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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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It is here! ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ will take place tomorrow, November 8th.

After weeks of preparation, ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ is less than 48 hours away and we at tanaRi events’ can’t wait to see everyone!

tanaRi events’ will host the first annual ‘Tie the Knot Bazaar’ at Soigne K in New York City on November 8, 2011.  The event will feature top wedding professionals from the world of fashion & accessories, photography, custom stationery, hair & makeup, fine dining and entertainment in New York City.

The guests will be entertained with dance performances by Eastern Dance Group, delectable appetizers and drinks by Tulsi NYC and desserts from Bittersweet NYC.  They will also have the opportunity to learn how to drape a sari and receive a free makeover by the talented artists from Damali NYC.

We know that most of you have it on your calendar and we love all you organized peeps! 😉 Those who pre-registered will be eligible to win prizes and giveaways.  A few lucky guests will have the opportunity to win a designer shawl from Soigne K or a Chef’s special five-course tasting menu with wine pairing from Tulsi NYC and other prizes.

Event Details:
Name: Tie the Knot Bazaar
Date: November 8, 2011
Location: Soigne K, 717 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
Time: 4:30 pm – 8:30pm

Pre-register for the Tie the Knot Bazaar online by sending an email to rsvp@tanarievents.com and qualify to win prizes.

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 tanaRi’s friends and supporters.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us at info@tanarievents.com or 917-628-0273.  See you tomorrow!

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The allure of Venice, Italy!

Have you dreamt of a wedding in Italy set in a medieval church or castle, and the couple feeling as part of a Renaissance painting?

If you are considering a wedding in Venice or in the dream phase, read on… I will not go into detail about the history and beauty of Venice, its architecture and gondola rides, as I am sure that is clear in your mental image.

I sure felt the charm and magic of the place when I was in Venice earlier this year.  And I will admit I loved my job more than ever, as I spent my day researching the Venetian churches and restaurants.

Sharing some ideas to consider as you shape your dream into a reality of Venice as your wedding destination. There are many beautiful churches in Italy, no doubt, but if you are looking for do a traditional Italian wedding in Venice, Chiesa di San Moisè (or San Moisè Profeta) is definitely worth looking into.


Want that palace wedding tying in art, beauty, magic and romance? Ca’ Sagredo is the place for you. Located on the banks of the Grand Canal, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge, the 14th century building is a palace, museum, hotel and a luxury wedding location.

For rehearsal dinner or an intimate family gathering, Hotel Gritti Palace is an amazing location.  Located next to the Grand Canal, it overlooks the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.  With the night lights, the backdrop is stunning. They usually have live music (piano playing) and the service is spot on. Food is delicious and their wine selection ranges from local wines to other Italian wines which would be perfect for the occasion.  

Another great choice for a private party is the rooftop of Hotel Danieli, which is located just steps away from Saint Mark’s square.   Though a bit on the pricier side, the hotel and the restaurant, Terrazza Danieli’s, offers an endless array of food and wine choices, and you are guaranteed exemplary service.

My research came to life when we chanced upon a wedding in Venice.   The gorgeous couple got married at the Chiesa di San Moisé and had a super romantic exit on a gondola, as the gondolier sang to them.   Here are some pictures I shot of them.

– Riri



(Photo Credits – Riri Patel, TravelPod, Hotel Danieli, Ca’ Sagredo & Hotel Gritti Palace websites)

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Mystic beauty, cultural pride, and vibrant hues tied into a love story.

When tanaRi met with Nisha and Naveen to plan their wedding reception, we were ecstatic due to two reasons.  The bride is an embodiment of sweetness and a delight to work with. Secondly, Nisha loves peacock feathers and wanted to incorporate it into the theme for the reception.

Drawing on that inspiration, we went to work in putting together a peacock themed affair for the couple, while maintaining the elegance and grandeur of the ceremony.

We loved that Nisha’s traditional bridal lehenga choli beautifully captured the hues of teal, purple, gold and green.  This multicolored peacock feather effect can be seen throughout the event space blended into the floral arrangements, linens, place settings and favors.

Real peacock feathers were introduced into wedding cake, giving a pop to the shimmering feathers against the white fondant.

The individual place settings got a touch of glamour with single peacock feathers offering an exotic feel.  The mini tiered cakes for the guests done in vibrant hues looked impressive as table decorations and were a crowd favorite.

Nisha and Naveen – A beautiful and graceful couple, whose special day was bright with love, light and colors, with just the right touches of peacock.  tanaRi is blessed to have been part of this celebration and wishes them a colorful future together!

