1996 – Premier Carriage Wedding Cars was founded. At the start we were known as The Premier Carriage Company of Bournemouth. We owned and operated a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley locally.
1998 – The early days of internet. www.premiercarriage.co.uk domain name was purchased, and a website was created.
1999 – Following our success, we were approached by other wedding car owners wanting to work alongside Premier Carriage by offering their vehicles as alternatives to our own and later that year started the Marketing Services of different vehicle owners.
2001 – The business kept growing at a fast pace and Premier Carriage became a limited company. By that time we had vehicles in most southern counties covering, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex.
2004 – Updated version of our website went live and a new logo was designed.
2005 – Started providing vehicles to Films and Television with credits including Agatha Christies ‘Poirot’ and ‘Marple’, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Foyles War’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Call the Midwife’, ‘Churchill: The Hollywood Years’, ‘Endeavour’ Morse, ‘My Life with Marilyn’, ‘Mr Selfridge’, ’The Mummy Returns’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Jewel in the Crown’, ‘Dukes of Hazard’, ‘Bergerac’, BBC TV’s Holiday Programme and many, many more.
2008 – Newer and updated version of our website went live that year. We had just over 350+ vehicles at that time covering all Southern England from Cornwall to Gloucestershire to the Eastern county of Kent.
2009 – The current Managing Director of Premier Carriage, Didier Di Mario met Michael and became involved with the business offering a fresher outlook and help with Michael’s expanding business.
2011 – Premier Carriage marks a milestone with its 5,000th wedding booking in January of that year.
2014 – Word of Mouth reached the Welsh capital, Cardiff and our first wedding car hire booking was provided in Wales.
2015 – By the end of 2015 we had completed our 10,000th wedding booking
2016 – Michael, the founder of Premier Carriage retired as Director and was immediately succeeded by Didier. A mobile-friendly website with new features was created. Following growing success Premier Carriage had to register for VAT in that same year.
2017 – Premier Carriage first started accepting online Card Payments using our brand new re-designed website with its user-friendly online booking form.
2018 – Premier Carriage won a selection of Wedding Awards and started its marketing of wedding transport in Scotland. Wedding awards included Gold Certificate of Excellence from BrideBook, 5-star WeddingWire recommended, Winner for Innovation and Excellence. List of our current wedding awards can be seen here and this year also marked a new milestone with our 15,000th wedding booking.
2019 – Our first Scottish wedding car hire booking was made in the spring of 2019. In August 2019 Premier Carriage’s website grows to offer over 750 Vehicles for wedding hire. Voted LuxLife Best of the Wedding Industry.
2020 – The awful Covid-19 global pandemic decimated many Brides and Grooms hopes of getting married in the venues they originally chose and with the number of guests originally planned. For our part we managed to transfer over 1,000 wedding bookings in 2020 to new dates, with some dates being changed two or three times, as with any professional company this was completed without additional charge limiting the distress already caused to those needing to change their plans. Although still causing issues into 2021 we are hoping by the spring things may return to as near normal as possible. Our fingers are crossed !
On the brighter side 2020 saw us win the title ‘Best Transport Provider of 2020‘ by the National Wedding Awards, indeed high praise in itself, plus we received the highest ‘5 Star’ rating from ‘Safebuy’.
2021 – We are proud to celebrate our ‘25th Anniversary‘ providing wedding transport to Happy Couples throughout the UK. With our company going from strength to strength we are looking forward to seeing what the next 25 years brings us… Whatever it brings we aim to remain the leader in our field.