An important party skill is not only knowing when, but also how to leave. Gone are the days when it was acceptable for you and your hubby to head for the honeymoon in his old jalopy.
Today, there is a plethora of getaway options for groomsmen to decorate with tin cans and “Just Married” signs. (Just be sure to ask the driver’s permission first.) From standard limos to eclectic bicycles, anything goes when it comes to bidding your guests adieu.
The Right Track
A cable car is a unique way to make the great escape from your wedding. Gulf Coast Tours rents trolleys in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. Let the rest of your wedding party in on the fun, too! Rent the 27-passenger vehicle to take you and your friends from the church to the reception venue. It’s first come, first serve, so be sure to book early. Rates vary.
Gulf Coast Tours • 7860 Schillinger Park Road. 633-0560.
Now that you’ve married your Prince Charming, start happily ever after off right. A romantic horse-drawn buggy from Port City Carriages is a classic exit that never goes out of style. Book at least two weeks in advance. Prices range up to $500.
Port City Carriages • 421-6950.
Is vintage more your speed? Antique car options abound. Leave in a 1950s Chevy convertible, an old-school pick-up truck or even a Ford Model-T. Local car clubs like Past Time Cruisers have a variety of getaway cars to suit any wedding style. Price ranges vary.
Past Time Cruisers • pasttimecruisers.com
Hitchin’ a Ride
For more thrill-seeking couples, nothing beats hitting the open road to the tune of a V-twin engine. (That’s boy-lingo for a motorcycle.) An adventurous departure, thanks to Mobile Bay Harley Davidson, is sure to leave a lasting impression on guests. Choose from one of the shop’s 12 rentals, which go for about $130 a day.
Mobile Bay Harley Davidson • 3260 Pleasant Valley Road. 471-5989. mobilebayharley.com
Stretch it Out
For more traditional brides and grooms, select a classic limo. Southern Comfort Limousine has been chauffeuring couples to post-wedding destinations for the past 27 years. Choose from their extensive inventory of sedans, Starcruisers, SuperStretch Excursion limos, and the popular ’59 Bentley/Rolls-Royce. Rates vary depending on vehicle.
Southern Comfort Limousine • 2029-B Airport Blvd., Suite 193. 471-5466. southerncomfortlimo.com
If your reception venue is on the Bay, take advantage of the water and exit via boat. If you don’t have a watercraft of your own to cruise off in, look into reception spaces, like 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, that have them available for rent. Price ranges vary.
5 Rivers Delta Resource Center • 30945 Fiver Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort. 625-0814. outdooralabama.com
Opt for the more eco-friendly route and pedal away with your honey on a bicycle. Spoke ‘N Trail makes it easy for couples to go green. Choose two retro Sun Revolution single bikes for about $325 each or a Miami Sun Biscayne tandem bike for $500 to $550.
Spoke ‘N Trail • 180 E. 1-65 Service Road N. 341-1712.