1. HOW MANY CARS SHOULD WE BOOK?

It depends on how far the wedding party is from the venue, and the budget for the wedding. If everyone is only a short distance away, one car could take the bridal party, then return for the bride. Please refer to Question 3 for more details on the order everyone should arrive — and at what times — before the ceremony. Please note that after the ceremony it is traditional for the bride and groom to travel together to their photo location, so the bridal party, parents and groomsmen should arrange for alternative transport. Most couples opt for a second, and even a third car, to accommodate for the bridal party after the ceremony, even if the venue is close by.

2. WHO TRAVELS WITH WHOM THROUGHOUT THE DAY?

Of course, it is your wedding and you can arrange it in whatever way makes you happy. Here is our guide for couples who are unfamiliar with weddings and would appreciate some direction:

If you take one car…

The bride travels to the ceremony with the person who is giving her away. After the ceremony, the bride and groom travel in that car together, leaving their parents and the rest of the bridal party/grooms-men to find alternative transport to the photo location.

If you take two cars…

The bride and whomever will give her away travel in one car; her bridesmaids and perhaps mother travel in the second. After the ceremony, the bride and groom travel in one car, and the bridesmaids and groom's-men travel in the second car together.

If you take three cars…

The bride and whomever will give her away travel in one car; her bridesmaids and perhaps mother travel in the second; the groom's party or other close family members travel in the third.

We find that our Jaguar XJ is a popular choice for the grooms party, who arrive at the ceremony 45 minutes beforehand. After the ceremony, the bride and groom travel in one car; the bridesmaids and grooms-men travel in the second car together; close family members or parents travel in the third.

The second and third car may be for the groom's party and the bridesmaids, depending on numbers.

3. WHAT ORDER DOES EVERYONE ARRIVE AT THE CEREMONY?

1. The groom’s party, including ushers, arrives together at the ceremony venue 45 minutes before the service starts. This allows the groom time to meet with the photographer to take pictures. The ushers will begin to seat the guests.

2. The bridal party, including the bride’s mother, arrives at the church 15 minutes before the ceremony is due to start in order to allow the photographer to take pictures.

3. The bride and her father arrive five minutes before the ceremony to take pictures before entering the service.

4. These times may vary according to the photographers directions

4. WHO ATTENDS THE PHOTO LOCATION?

This is entirely up to the bride and groom. Usually it is the newly-weds and the bridal party and groomsmen, but this can be expanded to include close family members and friends.

5. IS THERE A TIME RESTRICTION FOR THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY INVOLVING THE CARS?

No, our fee is for the entire day. Our aim is to make the bride and groom as happy as possible and we go to great lengths to achieve this. We do not put pressure on the bridal party to rush through the photography at the ceremony, photo location or reception venue.

6. WHAT ORDER DOES THE WEDDING PARTY ARRIVE AT THE RECEPTION?

The bride and groom travel in the lead car, followed by the bridal party.

7. WHEN ARE THE CARS DISMISSED?

When you book with Champagne Moments, you book our service for an entire day. We only book one wedding a day so that we do not have to rush you through your special day. We are flexible. Usually, the photographer will dismiss the cars after a period of time from the venue. Once the photographer and bride are content with the photography involving the cars at the reception venue, the photographer will let us know we are no longer needed.

8. HOW DO THE CARS FIT INTO OUR DAY IF THE CEREMONY, PHOTO LOCATION AND VENUE ARE ALL IN ONE SITE?

In this case, we will pick you up and whisk you off to your location. We will be there to accommodate the bride, groom and photographer however they would like. As normal, we will be there for as long as needed in regards to the photography. Also, we are happy to take the newly-weds for a drive after the ceremony so that they can have a few moments alone together before going about the rest of their day.

9. WE WANT TO INCLUDE A HORSE AND CARRIAGE / TRACTOR, CAN CHAMPAGNE MOMENTS ACCOMMODATE THE USE OF OTHER TRANSPORT?

Yes. What usually happens in these cases is the extra transport is used in conjunction with the wedding cars. For example, Champagne Moments may pick up the bride and her father, then drive them to a prearranged destination closer to the church, so that they can then travel the rest of the way by horse and carriage. Extra transport is essential because the horse and the carriage are usually unable to then take the bride on to her photo location or reception venue. Often the groom will travel to the ceremony in a tractor, rally car or lorry, but then a wedding car will be necessary for transport after the ceremony. Often the alternative transport will act as a prop outside the ceremony location for photography before and after the ceremony, before the wedding cars take over.

