The image of the wedding car leaving the reception with the bride and groom in the back is always accompanied by another image; one of tin cans rattling, adorned with paper flowers and a hand painted “Just Married” sign. This tradition is multi-faceted and intended to be an amusing lighthearted gesture.
The idea is that the noise of the cans rattling around wards off evil spirits so the bride and groom can spend their first ‘alone’ time as a married couple in peace. Advertising the couple as “Just Married” encourages passerby to honk and wish the couple well on their journey into married life. The car is supposed to be decorated by the best man and groomsmen without the bride or groom’s knowledge. It is traditionally done during the reception and it is intended to be whimsical, humorous and slightly embarrassing…SLIGHTLY. The problem is that some jokes go too far. Your best bet? Follow these simple rules:
NEVER do anything to obstruct the view of the driver or to cause a hazardous driving situation.
NEVER do anything in any kind of questionable medium. That means stick to car magnets, clings and chalk or marker that is 100% washable. It is entirely possible to ruin the finish of a car with something labeled “safe’ and ‘washable’.
NEVER do anything in bad taste. I’m sure you get this one – no profanity, no signs of body parts, no “R” rated pictures.
If you are in doubt about what to use, there are dozens of websites that offer various creative options. You can let your imagination run wild and find something that perfectly suits your needs…. or you can just use an old boot and some tin cans.
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago.