Oh the adventure
Now many things on a wedding day can be unpredictable, but there’s nothing quite like transport that can really put a spanner in the works.
Ohh the stories I can tell! Now if you do have a Wedding Planner then listen to their advice, if not then please ask in the forums for recommendations. It shouldn’t be a difficult decision, whether you put your hands in your pocket a little deeper for the reputable company you’ve had recommended. Or you spend fifty euros less and end up with an old minibus from a friend of the local barman rather than the luxury wheels you were promised. It’s not worth the risk.
One of my worst experiences as a Wedding Planner (you like reading about these right?!) was when clients of ours decided not to go with either of the companies we had recommended, they said the quotes we had found were too expensive and they had found their own alternative company, and booked all the minibuses for the day.
Now picture this, a very hot summers day at Senhora Da Rocha (which is a beautiful clifftop with no shade but a wonderful view), the couple have gone off for their pictures, it’s one hour after the ceremony and little old me has 140 sweaty and uncomfortable guests giving me the death stare, wondering why I still haven’t got coaches there to whisk them off to the luxury villa for the champagne reception as they’d all kill for a canapé, another thirty minutes and I feel they might take a bite out of me.
Of course I called the contact number the newlyweds had given me, again and again, and again, and again…
When I finally got through to someone the lady said “Oh that wedding, well we gave the couple two quotes, one with the return journey and one just the single trip to Senhora Da Rocha and they went with the cheaper option. Sorry we have nothing booked for them”
Haha, and you thought being a Wedding Planner was a glamorous job right? You just walk around with a headset on and watch the magic unfold. Jennifer Lopez sold you the airbrushed filtered job role don’t be fooled.
By chance this was the one day I’d asked Jane to swap locations with me so I could see the ceremony, ohh I was very envious of her doing the set up back at the villa believe me! The best the transport company could do was send me two coaches so I still had a lot of people on my hands, I called every taxi company in the area and asked them to send all available vehicles.
Now I didn’t mention the location of the villa did I? It’s the most beautiful, secluded, river side villa, which of course can only be accessed down a bumpy dirt track with very tight bends, the large coaches couldn’t get anywhere near to it. This meant Jane had to be on standby at the villa with her trusty Ford Fiesta to shuttle guests up and down, not the most glamorous of entrances but we got everyone there.
Do learn from us, if you’re going to be taking your car to a wedding always get it valeted first, you never know who might be climbing in there.
Algarve Classic Cars are a fabulous company to work with, Luis has been chauffeuring newlyweds around for years. Then of course the other beauty pictured up there is Bluebell the VW camper, definitely one to be booked by the boho brides!