New wedding car hire packages for 2013

Great Escape Classic Car Hire has improved its self drive wedding car hire packages to help couples tying the knot in 2013.  The new services are designed to make it easier and simpler to fit self drive wedding car hire into their wedding plans by offering greater flexibility when booking the car.

Great Escape hires more self drive wedding cars to couples than any other company and has used this experience to look at ways to improve its service for wedding couples.  The company has introduced several new services to achieve this, including flexible collection and return times, a 1.5 day hire package and a delivery and collection service. 

Self drive wedding car hire is becoming increasingly popular because it is cheaper and better value than chauffeur hire and avoids the Government’s proposed changes to chauffeur wedding car hire licencing.  However, traditionally wedding couples have been stuck with working their hire around classic car hire companies’ normal hire packages, which often don’t suit couples who need extra flexibilty due to their commitments and schedule around the wedding day.  This has either meant they can’t hire a self drive car or they are stuck paying for extra hire time that they don’t need.

Great Escape Classic Car Hire’s solution to this problem is to introduce three new services for wedding couples:

1. 1.5 day hire package

Traditional 24 hr classic car hire packages don’t work for wedding couples as it means collecting the car on the morning of the wedding, bringing the car back straight after the wedding or early the morning after, none of which is ideal.  As couples are usually working to a tight budget Great Escape now offers a 1.5 day package, that enables them to collect the car on the afternoon before the wedding and return it by lunchtime on the day after.  This solution keeps the price lower than the full 48 hour hire price, gives flexibility to fit around the rest of the wedding schedule and provides more time to get familiarised with and enjoy the car.

2. Flexible collection and return times

Great Escape’s normal collection and return times are 5pm to 5pm.  Wedding couples who book in advance get extra flexibility, enabling them to pick up earlier or up to 7pm. 

3. Delivery and collection service

Most Great Escape sites provide a delivery and collection service that can work out more convenient and in some cases cheaper than hiring the car for more than 24 hours.  Delivery and collection means you don’t need to travel to one of our 11 sites but is usually only cost effective within a 50 mile radius of the collection site.

Alongside these new services Great Escape also offers the option to add a second driver for £25 – this person, who may be a Best Man or Father of the Bride, can return the car on the day after the wedding so that the bride and groom don’t need to.

“More and more couples are choosing self drive wedding car hire,” explains Graham Eason of Great Escape.  “Traditionally the main hurdle has been the logistics – these new services solve that problem by providing more flexibility for couples and a way to keep the costs down.”

Great Escape Classic Car Hire has a choice of over 80 classic cars for hire including coupes, convertibles and saloons from the 1950s to 2000s.  The cars are ideal for use as bridal cars or groom cars.  To find out more visit

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