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    03-22-2013, 04:45 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by wetrain17    
Would I? No. But that's just me. I think weddings are too much to begin with, let alone have to deal with a horse and lots of people around horses. I'm more of a go down to city hall and use all the wedding money on a honeymoon. But to each their own.
That's what we did. We booked an Alaskan cruise and got married at the first port of call.
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    03-22-2013, 05:04 PM
  #12
Foal
Congrats on the engagement!

I have never wanted a big wedding to start. I have always said I'll get married on a beach somewhere with mom & dad and the in-laws. My bf and I have been talking about buying a farm. I was telling him this week that if we do buy our farm, I'd love to get married at home on the farm. Have family and freinds over and almost turn our wedding into a big party after the ceremony(when I say big, I mean 20-40 guests), nothing too fancy, tables with food and booze, a bonfire, lanterns and tiki torches, get a priest to come over for the ceremony (outside) and I'd for sure trot down the aisle or make my first appearance on a horse. I'd probably be the crazy chick that would wear my wedding dress with my riding boots(that sounds so trashy but I'd do it! LOL!) or ride barefoot or even in heels for that short period of time on my special day. I don't know... But I'd for sure want to include at least a horse in my wedding, one way or another.

My parents on their wedding day had 2 horses with the carriage taking them to the church. My mom still talks about it to this day, 25+ years later. Everything went very well for my parents wedding.
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    03-22-2013, 05:23 PM
  #13
Trained
I wouldn't. My horses would probably poop at the most inappropriate time.

My nephew wanted his dog in their wedding. Darn dog spent the wedding howling. He also got loose and ran around like an idiot - 100 lbs bouncing over guests. It was very disruptive. My horses would probably have been better behaved that that though - point in favor of horses.
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    03-22-2013, 05:46 PM
  #14
Weanling
One of my friends had horses at her wedding :) the groom's horse was tied up behind the altar and the bride + father arrived on horses before getting off and walking up the aisle. The bride also had her heart horse tied up behind the alter. After the reception, they rode away on their horses.

Personally - I probably won't (because I plan on having my dog present and people think I'm nutty enough about my animals as it is), but they will definitely be involved in engagement shots and hopefully wedding day photos too :)
     
    03-22-2013, 06:12 PM
  #15
Foal
I had my horse in my wedding back in September 2011. My father bought Cloey for me when I turned 15 and I was dead set on having my father lead me down the aisle atop my very first horse. There was certainly a lot of work and preparation involved but it was well worth it; it's what truly made my wedding unique and special to me.

Here's a link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...47717958865426

Engagement Photo Session


Horse Helpers on Wedding Day


Entrance


Afterwards


Congratulations on your engagement! May you enjoy the planning time. I hope that your day can be as beautiful and as wonderful as you dream and hope it to be. Don't give up on what you want and be sure to include what is important and special to you because it's your big day and you will regret it if you don't. Best wishes!
     
    03-22-2013, 06:23 PM
  #16
Yearling
My mother had her second wedding on horseback. It wasn't all that glamorous. XD She rode my ex step brother's mare Fred, who was just fine with the big puffy dress. However, my ex step father's mule, Fancy was not, and he ended up having to get off to kiss her. I was a flower girl, if I remember correctly, and my green pony Sailor tried to charge up the hill that I was supposed to be showering with flower petals. My sister's ride went okay, though, on a steady paint mare also named Fancy who took the liberty of letting out a long, loud fart in the middle of the ceremony. ;)

My mother chose not to have horses in her third wedding. ;D

I sure thought it was fun though!
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    03-22-2013, 06:40 PM
  #17
Foal
I feel like I should probably provide a little bit more background here though since I was very fortunate to have not encountered any problems. When I say it was a lot of work to have Cloey involved in my wedding, I truly mean that it was a lot of work. Many people tried to talk me out of it because of the risks and I took all of them into consideration prior to making any and all decisions. Ultimately though it came down to this being very important to me and a lifelong dream.

5 1/2 months prior to the wedding, I moved Cloey to a stable where I would have access to more things (ie: riding arena, closer to home, etc.) We trained for months and also practiced riding sideways in a western saddle with old prom dresses, etc.

The handlers that I had selected had worked with Cloey during those months and were willing to get her ready on wedding day. She basically was just as pampered the day-of as I was. It really was a lot of fun for them as well and I appreciate everything that they did for us that day.

I trusted Cloey's disposition and we had trailered to different locations before for trail riding.

I had everything lined up to have her present the night before at rehearsal but there was an unexpected rain storm and we were unable to get the trailer in that night. Thus, we were unable to practice the night before with Cloey and a decision needed to be made whether or not we would be “going in blind” the next day. (I actually left this decision up to my future husband the morning of our wedding while I was having my makeup done. It was a very critical decision and I am so thankful that he had enough trust in Cloey and I to give the go-ahead that day since I was unable to emotionally decide.)

A friend did the trailering and was able to get the horse there prior to guests arriving so that she could “walk the grounds”. After the ceremony and pictures, Cloey was happily whisked away back to the barn.

I was fully prepared for Cloey to poop while in route to the aisle (and to this day I am amazed that she did not). I also had informed my father that it would be okay if she needed to stop and look around, just give her the time that she needed.

Overall I was very fortunate to not have encountered any problems and the wedding day went very smoothly. For me, all of the risks were not enough to outweigh what I thought and believed my horse was capable of. If you find that you can accept these risks and hope for the very best regardless, I say go for it!
     
    03-22-2013, 06:48 PM
  #18
Weanling
I definitely want mine in my wedding, even though my boyfriend and I are not yet engaged (been together 5.5 years, it'll happen). I definitely want a larger wedding as I do have a huge family. I would hope to be married on the family farm, 80+ acres and wide open hay fields, one which has a large oak tree in the center of the field. I would love to walk down the isle with my pony, and have our other mare at the end with my boyfriend. Engagement photos would have to include the mare's as well.

Obviously, I've got this all planned out
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    03-22-2013, 07:07 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nickers103    
I had my horse in my wedding back in September 2011. My father bought Cloey for me when I turned 15 and I was dead set on having my father lead me down the aisle atop my very first horse. There was certainly a lot of work and preparation involved but it was well worth it; it's what truly made my wedding unique and special to me.

Here's a link to the video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...47717958865426

Engagement Photo Session


Horse Helpers on Wedding Day


Entrance


Afterwards


Congratulations on your engagement! May you enjoy the planning time. I hope that your day can be as beautiful and as wonderful as you dream and hope it to be. Don't give up on what you want and be sure to include what is important and special to you because it's your big day and you will regret it if you don't. Best wishes!
That was absolutely beautiful!! Everything simple, natural, and with lovely Gaelic music - very well done :)
     
    03-22-2013, 07:14 PM
  #20
Green Broke
I would like my horse to be in pictures but not actually part of the ceremony. I'm not big on planning and I think there is already enough going on without adding a horse into it.
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