Typically horse drawn carriages are used to bring the bride and groom to the ceremony, and then away to the reception. In order to keep travel time reasonable, most companies suggest a destination no more than four miles. The carriages travel at a relaxed pace of four miles per hour.
Most Vis a Vis (face to face) carriages hold four passengers comfortably. But a Surrey with the Fringe on Top is pulled by 2 horses and is perfect for the whole wedding party. There is a wide variety of carriage types and designs: white majestic, old fashioned black, open-air or glass enclosed. In winter and ski resort areas, horse drawn sleighs are very popular for weddings.
The couple may want to find a reputable horse and carriage rental company by asking friends, checking online and in the Yellow Pages. If the bride and groom have their wedding on a Saturday between May and September, they will need to call early for reservations. Other high demand times for carriage companies are Fridays in the fall months, on Valentine’s Day, holiday weekends, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s and Mother’s Day.
Some companies allow you to rent the horse and carriage for wedding pictures only. There may be a fee (one online company charges $250.00), which includes the carriage, a coachman and a l5 minute ride. Other fees cover preparation, set up (decorations) and travel time. Prices are determined by date, time, location and the number of horses/carriages that are needed. The coachman and footman will be formally attired, some with Olde English or romantic Victorian costumes. What better or more romantic way to arrive at the wedding ceremony, than in a resplendent coach with loving family and friends waiting in anticipation.
Kathleen Terrana is the owner of Beautiful Bridal specializing in discount tiaras, veils and bridal jewelry.