Wow, I wasn’t expecting this many responses, but thanks all, this was helpful.
Was originally planning to respond to all individually, but holy cow, that would take forever.
There were enough people who expressed interest that I think it would be ok to offer them. Assuming loading/unloading takes a few minutes, there will probably only be room for 4 or 5 “rides,” during cocktail hour. I’m having a massive wedding (275-300), so even if only 1 out 5 was interested that’s still a solid number of people. Also, there will be a fair number of kids there, who I’m sure would enjoy it. I know that a good number of people won’t be interested (people who are indifferent about horses, would rather stay warm, don’t want to risk the fancy clothes), which I completely understand and respect. Those people can stay inside and drink cocoa (or something from the bar) and socialize. No problem with that.
To everyone concerned about my poor darling wedding party (even though that wasn’t really part of the question hahah), I’ve already talked to them all about it and they are all on board. I’ll be checking the weather up until the wedding, and if it’s going to be 20 degrees or snowing or something then I am definitely not going to make my party take the ride from the church to the reception. I’m not a monster hahah. If it’s a sunny 45 however, then I have no qualms. And even then, each person will have at least 4 thick blankets to themselves, in addition to scarves and cute matching ear muffs, and mittens which I will have them bring (or provide if they forgot them).
Also, to clarify, I do know horses haha. I’m not a city girl who wanted ponies to make her princess dreams come true (though I DO intend to look like a princess- and nothing against people who hire horse wagons/carriages without knowing horses- you do you). I’ve spent every moment with horses possible since I was little. I ride several times a week and volunteer at a rescue. All that to say, I know they can be unpredictable amd that the ride might be a little clunky (though it will be on smooth paved roads). I love them so much though, so there’s no way horses weren’t going to be a part of the wedding day. Anyways, life is unpredictable- at my moms wedding, a building caught fire between the church and the reception, so she and my dad had to detour, got lost, and ended up being an hour late to their own reception. So, really, nothing is predictable.
I’m taking some pictures outside regardless- I hate the look of artifical lighting and I don’t want all of my pictures indoors. Yuck. We’ll have space heaters running so the people not actively being photographed can stay warm. Almost every winter wedding I’ve seen takes some wedding party pictures outside. If it’s REALLY cold, I will still have the horses come, but really just to get some cute pictures of everyone in the wagon (not making every ride for 20 min), and pictures of me with the horses.
Whew, that was long and I don’t know if anyone will even read it all, but if so I hope I was able to respond to your comments and concerns. Thanks all for your input! 🙂