Don’t let the chauffeur have all the fun on your wedding day


Great Escape Classic Car Hire, one of the largest self drive classic car rental companies in the UK, reports a significant increase in self drive wedding bookings compared to the same time last year. The company reports a 75% increase in this type of booking over 2008.

Self drive classic wedding car hire is the flexible and low cost alternative to hiring a chauffeur driven limousine and is proving increasing popular in these cash-strapped times. The credit crunch and the trend towards highly individual weddings appears to be behind the move towards self drive wedding car hire. Self drive gives couples the option of saloons, coupes and convertibles for transporting the Best Man and Groom and the family and bride to the church and on to the reception.

In a typical scenario the groom will hire a car like a white Jaguar E Type convertible to drive to the church with his Best Man and then whisk his wife away in it to the reception. Alongside the convertible the Bride and her Father hire a saloon, such as a Jaguar Mk2, which is driven by a family member or friend. This two-car arrangement would typically cost £700-800 with chauffeur hire but can be around half that with self drive hire. Self drive hire has the added bonus of being much more flexible because you don’t have to stick to strict waiting times. Companies like Great Escape hire their cars on a 24 hour basis so you also get plenty of time before the wedding to enjoy the cars.

“We are right at the start of the wedding booking season and already our self drive wedding bookings are much higher than the same time last year,” reports Graham Eason of Great Escape.

Great Escape operates a fleet of nearly 40 classic cars from locations in Suffolk, Worcestershire and Dorset. The company has developed its service for wedding couples to help make it even easier to build self drive hire into your big day. As well as a straightforward collection and return system from each base the company will also deliver and collect to local addresses or provide a low cost collection service after the wedding.

The Great Escape Classic Car Hire fleet includes classic cars from Aston Martin, Jaguar, Jensen, Triumph, Porsche, Rolls Royce, MG, Volkswagen, Ford, Mini and Morris. The cars range from the 1950s to 1990s and prices start at just £125.

For more information visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/ or call 01527 893733.

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