Reliability is of the utmost importance to make sure you get to the church on time.
Therefore, inspection of your chosen wedding transport vehicle is essential.
Your choice of wedding transport will depend on the style and theme of your Cairns wedding.
If it's a thoroughly modern affair, maybe you can all travel together in a stretch limousine or Hummer or more sedately in a white horse and carriage, except the groom of course.
Maybe he'd quite like to arrive in an Australian Classic Car, on a Harley Davidson or something really spectacular like a Helicopter or by skydiving down onto the Palm Cove beach!
The important thing is to book your chosen type of wedding transportation early, especially if your wedding is on a Saturday or, if you want a more unusual mode of transport like the skydiving down onto the beach. If possible, get at least three quotes for similar vehicles before finally booking. A selection of specialist wedding transport firms can be found on Register Your Wedding offering a variety from which to choose. Maybe your dream is to arrive at the church, or, leave the wedding reception, in a romantic horse drawn carriage, or a helicopter! Whatever you choose, make sure that it will provide sufficient interior space so that the bride's dress and veil will not be crushed. If you choose a horse and carriage, or an open top car, make sure that the roof can be closed in case it is a wet or windy day.
Formal wedding transport is usually arranged for the bride's mother with the bridesmaids and pageboys, and for the Bride and her father. (The Brides car is usually used to transport the newly weds to the wedding reception afterwards.) If there are a large number of attendants you may need more than two wedding cars or consider hiring a stretch limousine or Hummer.
Always ask what additional services are included. For example, do they offer ribbons and flower arrangements for the car, music for the journey or can you supply your own, uniformed chauffeurs, an umbrella in case of rain? What is the wedding hire company's policy on tipping the driver? And do you hire the wedding vehicles for a certain number of hours? Some companies offer a second car included in the price and others will serve Champagne to the couple before they set off for the reception.
It is important that your cars remain at the venue during your ceremony and do not go off to another wedding ceremony and leave you waiting for their return so you will need to discuss this with the wedding hire company when you engage them.
Breakdowns can happen, so ask what the alternative arrangements would be. Confirm all booking details in writing, stating the pick-up times and the addresses of the bride's Cairns or Port Douglas resort or hotel the church and wedding reception venue.
Double check everything the week before. Have a practice drive in your own vehicle beforehand on the matching day and time of your wedding so that you can specify the exact pick-up times, allowing for a slower journey for a horse and carriage and any possible traffic hold-ups. (If your dream is to arrive in a horse-drawn carriage but the venue is a long way from your home, you could liaise with a wedding car company to rendezvous with the carriage company for the final part of your journey. This will work in reverse when the bride and groom leave the church.
If the wedding and reception are at the same Palm Cove or Port Douglas hotel or resort venue the bride and groom could take a drive after the wedding to make the most of their first time alone together as man and wife and for more photographs to be taken. Or, they could take a longer route to the reception venue if it's close by. An usher should be appointed who will ensure the approach to the venue is clear for the bride's arrival.
Together with the ushers, the best man should make sure all the guests have wedding transport from the church to the reception. (It may be a good idea to hire a mini-bus.) Arrangements should also be made for transport home for elderly friends or relatives or, make arrangements for overnight accommodation at a local Palm Cove or Port Douglas resort or hotel. In case of breakdowns or emergencies it is advisable for the best man to have to hand the taxi telephone number.
It would be wise to draw a map giving directions from the ceremony to the reception to give to all drivers, along with a note of the details of lifts they may be providing. These could then be sent out with the invitations, posted up on your wedding website, emailed or put on your Facebook or a SMS message can be sent to all wedding attendees the day before the wedding. If relying on friends to provide transport, do ask those who are trustworthy and who don't mind sticking to soft drinks at the wedding reception celebrations.
Arrivals and Departure
Arrangements are usually in this order:
- The bridesmaids and bride's mother travel to the church first. (If the journey to the church is 15 minutes and this car is to be used by the bride, the bridesmaids and bride's mother will have to leave 30 minutes before the bride.) If the bride's gown requires careful attention it may be worth considering having a bridesmaid travel with the bride or having her father shown how to attend to assisting the bride into the car or horse and carriage.
- The best man arrives with the groom to the church. (After the ceremony he and the other best men take the car on to the wedding reception.)
- The bride arrives with her father or other close family member.
After the wedding ceremony
- The bride and bridegroom leave first for the reception or for more wedding photography
- The bride's parents leave next
- They are followed by the rest of the bridal party and guests
- Last to leave is the best man who will make sure all the guests have transport to the wedding reception
Wedding Transport Checklist
- Have you made arrangements for lifts for guests without transport?
- Have you sent a route map from the ceremony to the reception to your guests?
- If using your own car, is it clean and filled with petrol?
- Have you arranged with the hotel or resort parking spaces for the wedding guests to attend the wedding function?
- To prevent delays, have you let the wedding car hire company know if access or turning at the bride's hotel, resort or private holiday accommodation may be difficult?
- In case of problems, have you given the mobile telephone number of the bride's chauffeur to the best man?
For further information on wedding transport or wedding car hire have a look at Register Your Wedding. The Cairns Holiday Specialists are the wedding specialists and can arrange all of your wedding and honeymoon, babymoon hotel and resort accommodation along with any tours or activities you wish to participate in with your guests. Just for booking with Register Your Wedding you will save yourselves and all of your family and friends lot's of time and money on discounted wedding group accommodation, discounts on all tours, free dining discount vouchers. They will be there to answer any questions you may have with regards to the arrangement of your Cairns, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove or Port Douglas wedding.
Palm Cove LimousinesPalm Cove Limousines offer luxury travel to and from customer's destinations in either a Statesman Sedan or Toyota Tarago people mover. They offer airport, hotel/resort, restaurant and sightseeing transportation. Palm Cove Limousines strive to provide the best possible service with local knowledge at affordable rates. The cars are chauffeured by non smoking courteous drivers with extensive knowledge of Cairns and the surrounding areas.
Rainforest Limousine Service
Rainforest Limousine Service is a locally owned and operated Port Douglas Limousine Service. They cater to the needs of your wedding requirements by offering the newest vehicles with professional courteous drivers. The Rainforest Limousine Service fleet includes a brand new stretch limousine that is extremely spacious, seating up to 7 passengers in comfort, as well as sedan limousines that comfortably seat 3 passengers. If you require any special requests such as champagne, flowers etc they are more than happy to assist.
For your guests Rainforest Limousine Service can also offer airport transfers from Cairns, Port Douglas and surrounding areas.
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