What to Consider When Decorating the Getaway Car

Vows have been exchanged and now it's time to make an unforgettable exit.
by The Knot

You've seen it in all the movies: a train of tin cans and "Just Married" scribbled in soap on the back window. But getaway decorations don't have to stop there—they can be as unique as the couple themselves. For instance, if the newlyweds had a Greek ceremony, an "Opa!" banner may feel appropriate, or for more rustic "I dos," a sweet garland of wildflowers could be the perfect touch. Here are the logistics of decorating the getaway car. 

When to Do It

Every wedding timeline is a little bit different, so you'll want to consult with the planner or coordinator (or whoever is charged with making sure everything runs on time) to find out when the couple plans to say their goodbyes. Emailing ahead of time is the best approach, but you can also try to find a calm moment prior to the ceremony to gather the info you need. No matter when the newlyweds are making their grand exit, be sure you allow plenty of time to get the car decorated.


This depends on the type of vehicle. If it's a rented limo, ask the driver about any decoration restrictions before unintentionally adding a hundred-dollar cleaning fee to the couple's bill.

If it's a car that belongs to a member of the wedding party or the couple's, feel free to have a little more fun, but don't use materials that will damage the car's finish. The avoid-at-all-costs list includes spray paint, whipped cream (anything containing sugar will ruin the paint), and electrical and masking tape. Also, remember that tin cans will spark against pavement, which may be dangerous (and it's even illegal in some areas).

What can you use? Write on windows with bar soap, shaving cream, even white shoe polish. Attach plastic soda bottles (no sparks) or streamers to the rear bumper. You can also tie streamers to the antenna and front bumper. Just stick with Scotch tape, and don't be surprised if some décor flies off as the couple makes their move. Another word of advice: Don't hide the license plate. Nothing will put a damper on an otherwise Instagram-worthy moment, then getting pulled over by the local police. 

Why Decorate?

If you've ever seen a convoy of cars drive by decorated for a wedding day, you know the commotion it causes: People honk their horns, yell their congratulations out their car windows, or wave from the sidewalk. It's a fun way to exit the wedding reception or to arrive there from the ceremony! 

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