Well-orchestrated weddings require planning and preparation of all the little details. One of the most exciting moments of the day comes when the new bride and groom conclude the reception by driving off in the getaway car. A well-decorated vehicle makes for a more memorable and dramatic departure.
Customarily, the task of preparing the getaway car is traditionally given to the ushers or groomsmen. During the reception the best man and groomsmen sneak outside to leave the groom one last send-off surprise. Fortunately, many of the most traditional getaway car decorations are neither messy nor damaging. You should expect:
- Tissue-paper flowers
- A ‘Just Married’ sign
- Window chalk
- Cans tied to the bumper
Although the groomsmen assume responsibility for the getaway car, you can pass on decorative instructions to the best man if you’re worried the car will look tacky. Modern wedding planners suggest wrapping the car with garland and silk flowers matching the wedding’s colors and tying a great big bow on the hood ornament.
To avoid harming the car’s paint finish, discourage the groomsmen from using:
- Shaving cream
- Shoe polish
- Cellophane tape
- Rubber cement
Tying down items with twine ensures that the car’s finish won’t be damaged. If they must use tape, be sure they use low-tack tapes or adhesives. Nothing should completely obstruct the window or block your view, so ask them to avoid covering the entire windshield.
Let your groomsmen know if you want something a little bit more creative than cans and streamers, such as:
- A picture of you and your spouse as little kids on the back of the car
- Dressing the car up as a wedding cake
- A cardboard top hat and veil on the roof of the car
Everyone remembers the bride and groom driving off in the getaway car. Make sure your best man and groomsmen know what they’re doing!