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Bridal Market S/S 2016 – TRENDING

Another season, another round of gorgeous wedding gowns. The creativity never ends! Such beautiful pieces walked the runways in New York City this week. We now share with you some of our favorite trends!

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Dress by Reem Acra

Show Me The Sheer Sleeves –  we have Kristen Stewart, Twilight and Carolina Herrera to thank for the resurgence  of the “sleeved” wedding gown style. Designers like Monique L’hullier, Ivy & Aster and others are now taking a new modern twist on this look by providing both sexiness and sensuality with a sheer/lace sleeved wedding gown. This style is best on those who may be looking for something provocative without being overly exposed.

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The Low V – for the confident & dramatic bride, we love the growing number of dresses that showcase the neck/collarbone area. It’s a very sexy style, gives unique shape to the upper portion of the gowns and adding some dimension. This style was popular at Ines di Santo, Reem Acra, among other runways over the week!

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Tie Me With A Bow- For the bride with an affinity for accessories, we love the bow as the perfect finish to a gorgeous wedding gown. It can be done in all shapes and sizes as well as anywhere on the gown, (placed in the lower back, on the skirt or front & center). We also saw this look in unique ways through Sareh Nouri and Lakum designs.

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2 Is Better Than 1 – For the simple, no-fuss bride.. We love the idea of a two-piece wedding outfit! It’s less restrictive and allows for more creativity. This can come in any shape, style, texture, length and is a slightly cheaper alternative. Added bonus: you can repeat each piece separately if you feel they work well with other clothing in your closet!

All of these styles are beautiful! When we talk to brides about their potential wedding gowns, it helps us to get more personality about the bride (and couple) so we have a sense of style when planning the decor & other unique wedding details. Contact us for a consultation if you’re interested in learning more about wedding planning for your special day!

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TRENDING: Bridal Fashion Week – Spring 2015

Gorgeous gowns lined this past week for Spring 2015 Bridal Week. While wedding gowns truly never go out of style, we saw a few standout styles that added just the right touch to consider it a hot trend for the upcoming season. Here were some of our favorites!

Prima Ballerina: a classic and favorite for many (particularly more petite and ultra girl-y ladies). It’s truly made its comeback with thanks to Frozen and some of our other Disney princesses bringing it back in unique new ways. (Refer to next style..) We are so in love with this Reem Acra gown — the never-ending tulle layers on the skirt and that gorgeous floral belt! We’re definitely going to be seeing a lot of the floral add-ons for Spring/Summer 2015! Also seen at: Anne Barge, Pronovias.

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Color Me Pretty: While color is no new trend to many brides, (Indian weddings thrive on bright & bold bridal colors!), we’re seeing just a hint of color on some of the typically white/off-white gowns. Thanks again to Elsa from Frozen who has inspired the wonderful bride-to-be with spring-y colors that can pair perfectly with the spring wedding decor! This Pistachio colored number by Monique L’huillier gives just the right touch of green without stepping too far out of the box. J’adore! Also seen at: Pamella Roland, Claire Pettibone.

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The Ancient Goddess: Thanks to our friends at Game of Thrones, The Tudors & Downton Abbey, the long layers, draped and intricate beading look has come full circle in gorgeous gowns like this Temperely London look. Popular gowns resembling this trend may also come with layered sleeves, ropes, cape, gloves and/or head pieces (which can be seen in other looks from the runway!) Also seen at: J. Mendel, Austin Scarlett

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Lace-y Neckline: any style created with lace can make a gown go from potentially drab to absolutely fab! Marchesa really pulled the stops this season by creating some gorgeous gowns that incorporate lace from the chest up, making the conservative bride feel right at home. Just the right touch of romanticism and simplicity, this look can even convert the most daring brides! Also seen at: Alberta Ferretti, Carolina Herrerra

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Tejani Jewelry

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We are thrilled to have connected with the talented Urvi Tejani, Creative Director and Founder of Tejani Jewelry for our September Vendor Spotlight. By combining her keen NYC fashion sense with the designs of local Mumbai Indian craftsman, Urvi brings a bridal jewelry collection with a carefully crafted mix of authentic ethnic heritage and bold modern flair. The name Tejani translates to “brightness” and “sparkle” in Hindi — a fitting description for the original pieces in her collection.
“When I started back in 2004, high couture jewelry and accessories were out of reach of most brides, yet the more affordable pieces were unattractive and poor quality,” says Urvi. With Tejani Jewelry, she makes the effort to give clients that exclusive look for much less! Check out our Q&A with Urvi about how to best research for bridal jewelry, the importance of culture in her collection and the exciting future in-store for Tejani!

tanaRi events (TE): When did Tejani Jewelry begin its road to success?

