You want people to remember the vows, the first dance, and maybe the cake from your wedding day, but the drive over to the reception doesn’t usually make the photo album cut. Hitch a ride with one of the Minnesota Transportation Museum’s classic buses, however, and you may have found the perfect backdrop.
“Seeing a bride’s veil blowing out the back window of a bus is kind of a ‘Well, this is something you don’t see every day’ moment,” says the museum's executive director, Tom Klein.
“It’s a fun, exclusive, historic way to get to one venue from another,” Klein adds.
The buses, from the 1950s fleet of city transit buses, have only been available to rent for a little over a decade. The all-volunteer organization began renting with just one bus, but has since added more as new buses are brought up to speed.
For now, it’s just the classic red, cream, and blue buses on the roads but they hope to add other options, such as their mint green and robin’s egg blue model from the Duluth Transit Authority. Their most popular bus is the Twin City Lines 1303 (above) with its zippy blue stripe down the side.
Klein says, “Because we’re in the historic preservation side of things we tend to keep them as close as we can to the original.” And with vintage fever sweeping all things bridal from engagement photos to dresses, historical is the perfect option.
The buses can do more than just fit your theme though: They also fit your schedule. “Everybody can come over at one time,” says Klein, “and it keeps the day flowing well. It also solves a lot of parking hassles.”
Serving the greater metro area, each classic ride makes an impression and not just because it's the one bus that's always on time.