(Credits – Floral Design: Spitz & Peck; Cakes: Butterfly Bake Shop; Photos: Salwa Photography)

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Proud to announce tanaRi events online launch – Today!

Excited to share some great news with you – after over six months of development and few spectacular events later, tanaRi events has our official online launch today, Thursday, July 21st.

Check out our website:   http://www.tanarievents.com/

Connect with us on social media:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tanaRievents

Twitter – https://twitter.com/tanaRievents

(Photo courtesy – tanaRi events)

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Enchanted forests, ski slopes, love, dreams… What’s not to love?

As promised, it is time to give you the private tour of Whistler, British Columbia as a wedding destination.  The Four Seasons resort is nestled between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, a breath taking “Sea to Sky’ panorama of mountain and valley vistas.

Right when you walk in, the lodge-inspired lobby at the Four Seasons Whistler features timber-beam peaked ceilings, and I especially liked the fireplace, highlighted by its floor-to-ceiling stone hearth.

During a private tour of the resort, we were impressed with the amenities available for weddings and receptions.  Here are some of the highlights in my view – The Harmony Ballroom, with its sparking dance floor, is great for up to 250 guests and has a pre-function foyer and a heated outdoor terrace for peak views.  The outdoor Alpine Cabana offers a whimsical, courtyard setting and is ideal for smaller groups of up to 100.  Spectacular forests, glistening glaciers and alpine lakes surround the resort, making it a wedding photographer’s heaven.

For the culture-seeking couple, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre offers over 30,000 square feet of culture rich function space for up to 500.  This space is adjacent to the Four Seasons and is an authentic, First-Nations venue that is spacious yet intimate.  And, for the adventure seekers, tanaRi can help together a summer lakeside reception, mountain meadow cocktail party or champagne toasts on a glacier which are perfect spots for a magical and picturesque wedding.

Coming back indoors, we fell in love with the honeymoon suite which perfectly spacious and romantic.  The gorgeous fireplace and bathroom complement the suite to make it a relaxing sanctuary for a couple.

From rehearsal dinners to pre-function cocktail parties and wedding receptions, Four Seasons offers a wide range of cuisines from Italian, Indian, and Mongolian BBQ, to name a few.  In addition, they also serve regionally inspired cuisine, including prime beef from the grill and spit-roasted game matched by fine local wines.

From what we saw, weddings in Whistler are stunningly beautiful, no matter what the season. In short, Whistler is a location definitely worth creating your love story.  tanaRi would be honored to be part of that unforgettable celebration.

(Photos courtesy: Four Seasons, Whistler Tourism)

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Destination Exploration – Whistler, British Columbia

Just got back from a memorable trip to British Columbia and could not wait to share the experiences with you.  Though one of North America’s popular year-round mountain destination, I did not know much about Whistler, BC before I saw the awe-inspiring ski slopes during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  I suspect many of you are with me on that oneJ. Whistler is a Canadian resort town located approximately 125 kilometers north of Vancouver, Canada.

We stayed at The Four Seasons resort, which is one-quarter kilometer from the foot of Blackcomb Mountain and Blackcomb Upper Village.  Downtown Whistler and Whistler Village, the pedestrian-only district, are within one kilometer from the resort.

Whether it is winter or summer, Whistler offers year round activities for everyone.  One can set out to explore the alpine wilderness with hiking, mountain biking, fishing and white-water rafting.  In addition, there are four championship golf courses nearby.

Whistler boasts North America’s largest skiable mountain terrain, offering downhill and cross-country trails for all skill levels.  You can also try out heli-skiing, snowmobiles and glacier skiing.  I especially loved snowmobiling, taking us deep into the backcountry on scenic trails down through forested terrain to spectacular views.  It was truly breathtaking.

If in the mood to relax, the resort’s pool and luxurious spa are the perfect spots.  That said, if you have the time, I would highly recommend that you check out Scandinave Spa.  Rated one of the top 100 spas in America, the spa is located just north of Whistler Village. Scandinave Spa, Whistler offers more than 20,000 square feet of facilities nestled on three acres of forested land overlooking mountain vistas on the edge of Lost Lake Park. 

We had an amazing time during our Canadian getaway and definitely plan on going back.  Looking at it through my passion for destination weddings, I must say Whistler ranked high with its natural beauty and amazing range of options for indoor and outdoor events, all year round.  That deserves a blog of its own…coming up!

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