Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lakmé Fashion Week Winter 2011 – Part II

Hope everyone is having a great night! Earlier today we brought you the latest from Payal Singhal. Check out another hot designer in part II of our Lakmé Fashion Week Winter 2011 coverage!

Looking for a vintage feel to your wedding ensemble? Look no further! Neeta Lulla has hit the nail on the head with her Lakmé Fashion Week Winter 2011 collection. With her kundan work on gorgeous fabrics like brocades, lush silks, French laces, georgettes and chiffons, you will be left dazzled and confused as to which look you love the most. We definitely cannot decide!

She has worked her magic yet again with her deep reds, lavish golds and scintillating teals that will turn heads at any event.

We would love to hear what you loved about these collections! Drop us a line and tell us your thoughts.

*Photos courtesy of IndianWeddingSite

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Lakmé Fashion Week Winter 2011 – Part I

If you are looking for the latest and greatest Bridal Fashions, look no further. We are bringing you the hottest fashions and trends, hot off the runway from Lakmé Fashion Week Winter 2011. Whether it’s for your Reception or Sangeet, we are sure you will find something you love!

This week we will be bringing you the most amazing designs by some phenomenal designers who showcased their newest collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter 2011 in Mumbai.

Take a look at Payal Singhal’s “Bridal Fantasy” collection. Gorgeous shades of cream, ash green, champagne and many more flowed across the runway presented in intricate tulle, brocades and silk. With a wide range of lenghas, suits and dresses, there is something for everyone!

Let us know which creation is your favorite! Keep an eye out for Part II featuring another fantastic designer!

*Photos courtesy of IndianWeddingSite

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Top Ten List – Location… Location… Location…

I recently came across the story of a young bride-to-be frustrated and overwhelmed by the unforeseen issues at the venue of her wedding reception.  The venue management went ahead with a large renovation project, which meant there were scaffolding, tarps and construction materials covering most part of the building.  This was definitely not the picture perfect venue envisioned by the bride.  To make matters worse, the management had not given her any notice about the work and was not willing to refund the payment.

Considering that similar situations are not entirely within our control, there are a few things to be prepared for as one puts together the wedding plan.  We have listed the top ten things to consider before you reserve “the prefect space” for your wedding or reception.

1)     Rain Plan – Even in the middle of gorgeous summer, make sure you are prepared for showers of blessing 🙂

2)     Upcoming constructions/renovations – Ensure written confirmation of advance notice on any work to be done, and if extensive construction, ensure a refund or significant discount.

3)     Multiple events – This is for large venues with several event spaces, where they might book multiple events at the same time.  If there is more than one event, ensure they provide proper signage; else, it can be confusing for the vendors and guests as well.

4)     Catering – Make sure their exclusive/in-house services fit your needs, or you have the option to use outside caterers, cake designer and beverage vendors.

5)     Rules & Restrictions – Discuss any specific rules & restrictions at the venue that may interfere with your vendors’ requirements.  

6)     Rentals – When you compare venue prices and services, make sure any rentals such as chairs, tables, linens, cake table, stage, dance floor, etc are included. If not that is an additional cost which may take you over the budget.

7)     Staff – Review the list of staff (if any) provided at the venue: Food & Beverage manager, F&B staff, manager for day-of coordination (if you are not hiring a wedding planner), bartenders, and emergency contact – in case something goes wrong.

8)      Budget – Read the fine print and make sure everything they mention as their venue services is included in the budget and there is no or limited additional cost.

9)      Private Suites – Check to see if they include the bridal suite in the contract.  If it is a hotel, find out if they have a honeymoon suite for the couple.

10)   Size/ Layout/ Ambiance – Can you imagine the space as the venue for your “big day”? Visualize taking your vows here or your first dance here. If the mental picture is great and addresses all your needs, go ahead and sign the dotted line.

If you have any wild stories about venues, share them here. We would love to hear from you!

(Photo courtesy – Shira Weinberger)

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Wedding Salon Bridal Show

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Recently, tanaRi attended the Wedding Salon bridal showcase that took place at Capitale, one of the most distinctive venues in New York City.  The hosts promised a range of products and services from the hottest vendors and they delivered.

The ballroom at Capitale was packed with vendor booths and makeup studios, and we met with some of the top names in the wedding photography industry, beauty experts, designers, videographers, and florists.

Here are some of the vendors that stood out for us – leaders in their craft or just amazing work!  The gowns designed by UK’s leading designer Matthew Williamson were gorgeous as well as intricate.  His bridal pieces are known to be feminine with sheer and light silhouettes and great attention to detail through embroidery and hand beading.

There were beauty experts from Valery Joseph Salon and Lori Hamlin, Inc. and make-up done by Metamorphosis New YorkMakeup by John O and Blush Makeup Studio & Boutique.

The music bands and other performing artists we liked were Élan Artists and the harpist.  We also enjoyed the work of stationary vendors Unique Unusuals and LookLoveSend.com, who had some unique ideas for wedding invitations and loved the photography by Studio Webber and Brian K Crain.

Some of the best parts of these shows are the food tastings and floral decorations.  There were many catering and baking vendors on site; some of our favorites were baked by melissa, butterfly bake shop and emilys-edibles, as well as Big Apple Florist and Ariston Florist, who had set up some spectacular floral designs!

Recent trends have shown that brides and grooms are researching vendors, using social media and blogs to make their wedding decisions.  That said such tradeshows are a good way to meet many vendors in one place, talk to them and to check out their products that you have seen or read online.

For tanaRi, our commitment to the client is to bring them the best line-up of vendors, and tradeshows helps us talk to different vendors and compare prices and services, saving our clients a ton of research time.  We are always scouting to discover new talent with innovative ideas and are willing to bring nothing but their best for our clients. Our hope is that you will check out these vendors and let us know your favorites or any feedback you may have.  Look forward to your comments.

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