Tejani Jewelry (TJ): Tejani was started in May of 2004.

TE:What inspired you to start your business in making jewelry for brides?

TJ: When I was getting married, I saw a huge void for better costume bridal jewelry.  I felt that either it all looked very cheap, lacked fashion & style or was real (fine jewelry) and out of my budget.  I feel many ideas and businesses are born from when we are actually in search of the product / service for our needs.

TE: We find that the first step for a bride is to do her homework diligently. With all of the websites & Pinterest boards out there, it can get so frustrating! How do you recommend brides research for deciding what jewelry/accessories they want to wear?|

TJ: I recommend the following steps prior to doing research for jewelry:

  • Access your dress.  What would be the perfect accessories to compliment a beaded gown, sash, asymmetrical style?  These are all very important factors to consider
  • What is your personal style?  This is not the day to step out of your comfort zone nor take any chances in accessorizing with pieces that don’t reflect who you are. 
  • Establish a rough budget of how much you want to spend on your jewelry.  

As far as the actual researching, I would recommend looking online at blogs and bridal websites for inspiration.  Style Me Pretty & The Knot are two personal favorites. Boutiques and bridal stores are always a good place to look as well.  There is nothing better than actually being able to see the pieces in person prior to making a purchase — especially when it comes to earrings.  I would also recommend selecting a few (ie. up to five options) to bring to your fitting.  Any more will be too overwhelming, but you definitely want to have a few. 

TE: Once a bride commits to her budget & creative vision, when do you recommend that a bride start thinking about and exploring their bridal jewelry options?

TJ: I recommend that brides start looking for jewelry right after their first fitting.  That way she is more than likely to remember the exact details, color & style. Also, if she starts exploring soon after her first fitting, then she can bring her selections to the 2nd fitting; (In many cases, it may be the final fitting!)  In addition, it is extremely important that the bride have a dress rehearsal with herself prior to her big day.  The last thing she wants is to realize her jewelry selections do not compliment her gown before walking down the aisle..

TE: You’ve picked a great area of the wedding business to focus on! Many brides express their concerns about staying in budget but don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the jewelry. What is the price range of your items?

TJ: The collection ranges from $50 USD to $300 USD.

TE: Wow! That is a very reasonable price range for beautiful pieces in your collection. This may be a tough question, but if you had to pick – what is your favorite piece of jewelry in your collection?

TJ: My favorite piece in the collection is Yamini Statement Chandelier Earrings.  I absolutely love the ultra -glam look of these earrings.

TE: Do you have a favorite stone/color to work with?

TJ: I actually do not work with many color stones.  Clear Austrian crystals and Cubic Zirconia are primarily the stones used in the collection.

TE: What is your most popular piece of jewelry and/or accessory?

TJ: The most popular combination at the moment for brides is a cuff and statement earrings or a statement necklace.  http://www.tejani.com/exclusives/urvis-sets

TE: It’s clear by looking at all of these designs that your heritage is very important to you. How does that get incorporated into your designs? How do you use those elements as inspiration?

TJ: My heritage is very important to me.  Being born in India and coming to the US at a very early age (3 months) really made me want to give back in a way that would showcase and represent the beautiful craftsmanship of my culture.  Each piece is designed and crafted by local artisans throughout India.  I do not actually design nor know how to draw.  But, what I do know is how to select and merchandise a collection that represents local talent, yet is sellable to a worldwide bride.

TE: Once a bride chooses their jewelry, how long does it take to be ready/delivered?

TJ: We try to stock as many pieces in the collection as possible.  Once a bride orders her jewelry, it typically takes 3-4 business days to be delivered.

 TE: It seems that most of your inventory is already pre-made. Do you make custom bridal jewelry designs if a client requests something so specific that it isn’t readily available?

TJ: Tejani does not offer custom bridal jewelry designs.  She would have to choose from the pieces available on the website.

TE: We can’t wait to see what the future holds Tejani designs! What is in the works for the near future – any new products? Company developments?

TJ: The future is very exciting for TEJANI.  We are in the process of an entire re-launch.  In the Fall, we will be introducing TEJANI Bangle Bar.  We are the only bridal jewelry brand that offers sizable bangles.  Our collection ranges from XXXS to XL. This is a feature that is very special and makes TEJANI the go-to resource for bridal bangles.  We will be adding a range of new styles to the existing collection.  (f course, we will have a matching earrings to accompany the bangles!)

