Not so long ago the choice of wedding car and car company was limited, there were the yellow pages and word of mouth recommendation from a friend for the supplier. The wedding cars were restricted to vintage and classic makes usually operated by the owner or car enthusiast from his home in town. The car transfer involved a local pickup, a short trip to the church, then on to the reception nearby, how times have changed.
Recent changes in the law, social trends and new technology has given the bride and groom far more choice for their location of the service and reception. Fewer couples are married in church now, but that may change with the advent of choosing which church to get married in. Many couples are opting for something different, getting married in a barn, a castle, a manor house, a hotel, a pub or a venue with a theme, whichever is the dream location. The ceremony and the reception are very often at the same location, and these venues are open for business throughout the week and all year round.
Has the wedding car company changed with the times, are they be able to meet the new customer demands, will the vintage wedding car be able to meet the new customer demands. It will be vitally important to choose a wedding car supplier who understands the changing customer requirements and is able to offer the reliable service that meets the demands of todays wedding journey.
It is more important than ever to make sure the wedding car will be able to make the journey. It was fine when the choice was a classic or vintage car from a home wedding car operator, who only had to travel a couple of miles. Today the bridal cars are expected to travel further distances than before, be able to cope with the density of todays town traffic and motorway speeds.
A modern classic Rolls Royce Silver Shadow cost many thousands of pounds when new with servicing bills to match. The wedding car maybe older now, but the high servicing costs of these cars for the small car supplier has not changed. The classic car parked on the drive all year round will probably make the short trip around town but the longer journey will show up an under maintained car.
Wedding car hire companies that meet the new demands are generally large suppliers with their own fleet of several cars. They can afford to keep them together in a large storage facility to be viewed at anytime, be out of the weather elements and keep them in good condition and well maintained. They will regularly use the cars on longer wedding transfers and operate them throughout the year, this is well known to improve the reliability of older cars. They will operate their business all year round and be available during working hours and throughout the week. The vintage cars will generally be trailered to the location because they cannot travel longer distances or cope with todays faster pace of traffic. The larger business will have conducted more weddings, be more likely to know the church or venue and know the route and that the car is reliable for the distance.
In conclusion look for a well established full-time professional company because this will be the company that is still in business when the wedding day comes round. There are many hobbyist wedding car owners out there that do not operate as a proper business.