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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Generally the first thing that you have to plan for a wedding is the ring! Well it really depends on the couple. Some guys completely surprise the girl so she has no chance to pick out her ring. Other couples mutually decide to not have the girl involved with the picking of the ring. And other couples agree to have the girl be involved with the process. What you choose is completely up to the couple.

In my case, Shant and I had talked about getting married at some point, so I knew he was planning on proposing in the near future. Shant asked me if I wanted to be involved with the ring selection and I said yes. I figured it's a piece of jewelry that I'll be wearing for the rest of my life, so I would like to have a say in what it looks like.

The first step was to go ring shopping just to get an idea of what's out there. We ended up going to a few jewelry stores and educating ourselves on the 4 C's - Cuts, Carats, Clarity, and Colors. (For more information on the 4 C's and other guidance about rings, visit the Vanna K site).

I decided that I liked the round cut best, and I liked the pave style (when you have diamonds around the band).

About a month after our first outing, Shant called me and told me he wanted me to get my ring finger sized. He also told me where he was planning to get the ring from - Vanna K Bridal!!! I was so excited! Vanna K is a leading bridal and fashion jewelry designer and was one of the Platinum Sponsors of our bridal show. Vanna K Bridal is known for its extraordinary quality, beautiful designs and one of a kind jewels. I was absolutely in love with all their jewelry.

So I made an appointment with Vanna K Bridal and took 2 of my closest friends for a private and exclusive viewing of the Vanna K Bridal Collection (of course I wasn't going to go to a jewelry designers office alone!) Not only did I get my finger sized, but Arch and Nareg of Vanna K Bridal gave us a private tour of its facility and let us into their vault where we got to try on over a 100 rings! It was surreal! So many diamonds!

Overall, Vanna K Bridal was so great to work with. They not only educated me about rings and the different settings, but they made the whole process a whole lot of fun!

After a few hours, I ended up selecting about 10 rings that I really liked, and as Arch said, the rest was up to Shant.

Next up, the proposal...

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Before I get into the details of the wedding planning, I figured I should start with a brief introduction of me and Shant. We have been together for 4 years. We met in Los Angeles while he was in law school and I was working. After dating for about 6 months, we ended up moving South for our new jobs. I moved to San Diego to start working at a new company and Shant moved to San Clemente to start working at his law firm.

Dating Shant has been such a wonderful experience! We have a very easy to manage relationship. We're very alike, we enjoy very similar types of things (lots of outdoor activities like surfing, skating, hiking, etc) and we get along very well. Both Shant and I are Armenian - except he doesn't speak Armenian very well and isn't as much in tune with all the traditions and cultural things. (You'll find out that this becomes a factor as we start the wedding planning process)

Next up, the ring shopping experience...

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Hi everyone - my name is Marineh and I am one of the co-founders of Harsanik.com. After working on Harsanik.com for over 3 years, it's finally my turn to plan my own "harsanik"!

On December 23, 2009, Shant, my now fiancé, proposed to me. It was one of the most exciting days of my life, and since then, I've been in full wedding planning mode.

I have decided to blog about all my wedding planning. adventures. I plan to share all my wedding planning highlights with Harsanik.com readers -  the good, the bad, and the ugly! I plan to blog about everything from the ring, the proposal, the engagement party, the wedding dress, and much more!

I hope you find this blog interesting and hopefully you are able to learn a few new things about the whole wedding planning process.

Come back often as I plan to post something on a regular basis.  For now, here is a picture of me & Shant from New Years Eve!

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Every girl dreams of planning a wedding with an endless budget. But few actually get to live that dream. That's where Platinum Weddings comes in! This popular TV show captures stunning weddings with nearly unlimited budget.

We're excited to announce that an Armenian couple is featured on an episode of Platinum Weddings! Natasha & Raffie got married last September at The Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Many of Harsanik.com's very own vendors were used for this wedding, including Duke Photography  and Royal Gor Video!

Armenian Platinum Wedding

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Last month we were so exited to attend the grand opening party of legendary luxury bridal gown designer Ines Di Santo brought to us by Jobyna's Bridal at the beautiful Americana at Brand. The event featured beautiful florals by the team at Tic-Tock Couture, rentals and event design by White Night Designs, catering by Divine Food & Catering of Taglyan Cultural Complex, photography by Duke Photography and music by DJ Heartbeat. The new boutique is chic and modern just like the gowns it stores. Contact Jobyna's for an appointment to find your dream dress!

Jobyna's Grand Opening

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Often times brides are so focused on their wedding that they forget how important it is to add personal touches to their bridal shower. Traditionally, a bridal shower takes place 4-6 weeks before your wedding day and all of your close female family & friends are invited to the event to bless your new life together as husband and wife. Check out images of a Fancy That! Events Backyard Bridal Shower with homemade appetizers, personalized games and garden inspired decor.  Enjoy!

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Sunday September 27th was the big day for a famous woman of Armenian descent. I'm sure you've all heard her name. In case you haven't already read the story and need help figuring out who we're talking about, here are a few clues:

  1. She has her own TV show
  2. She married a famous basketball player
  3. She planned her wedding in less than a month

As you probably know or guessed, it's Khloe Kardashian! Khloe, 25, and Lamar Odom from the LA Lakers, 29, were married in an outdoor ceremony at a Beverly Hills home. Khloe wore a Vera Wang gown, the cake was from Hansen's Cakes, and the invitations were from Lehr & Black, who also made invitations for stars like Jessica Simpsons and Gwen Stefani. (Sources include Hollyscoop & People)

While it was not a traditional Armenian wedding, the guest list included 250 people, which is fairly close to the average Armenian wedding size according to a recent Harsanik.com survey.

Unfortunately we don't have any pictures of her wedding to share, but you'll be able to catch the wedding on the new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Instead, here's a picture of the cute couple from the White Night Red Carpet by photographer Kris Kan.

Kris Kan


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Today Gor from Royal Gor Video shot the footage for our upcoming bridal show commercial on location at Langham Hotel in Pasadena. R-Mine Bridal Couture provided the lovely gown worn by Erica who graciously volunteered to be the bride in our commercial.

We want to express our deep gratitude to the staff of Langham Hotel, Christine from Fancy That! Events, Gor and his crew,  and our models. Stay tuned for the release of our upcoming commercial. In the meantime, enjoy some behind-the-scene footage from today!

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