Has there always been a bridal horse and carriage in your fantasy wedding plans? Did you dream of one day being taken on a carriage ride through a beautiful picturesque park so that your partner could get down on one knee and propose? For many women and men out there the image of a horse drawn carriage signifies long steeped tradition, class and romance. I mean, why else would the royals around the world arrive at their weddings in anything less?
“Love and marriage, love and marriage. Goes together like a horse and carriage”. If that tune pops into your head every time you start thinking about your dream wedding then maybe it is meant to be. Horse drawn carriages invoke pure romance. It’s the classic fairy tale wedding. You, being the princess arriving to marry your Prince Charming with everyone watching and taking it all in.
Choices, choices and more choices. Many companies not only let you choose the type of carriage such as Landau, Wagonette, Victorian or Phaeton to name a few, you can also usually choose the breed of horse to pull your carriage. This is dependent on the size of the stable of course. Have you always pictured a strapping great Clydesdale or an elegant pair of Palominos?
If you want to remain the main attraction as the bridal party pull up to your ceremony, then consider having a horse drawn carriage for the bride and matching cars for the rest of the bridal party. Knock on wood that your day goes smoothly but the incorporation of cars could also be your emergency backup should the weather not play to your advantage or your horses don’t cooperate.
Several factors to consider when looking into using a horse drawn carriage for your big day. How many people are you going to transport? Is the whole bridal party to arrive in the carriage or just the bride for her big entrance? Have you got a wedding venue where the carriage will be seen by all attending? How far will you need to travel and is there suitable cover should it rain or snow on your wedding day? Your buggy driver will be able to easily provide you with the amount of time it will take to travel to the venue. It is also worth including your chosen hire company about anything on your wedding day that might impact the horses. This might include large crowds, firework displays or loud music. By sharing the details of these events your hired stable will either assist you in working the horses and your carriage around these items. Many of us know that training and desensitising horses to loud noises and crowds requires a lot of time. They may have horses that are better suited to your preferred breed. Be prepared to be flexible. Flexibility and open communication on your part in the planning stage can save a major event like a spooked horse from interrupting your big day.
Winter weddings will need to factor in colder outdoor temperatures for travelling and potential snow fall. But imagine how romantic it would be to pull up in the snow at your wedding in a horse drawn carriage. Remember the practicalities when planning all the segments of your wedding so that they are compatible. A wedding in peak hour in the city will impact the time it takes to arrive, the route and behaviour of your horses. Fashionably late doesn’t seem so fashionable these days.
Fancy treating all your guests to a horse drawn carriage? If you are lucky enough to have the nuptials and reception at the same venue you can easily transport your guests on horse drawn wagons. It’s a great way to get everyone together, have your photographer get some great pictures and help set the romantic mood for your big day.
Horse drawn carriages aren’t just for the horse riders, owners or trainers. They are for every little girl that grew up dreaming big of a white wedding with a horse drawn carriage. Dream big, be realistic and most of all enjoy your day. You memories will last a lifetime and knock on wood you only have to do this big wedding once in your life then why not do it with a little wow factor.
One last wedding tip from Abler. Don’t let your dress or train get too close to any horses. The last thing you want is what started as a romantic photo standing alongside the horse to end up as a horse soiled dress. Yikes!