MANIFA'S STORY: THE GROOM'S PERSPECTIVE

Here it is. The moment you have all been waiting for. Drum roll. Trumpets. Saxophone. The red carpet. Wedding planning from the groom’s point of view! Without further ado, I present to you Emin...

Hello everyone! My name is Emin and I am Manifa’s fiancé. Writing is not exactly my forte per-say, but hopefully I can provide good insight on a man’s perspective when it comes to wedding planning.

I can start off by saying, I don’t know where to start. What topic? What event? When and where? I honestly didn’t know that so much goes into wedding planning. It all seemed as though a wedding would consist of one big scheme. Lo and behold there are a million and five things to consider, plan, and execute.

Manifa's Story: The Groom's Perspective

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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING OUR FLORIST

Hello fellow brides. I’m glad to be back with an update on wedding planning! We have finally booked a florist! 

Picking a florist was very easy! I already knew who I wanted, so it was the matter of whether or not we can afford to hire him. But, before I get into which florist we hired I want to talk a little bit about the whole idea of having flowers at our wedding. 

Emin and I dreaded having to pay for flowers. We both agreed it is a waste of money. It just sits there, no one really takes it home, and all it does is make the banquet hall look pretty. There’s no real use to it. Considering Metropol is already a very beautiful venue and that I don’t really like flowers, we didn’t care to pay so much for centerpieces. When Emin and I sat and talked about our budget for flowers, I told him I didn’t really want flowers so we should keep the budget low. I was fine with not doing any centerpieces and just making our sweetheart table and cake table very grand and majestic. After all that’s usually the focal point for pictures. Emin and I decided on a below average budget for our flowers. We knew it would probably be difficult to find someone who could work with what we were offering, but if it meant not having centerpieces we were okay with that. 

My mom and I did a lot of research using Pinterest for centerpiece designs. Because our wedding colors are black, red, and gold we really wanted to come up with a design that felt romantic and regal. After looking at things online, I decided I didn’t want floral centerpieces. Candles seemed to fit our theme much more! Emin was up for the idea. Unfortunately for us, there weren’t many florists who were doing much with candles. Yes, they were using them, but not as the focal point of the table. That’s where our florist comes in. 

Manifa's Story: Selecting Our Florist

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MANIFA'S STORY: MY WEDDING DRESS

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been waiting forever to write this blog. Time for Wedding Dress Shopping!!!  For anyone who is named Emin, you must stop reading here. Everyone else, please continue!

I’m not even going to lie, I went dress shopping very early. Like a week after I was proposed to early. What can I say? I’ve never tried on a wedding dress before and I had been dreaming about my wedding dress since I was like five! Before I made any appointments, I called one of my closest friends, Taleen, and asked her where she got her wedding gown. Of course, it was none other than the famous Karoza Bridal. So, the first appointment I made was there. I asked my mom and mother-in-law to come with me. I knew that they would both be straight forward with their opinions and advice.

When we got to Karoza my whole body was shaking with excitement. I had done my homework ahead of time and went in with a list of dresses I knew I wanted to try on. Karla was my dress expert and she told me I could go into the showroom and pick out some dresses while she pulled the ones I had written down. From here my mom, Emin’s mom, and I split up and just started pulling dresses like crazy. My mom really wanted to see me in a satin gown, while Emin’s mom wanted to see me in a mermaid dress. I just pulled whatever looked romantic and whimsical. 

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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING OUR DJ

Hello readers! I hope you all enjoyed my Trndez blog. Let me update you all on how wedding planning is going. I’m super excited to be writing about this next vendor.

What are the three most important things during wedding planning? 

  1. Photo/Video: You want to hire the best crew so that they can capture your special day. At end of it, all that is left is the memories.
  2. Banquet Hall: This is going to be home to your guests for almost 6 hours. It needs to big enough and comfortable enough to accommodate everyone.
  3. MUSIC: Especially for an Armenian wedding, your music needs to be ON POINT to keep your guests dancing and having fun.

Armenian Wedding Dancing at Taglyan

For Emin and I, hiring the right DJ was one of the most serious tasks. The one thing we both wanted was to make sure our wedding was like a rave; non-stop, AMAZING music, and our guests would never sit down. We had to have the right DJ who could, not only, get the party started, but keep the party going all night long. We need someone with a lot of knowledge on Armenian and Persian music, as well as Latin and EDM. Incorporating “rave music” into our wedding is a must. For this task, I decided we would only meet with three DJs. Whoever we felt understood what we wanted for our wedding would be hired. Before I chose which three DJs would get an interview, I used Harsanik.com to make a list of potential people we could hire. I went through the list of DJs and whoever had the most positive reviews got on the list. Then I started calling. After talking to a bunch of DJs I picked our top 3...

