Wedding cars: Usual tradition and etiquette

While rules don’t have to be set in stone, it is always the bride and grooms choice who to travel with on their wedding day. However, both church and registry office weddings normally follow the same rules of tradition and etiquette, with couples normally wanting to travel with close friends and family.

Although practicality and budget does have a big role to play in this, with many couples wanting to stick to tradition but majorly relying on their budget to stretch that far. One of the main factors to consider whilst planning traditional wedding transport is the size of the bridal party and how many people the cars will hold. Normally three cars are needed for the average sized wedding. Although it is important to consider that these cars could make more than one journey.

General guide to traditional wedding arrival:

The bride usually travels to the ceremony with whoever is giving her away.
Most of the time, the Bridesmaids travel with Mother of the Bride.
The Groom normally travels with the Best Man and Ushers.

One of the three wedding cars would be for the groom, his best man and ushers. Usually males like to use this opportunity to travel in style, and often opt for a luxurious sports car with a big engine. If you are one of these groom’s, we suggest that you hire more than one sports car for enough room. This car would leave from the groom’s house, allowing ushers to assist with seating arrangements and guests.

The second car is usually for the mother of the bride and bridesmaids. This car will take them to the ceremony which should give them enough time to prepare what’s needed before the bride’s arrival. They should also allocate some time for “just arrived” photographs with the bride.

The third car would transport the bride and whoever is giving her away. Upon arrival, the chauffeur should let the person who’s giving the bride away out of the car first and then the bride.

Preparation is key

It is very wise for you to arrange your wedding transport in advance. Additionally, you should plan who travels with who just as early. This will vary depending on how traditional you plan your wedding to be. You could also give out taxi numbers, maps and parking arrangements to guests in advance.

If you would like to stick to a more traditional wedding travel approach, or if you are a couple that title yourselves as more unique, have a browse of our wedding car hire options online today at,

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