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Culturally Diverse Weddings

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Cultures & Weddings

Many aspects of everyday life are related to culture including the most special day of your life ‘Your wedding day’. Providing the right wedding transport to meet cultural requirements is important. Many brides and grooms would love to marry in the tradition of their parents, follow the customs or at least introduce elements of a traditional wedding ceremony from their cultural backgrounds. These elements can be the venue, decorations, food, clothes & even the wedding vehicle. For example, the Indian culture like to have the most extravagant cars (preferably White in colour) such as the Rolls Royce Phantom as the groom’s arrival in particular can be most significant. In the Sikh culture, it is also possible for the Groom to arrive at the wedding on a horse.

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Types of cultures, wedding traditions and customs

 The Chinese wedding date is picked carefully according to astrological signs and birthdates, and the ceremony begins on the half hour to cement the couple’s good fortune.During the Greek reception, as the newlyweds dance, guests pin money onto the bride.  After the celebration, dishes are smashed on the floor with choruses of “opa” for good luck! At a Scottish wedding as the bride walks out of the church, traditionally a toddler would hand a horseshoe to the bride for good luck, and the bride and groom would then scatter coins for the assembled children to collect, so that their kindness would be returned to them throughout their marriage. Prior to a Turkish wedding, the respective families buy furniture and household goods for the young couple. Guests on the other hand would shower the bride, literally, with banknotes and coins. The Turkish community in London also tend to favour the Beauford style wedding car.On the day of a Sikh wedding, a ceremony called Sehra Bandi is performed by immediate family members of the groom at his home. Sehra (a heavy embroidery veil) is fixed onto the groom’s head which is then tied on to the turban. This moment is quite sentimental for the groom’s parents and sister as he becomes a mature and responsible man entering his new life.

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A Hindu wedding day

The ceremonies are very colourful, and celebrations may extend for several days. On the day of the actual religious wedding it can be an early start when the groom is picked from his home and travels to the wedding venue in his modern wedding car, typically a Rolls Royce Phantom or a Bentley. The bride is already at the wedding venue ready & waiting for her husband to be, she may have chosen to travel in a ‘prettier’ car, most likely a vintage model or a Beauford. Guests will take great notice of the Groom’s wedding car as he arrives, singing & dancing will take place as the Groom is met at the entrance by the Bride’s mother where a small ceremony takes place which welcomes him. The groom is then taken to the Mandap, a platform structure with pillars, set up for religious ceremonies where another small ceremony takes place with the parents of the Bride & Groom. The bride arrives and then the main wedding ceremony takes place which has several parts to it. After the ceremony, the married couple receive blessings from their family members who then say farewell to the Bride as she will be going away to the Groom’s house. A small ceremony will take place as the Bride gets into the wedding car, again with guests paying much interest to the car. When the married couple arrive to the groom’s house there is a small ceremony to welcome the Bride into the house & family. Many Hindu weddings then go onto celebrating at the evening wedding reception, this can be a very long day! Typically, the wedding car is hired out for the whole day & plays a very important role.

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A traditional Christian wedding day

The Bride is excited but quietly nervous while getting ready & waiting for her Bridesmaid’s. The wedding car(s) arrive which could be anything from a traditional vintage or classic Rolls Royce for the Bride & her Father although a more quirky or American style of car is becoming increasingly popular. Among the more quirky type of vehicles are the VW Campervans, vintage Buses etc.
There is often a requirement for transporting the Bridesmaid’s and family, typically a larger car such as a Daimler or Austin Princess could be used.
The Groom, best man and ushers arrive at the ceremony earlier to welcome guests and ensure they have the ring!! Bridesmaids arrive at the ceremony, shortly after followed by the bride and her father just in time for the ceremony to begins After the ceremony, it is confetti & photo time and often the wedding car will be an integral part of the photo session.
If the wedding party is of a large number then a single or double deck Bus may be used, this is a convenient, practical and fun mode of transport for other family members and guests to travel to and from the wedding venue.  The classic Routemaster is the most popular Bus used although there are some other stunning old Buses.
Increasingly, more weddings take place at ‘all in one’ venues as opposed to a church as the venue can also cater for the post wedding reception.  Often there may be a requirement for late evening transport which is more suited to a modern car for the Bride & Groom or a more modern style coach for guests although the older Buses can sometimes cater for this if its not too late. 

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Multicultural Weddings

Regardless of your cultural or religious differences, it’s possible to throw a wedding that equally represents both of you. Often it is necessary to have two separate weddings where individual cultural traditions & customs are implemented. With having two separate weddings, two different styles of wedding cars can be arranged which are suitable to the traditional requirement’s.

Wedding Transport 2016

no comment |  Posted in:Another Category February 4th, 2015

We have been taking bookings for a variety of different wedding vehicles so far this year with increased popularity of Buses, in particular the classic Red Routemaster London Buses. Vintage Buses and VW Campervans are also proving a great choice for Brides, Grooms and wedding guests alike.

A very busy year for wedding transport

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After a very busy 2014 and in particular the past 2 months we are now taking bookings of all types of wedding transport for 2015 and beyond.  Classic London Routemaster Buses continue to be popular and there has been an increase in demand for  VW Campervan wedding hire.

Rolls Royce and Bentley from the 1950′s and 1960′s are among the most sought after classic cars while the modern Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Spurs are really stylish choices particularly in the London area.

Wedding Cars 2014

no comment |  Posted in:Another Category February 16th, 2014

Despite the bad weather we have seen brides, grooms, mothers and fathers etc planning their wedding transport well in advance and during the months of January and February we have booked a huge range of wedding vehicles out.

