Your Indian Wedding

I was looking for a picture of a bridegroom riding a horse, in the north Indian wedding style (what R calls a horse being ridden by a donkey), when I came across this site in California: Fancy Wheelin'.
We pride ourselves on using "safe" horses that have the correct temperment for a festive Indian Wedding. They are comfortable with the dohls and high energy of a wedding event.

Here's another one, in New Jersey, Pony Share. They offer, among other things: "The ability to match the groom with the right size horse" and "A fleet of modern trucks and trailers, equipped to prevent lateness and break-down as well as a back-up plan."
Our choice of decorations and matching umbrellas is yet another reason why our service is second to none! Ours are not bargain basement "plastic type" or quickly put together "Rag shop pieces"!

Each set of our imported decorations has been carefully handcrafted in Rajistan (sic) with only the finest materials, cloth and dazzling beads. The sets consist of 10-12 pieces!.Not the standard 6 and we will also match a free umbrella to go with your set, just for the asking!

You can also get your mandap (pavilion) made by ... Mandap, in New Jersey.

Or why not just go to India for your Indian wedding? A-Z Tours offers to arrange the whole thing:
We can arrange all of this for your marriage or if you are married and want us to organize this for your Wedding Anniversary as a Mock Wedding we can do this as well for you. Just for your information, we would like to give you an approximate price which will be a minimum of USD 5000 for the arrangements as mentioned below. It can change according to your choice also.
1. Venue for the wedding
2. Horse, camels, elephant
3. Fire works
4. Buffet Dinner
5. Brass Band
6. Mandap [ The place which is used for rituals at Bride’s place ]
7. Pandit [ The Hindu priest for rituals ]

We can arrange this for one couple with 50 invitees, if you want to come alone we will invite guests on your behalf who will be a witness for your marriage as well.

By the way, the reason that I was looking for a picture of a bridegroom on horseback in the first place is that I suddenly envisioned myself painting a long picture of a wedding procession, with the bridegroom, the marriage band tootling off-key but with great spirit, the guests and family members dancing. Not that I'm likely to accomplish it, but I had made some sketches earlier, when a baraat (wedding procession) passed our house -- of the bridegroom, a wedding guest, and musicians from the band:


Lucy said...

What a revelation, I'd never thought about what must be involved! Really made me smile.
Your sketches are beautiful, paint the picture!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful sketches, Nancy!

Peter (in NY)

Abraham Tharakan said...

The sketches are fantastic.

Anna said...

These sketches are really good - you have captured the characters well. I like the sepia coloured ink.

It being Leap Year, I proposed yesterday (in jest) and was accepted (ditto); it would be fitting to come over there and have a mock wedding - all guests provided. I can just see dear old G on horse with parasol. You'd attend for a laugh, wouldn't you? Bit pricey for a joke though.

Nancy said...

Yes, indeed I'll come! I'll bet you could get a horse and a parasol right there in England, too. Might have to provide your own guests, though.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the amusing post with those ads. It seems that with all the events some Indian weddings last longer than some American marriages! Your sketches of the passing parade are wonderful and so detailed!

Nancy said...

Heh, Jana, thanks for the laugh!

Joel said...

Reminds me of two films: Monsoon Wedding and Bend it Like Beckham.

Nancy said...

Many Indian films have wedding scenes - dances, processions, the central marriage ceremony itself -- it's perhaps the most important ritual in any Indian's life. Meera Nair and Gurinder Chadha, both Indian expatriates, are following in a long tradition.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Just catching up. These are beautiful sketches.

Jennifer said...

Amazing sketches! What talent you have! Enjoyed that.
I am in upstate NY. Friends here got married using horses. It is a romantic vision, but like the ads say we have to be careful of the temperament of the horse! Luckily this horse was ok... but also for the bridegroom, crawling upon that horse in full Indian garb is not easy! kudos to them!

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