You are now Mr. and Mrs!

Your wedding day is now a moment in history—an event you'll fondly remember and re-tell for the rest of your life. Isn't in nice to breathe a little easier now that all the planning and preparations are over?

After you've taken a moment to bask in the glory and unforgettable moments of the Big Day, there are still a couple of things you have to do as you walk down the path of happily ever after. We've featured a few of those post-wedding to-do list items below! 

Select Songs for Your Video

Depending on your videography package, you'll receive a short-and-sweet highlight 'reel of your wedding, plus all the footage. Start thinking about 8–10 songs that represent you as a couple and the Big Day. This way, you'll be ready send them over to your videography team as soon as you are asked.

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Dressing your bridesmaids goes beyond just selecting the style of their dresses. Whether you choose traditional or mismatched bridesmaids dresses, in many cases, color may come before the design! The color of bridesmaids dresses helps your main ladies look like a cohesive part of your Wedding Day, not the main attraction or completely lost in the backdrop.

Depending on your theme and season, you can choose a color that best fits your wedding. The following trends reflect the beauty and atmosphere of the Spring/Summer 2016: 

Modern: Nude or white

Bridesmaids Dresses

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This week we started to hand out our invitations. Traditionally, in Armenian families, we attend the guest's home and join them for a cup of tea or coffee as we present the invitations. The first place we went after our parent's homes was my cousin Armine's home. Armine's two daughters, Anita and Aileen, are also two of my bridesmaids. In addition to the invitations, I decided to present them with their bridesmaid gifts.

Christine's Story Gifts for Bridesmaids

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There are many details involved in choosing a wedding cake. However, once you've found your inspirations and you're ready to design your cake, you must decide on the ultimate question...which icing will cover your cake? Fondant or buttercream?

Buttercream vs. Fondant

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The two main choices for finishing a cake are fondant and buttercream. Both icings are made from different ingredients and have advantages and disadvantages depending on your preferences. Here are important tips you need to know to help you choose your icing:

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We recently shared famous Armenian Singer Mister X and Svetlana's stunning wedding on the Harsanik blog. The couple got married on November 1, 2015 with a beautiful ceremony at St. Leon Cathedral followed by a dreamy reception at the Renaissance Banquet. If you recall, Artur Hakobyan (Mister X) wrote a song for Svetlana and performed on their wedding day. Arthur and Svetlana decided to break down memories from their wedding day into a music video to share the song. Jay Jay Productions helped create the video and capture all the moments from their special day. We love this romantic idea and having something so personal as a keepsake from their wedding.

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Hot from the Vera Wang atelier is the designer's collection for Spring 2017, and brides everywhere have already feasted their eyes on the beautiful gowns they can adorn next season!

Vera Wang Spring 2017

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Wang's soon-to-come selection, unsurprisingly, captures her timeless vision in a truly avant-garde, unique way. Modern composition with a nod to the opulent French Court were common themes that is noticeable from dress to dress. Whether it is a form fitting, free-flowing design, or a floor length, majestic pieces, the house of Wang infused an abundance of lace, organza, pearls and corsetry into Spring 2017.

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This is it! My last blog before the big day and I've saved my favorite vendor for last, my florist. I first heard of Martha & Co Martha as she was the florist for a friend's wedding. I used her services for a birthday party I threw for my parents and her work was flawless. She is really multi-talented and wears so many hats. Naturally, and without hesitation, I chose her to be my wedding florist. Given my nervousness and anxiety over all of the planning that had to go into this big day, I met with Martha a total of 5 times! As you may know, this isn't the norm! One or two meetings should be all that you need. 

Talar's Story Flowers

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Need some inspiration as you brainstorm backdrops and settings for your engagement session?

It can be a tough decision—many brides want something different and never before seen. But think outside of the box a little bit and consider a place that's personal and special for you and your groom to be:

Where You First Met

This could be anything—your high school, a bar... at least this way, you'll always remember the place where it all first started.

Engagement Photoshoot by Armen Photo

Photo Source Armen Asadorian Photography

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Wedding season is coming, ladies and gentleman!

Although your social calendar is filling up fast and furiously, save yourself the last-minute mad dash to your local mall or boutique to find an ensemble for your upcoming weddings. By thinking ahead, you may be able to avoid a "who wore it best situation" and find a unique, perfect outfit that's wedding appropriate.

As you piece together your sartorial vision, remember the cardinal wedding guest rule: Wearing white as a guest is not encouraged, and as many brides would say, frowned upon.

To kick start your planning process, check out some of our favorite looks for summer 2016:

1. Petal to the Medal

This bardot, mesh hybrid gown from Asos is a perfect blend of elegance and whimsy. Pair it with some nude pumps to hit it out of the park.

Wedding Guest Outift

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When I heard that there was going to be a bridal bar at last year's Harsanik Bridal Show, I was so excited! I had recently heard about lash extensions so I definitely wanted to try them. When I arrived at the bridal show, I met Lynette from Lynette Marie Skincare and Lashes. Her bubbly personality was so welcoming!

Ashes by Lynette

Lynette specializes in skincare and lashes at Tranquility Spa in La Canada which is conveniently local for me. Lynette did a demo of what eyelash extensions would be like on me. She reminded me that when you are on your honeymoon, you don't want to have to wake up and put mascara on. Especially if you are going somewhere tropical where you are going to be in the water often.

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