Wheels Of Romance

Wheels Of Romance

You’ve found your prince charming, your dream gown and maybe even a tiara, but what about your chariot? Jacqueline Maya speaks with Con Servinis from JC Jags about why vintage wedding cars have withstood the test of time.

There is a reason why celebrity and everyday couples alike are still choosing to arrive at their wedding in a vintage wedding car. Kate Middleton shunned the traditional horse- drawn carriage and arrived at her wedding, which was watched by millions around the world, in a gorgeous Rolls-Royce Phantom VI and a beautiful dark blue Aston Martin DB6 Mark II Volante. You too can feel like a duchess and complete your fairy-tale wedding by travelling in style in an elegant, vintage car.

With so many different makes, models and styles available, the possibilities are endless. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Con Servinis provides Melbourne Wedding & Bride with some insight.

Things Get Better With Age

When it comes to vintage wedding cars, Servinis has been specialising in car hire for more than 24 years, so it’s safe to say he’s an expert.

“Vintage [and] classic cars are – and always have been – a very popular choice because they seem to be timeless,” he says. “No matter what year you get married, [a] vintage car [will always look wonderful].”

Vintage wedding cars are reminiscent of days gone by, and like with most things, they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. With their elegant shapes and classic lines, these vehicles aren’t just for transportation. They are works of art that tell us a story about a part of history, and for a brief moment, you’ll have the opportunity to feel like you’re part of it.

Shifting The Gears

The stretch limousine was extremely popular in the 80s – cue that scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. These days, limousines seem to have fallen by the wayside as vintage wedding cars are becoming far more popular among couples. There’s no doubt limousines are a staple wedding vehicle that will be used for years to come, however many couples have decided to take alternative car models for a spin instead.

Contrary to beliefs, vintage wedding cars are not just for brides and grooms who want to have a traditional or classic wedding. “Vintage or classic cars suit any type of wedding,” says Servinis. “From your traditional white wedding, to a themed or alternative wedding, there [are] no bounds [or] restrictions.”

Couples are also choosing vintage or classic cars for reasons that will tug at your emotional heartstrings, and what better time to get sentimental than when you’re marrying the love of your life. Couples are hiring cars that were made in the year of a late loved one’s birth as a way to include them in the momentous occasion. With a beautiful sentiment such as this, it’s no wonder why vintage wedding cars are doing burnouts around the competition.

Servinis says there are plenty of vintage cars that are readily available for couples to hire, “but the classic looks of the Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz cannot be overlooked”.

The Fantastic Four

The Jaguar

If you’re after something elegant that also has a little more room to move, you can’t go past the Jaguar MK-V. The 1950 Jaguar MK-V sedan is a four- passenger vehicle that has classically upholstered interior, deep seats and plenty of leg room. Available in white and with a traditional-polished walnut dashboard, this vehicle exudes luxury.

“[From] the curves of the car, [to its] large chrome radiator grills [and] radiator emblems like the ‘leaper’, which [is featured on various Jaguar models], [this car is a classic],” says Servinis – a fan of all things jag.

The Bentley

Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer that was founded in 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley and Horrace Millner Bentley. For those who can’t decide between black or white, the 1951 two-tone Bentley sedan is the car for you. Seating up to four passengers, this car is perfect for couples who want a roomy interior. With deep leather seats, this stylish vehicle is made for comfort!

The Rolls Royce

If you’re not an automotive expert, an identifying Rolls-Royce trademark is its ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ bonnet ornament, which replicates the form of a woman. Servinis says some other distinctive features of a Rolls Royce may include white-wall tyres and chrome bumper bars, both of which are features that just aren’t seen on many modern cars today.

For those wanting to make a statement, look no further than the 1964 Silver Cloud III. This four- seater vehicle is one of the first of its kind to feature the classic Palladian grille, which looks absolutely stunning. This exquisite car will be sure to stop traffic in its tracks!

The Mercedes Benz

Karl Benz established the Mercedes-Benz brand in 1886. For a ride that will get your heart racing, the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220s cabriolet is the perfect choice! For a timeless style, we recommend the jet-black finish with chrome detailing and red leather interior. The convertible can seat up to three passengers, so it’s perfect if the bride and groom want to share a special moment together.

All Revved Up

Now that you’re all revved up about vintage wedding cars, Servinis offers a few last words of advice to the bride and groom about hiring their dream car.

“[Make sure you] inspect the vehicle,” he says. “You need to sit in the car to see if it fits your style, suits your budget and is exactly what you are looking for.”

For all those couples who’ll tie the knot in summer, don’t forget that a vintage car is unlikely to have air- conditioning, so make sure you plan accordingly.

“[Don’t forget to bring] umbrellas and plenty of cold water,” Servinis also recommends.

One of the biggest drawcards in selecting a vintage wedding car is the ability to have it featured in your wedding photos. Servinis says most companies have a minimum hire of two to three hours, which is more than enough time to take photos.

“You really can’t go wrong when choosing a vintage [wedding] car [because] you are going to make a statement and arrive in style,” Servinis says. Excellent taste never goes out of style, and neither will a classic car.