Trends come and go and we have definitely tried to cover them all. However, at the moment with such a competitive and over saturated market. We realize our strengths and weaknesses and are focusing on what the TEJANI brides love the most!

POST INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: We thought a fun way for us to close out the Q&A is to do a speed round of questions to get to know you better and share your advice and expertise in a moments’ notice for all types of brides. Here we go…!

TE: Urvi Prefers..

-Gold/silver/rose gold? Gold
-Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
-Boho chic or ultra glam? Ultra glam
-Lots of jewelry worn at once or a few simple pieces? Few key pieces worn at once
-Hair comb or hair pins? Hair pins
-Something old/new/borrowed/blue? Something NEW

TE: What is your personal favorite accessory?

TJ: My favorite accessory is bold statement cuff.  

TE: What are your go-to looks for the following brides?

N1443TJ: Beach Bride: I love the look of casual yet formal elegance for a beach wedding.  This clear crystal necklace is the perfect statement necklace to complete a light airy chiffon gown. Also, stackable bangles are always a fun beach look where no one will even hear the clanking. Wearing only a few or stacking the entire look is the perfect accessory to say “I do”.  They also would be so much fun to bring for the honeymoon.

 

 

Rustic Wedding: Pearls are the perfect balance to compliment a rustic wedding…….Romance meets roughness!!!!

 

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Formal Ball Room:  Glam, Glam, Glam!!!!!!  I love a statement necklace or killer show stopper earrings and a cuff to complete a formal wedding look! There is NEVER too much bling when it comes to black-tie.


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Bohemian bride: When I think Bohemian, I always prefer to add the chicness factor to give Boho a touch of glam!  These Nandi earrings are the PERFECT amount of GLAM but still can be ultra boho!

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Maharani Bride: Bangles, bangles , bangles!   Plenty of arm candy is the way to go for the Maharani Bride…….A stack of the Anandini bangles on both arms in Antique Gold or Traditional gold . 

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Be sure to check out their website and social media pages to learn more about their unique line of products and how you can contact them for inquiries! Feel free to also contact us and we can put you in the right direction!

Tejani Jewelry Website | Facebook Page | Twitter Page 

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tanaRi events weddings: Racheal & Rochan Pt. 1

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We were so thrilled to be able to help plan & celebrate our friends Racheal & Rochan Sankar back in November 2012! They had such an extravagant wedding that it took an entire weekend of events to celebrate! From the two beautiful ceremonies at the Double Tree Hotel & the Mad Men themed reception at the Bently Reserve in Sacramento, CA, we’re dedicating TWO posts to this wonderful occasion! This first post is dedicated to the wedding ceremonies. Yes, you read that correctly!

Having met through mutual friends, Racheal & Rochan were able to overcome the long distance concerns through phone calls getting to know one another until they met and uncovered their special connection. It was then that they knew they were meant to be, with Rochan later proposing at the place where they first met!

Fast forward to their wedding! As both Racheal & Rochan come from their respective Hindu religious sects, it was important to them and their families that they have ceremonies to honor each of their traditions. (Racheal comes from an Indo-Fijian background; Rochan comes from a South Indian Brahmin background.)

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Indian Wedding Photographer 031Later that evening, the Indo-Fijian wedding was filled with romance; Crystals hanging down from the mandap, red rose petals circling around the aisle, which was also lined with floating candles & rose petals in glassware. This service was a bit more elaborate, with a more pronounced entrance of the bride and groom. [Rochan arrived on a horse, which is a typical Indian tradition.] Once both arrived and sat in the beautiful mandap with their families, they spoke their vows as they  walk around in circles. The first four circles signify four goals of life: Dharma (moral duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (love), and Moksha (salvation). The final three symbolize their union of Mind, Body and Soul. The ceremony concludes with the Sindoor and Mangalsutra (Red Vermillion and Sacred Thread). They are tied together as Rochan places the Mangalsutra around Racheal’s neck, which symbolizes their commitment.

See below for some additional images captured by The Memory Journalists. They did an amazing job conveying the love & emotions that were present with this amazing couple and their family & friends! Also, a big thanks to all of the other amazing vendors!

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Cannes 2014 – Favorite Bridal-Like Looks!

Another day, another red carpet! This year’s Cannes Film Festival is bringing us a wide variety of beautiful women and even more beautiful gowns! Some of the breakout fashion moments this week came from Bollywood’s finest – Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai & Frieda Pinto! Combining flash and bright colors, we give you our rainbow assortment of favorites!

