Wedding horse and buggy ride

Engaged couples may be ready to walk down the aisle and begin their new life together, but first they have to get to the ceremony.

Couples have many options for transportation on their wedding day. Limousines continue to be popular choices, but other vehicles also may fit your needs.

According to The Wedding Report, a research company that tracks wedding trends, the size of the average wedding party has grown, which means a greater number of people may need a ride to the festivities. But couples also must decide how they will get to and from the ceremony. Couples who want to arrive in style may want to consider the following options.

• Take it to the water. If you're having a lakeside or seaside wedding, taking a water route to the ceremony can make for a dramatic entrance. Vessel options include speedboats, yachts or something more intimate, such as a canoe or rowboat. Afterward, you can coast off into the sunset.

• Arrive like royalty. Take a page out of a favorite fairy tale and arrive in a horse-drawn carriage. Carriages can typically fit between two and six passengers. If you cannot find a carriage, consider pedicabs or bicycle-drawn buggies as a novel alternative.

• Step out of a classic movie. Vintage cars can make a statement. While some people may immediately think of a Rolls Royce, consider cars that embody your personal style. Rugged couples may want a classic pickup truck, while those who live life in the fast lane may prefer a vintage sports car.

• Take the party on the road. Moving a large number of people in the wedding party takes forethought. Party buses and SUV limousines can fit a substantial amount of passengers, making them a more cost-effective option for large bridal parties. These vehicles may be equipped with party lights, sound systems and even minibars.

• Go eco-friendly. If your ceremony is nearby, arrive on horseback or even pedaling a bicycle. Such options are eco-friendly and, in the case of bicycles, may be free.

When booking transportation for you and your wedding guests, remember to do so well in advance. Get all agreements in writing, verify that the company is licensed and insured, and provide directions and the itinerary to drivers to ensure things go smoothly.