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...about the cost of wedding cars!

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shellistar Tue 13-Jun-17 13:32:32

I know I could keep it cheap and go to the registry office and out for a Macy's afterwards to celebrate and I know I could go to Maui... grin but neither of those options is particularly us!

We're planning a relatively reasonabley priced wedding in a reasonabley priced location even though we're still going down the white dress traditional route (less than £5k for 60 day and 120 evening guests in a naice location). One of the things that's making me balk is the cost of transport for me and my bridesmaids! I only want to go 2 miles up the road on a Friday afternoon but I'm getting quotes for £500+

I've booked 2 local naice vehicles for £100 and I'm still a bit shock at that!

AIBU to think that wedding cars are just a an extortionate rip off?!? I'm quite honest when the suppliers are chasing the quotes... or is it just that I'm cheap and they're totally worth the money?!?

expatinscotland Tue 13-Jun-17 13:35:23

Call a taxi then. They're charging what the market will bear or they would not be in business. If you find it a ripoff, get a taxi or ask a friend to drive you to the wedding.

PeaFaceMcgee Tue 13-Jun-17 13:36:05

My friend rode on the back of a tractor!

tinytemper66 Tue 13-Jun-17 13:37:54

Ask a friend and then put ribbon on the front of the car

expatinscotland Tue 13-Jun-17 13:38:20

The vehicles have to come from wherever they are stored or parked. They have to be maintained, taxed, insured, valeted, so yes, they will be more expensive than a taxi or most private hire cars.

user1487941567 Tue 13-Jun-17 13:38:23

If it's a vintage they want to keep the mileage down. Getting to you and home after all adds to that. But YANBU if it's just someone's jag or whatever.

shellistar Tue 13-Jun-17 13:56:41

Ok, for example one company less than 5 miles from me wanted £500 for their vintage car and £300 to hire their black Range Rover!

OffcialMalbecTaster Tue 13-Jun-17 13:58:25

Sounds like you night have expensive companies near you. I had to search for a lot of quotes that were more budget friendly but have got 2 vintage cars for £600 and one of those will have parents and bridal party in so lots of space

steppemum Tue 13-Jun-17 14:04:07

Find a friend with a nice car, pay for them to have it valet cleane dthe day before.
Add ribbons.

OR go the whole hog and get a vintage bus and take everyone to the reception on it.

Most people don't see the car, they are inside waiting for you.

strawberrygate Tue 13-Jun-17 14:06:28

Just get a taxi. they tend to be clean

PersianCatLady Tue 13-Jun-17 14:20:00

My friend found that as soon as you mention the word wedding, the price for anything goes up.

fuzzyfozzy Tue 13-Jun-17 14:27:54

I used funeral cars. Loads cheaper

gttia Tue 13-Jun-17 15:01:00

I'm going for a hackney carriage. £20 the trip.
Fits us and our three children, will look great in the photos

liquidrevolution Tue 13-Jun-17 15:02:39

I used a posh airport taxi. Cost me £50 to get to church. We walked to reception.

BoredOnMatLeave Tue 13-Jun-17 15:10:06

Honestly I would go for fancy taxi, no-one will see it anyway.

DoubleHelix79 Tue 13-Jun-17 15:10:20

Anything with the prefix 'wedding' immediately becomes 10 times as expensive, in my experience. I nearly fell over laughing when I looked at prices for 'wedding' flowers. Went and just bought a few nice looking bunches from the local Waitrose the day before. Nobody cares about the flowers in someone else's wedding.

WhatToDoAboutThis2017 Tue 13-Jun-17 15:42:02

Yes, they are expensive. We had a relative who lent us his fancy car and chauffeured us too smile

ExplodingCarrots Tue 13-Jun-17 15:48:47

I was adamant I was driving myself to my wedding because of the cost of transport but DH to be won't let me. His arse fell out when I told him the quotes i had. Trying to avoid the word wedding is impossible . Trying to get a quote off one company:
Lady: is this for a wedding?
Me: erm it's for guests for a wedding...
Lady: is it for the bride or anyone in the wedding party?

It was obvious that the moment you say it's bridal transport they're going to double the price.

PenCreed Tue 13-Jun-17 15:50:19

We got taxis - it was a 5 minute walk but I didn't fancy walking past Tesco etc in my wedding dress! The taxi firm did us an account, so a couple of people who couldn't walk easily between church and reception could use that as well.

ElspethFlashman Tue 13-Jun-17 15:53:33

My Dad drove us, he'd just bought a shiny new Toyota. grin

And I was relieved cos nobody saw us arrive (it was raining and they are all inside) and nobody saw us leave as we were delayed with photos and they all headed on. So it would have been money down the drain.

shellistar Tue 13-Jun-17 15:57:33

It's a single venue so I'm opting for a local taxi firm - it's a bit more pricey @ £100 for 2 cars but I would have paid a friend £50 to take time off work and do the same.

I agree - it is the word wedding that bumps up the cost! We wanted a popcorn machine and we were quoted £500!!! shock

Another one that made me laugh was £500 for a DJ... BUT that £500 included the "hidden" extras like travel to the venue and disco lights. -A friend of a friend is doing it for £150-

scottishdiem Tue 13-Jun-17 16:14:20

We did a local private hire firm that now do Uber blacks. Basically S Class Merc. Pick up and drive to venue in spotless long wheel base saloon - £25.

Firenight Tue 13-Jun-17 16:18:13

We drive ourselves and walked home after!

Newjob12345 Tue 13-Jun-17 16:18:34

Don't forget they are vintage and you are also paying for someone to drive you around.

I drove myself! Hired a fancy Merc and drove myself and the bridesmaids grin was actually much cheaper and good fun to drive.

Heratnumber7 Tue 13-Jun-17 16:23:21

The only person who sees the wedding car when you go to a wedding will be you, your bridesmaids and whoever is giving you away.

More people will see you leave the wedding venue (unless you're staying the night) so save your money with just a one way hire.

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