[Our choices were determined by incorporating wedding-style elements: the desi-bridal look (Sonam Kapoor), intricate beading (Cate Blanchett), bold color risks (Alessandra Ambrosia), lace (Malika Sherewat), gorgeous jewels (Jessica Chastain) and most important of all – confidence!

We can’t to see what the rest of the week has in store for us!

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(L-R) Frieda Pinto in Oscar de la Renta; Jane Fonda in Elie Saab; Alessandra Ambrosio in Elie Saab

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(L-R) Lea Seydoux in Prada; Malika Sherawat in Emilio Pucci; Naomi Watts in Marchesa

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(L-R) Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace; Cate Blanchett in Valentino; Hofit Golan in Gaurav Gupta

 

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Wedding Themes Based on Your Favorite TV Shows!

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…which is why we are dedicating this post to some of our favorite film & TV shows that we think would make some great wedding themes & inspiration! We’re spanning various centuries, countries & cultures to bring you the best in unique wedding themes:


Downton Abbey
– our favorite British royal TV family, we’ve seen family drama, relationship scandals, war – machinations for the perfect TV series. But forget that, let’s talk about the wedding details! Traditional long-sleeve, flow-y gowns with lace, buttons & a tiara or ornate head piece would be great touches for the bride. Guests should have lots of brooches, big hats & decor should include gold and lots of tall candles & chandeliers! A chateau couldn’t hurt either..

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The Great Gatsby/Boardwalk Empire – we may be talking about the same time period as Downton Abbey, but it’s the US during the 1920s. Prohibition, outlaws, the first talkies – it’s very scandalous, yet glamourous all at the same time. What we love about these shows is the extravagant outfits for women – lots of feathes, pearl necklaces, red lipstick and silk dresses. Men wear crisp three piece suits & you should enjoy barrels of liquor and champagne!

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Dallas – the re-boot of this family drama was one of the best things to happen to mainstream television! Not only does it bring back the true sense of “family drama” but it reminded us of how great southern weddings are and how even if we don’t live there, we can make one for ourselves!

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Girls – a TV show about twenty-something girls living in Brooklyn trying to survive the real world. Who wouldn’t relate? With a shotgun wedding in the first season finale, it taught us that Brooklyn weddings are nothing but ordinary. Beautiful city street photographs, views of the Brooklyn, Manhattan & Williamsburg bridges make a for a beautiful sight. You can even have your reception at a bar – how fun is that?!

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Wedding Weather Extremes — Tips & Solutions!

For many brides, a “worst case scenario” is when you unexpectedly struggle with severe weather changes on the day of your wedding. (This can include scorching heat & humidity and/or rain & other wet weather.) We’re here to tell you that THIS IS NOT THE WORST THING! While it can become a hiccup in the process of altering some of the arrangements for the ceremony/reception and can delay events of the day, there’s no reason why it still can’t be the best day of your life!

Here are some of tanaRi events helpful tips & tricks for these extreme weather situations during the summertime:

  • Location/venue: once you’ve commit to your spot, be sure to discuss with the venue planner(s) all options for spots on site that can accommodate for any unexpected weather conditions (especially for outdoor weddings in summer & winter seasons.)
  • Travel arrangements:  it is important to provide guests with several recommendations of transportation to & from the venue (particularly for destination weddings.) Also, it doesn’t hurt to throw an umbrella and/or poncho (rain), scarves (cool weather) and extra pair of shoes (any weather).
  • Umbrellas: keep an assortment on site should there be sudden changes in weather. 
  • Tent: putting up a tent for the reception could help with very mild weather (ie. heavy winds, snow, light drizzle, etc.) 
  • Refreshments: guests will be happy if you provide cool beverages before and/or after the ceremony (especially in hot weather)
  • Dress attire: stick to light color/material dresses (women) and thinner texture/layers (men) 
  • Food: avoid delicate creams/ingredients that can melt and/or spoil in warm weather (ie. cheese-based desserts, mayonnaise, ice cream) 
  • Hair/make-up: simple is best to avoid discomfort, unraveling & discoloration of makeup on the skin
  • Wedding gifts: this is a great opportunity to be personal & creative with DIY items that can help guests. For example, offer some fans, mini water bottles with custom wrapping or visors.

Are you planning an upcoming wedding and need more questions answered? Contact us and we’ll be happy to speak with you further!

In addition, check out this great weather.com article that provides other excellent suggestions on other topics that can be affected with weather (ie. flower arrangements, reception chairs)

Photo credits: Location/venue photoTravel arrangements photoUmbrella photo; Tent photo; Refreshment photo; Dress attire photo; Food photo; Hairstyle photo; Wedding gifts photo

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