The Wedding Car (or not?!)

One thing that has never been a necessity to me was a formal wedding car. Flat-out, we didn’t care, not even a smidge. This is just my opinion, and I totally understand that “it looks nice for photos” and that “you should arrive in style”, but to me it just seems a bit posey (which I hate) and I’d much rather someone I knew drove me to the church than a chauffeur whom I’d never met.

I thought it was all done and dusted. David has said his uncle has a nice ‘Beamer’ or a ‘Merc’ or something along those lines and I just assumed that he’d do the favour and drop my Dad and I off, and David and I back at the reception. Then the thought came to me, (and where the controversy began)… my beloved little burnt-out, flower covered, battered, (technically) convertible VW Polo.

My Polo!!

I have been driving my little car since I was 17, it’s taken Dav and I everywhere since we met, my Dad has a printing business and every so often will put more decoration on it (first was daisies, second sunflowers, third “Vivster on Board” on the back window..) and when I mentioned I might use it he said he’d do “Nearly Married” on one side and “Just Married” on the other, as well as covering it as much as possible in flowers. If you’ve ever seen the Sid James film Bless This House, I imagine it to end up like the teenage boy’s hippy car:

Bless This House Car


Well we plodded along with this idea until a week or so ago my Mum text saying “One thing- how are we all getting to the church?”. I replied: “The Polo, Dad’ll drive me there and I’ll drive me and Dav back after the service”, I think her exact reply was “Sally, please no, not the polo, please!”. As much as I told her it would all be fine, and that she could hop in the back with the bridesmaids or they could go in the aforementioned ‘nice car’, I understood she was getting pretty worried.

Rolls Royce Silver Spirit

The next thing I knew I was being regaled with what is now known by my sister and I as ‘the story of the wedding car’ (I have heard it around four times to date), Mum proceeded to get her bargaining hat on and booked a vintage Rolls Royce for ‘my poor bridesmaids’ and herself to get to the church. When she rang me up to tell me the details I reminded her that neither myself or David will be getting in the hire car at all, and that neither of us could care less; but I’m pleased that she and my girls will arrive in style at least. My Dad, David and I, however, have to wait until June to find out whether my love little banger will make it through it’s MOT!

And to finish, the words of my friend, Carli: “And all for a car that isn’t even old or quirky enough to be ‘so bad it’s good’, it’s just a bit crap!”

Sally xx



  • Claire
    9 years ago

    Awww sounds to me like your beloved little Polo would be gutted if he / she couldn’t come to your wedding. Like a faithful family pet watching at the living room window as everyone leaves in their finery and they’re left alone wondering what’s going on… until it goes dark…

    Come on little car, sail through that MOT. I’m rooting for you.

    Must stop typing, I’m getting quite emotional.

  • Laura at LobsterLove
    9 years ago

    Fab article!

    We didn’t bother with a wedding car as we just couldn’t justify the cost and neither of us were that fussed! Instead I arrived in my Dad’s car which he’d had valeted especially for the big day, he’d attached ribbons and he was the proudest Dad in the whole world driving his daughter to her wedding!
    We also stopped for photos between the ceremony and the reception and he’d stashed a mini bottle of pink fizz (cold) in the boot which was just the best thing
    He still has a scrap of ribbon on the arial which makes me smile so much everytime I see it

  • Anne
    9 years ago

    Wedding cars are overpriced so we aren’t having one – but if you are going in a ‘normal’ car make sure you can fit in it with your dress, they take up a lot more space than you’d think.
    We are having a horse and carriage instead. £150 for bridal party transport and to stick around to take us for post-ceremony bride and groom drive and photos.

  • Sally
    9 years ago

    My mum said that about the size of the car but my dress isn’t big at all, and definitely going to be valeting it beforehand!! x

  • Heather Samuel
    9 years ago

    My finace is all about cars – well anything with a motor really, but there is no way we can afford a car and it is a relief to hear other people saying they don’t care – cos I really don’t and even fiance knows we can spend the money on lots of other things we *both* want.Add to that I live approx 3 min from our church, and 20min from the evening venue. We had considered my friend’s little MG, which has a lovely story behind it, but it is just impractical for any bride to get in and out of without ruining the dress, and it has no back seat so mum (who is giving me away) would have to come separately anyway. So we’ve got my Uncle’s BMW to take me and mum to the church and I’m keen for my finace to drive us to the venue, either in the BMW if we can get 1 days insurance, or just use his rather battered Saab.

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