Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vendor Spotlight: Pinch Food Design

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Back in March, we had the pleasure of meeting the team at Pinch Food Design! We love that they’ve found a way to turn the catering business on its head and give wedding couples a creative way to serve guests their food while keeping the party going! With veteran employees having combined expertise in the food & events businesses respectively, their unique furniture to serve high quality funky foods allows guests to quickly grab bites without disrupting the flow of the celebrations. Plus, it makes for fun decor and wedding photos!
Instead of our typical Q&A format, we thought the best way to showcase their work was to provide some examples of their work. We asked them to create a sample wedding menu that helps visualize the unique concept they’ve established for their clients, along with some descriptors! In the menu, you’ll see the emphasize on “tapas” style bites, served with fun forks, wooden hooks and other creative use of silverware.
  • Appetizers & passed hors d’oeuvres

PFD: Each hors d’oeuvres you see in the menu are all paired with certain trays in order to keep the integrity of the way they are plated. In addition to this, we have ‘pop-ups’ otherwise known as moments throughout the cocktail hour where guests will experience an interaction with a beautiful design piece + food items that are a bit larger than your average hors d’oeuvres.

  • Main course
PFD: What we’ve shown you in our menu, is pinch’s {inter}course. This ‘interactive dinner’ allows guests to play with their food! It’s a great way to start conversation at the dinner table. This menu is not always combined, often brides + grooms will choose 1 {inter}course along with 2 regularly plated courses.
  • Dessert 
PFD: We offer fun + quirky ways to serve sweet treats as guests are mingling and dancing throughout the night! Roaming style dessert has become very popular among our weddings, as we all know guests love to dance & celebrate!
Visit their Facebook | Twitter for more information about the company, sample food menus/design and more! Please contact us with any questions on wedding food or to set up an appointment!.

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Multicultural Weddings – A Wedding Planner’s Guide

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We know how tough it can be to plan a wedding – that’s why we are here to help! But in all seriousness, we know that multicultural weddings are more prevalent now and can take on a whole new set of challenges when faced with the task of deciding what parts of each culture should be incorporated, how they should be incorporated and successfully executing the process.

We have worked with many couples who have taken on the feat of creating their dream wedding, while making sure to include significant elements of each other’s respective traditions. From our experiences, here are a few tips to take with you on the road to a fun, stress-free multicultural wedding celebration!

  • Educate one another on specific religious traditions. In order to assess the lay of the land with your wedding celebrations, it’s important as a couple to openly communicate with one another about your background/traditions, allowing you to make more informed decisions when the time comes.
  • Discuss & decide together what are the most important parts of each respective culture. The time will come when you’re planning the wedding and you need to decide which elements of your culture will make the ceremony. Once deciding what they should be, then you can map it out to what order everything should go.
  • Be sensitive to each other’s feelings. This can be a tough process and weigh on the couple mentally and emotionally. Typically, these situations have added fuel by their respective families and outside influences, so make sure to trust in one another that you are willing to sacrifice certain things to make the wedding the best it can be.
  • Confirm with the wedding venue that they can accommodate several ceremonies. Depending on the venue location, you should check that they have the space to include multiple ceremonies, if you so choose. Multiple ceremonies will require different types of decor and will need the space to design accordingly.
  • Provide guests with less-known cultural definitions/references. Multicultural weddings to a guest can be confusing. In order to help educate your guests, a fun idea can be creating a DIY glossary or table of contents and provide with the wedding invitations OR leave on the chairs of the ceremony for gusts to read ahead before the ceremony.
  • Allow for creativity with the food, drinks, fashion, stationery and other wedding details. Don’t let yourselves get caught up in finding the perfect balance. Enjoy it by using the cultural differences as an opportunity to be creative with your wedding attire, food & drink choices, unique wedding design and other decor details!

Most importantly, we tell our couples that planning should be a fun time. There will be challenges along the way in all relationships, but working together in this capacity is a true sign of character and commitment to a successful marriage!

tanaRi events focuses on all weddings, with a specific niche in multicultural and destination weddings. Please contact us for a free consultation and if you have any other questions!

Photos: Third Element Studios, Karen Wise Photography

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Honeymoon Locales: ARGENTINA

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What a view this is! After spending two weeks in a beautiful country full of breathtaking sunsets, delicious parillas and sipping on Malbec, we couldn’t help but think how perfect Argentina is for a honeymoon. Because of Argentina’s large size and climate disparity between North and South, there’s many activity options for all couples!

NOTE: the preferred time of year to visit is December – March as it’s their summer season.

See below for some of our favorite spots during our stay:

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MENDOZA – Known as Argentina’s main wine region, this city is full of beauty along with its tasty Malbec! Whether you enjoy your stay in center city or in vineyard areas, (Lujan de Cuyo or Uco Valley), there is something for everyone! One of our favorite meals was at Cavas Wine Lodge, (located in Lujan de Cuyo). It’s a hotel/restaurant/winery combination, which is perfect for a romantic getaway. While eating a candle-lit dinner, you get the gorgeous view of the vineyard and stunning sunset! Mendoza is also great for doing biking and vineyard tours, where you can enjoy wine, cheese, olive oil & more Argentinian delicacies! Added bonus: you’re almost always guaranteed warm weather!

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USHUAIA – This was the most unexpected, yet highlight of our trip! The area was first built by French settlers, so many people speak French and the city itself has various French influences. It reminded us of Quebec! Ushuaia is in one of most southern points of the country; It’s located in the Tierra del Fuego AKA ‘Fire Land’ and is a popular summer vacation destination for locals. On average, the temperature never reaches above 50 degrees Farenheit so make sure to pack appropriately with a jacket, hat and gloves!

It’s a small city, but there’s an array of delicious restaurants. (I’d recommend anywhere with seafood – crab, specifically they are most well known for.) Av. San Martin is a fun strip of touristy shops, cute restaurants and bars. Also, being near the water allows for adventurous activities for those seeking them out. Boat tours, mountain climbing, penguin watching are just a few of the many options at your disposal! All you do is go to Av. Maipu and visit the kiosks to book your reservations. For those who enjoy climbing, the weather can drop and deep in the mountains, you can expect rain and/or snow almost every day!

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BUENOS AIRES – Serving as the capital of the country, Buenos Aires is quite large and full of museums, parks, street art and Evita memorials! Each neighborhood in Buenos Aires has its own unique traits, so make sure to try and explore as many areas as you can. Many honeymooners stay in the Recoleta are, as it has all your 5-star hotels and up-scale restaurants & clothing shops.

The city is best known for its steak, polo, street art and tango shows. If you have the time, allow yourself to walk around the city with no specific plans. Eat breakfast in Palermo Hollywood, shop in Palermo Soho, visit the San Telmo Market (if you’re there on a Sunday) or see the Evita memorial at the Recoleta Cemetery. There’s an endless amount of options, but don’t get overwhelmed! If you don’t plan everything ahead of time – don’t panic! There’s usually open spaces for tango shows, street tours and museums every day.

Travel is never without a few details to be mindful of! From our experience, please consider these things when planning your trip:

  • Bring more cash with you! Vendors are often willing to give better deals when you can pay in international currency as the value of their dollar is low.
  • Learn some basic Spanish! People do speak English, but when you go into more local neighborhoods, their English is limited.
  • Pack for the weather! Depending on the cities you travel, you may need to pack for summer and winter. Ask your travel agent or research online for more details about the location based on time of year during your visit.

See below for some breathtaking photos of our stay – you will not be disappointed! Contact us for more information and how we can help.

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