10 New Wedding Transportation Ideas
You're going to the chapel...but wait! How are you getting there? What about your maids—or your guests, for that matter? Will you choose a sleek silver Rolls-Royce, a pimped-out party bus or a bicycle built for two? Whether you want a unique getaway to express your style, or a fun way to give your bridal party and even your guests a lift too, there are lots of hot options for your wedding wheels.
For thrill-seeking couples looking for an edgier ride, two-seater sports cars are all the rage. From the Maserati GranSport to the Lamborghini Gallardo, these ultra-exotic specialty vehicles will get you to the party in a flash and will have you speeding into the twilight at the end of the night. They often come in daring hues like red and yellow, so take your wedding colors into consideration when renting. If you're going to be driving one of these yourself (rather than hiring a driver), make sure to check on all liability issues before jumping behind the wheel. Another thing not to forget about these stylish cars: You'll probably need to rehearse your exit ahead of time—getting out of a lowrider gracefully requires some skill, especially in a dress.
If you're celebrating by a lake or ocean, make a chic escape in a sleek speedboat or yacht while your guests wave you off from the shore.
Trend Alert: For a more casual affair, couples are having fun with their water-based getaways by rowing off together in charming canoes or even on paddleboards!
An antique car like a vintage Rolls-Royce is a glam way to get yourselves to the ceremony and reception—and it will create the perfect backdrop for classic black-and-white photo ops. Some hot models to consider renting: the Chrysler 300, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud or Bentley S2.
Trend Alert: Though a Rolls will always be in style, many couples are choosing antique cars with a little more character. Imagine the photos of you two riding off in a vintage VW Beetle, a brightly colored VW van or even a weathered antique pickup truck.
If you're not into the idea of being chauffeured into the sunset, ride away on a motorcycle, Vespa, golf cart or tandem bike. You'll get frame-worthy photos and a wonderful memory to look back on. Just make sure you practice riding on your vehicle of choice in a dress and heels before your wedding day!
Horse and Carriages
Experience the ultimate fairy-tale ending in a horse-drawn carriage. Buggies can fit between two and six passengers, so you can even bring your honor attendants along, or rent a few carriages to lead the entire wedding party on a royal-style procession.
Trend Alert: Pedicabs are emerging as a sort of metropolitan carriage -- a playful getaway perfect for city couples who love the idea of a classic horse and buggy but prefer a more modern feel.
Make a wow-worthy exit (or entrance) in your very own helicopter. A chartered helicopter can typically carry three to six people, in case you want to take your parents along for the ride. Keep in mind that you need a certain amount of open space to land a helicopter safely, and local air travel laws can apply. So consider your reception location and check for restrictions with the charter company when making your choice.
A classic option, the stretch limousine combines formality and function with a sleek design and enough room for your bridal party and parents to feel like VIPs too. (Most stretch limos hold 8 to 10 passengers.) Or hop in a town car, which is basically the sedan version of a limo and seats up to four.
For a limo-like experience with a little more flash, check out a stretch Hummer, Escalade or Navigator. These mega-SUVs come with fiber optics, disco lights, lasers, mirrored ceilings and pimped-out sound systems, and they can fit up to 20 people.
Don't wait until you get to the reception to start celebrating. Invite your guests (up to 40 per bus) along for the ride and rent party buses, complete with a bar, lights and music. If you're planning on popping open some drinks, triple-check that the rental company is licensed with the local county—unlicensed companies have been known to serve beverages left over from previous clients, says Heath Adam of Millenium Limo in Florida.
Hire a charter bus or shuttle, which holds up to 60 passengers, to take all of your friends and family to and from the wedding. Bonus tip: A shuttle is the perfect chance to leave a surprise good-night gift for your guests on each seat, like a personalized sleeping mask or a midnight snack. Or, for a blast from the past, a yellow school bus (remember those?!) holds 40 to 50 passengers.
Trend Alert: Transport your guests in something with a little more character—vintage trolleys can hold 32 passengers and make great photo backdrops. Just be mindful that trolleys are only built for slow speeds and short distances, so make sure your trip is a brief one across town. For longer routes, channel your inner Brit and rent a double-decker bus from a local touring company.