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no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire January 6th, 2021

Classic and vintage buses are the most popular mode of wedding transport and therefore booking as far in advance as possible is definitely a good idea to ensure that (a) you have a bus secured in the first place and (b) that you have the type/style of bus that you need.


On average we are taking bookings for vintage and classic
buses a year in advance of the wedding date although in some cases it is 18
months to two years.

Traditionally many people will try to to book their wedding
transport early in the year they are getting married, for example they may look to book in January or February if they are getting married that Summer.
However, the first two months of the year are always the busiest in terms or
people enquiring and booking wedding vehicles and so there is a chance that your first choice bus may not be available or worse still that you really
struggle to get a bus at all if it is left too late.

Although we do have a huge range of vintage and classic
buses around the country, they are so popular that if you did not try and book until say just a couple of months before the wedding there is every chance that there may not be availability for exactly what you require.

Booking well in advance means that not only have you managed to secure the type and style of bus that you prefer but also you can rest easy that transport for your wedding guests is all sorted meaning that you can now focus on everything else that comes with a wedding!


Basically, buses or indeed coaches can be split into three
categories; vintage buses (or coaches), classic and modern.  Not everybody though knows the
distinction between vintage and classic and sometimes these categories do
overlap somewhat.

For example, the traditional Red London Buses aka the
Routemasters are generally quite well known and recognised and people will refer to them as vintage or classic buses.  There are also a range of
other double deck buses in varying colours that are great alternatives to a
Routemaster and in many cases a more preferred option as are the quaint single deck buses which really do fall into the vintage category.

Most of the time a person will have an image in their mind of what they are trying to book and the way that we categorise buses when we are discussing requirements with a client as well as our expertise in these matters hopefully helps.


If you are not a connoisseur of buses then think of a double
deck Red London Bus and that will be a Routemaster.  These are the most
popular and sought after wedding buses, not just in London but throughout the country probably as they are such an iconic British vehicle.

The Routemasters tend to take numbers from 56 – 72 passengers and the vast majority will have no standing capacity for insurance purposes, it is rare that 72 seats is not enough for a wedding unless there are a lot more passengers in which case more than one bus would be needed.


As well as the Routemasters there are a range of other beautiful classic buses for wedding hire.  Makes such as Leyland, Bristol and Bedford to name but a few mean that there is a really wide choice of buses out there in a variety of colours and capacity sizes.


If your preferred option is a single deck vintage bus then you are looking at something completely different from the Routemasters and classic buses.

The vintage single deckers first of all will take less passengers, anything from 8 – 49 with 28-29 passengers being a very common number/capacity size.

These types of buses are viewed as quaint, pretty buses and
with smaller numbers of guests on board they can be more intimate but often it
is purely the look and variety of colours of the buses that is most attractive,
again you can book multiple buses should you need to

Another massive advantage the single deckers have is their accessibility to places that the larger buses may not be able to get to.  For example, if you are getting married in the countryside where there may be low tree branches, narrow roads or bridges then a single deck bus may be the obvious choice for you.


Modern executive coaches are not necessarily a more cost effective option (perhaps slightly) but they can be more convenient and have the advantage of luxury, i.e. heating and air conditioning.  Where the modern coaches are really useful is for late night collections.  Due to the nature of the vehicles the vast majority of classic and vintage buses will not come out in the late evening, a modern coach is much more suitable.


no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire March 17th, 2020

Routemaster Buses

The Red London bus is arguably the most sought after type of vintage bus for wedding hire. These classic double deck buses known as Routemasters can seat up to 72 guests although there are other lesser capacities availble. As well as looking the part and being a traditional, iconic choice of wedding vehicle, its great to be able to take so many wedding guests to and from a wedding all in one go. If the didtances between venues are very short then a bus could undertake more than one trip each way which then means up to 144 people can be transported.

