Before the walk down the aisle, there’s the trip to the aisle. Your entrance is the first time your guests (and maybe your future spouse) will see you on your big day, and it’s a very special moment for the couple and their families. “Ultimately, when the chauffeur opens the door to present the bride, her first entry is truly the beginning of a new life,” says Donna Hunter of Hunter Limousines. There are tons of unique ways to arrive — and we’ve rounded up some great options for possibly your most important entrance ever. So, whether you’re traveling solo, pulling up with your bridesmaids, or riding with a family member, these options will make your last moments as a single lady special — and ensure your arrival is one to remember. 

By Limo

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Hunter Limousines

The limousine is a classic, elegant option for your wedding arrival — and with Hunter Limousines, you’ve got lots of options. Brides can arrive in a smaller sedan, and then switch to a party bus to take them and their bridal party to the reception. But whichever vehicle(s) you choose, the folks at Hunter have one goal: to create a special and unique experience for your big day. “When it’s your wedding, we try to make it over the top because it’s such a special day for the couple and their families,” says Donna Hunter, president of Hunter Limousines. Brides looking for a refined, luxurious experience will enjoy fresh flowers, champagne and relaxing music (though if you like ZZ Top, they’ll play that too!), and they give brides the star treatment — literally rolling out the red carpet as you step out of your car. 203-514-5151; call for pricing

By Boat

Getting married on the water? If your venue is on the Sound, consider pulling up in style with Greenwich Yacht Charters. Captain Sal Albanese, who’s been boating New England’s waterways for more than 40 years, can take you and up to five friends or family members to your venue. Celebrate onboard with champagne and crudites (most people like to bring their own, or Albanese can coordinate with a local eatery), and enjoy the fresh air en route to your wedding. The yacht is complete with A/C for hot days, bathrooms with great lighting for any last-minute makeup touch-ups, and of course, is ideal for photos. The weather needs to cooperate with this one, so it’s best for spring and summer celebrations (the season is April 15 to Oct. 15, approximately). For the bride who doesn’t mind a little breeze in her hair, Captain Sal says, “Pulling up by boat is a beautiful thing.” Contact for rates

By Train

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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

The Essex Steam Train is a Connecticut classic — and brides and grooms looking for something that will really “wow” their guests should give it a look. The train (which operates from May to October each year) boards at Essex Station, which boasts a gorgeous industrial ballroom that accommodates wedding receptions for up to 200 guests. Couples can arrange for guests to take a private scenic train trip en route to the ceremony, and for post-vow wedding feasts or rehearsal dinners, a car on the dinner train (with a full bar and seasonal menu of delicious meals) will accommodate up to 48 guests. If you prefer to travel by water, you can also charter the historic Becky Thatcher riverboat for your big event. Pricing: excursions starting at $2,000, wedding receptions starting at $105 per person, dinner train is $85/per person

By Air 

Take the scenic route to your ceremony with your very own helicopter charter. For the bride who literally wants to be on Cloud Nine — and really wants to skip potential traffic — it’s an adventurous and exciting way to travel to your venue. FairLifts will even pick you up in your own backyard (provided you have 200 square feet of flat ground free of trees and wires), and can charter up to three helicopters (that seat up to seven each) if you want to arrive with your wedding party in tow. The helicopters are all closed in, so not a hair, or veil or train will get out of place as you wing your way to marital bliss — and maybe catch a sunset on the way. It’s a great way to make an exit, too (just make sure the landing space is well lit for nighttime flights). 470-462-2225; pricing starts at $850/hour

By Sleigh or Horse-Drawn Carriage

Been waiting for your Cinderella moment? This is it. Wood Acres Farm in Terryville has been doing horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides since 1972, and they’ve perfected the art of the grand entrance. “It’s really unexpected,” says Wood Acres’ Taylor Boudreau. “We hear from our couples that their guests talk about the horse and carriage for years after they get married.” Brides can get ready in the Farm’s bridal cottage, and then get door-to-aisle service in an elegant, old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage. Many newlyweds opt to enjoy their first moments as a married couple with a private ride in the carriage around the grounds just after they say “I do,” and during cocktail hour, guests can grab a drink and go for a ride, too. “It’s just such a nice little touch,” Boudreau says. Sleigh rides are available too, as long as there’s enough snow on the ground. 860-583-8670; wedding packages start at $6,850 (rides included)

By Trolley

If you’re looking to bring some California vibes to your Connecticut soirée, Dattco’s charming cherry-red trolley is just the ticket. Its old-fashioned wood interior was modeled after the classic cable cars of San Francisco, and even includes an authentic trolley bell! The car holds up to 28 of your groomsmen and bridesmaids, and has unlimited possibilities for fun, whimsical photos of your bridal party and guests on your big day. The trolley is available year round, and has both heat and A/C for weddings in any weather. It’s a one-of-a-kind vehicle, and tends to book up pretty far in advance, so if you’ve got your heart set on this unique ride, give Dattco a ring sooner than later once you set your date. 860-229-4878; price range: approximately $1,495 and $1,995

By Scooter

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Milford Scoot & Paddle

To arrive by scooter, you’ll need a Connecticut driver’s license, but perhaps more importantly, a sense of adventure. If you’re a laid-back type of bride who doesn’t mind a little wind in their hair (and plans to wear a shorter dress that won’t get caught in the wheels!), or you’re feeling a Parisian vibe, then you and a smart-looking scooter could make a pretty cute couple pulling up to your wedding. Milford Scoot & Paddle owner Tina Pritchard includes a helmet in every rental, so you’ll arrive both stylishly and safely. Or, if you’re interested in something sans-motor, Scoot & Paddle also offers a range of colorful bikes that make for fun photos and will get you to the church on time, too. 203-713-8282; $65 for a half-day, $95 for a full day, or take it for the weekend for $175

By School Bus 

Lean into those excited first-day-of-school feelings, and catch the bus to your ceremony. For those feeling like a schoolgirl in love, the classic yellow school bus could be a fun and sweet option for your big day. US Coachways’ buses seat up to 44 passengers, so you can plan a route that picks up your whole bridal party if you like. US Coachways also has vans, coaches and limos in their fleet if you’d like something a little more luxurious. You can book up to a year in advance, and Connecticut Magazine readers can use the promo code “Connecticut Magazine” to get an additional 10 percent off. 732-929-7170; pricing starts at $70 per hour (packages are fully customizable)

By Classic Car

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Classic Cars Inc.

Want to be treated like a queen on your wedding day? We thought so. Classic Cars Inc. are experts in wedding arrivals, and have been delivering brides to their venues for more than 32 years, in stylish, elegant Rolls and Bentleys from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Owner Bob Davidson takes service seriously, and keeps his fleet in tip-top shape, because he knows that a wedding day has to go off without a hitch. “A bridal day is very special,” says Davidson, and with a classic car and chauffeur dressed in a 1940s outfit to match, you’re just about guaranteed a smooth, picturesque day. For bridesmaids and friends, showering your bride with the gift of a stylish lift also makes for a memorable present. The vehicles have been retrofitted with A/C for summer weddings, and for colder weather, Davidson’s got you covered with cozy, warm car blankets. 203-261-2793; pricing: $885 for a 3-hour booking (inclusive of drive time)