Posted June 22, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
With the wedding whirlwind in full spin mode where do you even start for decorations? Flowers, Candles, Nautical Decor – purchased or DIY….feels like so many ideas and so little time.
A decade ago, before the internet, brides would stock pile wedding magazines. Now with cell phones, apps, updates, Google Images, Pinterest or Etsy, fresh ideas are literally a touch screen away.
Break out your 3 ring planning binder for the print outs of your favorite ideas and try hard to stay focused on that vision!
Already a stunning natural backdrop, the yachts and waterside Yacht Club will be perfect and guests will be all eyes on the couple of honor while enjoying views from Santa Monica Pier to the snow capped mountains.
I love the DIY mentality. There is nothing that can’t be done to shine, your way, at an affordable price.
Fun with candles goes a long way in all of our venues and are a great way to break up the floral budget. Flowers can easily cost you $800-$3,000 when you hire a designer or florist OR you can DIY and spend that money elsewhere.
Incredible (affordable) centerpiece ideas from some of the FantaSea Production Team
Tiffani – One of my favorite centerpieces is a cluster of mason jars, candles or 8×10 framed pictures set on top of sheet music (possible of your favorite tune or first dance) as a table topper. Print your sheet music at home, tea stain it to give it an antique look, add Dollar Store frames and you’ve got a unique and affordable centerpiece. Total Costs $3-10 per table.
John – I love this simple idea for centerpieces. Tall Vases and Feathers. The couple placed glow sticks in the vases so they were illuminated at night. Simple, DIY and inexpensive! The height is great too and offers a dramatic effect as you take in the entire expanse of the room!
Jasmine – My favorite DYI centerpiece is a vase or multiple vases of different heights with a floating candle and petals on a table surrounded by more petals and votive candles around the centerpiece.
Erin - I really love what one of our clients is doing with the large shells and coral as centerpieces surrounded by colored sea glass and small shells w/candles. Take one gorgeous coral or shell, put it on a stand or on display, add votive candles and a sprinkle of petals around the base and you’re good to go.
Stephanie - Reduce, re-use and recycle with natural elements. Anytime of year, Sand and seashells centerpieces, surrounded by candles. Fall and Winter, tall tree branches leaning out of a thin vase, with a sprinkle of leaves around the centerpieces with candles. Summertime is perfect for adding lemons, limes and apples to any arrangement with a single floating flower of the same color.
Posted June 5, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Invites… let’s get this party started.
For today’s working bride, so many choices, so little time. Where do you even start? Your Wedding Invitations are the first impression your guests will receive regarding your special day. It should at a minimum, intrigue and leave guests wanting and waiting for more.
Traditional invites - Custom stationers still exists in Los Angeles! For a ultra-traditional way to go, we recommend Lehr and Black, chic letterpress invites from Copper Willow in Culver City and Hello, I’m Kim or Allison-Kate in Laguna Beach.
Non-traditional invites - simply go to any of these amazing invite websites: WeddingPaperDivas.com, Vistaprint.com, Etsy.com to name a few. If you are also looking to set-up a wedding website,visit MyWedding.com and create your free unique website and get matching wedding invitations. I love this option!
TIP: If you are inviting 100 guests you do NOT need to purchase 100 invites. Go through your guest list and see just how many invites will be sent. 1 invite will go to a household, couple or family. Realistically you are looking at sending maybe 50-60 invites.
Your invite should match your overall theme, feel or vision for your special day. Your invites don’t have to be cookie cutter or like anyone else’s.
DIY Invites – If you are on a budget, which most of us are, scour the Internet for ideas and suggestions and use your family and wedding party to assist with DIY invitations. I personally love Etsy, Pinterest and Google Images for ideas with the right keywords of course.
