Rolling Up in Style

What’s old is new again as vintage vehicles make a comeback.

  • The old-school look makes for the perfect photo op.
  • Guests of all ages love the look and feel of throwback transportation courtesy of the Minnesota Transportation Museum.

Admit it, limousines are cool. They’re posh and elegant, with an air of celebrity—the one car that left you in awe as a child. When it comes time to choose the perfect transportation for your wedding day, it’s only natural that you gravitate toward a beautiful, comfortable limousine.

What, however, should you do if you’re planning a wedding that is a little more outside the box? You’ve seen party buses and limousines used in the past, but you want to take your wedding party on a little different ride. With the recent explosion of all things vintage, one of the hottest modes of transportation is old-school wheels.

“There’s a sense of connecting the past with the future,” says Tom Klein, executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Museum. “We see it in grandparents who attend a wedding and share stories of family history with young friends who represent the energized future.” That same connection could be applied to riding a vintage bus, which has recently become a popular choice for people to rent for their weddings from the Transportation Museum.

Included in the fleet of buses are original Twin City Lines coaches, so you know you’re getting true vintage. The drivers are happy to answer your questions, interact with passengers to make the trip memorable, and tailor the trip to your tastes—they’ve even had an accordion player on board.

Similarly, Scott Hebl, owner of Renee’s Transportation Services, says that his vintage trolley has become the most popular rental choice from his business. The trolleys feature everything you’d want from an authentic San Francisco–style streetcar, including a trolley bell and conductor platform—which couples especially love for the photo opportunity, Hebl says. Mix this with modern amenities such as iPod docks and surround-sound speakers, and the trolleys offer a perfect mix of authenticity and modernism.

If that doesn’t leave your inner child in awe, nothing will.

Consider these tips before you book:

  • Make reservations early. Popular options fill up quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on the ride you really want.
  • Do your research. There are plenty of options available, and you want to know exactly what you’re getting before you get it.
  • Ask about insurance and licensing. Limousine and bus companies are required to have commercial insurance. If you go with small vendors, however, make sure to check that they have the proper credentials.

Want to stay modern? Rent one of these splashy options:

  • If Hummers are your style, try the Stretch H2 from Renee’s. The interior feels like going to a rave . . . in a classy way.
  • Do you dream of flying down the street? Now you can in a red Corvette from Twin Cities Dream Cars.
  • Have a big wedding party that likes to party? Try one of the Ace Limo limobuses. The biggest ones seat 36 people and have a 52-inch plasma TV on board.