TALAR'S STORY: THE END AND THE BEGINNING

It's hard to believe that it's been six months since our wedding! It feels like just yesterday, I received an e-mail from Harsanik.com that I had won their contest to feature our wedding and blog about my wedding planning experience. I can't tell you all how lucky I feel to have been chosen to do this. So for my last blog, I wanted to take a minute to thank some people and give last minute advice.

Talar and Serj's

Photo Source Lark Wedding Photography

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TALAR'S STORY: OUR HONEYMOON

You may recall from our previous blog about planning our honeymoon, that Serj and I decided to travel to South Africa. One of the best decisions we made was planning our trip three months after the wedding. For us, it was like the last little bit before we had to say bye to our wedding planning and adventure. So with both of us scared of flying, we took what felt like the longest flight to London. I had been to London previously, but Serj had not, so we decided to stay there for three days. From there, we flew to Johannesburg and connected to Cape Town, South Africa.

Talar and Serj's Honeymoon

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TALAR'S STORY: THANK YOU CARDS

After our wedding, one of the reasons we kept bugging our photographer, Lark Wedding Photography, for our pictures was to be able to choose the right one in preparing our Thank You cards for our guests. But in reality, it's so much more than just choosing a picture. For us, there are three different kinds of Thank You cards we will be sending. The majority will be to the guests who came to the wedding, those who couldn't make it to the wedding but sent a gift, and lastly, some additional cards will be ordered to send to our vendors. 

Talar and Serj Thank you cards

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TALAR'S STORY: OUR WEDDING FLOWERS

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

Photo Source Martha & Co Martha

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TALAR'S STORY: MEN'S TUXEDOS

With only two pre-wedding blogs left, Serj and I are so excited that it's finally May and our countdown is getting shorter and shorter! Today's blog is all about the men!

Wedding Tuxedos

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Choosing their attire is the main decision we had to make for all the men involved in the wedding. The first step in the process was deciding whether the gentlemen would be wearing tuxes or suits. After some advice and some of our own research we decided to go with rented tuxes. In addition to our 6 man wedding party, we also wanted to rent tuxes for our dads and Serj's younger brothers, a grand total of 11 tuxes! So after researching for a company that would be accommodating to everyone's schedules and make sure that there were no errors, we decided to go with Bridal & Tux 4 U in Glendale.

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TALAR'S STORY: WEDDING DAY DECORATIONS

Decorating the hall is such an exciting part of wedding planning. Lucky for us, Metropol's design is already beautiful and has it's own elegance to which we really didn't need to add much. However, by the recommendation and suggestion of our florist, I started looking for a special head table, specifically a mirror one, that would add an extra touch to our wedding. She had recommended that I look into the services of ZI Events for some options. 
Zievents Decorations
 
Photo Source ZI Events 

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TALAR'S STORY: TEA PARTY!

In place of a bridal shower, I decided I wanted to have a tea/hat party with my closest friends and family for some brunch and cocktails. After looking at several locations, I decided on the adorable little restaurant called Favorite Place in Glendale, which by coincidence has mint green walls, one of the colors of my wedding! The staff at Favorite Place Restaurant was so accommodating and their prices were unbeatable! I can't remember hearing a "no" to any one of my questions. They didn't even have a cake cutting or corking fee!

Talar's Tea Party

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TALAR'S STORY: BOOKING OUR HONEYMOON

Serj and I couldn't have been any more different when it came to suggesting places for our honeymoon. The two things we did know were that we did not care to go any island or water related location and we did not want to go immediately after our wedding. So we each had a suggestion. Serj wanted to go to Europe, specifically France and Italy, and I wanted to go to somewhere adventurous such as South Africa. 

Sabi Sands

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TALAR'S STORY: BUYING ALCOHOL FOR OUR WEDDING

Our venue, Metropol Banquet hall, similar to many other halls requires us to bring our own alcohol. Some may think that this is an easy task, but I can assure you that it isn't. First, there was deciding what type of alcohol we wanted. We knew we wanted vodka and whiskey, but didn't know if we wanted red or white wine, or both. We decided on red wine only.

Wedding Reception at Metropol Banquet Hall

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