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Car tips & advice | 18.02.2014 - 15:59

Will The New DIY Approach Towards Wedding Car Hire Spell The End of the Wedding Chauffeur?

We assess whether or not the chauffeur is being muscled out of the wedding market by a new generation of do-it-yourself drivers.
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Will The New DIY Approach Towards Wedding Car Hire Spell The End of the Wedding Chauffeur?

For most people, your wedding day will be the most expensive day of your life. According to an article produced by The Daily Telegraph in May 2013, the average cost of a wedding in Britain is more than £18,000. This astounding figure means that more and more newlyweds are starting their married life more stressed and cash-strapped than ever before due to large wedding debts.

With that said, it’s no wonder more and more people are opting to ‘do it themselves’ when it comes to certain aspects of their big day. One of the most popular DIY wedding trends these days is to scrap the wedding chauffeur and opt for the self-drive wedding car hire option. This means that instead of hiring a stranger to drive you and your partner around all day, you hire the car and drive it yourself (or get one of your wedding party to do so as a favour!).

Times They Are A-Changin’

According to Great Escape, one of the largest self-drive wedding car hire fleets in the UK, there has been a 100% increase in the demand for its cars in the last year. The surge in popularity for the self-drive car hire option has even caused the company to remove its chauffeur hire option. And if that wasn’t enough evidence, Great Escape claim that some couples are booking up to two years in advance in order to secure their desired self-drive classic car.

This new trend is growing at an increasing rate seemingly because of the low cost and the ease at which engaged couples can personalise their wedding day packages online. Where the figures are concerned, the typical charge for a chauffeur-driven wedding car is around the £300 mark whilst the self-drive option typically costs less than £100. This fee also covers the use of the vehicle for a full 24 hours, making it an attractive option for those who are planning a particularly packed day of celebrations.

Which Cars Are People Hiring?

Another intriguing finding is that the DIY wedding car hire trend favours old classics like Austin Minis and Morris Minors rather than the stereotypical wedding car choices, like a Rolls Royce or Daimler.

Besides of the increased range of classic cars available to hire and drive yourself (from Aston Martins and Porsches to MGs and Jaguar E Types), the self-drive wedding car option has many benefits for the happy couple. The lower costs and longer hire periods provide couples more flexibility where the wedding schedule is concerned, this allows them increased time for longer photo shoots and thanking guests as well as trips to and from the wedding venues.

Why There Will Always be a Place for the Professional Wedding Chauffeur

On the flip side of the coin, however, there are plenty of advantages to hiring a professional wedding chauffeur. First of all, employing a chauffeur takes the pressure off and allows you to enjoy your happy day confident in the fact that a trained and experienced driver is handling the logistics. If you’re confronted with traffic problems or unexpected dramas on the morning of your wedding, having a specialist on hand to offer alternative routes will be priceless, especially if you’re working to a strict schedule.

Don’t forget that wedding chauffeurs will usually look after the vehicle for you before and during the hire period to ensure it looks its best at all times, plus most good chauffeurs will be suited and booted to add elegance and a traditional feel to your wedding photos! The key is to find a wedding chauffeur with exceptional local knowledge, a great attention to detail and a sparkling personality who will contribute to your wedding and help make it a truly memorable occasion for you, your partner and your bridal party.

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