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tanaRi events weddings: Cathy & Rajeev

From Cathy and Raj's wedding in Long Island City. Photos by STAK Studios | www.getstak.com

First off: we want to apologize. We realize we have not been as proactive on sharing as we had previously been and continuing to work on that. We’re happy to report that we’re back in action and want to keep you up to speed on all of the beautiful weddings that took place in our social absence! There’s so much to fill you in on and we can’t wait for you to read more about them!

The first one we want to share with you all is a beautiful multicultural fall wedding in Long Island City, NY. Rajeev (the bald) and Cathy (the beautiful) got married on October 24, 2015 in the Vista Sky Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton with beautiful Manhattan skyscraper views. They made sure to emphasize the little details, which vividly describe the unique couple they are. Personalized “Bald” and “Beautiful” cocktails, candles and specialized wine bottle giveaways were some of the decor items to bring this day to life.

With Rajeev’s Hindi background, the wedding celebrations commenced with a fun Mehndi party at The Paper Factory. We love the multicultural elements incorporated into the wedding day to bring traditions from both individuals!

We hope you enjoy the beautiful photos below by Stak Photography. Also, we want to give a big shoutout to Floresta NYC for the gorgeous floral arrangements in the fall color theme, Lassen & Hennig’s for their delicious red velvet, chocolate and lemon buttercream desserts, (and a favorite of the bride when living in Brooklyn)!

For any questions about Long Island City and/or New York wedding venues and planning, please contact us for a consultation!

 

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Wedding Entertainment: Find What Works Best For You & Your Venue!

While there are so many details to planning a wedding, probably the most fun part for couples is deciding on the entertainment options! Depending on the style of wedding, (ballroom, rustic, destination), you can have an array of activities that you and your guests can enjoy! Here’s some of our favorites!

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Wedding band – there’s tons of variety here! Big band, ukelele, folk bands or other hired performers! Note: the larger the band, the pricier it may be. Also, make sure to check with the venue first to make sure what you want will fit.

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DJ – a fun way to have a wide variety of your favorite tracks, both new and old! Make sure to discuss song options prior to the event to ensure you have options for partying, slow dances and unexpected congas!

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Food Trucks – this is a great way to serve food to your guests and/or end the evening with some tasty pretzels, cotton candy, doughnuts or chocolate treats! If it’s an outdoor food truck, make sure you coordinate with your venue and you have all the necessary permits! Check out our previous post about wedding food trucks for more details!

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Photo booth – one of our personal favorites! A great way for you and your guests to have fun memories from the night. One wedding we attended had each guest put one copy of the their photos in the guestbook and write a message. We love that idea!

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Sparklers / Confetti bar – for some amazing pictures, keep a table at the ceremony available for people to pick up sparklers and confetti. When the couple is walking down the aisle, this is a great time to use these as the couple makes themselves official!

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Kids activities (caricatures, game room) – For a wedding with lots of young kids,  it’s helpful to have a game or two that can keep them occupied in a safe manner. Arranging for guests to get caricatures done or having a small room full of games supervised by a babysitter that can help couples relieve their parental role for a brief time!

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After party – Depending on how late your wedding goes and how big your budget is, you may want to splurge on some after party celebrations! Work with your venue to see if it’s possible to keep one of the areas for a few extra hours to serve drinks and late night snacks. Otherwise, you can coordinate a local bar/restaurant nearby to host some post-event partying!

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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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tanaRi events weddings: Adrienne & Gaurav Pt. 2

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We’re so excited to finally share with you all the STUNNING wedding ceremony & reception that took place as the weekend progressed for Adrienne and Gaurav! Thanks to our friends at Third Element Studios for capturing the full essence of this wedding day.

When we spoke with the couple during the planning stages, there were a few main important details: being surrounded by nature, having DIY elements & incorporating both cultures into the festivities. The result was a wedding filled with bright colors, natural beauty and lots of love.

The day started as the bride got ready at Adrienne’s parents house, (and where the ceremony was later held in the backyard). Gaurav set the tone for tradition as he rode in style on a white horse for the Indian Baraat, surrounded by family & close friends. He was met by both sets of parents as they exchanged garlands during the Milni ceremony, which is the ultimate symbol of uniting the two families. Following this, the bride and groom said their vows under a handmade wooden mandap, (created by Adrienne’s father with tall Redwood trees). Beautiful orange saris draped the top of the mandap, along with orange and pink marigold flowers hanging down – decorated by both Adrienne and Gaurav’s mothers. The natural light through the Redwood trees made for the most gorgeous wedding backdrop!

The celebrations continued to the reception, where the party was filled with lots of singing & dancing. Centerpieces were simple, with low centerpieces and an array of flowers finished with a burlap lining.

This wedding was so amazing that our friends at Rustic Chic rated it one of their top weddings from 2014! We’re so happy we could be a part of this special day for an amazing couple – there’s so many pictures we love that we had such a hard time choosing for the slideshow below!

For more information on this wedding or any wedding/destination wedding planning, please contact us.

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Spice Up Your Post-Valentine’s Day!

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It’s been one month.. For those who enjoyed some romantic celebrations with your loved ones this past Valentine’s Day, ask yourself the following: why just celebrate on Valentine’s Day? Even if there’s one day a year “dedicated” to more romance and adventure, why not make every day just as fun? Sometimes we get so caught up on our everyday lives that we lose sight of the little things that bring us back to reality and appreciate what’s around us. For those of you who already do this, then you’re one step ahead! In efforts to keep up the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s some of our ideas to continuously ignite that passion.. All of our ideas are great collaborative activities that require opinion and involvement of both partners so they can mutually enjoy!