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MANIFA'S STORY: TRNDEZ 2018

Hello and Happy Trndez everyone! Well it’s a few days after, but still! I am so excited to be sharing this blog with you all. As many of you know Emin and I haven’t really participated in many Armenian traditions so when it came to celebrating Trndez we really wanted to make it all so authentic.

When we first got engaged my mother in law asked me if I wanted her to bring me a bajeen. This is the little gifts her and her family bring for me on certain holidays. I really didn’t care for any of them except Trndez. What is Trndez you all ask? Well it’s a holiday to celebrate new brides that is celebrated on the eve of February 13th or sometimes in the morning of February 14th. Usually the bride’s family invites the groom’s family to their house and the groom’s family brings some special foods and gifts for the bride. The bride and groom go to church together and bring home a candle which they use to light a fire. Once the fire is lit they walk around it three times and then jump over the fire three times. Doing this blesses them with a happy marriage.

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MANIFA'S STORY: OUR WEDDING THEME

Hello and Happy New Year fellow brides. I’m sorry I have been a little M.I.A. with the blogs lately. I have been dealing with a lot of family stuff since Christmas. I hope all of you were able to enjoy the holidays. Why don’t we just dive right in and get started?

So, as you read in my last blog, Emin and I selected our reception and ceremony venue. Even though many people say choosing a banquet hall is the biggest decision you have to make, I have to say I don’t agree. For Emin and I deciding on the theme of our wedding was the most important decision. I will say this however, making this decision was surprisingly very easy.

One thing I think everyone should know about me is that I am a very creative person. I’ve always been one of those girls that had the completely decked out and designed folders at school. I used to have my own business on Etsy where I created bedazzled glass decorations. I have designed and sewn all of mine and Emin's Halloween and rave costumes, from SCRATCH! My brain is always on D.I.Y. overload. Naturally, when I got engaged, everyone knew I would come up with some crazy creative idea for my wedding theme/colors. Surprisingly Emin was the one who actually triggered the idea.

Blackjack Marriage Proposal

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MANIFA'S STORY: OUR WEDDING VENUE

I’m back and ready to reveal our reception and AND ceremony venue locations, but first I want to navigate you all through the most difficult decision Emin and I have had to make so far. In my last blog, I wrote about the three venues Emin and I first went to see: Metropol Banquet, Legacy Ballroom, and Vertigo. Since Emin and I have seen more than 20 venues I decided to do a quick recap on some of the venues and then reveal our final choice. Do you think you can guess which venue we chose before the final reveal? Good luck.

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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING A VENUE

Greetings from wedding planning world! It has been a while since my last blog post, but I’m back with another edition of Emin and Manifa’s journey down the aisle. A lot has happened since we got engaged and I’m so excited to be sharing it with everyone! Grab some popcorn and prepare yourself for this next blog post because things are going to get crazy!

The last time I ever planned a big event was my sweet 16… over 10 years ago! And even then, technically my mom is the one who planned it. I just chose the color scheme. I never knew how difficult it is to plan such a big event. Like any “sane” woman I have planned and re-planned my wedding in my head about a million times, but when it has actually come down to it I have JUST realized how difficult planning actually is. My issue you ask? Well it’s every brides’ worst enemy…. BUDGET! My Pintrest board is filled with countless magical wedding ideas, but if I were to sit and tally up everything I ever wanted I would probably be spending more than that Armenian 10-million-dollar wedding! Here is where reality comes to play (a.k.a. The Dream Crasher). Sure, sitting around and pinning these wonderful wedding locations is easy, but actually finding the right place is the hardest task any Bride and Groom can undertake. Our journey to booking a venue was like going to hell and coming back.

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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER

Attention! Attention! Attention! WE HAVE BOOKED OUR PHOTOGRAPHER! Sorry I’m a little excited! Although planning a wedding is not an easy task, picking our photographer was a no brainer. I’ve become one of those brides that follows EVERY vendor on Instagram. My feed is full of weddings pictures! I was like this before I even started planning a wedding and one of my favorite photographers has been Sakosan for the longest time. I first discovered his photographs from a picture Harsanik.com posted on their own Instagram and ever since that day I knew he was going to photograph my wedding. I've shared some of my favorite photos from Sakosan in this blog.

Selecting a Photographer

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MANIFA'S STORY: OUR KHOSK-KAP

The words have been tied and it all feels so official! You must be thinking I've officially lost my mind! Well I have. Work, school, and wedding planning is exhausting, but that's a topic for another blog. So back to the original topic of this post, my Khosk-Kap! After getting engaged, I became extremely interested in our Armenian wedding traditions. When I read about a Khosk-Kap, which literally means "the words have been tied," I knew I wanted to have one! Essentially a Khosk-Kap was when the groom's parents and bride's parents would sit and arrange their children's marriage. Now that arranged marriages aren't very common, it has become more of a celebration of love and a good opportunity for both families to officially meet. With that said, here's the story of our Khosk-Kap...

Manifa and Emin's Khosk-kap

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