Do you want to save on costs for your nuptials by using your own car to get to and from venues? Or perhaps you’re helping out a friend or family member by offering to drive them in your vehicle on their big day?
Either way, if your car will be involved in a wedding, it’s wise to take a few steps in the lead-up to the special event.
Wash and Clean Inside the Vehicle
Start by washing your vehicle to look shiny, well-cared for, and as good as possible. Take the time to scrub the wheels, clean the inside of windows, and wax and polish all the external paintwork of the car to get it looking its best. Use quality cleaning tools, and dry the vehicle thoroughly when you’re done so the paintwork doesn’t show streaks.
Plus, vacuum the inside of the car and install an air freshener, as needed. The time spent on these tasks will help the car to show well in wedding photographs and please the bride and groom and their bridal party.
Check the Spare Tire and Inflate All Tires
You never know when you might hit a nail or other debris on the road or when some other tire problem may occur, so checking the spare tire for your car is vital. Ensure it’s in its place in the boot (or another spot) of your vehicle and that it’s in decent condition that will get you where you’re going on the day of the wedding if it needs to be utilized.
Plus, take the time to check the air pressure on all the tires to see if they’re inflated enough. Most cars have a sticker inside the driver’s area that mentions the recommended tire pressure, or you’ll find details in the owner’s manual. Get tires inflated as needed, as avoiding this job can mean that under-inflated tires overheat and may lead to a blowout when you’re on the highway.
Also, if you plan to purchase new tires just before the wedding because the current ones are getting too bald, get a wheel alignment done simultaneously so you know the car will be steering smoothly.
Test the Air Conditioning
You’ll want to ensure the bride and groom or bridal party, parents of the happy couple, etc., who travel in your car feel comfortable, temperature-wise. As such, if the wedding is in the summer or even the fall or spring when it can still get hot, you need to test the air conditioning in advance. Ensure it’s working correctly, especially if you haven’t used it for months over the winter. Run the air conditioning for a little while to see if the air comes out cold or not.
If it doesn’t, or the machine won’t turn on, you hear strange noises or smell bad smells, or otherwise note problems, it’s wise to inspect the machine or have a mechanic do it. The A/C system may have a leak, need a good clean, require recharging, or have other issues that need attention. If you want to take care of this job yourself, you’ll want to purchase special AC tools to help you complete each step.
Other maintenance tasks to handle to prepare your vehicle for a wedding include changing air filters, topping up coolant, replacing old windscreen wipers, and changing the oil.
Personalize the Inside of the Car
Next, it’s nice to personalize the inside of the car for the couple you plan to transport and help them feel even more special on their big day. For example, you could tie up some ribbons that match the theme and colors of the couple’s wedding, place a photograph of the pair somewhere in the vehicle, or set them up with a bottle of sparkling wine and some glasses they can use to have a toast as they get driven along.
Decorate the Outside of the Car
Of course, one of the significant traditions when it comes to wedding transport is the external decorations of a vehicle. If you want to have a little fun and bring a smile to the special couple’s faces when they go to get in your transport, it’s worth taking some time to add some memorable extra touches on the outside.
The ideas are many and varied. For example, you could tie tin cans to the back of the car, a “Just Married” sign, a wreath of flowers, or some ribbons or blown-up balloons to it.
By following all the tips listed above, you’ll help make a wedding day much more thrilling for the couple saying “I Do” and make yourself proud of your car and your efforts.