Are you looking to hire a luxurious car for your BIG DAY but worried about the cost? Sadly, arriving in style often comes at a price, BUT we have found some flexible and affordable ways for you to get the car of your dreams on a budget!
In this article, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on wedding car hire cost in the UK with a breakdown on the different makes and models. This guide will help you stick to your budget and get value for your money. But before diving into the prices, let’s find out what factors can significantly affect the cost of your wedding car.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Wedding Car Hire
1. Type of Car
The first factor that can significantly affect the price of a wedding car hire is the type of vehicle that you choose. Vintage and more classic cars are usually more expensive than the latest models because they need more maintenance and check-ups to ensure that everything is running smoothly, while new vehicles do not require as much TLC. However, at Cheringham Cars, luxury cars, such as a Rolls Royce, tend to be more pricey than vintage ones due to the comfortability, luxury and smooth ride they offer.
The price of the wedding car hire also depends on travel time and distance. Some companies will provide you with a car for the entire day, however, most companies offer either an hourly or 3-hour rate. A 3-hour package usually includes taking you to the ceremony, taking you to the wedding photo destination and driving you to the reception venue.
The distance from your hotel/home to the ceremony and reception can also affect the cost of the wedding car. Some companies offer the first 40 miles free and will charge additional mileage after that accordingly. This is a great way to stick to your budget!
4. Number of vehicles
If you require more than one car, for example, one for the groom and best man, one for the bridesmaids, one for the bride and a separate transport for parents, it could increase the cost of hiring a wedding car. However, some companies offer packages that can help you gain discounts so it would be best to talk to your chosen company if you need multiple vehicles. This you’ll also get the best value for your money.
Wedding Car Hire Cost in the UK
The cost of wedding cars vary significantly depends on the build and type of the car you would like, including the number of seats. So, here’s a breakdown of the prices to help you make up your mind:
Wedding Car Hire Cost Based on Car Type
There’s nothing like a fast and f;ashy car to help you say goodbye to unmarried life. If you’re a fan of sports cars, there are many models that will leave everyone in awe as you arrive at the ceremony in a top of the range supercar.
There’s a long list for premium sports cars that are ideal for a wedding. There is a Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Aventador Roadster SV, Maserati GranTurismo S, Bentley GT and the Audi R8 Spyder, to name a few. However, due to their value and massive petrol consumption, these vehicles are more expensive, averaging at £500 per car. However, their availability is limited, and it is quintessential to take note that most sports cars do not have much space, so they are not ideal for brides with large dress styles.
If you fancy a more classic car, then a Rolls Royce, Bentley, or Jaguar are a great way to arrive at the ceremony with class and sophistication. The good news is they are available anywhere in the UK, costing around £150-£300, they look majestic and stunning in photos and are a great addition to your celebration.
The only concern with this type of vehicle, is that they tend to be slower then more modern models. Meaning that it would take a little longer to get to the venue, and if you have agreed to an hourly rate this could bump up your bill. But generally, vintage cars are an excellent option for wedding transportation.
Deluxe wedding cars like Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Range Rover and Jaguar also make an excellent choice for your special day’s transport, offering you both a luxurious design and safe drive. There is less chance of maintenance issues with these modern vehicles than vintage models, and they are great for all weather conditions. However, the best thing about these wedding cars is they are affordable, costing around £300 to hire.
Self Drive vs Chauffeur-Driven Wedding Car Hire
The cost of a wedding car hire typically includes the service of a chauffeur unless you’re renting a self-drive car.
What does the Chauffeur do?
Chauffeurs are the company’s specially-trained professionals whose task is to deliver the bride or groom and their family members to the wedding ceremony on time and in style, and then bring you to the reception. Glamorous and stress free! The cost of hiring a chauffeur usually depends on the number of hours you require the car for, and if there are any excessive distances additional charges will be required. You can expect to pay around £120 to £500 on a chauffeur-driven car, but it still depends on the type and model of the vehicle and how long you reserved it for.
However, if you’re on a tight budget and if you need transport for the whole day or a few more hours, hiring a self-drive wedding car could be the better option. It comes with several advantages, including the freedom to use it in transporting other guests and the longer time allowance. However, this option can be slightly more stressful as you will have to appoint a designated driver and make sure they are aware of the routes and number of people they are transporting.
Affordable Wedding Car Hire in Wales and South West
If you’re looking for affordable wedding cars in Wales and the South West, here’s a list of wedding cars on offer at Cheringham Cars and the cost for each vehicle.
Rolls Royce Phantom – £350
Rolls Royce Ghost – £350
Range Rover Vogue – £295
Nissan GTR – £250
Tesla Model S – £250
Gemima The Branwith – £250
Flora The Viscount – £250
Genevieve Viscount – £250
Chevrolet Bel Air – £250
Cadillacs – £250
Take note that the prices indicated above may vary depending on the additional details you would provide like distance from your place to the wedding ceremony and reception. Check out the Cheringham Cars website for more information on pricing and any enquiries you may have.
9 Essential Tips on Hiring You Dream Wedding Car
1. Check the reviews
If you want high-quality service and no disappointment, check the reviews of the company’s previous clients and their experiences with the vehicles.
2. Book as early as possible
Booking rate may dramatically increase during peak season so it would be best to book it 12 to 18 months before the wedding.
3. Check the vehicle condition
Before signing any agreement, it is recommended to inspect the car’s condition, including its mechanical parts and body. The essential things that you should check are the air-conditioner, lights, windows and doors, the exterior and interior. It will help you see if the car is well-maintained and ready for your big day.
4. Check the license and insurance of the company
Hiring a wedding car from a company with no insurance will make you and the company liable in a time of emergency, and bring financial mishaps. So, it is essential that you choose a trustworthy, licensed and insured company to make you feel at ease. To make sure you’re working with a reliable company you can ask for a copy of their license and insurance and check with the licensing body and insurance company whether the license and insurance have not expired.
5. Avoid double-booking
Make sure that the wedding car you’ve chosen is only booked for you and that there is no cross-overs. If there is a double-booking you may end up paying additional charges for any delays.
6. Check the colour
Wedding cars from different luxury brands come in various colours so you should check before signing any agreement if its colour, ribbon and flowers complement your theme and aesthetic of your day.