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About tanaRi events

tanaRi events is an international full-service event and wedding planning company based in New York City. We provide full-service or day of coordination planning services for our clients. tanaRi events specializes in South Asian, cross-cultural and destination weddings.

tanaRi events’ site visit: the Gramercy Hotel

When looking for a perfect wedding venue for our clients, we look for places that not only are visually appealing, but also are accommodating, flexible, and have great success rates. Luxury hotels are some of the most sought after venue for wedding couples, but finding ones that are exceptionally great have become difficult to find in recent times. In the midst, tanaRi events had the opportunity to make a site visit to the famous Gramercy Hotel, a luxurious hotel covered in inspirational art influenced heavily from the Renaissance Era.

Walking in, we took in the classy yet bohemian feel of the lobby, with exquisite artwork from artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring exhibited around, that are ingenious to look at. The dim lights of the lobby gave an elegant ambience, a perfect entryway for a luxurious yet a classy wedding. As we kept touring, we noticed charming quirks throughout the hotel from walking to the restroom to the two open bars. The venue also boasts of a tranquil park for hotel guests, New York City’s only private park!

The hotel staff are remarkably accommodating to every guest, making sure that each of their hotel room is personalized to the comfort of the visitor. Check out the picture below of the cute little surprise teddy bear for one of the hotel’s special little guest! The custom made penthouses not only has some of the best views of the city, but is filled with bold, luxurious furnishings of velvet drapery, mahogany wood, and English drinking cabinet, and hand stitched leather top desks – a wish come true for luxury loving couples!


We were also lucky enough to eat the fine dining of the hotel restaurant, where the critically acclaimed Italian food surpassed our already high expectations! Going up to the terrace of where the weddings are officiated, we were amazed at the beauty of the art and the brightness of the glass covered rooftop where light poured in from all angles! Offering a view of the Manhattan skyline from the 18th floor, we envisioned each area transformed into a wedding space and reception and were impressed by the ease of grandeur the hotel displays in each corner we turn.

A venue for the creative minds, this site grants the dream wish of all art lovers looking for the perfect original wedding!


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tanaRi events’ wedding: Gau and Caroline

One of tanaRi events’ sweetest couple, Gau and Caroline, were amazing to work with! Both so lovely and involved, we already knew the wedding was going to very special from the beginning.

Gau’s one request? He wanted to showcase his Indian culture through what it’s known for best: lots and lots of color. It was important to the groom to have his close family and friends participate in his culture through an Indian inspired ceremony.

On June 26th, we celebrated with Gau’s culture at the pdD Dream Lounge. As the venue was more known for their club scene, tanaRi events’ had adapted and transformed the location to a brighter, more colorful feel. The couple went with Mayuri’s Florals to decorate the venue with simplicity and elegance, and the mandap replaced the area where the DJ area. Vibrant cushions and lanterns were placed throughout the room to give a more festive look!

After our lovely bride and groom’s prep at the Maritime Hotel, Gau kicked off the ceremony with a grand entrance with his groomsmen and DJ Sunny as the dhol player. Caroline joined in by being walked out by her 4 closest family members, under a chandarvo,  a tradition cloth covered canopy which is held above the bride’s head to cover her.   The ceremony had live sitar and tabla player playing melodious music which made a beautiful backdrop. After the completion of the hindu ceremony, the guests were invited to participate by coming up to the couple one by one with fresh flower petals, to offer their blessings and love. A beautiful moment that was cherished by not just the couple but the guests as well! The blessings were followed by a fun Bollywood dance party, delicious catering from Bukhara, and special cocktails called Mumbai Mimosas and Bombay Bellinis as per the couple’s request!

On the next morning, the bridal party got ready at The Martime Hotel and enjoyed a beautiful shoot at the hotel property itself.  Everyone then went to Roman Catholic, St. Francis Xavier church, located in the Flatiron District in Manhattan. Gau & Caroline exchanged their vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony at the church. Walking in on “Trumpet Voluntary”, the stunning bride Caroline made her grand entrance and in a very beautiful ceremony, two souls were united as one. After the magnificent ceremony, the wedding party moved to Battery Park that had a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty for their reception.

