Horses in weddings

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think adding horses into the mix is a really cool idea. It seems so romantic- after the ceremony the bride and groom take off on horseback… riding into the sunset. Like something out of a movie!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’ve wondered the same thing because we have horses and I’ve always ridden too. I think mainly I am going to try to incorperate them into pictures than try to get them in the ceremony haha mine are all too high-strung to try and walk down and aisle.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Horses were a huge part of my wedding vision. While I was dress shopping whether or not I could sit astride a horse was one of the first things I considered. πŸ™‚ Unfortunately my mare won’t be taking part but I’m still fantasizing about a trash the dress session with her.

A friend-of-a-friend incorporated horses into her wedding, although it was very much a western theme.

The concerns that I came up with (other than the fact that my mare is younger and doesn’t get out much so I wasn’t sure I trusted her to mind her manners) is that you have to have someone manage the horse after you get of (or people for more than one horse).  You want to be able to get off (and on if you ride off on them) gracefully and without flashing the grandparents.  You want to make sure that you have a good place to keep the horse during the ceremony. (Downwind and probably out of sight. Most people don’t enjoy having a horse’s rear end as a back drop.)

Try googling horseback wedding. There are a few things that come up. Here’s one on About.com, don’t know if you’ve seen it yet.

There are definitely a lot more logistics and things to think about but I think it’s possible! Keep us posted!  I would love to live vicariously! πŸ™‚

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Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think it could be a cute touch. =) It’d definitely make it more personal, and more fun for your guests, if your fiance rode up the aisle on a motorbike, and you rode up on a horse. =D

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Neither of us ride, but we are getting married on my parent’s small farm, and they board three beautiful horses, so horses will be incorporated! While we won’t be riding any, they very well may be lingering in the background during the ceremony! Also, we’re going to have galvanized tin buckets of carrots and hay for people to feed them during the reception – great photo-op!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I love the idea of a TTD session with a horse.  I have ridden for years and years.  I do know that if you wanted to incorporate your horse into the ceremony, you would definitely have to practice with her.  That is a lot of people for your horse to deal with.  I would suggest riding her only up to the aisle, not actually down it.  If she starts to spook in the middle of the aisle, all of your guests would be in danger. 

Don’t forget that she is probably going to be nervous about your dress.  If it is big and fluffy (as it would have to be for you to get on her) it will billow around her while you ride.  She will have to be okay with that, which would likely mean practicing wearing your actual dress around her. Your dress could get awfully dirty in that process. 

Also, if you are incorporating a motorcycle for your Fiance, she has to be calm around that as well.  Personally, I will be much too nervous on the day of my wedding to worry about how my precious equine will be handling it on top of everything else.  If you really think your horse would be fine with all of that, then you could pull it off.  It’s ultimately your decision, but I wouldn’t  risk it.  Sorry to be such a downer, but you want your horse to be safe and around for years to come.  I don’t think it’s worth the risk of injury or embarrassment to involve her for a few minutes in your wedding.  All those wild weddings or funny videos shows always seem to include a "horse in a wedding goes wrong" sort of video.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

A friend of mine rode her horse up to the aisle at her wedding. I wasn’t there, but I saw pics and videos, and it was really cool! This was a pretty calm horse, and there was no problems with spooking or shying. She had her father meet her at the start of the aisle and help her off her horse. The horse had a vaulting surcingle, not a saddle. A friend of hers drove the horse to and from the ceremony in her trailer, and being a short ride it didn’t stress the mare out.

If your horse is pretty quiet, she could probably handle it. I’ve done all sorts of things with my TB-x mare, and even she (wound-up as she can be) has handled crowds, chairs and flappy things no problem. The key is to train and practice. You don’t have to wear your wedding dress, most thrift stores have crappy old ones or you can use another long dress. I’d much rather use my dressage saddle than a western one for something like that too, so nothing can get caught. Introduce your horse to chairs and crowds too.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It reminds me of Runaway Bride! Was it her second or third wedding that she came down the aisle on a horse?

You could always incorporate your horse in your wedding photos as well as a motorcycle for your Fiance. They will be beautiful I’m sure!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it would be awesome.  It would be cute if you could find a side saddle to ride in on.  Have your dad lead you down the isle on horse back.  Then help you down.  Of course have someone that will take the horse from y’all and lead it away.  You could decorate the horses main and tail with your wedding flowers or something.  It would be elegant and gorgeous:)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We incorporated horses!! We got married on a ranch in Wyoming and ended up having the horses become a big part of the wedding.

My husband rode up to the ceremony site on a horse.  It was a very well-behaved and calm horse. We didn’t tell anyone that he was doing it and everyone was so surprised and thought it was great.  The horses were in the field behind us during the ceremony and were "talking" to each other, which was pretty funny.  As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, the owner of the ranch released 4 horses to run through the fields behind us…it was so beautiful.  The horses then went up to the ranch where our guests could feed them carrots. I guess we’re all such city folk…everyone wanted to get their picture taken with them! And we used the horses in our pictures too! It was really amazing.

I don’t have the pictures back from the photographer, but here are a couple from our guests…

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Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

wow missomally I loved your few wedding pics you already have. That is awesome and something no one will forget:)

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

spacediamonds:  Gorgeous pictures, and so awesome you were able to have horses there!

I always dreamed my horse would be involved in some way, but unfortunately it’s not going to happen. We’re getting married across the country from where we/the horse lives, plus even if the logistics magically worked out, he’s an OTTB and a bit spooky/excitable — not a great candidate for participating in the wedding πŸ™

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