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2010 | California and International Wedding Planner

My favorite songs to ring in 2011

December 31st, 2010

Hi everyone! As most of you know, music is such an important part of a party and really sets the tone for whatever event you are having. That being said, it is also key to pick the right music for the right occasion. The last few NYEs have been at my house and I like to get the party started with my favorite songs from that year and years ago. I have compiled a little list of my favorites for 2010 that always get the party going....let me just say one word-Prince! Maybe some of them are your favorites too ;) Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2011! Cheers, 1) 1999-Prince 2) Dynamite-Taio Cruz 3) Let's Go Crazy-Prince 4) F You- Cee Lo Green 5) Loca- Shakira 6) I Gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas 7) Memories - David Guetta 8 Thriller- Michael Jackson 9) Raise Your Glass- Pink 10) Tonight- Enrique Iglesias 11) OMG- Usher 12) Please Dont Stop the Music- Rihanna 13) Sexy Back- Justin Timberlake 14) World Hold On- Bob Sinclair 15) All Night- Janet jackson 16) Get Down On It- Snoop Dogg 17) Dancing With Myself- Billy Idol 18) This is How We Do It- Montell Jordan 19) Kiss- Prince 20) Anything by Lady Gaga!

An Exquisite Event

December 29th, 2010

A few years ago we hosted our first bridal show at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. It was a year in the making and having never hosted a bridal show before, it was quite a learning process along the way. However, in the end we got some amazing sponsors and vendors to participate along with our special guest speaker, Preston Bailey! The 500 people that attended the event got a true bridal experience with about 30 of the top vendors in the wedding industry, a number of fashion shows, delicious food and amazing entertainment.

We started the morning by opening up the exhibitor floor followed by an hour presentation and Q & A with Preston Bailey. It was so amazing to have him as our special guest, especially since we have admired his work in the wedding industry for years. As guests wandered the ballroom and halls of the Roosevelt Hotel, they were able snack, enjoy entertainment, and view what the best of the best in the wedding industry had to offer. At the end of the day, we had a VIP event where guests could mingle and enjoy the evening with Preston and many others. Enjoy the pictures!

The After Party

Photography by Cheryl Mac

Ashvini and Raj- Phoenix, AZ

December 22nd, 2010

Ashvini and Raj were "set up" by two different friends as she described to us. The first time, she told her friend she did not have time and was tired of blind dates. The second time, she recognized the description as the same guy her other friend tried to set her up with, so she hesitated....but still went. From then on, they both describe it as fate and the planning began!

Ash and Raj wanted a ceremony and a reception that was traditional yet elegant and contemporary. They chose the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa and reached out to us to design the event.

Ash wanted a fresh, elegant experience with a twist of Indian culture so we chose a beautiful pallette of gold and ivory and used that in both the ceremony and reception which really complemented the room.

Enjoy everyone!

 -Exquisite Events


The Reception

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"] Wedding Planner: Exquisite Events Florist, Linen, Lighting: Flora Europa Ceremony and Reception Site: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Photographer: Light Rain Images Entertainment: Kumba Entertainment Videographer: Eric Ludwig

December Fashion Inspiration

December 21st, 2010

We love the cutting edge designs of Elan by Khadija Shah. The perfect marriage between eastern and western design, Shah manages to capture the essence of the female form. She launched Elan 6 years ago and has since been respected for her use of color, material, and flattering silouettes for all body types. We continue ...to be inspired by the atelier Elan and look forward to seeing the 2011 collection!

Art of Celebration – Southern California

December 19th, 2010

Now availalable, The Art of Celebration, Featuring Exquisite Events!

Art of Celebration Southern California An exquisite compilation of vibrant photographs and editorial, Art of Celebration Southern California captures the splendor of the region’s high-end event world. In the opening chapter, Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events, Ben Bourgeois, Mindy Weiss, and more than a dozen of their event planning, production, and design peers showcase their most spectacular parties. Subsequent chapters feature world-renowned venues such as Pelican Hill Resort, culinary geniuses including Wolfgang Puck, musical entertainment gurus like Wayne Foster, and full-spectrum companies like Creative Intelligence, each offering personal anecdotes about high-profile social and corporate galas. The book features events of all types and styles, includes party planning advice from the pros, touches on everything from theme development to flowers and linens, and emphasizes the importance of designing green. Sure to delight a wide range of readers, Art of Celebration Southern California is a requisite addition to personal design and entertainment libraries the world over.Available at Amazon
About the Publisher Panache Partners is one of the fastest growing publishing companies in the country. Founded in 2002, the company specializes in the development and production of upscale coffee table books showcasing world-class travel, interior design, custom homebuilding/design professionals, golf, as well as other topics of interest. With over 40 titles published or in production, the organization’s staff is constantly seeking and producing high-end subject matter, both on a national and regional level.

18th Birthday Party

December 8th, 2010

Who said there can only be a sweet 16?! This was an 18th birthday party for a very special girl named Miah who had 200 of her closest friends and family commemorate her milestone birthday at her family's beautiful home. Pink is her favorite color, so of course we incorporated that in the decor with the linen, florals, and lighting. It is tradition in her family that when a girl turns 18, there is a large party which involves a rose and candle ceremony that close family members and friends present to the birthday girl. The roses were presented by 18 of her close male friends and family and the candles were presented by 18 of her close female friends and family. After the ceremony, the party began! The kids took fun pictures in the photo booth, snacked on mini donuts, and danced the night away! Enjoy!




