Celebrate in classic style
Those who watched last month's British royal wedding will have seen Prince William and Catherine Middleton drive around in style. The bride arrived at Westminster Abbey in the quintessential British car, a 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. With the knot tied, the couple left in a 109-year-old open-topped horse-drawn carriage on their way to Buckingham Palace. Finally, the new Duke of Cambridge drove his duchess in a vintage drop-top Aston Martin DB6 Volante.
Many brides and grooms-to-be are opting for luxury vehicles to impress family and friends, and if you have your sights on a Rolls-Royce, Classic Rolls Travel Service (www.classicrolls.com.hk) has one of the largest fleets in the city. Managing director Stephen Mok says its most popular car is the 1960s Silver Cloud II. 'We painted the body purple and pink, which is the favourite colour [combination] of our market.'
One organised couple have reserved the Silver Cloud II two years in advance, Mok says. 'Our vehicles are limited editions, so once a couple see it, they love it and don't want anyone else to take it.'
For a classic Rolls-Royce, prices start at about HK$5,000 for the first three hours and HK$1,200 for each additional hour. If you want a particular model, it'll set you back a further HK$2,000.
While some 40 per cent of Classic Rolls Travel Service's business comes from referrals, another 40 per cent stems from partnerships with 4- and 5-star hotels. Mok says couples booking 20 tables for the wedding banquet may receive a complimentary Rolls-Royce for three hours. But if your heart is set on a classic you have a priority to upgrade with an additional fee.
Marketing assistant Dior Wong, at Jubilee International Tour Centre (www.jubilee.com.hk), says: 'For a traditional Chinese ceremony, all eyes are on the couple as they drive from the bride's home to the groom's, so they are willing spend money on an expensive car.'
With a range of vehicles, including a pink Rolls-Royce, red Bentley and silver Mercedes-Benz, Jubilee also offers brides and grooms-to-be a London taxi. Five London cab models can be found on the streets of Hong Kong and Wong says that 'some people want something more interesting than a classic car for their wedding'.