When you’re planning a fairy tale wedding, wouldn’t you love to draw up in front of all of your guests in an elegant horse-drawn carriage? This special detail, which is reminiscent of a much grander time of life, could make your big day extra special.
A Ride To Remember
Horse and carriage rides are in high demand for a variety of special occasions, including many weddings. Usually, the horse and carriage will pick up the bride and her father or attendants and carry them to the ceremony in style. Then once the vows are done, the bride and groom will take a special private carriage ride to the reception, where they can pose with the horse and carriage for photographs.
Things To Consider
Before you hire a horse and carriage, there are a number of logistics that you should consider. For instance, you’ll want to know how far you the horse will need to travel, and how much time it takes to get there. Keep in mind that horses typically travel at a pace of between 4 and 6 miles an hour. In addition, you’ll need to make sure that the roads will be passable for horses. (Very busy roads can be difficult or even dangerous.)
Other factors that you’ll want to weigh include how many people the carriage will transport. (The most common carriages hold two to four people, but you can even find one to accommodate as many as six.) Also, do you have a preference as to whether it’s pulled by one horse or two? Keep in mind that two horses can be more expensive, but in return for the investment, this can also provide a backup plan in case one horse gets injured or sick on your big day. Whatever you select, you’ll also need to make sure that the carriage itself is big enough to comfortably house your dress.
Further, if you’re having a summer wedding and you don’t have far to travel, an open-style carriage may be a perfect. (Just make sure you have a backup plan in case it rains or is very cold and windy.) Some of the other options that exist include white majestic, old-fashioned black and glass enclosed. (Certain styles seats side to side, while others are face-to-face.) You can even opt for a horse-drawn winter sleigh ride if the season permits. The latter can be a breathtaking sight sure to awe your guests.
If you’re having your ceremony and reception all at one location, or if the situation just isn’t conducive to horse and carriage travel, remember that if have your heart set on incorporating this element into your event, you can still hire to one pose with you for wedding photos even if it doesn’t take you out onto the main roads.
What To Look For
It’s always a good idea to see a carriage you’re considering in advance so you can be sure it looks good, is well maintained and will reproduce well in your photographs. You’ll also want to know what types of decorations, if any, will be provided to add a special festive air to this transportation. Some carriages are decked with tulle, bows, flowers and a “Just Married” sign. Sometimes champagne and snacks for the bridal couple will also be provided. In addition, you may be able to request ribbons be braided into the horse’s hair to coordinate with your wedding colors. Finally, you should ask the horse and carriage company how the driver will be dressed. You’ll probably want to have him come in formal wear or even an outfit reminiscent of the past.