• Ajay Manaktala

Stylish Ideas to Rock your Baraat | American Indian Weddings (2019)

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

Ajay Manaktala is founder of Special Occasions DJ & Lighting, the company that revolutionized the mobile baraat system many years ago. In this post he tells you the best way to come to your Hindu wedding in style, and the pros and cons of each way. These are trends we see every week, and each have their own ups and downs!

When I was getting married, I had so many choices for my baraat. Should I dance and walk in with my gang, jump on someone else's BMW (hey, one day!) or try the whole elephant thing? So now that I've DJ'd and worked over 500 baraats, I know what works and what doesn't.

And why.

How do you have an Original and Unique Baraat?

The baraat is the groom's grand entrance at Big Fat Indian weddings, and it's a tradition that has only got crazier and bigger with each passing year. It used to simply be a horse or elephant to marriage hall, and now it can go up to skyscrapers, helicopters and jet skis.

While I don't recommend you miss half your pre-wedding festivities to drive to a helipad 20 miles away only to get a 3 second glamorous photo, I do advise the following.

Ok helicopter maybe.

1. Horse

Cost: $1200-$3000

Pros: Easy to find, most hotels will allow it, not insanely expensive

Cons: Horse might boop, you can't get off and dance. Horse might get freaked out with all the dancing .

2. Elephant

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Costs: Upwards of $5,000

Pros: The traditional baraat by definition. Insane photos.

Cons: These days with all the laws (by good measure) it's not really advised. Maybe 5% of California weddings have an elephant. Also you can't dance. Could scare the elephant too!

3. Luxury Car with Carnival Girls (If wifey is ok with it)

Cost: Maybe $400 or borrow someone from the family circles car. $200 to dress it up with stuff.

Pros: Variety of options.

Cons: You might not be able to get out and dance.

4. Simply Walking with your Gang