Following the simple and elegant theme with a touch of nautical, guests were provided specially made lobster stirrers to be used in the curated Maine-iac Mule Cocktail. The reception was celebrated with good music, food, speeches, and dancing to songs like Gau and Caroline’s favorite “Sweet Caroline”. City Sweets provided an opulent styled cake to match the incredible night!  For more photographs from their wedding, feel free to check out our Instagram page @tanarievents

Photographer: Moss + Isaac

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tanaRi events’ wedding: Prutha and Rishi

Prutha and Rishi, tanaRi events’ most unique and out of the box couple, wanted a wedding that reflected their personality: eccentric and creative. Something non traditional was the goal, and Prutha being an architect herself, had ideas to add twists to the wedding. The Hudson Hotel, an “energetic, social hub filled with urban adventure and daredevil design”, was the perfect unique venue for the atypical couple! From skull cake by City Sweets to glass head table decor to matching skull nails, read more below as we ask our bride Prutha on their love story journey all the way up to the wedding!

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tanaRi events’ wedding: Aarti and Pratap

tanaRi events had the distinct honor of putting together a Hindu wedding, with a blend of modern and tradition, for couple Aarti and Pratap in April 2015!

Before the big day, the bride’s side of the family honored the Hindu rituals of mehndi and haldi functions at the Taj Pierre in NYC. The wedding day festivities first kicked off with a Sehra Bandi ritual, a custom by the Sikhs’ where a heavy embroidered veil is fixed onto the groom’s turban to symbolize the maturity of the groom entering his new life. Following the customs, there was a baraat, where the groom and his side of the family danced their way through Central Park to The Loeb Central Park Boathouse, celebrating the momentous occasion with lively music provided by Jain Sounds. The guests were welcomed into the Loeb Boathouse by the bride’s’ side of family, where Cress Florals made sure to take the wedding to new heights with delicate and alluring florals to match the charming location. Hand picked by the bride herself, white and purple colors were envisioned throughout the venue to meet the vintage, yet classy look with decor such as the vintage bird cages and antique keys made for each guest. As a place of natural tranquility and romance, this was the perfect place for the couple to take their marriage oath! The mandap area, where Aarti and Pratap exchanged vows in the traditional Hindu way to be declared husband and wife, was also fully floral with beautiful hanging orchid flowers that had a picturesque lake backdrop. The stunning bride, Aarti, had help throughout all the events with Damali NYC who did hair and makeup, and Style by Smita as her draping artist, while wearing a classic Sabyasachi lengha. The wonderful ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour and seated lunch where guests were served delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine by butlers.

The jubilee continued at the exquisite Plaza location, decorated by Tantawan Bloom, for a dreamy and royal look with cherry blossoms and garden roses. In the continuing theme of elegance, cake master Sylvia Weinstock created a white and gold luxurious cake with multiple flavors that became a big hit! Food stations such as a carving station, spring campania station, fromagerie station, and market station were set all around the ballroom to provide variety to guests. Each table had white and gold place settings and elegant cherry blossom centerpiece that were placed on top of sublime champagne colored linens. As Aarti and Pratap were huge fans of music, they opted to go a different route and have live band Hank Lane perform their favorite hits! Guests had a great time dancing the night away to Aarti and Pratap’s favorite classics like Frank Sinatra, Beatles, and Stevie Wonder!  

With all the wonderful celebrations happening, the talented Brenziers and Kaipo and Mariana from 15 Minutes of Frame captured the intimate details of the festivities. tanaRi events’ had an incredible time working with The Loeb Central Park Boathouse, the Plaza, all the other amazing vendors, and remarkable couple Aarti and Pratap for yet another successful wedding!

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tanaRi event’s weddings: Aarti and Pratap

The Plaza, possibly every girl’s dream venue for their wedding, was the perfect royal backdrop to couple Aarti and Pratap’s wedding sangeet. With as large of a pre-wedding party, it was critical to ensure everything runs smoothly.  From floral designs to customized fabrication, Elegant Affairs took on the wedding decor to ensure every detail matched the ambiance! DJ Suhel + Chris Sealey helped perfect the sangeet by filling the room with music, while photographers Tatiana and Ryan Brenizer captured the happy moments.  Family and friends gathered together to perform a dance to Aarti and Pratap’s favorite  band, the Beatles, that created everlasting memories for the surprised and happy couple! TanaRi Events was extremely honored to take part in the joyous celebrations before the big day!


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Finding Your Signature Wedding Cocktail

Wedding planning for your big day can be so overwhelming and stressful at times, it’s easy to overlook the details that can make your event stand out. While usually most weddings provide beer, champagne, and wine, signature cocktails can help create a memorable impression on your guests. These enjoyable creations should be customized to your liking, from the drink mix to the name itself!

Continue reading below for some example seasonal signature drinks and how you can add your personal touches to the drinks with some examples of how tanaRi event’s helped clients find their perfect blend!

