No South Asian wedding is complete without a Baraat! It’s even more spectacular when you have a beautifully adorned Ghodi (white female horse), especially if traditional vibes are your thing. But you can’t expect just anyone with a horse to show up and provide you with a safe and reliable mount for the Groom! – just like with anything else, do your homework and research the different providers and ask questions.
I’m a little afraid of horses. Can I come meet the horse and possibly do a small ride to see if I really want this for my wedding day?
Are your horses adjusted to loud noises and music? This includes a DJ playing loud music or a dholi playing their drum?
How will I get onto the Ghodi (Baraat horse) on the day of the wedding?
A small child might be riding with me on the horse during the Baraat; is that ok?
Will the horse be in a regular saddle or dressed up in a traditional costume as a Ghodi (baraat horse)?
Does the Baraat horse service provider own the traditional Ghodi costume(s)? If so ask the provider to see current pictures of it. do you have the option to select which costume you prefer? is this included in the fee?
What will the horse handler(s) wear? and how many handlers will accompany the horse or horses?
How early do you (the Provider) arrive before the event starts?
Have you (the Provider) serviced at my venue before? If not, will you find out the logistics of the venue beforehand?
Do you (the provider) have a carriage as well if we wanted to use it for the Vidai/doli (bridal send-off)?
How many Indian/South Asian weddings do you do per year? How much experience do you have? Read the companies reviews!
Is your horse reliably safe in the presence of drones? and a dancing crowd? Do you have video?
What is the cost? Is it hourly or a flat fee?
What is included in the cost?
Are there any additional fees?
What if our Baraat starts late?
What happens if I cancel? What happens if you cancel?
Do you own your horses… how many? costumes? and carriages? or do you subcontract the work out?
Do you have liability insurance? Is there a additional fee for Insurance Certificates if requested by the Venue? by the City/Town? By the Event Planner?
Photos from Wind Chase Farm:
Wind Chase Farm – Florida’s Premier horses and horses & carriage for hire.
When you hire our horses you are hiring them not only because you want a safe and reliable mount for your Groom- the best event Planners know our horses will interact with your loved ones, delighting them in the memories created in the Baraat procession. Its what sets Wind Chase Farm apart from the other companies. Wind Chase Farms provides beautifully adorned horses and elegant carriages throughout the state of Florida! www.horse-drawncarriage.com 772-285-3480.
*Photos by KNW Photography , Wind Chase Farm, and Solea Events.