10. HOW MANY PASSENGERS CAN THE CARS ACCOMMODATE?

The vintage cars are each licensed to accommodate six passengers, and therefore can comfortably seat twelve people combined. The Jaguar can accommodate four passengers.

11. Can you arrange for extra transport for the wedding party?

Yes. Should you require extra transport for the wedding party, we can arrange for additional, trustworthy transport that suits the style and theme of your wedding. We like to make sure any additional transport complements our cars. The extra cost will be added to your bill from  Champagne Moments.

12.  Should we hire extra transport for the guests?

This is not necessary for most weddings, but sometimes location or distance can necessitate extra transport. If additional transport is needed sometimes we can help you to source it.

13. Are there any discounts available?

Please give Trevor a call to see if there are any promotional rates available. There is a small discount available if you decide to take a second or third car as a package. Other factors that may determine the cost include mileage and distance. A discount is also offered for weddings that take place mid-week or off-season.

14. How are the cars decorated?

Ivory ribbons and bows are included at no extra cost. We strongly recommend that cream ribbons are used as it works best for the cars’ colour scheme. However, should you require a different colour, we will be happy to help. The cars each have wedding-appropriate number plates that read, ‘WED’. If you would like personalised number plates unique to your wedding, please speak to Trevor when booking the cars. This can easily be arranged for a small extra fee, and you can keep the plates as a memento.

15. What extras are included?

As outlined in the previous question, the car is decorated as part of the fee. We also provide umbrellas and a vanity mirror. Refreshments are available upon request. Our chauffeurs are uniformed and professional looking. We go the extra mile to interact with the guests and help with the wedding photography.

16. Is mileage and photography waiting time included in the cost?

Yes, our fee includes these factors. Once a fee has been agreed upon, there will be no additional hidden costs.

17. If it is sunny, can we fold down the soft-top roof?

Yes, if the weather allows for it and it is a short journey. What we usually do for longer journeys is stop in a discreet place to fold down the roof (weather permitting) just before reaching the ceremony and venue. This allows the bride to make her entrance in style, without the risk of the wind affecting her hair or makeup.

18. What should I be conscious of when planning my day?

Time-management is an important consideration. We find that often the last 30 minutes at the bride’s house before the ceremony can go very quickly. Please remember to leave time for last minute preparations, locking the house up, bathroom breaks etc. Often it can be easy to underestimate how much time it will take to go between locations — please remember it takes extra time to help everyone in and out of the car in their dresses. What you can do on a normal day, you can’t quite achieve as quickly on a wedding day.

19. What happens in the event of a cancellation?

We would kindly request that cancellations are made well in advance of the prearranged date. The deposit may have to be forfeited, depending on how far in advance the cancellation was made. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions outlined on the booking form for more details.

20. What is the process of booking the cars?

After viewing our website, Trevor can be contacted for an obligation-free quote. Customers can send us an enquiry form, email us at champagnemoments1@gmail.com, or call us on 07719582172. Trevor will let you know as soon as possible if the cars are available and how much the transport will cost for the day. You are welcome to come and view the cars before sending us a deposit to secure the booking. The final balance can be sent by cheque or an online bank transfer up to four weeks before the wedding. We can accept cash payments from a family member on the day. Lastly, Trevor will give the bride or groom a call a few days before the wedding to re-confirm all the details.

21. How are wedding cars priced?

This can be complicated as some companies will quote you a low price, without the cost of the additional features. Costs such as mileage, photography waiting time and ribbons with bows are added on later, significantly changing the price. Here at Champagne Moments we give you a price that includes everything, with nothing else to consider at a later date. We believe these considerations should be included in your quote. It is part of our ethos to be fair and helpful while delivering the highest standards in the wedding car business.

22. What happens if it rains?

Remember they say it’s lucky if it rains on your wedding day! But the rain can of course affect certain things like your photography plans. Usually though with the help of an umbrella our brides get a few photos with the cars. We carry umbrellas and if it is wet our chauffeurs do their best to keep you dry and look after you while you get the photos taken.Really the secret of all things in weddings is not to let anything spoil your day. With so many things coming together to make a wedding it’s always possible something may not go quite according to plan. Try not to focus too much on small hitches and leave it to the professionals around you to sort it out while you concentrate on being the beautiful bride.