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THE TRADITIONAL SOUND OF ARMENIAN WEDDINGS

We all have our favorite Armenian wedding bands and singers, and more recently, DJs. Their music is the pulse of the party and their energy keeps the night going. As their stars rise and fall over the years, the sounds and faces of these artists continually turn over, keeping up with the changing soundscape of our times. But for hundreds of years, there has been one unchanging tune at Armenian weddings: the everlasting duet of the zurna and the dhol.

This week we spoke with Vrej Sarkissian, CEO of Anoush Catering and L.A. Banquets to discuss traditional Armenian music played at weddings. Vrej explained the zurna is an oboe-like reed instrument that was developed in the ancient Middle East and Caucasus regions. Traditionally made from the wood of the apricot tree, the zurna has long been a celebratory musical instrument. In fact the word zurna comes from the Persian words meaning banquet or feast, and pipe.

The Traditional Sound of Armenian Weddings

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PLANNING A WEDDING IS A FAMILY AFFAIR

The ring is (finally!) on your finger and now it’s time to start planning the wedding. You and your fiancé have some pretty specific ideas of what you want. And your families have ideas of their own.

For Armenian couples, planning a wedding is always a family affair. With large and close-knit extended families, everyone wants to have a say. Midway through the planning process, elopement might begin to sound like a wonderful idea, but you don’t have to feel stuck between making your family happy and having the wedding you want. This week we spoke with Vrej Sarkissian, CEO of L.A. Banquets and Anoush Catering, and got his advice on how to manage the pressures from your family.

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TIPS TO SELECTING YOUR WEDDING VENDORS

Selecting wedding vendors is one of the most important decisions that couples make when planning their wedding. Your vendors are people you need to trust and have a good relationship with since they play such a critical role in making your dream wedding into a reality. So this week we met with Vrej Sarkissian, CEO of L.A. Banquets and Anoush Catering, and we asked him what were his tips on how couples should select their wedding vendors. Below are a few of his tips on how to build a great relationship with your vendors - before, during, and after the wedding!

Tips To Selecting Your Wedding Vendors

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5 TIPS TO A HEALTHY MULTICULTURAL MARRIAGE

We recently received a question from a bride-to-be asking us for advice on her upcoming multicultural wedding and we thought the topic would be a great one for a blog post! We reached out to one of our very own Harsanik.com vendors, Marriage Ceremony Minister Rev. Ogannes, and asked him to share with us some tips on how to have a successful Armenian and non-Armenian wedding and marriage. We are excited to share Reverend Ogannes' advice with all of you!

5 Tips to a Healthy Multicultural Marriage

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