If you are planning a wedding, have you given any thought yet to transportation? How the bride and groom will get from Point A to Point B is not just a logistical question; it is also a matter of style. The mode of transportation that you choose to take you from home to ceremony and ceremony to reception should blend in perfectly with your overall wedding theme.
There are numerous choices for wedding conveyances. You want your transportation to feel as special as the rest of your wedding, so this is not the day to take the subway or drive yourself in your regular car. Part of being a bride (or groom) is being pampered, and you will want to treat yourself to something that feels luxurious.
The traditional transportation for the bride and groom is a limousine. Limos are usually black or white, and can come in a few different sizes. White cars definitely scream “wedding”, whereas black limos are appropriate for any number of special occasions. When determining the size of car to hire, stop and think about who might ride in it besides the bride and groom. Frequently, the bride and all of her bridesmaids will take the limo from home to the ceremony, and after that the bride and groom will want to be alone in the limo. If you and your attendants are wearing gowns with full skirts, be sure that the vehicle will accommodate everyone without crushing or wrinkling the dresses. Sometimes couples will also rent limos to convey their parents rest of the bridal party, but it is not mandatory, so don’t worry if that expense does not fit into your budget.
There are other types of cars that can be hired for the wedding day. A very formal wedding with the groom in black tie and the bride in a fancy gown with ornate wedding jewelry would call for a very special car, like a Bentley. For brides who prefer a more understated elegance, a Town Car is always a nice choice. There has been a trend in recent years towards using huge cars, like stretch Hummers, but with the shift towards greener lifestyles, a giant gas-guzzler is more likely to appall than impress your guests. It is always nicer to err on the side of being less ostentatious.
Certainly your wedding transportation does not have to be a car. A horse and carriage is a lovely way for the bride and groom to travel. Look for someone who specializes in weddings, and will dress the coach with beautiful flowers. A variation on this idea is a horse-drawn sleigh for a winter wedding. This could be perfect for a bride having a winter wonderland themed wedding. She could wear a velvet gown with twinkling crystal wedding jewelry and a dramatic cape. Imagine how cozy it would be to snuggle up with your new husband and ride along to the sound of sleigh bells jingling. It would be like something out of a Bing Crosby song.
There is one form of transportation that is absolutely free, and that is your own two feet. In many parts of Europe, there is a charming custom that involves the bride and groom leading a processional of guests from the ceremony to the reception. The entire group forms a little parade, cheered on by well-wishers. It is a lovely tradition. Since most American guests will be unfamiliar with this type of proceeding, you would want to inform them before the wedding, otherwise they will just get in their cars and drive off. It should be a given that he two locations ought to be close enough together to make it an easy stroll, not a long hike.
With all of the many wedding details to consider, fabulous transportation may not be at the forefront of your mind. Don’t forget about it though, because the bride and groom should certainly travel in style on their wedding day. Take the time to choose a special conveyance that will add to the fun of your big day.