VINTAGE WEDDING CARS IN IRELAND
How to choose your wedding car
Most brides dream to arrive at the Church in style and there is no better way to make your entrance in a vintage car. I love vintage cars for their unique appeal and also for how great they look in your photographs! I will be able to take some amazing shots of you both before and after the wedding and maybe when we whisk you away for your private photoshoot. I am looking forward to taking these classic wedding photos that will surely add some excitement to your wedding photograph collection. You can choose from many different styles and surely the groom will enjoy making this selection. Don’t be surprised if others in your wedding party also want to sneak in a cool picture of the vintage wedding car too! Here are my favourite choices:
Questions and Answers Regarding Wedding Car Hire
Here are some questions and answers that you may find helpful in your quest to book your perfect wedding car. Always remember that the wedding car company wants to play their part in making your day as memorable as possible. So, if you have a request for something nonstandard never be afraid to ask. You will find that most companies will try to be as flexible and as accommodating as is practical. If they’re not then you can find one who is.
- Will the wedding car I book have a current National Transport Authority Limousine Licence?
Any vehicle operating as a Limousine / Wedding car must have a current NTA issued vehicle specific, Limousine Licence. If the vehicle has a Limousine Licence then you can be happy it also has an NCT Certificate and the correct SPSV Licence which includes public and employer’s liability.
- Will my chauffeur have a current Small Public Service Vehicle Licence?
To operate as a chauffeur in the wedding car industry the driver must be in possession of a full B Irish driving and SPSV License. Part of the application for an SPSV licence includes Garda vetting.
- How many passengers is the vehicle licensed to carry?
The Limousine Licence will show clearly how many passengers that vehicle is licensed to carry. Also, on the windscreen and rear window there are NTA applied tamper proof discs which also show the licensing conditions.
- Is the wedding car I’m interested in available on my wedding date?
Wedding transport is no different from any other wedding service so it’s best to book well in advance particularly if you have your heart set on one of the popular days like Friday or Saturday.
- Is the quoted price firm with no hidden or additional charges?
The last thing you want is an extra bill on top of all the other expense. You should be sitting back and enjoying the day and not worrying about additional mileage or delays in your itinerary adding to your bill. Insist on a firm price that includes for any unforeseen delays
- What amount is payable at time of booking?
Don’t be tempted to pay the full amount up front even if you can. Pay the booking fee. If the wedding car company is listed on weddings online you can avail of their free Deposit Protection Scheme by simply registering the booking with them.
- Is the booking fee refundable?
Most booking fees are non-refundable. However, you will find that usually the wedding car company will allow you to transfer the paid booking fee to another date. That of course is subject to the new date and the car being available. Ask about this or check their terms and conditions
8. What is the cancellation policy?
Again, ask about this or check the terms and conditions. The closer you are to the wedding date the more difficult it is for the wedding car company to fill the date your vacating.
9. When is the final balance due for payment?
Generally, the balance would be due at least a week before your wedding. Terms vary with different companies so check it out.
10. Will the car be booked for other weddings or events on my wedding day and be
under pressure to rush off?
The last thing you want to be worrying about is unforeseen delays and pressure to finish. Ensure you will have the exclusive and unhurried attention of your wedding car and chauffeur for as long as it takes.
11. Can we stop in-route to the reception to take photographs?
Generally, this is not a problem and is a fairly frequent occurrence. Like all your specific requests it is important to let your wedding transport provider know in advance. Once they are aware of the proposed stop, they can allow for it in the itinerary and the chauffeur can familiarise themselves with the route.
12. Will the car be available at the reception venue for photographs?
Your chauffeur should never leave the venue without clearing it with the photographer that he has taken all the photos with the car that he needs.
13. Is it possible for the wedding car to take some members of the bridal party to the Church before returning for the Bride?
This is generally not a problem if the ceremony address is only 10- 15 minutes from the collection addresses. Again, like any request talk to your wedding car company well in advance. Also, remember that the additional bridal party members will have to get from the Church to the reception venue and it may not be practical to do two trips and leave the bride and groom waiting.
14. How is the car decorated?
Ivory bonnet ribbons are usually standard but most wedding car companies will endeavour to facilitate your colour scheme. Rear window shelves would generally have a flower of silk flower garland. Talk to the wedding car company about your requirements if you’re not happy with their standard offering.
15. Do you provide a celebratory drink?
A bottle of bubbly is fairly standard in most wedding car packages. If you are just been collected from the bridal address and the ceremony and reception are at the one venue then a celebratory drink would not be offered. You can always request that the wedding car hang on and take the newlyweds on a short spin to relax and have a drink before heading back for the reception.
16. Can I have an alternative to bubbly?
If you prefer an alternative alcoholic or an alcohol-free beverage speak to your wedding car provider in advance. Most cars also carry chilled water as standard.