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Classic wedding cars are one of the most popular choices for wedding transport. They can be seen each and every week at weddings up and down the country and are widely available for hire. Along with vintage wedding cars, modern wedding cars and limousines, they are a mainstay of the UK wedding transport arena.


But what exactly is a classic wedding car, and how much will one cost to hire? These and other questions are covered below.



What is a Classic Wedding Car?


The term classic wedding car is typically applied to those vehicles that were manufactured on mainland Europe between the years 1950 and 1980. Many household brand names are to be found within this category, and Daimler, Mercedes, Jaguar, Rolls Royce and Bentley are just some of the manufacturers that you may well be familiar with.


Commonly available in both white and silver, classic wedding cars can also be found in a number of other colours, notably black and gold. They are often, but not always, fully air conditioned with their interiors typically decked out in sumptuous leather. Most will be hard-topped, but some convertible classic wedding cars can be tracked down.


Virtually all classic wedding car hire companies will provide you with a uniformed chauffer who will drive you around on the day and take care of all travel issues.


Classic wedding cars are ideal for all wedding party members, but are a great choice in particular for the Groom and Best Man due to the fact that their journey is usually the longest, and the high cruising speed of these vehicles makes for a smooth and speedy journey.



Can a Classic Wedding Car be Decorated?


In almost all cases, the answer is yes. Certain companies will offer their vehicles fully decorated with ribbons and flowers in the colour of your choosing for no additional fee. Other companies may add a surcharge for any vehicle decoration, restrict the decoration to standard offerings, or refuse altogether. If you are set of having your classic wedding cars decorated, make sure you ask the necessary questions up front.



How Much Will Classic Wedding Car Hire Cost?


With regards costs for the hire of a chauffer driven classic wedding car, prices can vary and are often linked to the length of hire and mileage involved.


You can expect to pay anywhere in the region of £200 to £500 depending upon the car that hou hire, although discounts for multiple vehicle hire can often be obtained. If long journeys are involved it may pay to search for a company with low or zero ‘per mile’ charges in order to help lower the costs.
Some companies offer decorative ribbons, bows, floral arrangements and even bottles of champagne as inclusive or optional extras. With this in mind, we strongly suggest that you ask the neccessary questions and check the appropriate small print to confirm what your quote actually covers before proceeding with the booking.



Classic Wedding Car Top Tips


Weddingsday Make sure that your driver is familiar with the venue and as such is aware of any potential access issues.


Weddingsday If you are a Groom looking to calm his nerves with a quick drink or a couple looking to toast their wedding with a drop of champers en route, make sure to check before hand whether your hire car company will be happy for you to have a drink inside the vehicle.

Weddingsday Confirm before hand if the car can be decorated with ribbons, flowers, bows etc – don't just assume this as a given as some classic wedding car hire companies can be stricter than others.

Weddingsday If you are interested in an open-topped classic wedding car, make sure you confirm that the roof actually goes up should the heavens open (stranger things have happened!)


Weddingsday If you are planning to book more than one classic wedding car from the same company, be sure to ask for a discount - most should be willing to offer one, so negotiate hard!



Related: We've a host of wedding transport articles on the site packed of of helpful ideas and advice, not to mention our wedding transport directory that's filled with suppliers of wedding cars, limousines and more. For help and friendly advice from like-minded couples, be sure to check out our weding transport forum.


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