Ice Skating – this is enjoyable for both men and women. It can be sporty, (if you have experience on skates), or a casual stroll holding hands on the rink. NOTE: winter season is a very busy time, so schedule accordingly! Early mornings or late afternoon/evening are probably the best times to go with smaller waiting lines.

Cooking class OR cook at home – you both can find a cuisine you enjoy, (pizza, meats, mexican-style) and appreciate the steps of working together to complete the task of devouring your delicious work! To save money, pick a recipe online of a favorite meal, buy the ingredients and make it at home. This will also allow you to create the mood with lighting, music & up the romance!

Couples massage – for all the stresses we face on a daily basis, it’s nice when we can unwind with our loved ones. This is a simple task that can be done any day of the week at home. Just set the mood in the bedroom (or whatever room you decide to do massages) with dim lighting, ambient music, some candles for romance and lotion/oils. Ask your partner what they prefer in scents/oils to avoid any skin rashes or allergies!

Movies – a simple, inexpensive activity when you’re looking for a quick getaway of reality. You can go to your local theater or order a movie on your TV and watch in the warmth and comfort of your couch and casual clothes!

Art/dance class – whether men want to admit or not, they enjoy the occasional art and dance activity! This is a good way to get out of the house for an hour to explore the things your partner enjoys with them. Perhaps a hip-hop/salsa dance class or a BYO (bring your own) wine & painting class.

Other small ideas but show a BIG gesture: give flowers to your loved one every so often when it’s been a rough day or make a playlist of your favorite songs for you to listen to when you’re lounging around the house.. For some additional ideas in baking, cooking and decorating – be sure to visit our Pinterest board!

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tanaRi events weddings: Andrea & Chad

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It’s always a pleasure for us here at tanaRi events to be able to participate in our friends’ wedding! The wonderful couple, Andrea & Chad, got married last June at a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Chauncey Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey. The couple said their vows in a white gazebo lined with a simple chuppah. The reception included colorful, yet simple decoration – bright pink and beige flowers, cacti and other natural greenery in small vases on top of rustic table liners. It was a fun wedding filled with love & romance!

We caught up with the bride Andrea recently to talk about her life with Chad – from the beginning & what they hope for the future! We hope you all enjoy and that it will inspire you for your own love story.. Be sure to check out some of the gorgeous photos from their wedding day after the Q&A! George Street Photography did an amazing job capturing this special occasion!

tanaRi events (TE): When did you first meet? 

Andrea: We met when we were working together. I was in sales and (my husband) Chad was in IT. This was about seven years ago.. We dated for about five years before the proposal!

TE: What is a fond memory that you have from your first date? Where was your first date?

Andrea: Our first date was on Valentine’s Day – not on purpose! It just worked out that way.. We both tried to ignore the fact that it was Valentine’s Day and kept it casual. We started out at a bar near the office we worked at. We hit it off and continued the date on to dinner at a restaurant nearby. The fondest memory I have from our first date is that he was very interesting, and I just wanted to get to know him better. It was so easy to talk to him.. and he was cute! Also, the fact that our first date was on Valentine’s Day made things more exciting.

TE: Was there a specific day/moment that you thought that this was the person you want to spend the rest of your life with?

Andrea: I think when we went on our first trip together, about 6 months after we started dating, I realized that this could be something real. We both knew we wanted to take things slow though. Also, after he had met my family and I saw how well he treated my parents, I knew he was a keeper!

TE: How did he propose?

Andrea: Chad and I had been on a trip to France together and we visited the Monet gardens outside of Paris, (which he knows I love!) We had been to this sculpture garden a couple years later in New Jersey that had a re-creation of my favorite Monet painting of the garden we visited in France. So, he took me to that bridge, (very romantic setting!), where it was a very sunny & hot day. When we get to the bridge, he asks me for some sunscreen and I go to look in my purse. When I turned back, he had taken the ring out of his pocket and proposed!

TE: Let’s flash forward to the wedding.. What was your favorite part of planning the wedding? Where did some of the inspiration for the decor come from?

Andrea: My favorite part of the wedding planning was picking the band. We really wanted to make sure we picked the right band for us that would get the party going! Our band 45 Riots did an amazing job. 

The inspiration for the décor came from seeing a lot of terrariums used in decorations around restaurants, stores or magazines. We both like things a little out of the ordinary, so this seemed like a great way to bring something unique to the reception and put our own stamp on it. Our florist (Petal Pushers) heard our idea and totally went with it and created these little mini ‘clusters’ for each table. They did a great job and we were really happy with how our vision turned out.

TE: What was your favorite memory from the wedding?

Andrea: My favorite memory would probably be dancing and having a good time with everyone at the reception. At this point, all the formalities were over and we could just kick back and enjoy all the time and effort we had put into planning everything. We wanted the wedding to be a fun party and a time to celebrate with our good friends & family!

TE: What was some advice you were given about your wedding day from friends/family that was helpful for you?

Andrea: The one piece of advice that was the most helpful from a friend was to get a ‘day of’ wedding coordinator. I hadn’t thought about it at first. But as I started planning, I realized there would be so much going on the day of and I would need someone I could count on to take care of the little things. It was the best thing I could have done.

TE: What do you feel is the most important thing in keeping a successful relationship/marriage?

Andrea: The most important thing in keeping a successful relationship/marriage is being able to communicate well together. Communication is everything; If you can talk to your partner about issues or whatever is on your mind, nothing will ever escalate unnecessarily. Also, a little romance every now and then never hurts!

TE: What has been the happiest memory of you have of your time together so far in your relationship?

Andrea: It’s so hard to choose, but we both love to travel together. It’s always fun to go away because we can focus on each other and have a good time.

TE: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Andrea: In five years, I could see us still living in Manhattan – possibly with children if we are ready. We both want to travel together as much as possible before we have kids. We also want to enjoy our time being married with just the two of us!

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