It’s not every day I get excited about a train. Well actually I’ve never got excited about a train until now. I’ve been chatting with the lovely Russell of Lake and Land Train Hire who has a super cute land train that can be hired for weddings and events.
Russell tells me “the train is fully road legal so it can go on public highway” (you just need to get a vehicle special order) meaning you can get guests from Church to reception in the most fun and unique way ever. The Land Train has two carriages which can seat around 36 passengers.
The cost of hire is £1995 for one day with an additional £900 for an extra day. This cost includes delivery, all fuel, insurance and a qualified Driver plus your very own Conductor. The cost is slightly less if you just need one carriage. For a full quote email the man himself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don’t know anything about how cars work. Not a thing. But it doesn’t take a mechanical genius to love a magical, chauffeur driven ride in Shooffeur’s classic 1950’s saloon. The car is stunning and the very lovely husband and wife team, owners Elaine and Michael, will look after every little detail for you, from making sure the car is beautifully decorated with ribbon to having your complimentary champagne perfectly chilled. All ready for you to glide to your reception in fine vintage form!
Based in Whitstable, Elaine tells us “our special chauffeur service has evolved from a real passion and nostalgia for classic cars. We’ve had some beauties and our 1953 Citroën Traction Avant Light 15, Lottie, is our latest love. Fully restored, this beautiful car is spotless throughout. Upholstered in tan, with wool carpets, gorgeous wood trim, and a sun roof to view the stars, she really is the business!”.
Appearing in film classics such as James Bond and the Adventures of Tin Tin, as well as being a favourite of the French Resistance, this car can seriously add a touch of personality to your day – and make for great photos too! Plus Shooffeur are offering our blog readers an exclusive discount of 10% if you book before the end of July 2013.
Let’s face it weddings aren’t cheap. If you’re the Bride & Groom you’re expected to fork out to make your day perfect but now even attending a wedding can be an major exercise in budget control. From the present, to the new outfit, a possible overnight hotel stay and then attending the stag or hen do and you’re looking at a whopping £500 plus just to turn up. So as your guests have really gone to a lot of effort before they arrive try to avoid these five things that will strike fear into their little happy wedding hearts:
1. “I’m Hungry”
Think about the timing of your wedding and when food and drink will be available. Starting a wedding between 12noon and 2pm will mean guests have probably been rushing to make it there and not had much time to think about lunch. If you can provide a little snack or at the very least a drink on arrival or directly after the ceremony then do it. It doesn’t have to be alcohol or canapes! Use your imagination and check out our previous post for hints and tips.
2. “I can’t afford an Xbox”
Expensive wedding gifts always grind with guests. No-one likes a greedy pants and putting personal gifts like the latest games consule or GHD’s on a wedding list can look a bit off, as does a gift list with a minimum present price of over £100. Make sure you mix the list up a bit with gifts of varying prices or use a Honeymoon payment scheme so guests can donate what they want and help you to have fun as you start your married life.
3. “I think I’ve missed the last train”
If your wedding is out in the sticks or a long way from public transport then you will need to think about making sure your guests can have a good time and get home safely. Hiring a bus (red or otherwise) to take guests on mass back to a town centre or local hotel would be fantastic but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far at the very least make sure you book some cabs in advance. That way guests aren’t left without a ride home as sleeping in the Church generally isn’t an option.
4. “Urgh how do you spell C-o-n-g-r-a-t-s”
It never fails to raise a quiet chuckle when you pass around the “Guest Book” and see the looks you get. It ranges from a ‘kill me now I have literally nothing to say’ to ‘yes I’m taking it from you but I’m going to pass it on quickly when I think no-one is looking”. There’s nothing worse than having to write something heart felt and witty into a book once you’ve drunk half your body weight in wine. There’s loads more options out there now from Polaroid Camera Pictures hanging on a washing line, to finger print trees and Quiz books about the Bride and Groom to help your guests along a bit. Much more original and much more fun.
5. “I’ve think my feet have frozen off”
This is a pet hate, maybe because I should only really ever live in the Caribbean, but I hate being cold. To be MADE to get cold is even worse. If you’re having a Winter wedding make sure your venue won’t shove your guests outside in the driving rain or snow whilst rooms are being changed around. If you’re having your ceremony in a Church check with Father George that it’s alright to have the heating on so your guests feet don’t get frozen to the floor. English Summer weddings will also have the chilly evenings to contend with so how about having some wraps or blankets on hand. That way your guests can get nice and toasty and still feel the warm glow of your wedding long into the night.
Remember if you look after your guests first, everything else will fall into place and your suppliers will also be more than happy to bend over backwards to make sure your guests get the best service possible.
Featured Image: Frank Amodo
I just love a London bus. Perhaps it’s because they remind me of all the exciting places they took me when I was little, or when I was a tad bit older, how they always managed to get me back home again! But even if you aren’t a Londoner I bet you still can’t look at one without feeling bright, cheery and full of fun. Perhaps this is why the London Bus has become the transport of choice at many weddings and continues to grow in popularity for the best way to get your guests from A to B and back again.
To book your bus go to The London Bus Company, based near Dartford in Kent. They have buses in all shapes and sizes and will make your big bus wedding the most fun ever!
Many thanks to fabulous photographer Michael Cockerham for the use of his images.
Photos © Michael Cockerham