A Fun and Elegant Affair

December 1st, 2010

 What a fun wedding this was! The bride and groom wanted to create a traditional yet elegant event using reds and golds for the ceremony and blush tones for the ceremony. The ceremony and reception were held in the same ballroom with a quick turnover during the cocktail hour. Such a fun couple and family to work with! Enjoy! -Exquisite Events                                                                                                                                                                                       Photography by Christine Marie Photography

Garden Party

November 29th, 2010

This was a Garden Party that we did at a private residence in Los Angeles. The couple wanted a very organic look using earthy tones of greens, browns, and beiges. All of this was created on their lawn including the custom built stage and dance floor that we built a week prior to the event. A beautiful summer evening with delicious food and amazing entertainment!  Enjoy the pictures everyone! -Exquisite Events [caption id="attachment_1011" align="alignleft" width="422" caption="Motown quartet greeting guests from valet"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1020" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Custom Cabana made of gauze and moss"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1023" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Food Cabanas"][/caption]                       Photography by John Solano Photography

A Decadent Engagement

November 26th, 2010

A beautiful, sultry engagement party held at Crustacean of Beverly Hills. We rented out the entire restaurant and transformed it using reds and aubergines reminiscent of an old-school restaurant in China.


[gallery link="file" columns="4"] -Exquisite Events

Photography by John Solano Photography

Raj Tents Interviews Nikki Khan

November 24th, 2010


An interview with Nikki Khan of Exquisite Events – The low down on Indian Weddings

With Indian weddings becoming a bigger part of the US wedding market, we asked Nikki Khan owner of Exquisite Events and one of the United States premier wedding planners specializing in Indian Weddings to give us some insights.

Raj Tents have worked with Nikki for several years now, providing tenting and décor for her lavish and much-admired events. She is uniquely placed having wide ranging connections and a complete understanding of the intricacies of the culturally rich Indian subcontinent.

Raj Tents
 Why have Indian Weddings come on the radar so much more in the last few years?
Nikki Khan
Since there are multi-day events and they are large in numbers, Indian Weddings have caught the attention of the hotels and locations in the West tremendously in the last few years. The fact that a lot of money is spent on the celebrations is another reason to have captured the attention of the industry along with colorful costumes, jewelry, rituals and traditions. Raj Tents
 What is the most challenging part of arranging an Indian Wedding?
 Nikki Khan
You have to be very knowledgeable in the customs and traditions. It is also extremely important to be very organized since the events go back to back for at least three days and in some cases for seven days. You also have to play the delicate role of being a “friend and listener??? to so many family members and deal not just with the couple but parents and siblings from both sides. Raj Tents
 Typically, how far out do most Indian families start to plan ahead?
 Nikki Khan
For a large wedding, with a few events, it is usually one year ahead of time. This year however, due to economy, I personally saw a shift where the booking was done some times six to four months prior to the wedding. Raj Tents
 Who is normally the decision maker in an Indian Wedding?
 Nikki Khan It depends. In my own personal experience, it is usually the father of the bride that is the principal decision maker.
Raj Tents
 How do you balance the need to conform with tradition with the desire of the younger generation to have a wedding that is more modern and relevant to the country they live in?
 Nikki Khan
I think the parents and children have come to a mutual understanding where the events leading up to the reception are very traditional in most cases and the compromise is made on the reception night which is very main stream and Western in color, vibe, ambiance etc.
Raj Tents
What would you say are the main points that distinguish a traditional Indian Wedding from a western one?
 Nikki Khan
Indian Weddings are infused with color. The groom arrives with all pomp and circumstance either on a horse or an elephant. There are at least two big events before the wedding with large number of guests and depending upon the status of the family, the bride’s family showers the groom and his family with very expensive gifts and also gives a large dowry to the bride ( homes, cars, furnishings for the entire house along with clothing and jewelry ). Raj Tents Can you tell us some examples of extravagance that you might find in at an Indian Wedding? Nikki Khan Sometimes the entertainment is flown out from India for each different evening of entertainment, so a female singer accompaniment for the Mehendi, a four person band for the Sangeet, a singer to chant the hymns during the ceremony, a 12 piece band for the reception and a big name DJ for the after party. Indian weddings tend to have premium drinks and elaborate menus. There are also lots of gifts both to the bride and groom and to the groom’s family as well as often very lavish honeymoons. The bride’s trousseau can sometimes be a furnished home and cars. Raj Tents
Where do you see Indian weddings going in the future? 
 Nikki Khan
Indian destination weddings are a new trend. Couples are putting their foot down and wanting fewer guests at a premium destination rather than 600 or 700 closer to home. The weddings are still elaborate with around 200 guests, but more of the guests are friends of the couple than more distant relatives. There is still a lot of pomp and circumstance with very elaborate menu and multiple events but they are much more intimate as the majority of the guests are couple’s close friends and family. Nikki has been busy putting together a new book that is due for release in the first week of December – “Art of Celebration in Southern California???, where she puts together her hard earned experience to inspire and enchant. Check Nikki’s web site for information on her book and it’s availability.

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