Have Taxi – Will Travel!

There are a few reasons why Wedding Car companies tend to operate in relatively small geographical areas, local to their base. For one, many Wedding Cars tend to be old classic vehicles and there’s a need to protect them and keep the mileage as low as possible. We know of one company which takes its precious car close to the pick up point on a trailer and then loads it up again after the wedding.

Because Betty’s unique in the region, we get enquiries from all parts of the East and West Midlands, and as she’s designed to cope with a lot of mileage, (up to a million miles was the original brief, apparently), we’re happy to travel further afield within reason, and not just close to home.

This was emphasised during our last three weddings, as one was right on our doorstep from start to finish, another was all in and around Lincoln, and the other one was a mixture of the two – a pick up close to home and travelling to the venue some way away in Mansfield.


The last of these was the wedding of the lovely Laura & John.  The pick up address was in Risley, which is just up the road from our home (and Betty’s) in Long Eaton, and the wedding venue was Mansfield Manor Hotel, which funnily enough is in Mansfield!


The lucky couple won the use of Betty in our Prize Draw at Colwick Hall last year. They’d made other arrangements for the Bride’s transport, but happily .accepted Betty as a means of getting the Bridesmaids to the venue.


Unfortunately for everyone, given the wonderful summer we’ve had, it rained on their day and no-one was lingering outside for photos, and we weren’t able to get any of the Bride or Groom with Betty, and just this rather poor quality one of the Bride with her Bridesmaids.


Next up was the wedding of the lovely Kelly & Craig, which all took place locally, with a pick up in Beeston and the wedding and reception in The Village Hotel, Chilwell.


red carpet

For their wedding we were back to taking the Bridal party to the venue, and the weather was back to being good. At least on the outside, Kelly was at the relaxed end of the Bridal stress spectrum and took it all in her stride, including the red carpet being laid out for her on her arrival.



The wonderful Attenborough Nature Reserve is just by their Hotel, so we took the couple and their photographer there for photos after their wedding, and then back to the hotel for them to enjoy the rest of their first day as Husband & Wife.

The total mileage from and back to our base was 11, yes eleven!


In complete contrast was the wedding of the lovely, Zoe-Nicole & John, which from our base and back was 130 miles in total.


Betty had an early start to get to the pick up point in Heighington near Lincoln, to collect first of all some family members, and then the Bride and her Mother & Father. The Mother of the Bride is confined to a wheelchair, so Betty’s inbuilt wheelchair ramp was used once more at a wedding. With the wheelchair securely in place, there was still room in the rear cab for the Bride and her Father.

Zoe Church

It was a Church wedding this time and what a gorgeous Church it was in the nearby village of Washingborough. We were all treated to the bells being rung after the wedding too, which is a bit of a rarity at weddings these days.


What followed was a lovely journey through Lincoln, going right past the famous Cathedral, where another wedding was taking place, and on to Hackthorn Hall Estate, where the couple were holding their reception in the Walled Garden.

All in all, more variety for Betty and she’s looking forward to even more over the coming weeks!

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Have Car Will Travel!

For our most recent wedding, we traveled out of our normal East Midlands comfort zone and went within sniffing distance of Birmingham! Not that this was a problem for Betty as she spent her first 15 years doing what she does best in London.

The wedding of the lovely Georgia and Danny took place in the Sutton Coldfield area, and with the Bride being collected from Little Aston, and taken to nearby Four Oaks, it was a pleasant mix of rural, and leafy suburbs.

As it was another Spring wedding, the weather had to poke its nose in and with rain forecast for most of the day, I made sure the umbrellas and car cleaning kit were on board.  Betty will always leave home in tip top condition, but after an hour’s traveling in poor weather, she always needs at least a good rub down on arrival.


Once again we were to take the Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride first and then return for the Bride and her Father.

Fortunately, by the time of the first journey, the rain was little more than a drizzle, although the umbrellas were used to make sure the fabulous dresses of the Bridesmaids were protected.


The ceremony was at All Saints Church, Four Oaks, which has an interesting drop off point right on a busy crossroads and with just a small space by the war memorial to pull in to. Opening the driver’s door into traffic was challenging, but the Vicar confirmed I was doing the right thing!


