Drive thru food, drive thru cleaners, drive thru coffee, drive thru pharmacies, drive thru banking, drive thru…weddings?
Yes, by now, pretty much everyone knows you can do a drive-thru wedding in Las Vegas. You can actually say “I Do.” presumably to someone with whom you want to spend the rest of your life (or at least the rest of the weekend) from within the comfy confines of your own bolide.
Why would anybody want to do this?
Different people have different reasons; citizenship, inheritances, unexpected pregnancies…
Oh wait, you meant why do a drive-thru wedding didn’t you?
Well, first of all, it’s fun!
But if you want to get all practical about it, consider this—a typical church wedding in your home town with guests and a “nice” reception can run you anywhere between 25 to 45 thousand dollars — if you’re fairly conservative in your planning. Doesn’t it kinda make more sense to hop in the car, hit the neon village, say “I Do” and spend the rest on you?
Now if you’re up for a bit of whimsy, which you must be if you’re going this route, you have to have just the right car. It ought to be something romantic, with a sense of elegance and grace—or conversely just plain fun.
Either way, it has to be a convertible—here are our picks…
Does anything scream Las Vegas louder than a 1960’s Cadillac convertible—particularly in pink? Hey, it was good enough for Aretha Franklin, it’s good enough for you two too.
I knew you'd be a vision in white How d'ya get your pants so tight Don't know what you're doing But you must be living right Oh we got some places to see How 'bout a romance with me Jump in, it ain't no sin Take a ride in my machine City traffic's moving way too slow Drop the pedal and go, go, go We're going riding on the freeway Gonna love in my pink Cadillac
-Aretha Franklin—Pink Cadillac
The first American sports car is an absolutely brilliant way to drive off into marital bliss. Low, sleek, swoopy and dripping with class — uh you know, in a Las Vegas kind of way, the 1953 Corvette’s only fault is the bride or the groom might just decide to drive off in the ‘Vette and leave the other one standing at the drive thru altar.
Elegant good looks, plus the cachet of being the first production American hardtop convertible—the 1957 Ford Skyliner is the perfect accessory for your Vegas drive thru nuptials. It’s got that special look and it’s uniquely American—just like Las Vegas.
How can any list of romantic convertibles be complete without a Mustang? And, if you can’t get your hands on the original pony car, you can always go to pretty much any rental car place in Las Vegas and get a contemporary droptop Mustang. Hiyo Silver, and we’re off to the land of matrimony!
A lot of Fords on this list—yeah, we know. But when it comes to old-school style and grace in a convertible, Ford was kicking GM and Chrysler’s @$$ back in the 60s ,and the 50s too for that matter. And this, the original Thunderbird is proof positive of that fact. Style, grace and class all sitting on four wheels, if you’re going to do it, the ’55 T-Bird is a darn good choice. (Drives like a truck though—be prepared for that rude awakening).
OK, so it ain’t a car, but a Vegas drive-thru wedding is tailor-made for the venerable Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. You know, uh, if you can ride a bike. And frankly, even if you can’t ride, you can still rent the Hog, have it delivered, and get married astride this bad boy. Then, you simply depart in one of the cars on the list. Hey, it’s Vegas, nothing’s real anyway—why should your wedding pictures be? Get the Harley, throw a leg over, get your partner to do the same, and say the words. Your pictures will be way over the top. And, that’s what Vegas is all about—right?
There’s a reason the HBO series “Entourage” used one of these in the opening credits. Timeless style, elegance personified, simultaneously sleek, spacious, and sporty, the “66 Lincoln Continental Convertible—with the ‘suicide” doors, well, just look at it! The Lincoln is perfect for a Las Vegas drive thru wedding.
he squared off style of the old-school Lincoln stretch has a seriously kitschy, Las Vegas feel to it, and yet it’s as practical for this application as all get out. Think about it…you can do your vows standing through the sunroof, and when you’re done, you can get to honeymoon-ing right there in the car. You got your privacy glass and plenty of space for—whatever. With that said, a 1979 Lincoln Continental Stretch Limousine is quite possibly the perfect Las Vegas drive-thru wedding car. Of course, if you can’t get a ’79, the contemporary model will do too. It’s pretty easy to find, cheap to hire, and has a lot of the same—uh—practical attributes. We’d go with the ’79 though.
When you’re talking grace in an automobile, you’ve got to mention Rolls-Royce. And, by far, the most elegant Rolls ever created was the 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Drophead. The upright styling, those flowing lines, that incredibly plush Connolly leather interior, acres and acres of board feet of genuine wood trim, enough highly polished chrome to light up the entire city; the 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Drophead positively oozes class, civility, and sophistication. Oh wait—we’re talking about Las Vegas here. OK, well, just see if you can find one in pink—with a white interior. Yeah, that oughta do it.
What better way to say you won’t spend up all the money than by getting married in the people’s car? Living proof frugal doesn’t have to mean boring, dull, or even cheap. A 1965 VW Beetle Convertible is the perfect accessory for your drive-thru wedding day. Then when you’re done, cruise the strip, throw your bouquet to the first couple you see walking in front of Bellagio, and refer them to this list.