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Going Green – St. Patricks Day / Wedding Ideas

For those celebrating, St. Patricks Day is a holiday filled with the G’s – green, gold & giddiness! While traditionally observed by the Catholic religion, it has become a global holiday and a reason for people to gather with friends and family to eat, drink & be merry! For quick St. Patricks Day recipes, check out our previous post for some delicious eats!

We’ll leave you to your celebrations, but we want the brides-to-be out there know that there are many ways that you can incorporate St. Patrick’s Day elements into your wedding; Regardless of your religion, there are secular and more traditional components that can make for a beautiful wedding. We’ve compiled some of our favorite MINT WEDDING inspiration on our Pinterest page.

Also, see below for some of our favorite holiday inspired wedding ideas! We love the use of the horse shoe (could also make for great place card accessory!)

We also want to give a shout out to the folks at Wedding Chicks who featured this gorgeous St. Patrick’s Day inspired wedding! What beautiful photos.. thanks for showing us some great ideas!

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Rent your worries away! Check out these 3 sari rental boutique’s & save some cash!

Have nothing to wear to an Indian wedding?  Don’t worry!  These 3 rental services allow you to rent sari’s and Indian outfits for any special occasion at a fraction of the cost!

We’ve all been through the dilemma of looking into our closets and panicking that we never have enough outfits to wear for Indian weddings, which require a minimum of 4 different ensembles.  Borrow It Bindaas, Devi’s Closet, and Sari Closet are 3 online sari boutiques’ that let you rent and return effortlessly!

Check them out! 

Borrow it Bindaas

Borrow it Bindaas is here to help: the premiere worry-free online fashion boutique which caters to the everyday fashionista on a budget.  Each order is custom tailored and they even take care of the dry cleaning! Everything from sarees, lenghas, anarkalis, to stunning jewelry, to men’s wear is found on the easily navigated site. If you are planning a wedding, they even specialize in catering to you and your guests! They carry up to five gorgeous sets of bridesmaids sarees and salwars, rent-able or buy-able for up to eight! If your wedding is located in Southern California, they can even help drape sarees on the day of your wedding.

Devi’s Closet

Devi’s Closet is your one-stop-shop to rent original luxury designers outfits made exclusively for their customers by some of South Asia’s top designers. This means you can rent an affordable outfit or accessories ranging from $15-300+ by Payal Singhal, Anita Dongre, Ritu Kumar, Satya Paul to name a few. This season mixing saree with a salwar is trendy for 2012 bridesmaid outfits. If you’re looking for mix and match sarees, lenghas,  suits, handbags or jewelry for your bridesmaids or even kurtas for your groomsmen, go to the website to explore the most fashionable trends in 2012 wedding wear to standout.  The fashion divas at Devi’s Closet, will even personally dress your wedding party in New York City, the fashion capital of the world.

Sari Closet

Sari Closet, the nation’s first online sari rental boutique, has recently announced the launch of a new bridal line. The new line boasts a variety of bridesmaids saris offered in sets of six. The saris are designed in a way for brides to easily mix and match should they need more than six for their special day. If your wedding is in the bay area and you need someone to drape your bridal party, please feel free to contact a Sari Closet “sarista” for more information.  Along with bridesmaid saris, Sari Closet has teamed up with fashion power house Swati Couture to offer bridal wear for brides. Look for the new line hitting the online boutique soon!

(Photo Courtesy: Borrow It Bindaas, Devi’s Closet, Sari Closet)

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Personal Preferences, Your Location, Time & Weather – Picksie 2.0

Back in June we spoke to you about Picksie – which is a recommendation engine with a push mechanism.  For us it was really exciting to be back as take part in the launch of Picksie’s 2.0 this past November.   tanaRi events’ helped put together a fabulous private event at the Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes.  We handled majority of the event design, planning & production, along with day-of-coordination.

Picksie made its name as “a New Yorker’s best friend” with its new and much-improved interface, speed, and functionality. And the best part for everyone out there? It’s free.  For us, it was great to be part of sharing this product with a discerning audience who love technology and also enjoy exploring the city.

The party space was set-up to be modern & very tech savvy.  As the brand color is green, the Picksie green was the chosen theme color.  The color was brilliantly incorporated into the room and the different elements in the event space.  The neon bright kiosks manned by Picksie experts, and the video displays on TV screens demonstrated the various unique features of Picksie 2.0.

The launch party began at 7pm and we were excited that the space filled very quickly with techies, and Picksie supporters.  As soon as guests entered, there was a red carpet entrance with Picksie 2.0 step & repeat where guests posed for their photos.  Few minutes into this, our special celebrity guest, Avril Lavigne arrived with Brody Jenner.  After the red carpet photo session, Avril came straight to use Picksie’s all new 2.0 application and had very nice compliments for the special features of the latest version.

