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Despite their description, wedding car hire services do much more than provide luxury, chauffeur-driven vehicles and red-carpet treatment to bridal parties on their wedding days. The scope of their services extends across many different spheres and functions, and they are able to accommodate almost any request, from the conventional and classic to the unique or exotic. For this reason, the range of vehicles available will usually be extensive in order to cater for many different functions, from childrens’ birthday parties right through to corporate transport.
It goes without saying that chauffeured wedding cars are hired on a regular basis. This gives the bride and her father very special, and sometimes emotional, time together whilst travelling to the wedding venue, and before the groom takes over the care of his new wife from her father. Whether the wedding is a formal and elegant occasion or a relaxed, casual function, a beautifully decorated and chauffeured hire car will add a touch of magic and luxury to the proceedings. The car may be white with traditional ribbons on the front, a vibrant and sporty red or even a classic vintage car, whilst some bridal couples may choose open-topped convertibles or 4 x 4 vehicles which reflect their lifestyles and interests and suit the mood and style of the ceremony itself. Apart from the fact that there is the assurance of the vehicle arriving on time with a suitably attired chauffeur, many people simply do not own the right vehicle to complete the day as they wish and in their own unique style.
The matric farewell is a very memorable occasion. It marks the end of the schooling period and the step forward into true adulthood. It is a celebration of educational achievement, and proud parents may choose the gift of a chauffeur-driven limousine to transport their son or daughter to and from the event, knowing that they will be safe and given a wonderful memory which will last for many years. Small groups of close friends may share a limousine and arrive at the venue in true ‘showbiz’ style, able to relax and get into the party mood early, and to enjoy after-parties without the worry of drinking and driving. Sometimes a self-drive sports car may be hired for the event, allowing the couple to arrive in style and with panache.
A limousine with inbuilt ‘mood lighting’, CD player and a bar stocked with either specifically selected soft or alcoholic drinks and snacks can both extend or be the actual venue for a birthday party with a small group of friends. Children love the fact that they are being transported in a special vehicle with balloons and party decorations where they are in very close contact with their friends, either for the journey to another venue or for the whole party whilst being driven on a planned route. Adults take pleasure in the time they have with close friends, sharing the journey to a birthday function together and being able to get into the mood of the party early.
An integrated bar stocked with drinks specially chosen for the event is a luxurious addition and may be fully enjoyed whilst a chauffeur does the driving, so all members of the party are able to enjoy alcoholic drinks without worrying about having to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Both men and women enjoy an evening of fun, laughter and pranks just before the wedding day, and being able to celebrate with friends whilst ‘seeing the sights’ in a chauffeur-driven limousine can add a magical element to the party. Since such vehicles have privacy screens between the driver and passengers, as well as privacy blinds on the windows, much fun can be enjoyed without other road users intruding on the experience.
Where time is of the essence, or there is a small team-building exercise being planned, a stretch limousine is an ideal venue. Business people may use the time to conduct meetings whilst travelling in comfort and privacy, whilst employees may be engaged in team-building exercises whilst not being confined to a static office or venue. Luxury resorts and hotels often offer a chauffeur-driven ‘meet and greet’ limousine service to guests arriving by air, sea or train and without their own transport.
Wedding car hire services can be found quite easily. Since they also fall under the category of Limousines, this would be a good place to start looking for them, but for specialised wedding car hire, you could search in bridal magazines, bridal shops, ask wedding planners, or in the Yellow Pages. Many wedding car hire and limousine services are becoming more visible and easy to find on the internet, which is a great resource when looking for the types of vehicle they offer, and for checking their portfolios and testimonials. Search sites such as Uptasker are extremely useful and time-saving, as Uptasker itself provides information such as suppliers in your geographical area, online ratings, customer reviews, contact numbers and addresses, links to websites - if available - and the extremely useful ability to request quotes from different suppliers for comparison and budgeting purposes. Be sure to read the online reviews as these give you vital information regarding reliability, quality of vehicle and chauffeur service, flexibility and ability to meet all customer requests. The best recommendation is always through word of mouth, but customer testimonials are invaluable aids when this is not possible.
Look at the portfolios and catalogues of your preferred service, as these will provide you with pictures of the vehicles in the fleet, as well as photographs of past excursions provided by the service itself or previous clients, wedding vehicle decoration (sometimes including the names of the bride and groom), and special treatment such as the provision of red carpets when stepping into or out of the vehicle for that extra touch of luxury and glamour.
Your wedding day, in particular, is one of the most memorable and romantic days of your life. It is a day filled with happiness, joy, excitement, anticipation, good friends and family, and more than a few nerves. Ease a little of the stress by removing the worry of bridal party transport and use a wedding car hire service to get the bride to the church with glamour and on time, and the new married couple to their reception in a relaxed and unique style. For more tips, see our wedding car hire services articles.