For my enchanted, garden tea party wedding I chose to go way outside the box… by using a clear box and a cootie catcher. We went old school and hand delivered about 40 clear boxes with custom cootie catchers and template purchased from Etsy.com. We tied the cootie catchers with ribbon, placed them delicately on a bed of moss, sprinkled handfuls of lavender from our garden, adorned 3D butterfly die cut place card holders with each couples names and tied them with a pretty bow. The cost for this was about $40 to make. We made 40 and invited 80. This was our way of telling our guests; expect the unexpected down our rabbit hole. We chose to hand deliver the majority of our guests live in Los Angeles, which actually saved us money on postage and was super fun! You should have seen the looks on guest’s faces when they received these beauties. It took a lot of folding, and mossing and tying ribbon but this was a great way my fiancé and I spent time together leading up to our wedding day.
For those we couldn’t hand deliver, invites were mailed and their response card were fun Madlibs style. Honestly, they were a great way to insure a quick response. Total invite cost for 50 DIY invites = $45.00
Can’t even tell you how many times we watched “Runaway Bride” during the invite making days. My husband still gets choked up when he watches that movie (shhhh don’t tell him I told you that).
I am a firm believer in doing things your way, your style no matter what. Your wedding is your very own movie and you are the stars. There is no right or wrong style – make it fun, make it memorable and always follow your heart.
Keep calm and marry on.
Posted May 22, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Your wedding, your way – your dress, the budget way.
After selecting the man of your dreams and the wedding venue of your dreams at FantaSea, the next suggested check mark off your to-do list, depending on how soon your wedding day is approaching, is the dress. This blog is dedicated to the brides that don’t mess around!
Bridal Shops – Both Boutique and Popular Chains – This is the typical bridal gown experience. Round one – gather your girls, hit the bridal shops all weekend, narrow down your choices, weep silently at the price tag, make a decision. Your gown is paid for, ordered and arrives between 6-8 weeks (sometimes longer) to the shop you purchased. Round two – alterations begin. This tried and true and sometimes pricey process allows you to really customize, form fit and alter your gown to your body needs.
Online Shopping – I know what you may be thinking. What!!? Over and Over again I hear Brides that are worried about buying gowns online without trying them on first. To those brides I would like to say that many of the Bridal Shops mentioned above order your gown from a third party at wholesale costs and have it shipped to their store. Can you save thousands of dollars for the exact same gowns or high quality reproductions you would get at many famous bridal shops or chains?
Yes, you can. I truly talk the talk here. For my own November 2012 dream wedding, I did it! My success story and price tag have amazed dozens of brides since.
I decided the best way to find out what dress would fit my body best would be to try on every wedding dress I thought would do it for me. After about a dozen gowns and numerous opinions, I found the perfect fit and style for my body. Credit for finding the website I chose goes to my MOH. She suggested that I consider the internet for Bridal Party gowns which lead to hours of searching a massive online inventory until finally finding the perfect dress. All my requests (long torso, ball gown, Ivory, sleeve options, heavy embroidery and tons of tulle). The site builds your dress based on your measurements and color choice. At no additional cost, I requested the ivory fabric accents roses and corset ties to be changed to black to match my unique black diamond wedding ring. I even found an online promo code as well that gave me free shipping. The online option just kept getting better.
I will admit that I was nervous awaiting the arrival of my wedding dress not knowing what to expect but figured it was an experiment that could save me and my future brides – a heck of a lot of money.
Imagine my reaction when an oversized football package from Singapore arrived. Nervously and carefully I open the package, convinced it would end horribly. Like some Fairy Tale scene, my gown magically expanded into the most beautiful gown I had ever seen. Not only did it look incredible, it fit perfectly. It was MY dream gown, made just for me. The dress of my dreams = $175. So, with great success myself, I say “if you’re on a budget, it wouldn’t hurt to consider it.”
My new project is searching for a company that will preserve my dream gown. On the wall or in display or on one of those wire body frames you see at stores. I feel like just propping that bad boy in the corner of my bedroom. I don’t ever want just put it in a box somewhere. I want to see it every day as a reminder that dreams (and budgets) really do come true.
Keep calm and gown up!