TALAR'S STORY: CHOOSING A LOCATION

The first question people often ask when they hear you are engaged is, “so when is the big day?” and realistically, the answer is “whenever I find a hall.” At first, Serj and I were very adamant that we wanted to shy away from the typical Armenian banquet hall. Realistically our dream was to get married at Hummingbirds Nest Ranch in Santa Susana. We reserved a date, a random Saturday, then were told that the location had been booked almost all summer for the filming of a show or movie. So we started our search for an outdoor location all over again and our dreams of an outdoor wedding were quickly crushed when we learned about the costs and restrictions associated with those types of locations. 

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Your wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding vendors you choose. Some couples already know who they want to hire before there is even a ring involved! But others who are at the beginning stages of the planning process may not know how to assess one photographer’s services from another. While some couples use budget as their deciding factor, it is important to consider a photographer’s style and personality. Does their work speak to you? Are they someone you can get along with? Most couples may not realize that a photographer is like an extra member of their wedding party and will be with them all day. To navigate through this important and personal decision here are few questions to keep in mind.

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TOP 12 BRIDAL SHOWER GAME IDEAS

Besides choosing your cake, sweets and decorations for your bridal shower, the fun games are a big part of the celebration. As the host, it's important to choose the right games to ensure your guests are having fun and participating in the event. Depending on the setting and your audience, you might choose simple or active games. Here are twelve fun game ideas. 

Bridal Shower Games

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1. How well do you know the Bride & Groom? 

Have everyone try to answer 10-20 questions about the bride & groom-to-be to see who knows them best. 

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: LITTLE MERMAID SMOKEHOUSE

If you love seafood or you’re hosting an event where seafood matches the theme best, then you’re going to love Little Mermaid Smokehouse. Little Mermaid Smokehouse offers high quality seafood catering. The company specializes in seafood, making them unique and different from other catering services.

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As you may be thinking, the name of the smokehouse is inspired by the Disney Character and means Jra Hars in Armenian. The company has been in business since 2012 and has 25 years of experience in the food industry. With the commitment to ensuring quality in every aspect, Little Mermaid Smokehouse is the manufacturer of their products. Meaning every item is made to order and freshly smoked. Some of their most popular items include Smoked Salmon, Smoked Sturgeon, and Smoked Balik/Kpitan.  

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CHRISTINE'S STORY: THE PROPOSAL

Victor and I have had the most random conversations. One conversation I particularly remember well was when he asked me which of the buildings in Downtown, LA was my favorite. I responded, the one with four cylinders on the side of it. I didn’t think much of it at the time. 

Throughout the years, Victor has always told me that he wanted to take me to the Westin Bonaventure so we can experience “the rotating lounge”. The idea of the lounge is very cool. The top floor of the Westin rotates so that once an hour, you have had a total 360 degree view of Downtown, LA. I unfortunately suffer from motion sickness very easily so my immediate response was, absolutely not! 

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: THE RED AND GREEN RIBBON CEREMONY

Armenian weddings have many traditions. The red and green ribbon ceremony is one such tradition. This ceremony is said to be an old Armenian tradition that has been passed down and kept mainly by Armenians in specific areas of Iran, such as Isfahan. As most traditions, there might be slight variations of its’ origins. 

In the old times, the crown that was placed on the bride and groom’s heads during the wedding ceremony was made of white, green and red threads. These colors signified peace, life, and sacrifice. The red and green ribbons are related to this tradition. Accordingly, green signifies life and red signifies sacrifice.

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TALAR'S STORY: THE PROPOSAL

In Talar's first blog, we heard the story about how their relationship started. She also mentioned, Serj said if the Kings won at the Stanley Cup Championship, he would propose! Three months later, they were both in for a surprise. Here’s Talar and Serj’s proposal story, from the groom’s perspective! 

There comes a time in a man’s life where dreams turn into reality, especially when you make that choice to wake up from your dream! From our first date on, I knew I was living in a dream in the presence of Talar. I would refer our dates to my friends as being on “cloud 9” and how she would hear the good, the bad and the ugly in my day to day life yet remain very optimistic of my outcomes. She was always a positive and loving presence that I cherished to have week in and week out. That’s when I knew I wanted to turn this into a life long friendship. I say friendship because it’s not just love that keeps us together, but our passion to strive and be a strong presence in our Armenian community and family life.

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10 SIGNATURE COCKTAILS FOR YOUR WEDDING

During your wedding, the morning celebration or cocktail hour before reception, make a statement with your signature cocktails. Add a personal touch and tell your story in a thoughtful way. Based on the season, venue, color scheme, your heritage or even details about you and your soul mate, serve the drinks that best describe you and your party. Add juices, slices of fruits, edible flowers, and different flavors to spice up the cocktails and let your guests indulge in their drinks! Lucky for you, there are cocktails in every flavor and color of the rainbow.

After all, you are what you drink, so choose wisely!

Here are 10 ideas to help you choose the perfect cocktail for your wedding. 

1. Floral theme:

Incorporate your favorite flowers into your cocktails. 

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: THE HISTORY OF THE ENGAGEMENT

An Armenian engagement ceremony is almost like a wedding in itself. There is a grand party, usually in a banquet hall, where a priest blesses the engagement ring and asks the bride and groom to vow to be faithful to one another and marry in the future. Eating, drinking, and dancing, of course, ensue. But here's a brief history about where this sort of engagement comes from!

Armenian Wedding Traditions: The History of Engagement

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