The food and drinks at the event were a perfect blend to the theme and audience tastes.  Appetizers were served with green custom made napkins and the drink favorite emerged to be event special “Picksitini.”  I personally loved the flashy green swizzle sticks in the drinks that light up and were in the theme color.

During a night of drinks, food, music, and fun, attendees were able to test out Picksie 2.0 on iPhones, demonstrated by Picksie team, and learned about the exploring New York City with Picksie’s help.  They had a great time meeting Avril and had fun along with her, who bowled a few games with Brody by her side.  It was great to see Avril and Brody really enjoying their game.

There was a live DJ playing great music and a fabulous emcee who did some stand-up comedy along with the event announcements throughout the evening!

Prizes were raffled away to some of the biggest fans of Avril, which included an iPhone 4s and autographed photos by Avril herself! A few other lucky attendees won wonderful prizes to nights out, fine dining, and movies. The guests also received Picksie t-shirts and other memorabilia which were very well received.

The planning time was short and, as in most event planning, there were lot of moving parts to the event, but tanaRi events is so glad that everything came together perfectly at the launch.  Avril was highly pleased with the event and the product, and every guest left happier and more informed about the Big Apple that we could not have anything more.

Thank you to Picksie for allowing us to plan your event and special thanks to all the guests who shared great feedback!  Enjoy Picksie 2.0.

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Bring on the New Year – clever decor tips for a trendy house party!!

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a joyous Christmas celebration with your near and dear ones!

Can you believe that we are just days away from a brand new year!  As we gear up for the biggest party of all – New Year’s Eve Party – we wanted to share a few DIY ideas to make your home trendy and spectacular as you ring in 2012 with your friends.  Use these budget conscious ideas to bring in a different color theme from reds and greens while using many of the items that you purchased for past week’s celebrations.

Since we did not get snow this Christmas, New Year’s Eve party is a great time to go snowy themed, with touches of blue and brown.  Collect all the white and blue colored pieces from your Christmas decorations and be inspired by these ideas as you prep for a grand house party.

Entrance area Décor:  Gather a bunch of pretty branches in a pot near the entryway and place a few white ornaments and white lights on them.  These branches can be white (available at Crate & Barrel, Pier 1 etc., or a store in the flower district) or you can pick up a few well-shaped fallen branches from a near-by park.  Based on the size of the branches, be creative in placing white & silver sparkles on them and they will definitely turn out festive and beautiful.

Wall Décor:  Use crystal flower shaped wall scones and put co-ordinated candles on each one. It makes an empty wall stand out and will dress up a corner or entrance wall.

Ceiling Décor: The bigger white and blue ornaments could be hung from the ceiling and paper flowers or lanterns is a great addition.   If you are looking for very inexpensive ones, Party City or Luna Bazaar has cute things you can hang from the ceiling and turn up the decor volume.  I personally love the snowflakes & white fluffy decorations. Mix a few blue decorations and the color theme will flow beautifully.

Table Setting: A creative space to establish the color theme of silver and blue.  Use silver bordered white plates with silvery place mats.  Silver and white napkins can be folded over plates to include cutlery. Add  more drama with blue flowers or ornament pieces in shot glasses placed on the plates.  The place setting along with silver snowflake coasters and wine glasses will look grand against a blue tablecloth.

Centerpieces:  If you don’t want to spend too much on centerpieces, you can take low circular vase or a simple wide bowl and fill it up with white and blue ornaments and some pine cones.  If you like to be more creative, another idea is to make a few small pom-poms as floaters.  Here is how to make them – You will need tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire. 1. Stack four sheets of tissue. Cut a 10-by-5-inch rectangle, going through all layers. Make 3/8-inch-wide accordion folds.

2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, slip over center of tissue, and twist to secure. Trim ends of tissue.

3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

4. Bend wire into a loop to fit around napkin, and twist end around loop to secure.

Fill a shallow bowl with water and float the pom-poms. For an added touch of elegance, drop a few tea candles or other small candles in the water as well and light them just before dinner, letting them float around the paper flowers.

Luck and Lighting – Black-eyed peas are considered good luck on New Year, so why not incorporate those little legumes into your décor in candle holders around the apartment? The peas are very pale and will go well with your color theme as well.

Look through your cabinets for a couple mismatched glasses. Fill each glass 1/3 to 1/2 of the way with black-eyed peas, set a small votive or other small candle into each one. You can scatter your candles throughout the party area where you want to add some sparkly.

Drink-ware Decor: Champagne glasses are a must for the ball drop moment at your party but wouldn’t it be fancier to dress it up a bit?  Here is a clever idea – floaty butterflies.  You will need card stock in party color theme, butterfly template, pencil and scissors.

1. Card stock paper that is colored on both sides; fold in half. Place butterfly template on paper with flat edge of butterfly’s body flush against fold; trace.

2. Cut out butterfly along inside of the traced line and cut out V-shaped notch along the folded edge. Open slightly. Slip notch over rim of glass to hold butterfly in place.

