Marineh's Story

ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG SERIES - A BRIDE'S STORY

Hi - thiA Bride's Storys is Marineh and I am one of the co-founders of Harsanik.com! I am excited to announce that I am engaged and I'm in the middle of planning my own "harsanik"! I have decided to blog all about my wedding planning adventures to help other brides with the planning process and provide some fun content for our website visitors. My new blog series is called "A Bride's Story" and you can read all about my wedding planning experience in the Marineh's Story section.

If you're a bride and you'd like to share your wedding planning experience with our users, contact us!

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A BRIDE'S STORY: LET THE PLANNING BEGIN!

Hey there - it's Marineh from Harsanik.com. As you can see, I'm trying to blog more often so I can finally catch up! Smile

Once we picked our venue, Shant and I got into full wedding planning mode and started working on everything from guest list, budgets, and vendor selection.

The guest list is definitely the hardest part. We originally thought we were going to have a 300 person wedding to keep it “small” (of course only an Armenian would consider 300 people a small wedding!). However, after we started adding all the names of our family members and our friends, we were already looking at going over that mark. We agreed we were going to try to stick to 350 to accommodate our long list of families and friends.

As for budget, we listed all the categories of vendors we would need (photographer, bridal shops, invitations, etc) and estimated how much we would be willing to spend for each category. While we knew this was a rough estimate, it was helpful to have a rough idea of what our total wedding budget was going to look like. Also, it allowed us to mark which categories we would be willing to spend more on because they were very important to both of us, and which categories we would be willing to try to minimize our cost.

arrow  Tip: Shant and I created a Google Docs account and have been storing all of our wedding related documents there. Google Docs is a great tool that allows you to keep track of everything from wedding lists, budgets, list of names & addresses, menu selections, and everything else online and all in one place!

Planning Status:

Next Up: Picking my engagement party location...

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A BRIDE'S STORY: SELECTING OUR VENUE - TAGLYAN CULTURAL COMPLEX

This is Marineh, co-founder of Harsanik.com with another update on my wedding planning adventures!

On Saturday December 26th, Shant and I drove to the Taglyan Cultural Complex to meet with their venue and bookings manager, Aram, and finally see the banquet hall for the first time. Both Shant and I had a good feeling about the hall since we loved all the pictures we had seen of Taglyan, we really liked the location (close for both families), and it would mean we would get to work closer with Christine from Fancy That! Events since she is the Marketing Director at Taglyan!

When we got to Taglyan, we parked our car and walked outside through the pretty gardens before walking into the hall. We were already in a great mood since we both loved the garden area and we knew it would be perfect to have our cocktail hour outside since we were planning on having a summer wedding. I could just imagine all my guests mingling there after the valet takes their car. Maybe we can even have a bar in the garden serving our signature drink?

When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by Aram. Aram was extremely nice and he showed us around. First, we saw the foyer area which was very elegant and well designed. Aram also showed us the garden and explained that all the outdoor lighting could be customized to match your wedding colors. They also had speakers in the garden area in case you wanted to play the music outside as well. At that point, Shant & I decided our cocktail hour would be both indoors & outdoors (garden & foyer).


Next, Aram showed us the gorgeous banquet hall. I had seen many beautiful photos of the inside of Taglyan, but seeing it in person was even more beautiful. Aram gave us a preview of what the lights could look like and explained that we could decide what color to display at what time – eg. blue for the main entrance, pink for the first dance, etc. Aram also explained that all the speakers were built into the ceiling so there would be no need to have large speakers on the stage. We both loved that aspect because we know nobody likes to sit at the table that’s closest to the loud speakers! Overall Shant was very impressed by how technologically advanced Taglyan was since everything seemed to be controlled electronically and appeared ready to go. Shant has an engineering background so of course he was most impressed by the electronics while I was wowed by the beautiful ceiling lights!


The last few stops of the tour were the bathrooms and the private bridal room. The bathrooms were not only impeccably clean, but also very nicely designed. We also liked how we would be given our private bridal room that we could share with our bridal party and have a place to lock all of our things.

At the end of the tour, we said bye to Aram, and Christine from Fancy That! called me and walked us through more details. She clarified that the hall fee includes the room rental, the garden, all catering by Divine & Food Catering, which is their exclusive in-house catering department (I’ve heard great things about their food), all tables, chairs, and linens. We really liked that pretty much everything was included, and Taglyan felt like a complete solution. This was a better option for us versus renting a hall but then needing to worry about every little detail from draping to tables to silverware.

 


After a few more details from Christine, Shant and I were sold and we agreed to sign a contract and give our deposit to lock in Taglyan for our August wedding!

Note: I know I’m really behind with my blog – I have over 2 months of wedding planning to catch up on! As you can tell, wedding planning is a lot of work and it’s keeping me super busy! But I promise I’ll get caught up over the next few weeks so look out for more regular updates…

Planning Status:

Next Up: Start working on the guest list...

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A BRIDE'S STORY: SETTING THE DATE, ALREADY???

Shant and I spent December 24th surrounded by family. First we visited his family for a Christmas lunch, and then went over to my parent's house for a Christmas dinner.

Everyone was asking us when and where we were planning on getting married, and I responded summer 2010. I've always liked summer weddings. And I knew I could plan a wedding in less than 1 year, thanks to all the wonderful vendors I've gotten to know over the years! As for location, I knew I wanted an Armenian hall, and my favorite one is Taglyan, specifically because of its gorgeous ceiling.

So the next day, December 25th, I started texting with Christine from Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination to start planning. Christine is also the Marketing Director for Taglyan, so I knew she would be able to help me find a date and help out with all the details that come with booking the venue. Luckily, we were able to find a Saturday that was available. Thanks to Christine's help, in less than 2 days, I had pretty much selected my hall and set a date! I scheduled a meeting at Taglyan for the next day so both Shant and I could see the hall for the first time.

Planning Status:


Next Up: Picking the hall...

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A BRIDE'S STORY: A SCAVENGER HUNT ENDING WITH DIAMONDS!

It was December 23. I had driven back from San Diego to my parent's house in LA to spend the next several days with family. Around 8:30pm, I got a call from Shant and he declared:
"The game has started. Here is Clue #1. Be at the location where we had out first date and I gave you the Play-doh in 15 minutes".

Shant & I at the Creme De La Crepe restaurant in Pasadena - Clue #1

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