New York City Wedding Carriages and Carriage Rentals

New York City wedding carriages
Skyline of New York with Central Park seen from the Top of the Rock viewpoint

Skyline of New York with Central Park seen from the Top of the Rock viewpoint

New York City Wedding Carriages and Carriage Rentals

Weddings in New York City are nothing short of magical. Couples come from all over the world to say their "I do's" at one of the many unique and romantic settings NYC has to offer. From a ballroom at the Palace Hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge, from the Top of the Rock to the deck of a yacht as it floats down the Hudson River, the city is home to a perfect venue for New York nuptials you'll never forget.

For couples who want the ultimate lavish storybook wedding in NYC, there's no better way to capture that "happily ever after" moment than riding off in a horse-drawn carriage as man and wife. To the delight of these married couples-to-be, a number of companies in NYC offer luxurious New York City Wedding Carriages to rent for a truly elegant affair. In fact, some couples even opt to get married aboard these extravagant NYC carriage rides.

Whether you want to arrive at your ceremony in Cinderella style, make a dramatic exit as newlyweds, or tie the knot in the back of a horse-drawn coach with the city as your witness, New York City carriage rides are the icing on top of the picture perfect NYC wedding cake.

Bride and groom in horse carriage NYC

Bride and groom in horse carriage NYC

New York City Wedding Carriages in Central Park

Out of all the beautiful backdrops in NYC to tie the knot, it's difficult to top the breathtaking scenery and whimsical enchantment of Central Park. With 843 idyllic acres of flower gardens, lakes, ponds, and lush greenery, fairytale weddings do come true at Central Park.

Central Park Carriages is a popular rental service in NYC, offering fourteen different styles of elegant horse-drawn New York City wedding carriages driven by knowledgeable, well-dressed chauffeurs. Their glass enclosed Cinderella Carriage is the perfect choice for husbands and brides-to-be who want to be transported on their big day by the most lavish New York City wedding carriages in town.

Couples looking to tie the knot without a hefty price tag or high stress levels can opt for custom wedding packages that include New York City carriage rides through Central Park. Say "I do" in the coach of a horse-drawn carriage as Reverend Sara Henderson at Ceremonies from the Heart unites you and your partner in holy matrimony. A complimentary bottle of champagne is included to toast your marriage in a carriage!

New York City Carriage Rentals

New York City Carriage Rentals

Romantic New York City Carriage Rides

Carriage rides through Central Park are a great way to spend a romantic evening in New York City. In the summertime, enjoy warm weather and cool sights with a hot date in a carriage ride through Central Park. When the temperature drops and Central Park transforms into a winter wonderland, cuddle up under a blanket with your sweetheart on a cozy carriage ride.

NYC carriage rides are an ever popular place to pop the question. The Manhattan Carriage Company of NYC offers evening Engagement Rides through Central Park, where you can woo your sweetheart with an extravagant bottle of Verve Clicquot champagne, a dozen red roses, and a saxophonist to play their favorite song. If you're not quite ready to propose, The Manhattan Carriage Company offers other romantic New York City carriage rides and packages through Central Park, as well.

For more great date spots in NYC, click here for our list of the top ten romantic places in New York City!

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Wedding carriages in New York for rent

Wedding carriages in New York for rent

Just For Fun New York City Carriage Rides

You don't have to tie the knot or pop the question to take a carriage ride in New York City. Horse-drawn carriage rentals are great for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, or simply sightseeing in Central Park with the family.

Horse-drawn carriages line up along Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenues and offer on-the-spot rides through the park all year round. However, carriages are restricted from operating when the temperature rises above 89 degrees and dips below 19 degrees for the safety and comfort of the horses.

Central Park carriage rides usually last between 20 and 40 minutes. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available beginning at 10am on weekdays and 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. Popular sights on these horse-drawn tours include Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, Turtle Pond, Tavern on the Green, Wollman Rink, and many other picturesque attractions in Central Park. Except in rare instances, New York City carriage rides are restricted to the immediate Central Park area.

Pedicabs and richshaws are another fun way to sightsee in Central Park and throughout the city. Click here for more information about this unique, earth-friendly way to get around in NYC. Bicycle tours in Central Park are also a great NYC activity the whole family will enjoy. To learn more about biking in New York City, click here.

NY horse drawn carriages

NY horse drawn carriages

New York City Carriage Rides in History & Pop Culture

Before the advent of motor vehicles, horse-drawn carriages were the main mode of transportation in New York City. While taxi-cabs and subway trains have since taken their place, horse-drawn carriages hold an important place in the rich history of NYC.

  • In an iconic scene from the 1979 film, Manhattan, Woody Allen and Mariel Hemingway take a romantic carriage ride through Central Park.
  • Contrary to popular belief, carriage horses do not live in Central Park. Rather, they are housed in one of five multi-storied warehouse stables throughout the city.
  • The carriage horse industry is banned in major cities including Las Vegas, Nevada; Palm Beach, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Paris, France; London, England; and Beijing, China, because of inhumane practices and conditions for horses within the industry.
  • In 1885, New York City was home to approximately 7,810 horse-drawn vehicles.
  • Today, there are approximately 350 carriage drivers and over 200 horses in NYC.
  • Carriage horses are prohibited in Manhattan (including Central Park) Monday through Friday from 7am- 10am, and in Manhattan (excluding Central Park) from 10am- 9pm.

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