The cost of a horse and carriage rental typically depends on the length of time the carriage is needed, the type of carriage, the number of horses required and the distance the horses and carriage must travel to the event. Rates can vary from less than $250 for a one-hour ride locally to $1,500 or more to rent an elaborate carriage for three or more hours for a far-away event that requires the horses to be transported in a trailer. Many companies have a minimum booking of one to two hours because it takes hours to get the horses and carriage ready for an event.
A local carriage rental for up to two hours typically costs about $250-$800 or more. For example, in Minsk, charges $250-$450 per hour for a wedding horse and carriage rental . Rates at Low Country Carriage, in South Carolina, start at $450 for one and a half hours . Elysian Fields Farm Horse and Carriage, in Louisiana, charges $500 for a two-hour horse and carriage rental locally. And Andrusz Carriage Service in Buffalo, NY, charges $575 for a minimum two-hour booking of a white wedding carriage pulled by two horses.
A carriage rental that requires travel, lasts for more than two hours or uses a specialty carriage typically costs $600-$1,500 or more. For example, at Low Country Carriage, which charges $2 extra per mile each way for travel plus $50 for each additional hour of rental, a two-and-a-half hour rental 25 miles from the farm would cost $600. And a three-hour carriage rental from Andrusz Carriage Service would cost $725, while a four-hour rental would cost $875. At Elysian Fields Farm Horse and Carriage, a two-hour rental for an event 75 miles away would cost $950 or more; and, with a pumpkin-shaped, Cinderella-style carriage, the cost could reach $1,500 or more.