The Timeless Traditions: Decorating the Car

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2006

It's great fun when the wedding party surprises the newlyweds by adorning the getaway vehicle with items that declare "just married" as loudly and proudly as possible. Tin cans make a particularly noticeable clamor and a happy sight on the street when they're combined with a handmade sign and paper streamers. The display can be further embellished with paper fans, garlands of tissue paper pom-poms, or flowers (silk ones, since real flowers won't hold up well on a moving automobile).

Breaking Tradition
Turn the tables on your guests: Have valets decorate their cars during the reception. For example, you might surprise them with a memento tied to the rearview mirror, such as a card thanking them for coming, or a sachet of potpourri.

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