While riding in a limousine or fancy convertible rental car is nice for some, it’s kind of getting old, don’t you think? Why not go retro with a more charming, and not to mention, ‘green’ way of getting around on your wedding day? You’ll have crowds watching as you go by and your guests will fall to the ground with laughter at all the fun they’ll be having with your unconventional mode of transportation. Here are some ideas, just imagine yourself in them, and think of the benefits to planet earth!
A horse and carriage – remember always wanting to be just like Cinderella on your wedding day? How about one of Jane Austen’s characters? Well you can! Horses aren’t that hard to find, even in the city, and old-fashioned carriages are still strolling along streets, especially in touristy areas (visited Victoria, B.C. lately?). Check out your local tour guide companies for this type of service. Best part is, they can be used in any weather because of the canopy over your head! (Take a bamboo throw with you to keep warm in case you’re having a fall or winter wedding!)
Horseback – take the previous idea a step further, and play like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride by going directly on the horse’s back! How romantic would that be – a country wedding where the two of you run off together, alone….
Elephant – seriously, the Indians do it all the time for their celebrations! Consider this one for cultural or culturally mixed weddings. It will go great with your theme!
Rickshaw bike ride – this is a total must, especially if you’re having a European-style wedding. While riding the bike yourself won’t agree with your flowing dress, you can hire a driver to do it for you as you squeeze comfortably in the back pedicab. These rides can be pricey, since you’re basically hiring a tour guide by the hour, but may be worth the budget!
Bus, train and tram – this might sound cheap to some, but just imagine how much fun your guests will have in their fancy clothes drawing a spectacle to the public as they line up to load the bus or train and spread their celebratory cheers the whole way to your wedding venue. Imagine the beautiful photograph shots you’ll get. You can even lead a trail behind you in your white dress! Carry your ‘just married’ sign on the groom’s back for extra humour. Better than honking horns at a car dressed in fake flowers…
Scooter – whether we’re talking about the kind you push along with your feet or the kind that look like mini motorcycles, both are better for the planet and will be a fun way to spread your cheer in public, just like the bus idea :)
Paddle boat – A canoe or row boat (or those Italian canal-ride boats) will be so romantic, not to mention different, but will only work if you live near water and the water route is actually on the way to your venue…
Walk – the simplest of all ‘green’ ideas! If you have your wedding venue close to home, and your reception close to the ceremony, there won’t even be a need for pollution-causing cars. Enjoy the day, and your exercise!
If you must, take a hybrid – if there is absolutely no way around it, it’s raining outside and there are pebbles on the road that will stop you from taking a bike or a horse, or perhaps mud on the ground that will ruin your dress, then why not go as eco-friendly as possible by using a hybrid vehicle or electric powered car? Better than nothing! (though not as fun, we must admit).
Happy eco riding to your wedding! Let us know how it went!