No South Asian wedding is complete without a baraat! It’s even more spectacular when you have a ghodi (baraat horse services), 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 ghodi for your baraat – just like with anything else, do your homework and research the different providers and ask questions.
To help us out with this installment of “Questions to ask your Indian Wedding Vendors” we have Prince from Prince Horse Rental, conveniently based out of San Jose, CA. They have been providing professional baraat horse services for a variety of events and at various locations. They have appropriate equipment to travel and serve anywhere in Northern California.
Stay tuned for a feature where Prince Horse Rental will answer some of the top 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 noise, like either a DJ playing loud music or a dholi playing their drum?
How will I get onto the 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 as a baraat horse?
What will the horse handler wear?
How early do you arrive before the event starts?
Have you provided the baraat horse service at my venue before? If not, will you find out the logistics of the venue beforehand?
Do you have a carriage as well if we wanted to use it for the vidai/doli (bridal send-off)?
How many weddings do you do per year? How much experience do you have?
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 have liability insurance?