By David M. Fitzpatrick
You could stuff the bride and her billowy dress into a compact car, with the groom’s tuxedo tails dangling out of the closed door, and the wedding party could follow in a convoy of mismatched vehicles. Functional, but hardly romantic, and often messy. But there are other ways.
Limos. A stretch limo is always the favored standby. To transport the entire wedding party, consider custom stretch Hummers or SUVs like at Atlantic Limousine of Maine. No word on custom stretch Mini Coopers.
Coaches. For big parties, try a coach or bus. They aren’t as expensive as you might think, and provide ample room for large parties and their gear. Cyr Northstar Tours, the largest tour-bus operator in Maine, is no stranger to wedding-coach service. They’ll probably even rent out their 1950s bus if you prefer old-school style.
Trolleys. These days, they don’t need tracks; these wheeled trolleys can go anywhere, make transporting the wedding party convenient and fun, and offer great sightseeing opportunities before your rehearsal dinner. Look for York Trolley Company in southern Maine and Oli’s Trolley on Mount Desert Island. Mister Rogers would approve.
Carriages. Nothing is classier than a groom arriving on a white horse, sweeping his bride up, and galloping off into the sunset. Unless he’s supposed to gallop toward the church. But if that’s a bit too acrobatic for you, a horse-drawn carriage might do nicely. It’s a beautiful way for the bride to arrive and for the newly wed Lord and Lady to ride off to the reception and then the honeymoon. (Mud-season wedding? Might want to skip this one.) Check out Rockin’ Horse Carriages in Kennebunkport for some truly fairy-tale rides.
Helicopters. What could be cooler than climbing into a helicopter with JUST MARRIED signs on the skids and aluminum cans dangling behind it? You can find helicopter tours all over Maine, particularly in the MDI and Casco Bay areas. Don’t toss the bouquet into that spinning rotor.
Boats. You could arrive by water, or even get married afloat! Just ask the schooner captains of Maine Windjammer Association or Maine Adventure Sails. If you’d prefer to stay inland, you can’t do better than a wedding on the cruise boat Mount Katahdin, which sails the expansive Moosehead Lake. Canoes could work, but are riskier.
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