Frequently Asked Questions:
What does an
elephant do at weddings?
usually transports the groom during the baraat in a traditional Indian
wedding. The groom rides the
elephant and follows a procession of friends and family, occasionally stopping
for people to dance.
How much does
it cost to have an elephant at a wedding?
The cost to have
an elephant at a wedding depends on the location and choice of saddles and
decorations. Contact Kari at (951)
943-9227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located in California so when
e-mailing be sure to give your city and state.
How much time
do we have with the elephant?
As long as it
takes to do the baraat, up to one hour. The elephant will be dressed and ready
to begin at the agreed upon time.
If you would like the elephant available for photos or if your baraat
runs late additional time is $500 per hour.
decorations/accessories come with the elephant for weddings?
saddle is covered with a decorated blanket and has a matching headpiece. The groom sits straddle the elephant’s
back as if he were riding a horse.
We also have a
more elaborate “grand howdah” which is like a seat on top of the elephant. The cost for the grand howdah is an
Can a nephew
or niece ride with the groom on the elephant?
It is possible
to have an additional rider depending on weight, terrain and your saddle choice
but please be sure to make arrangements with us in advance.
What kind of
licensing do you have for the elephants?
permitted, licensed and inspected by the United States Department of
Agriculture-APHIS Animal Care and by the California State Department of Fish
and Game-Animal Welfare division.
In addition we carry a Captive-Bred Wildlife Permit and a Convention on
International Trade of Endangered Species permit from the Department of the
Interior. We follow the
regulations and guidelines of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, The
Elephant Managers Association and the Elephant Husbandry Resource Guide from
the International Elephant Foundation.
is the customer responsible for?
responsible for getting permission from the hotel or venue to have the elephant
there as well as any local animal services permit that may be required.
Animal Services Agencies usually require a permit for the elephant?
The rules and
requirements are different in each city or county. Some use a local humane society; some go through the police
department and some contract with Animal Service agencies. Sometimes there is a charge for a
permit that you are responsible for.
It is a good idea to check on local regulations before you decide to get
an elephant. Ask us about your
city or county.
Will you work
with our wedding planner and hotel personnel regarding having an elephant at
Yes, we can
handle questions, insurance matters and indemnity forms by telephone and
Do you have
insurance for the elephants?
Yes, we have a
total of $5 million in insurance, a $2 million liability policy with a $3
million umbrella. We can provide a
certificate at no charge. If the
venue requires being added as additionally insured there is a $150 charge.
Can we feed
the elephant an offering before the baraat?
are herbivores and eat fruits and vegetables. Good choices are bananas, apples and carrots.
responsible for cleanup?
We take care
of any cleanup and never leave a mess.
Is any special
training needed for the elephants that are featured in weddings?
chosen for weddings and events are those with sweet natures and social
personalities. They are acclimated to noise, people, music, cars and are used
to doing shows, parades and special events.
How do I get
on and off the elephant?
You climb up
to the saddle or howdah on a ladder.
You dismount from the howdah on a ladder. You may dismount from the standard saddle from a ladder or
we can have the elephant kneel down and you can slide off with the help of your
groomsmen. (see “Saddle” page).