Wedding Transport & Travel Between Venues
I covered the bridal arrivals in an earlier chapter but here I’m going deeper into popular modes of transport used for weddings and how I go about photographing it. So this chapter delves into ways guests can get efficiently from A to B when schedules and timings are tight. Where there’s often 100+ guests to ferry between wedding venues in a small time-frame this can seem a logistical nightmare. But there are ways to ease the transition.
A Short Interlude in the Day
There’s sometimes a break in proceedings as the bridal party and their guests move on elsewhere for the reception and wedding breakfast. Often, the same venue hosts the ceremony and reception. In this case much of this does not apply (so turn to Chapter 9). But where wedding ceremonies are either register office or church based, there is a need to efficiently move on.
The photographer has several options during travel time between venues… If they are driving, they will have their own transport and can travel independently (in which case some of this doesn’t apply). Personally, I don’t drive to weddings as it frees me up to concentrate more on the photography at this time. Whether I travel with the couple or guests or both, I enjoy the freedom to continuing shooting the day as it unfolds.
Routemaster Buses for Efficient Travel
I often find myself boarding a red Routemaster bus. A popular option to transport many guests easily, the Routemaster enables me to take some fun and natural shots of the journey. I’m usually allowed to move around between floors and try to take photos of everyone on board. This is the time that the majority of official duties are over, so everyone relaxes and there’s often a crate of Champagne.
Tip: Hire a bus for your guests and have the driver take a tour round some popular landmarks (easier in big cities such as London and Cardiff). This gives you extra time alone or for some couples portraits. It will also be nice for the guests particularly if they are from out of town. Ensure there is alcohol on-board to start the party early! Of course, you could always travel with them too so as not to miss out on the fun.
On the Move in the Bridal Car
If the bride arrives at the ceremony in a Rolls-Royce or other vintage/classic car, it’s a shame not to utilise the vehicle later on so that the Groom can enjoy it too. Many couples hire their wedding car to stay with them until they reach the reception venue and then allow time for a few portraits with it too.
Sometimes we can stop off en route to get some posed and natural shots of them together. We may pass many attractive backdrops for this or can take a detour somewhere local. Plan a route somewhere that means something special to you as a couple, but do check this is OK with your driver beforehand. The chauffeur is usually happy to help with this, and I am only too happy to travel in style.
The Register Office Taxi
Short weddings at register offices often see the couple at the side of the road hailing a taxi or three. This happens a lot in London. Usually, the reception is only a short drive down the King’s Road but the taxi is preferable to walking when you’re wearing a wedding dress.
So, there are many options for your wedding photography travel. I’ve listed a few here, but there are numerous ways to reflect your personalities through your choice of wedding transport. If you need to move around on your day, it’s well worth putting some thought into.
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