And then it was the turn of Georgia and her Father, and a more relaxed Bride so close to a wedding you’d be hard put to find. As with her Bridesmaids, she looked fabulous and by this time it was dry enough not to need the umbrellas for her short walk to the Church door.

At the rear of the Church is the Church Centre, which operates as a community centre. I drove around to park there until after the ceremony just as a children’s martial arts class was kicking out. The car park, which was already full of wedding guests’ cars, had to deal with a sudden rush of luxury 4 x 4s and sleek limos, as the little darlings were collected and unsurprisingly, gridlock ensued! However, it was all very civilised and no horns were leant on or voices raised!


Fortunately, they’d dispersed in time for me to get Betty back in place by the war memorial before the newly married couple came out for their photos, and the rain was so light that nobody was bothered by it. Betty had had another wipe down during the ceremony and was ready for the onward journey.


The reception was held at ‘Alrewas Hayes Exclusive Countryside Venue’ and was on the way back home for Betty.

Georgia and new hubby Danny, were very friendly and chatty and had a great time playing their music and having some bubbly from a very glittery bottle. A few guests overtook us on the dual carriageway, as Betty doesn’t do speed, and this time horns were honked and quick photos of the couple taken through the windows!

It was our first wedding at this venue but it looked great with a Country House entrance which leads through to a huge permanent marquee at the rear. No doubt they all had a great time and partied hard! It was a real pleasure for us to play our part in their special day!

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Spring Weddings, and Bonkers Weather!

“Spring is sprung the grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is!”

Well, the birds are arriving now and we know Spring is here because of the extremely fluctuating weather typical of this season. It’s that time of year where on the same day you can see some people in shorts and flip-flops and others well wrapped up against the cold, and probably both getting it right!

Our two most recent couples experienced vastly different weather conditions for their respective weddings which were just over a week apart.


The first couple, the lovely Beth & Sam, caught the wrong end of the weather spectrum as on the day of their wedding at Shottle Hall, it was very cold and with a howling wind. However, even this was a lot better than the previous week when we did the dummy run to check out the route, as on that day it snowed and the road was even flooded in parts!



We were hired to take the Bridesmaids, who looked wonderful in Rose Gold, and then return for Beth and her Mother. We were due to stay until after the ceremony so the couple could have photos with Betty. The howling wind and freezing temperature did their worst as the couple and guests emerged for the group photos and after probably half an hour of their suffering, Helen, the Mother of the Bride came to tell me that it was OK for me to leave as the couple had had enough and were frozen to the bone and needed to get inside to thaw out! I can’t say I blame them!


Compare and contrast their experience with what happened just a few days later. For the week after Beth & Sam’s wedding, we were getting the year’s first appearance of “The UK will be hotter than…” This time the sad loser was Greece, as our swiftly arriving heatwave would put the Hellenic Republic’s acclaimed climate in its place. And so it turned out, and white legs were everywhere and BBQ smoke was in the air, as we embraced the long overdue sunshine!

Cue the wedding of the lovely Kat & John. The very high temperatures of the midweek had eased a bit leaving ideal wedding day conditions, as it was still very warm, dry and with no wind! Whatever else happened on their day, they’d really hit the weather jackpot!

They were married at St Francis of Assisi Church in their and our own home town of Long Eaton, which was to be followed by their reception at Loughborough Grammar School.



Again we were to take the Bridesmaids first, and they too looked wonderful with a very retro look, and Betty was wearing purple ribbons to match their dresses. We then returned to take Kat & her Father, and Long Eaton’s notorious Saturday gridlock problems didn’t quite catch us out!


One unusual aspect of this wedding on our doorstep, was that due to them having a small reception at the Church after the ceremony and before moving on to the School, I was able to return home for a while after dropping them off, which was a first!


This was our first wedding of the year where the air conditioning was needed and the heater wasn’t on full blast like just over a week earlier!

Both of our couples were delightful, both Brides looked amazing in their dresses, and both days were very enjoyable for us. The weather did what it did, but we’re unlikely to see such contrasting weather again in two weddings so close together.

Although, this is the UK…

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