3. If you like, write messages on them for your guests

Enjoy the preparation and have a great start to the New Year at your amazing party!

May this new year bring many opportunities your way, to explore every joy of life, turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.
Happy New Year to you & your loved ones.

(DIY Ideas: Wall Decor – Vidyun Juneja, Floaty Butterflies – Martha Stewart, Pom-poms – Martha Stewart, Rest – author)
(Photo Credits: Vidyun Juneja, Martha Stewart, Riri Patel.)

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Special Holiday Giveaway! Will you be the winner?

We at tanaRi events’ believe that holiday season is about giving!  We want to share our tips and advice with many more readers and have great news for you – our special holiday giveaway.

Starting Dec 20th to Dec 31st, we have an amazing prize for a friend of tanaRi events, who brings in most number of new fans to our Facebook page.

How does it work? ->
1) You share tanaRi events Facebook page with your network and ask them to ‘like’ this page.
2) When your contact joins, ask them to post a comment on tanaRi events FB wall with your name Or you could send us a list of friends who joined due to your recommendation.
3) The person who brings in most people to tanaRi events will be the winner of a really awesome prize. (totally worth your time!!)

Viola!  That is it!  Exciting stuff! 🙂

Our tips and advice could be of great benefit for anyone planning events and weddings, or if you like entertaining, travelling, fashion and beauty.   So join us in sharing the good news and be rewarded for your effort!  Love ya already!

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‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ – tips, tricks, pictures and more…

Few weeks have gone by since tanaRi events brought together some amazing talents from the South asian wedding industry to the Tie the Knot Bazaar, which took place at Soigne K in November.   Since then we have received many requests to share more details of the event, so here we go…

Tie the Knot Bazaar incorporated many new ideas for brides-to-be and here is a slight refresher for you…

* Décor: Less is more is such a beautiful philosophy.

Sometimes weddings with minimal and simple décor can be the most beautiful weddings.  Taking that inspiration, tanaRi events’s table was decorated with a simple tall centerpiece that complimented tanaRi events’ colors. As part of décor, we also included turquoise cake pops.

Using food and drinks as part of your décor is a great idea that you can use.  Keep the colors & flavors synchronized with your overall theme and you’ve got a winner!

*Desserts: Tiered-cakes are classic and will always ‘in’.  However, these days focus has shifted a bit from elaborate cakes to dessert bars with a mélange of bite-sized delectables, including cupcakes or cake pops.  Bittersweet NYC provided us with perfectly sized and succulent cake pops in our colors, which were much appreciated by the guests as well.

*Entertainment: What will people remember most about your wedding? Along with food, entertainment is one of the most important at a wedding reception.  You could choose a DJ/Band for music or more exotic  choices of entertainment.

At Tie the Knot Bazaar, we had middle eastern dancers, who performed a variety of dance and introduced a range of props, even swords were at play :), which was extremely entertaining.  The best part of the dance, as noted by the guests,  was that they danced to music from different parts of the world, including Bollywood.

*Photobooth: Even though photo booths are not new, Tie the Knot Bazaar took a very unique take on this idea.  We customized it for a South Asian wedding theme.  The booth was lined with saris and the many accessories included a pagdi (a Indian headpiece worn by men), saris, dupattas (silk stoles), hand made mustaches, bindis, eye glasses and the like.  This is definitely a place to be very creative.  Our lovely photographer, KSD Weddings captured many candid shots of the guests.

In addition to this the vendors brought together great tips and tricks for today’s bride.   We are glad to have presented this opportunity for you and truly honored that you enjoyed it!

Just in case you missed it, check out Part One of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ blog – http://wp.me/s1AGiI-success.  If you have feedback from the event, feel free to send us an email to info@tanarievents.com

Photos courtesy: KSD Weddings  Location: Soigne K

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Thank you for being a part of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’

Beautiful weather, gorgeous location, delicious hors d’oeuvres, mouth-watering desserts, amazing talents from the wedding industry, South Asian inspired photo booth… the list could go on and on about the special features of the first annual ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’.

In short, we are excited to report that the 250+ guests who attended the event had an excellent time and we had so much fun putting this event together!  In your words  “Tie the Knot Bazaar was a huge success”.  We are overwhelmed by the kind words and thank you so much for your participation, good wishes and support!  tanaRi events’ is happy to have hosted this event and we love you for being a part of ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’.

tanaRi events’ sends our heartfelt thanks to our vendor partners Chef Hemant Mathur from Tulsi, Reena Vadehra & Jaee Likhite from 3 Bees Paperie, Surbhi Sahni from Bittersweet NYC, Tina Doshi from KSD Weddings, Heidi Evora- Santiago from Damali NYC, Soigne Kothari from Soigne K, and Jayesh Rana from Raaz Entertainment for joining us in this effort to bring the best for our friends.

Sharing a few highlights from the evening… More pics coming soon.


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