South Australia is famous for its beautiful historic buildings and towns. With the state’s first settlements established back in the mid-1800s, many churches, houses and hotels built before the dawn of the 20th century are still standing.
When planning your wedding, you’re probably considering what kind of atmosphere you want to create for your big day. If you love recreating romantic history, then why not revisit a vanished era with the most stunning entrance possible – a horse and carriage.
It’s easy to imagine life in the Adelaide area before the age of the motor car. If you were lucky enough to own a horse and carriage, transport would have been peaceful indeed - no noisy combustion engines, just the quiet sound of hooves on the road and the sun on your face. If the idea of living life at a slower pace appeals to you, then a horse and carriage at your wedding could add that special touch to your day. Adelaide offers several horse and carriage companies able to transport wedding parties in style.
Meander Coaches, Camden Park
Meander Coaches are unique in that they allow you to choose the colour of your horse and carriage. With six horses and seven carriages available to choose from, you can select your favourite combination. The carriages range from small two-seaters pulled by one horse to a large carriage able to seat nine people, pulled by a matching pair of horses.
There are three matching pairs of horses at Meander, you can even visit the horses beforehand (by appointment) to help you make your decision before booking!
Carriage of Occasion, Strathalbyn
Carriage of Occasion are located in Strathalbyn, south-east of Adelaide city. A 1920s-style Victoria carriage is pulled by Calvin the Standardbred, surely one of the most versatile horses around! Previously a successful harness racer and an SES land-search horse, Calvin now spends his time delighting guests at weddings, wine tours and Christmas Lights tours. Relax and enjoy the ride as Calvin conveys you to your ceremony or reception in elegant style. Carriage of Occasion’s lightweight carriage seats up to four people.
Classic Carriage Drives
Established in 2012, Classic Carriage Drives offer horse-drawn carriage services in the Adelaide Hills, Adelaide City and Barossa Valley regions of South Australia. Owner and Driver Libby grew up in the country and has been around horses from a very young age. She works with Montana the Percheron, a breed well-known for their strong work ethic and reliable, calm temperament. The carriage itself was imported from Europe and combines a vintage design with modern comforts. Classic Carriage Drives also offer a ‘Fairytale’ wedding package in conjunction with Stamford Hotels, for a perfect and luxurious wedding experience.
So if you’d love some old-world romance on your wedding day, consider replacing a car or limousine with a horse and carriage for your Adelaide wedding. This mode of transportation might only be one horsepower, but it has all the charm and elegance you could possibly need.