UK’s first drive-through wedding service marries couples who had to delay their big day


Lucie Hacq and Charles Langevin kiss after tying the knot (Picture: PA)

Thousands of couples have felt the disappointment and heartbreak of having to delay or cancel their wedding day because of the pandemic.

But now there’s a super quick alternative for people to get hitched in a convenient and hassle-free way. Without even leaving their cars.

Five couples tied the knot at the UK’s first drive-through wedding service after their big days were postponed. The pairs used the drive-through, launched by ride-hailing app Free Now, and got married in black cabs.

Couples were either nominated by friends or by themselves, and they had to explain why they deserved to be picked for the novel wedding service.

Lucie Hacq and Charles Langevin, Jonny Johnson and Sara Martin, Francesca Stokes and Peter Lipton and Fatima Bajwa and Jahanzeb Khan were among the first couples to get married using the drive-through.

The unique ceremonies took place at Boundary Gardens in East London, and the couples enjoyed a quiet ceremony after exchanging their vows and sealing the deal with a kiss.   

During coronavirus three-quarters of all planned UK weddings were postponed. (Picture: PA)

The grooms travelled to the venue in black cabs, while the brides were picked up by white private hire vehicles commissioned by Free Now. 

The structure of the service is pretty simple – the happy couple arrives at a chosen location in their car to meet the celebrant and the two witnesses. The ceremonies are also really short to make sure they comply with government restrictions.

The couple has the option to remain in their car throughout the ceremony, and the necessary paperwork is passed through the window to be signed and confirmed.

Sara Martin arrives at the wedding venue to meet her groom (Picture: PA)
Fatima Bajwa and Jahanzeb Khan were another couple who won the opportunity to have a drive-through wedding with all costs covered (Picture: PA)

But for these weddings, the couples chose to be reunited by walking down the aisle, where they exchanged their vows. All of the wedding costs were covered by Free Now.

The couples rode side-by-side in their respective cars and shared a glass of fizz after their ceremony was over.

And these weren’t your average black cabs either. The vehicles had been kitted out with flowers and bows so they looked wedding-ready and glamorous.

Francesca Stokes and Peter Lipton on their big day (Picture: PA)

‘We all know someone who has been in limbo as they’ve had to postpone their wedding due to Covid, and have felt their pain,’ Mariusz Zabrocki, general manager of Free Now UK told London TV.

‘And with so much fun currently taken out of weddings, such as not being allowed to have a proper reception, only inviting up to 30 people and a ban on singing; we were inspired to step in and enable some lucky couples to get married in a fun and unusual way.’

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Get in touch: metrolifestyleteam@metro.co.uk.

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