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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.


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!


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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Wedding Locales: SANTA BARBARA

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One of our team members had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Barbara for a wedding this summer. The result? A gorgeous, DIY vineyard wedding experience to remember! The warm weather, delicious wine and stunning views are just a few of the reasons why Santa Barbara is an excellent location for a wedding! There’s such a nice balance of city and greenery/landscapes, which gives couples a lot of diversity when deciding what kind of wedding they’d like to have and the fabulous pictures that will capture this beauty! We’re listing out some of the great reasons for wedding in downtown Santa Barbara AND going further north towards the wine region (e.g. Los Olivos, Solvang, Santa Ynez, etc.)

Downtown Santa Barbara

  • Right next to the beach and steps from the Pacific Ocean
  • Tons of fun bars/restaurants to have great meals and enjoy some of the wine and beer of the region
  • Stunning views of the mountains
  • Great paths for walking and exploring the city

Santa Barbara wine regions

  • Gorgeous vineyards and landscapes
  • Delicious wine
  • Vast space to host a wedding
  • Great built-in decorations, (wine barrels, wine bottles, barn-style reception)
  • Fun day-time activities for guests (wine tastings, cute European-inspired towns with good food, shopping)
  • Great trails for walking/jogging around the mountains

We highly recommend Santa Barbara; Whether it be for a long weekend getaway with your significant other, a bachelorette party with your girlfriends or to plan your wedding.. It’s a beautiful town with lots of scenic variety, a multitude of activities and at a bare minimum, a good place to wind down and get a glass of great wine at some of the wine shops downtown or take a bottle you bought at a vineyard and bring some glasses to the beach on E. Cabrillo Blvd.!

Here’s just a taste of the fabulous wedding we attended! We loved the barn style reception, small DIY personal touches (old family photos), and vintage lace, books and other decor for the guests’ tables! Contact us for more details about planning a destination wedding and/or California weddings in particular as well as other wineries, bars & restaurant recommendations. Make sure you also check out here and here to the unforgettable Aptos, CA wedding that we planned. This really was a wedding dream come true!


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Multicultural Weddings – A Wedding Planner’s Guide


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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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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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.




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.



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




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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Celebrity Summer Weddings & Trends!

Another summer is about to end, but we have photos to enjoy from some of the most lavish celebrity weddings! From big names in music, sports & film – here’s our top list of 2013 summer weddings & trends!

Men: the blue suit. The perfect summer color for a man – less formal than your standard tuxedo, but gives a crisp appearance for the groom! Below: Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul & Lauren Parsekian (L) and tattoo artist Scott Campbell & actress Lake Bell(R)

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Women: black gowns. Opting out of the traditional white or ivory, these brides showed that even in the brightest of days, dark wedding gowns can make the strongest statement. Below: Avril Lavigne [in Monique L’hullier] & Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger (L) and 90210 actress Shenae Grimes [in Vera Wang] & Josh Beech (R) [Images via US Weekly]

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Rustic/vineyard weddings – they never go out of style. Whether it be a Southern belle wedding or in the Northern California vineyards, celebrities flocked to have beautiful weddings with lots of trees, wooden chairs and candles. Below: John Rzeznik (of Goo Goo Dolls) with his wife Melina Gallo & their rustic Malibu, CA wedding. [Images via People]

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The Chateau wedding – because what would a celebrity wedding be without some lavish international ceremony in a gorgeous palace to say “I Do”! Below:  Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone & actress Lindsay Price wedding in Spain [Images via People]

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Celeb Roundup – Summer 2012 Wedding Edition

This summer, celebrities succeeded in sending us “regular folk” in a tizzy with a long list of wedding engagements & ceremonies. We were able to bask in our US Weekly & People Magazines who reported to us the latest and greatest in summer celebrity couple celebrations! The list includes a popular Internet CEO, the Queen of Pop, several academy award winners & the latest and greatest in the NBA.

tanaRi events shares their top ten celebrity engagements/wedding list:

Jessica Biel/Justin Timberlake – the masses have been waiting for years for JT to pop the question – and he finally has! After a rocky few years, they were engaged end of 2011/early 2012. Rumors currently circulating suggest they will have an Italian wedding next month!

Mark Zuckerberg/Priscilla Chan – Facebook CEO suprised millions when he married his longtime girlfriend in a quiet Palo Alto, CA ceremony. Chan’s choice of wedding gown (designed by Claire Pettibone) put the designer on mainstream wedding map.

Jennifer Aniston/Justin Theroux – we were thrilled to find out that boyfriend Justin Theroux proposed to our favorite girl-next-door last month. We hope this will be long lasting marriage for them!

Matthew McConaughey/Camila Alves – we were all patiently waiting for this one.. Two kids (with a third on the way) & they officially got hitched in June! They had a beautiful wedding at their home in Austin, TX. McConaughey wore a three piece Dolce & Gabanna suit; Alves wore a custom-made Ducarmo Castelo Branco design.

Avril Lavigne/Chad Kroeger – probably the most unexpected engagement on this list.. The Canadian rockers found love again while making music together for Lavigne’s upcoming album. This is Lavigne’s second engagement – she was previously married to Sum41 lead singer Deryck Whibley. (Let’s not forget to mention she helped make our work in the Picksie 2.0 launch event a success!)

Natalie Portman/Benjamin Millepied – we were all surprised when we heard Oscar winner Natalie Portman was pregnant, no less engaged to her Black Swan co-actor Benjamin Millepied. The best part? They wed in a gorgeous Jewish ceremony this summer in Big Sur, CA (with beautiful wildflowers!) Portman wore a gown by popular designer(s) Rodarte and served French macaroons as a wedding dessert!

LeBron James/Savannah Brinson – heading into the 2012 New Year, James’ long-time high school sweetheart got the best present a girl could ask for – an engagement from the most popular NBA star in the game!

Carey Mulligan/Marcus Mumford – our favorite rising actress and folk singer said their “I do’s” at a beautiful farm wedding in Somerset, England. Both Mulligan & Mumford wore Prada. Her bridesmaids also wore custom-made Prada gowns in various shades of blue.

Halle Berry/Oliver Martinez – this will make it Berry’s third time down the aisle, but third time’s a charm! Martinez proposed in March with a beautiful emerald engagement ring.

Blake Lively/Ryan Reynolds – we couldn’t end the summer on a higher note than hearing the announcement of Reynolds and Lively’s secret wedding at the Boone Plantation in South Carolina. (For those who do not know, this is the house where famously romantic film The Notebook took place.) There were no press at the ceremony and they managed to pull off the wedding of the summer! Lively reportedly wore a Marchesa gown and had Florence + The Machine perform a few songs at the reception.

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