When it comes to organizing a wedding many brides like to veer away from the lure of traditional and into something altogether more unique. For them it has to be something that reflects the personalities and quirks of both themselves and their partner, even if it goes against the grain of nuptial norms. The most memorable weddings (or at least those remembered for the right reasons!) are always the ones that are the most personal, fun and truly tailored to the couple in question. These weddings shrug their shoulders at ideals and don’t pander to the expectations of guests. If this sounds like your kind of wedding and you’re in the midst of the wedding planning mission, then you’re probably still deciding how you’ll be getting to the church on time. Here are a few options that you might not have considered…
A Vintage Bicycle
A decidedly very Portland option, a vintage bicycle would certainly makes for a cute entrance. Picture your free-spirited self peddling down a sunny countryside lane with your bicycle mounted bridesmaids in tow, all ringing their bells for you as you arrive. How fun would that be? Whilst you wouldn’t want to be travelling for a long distance in full hair & make-up whilst wearing anything bulky (especially up hill), it’s certainly do-able if you only saddle up for the last few moments of your journey. Finding a vintage bicycle shouldn’t be hard either. Reasonably priced ones can be sought online and there are plenty of places where you can hire them too. Of course make sure you pick one out with a wicker basket on the front – you’ll need somewhere pretty to place your bouquet!
Rent this cute white bike from Portland Bike Tours.
One for the rock ‘n’ roll bride. Whilst riding a Harley Davidson would make for a very cool arrival, wearing a dress on one of them is more than a little impractical (not to mention dangerous). Luckily, there are sidecars! Motorbikes and riders can easily be hired, with some companies specifically catering to the wedding market. Whilst you can wear an open-faced helmet (and avoid ruining your make-up) you’ll just have to rock the helmet hair – but who cares? It’s a nice day for a white wedding…
Find a rental in your area at the Eagle Rider website.
Forget the carriage! If you’ve got a passion for all things equestrian then why not take a trot to the church? Whilst not recommended for first time riders, a horse would certainly make for an elegant princess-style arrival for anyone with experience (what’s more you’d save on the carriage!).
Take lessons together before you hop on at Iron House Riding Academy.
A Hummer Limo
If you can’t be a diva of Rihanna-proportions on your wedding day, then when can you be? Popular with celebrities, rappers and your general show-off rich folk, the hummer limo is synonymous with fabulousity. The majority of them come fully equipped with decadent interiors, disco lighting, music systems and free champagne – meaning you and your girls can have a stylish pre-party and get psyched up for the excitement ahead. When it comes to hiring limos however, make sure you go to a reputable company that actually specializes in weddings (as opposed to the “We provide transport to parties, but yeah we’ll do your wedding if you pay us double” types). Any transport company operating in the wedding industry will generally have a reputation to uphold, and will therefore be a lot less likely to not show up on the actual day; equally their luxury vehicles will be fully covered should anything happen while you are a passenger. Services such as transport however will usually be covered by your wedding insurance policy, so check the small print make sure you’re fully protected against such an eventuality. Also, try not to party too hard before you get to venue – slurring one’s vows is generally frowned upon!
Check out Five Star Limo to find the perfect ride for your wedding day.
Are you something of a film buff or TV nerd? Then how about indulging your geeky sensibilities by making your arrival in a famous vehicle? Many companies offer famous cars, trucks, motorbikes and replica vehicles for wedding hire. Could you see yourself pulling up to your venue in the General Lee? What about James Bond’s Aston Martin? Or maybe you’re more of an A-Team kinda gal? The possibilities are all pretty fun.
Although Frank Sinatra once sang “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage”, the saying certainly doesn’t have to dictate what you arrive in. You get one chance to arrive at your wedding, so make sure you do it in style – whatever your style may be!
Check out TransAmFlorida for famous cars.