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!
Posted May 16, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Erin, originally from Redondo Beach received a B.A. in Drama at UC Irvine. Her extensive special event background started at age 29, with the help of inspiring event and industry professionals, regarded as forever friends for their constant encouragement and lessons. She received hands-on training while enjoying internships with some of Los Angeles’ most elite planners. She found her passion in events and never looked back. She has been affiliated with ISES, the International Special Event Society and was on the steering committee for the ABC, Association of Bridal Consultants for 3 years. In addition to starting her own special event business, her extensive event knowledge includes catering, meeting planning and wedding planning. She prides herself in the ability to keep clients and brides calm, having the insight to laugh with them through the process that can sometimes be stressful and for her excellent organizational skills. Career highlights include traveling the greater US and Mexico planning events from Los Angeles, packing the smallest bag possible, getting used to airport delays and finding extra time to enjoy her career. Erin insists that work doesn’t feel like work. She enjoys meeting new clients and working with them to plan the best, most memorable day of their lives. She embodies the planner life, saving the bride from accidental stains, pulling out a band-aid as if it were magic, whipping out her sewing kit to repair a bridesmaid zipper in a moments notice and carrying the worlds largest assortment of safety pins. She looks forward to earning her CSEP in the near future. Her approach; adding love and humor to the “fun” part of this chosen endeavor.
Erin, who lists her recent milestones to watching the LA Kings hoist the Stanley Cup at Staples Center in June of 2012, is happily married since July 2004 and is a proud new grandmother to a beautiful baby girl, born in March of 2013.
We welcome the Queen of Fun and hope that you all stop in to say hello.
You’re engaged! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your fiancé. Step 1 – Find your perfect Wedding Venue
Posted May 7, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
The question is popped, you answer Yes! and then….it’s all a whirlwind. There is so much to do in such little time. Let’s start with a biggie.
Venue: Your venue search = hours of Internet researching, calling for more info, waiting for a response that can sometimes be quick or delayed, wondering if this is a direct indication of the experience to come, budget shocks & surprises at how much it could cost you and the love of your life to get married at your first 5 fave venues, do you have to BYO everything? or is it taken care of and you just show up?, what is the most affordable way to make this happen at the venues you can afford?, overwhelmed with information, or lack of…frustration, sadness… let the Wedding roller coaster begin.
Couples sometimes find us first and early on in the planning process or after searching for months, with spreed-sheet in hand, love the feeling of walking in and being swept off their feet. You want to be happy with the hospitality,professionalism, response time and overall feeling of happiness and relief when you view your venue options in person. We “talk the talk” AND “walk the walk”. With 33 years of real Wedding & Reception experience, it is clear why we love doing what we do.
I think the biggest compliment I personally receive when meeting with couples is that couples do not feel like they are just another couple with us. They share horror stories about other venues that made them feel like they only do their jobs by reciting the same uninteresting script because that’s the best they can offer. Well what happens when you book with them? I find it so hard to believe. After months and months of meeting with FantaSea couples, it has been one after the other all of them saying the same thing… You made us feel comfortable, happy and finally …wait for it…excited.
As a planner, it never gets old hearing this. All of us at FantaSea really do have fun in our offices every day. You can view our Facebook page to see for yourself. We post pictures of us having a blast all the time. Did you see our version of the Harlem shake online? Seriously, we love what we do and are proud it shows with every meeting.
I think what I am trying to say here is no matter how many venues you look at, go with your gut, if it takes forever to reach someone when you are a potential client it may take you forever to reach someone during the planning process, ALWAYS look at their Yelp reviews and please for goodness sakes do a walk thru before making that final decision! We understand the bidding wars on price and package before a visit – we all look for the best deal. Come down and see the venues in person. Narrow it down to your top 3 choices, do your walk thru, take all factors into consideration and go with your gut. No need to get all flustered and worked up before hand when simple communication and honesty about what you are looking for may help more than you think.
Helpful suggestion – Limit yourself to 3 venue tours in a day if possible. If scheduling a Saturday appointment, schedule in advance and consider that the FantaSea One, RegentSea or Dandeana might be out in the Harbor with an event taking place. Venue searching can take a lot out of you and can be a lot of driving. Allow at least 2 hours in order to take your time, ask questions of the planner and watch and listen to how other clients are treated.
Red Flags – Avoid venues with terrible reviews. Don’t sweep their previous clients warnings under the rug. You may save a small-significant amount of money by choosing them but if they ruin your wedding, how much is that worth? You get one day and one chance to make it a success. No take back’s or do-overs. Let’s get it right the first time. We are not shy, we share our YELP reviews right on our website – why aren’t they?
If you are interested in a tour with myself or our team for your event, call/email us. We will show you how it’s supposed to be ;o)
And remember to always: Keep Calm & Marry On.