If you’re a groomsman, it might be your responsibility to decorate a car. Wedding car decorations can be fun and edgy, traditional or just plain lewd, depending on the couple you’re decorating for.
Here are some decorating tips on making their wedding getaway as much fun as possible.
1. Have Fun With It
This is going to be one of the best and easiest parts of your job as a groomsman, so doing it up right is a must. Whether you’re going for tin cans (don’t) and old shoes tied to the bumper, or huge “Just Married” signs attached to the trunk, or the always-popular “She got hers, now he’ll get his” mobile, it’s time to get your imagination out and make this something fun for the happy couple. If you run out of ideas, you could even tap a bridesmaid or two to help you out.
2. Planning & Execution
For the actual act of decorating the wedding car, you’re going to have to find out when the couple is planning to leave the reception. This might be best accomplished by talking to the mother or either the bride or groom, as they will likely know.
If they don’t, you may have to casually suss it out by talking to the groom.
You want to make sure you’re going to have plenty of time for decorating before they’re ready to go.
Make sure you know which car you’re going after.
If the couple has rented a limo, talk to the driver before you start decorating. Wedding car rental companies sometimes have strict rules and fees for excessive decoration.
If it’s the property of the couple or of the bride or groom singly, you can decorate it pretty much however you like. Keep in mind that some materials can damage paint, so make sure you’re cautious.
3. Decorating Kit
There are some things that should never be part of your “decorating wedding car” kit. These items include, but are not limited to:
- Spray paint – Seriously, no spray paint.
- Sugary substances – Whipped cream and other products containing sugar should never be used; sugar is extremely bad for the car’s paint job.
- Tape – Electrical and masking tape can leave marks and pull the clear coat off the paint job.
- Cans, tin or otherwise – While tin cans have, for years, been a very popular addition to the wedding car, they can actually cause sparks and may not be legal in your area.
Some safe bets for decorating without damage include:
- Soap – Use soap to write names, slogans and “Just Married” on the windows.
- Shoe polish – Can also be used to write on windows.
- Scotch tape – Use to attach streamers to the bumper or antenna. Ensure you use biodegradable decorations; some of them may fly off in transit. If you tape a “Just Married” sign to the back, make sure you haven’t covered the license plate.