Every bride wants to leave the wedding reception with a grand exit. You've had fun all evening. Now it is time for the big exit with all of your family and friends! Just keep a few things in mind as you plan for your grand exit.
1. If you plan to leave in a classy old vintage car, you will need to book early! There are limited numbers of these cars available, so don't hesitate on making a decision.
2. If you are only going a short distance from your reception to your hotel, the price of your get-away car will still be the same, so plan to ride around a bit too fully enjoy the car and unwind a bit before heading to your hotel.
3. If you are staying at the same hotel as your reception, consider the use of a get-away car to ride you around to give your guests time to leave the hotel reception.
4. If you are not planning a send-off, it just doesn't make sense to use a get-away car. Leaving your reception in a standard town car or even a taxi will do.
5. Make sure your photographer has proper lighting equipment for night photos so can get good pictures of your wedding reception exit and the get-away car.
6. The get-away car is often overlooked or evening forgotten, so it is best to book your get-away car at the same time you book your reception venue. You will have enough information at that time to secure a firm reservation.
7. Vintage cars have limited trunk space or no trunk at all. So, if you are planning to fly out of town on your honeymoon after the reception, get your luggage to the hotel ahead of time. In fact, it is a good idea to check into your honeymoon hotel to get dress and leave from there to the wedding.
8. Wedding days are long! Often 8am to 12midnight. That's 16 hours of activity, so pace yourself. Keep plenty of snacks and refreshments around. You will need to stay hydrated and keep your energy up.
9. Make sure you share your get-away car reservation and plans with your wedding planner early. If there are last minute changes, they may not be able to accommodate them due to other reservation conflicts. Remember, you are only renting the car for a couple of hours and other brides have rented the same car for a different time that same evening.
10. Make sure you and your photographer get some very good photos of you and the car. Not just you in the car. Having only photos of the bride and groom sitting in the back seat of some car is just poor photography, unless you are leaving your reception in a town car or taxi, then it doesn't matter.