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Choosing the perfect classic car for your wedding – 10 tips for creative brides and grooms

Arriving in style to your wedding is an integral part of the look and feel of the day. Maybe you prefer an understated ride up in a vintage Mercedes, want to go all out luxury with a classic Rolls-Royce, or fancy turning heads in a noisy Mustang. Whatever the car you choose, there’s no doubt it’ll play a big part in your wedding day.

Whether you’re the kind of person to choose a traditional wedding car or you like to think out-of-the-box, here are some tips for choosing the perfect classic for your wedding.

Consider your theme

The theme of your wedding and the look your after in photos could dictate the kind of car you choose. If you’re going for something very traditional, look for a Rolls-Royce, Bentley or Jaguar. These will give you that typical wedding car look when decked out with ribbons and matching flowers.

Go authentic vintage!

For a vintage wedding, you have a bit more flexibility as long as the vehicle is of a certain age. If you don’t want to go with the traditional wedding car, consider a convertible Mercedes-Benz SL, Austin Healey or Triumph Stag.

Hire a boho bus

A bohemian theme would lend itself nicely to a vintage bus or camper. The Volkswagen Campervan is a popular choice but you should also look at a classic Ford Transit, vintage London Taxi, or even an old London bus in its iconic red livery.

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Photo by Brillpix from Christian & Tan’s Dodford Manor Country House Barn wedding

Quirky cars add character…

If you’re going for a slightly more quirky theme and are having a wedding full of colour and fun, look for the non-traditional cars such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette or Dodge Charger. You could even go for something cute and European such as the Fiat 500.

Country flair and practical wheels!

So many couples having barn weddings are embracing the countryside with Landrovers – we’ve even featured farm weddings with brides and grooms, maids and guests in tractors and trailers making their way to celebrations in authentic country style!

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Image by Hannah K Photography from Naomi & Chris’s lovely Alveston Pastures Farm wedding

Think differently

If you’re not keen on conforming to wedding traditions, you have a lot of choice when it comes to wedding transport. Vintage buses are becoming more and more popular for transporting the entire wedding party but London Taxis, old pick up trucks and vintage vans all work equally well too.

Try two wheels!

For the motorcycle lovers out there, you could choose an old BMW trike, a beautiful 1960s Vespa or Lambretta or perhaps even a vintage motorbike complete with sidecar.

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With or without chauffeur

Almost all wedding cars come with a smart chauffeur but there’s always the option to drive yourself to your wedding, especially if you’re a bit of a petrolhead who jumps at the chance to drive something new and exciting.

Think about timing

Many classic cars, especially very old models, don’t have a very high top speed. You need to consider this when planning your route from hotel to wedding venue and onto the reception. Always speak to the car owner to get an idea of the time it’ll take to cover that distance. The last thing you want to do is be late for your own wedding!

Wedding car décor

While many wedding vehicle owners will handle decorating your car, you’re more than welcome to have a say in this. Perhaps you want flowers throughout the vehicle, or a certain colour ribbon on the front. Don’t be afraid to speak to the owner to ensure you get exactly what you want for your special day.

Your theme, personal tastes and the amount of passengers can all dictate what kind of wedding car you hire but don’t be afraid to think about how that vehicle will make you feel. Do you want to turn heads, laugh with family, arrive in sleek style, or share a kiss with the one you love on the backseat? Cars can evoke all sorts of emotions so don’t forget to think past the practicalities.

Lineham Farm wedding blog, images by Jenny Maden Photography (12)

Image by Jenny Maden Photography from Liz & Matt’s gorgeous Lineham Farm wedding


This is a guest article by Jess Shanahan, a motoring journalist working with BookAclassic.co.uk, a classic car hire platform that allows people to book their dream wedding car. With thousands of cars in the UK and beyond, it’s the obvious choice for weddings both at home and abroad.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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2 COMMENTS
  • Kristina
    1 year ago

    I’m loving these! Thanks for sharing. My favourite is the scooter! Although you need to think carefully about your dress and transport of choice!

  • Victor
    12 months ago

    You can’t go wrong with a boho bus!

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