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8 awesome options to get you vows on time
By Ross Boissoneau | April 3, 2021
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for. Your prince has long since arrived on his white horse and you are finally making it official. So why not step up and drive to and from your wedding in a style that fits this next milestone in your journey? Whether you want a classic ride for just the two of you, a party bus for a dancing dozen, or a romantic horse-drawn cart to drive you into the northern Michigan sunset, we have your options. (Even if you just want to make out in a parked vintage VW.)
GET THE PARTY ROLLIN ‘
You and your entire wedding party have to get to church on time, but the reception …? Made a little harder (but a lot funnier) when you’re on board the mobile party, which is Northern Michigan Limousine Service’s limo bus. With the affectionate name Gretchen, this tall girl can accommodate up to 14 people in a cozy living room-dance-party environment: Think, comfortable seats and flashing LED lights throughout the building, a 55-inch monitor / smart TV for View and graphics while you groove on board your jukebox or your phone or tablet. The integrated iPad from Gretchen controls the LED lighting from Kodi Entertainment and Easycolor, while the four 6 x 9 inch and two 12 inch bass speakers ensure that you rock. Three beverage stations with two integrated refrigerators ensure that you are not thirsty.
Details: Monday through Thursday $ 120 per hour (three hours minimum) and $ 60 each additional half hour; Friday through Sunday USD 150 per hour (minimum four hours), every additional half hour USD 75. Serves Traverse City, Interlochen, Grawn, Kalkaska, Cadillac, Manton, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Bear Lake, Mancelona, Rapid City, Alden and Bellaire. Also available for wine tours, proms, sporting events and more. Prices range from $ 7 to $ 20 per person (depending on the event and number of people). Go to www.northernmilimoservice.com.
ZING, ZING, ZING GO TO YOUR HEART RINGS
The Northern Michigan Trolley, originally from Gaylord, strikes the right balance between class and vintage with its etched glass, brass rails and park bench seats. And it’s all fun, fun, fun. “It’s unique, a vintage feeling and not a shuttle. You can drink in the car, play your own music – it’s so much fun to switch between a wedding and a reception, ”says owner Cheryl Scheer.
Details: The cars can accommodate 25 to 30 people and serve most of northwestern lower Michigan. The cost is around $ 500 for two hours, but depends on distance and service. Go to www.northernmichigantrolley.com.
LARGE (& SMALL) LUX
The folks at Blue Lakes by The Bay offer a variety of vehicles that take plush to a new level. For big gangs: a luxury bus that can accommodate the happy couple and 54 of their closest friends. The amenities include comfortable reclining seats, an AM / FM stereo system, DVD player and TV monitors, 110 V and USB connections, air conditioning, an on-board toilet and a sound system. Blue Lakes limo bus is smaller, but no less luxurious. It caters to a group of 24 or fewer on luxurious leather couches and pampers them with flat screen TVs, a premium sound system, neon party lighting, and much more.
Details: The cost of the 56-passenger ride is $ 750 for four hours. The 24-passenger sedan bus costs $ 650 for four hours. Both are available for up to 12 hours for an additional fee of approximately $ 125 per hour. See www.bluelakesbythebay.com.
(NOT) TOO MUCH MAGIC BUS
Sean and Dan Mackey’s Magic Shuttle Bus is hip, comfortable and not just one. It’s actually a whole fleet of magical buses.
While the buses will haul your crew to each venue for whatever reason, weddings have become a staple of the business, according to Sean. “In the last couple of years it has really evolved into wedding transport, from the hotel to the venue and then back at the end of the night. We also do a lot of stag and hen parties, ”he said.
This could be because every bus has seating around it so that everyone on board can easily chat, as well as deluxe audio systems with Bluetooth access, LED lighting, built-in coolers and much more.
Details: The Magic Buses can accommodate groups of 12 to 40 passengers. Prices range from $ 100 to $ 200 an hour. The coverage area is approximately 50 miles from Traverse City. Learn more at www.magicshuttlebus.com.
Bonus “ride”: Check out the newest addition to the fleet, the Volkswagen Photobooth Bus. Not intended for transportation, but a fun way to instantly snap photos at your event. It comes with a lot of props. For two hours, the cost is $ 600.
ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?
Anyone with a love for animals and an old-fashioned flair should consider hitching their wagon to the Fantail Farm of Beulah, whose wagons are pulled by a mixed crew of Percheron and Shire, American Brabant draft horses, and Belgians. To be clear, owner Susan Zenker notes that the horses pull a wagon, not a wagon, which makes their service best suited to what she calls “country style weddings”.
Details: The supply area extends from Beulah / Benzonia to Traverse City, Cadillac and Manton. Prices vary depending on the request, circumstances and distance. “Everyone sees what a perfect wedding is differently. We will design it that way and set the price accordingly, ”said Zenker. Learn more at www.fantailfarmllc.com.
INTIMATE & CLASSIC
(And maybe with a chauffeur …)
For the bride, groom, or couple who prefer a quiet time on the way to the wedding or reception, a car would no doubt work best. But please not the usual everyday car. Ride a classic ride in style – maybe one from the 40s or 50s, or a muscle car from the 60s or 70s, or even a Model T or a Duesenberg. You may be in luck thanks to Driveshare.
Driveshare is a unique Hagerty rental program, bringing owners of classic, vintage and collector’s cars together with those interested in renting them. Availability varies from region to region and the price is set by the vehicle owner. Many are available for driving, others only with chauffeur service. Please visit www.Driveshare.com for more information. Here are some of the cars available in this area:
1958 Oldsmobile Super 88
Chauffeur Hire: $ 500 / full day
Many believe this car is the perfect visual representation of what 1958 was about. Classic sea foam green body with a dark metallic green roof, lots of chrome and space rocket styling with huge fins. They don’t do it like that anymore.
1964 Porsche 356
Rental car: $ 275 / full day
New plus rebuilt is classic: the engine was rebuilt 500 miles ago, brakes in 2018. Driving pleasure, with excellent suspension and steering, new tires and new battery, and it looks good with silver over black leather with square carpeting.
1955 Ford Thunderbird
Chauffeur Hire: $ 225 / full day
This beauty is # 7 of 200 (or fewer) commissioned by Ford as a promotional item. It was built by Camelot Motors of Marshall after purchasing Shay Motors. Fiberglass body, V8-225 Windsor, leather interior, removable hard top, updated with all safety features required from 1984 onwards.
* Note on all modes of transport listed in this story: prices may vary based on distance traveled and other factors. Tips are not included.