What Styles of Wedding Carriages are Available?
A bewildering number of differeing styles of carriage were available in their hey-day, but these days a much smaller selection is available to couples tying the knot. The most popular wedding carriages currently available for hire include:
The Landau Wedding Carriage: A four-wheeled carriage drawn by two, sometimes four, horses. It will seat up to four wedding party members on two facing seats.
Vis-a-Vis Wedding Carriage: French for 'face-to-face' and very similar in look to the Landau, the difference being that it is expected that occupants will seat facing each other rather than side by side.
Stagecoach: A four-wheeled carriage historically used to transport mail and passengers in across American mid-west. A perfect option for any couple planning a Wild West themed wedding!
Wedding Pumpkin-Coach - A four-wheeled Cinderella-esque carriage shaped, unsuprisingly, like a pumpkin! White in colour and mainly metal/glass in construction, they can be tricky to track down this side of the pond and hence can sometimes be the most costly wedding carriage option.
The Hansom Wedding Carriage: Light, fast and far more agile than the other wedding carriages discussed above. They are drawn by just the one horse and can accomodate only two occupants. Unlike most other carriages, the coachman sits at the rear, behind the carriage itself.
What if I Just Want a Wedding Horse?
Your local riding stables may be willing to offer their services, but most will be reluctant as it takes a special horse with years of training to be able to perform such a duty. Your best bet would be to contact a specialist wedding/show horse operator and utilise their services.
A recent arrival in the UK 'wedding transport' market is the Asian Wedding Horse. Arriving at the ceremony on the back of a white horse is a tradtion that originates from the Punjab region in India, and Asian Wedding Horses can now be hired from various places across the UK. These beautiful white wedding horses (also known as Ghorie) are decorated in traditional Asian embellishments and cloth and make for a stunning entrance. Whilst an Indian tradition, many Asian Wedding Horse operators will be happy to discuss supplying their services to non-Indian couples.
How Much will a Wedding Horse & Carriage Cost?
As with all forms of wedding transport, the rental fees can vary dramatically. Factors such as distance to be travelled, length of hire, the carriage itself plus the number of drivers/footmen can all impact upon the final fee. Taking all this into account, the cost at the bottom end of the scale is comparable to car hire coming in at around the £300-£400 mark. For more elaborate bookings, expect to pay three to four times that figure.
Related: We've a host of wedding transport articles on the site packed of of helpful ideas and advice, not to mention our wedding transport directory that's filled with suppliers of wedding cars, limousines and more. For help and friendly advice from like-minded couples, be sure to check out our weding transport forum.