How much should I spend on wedding transport?

If you’re looking for the perfect way to arrive in style at your wedding, then you’ll be able to find your perfect transport match in our directory. But what you might still be asking yourself is how much you should budget for that amazing ride.

Of course, your wedding car cost, or the cost of your wedding day transport, will shift depending on what you need on the day. How many cars you want to hire, how many people you’re transporting, or how long you want to hire them for will all come into play. But, like all areas of wedding planning, we find that the best way to get an idea is to chat to those who have done it before!

Once you’ve set your wedding budget and thought about what you need from your wedding transport, it’s time to take a look at what couples have done in the past to give you an idea of how much you can expect to spend.

The average cost of wedding cars and transport in Australia

According to our 2019 Australian Wedding Industry Report, the average couple in Australia will spend $1,295 on the transport for their wedding day.

This has gone up 12% since 2018, but don’t be alarmed. Rather than just being a rise in costs, this can be put down to more couples hiring 4 or more cars in 2019 than those in 2018.

If you’re looking for an idea of how much you should spend in each state, take a look at the average cost in different areas of Australia. Depending on which state you’re based in could be the difference of more than $500 to the state average!


How many wedding cars will you book for your wedding day?

Victoria – $1,290

New South Wales – $1,524

Queensland – $918

South Australia – $1,098

Western Australia – $1,121

Australian Capital Territory – $1,275

(If you’re based out of Tasmania or the Northern Territory, take a look at the national average to work out how much you should be spending on your special day.)

How many cars should I hire?

To give you a bit of an idea, nearly half of all couples hire just one car for their wedding day. This has gone up since 2018, from 40% to 46%. This might be a single-car taking one of them to the ceremony, or they could be hiring the one car to pick them up at separate times from separate locations.

33% of couples will hire two cars for their big day. 10% of couples will then hire three cars, with 11% deciding to hire four.

Think about who will need to be transported on your wedding day to decide how many cars you want to hire, or even what style of transport you’ll need. Are you travelling with your entire wedding party? Are your parents coming too? Will your future spouse be arriving at a similar time from a completely different location? These are all questions to consider before deciding how many cars, and how many seats, you need on your big day.

What style of car or transport should I choose?

Wedding themes and styles change for each wedding, so make sure you choose a mode of transport that is going to suit you and your spouse-to-be.

A good option could be a vintage car. This is preferred by 30% of couples and can come in a wide range of styles to suit your wedding, from a vintage Mustang all the way through to an old school kombi van.

The next popular car style is a classic car. If you’re having a luxury, traditional, or classic wedding this could be the option for you, like it has been for 23% of couples before you.

19% of couples choose a limousine for their wedding car. Limousines are a great option if you’re transporting a lot of people from a single location, as they can work out more cost-effective than hiring several cars.

18% of couples then opt for a modern mode of transport, while 5% choose a hot rod and another 5% opt for a sports car.

That said, there are so many other transport options you can consider for your big day! Want to arrive by air? Hire a helicopter! Having a beach or island wedding? Sweep in on a speed boat. Vespas, buses or a horse and carriage are just some more ways you can explore this option. Whatever your vibe, you do you and pick something that will help you arrive in your own style! 

What to look for in a transport provider

If you haven’t already been looking at reviews for your suppliers, now is the time to start! Reviews are the best way to get an idea of how a vendor acts on the day and how they interact with their other couples.

The first thing to look for is clean and well-presented vehicles. Whatever this is, previous couples have said this is one of their favourite things about wedding transport providers!

Flexibility when it comes to those pickups and dropoffs is also ideal. Again, this can be particularly useful if you’re using the same car to pick yourself and your future spouse up from different locations at different times. It can also be useful if you have more than a single stop for the car on the way, or you’re keeping your car for your transport between ceremony and reception as well.

Also, keep an eye out for reviews on the actual drivers themselves. Friendly, knowledgable, well-presented drivers are key, but when they’re also unobtrusive it’s a bonus! Having a driver who knows where they’re going and doesn’t need to interrupt you, while still being friendly and helpful, will help reduce your stress levels on the day.

When it comes to what to avoid with your transport providers, check for reviews based on presentation and directions. Not knowing the best direction to the wedding venue, getting lost, or forgetting details such as ribbons on cars could leave you feeling frustrated on the most important day of your life.

Ready to arrive at your wedding in style? Find your perfect limo, hot rod, Vespa, helicopter or otherwise on the directory. 

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