All The Trimmings

All The Trimmings

The most important day of your life starts with getting into the wedding car of your dreams, but the magic lies in the finer details that make the journey all the more special. Rene Hart speaks with Christopher Yannakis, the director of Stella Limousines, about some of the additional services car hire companies offer to complement the experience of your wedding transportation.

Wedding cars provide more than just transport to your wedding ceremony. Part of the most special day of your life will be spent in your wedding car, so it should be a wonderful and enjoyable experience, not just a ride to your destination.

Here Comes The Bride

Wedding car ribbons can make your wedding vehicle look truly spectacular. Whether you choose a racing Lamborghini, a vintage Rolls Royce or a sparkling black Chrysler limousine, adding a white ribbon to the front of the bridal car is a wonderful wedding tradition.

“The tradition of using white ribbons dates back to the Middle Ages to signify a marriage ceremony is taking place,” says Yannakis. “I feel that wedding ribbons add to the atmosphere of the day, as well as let other motorists know that you’re going to be driving smoothly.”

While most couples adhere to this tradition, it is a matter of personal choice. Some car companies will provide the ribbon and attach it to the cars as part of the service they offer, while others may give you the option to provide your own ribbon to attach. If attached properly, a wedding car ribbon will remain intact for as long as the wedding ceremony lasts.

Be wary of the quality of the wedding ribbons you are using, as some ribbons can be torn in transit if they are of poor quality, or they can scratch the paint of the car if they have a rough surface.

Come Rain or Shine

Many wedding cars will arrive equipped with blankets and large umbrellas to protect you and your bridal party from outdoor elements.

“We provide umbrellas because the weather can change in an instant, and even though we hope for the best, you can never be sure,” says Yannakis. “We plan ahead so that you don’t need to worry about these things on your special day. Also, for us to keep a dozen umbrellas on hand is a lot easier than the wedding party bringing their own.”

If you think the umbrellas are going to appear in your photos, ask your wedding car hire company about the style and colour of their umbrellas, as you might be able to match them to your colour scheme.

Drink Up

Many companies will provide complimentary water or sparkling wine – with ice buckets – as part of their service, as it adds to the day. Sharing a bottle of bubbly with your bridal party is the perfect way to celebrate your special day as you’re travelling to and from photo locations!

Some companies may also supply plenty of lollies and snacks, which are perfect for that late afternoon energy boost between the ceremony and reception. It shouldn’t be a problem to consume water in the vehicles, but it’s best to check with your wedding car provider about what is acceptable in its cars, as each company is different.

Cover Up

With wedding dresses usually being white or off- white, it’s important they are kept clean. When you go to sit in your wedding car, it’s worth noting the state of the tyres, as you may brush against them. They may look shiny, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing that won’t rub off onto your wedding dress.

“Brides and bridesmaids’ dresses are particularly susceptible to getting road dirt from both the wheel and the road as they get in and out of the limousine, [which] is why it’s important the driver uses a wheel cover, as well as a red carpet, to eliminate that risk,” says Yannakis. “Many photographers feel that the wheel cover is an eye sore, but once the bride is out of the limousine, we can [simply] remove [it].”

When choosing your wedding car company, ask if wheel covers will be supplied on your wedding day, because it’ll give you peace of mind that your dress will stay clean all day.

Style Me Pretty

Besides the standard white ribbon, some couples will choose different forms of decorations to accessorise their wedding car, from ‘Just Married’ signs and tin-can trails to floral arrangements and wedding bears and dolls. Some wedding car hire companies provide decorations, or they may offer to decorate the vehicle for you, in which case you can provide your own accessories.

Red carpets are also an extremely popular accessory that many wedding car companies offer. They’re not just for good looks, either. Yannakis says wedding car companies will roll out a red carpet for a number of reasons.

“Originally, the red carpet treatment was reserved for heads of state, VIPs and celebrities attending formal events, [but] in more recent times, it’s recognised as a special effort made in the interests of hospitality,” he says. “[A red carpet] adds to the atmosphere of a limousine, [which] makes the [couple] feel important, [but it also] minimises the risk of dirt [getting] on the bottom of dresses and shoes. [Rolling out the red carpet is] also a way of minimising dirt being brought into the car, [which] helps to keep the interior as clean as possible.”

“Home, James!”

Some wedding car hire companies not only ensure you get to your ceremony on time, but they also offer a transfer to either a hotel or back to your home after the reception. Yannakis says the night pickup is a fantastic – and safe – way to conclude a truly special day.

“We have found that, at the reception, it’s not uncommon for the wedding party and friends to have a little too much to drink and can’t drive home!” he says. “So rather than being concerned about people driving home, or taxis not being able to find the the reception venue, we can drive the wedding party wherever they please.”

“In the past, this [service] has been [used] to drop off people at hotels, homes or bars. You can also [rest assured] that we will know where we need to go and [will] arrive on time.”

From ensuring you and your bridal party arrive in dazzling style at the reception to masterminding a stunning getaway transfer, there are many car companies that offer these services, which will give your wedding day a truly luxurious allure!