When hiring a Routemaster Bus for a wedding there is usually the option for personalising the destinationsign on the fron tof the bus, it is a really nice touch and something that makes the day even more special particularly for the bride and groom. If the sign is not personalised then it still will look great if it says ‘congratulations’, ‘wedding special’ or maybe has a classic London route destination. See our current range of London buses here…

Classic & Vintage Wedding Buses

As well as Routemasters there are other types of classic and vintage double deck buses available all over the country. Again these can vary in capacity size typically from 56 to 72 and also they can vary in colour, i.e. Red, Green, Black & White, Blue etc. Although the majority of people that choose a double decker tend to go for a Red one the other colour models are great for different themes and to fit in with different colour schemes.
The photos below are examples of some other double deck wedding buses:

Single Deck Vintage Buses

There are many choices and more colour variations of the single deck vintage buses that are avaialble for wedding hire.

Seating capacities can also vary greatly from as little as 8 up to 49, there are quite a large number of the single deckers with capacaties between 29 – 39 so quite abit of choice depending on locations.

Vintage Bedford Wedding Buses

Bedford OB

The Bedford OB’s (photo) above are a very popular vehicle and as you can see quite an array of lovely colours to choose from. These Bedfords will seat 27-29 passengers each and are not only are beautiful to look at but also are very practical in terms of the number of guests they can transport but also for accessing places that a double decker may not be able to reach – the same can be said with all single deck wedding buses in fact.

Smaller Bedfords available for wedding hire include the 1960’s and 1970’s J2 models which can seat up to 20 passengers. A cute and quaint vehicle which can acess just about anywhere.


The Leyland Tiger and Leyland Leopard are another two vintage buses mainly from the 40’s and early 50’s and have seating capacities ranging from 31 to 49 and again coming in a variety of colours. These buses are longer than the Bedfords but still able to negotiate most rural areas where larger buses may struggle.


The Bristol range of vintage buses are another great choice of wedding transport. Red, Green, Cream and Blue are some of the more popular colours available and as you can see they certainly look fantastic.


AEC are another of the more popular and aesthetically pleasing choices of vintage buses available for wedding hire. Along with the Leyland and Bristol models these complete a trio of amazing types of different vintage single deckers. Check out the following link for our current range….

Vintage wedding bus Nottingham

Other Vintage Buses For Wedding Hire

The RF in Gold is a magnificent wedding bus and a photographers dream. The Asquith is a much smaller bus but if you have only 8 passengers or less it is ideal and perfect choice for bridesmaids.


no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire December 6th, 2019


Possibly the most iconic mode of London Transport (along with a Black Cab) is the classic Red double deck bus – also known as the Routemaster.

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no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire November 28th, 2019

Red Routemaster Buses


Vintage and classic buses are the most popular form of wedding transport and thus you should consider booking a minimum of 12 months in advance to give yourself the best chance of securing the bus that is most suitable for your own specific requirements.

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no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire October 9th, 2019


First of all it is a good idea to understand that classic and vintage buses for wedding hire are the most popular mode of wedding transport and therefore booking as far in advance as possible is definitely a good idea to ensure that (a) you have a bus secured in the first place and (b) that you have the type/style of bus that you need.

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no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire May 11th, 2018

Vintage (and classic) buses are very much the number one most sought after mode of wedding transport right now and that trend looks like it will continue in the long term.  There is a wide range of buses that are suitable for wedding hire but what do you think of when imaging a vintage bus??
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Day Out On A Routemaster Bus

no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire January 15th, 2018

All aboard the Routemaster Bus!

On Saturday 9th December 2017 we embarked on a Bus journey to Winchester Christmas market to soak up the Christmas atmosphere, enjoy some lovely food and drink and generally just to have a good day out together.

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no comment |  Posted in:Wedding Bus Hire October 4th, 2017

There is a wide choice of classic and vintage Buses available for wedding and event hire and popularity is on the increase due to the cost effectiveness of such a vehicle.  As prices can change all the time our advice is to book early, possibly even up to a year in advance due to high demand.

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