Wedding cars / transport: what are you doing? / Did you do?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 4
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t plan on having any special transportation. If anything, we might rent a roomier vehicle so everything fits, but nothing fancy. 

Post # 5
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Bridal party arrived in a limo.  Myself and the lads in my parents’ van, which was also used to transport coopious quantities of stuffs.  We got to the Church an hour before the ceremony.  My parents drove their own car to the ceremony/day reception.  Cabs for the bride’s family, from their hotel (they were in from out of town). For the evening, cabs all around.

Just could not handle $5000 for cars to get everyone around.  My mom really wanted to, and wanted to pay for it, for appearances, and seemed like she couldn’t be talked out of it.  We made a chart on a blackboard to figure it out, and try to get everyone around with the minimum number of vehicle-hours, and it was still thousands.  My mom still seemed determined to do this, despite the fact that there just plain wasn’t money left, and I kept telling her we didn’t care about the appearances, on this front, and did not share her worry that people would be judging.  I left her house that night, expecting she was going to sell some shares or something to pay for all these cars.  She emailed with the plan that 

We offered to reimburse anyone in the wedding party for the cabs if they wanted.  None took us up on the offer – was probably in the $30/ea ballpark.  Less if they shared.  If we could have afforded anything, I’d have wanted t arrive in a limousine, and provide a full day’s transportation for everyone in the families, and wedding party, we’d have left the afternoon tea/garden party in a handsome cab, and arrived, and departed, the evening speakeasy in a chauffered vintage car.

Post # 6
2893 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we didn’t have special transportation. everyone drove themselves in their own vehicle or made their own arrangements. a friend of ours had a nice car and he let us borrow it for the day because i refused to ride in my husband’s good ol’ boy truck on my wedding day, lol.

Post # 7
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Limos are the least expensive here so a limo for me, and then it will transport my fiance and I to our venue.

Post # 8
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did not travel by anything special we just carpooled in our vehicles to and from reception/ceremony. We were on a tight budget so I didn’t want to spend the extra when we all have functioning and decent vehicles

Post # 9
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We won’t have any special arrangements. I’m going to stay in a hotel about 5 mintues from the venue and I’ll take a taxi… I think it would make for a fun photo op 🙂

Post # 10
7025 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MissBettsy:  In answer to your question “who usually goes in the wedding car?”, what usually happens in Australia, which is probably similar to NZ, is this: To the ceremony, 1st car takes bride and her dad and/or mum; other wedding car(s) take bridesmaids; groom and groomsmen make their own way to the ceremony. Ceremony to reception (or to photos then reception): bride and groom in 1st car, bridesmaids and groomsmen in other wedding car(s).

But there are many variations on this and what you describe (arrive with your mum, leave with your groom, bridesmaids arrange own transport) is fine.

Post # 11
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We are having separate limos pick up the guys and girls and bring us to the ceremony. Our parents and wedding party will be coming with each of us. Then a bigger limo will be taking the whole group to the reception. At the end of the night, everyone is responsible for themselves but we have an SUV to pick us up. 

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