Here at Robert Tate Photography, Robert has provided a means of helping couples plan their big day through his regular blog posts. The main aim of this blog is to help guide those who are bewildered by the prospect of tying the knot, or even just providing the reassurance that you’re on the right track. Join us every week for more helpful hints and tips. Keep on reading for in insight into the world of wedding transport for the bridal party. From all of us here, live for the moment!

Wedding Transport For The Bridal Party

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Wedding transport is a very important aspect of the wedding. There is nothing worse than waiting for hours for your wedding car while all your guests are waiting at the church. You want to be able to turn up when you want in a calm and composed manner. It can be frustrating figuring out exactly how many cars you require, what kind they are and when they should arrive, on top of that you have the added pressure of your wedding budget looming over your head.

There are so many combinations the possibilities are endless, will you arrive fashionably late with your father and keep your groom waiting at the altar, or turn up on time with all your bridesmaids in tow?


With a few careful considerations you’ll need to work out:

  • Numbers – How many cars you need
  • Style –What kind of cars/alternative transport you’d like
  • Budget – How much you want to spend on your wedding cars
  • Passengers – Who needs to travel with whom
  • Timings – Collection and arrival times (plus extra thought given to traffic congestion)
  • Locations – Where exactly each collection address and destination will be

Lets go through these one at a time and look at the different choices, pros and cons:


Start off by figuring out how many people you want to transport. This may include the bride and groom, their parents, grandparents, and attendants (bridesmaids & grooms men). If your budget is tight, you may ask the bridal party to drive themselves. Of course there is one more thing to take into consideration…..the traditional wedding car etiquette. It’s up to you whether you choose to follow traditional or do your own thing. Mixing things up can work well with those following a budget for their transport.


Traditional wedding transport ranges from a glamorous horse-drawn carriage to a Bentley or classic Cadillac.
In this time of austerity more and more brides are seeking alternative transport which is cheaper than traditional methods but also more eco-friendly.

Here is a selection of wonderful wedding transportation for your big day which ticks the boxes:


    Vintage brides will love a vintage bicycle for their big day, plus they make a fun prop for your wedding photos or you could always ride one to the venue. Just make sure the journey’s not up hill!

  2. Walk

    The ultimate Eco-friendly way to arrive at your ceremony! If you live close to the venue, or there’s a picturesque approach, why not make the most of it and walk there with your father and bridesmaids?

  3. Tractor

    If you’re a country-loving couple, why not ask the local farmer if you borrow one of his tractors? It’s a fun photo opportunity – you could even get some wedding wellies to complete the look! It may not be eco-friendly but you are indirectly supporting your local farm or that’s the excuse I like to tell transport for the bridal party

  4. Tuk Tuk

    Although this vehicle usually resides on a different continent they can be hired quite cheaply and are Perfect for an oriental-themed wedding. A Tuk Tuk is essentially a motorised rickshaw. It’s highly manoeuvrable making it the ideal wedding transportation choice if access to the venue is tight. They’re unique, quirky and will certainly help make your wedding stand out from the crowd.

  5. Stay the night before

    One of the quickest and most economical ways to arrive at your ceremony is to stay at the wedding venue the night before! All-inclusive packages may include this option, leaving you and your bridesmaids to wake up slowly and get ready in your own time, without the added stress of traffic jams.

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    6. Horse and Carriage

  7. If you’ve always dreamed of being a princess on your big day, there’s really only one way to arrive when it comes to wedding transportation – horse and may be a tad on the expensive side but manure aside its rather economical and carrying polo’s will get you on the good side of the horse. We recommend hiring one with a hood, you know as well as I do the British weather cannot be trusted.


All wedding transport can cost you a second mortgage if you let it, one piece of advice always haggle with the vendor. Never be afraid to walk away from an offer, if the vendor surely wants your business they will appreciate your eagerness and come back to you with a counter offer. It’s so easy in this day and age to send a text message or write an email, meet the vendor face to face. Although this may be daunting for some of you it’s easier to strike a deal in person, there is nothing as powerful as a strong handshake and the fire in your belly.

Another budgeting tip involves having a pick-up/drop off service only, so that the driver is not waiting for the entire event. To save yet more pennies have people drive themselves part of the way with limo transportation for the remainder of the journey. Remember that limousine companies often stipulate a minimum hire time – so even if you only hire them for twenty minutes, you may end up paying the same as if you had hired them for three hours.


You may want to arrive in a vintage car with your father and depart as newly weds in a horse and carriage, but have everyone else travel by minicab!

Here’s the traditional way: 

On the way to the ceremony:

  • The ushers travel to the ceremony together first
  • The guests start to arrive
  • The groom & best man travel together
  • The bridesmaids & mother of the bride travel together
  • The bride & father of the bride travel together

After the ceremony, on the way to the reception:

  • The bride and groom travel together, usually with glasses of champagne after photos are taken outside the ceremony venue.
  • The rest of the bridal party should aim to arrive at the reception ahead of the guests to ensure all is as it should be.
  • The parents should be there with the bride and groom to greet their guests on arrival.

Although this is the traditional way to travel, rules are made to be broken. Make sure whatever plan you decide works best for you and your wedding.

Timings & Location

It’s critical that you not only book your wedding transport for set times and pick-ups points but also that you hire adequate transport to allow for breathing room. For example its customary to hire one limousine or town car to take the bride and bridesmaids to the ceremony, and a limousine or town car to take the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception site. This will allow the girls to get dressed together and will allow your bridesmaids to stretch out, thus minimizing wrinkling of their dresses. Usually all transport should be finalised 6 months before W-day (wedding day). It doesn’t hurt to check at regular intervals leading up to your wedding that the hire car companies itinerary is up to date. It’s traditional for the Bride to be late to the ceremony, and by late I mean ~10 minutes, if your bride is still missing after 30 minutes presume either the car has broken down or due to sloppy time keeping the driver has only just set off to pick up your future wife.

Final Word

Booking your wedding transport is as much about budget as about timings and who goes with whom.

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  1. If my ceremony and reception were in separate places we would just drive our own cars 🙂 but I lucked out and found a venue that I can have both at the same place 🙂

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  2. Our ceremony and reception are at the same place. I was set on not having limos or anything as in we all drive ourselves as I’m trying to keep costs low. FI INSISTS on having a limo for him and his 3 guys. It’s stupid and a waste since they’ll be getting there early (we’re doing a first look and pictures beforehand) and no one will even see the limo. They wanted $300 for a 20 minute trip (pick up/drop off) originally. They said they could give us a sedan (defeats the purpose of his request) for $105 and I said no. He settled on $199 (plus tax and tip) for a limo for the short trip. So he’ll have a limo and I won’t as I wasn’t planning on it anyway and our house is 10 minutes from the venue. He’ll be getting ready at his parents house.

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  3. Try a passenger van or look for a party bus. We are renting a party bus for $350 for four hours. Still sort of pricey but its better than paying $1000 for a limo.

  4. Just want to share my experience. I and my husband rent a horse and carriage, $300 for the first hour and $50 an hour afterwards

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