Callendar House Wedding Fair.
Finally the biggest, busiest extravaganza that was The Scottish Wedding Show at SECC. Three very different types of wedding show, all great fun to be at.
The shows all had something in common though; a real buzz of excitement, a feeling of love and joy and some seriously overwhelmed brides. As I invited the brides-to-be to step into Meg’s calming interior, I witnessed many creased foreheads smooth and many tensed shoulders relaxing.
” This is exactly what I want” was on many beautiful lips.
Sure Meg isn’t for everyone; she is very unique, fun and bright. Among a sea of silver and white wedding cars she stands out, as the ‘something blue’ for couples who like to be different. She can also of course be your ‘something borrowed’.
That’s precisely why she has been booked as a wedding gift from one fiance/e to another several times. Imagine the surprise on your betrothed’s face, when expecting the family car to turn up, they are met by Meg.
Realistically there are many romantic reasons why you may choose to book Meg, not least because she will be 50 in 2015 but there is also a smart, economical fact as well. She seats seven besides the chauffeur and if your venue and pick-up points aren’t too far apart, you can use her to transport both groomsmen and bridal parties. Now that’s canny!
Meg can be booked for all kinds of special occasions, more on that later. It’s also worth noting that Meg can also double up as your photobooth, should you want one. This will allow your guests to experience sitting in a beautifully restored 1965 Volkswagen Splitscreen Microbus as well. Sharing the joy- just the way we like it!
Next week we will be without a camper but taking bookings inside The Edinburgh Corn Exchange Wedding Fair.