As your wedding day comes to an end, make the night even more memorable by ensuring your reception departure is one to remember. How? With an epic wedding getaway car. After all, your guests will be there to cheer and wave as you and your spouse embark on the next chapter of your lives together, so you'll want to make sure your reception exit stands out. Not to mention, it will give your photographer a chance to capture some truly cinematic shots of the end of the festivities. One of our favorite ideas? Riding off into the sunset, or towards an inky sky full of stars, in a really cool car—we can't help but love vintage vehicles for this impactful moment, especially when they are adorned with beautiful decorations for a picture-perfect departure.
While wedding protocol traditionally delegates the decorating duties to the groomsmen or wedding party as a whole, many modern couples tend to have their planner take on the task or even see to the details personally. We also adore the idea of having artistic nieces and nephews, or other little ones, lend a hand in outfitting the vehicle and getting involved in the wedding décor. Regardless of who is doing the decorating, it's important to ensure the outfitting takes place as far in advance as possible so that it doesn't interfere with any big-day events or contribute to an ill-timed, awkward moment. And, while most floral-accoutrements are a-okay for use on vehicles, keep in mind that certain materials may be corrosive to the paint job or ruin the car. For example, products with sugar (think, whipped cream) can damage paint and strong tapes and adhesives can strip it upon removal. With that said, the world is your oyster when it comes to getaway car décor ideas from garlands of greenery to painted signs to floaty balloons.
If the car is a rental, be sure to discuss your plans with the company or driver beforehand as there may be restrictions or additional fees to consider.
Keep reading for more creative ways to personalize your wedding getaway car.
A Floral Wreath
Garlands are gorgeous, but we also love the idea of adorning your wheels with an elegant wreath. Attach it to the trunk of the car and add a calligraphed "Just Married" banner.
A trail of tin cans is a traditional pièce de résistance to any getaway car. Tie them to the bumper of your vehicle with ribbons along with greenery garlands or vines. We've also seen these replaced with coconuts for a fun, tropical touch.
Be sure to do your research before tying on the tin cans! Dragging cans is illegal in some areas as they can throw sparks when hitting the pavement.
"Just Married" Window Decals
Instead of scrawling "Just Married" on the rear window with lipstick, opt for something simpler (and a whole lot less messy!): window decals. This couple's version, which they applied to the back of their retro Volkswagen Beetle, is from Kate Spade and is super easy to apply and then later remove.
A Convertible Brimming With Flowers
If you're riding in a classic convertible, put the top down and ask your florist to adorn the back with loads and loads of flowers, like the viburnum, amaryllises, and dahlias seen here. Your departure will truly be unforgettable—and leave a stunning scent in its stead, too.
"Just Married" Pennant Banner
This white 1965 Chevy Impala SS (borrowed from the bride's brother) evokes all the vibes with a burlap pennant banner boasting the couple's newlywed status. We especially love the muted greenery, powdery-toned florals, and frilly textures adorning the trunk of the convertible.
A Greenery-Filled Truck Bed
A laid-back, Massachusetts backyard wedding innately calls for a no-frills approach to decorating the getaway car. All this photogenic, black Ford truck needed was a burst of organic greenery to fill the bed and match the verdant surroundings.
A Hand-Painted Sign
Delicate details can be just as impactful as grandiose decorations, and in the case of this cozy elopement much more fitting. This charming, hand-painted sign hung off the back of the couple's getaway van and proclaimed their new titles for all to see.
A Draped Banner
What's a Detroit wedding without an ode to the Motor City's automotive history? Overabundant décor would have just taken away from this beauty's retro panache and that iconic Motown soul. With its elegant calligraphy and beautiful draping, this cloth banner is all that's needed for a classic send-off.
A Decked-Out Truck Bed
Talk about driving off in style! This vintage Chevy El Camino was outfitted not only with a garland of greenery and roses but also fashioned with blankets, rugs, and throw pillows for the most comfortable and luxurious ride. We'd go so far as to say all that famed Southern hospitality was certainly not lost on this Texan wedding.
This couple's sleek black getaway convertible is deserving of the most sophisticated décor. Creamy white florals and lush greenery beautifully accent the trunk and door handles for a departure that's nothing short of a full-fledged editorial moment. We'd say this level of work is best left to a professional florist to execute.