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We love different and quirky on our wedding blog, so when I saw Simon advertising his camper van for hire for weddings, I instantly wanted it to feature on our Moonrise Bridal Blog! If you want to arrive to your wedding in style & have your guests talking long after the wedding, then check this out! Over to you Simon;


Q: Tell us a little bit about Mystery Machine Hire. How you got started and how long you’ve been going.

I have only been in business really since July 1st this year. I had a few trial runs in June, but once I was happy that’s when I started advertising. I bought the vehicle in February, its on old mini bus and the exterior already had the scooby theme. It needed some metal work, as these old buses can rust – but it’s now all fine and dandy. The main work was on the interior – which is just awesome. I sent it to a specialist VW shop who are situated at Hemswell Cliff ( and they are simply the best at what they do. In terms of how and why I got started, I only bought the vehicle initially to convert into a camper van for my son and I. It still does do that, but I literally had people knocking on my door asking to hire the van, so I compromised on the interior design to a degree, spent way more money than originally intended – so now it works as a novelty vehicle for hire, and also to go camping with my son.


 Q: What made you venture into the wedding industry?

Initially, I had no intention. But once the idea was put in my head about hiring it out, the cogs started moving, and with the help of a few good people, came up with a plan….and ran with it. I did a lot of research, sought a lot of advise, and I am so glad I did.

It’s brilliant to be part of people’s big day….taking part of the stress away, putting smiles on people’s faces – and creating memories. I love it.


 Q: What advice & tips can you give to couples when it comes to them looking for transport for their wedding day?

First and foremost, make sure to ask all the questions you want. Don’t be scared. Anyone operating in this industry would be glad to help you every step of the way. Make sure the vehicles have the relevant permits and insurances (as there are people out there who do not).
Make an arrangement to see the vehicle, seek feedback. So many people have said to me, the pictures of the Mystery Machine don’t do it justice. I am only too glad to answer genuine questions people have. I would also say, it is worth the extra cost to hire the vehicle out for a few hours, rather than seek hire for a short journey. That is where the better value is.


 Q: With so many wedding car companies to choose from, what makes you stand out from the crowd?

I have specifically targeted the novelty market, something different. Some of the vehicles out there are simply stunning, and I am in awe of a lot of them, and very jealous. That said, The Mystery Machine, and Herbie which is to follow soon, are completely different, they are not traditional, but they really do provide a talking point and a different way of doing things.


 Q: What’s your biggest achievement to date so far? (It doesn’t have to be wedding related).

In relation to the business, I have to say building relationships with other companies in the industry. I have received some great advice off some great people. I have always given my very best to every booking I have had. I operate this business around my full time job, which is a juggling act. Maybe one day I will take that leap and go full time doing this. The signs are promising. Outside of the industry, I will give you the stock answer – my kids. They are awesome.


 Q: What does the future have in store for Mystery Machine Hire?

The vehicle is always a work in progress, I am always tinkering to make it better. The latest innovation is to add a photobooth feature. Its not quite the same as the traditional type of professional set ups you can get, but I can print out pictures virtually instantly, and give guests an instant souvenir – which has gone down really well, as often you have to wait weeks for your wedding photos. The inside, and the outside make a great back drop. The vehicle is a registered private hire vehicle, so I do hire it out for other things, particularly proms and nights out. Other than that, I will do my best to keep it immaculate for as long as I can, and hopefully grow the business as much as my capabilities allow. The fleet will grow to two from December with Herbie, my classic VW Beetle coming back from being refurbished from the ground up, and from there who knows – maybe more vehicles!!


So if novelty, quirky and fun is what you’re after from your wedding day transport, then why not give The Mystery Machine a whirl? The photobooth idea sounds amazing and I’m sure would keep friends & family chatting about your day for weeks to come!



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