Hiring a routemaster for your wedding might have become a cliché for London weddings but it is still the best way to transport your guests from your ceremony venue to your wedding reception venue. Wedding routemasters are actually quite an attraction for many guests who have come from all over the country and even from abroad for the occasion. I have seen many guests – and not just children – more excited about the routemaster ride than the actual event itself! I suppose red routemasters symbolise London as much as Big Ben does. Plus there must be something exciting about being on a vintage bus driving with an open door!
Over the years I have had the opportunity to ride these wedding buses many times and here are a couple of things from my experience that might be of interest to you if you are planning to hire a wedding routemaster for your big day.
- Many couples think that it might be a good idea to have a tour of the city to entertain their guests. Well, anyone living in London knows that traffic in the capital can be hell even on a Saturday and no one enjoys being stuck on a bus – even a vintage one – for long. So, if on your journey to your wedding reception venue, the driver can drive past some of the city landmarks, by all means, include them in your plans however I would advise you not to go out of your way to catch a glance of the Parliament. You could waste a serious amount of time on a day when things go very quickly except maybe traffic…
- Some couples imagine it would be great to stop in front of a landmark for portraits or even group shots. Just forget it. Firstly, it might be very tricky for the bus to be able to stop close enough to the actual monument. Secondly, you are likely to have tourists on your photos. Thirdly, the whole experience will probably take a lot more time than expected.
- You might want to make your guest journey more relaxing by having some music played - some buses actually come equipped with a sound system and even some cool lighting!
- Last but not least, in my experience, as soon as the wedding ceremony is over, both the couple and their guests have only one wish: to get a drink. So why not organise the first toast on the routemaster? It will definitely make people more relaxed and put them in the mood for celebration.
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