Dream Horse Carriage Company
For the “wow’”factor, or just for the wonderfully romantic memories, glide through the wedding day in a Cinderella carriage. The fairytale dream is real.
Dream Horse Carriage Co. handles all the details, even transporting the white horse to the shore with the carriage.
Serving New Jersey and surrounding areas for over 25 years, the company offers Cinderella Princess carriages, traditional white carriages, a Vintage Carriage, and more.
“Call us with your needs and dreams and we will help make them happen,” owner Tania Lawson invites on the company’s social media pages. The website carriagerentals.com displays the breathtaking photos.
Just picture yourself in the coach with your Prince Charming, or bridesmaids, pulled by a stately white horse under the charge of a well-dressed coachman.
The effect certainly makes a dramatic entrance for guests to remember and for the bridal party to recall forever in photos. It’s the icing on the cake for a spectacular wedding.
“What I love about the business is that honestly, I love helping people out,” Lawson said. “I have loved horses all my life,” she said, and that’s how the idea for the business started.
Lawson hails from Long Island, N.Y., and her business is so well known and trusted that agents for celebrities call to arrange the service for photo shoots or appearances.
Lady Gaga did a perfume commercial at Macy’s Herald Square using a black horse that pulled her carriage. Taylor Swift’s appearance was at the VMA Awards at Radio City. Yogi Berra was a hit at his birthday party.
The “Say Yes to the Dress” TV show works with Lawson. “Whenever one of their brides wants a carriage, they always tell them to call me,” Lawson said. “I’m pretty well known in those circles, and it’s easy to reach me; the phone is right with me all the time.”
Locally, Dream Horse Carriage Co. did a wedding a few years ago at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Clients come from throughout New Jersey, metropolitan New York, Long Island and eastern Pennsylvania, and the company advertises its availability in this area.
“One new carriage is on order that I think will be a hit everywhere,” Lawson said. “This new one will hold seven to nine people; it will fit the whole wedding party. It’s going to be all-white, and it’s going to be nice.”
There’s nothing like testimonials from customers when it comes to recommending the service. An online blog linked to the website reveals compliments such as “amazing,” “very nice and accommodating,” “very responsive” and “five stars all around.”
“I wanted a ‘Wow effect’ and to surprise my guests – and they sure did deliver,” praised a client, very pleased that the carriage and horses arrived early to the wedding in the Bronx.
Gena L. wrote, “It was an amazing experience from start to finish. When I first saw the carriages in front of my house, I thought I was dreaming. It was a great addition to my wedding. People still talk about the horse and carriages till this day.”
“We rented the Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage; the whole experience was wonderful!,” thanked Debbie G.“The driver was so perfect as was the carriage and horse. The driver took the time to assure that the experience met all expectations. The carriage was in perfect shape, with lovely decorations, so comfortable and the horse was beautiful! We surprised our daughter and stopped on the way to the church to transfer to the carriage. It was a perfect addition to the special wedding day! She was excitedly surprised and felt so special. She loved the whole experience and after the ceremony, she and her husband were driven to the picture site and to the reception, which was all in the same town. I would recommend this company, they were on site exactly when they said and we felt went beyond what we expected!”
Kara and Jim Hall were transported Sept. 21, 2013, at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, N.J. “We cannot stress enough how happy we were with Dream Horse Carriages!! You helped make our fairytale fantasy wedding become a true reality! Not only were we able to take some AMAZING pictures, but the entire experience of riding down the streets like we were in a parade, with people clapping and honking their horns in congratulations, as well as riding through the serene and beautiful park setting was absolutely priceless. Those memories will last a lifetime and really helped our wedding to stand out and made it even more special than we could have ever imagined! ... Thank you so much for providing us with excellent service and a truly magical concept!”
“I can’t say enough about how impressive Dream Horse Cinderella horse and carriages were, from the friendly and kind driver to the clean and elegant carriage, it looked like and felt like a wonderful fairy tale,” thanked Sonny M. “My wife felt like she was in a dream, and to top it all off, they gave our godson a ride on the carriage too, making this moment even more special to all. Having them for the wedding, was one of the best decisions I have ever made, they created a moment that we will treasure forever.”
Weddings are a sought-after service, but the company also serves beautifully for Sweet 16 parties, princesses, parades, funerals with a horse-drawn hearse, and other functions.
Lawson also reserves the right to decline contracting a job if there is a reason it wouldn’t work out. “I want to enjoy what we do,” she said, “and most people are wonderful.”
Call 732-928-8593 and ask for Tania for more information and pricing.
— Maria Scandale