If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that people—no matter where in the world they are—really aren’t that different from one another. When you wipe away all the geo-political, religiously-charged nonsense, we all go about life in pretty much the same boring fashion. We eat, we sleep, we work, and we enjoy a few similar past times. We complain about work. We go home. We see our spouses. We complain to (and about) our spouses. And we remain in just enough good graces with the wife, so we can enjoy those activities that bring pure joy. It’s a cycle we’re all familiar with, no matter what language we speak or country we call home. As this column says, “All roads connect,” and sometimes, those roads converge in unlikely places. Case in point: the wedding car.
Think about it. Your wedding took 18 months to plan. Every detail has been thought out, from the chapel to the photographer to the groomsmens’ pocket squares. The hors d’ouvres and the menu are meticulously selected since forever ago, as are the band and the florist. Every single little thing has been pored over, selected, changed, and then changed back again. Right down to the very moment the bride and groom ride away in… Hold on… What are they gonna ride away in? You haven’t picked a wedding car!
Of all the details for the big day, one that is almost universally inflated is how to arrive (and exit) the wedding in style. People are going to care. Luckily, there are as many ways to do that as there are brides and grooms. The choices are endless. There are classic options, new-school favorites, and wacky decisions that everyone can make to suit their personalities.
So, where do you start?
Take a look online. Plenty of businesses in your area specialize in renting out the perfect wedding car for your big day, and many are more affordable than you think. Or maybe you have a cool, yet scruffy, old bachelor uncle who spends all of his time waxing down that classic ride in his garage. There will never be a better day to ask him if you can take it for a spin. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left their nuptials in a vintage Jaguar. Kanye, Kim, and the rest of the Kardashian clan left in a full fleet of white Mercedes Benz. Hell, George Clooney and his wife Amal’s ceremony featured arrivals via gondola.
The point is, your mode of transportation leaves an impression. And whether you go for a classic option, a new trend, or something totally off the wall, here are a few ideas to get the wedding wheels spinning.
Keepin’ It Classy
What is considered traditional on a wedding day might be boring to some people. But, face it, these classic choices have withstood the test of time, and will likely be around for the next automotive century. For starters? Limos are the OG way to roll up in style. Limousines and party buses are never a bad choice for a wedding car. Have a rowdy bridal party and want to turn things up a notch? Boom. You’ve got a nightclub on wheels, complete with a dozen or so of your closest friends.
Plenty of traditional rides get the nod on wedding day, too—and perhaps none more famous than the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. With its distinctive double headlights and famous grill, this beauty has added a touch of class and timelessness to wedding photos for the last half century. Do you and your spouse-to-be have a favorite classic ride? Then that’s the one you should seek out for your wedding car. Otherwise, some safe bets include a Cadillac Deville Convertible Coupe, with all its legroom and matrimonial luxury. An original Volkswagen Beetle finds its way into quite a few wedding parties, with its quaint retro charm and easygoing likability. Or how about a 1950s Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing convertible? Its lines are unmistakable for anything else.
(Pro tip: just get a convertible. Any old convertible will do. You’ll look like American royalty waving to your loved ones as you speed away. It’ll be awesome, trust us.)
Some Newfangled Options
Just because you’re having a wedding doesn’t mean you need to dodder around in a 60-year-old vehicle. If you guys are into something new and speedy, now is the time to speak up. You’re only gonna have this day once (probably), so make it count. If modernity is what suits you, then go for it. That vintage Rolls Royce wedding car sounds cool, but maybe you wanna arrive in the 21st century equivalent? How about a Rolls Royce Phantom? Adored by multi-millionaires and more rappers than we can count, this ride is a modern-day classic already. A living legend, if you will. With nods to the past and a V-12 from somewhere far in the future, you really can’t go wrong.
There’s plenty of hot new stuff to choose from for the modern bride and groom. The Maserati Quattroporte is an insanely capable vehicle with a sleekness that just begs to be part of your wedding day. And the Porsche Panamera has all the zippy features and good looks you’d expect from a Porsche, but this one has a big enough backseat to host a bride and groom comfortably.
Go Crazy With It
It’s your wedding day, do whatever you want. You want a timeless convertible? Do it. Wanna roll up in the fastest Italian super car you can afford? Hell yeah! But if your tastes are a little more off the wall, don’t be afraid to let your freak flag fly. A Volkswagen Micro Bus is a peace-lovin’ way to make a statement. Not so into cars? Screw it, show up on horseback. Remember when Napoleon Dynamite showed up at Kip’s wedding on a wild steed? Yeah, you do. Because it ruled, and the man knew how to make an entrance.
Make your grand wedding entrance. But whatever you choose, make sure its the one that suits you best. Because that image of you riding away, tin cans jingle-jangling from the bumper and lipstick messages littering the windows, is not one that your guests will soon forget. (Just don’t tie tin cans to the back of a horse.)