Who's Supposed to Decorate the Getaway Car?

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You've seen it before: The classic roadster or limo, cruising down the highway with "Just Married" scrawled across the back window. But whose job is it to decorate the getaway car for a wedding? Does the responsibility fall to someone in the bridal party? Or is it simply a wedding planner's job? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding party questions in our daily post.

Who's supposed to decorate the getaway car?

Traditionally, the best man and groomsmen are in charge of decorating the getaway car—often with the words "Just Married" written on the back window or sometimes with more elaborate banners, floral arrangements, cans, or calligraphed signs. It always makes for a fun post-wedding surprise! While coming up with a creative way to decorate the getaway vehicle isn't likely high up on every couple's wedding to-do list, it definitely is a fun and festive way to end the night and embark on your new lives together (plus, it makes for a great photo op!).

If you want to depart from the reception in a decorated car, gather all of the necessary supplies (and print out an inspiration photo, if you can!); then, hand everything over to the groomsmen at the rehearsal dinner. You'll also have to let them know logistics like where and when they'll have access to the car, and because they may need to get inside the vehicle to secure some of the decoration elements, be prepared to give them a spare car key.

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