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Bridal Fitness

When all eyes are on the bride for their wedding day, it can be nerve-wracking and pressurizing for brides to look their best. TanaRi Events was lucky to get the chance to talk to fitness trainer Nicholas Panebianco, founder of TrainWithNickNYC, for some bridal fitness tips to slim down, tone up, and be more confident!  

Q: What are the best workouts according to what gown the bride will wear? (Ex. Strapless, mermaid, ball gown, backless)

A: A strapless and A-line sleeve dress means that all eyes will be on your upper body; this workout would have to have an upper body focus to sculpt and lean, showing off those arms and shoulders while torching fat. A ball gown and mermaid style dress focus would be placed on the hips, thighs, and core, showing off a firmly tight core; shapely hits will be the most flattering for both those dresses.

Q: How can you squeeze in a workout during a busy schedule?

A: Finding time to workout may not be the easiest, but here are a few helpful tips to finding time to workout:

  1. Set your alarm early. An early start also means you get to cross it off your to-do list ASAP!
  2. Commit to your appointment. Hold yourself accountable to your workout just like you would to a work meeting. Don’t reschedule it for something else!
  3. Make daily habits into exercise. It’s not necessary to need a gym to workout; the key is to be more active! This could range from taking the steps vs the elevator, parking a little further from the train so you can walk more, or be doing bodyweight exercises in your home or office such as squats, push-ups or planks. Even a little bit of a difference could go a long way!
  4. Be efficient. Try workouts that target multiple body parts in a short amount of time, such as interval training, Tabata, bodyweight training and running. Not only will you burn calories, you will build muscle!

Q: Any dietary restrictions for brides to take on? What vitamins / dietary supplements are key with workouts for being fit?

A: It’s a common misconception for brides into thinking a juice cleanse or a strict diet is necessary before their wedding, but most times that leads to a large setback or binge eating. The focus is to be healthy and eat a well-balanced diet between protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Most nutrients and vitamins can be obtained from the food that we eat. Supplements should only be taken if certain key nutrients or vitamins are missing from our everyday diet.

Q: How much time should you give yourself before the wedding?

A: If your goal is to look your absolute best then the quicker you start the better. It takes around 6-24 weeks to start seeing a noticeable change in your body, depending on how efficient your workout and diet is. For individuals who already have a fitness background results should appear quicker, but nothing is achieved without hard work and dedication.

Q: Any suggestions for couple workouts/date night ideas related to fitness for some quality time together?

A: I am a firm believer that couples that sweat together, stay together. Having a support system from your significant other can have a huge impact on your fitness goals. Instead of attending happy hour one night, try a fitness class together. Instead of being couch potatoes over the weekend, try a walk or jog in the park. Trade in a dinner out for a couples cooking class to learn how to cook healthy meals. A healthier lifestyle will create a healthier relationship for you and your significant other.

Q: How do you maintain the weight after you’ve lost it?

A: Maintaining weight can be just as difficult as losing weight. Many individuals believe that once they obtain their desired weight, they can go back to their old routine of eating poorly and working out less. However, it should be the complete opposite, where losing weight should be a lifestyle change vs a temporary fix. Maintaining a well-balanced diet and staying active at much as possible will help keep the weight off. This also includes allowing yourself to indulge every once in awhile – moderation is the biggest key. Start by maybe having the burger and not the fries or the burger without the bun; little changes like this can create the biggest impact.

Q: Do you have any advice to brides having a tough time achieving their goals? How can they focus on enjoying planning their wedding versus thinking they have to lose all this weight before their wedding?

A: When you’re having trouble losing weight, it’s important to try to find out the root of the problem. Is it a lack of exercise? Unhealthy eating? Portion Size? Snacking? Finding the root of the problem can make a huge impact in the weight loss process, but it’s imperative to not be in denial; understand and accept that there is a problem and make a change. If the problem is a lack of exercise, try to be more active throughout the day. It can be changes such as your commute to work, taking the stairs more, or even sitting less. If the root is in unhealthy eating, make changes like trading in those sugary drinks for regular or flavored water or have a goal to add a green to each one of your meals. When it comes to portion sizing, try to use a smaller plate when eating or taking your meal and splitting it into two. As for snacking, try consuming a cup of water before indulging; many times our body is dehydrated and is actually craving water.

Remember, all the little things you change is an improvement on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Before stressing out about dieting and fitness, don’t lose focus on the bigger picture – your wedding and your significant other. Whether you feel you will have your dream body or not for your wedding day, feeling good is even more vital than looking good. Be confident and enjoy your wedding!

Follow Nicholas on his Instagram @TrooperNickP for more tips on getting in shape!

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