Vintage and classic Buses remain popular as do the traditional vintage & classic Rolls Royce cars.  We have also coordinated the bookings of Beaufords, VW Campervans, Chrysler 300s, classic and modern Bentleys, Austins and Armstrongs, Hummers, stretch Limousines, London Taxis etc etc.

We can now also provide wedding cars/transportation in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham as well as counties across the South of England.

Brief History of the VW Campervan

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1949 - The first ever Volkswagen Transporter van is launched at the Geneva Motor Show, with its distinctive smiling face.

1950 – Official production begins of the Splitscreen models begins.

1951 - The Volkswagen Transporter is developed into the iconic Volkswagen camper van.

1960s - The camper van is adopted by the hippie generation, becoming a cult symbol of an alternative lifestyle.

1967 - Second generation ( T2) does away with the classic, ‘splittie’ (split windscreen) design and introduces panoramic vision, gaining the nickname ‘Bay’

1969 - A Volkswagen camper van becomes the ‘Mystery Machine’ in hit cartoon series ‘Scooby Doo’.

1979 - The T2 becomes the T3, boasting a more angular design.

1990 - The Campervan turns 40 and the fourth generation, T4,  is launched.

2010 – 50 years of production is celebrated.

2003 - The fifth generation (T5) launches to critical acclaim and provides the basis for the latest Volkswagen California camper van.

2013 - Volkswagen California celebrates its 25th anniversary, with around 100,000 California camper vans rolling off the production line since the start of production.

 

Campervans are as popular (if not more) as ever and are now a sought after vehicle for wedding transportation.  First choice wedding cars can provide VW Campervans for wedding hire in Berkshire, Surrey & Hampshire.

New Classic & Vintage Wedding Cars

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We are delighted to announce that we have a new fleet of 8 classic and vintage wedding cars to advertise on our website as of November 18th.  Included are:

- 1929 Willys Knight

- 1949 & 1951 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

- 1956 Armstrong Siddeley x 2

- 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

- 1959 Bentley S Type

- 1970 Rover P5

These cars are available for wedding hire in Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and into West London.

Classic Rolls Royce Silver Clouds

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Rolls Royce Silver Cloud wedding car in Hampshire

Rolls Royce is a name synonymous with style and elegance; the cars made by this company are renowned for their luxurious nature as well as the quality of their design and manufacture. Over the years this model from Rolls Royce has developed into the ideal and traditional wedding car.

The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1 was introduced in April 1955 in an era when craftsmanship and styling were at their very height.  Rolls Royce Silver Clouds were limited in numbers due to production capacity, manufacturing of these models stopped in 1965.

Rolls Royce and Bentley cars were built with comfort in mind, adequate interior space space and design were important to their prestigious customers; these features provide all the requirements for an ideal wedding car.
Famous stars from the 50’s and 60’s were proud to own these cars, as they became a status symbol for the rich and famous, stars such as John Lennon and Mick and Bianca Jaggar owned a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.

The Rolls Royce Silver Cloud is possibly one of the finest wedding cars that you can hire, always in demand due to its sheer presence and stature. There is ample leg room inside and that alone can make it the ideal choice for a wedding car. This car offers supreme luxury and ride comfort and is famed for its reliability and near silent engine.  A long wheel base version, lengthened by 4 in (101.6 mm), was also made available in September 1957, outwardly very similar to the existing car, but offering improved leg space for rear seat passengers.

The Silver Cloud II was introduced in 1959. Little changed externally but it now had a 6.2 L V8 engine, which pushed the weight to 2.11 tonnes. Performance was greatly improved and top speed was raised to 183 km/h (114 mph), but the main improvements were in acceleration and torque. Power steering became standard. Electrically operated windows were now available as an option.

The basic architecture of the Silver Cloud II did not change between 1959 and 1963, but there were numerous minor changes implemented, notable among them a succession of improvements to the ventilation system. Interior changes in 1961 included the adoption of blue instrument lighting, the introduction of a combined indictator / headlamp flasher switch and of a handbrake warming light. A remodelled rear light assembly was introduced in May 1962 and a change to sealed-beam (still at this stage single) headlamps was made in August 1962.

Beauford Wedding Cars

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Burgundy Cream Beauford

The Beauford has fast become one of the most popular wedding cars. Although available as a hardtop, the majority are Tourers (convertibles) and lets be honest, what better way to arrive at a wedding venue.
All Beaufords are hand crafted and are all unique. Based on the 1920′s – 1930′s American Duesenberg and the Packard Eleventh Series Eight Sedan, these replicas offer the style and finesse of these truly amazing vintage cars with the reassurance of modern mechanical enhancements.

Wedding Buses

no comment |  Posted in:Another Category October 25th, 2013

During the last wedding season we have seen a huge increase in the demand for Buses as a preferred choice of wedding transportation. The obvious advantage of a wedding Bus is that they can transport large numbers of guests all in one go and therefore the guests can arrive at the ceremony and/or reception venues all together.
We now have an increasing choice of Buses, everything from the classic red London double deckers, vintage single deckers, open top and quaint vintage Charabancs. – See more at: http://weddingcars.snow4.co.uk/blog/wedding-buses/#sthash.Uvk6G5RR.dpuf

A Special Day

no comment |  Posted in:Special Days,Wedding Inspirations October 2nd, 2013

Wedding car hired in Kent

This vintage 1937 Rolls Royce Limousine recently performed wedding duties at Canterbury Cathedral, a beautiful setting for a wedding.

Fortunately the rain held off for most of the day enabling some fantastic photographs to be taken.