The White Van Wedding Company will get you to your wedding in style. Whatever your wedding vibe, be it vintage, boho, rustic, festival or rock ‘n’ roll, this gorgeous split screen camper van is a fabulously fun alternative to a traditional wedding car.
We love the fact that The White Van Wedding Company is a family owned business as their service is impeccable as is their super fun VW van which has been completely professionally restored and looks amazing, such a credit to her owner Kelly.
This awesome little van can also be fully customised to compliment your wedding theme and colours with decorations and flower garlands arranged to tie in with your big day look. We think she looks fabulous decked out in festival brights, but if elegant whites and pastels are more your thing, or indeed, anything inbetween, that’s absolutely no problem.
Serving predominately the Kent and London areas, we really can’t think of a better way to arrive at your wedding. With so much more to tell us, we’ll hand you straight over to Kelly now.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
I’m Kelly, owner of The White Van since 1997. It was purchased aged 19 with money I inherited from my grandad, and in 2010 I helped fully restore it from a rotten old rust bucket.
We offer a chauffeur driven wedding car service with our 1965 VW Camper Van, covering London, Kent, Essex, Surrey and parts of Sussex. Couples can choose from a wide range of ribbons and flower garlands to customise it to suit their colour theme. I make all the garlands myself.
What motivated you to start your business?
Well that’s a long story, but in short… it wasn’t planned at all. I have a degree in Illustration, and worked in retail management for 12 years. In 2013 my life was turned upside down when a head injury left me with chronic nerve pain in my head and face, and no painkiller worked, at all. I was practically bedridden for over a year, a lot of doctors gave up on me. I wouldn’t be here today without my amazing neurologist Dr Mark Weatherall.
When I got better I realised life was too short to be working every hour under the sun in a soul destroying miserable job. I’d already restored the van in 2010, and had it resprayed in it’s original colour of Pearl White, someone said I should try wedding hire as it was the right colour… and the rest is history.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
It’s different every day, on a wedding day I’m up early and out. I like to arrive early to give the van another quick wipe over after the journey so it looks perfect. The day or night before a wedding I’ll be washing, polishing and decorating the van. On other days, I’ll be answering the phone, replying to emails, tweeting, instagramming or designing adverts.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A fully personalised and friendly service, The White Van Wedding Company is just me, so I will be there every step of the way, from phone calls, emails, to the chauffeuring on the day. And a super shiny beautiful van, that vehicle is much more than just a business to me (it’s family!), so it is exceptionally well looked after.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
Research as much as possible, check out reviews, on Facebook and Google. Photos of previous work are helpful too, then you know what to expect.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
Travelling to Westminster Abbey for a wedding was quite special, also having the VERY important task of crushing the coconut with my van at a Hindu wedding at Kew Gardens. If the coconut doesn’t break, then the marriage is doomed. Pressure or what!?
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
I have recently purchased photo booth equipment, and looking to offer a camper van photo booth soon.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
A LOT of weddings! Expansion of the business with the photo booth.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
One of my first customers inspired me a lot, his name was Steve Rawlings He achieved so much in his life, and invested in helping disadvantaged young people too.
I was very privileged to take him and his wife Miren to their wedding, it was an hour long mini road trip, and so much fun with singing along to 60s tunes and the bride getting a little drunk. They were just awesome. Sadly he had leukaemia and died a month later. I still think of them sometimes, loved those two.
All images courtesy of The White Van Wedding Company