Blending Traditions

July 7th, 2020

Our company has been in the forefront for planning Indian Weddings since its inception for almost twenty years. One of the most endearing things we have observed time and again is how our clients and couples are passionate about incorporating the religious, cultural and traditional aspects in the ceremony. What is more special and heartwarming is the fact these young couples are born and raised here in the U.S and are very westernized. When it comes to their nuptials, they have a genuine desire to learn the rituals and significance of each act, ensuring the meaning is perfectly understood.

Over the last few years, interfaith weddings have become popular with millennials. We truly enjoy planning these nuptials as both the bride and groom infuse their own cultural and religious nuances, thus providing a very authentic experience. India as we all know is a vast country and each region has its own distinct culture, language, traditions, cuisine, attire and nuances. This wedding was one of many interfaith weddings we have planned.

The groom's parents were Indian Gujrati and the bride was from Mexico. They both incorporated elements from their cultures to give their reception a truly personalized and authentic flavor. Both the bride and groom embraced the elements from each culture and immersed themselves in the unique experience. The festivities started with Pooja at Groom’s parents home, followed by mehndi, garba night, sangeet and culminating with ceremony and reception. The bride paid a tribute by having Mexican Dancers at her reception night and also incorporated the rich colors that hold a special meaning from her heritage. Below are some photos of their events. Hope you enjoy!

Love Always Prevails

May 21st, 2020

Our industry is going to change, but change also presents an opportunity to reset, restart and create a strong foundation for the event industry. After shelter in place orders are lifted and life starts to return to the new normal, events will start off very small and intimate for up to 10-20 people. These will either take place at private homes or smaller boutique luxury properties.

Emphasis will be on creating bespoke events, creating novel experiences with strong emphasis on quality. Even after clear guidelines are provided, it will take some time for consumer confidence to return where guests feel comfortable attending large gatherings. At this time, it is safe to think that this will not be until the vaccine is developed.

Couples would not want to sacrifice on decor, menu or entertainment details. Hotels and venues will have to be extremely careful about sanitization and provide strict safety measures. Cleaning facilities will be increased. Venues will adhere to the guide lines from the back of the house to the front of the house. Kitchen employees will need to be wearing hair nets and gloves at all times. All cooking and prepping surfaces will need to be thoroughly sanitized several times in the day. When the courses are brought out for a sit down meal, servers will need to be wearing gloves. Even if and when buffet stations make a come back, there will be servers wearing the hair nets and gloves serving the guests. Larger ballrooms or spaces are going to be used to create intimate gatherings keeping social distance in mind.

Event industry will have to adapt and adjust to the new normal. We for see tent weddings to be popular due to the fact it is outdoors and you can have the option to keep the walls open, so fresh air can breeze through. Planners or coordinators whose role is of a "captain of the ship" will also have to make sure the vendors that are checking in are in good health and following the sanitary requirements according to the guidelines. They will need to have temperature taken and only allowed to work if they show no signs of illness.

Our industry is resilient and will have to adjust and adapt but this too shall pass and the day is going to come when we are celebrating large gatherings and destination weddings as love will always prevail.

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Hope, love & positivity

May 8th, 2020

These are extraordinary times, the likes of which we have never seen before - and they particularly lend themselves to reminiscing. Even after the darkest night, the sun still rises. Though we may be going through some of the toughest moments of our lives, we have to keep faith that we will get through this, that there will be life after COVID, a life made even more rich and meaningful. In the meantime we should take every day as it comes with all the hope, courage and positivity we can muster and we must never stop dreaming of a better future for us all. Patience and fortitude is the way forward. While we eagerly await for the time we can meet again to celebrate life, here is a trip down the memory lane.

Special thank you to our vendors!
Venue: Beverly Wilshire / Mark Anderson
Decor/Furniture: Revelry Event Designers
Florals: Tic Tock Florals / Eddie Zaratsian
Lighting: Images
Linen: Wildflower Linens
Band: Rossi Music
Planner: Nikki & Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events

Exquisite Guide for Couples during COVID-19

April 2nd, 2020

First and foremost hope you all are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. For more than nineteen years, our company has lived by a core value “to take care of our couples and their families." Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by COVID-19 which has shutdown cities and sheltered people indoors. Since the onset of this virus and subsequent lockdown, the desire to remain connected with our couples and their families has intensified.

We understand many of our couples are going through difficult times and feeling vulnerable amidst all the uncertainty. Having to postpone your wedding that most of you have been actively planning with us has caused enormous stress. Because we are a mother/daughter team, the family concept is really important to us. We think of our couples as extended family. A sense of shared purpose and experience, especially in these unprecedented times is central to everything we do. Our first wedding of the year which we had been planning for months with the couple and bride’s family was recently postponed. During the planning period, we became very connected with the bride and her family and the postponement process was difficult and heart wrenching. We were not only planning all the multi day events but the family invited us to be guests at the wedding too. Witnessing our couple’s pain and the challenge that comes with postponing their wedding has been very difficult. Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to celebrating with the couple and their families on the new date.

In order to help navigate these complicated times, we wanted to put together a guide for couples who have had to reschedule their big day.

Notifying the guests: Once the decision has been made to postpone the wedding, communicate this to the invited guests notifying them of the postponement. This can be done via an email. You do not need to share a new date if you do not have one confirmed yet.

Rescheduled date: Discuss a few alternate dates for your wedding with your wedding planner.

Venue Deposits: Have the planner reach out to the venue and check availability for the new dates. Most venues are very compassionate and understanding about moving the date and honoring the deposits.

Vendor Cancellations/Rescheduling: Have the planner reach out to the vendors and check availability for the new dates. Your planner will let you know the dates on which all the vendors are available.

Airline Tickets/Guest Rooms: Make sure the room block that was created for the couple gets moved to the new date. As soon as guests are notified of postponement, they will hopefully be able to purchase tickets for the new date without having to incur any penalties.

Exquisite Events is here to guide our couples through these challenging times. We truly find the more we communicate with our couples and their immediate families, the better everyone is going to feel. Keeping lines of communication open at this vulnerable time is of paramount importance. That’s why we check in with our couples regularly in order to make sure everyone is on the same page. We have found that if you continue to remind our brides and grooms that they will still have the beautiful wedding and everyone will be able to partake in the celebration, it brings some solace and comfort to our couples/families.

One thing we have witnessed time and again is that challenging times like these bring out the best in people. I am inspired everyday to see kind gestures, remarks and most importantly how resilient our couples are. Remember, we are all in this together and we will come out of this stronger. “This too shall pass“ and we will still be able to celebrate our couples on their big day.

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