Posted June 22, 2013 by Tiffani Call
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 11, 2013 by Roxy Cappella
Although FantaSea Planners are on site to take care of all the items for your big day, many of our brides and grooms have opted for doing things with the help of family and friends. We get it – everyone wants to be involved and everyone wants to help. Here are some useful tips if you are planning to open the circle of assistance to family and friends. “DIY” in this case means utilizing them to help! Don’t be shy – ask! You might be surprised as to how many people want to help you!
Step 1. Get organized – the first part of organizing – it’s time to assign tasks. Now let’s break it down by timeline – pre-ceremony & ceremony/ reception/ clean-up.
- Pre-Ceremony – items needed might be waters & snacks for wedding party as they wait, a bridal kit consisting of safety pins, extra corsage pins for flowers, clear nail polish, extra T-shirts for guys, aspirin (usually a must), pens, lipgloss, etc. and someone to be responsible for the Marriage License (before and after the ceremony), Guest Book, Box for Envelopes For Gift Table, Candles – etc… This is a perfect task for a family friend, a co-worker or a new family member who you wish to incorporate into the wedding.
- Ceremony – Flower distribution to bridemaids and groomsmen – ceremony programs, ring pillow, podium and microphone if needed, ceremony table for Unity Candle/and or items for Sand Ceremony/or Kiddush Cup and Marriage Glass for our Jewish Ceremonies. Lighter or matches! Bring a few! Ribbon, Ring Bearers Pillow, Flower Girl’s basket, Runner for bride to walk down, Tulle for roping of aisle and chairs, Scissors (always handy), Music for walking down the aisle – processional and recessional and VOWS if writing your own! One of the FantaSea Coordinators will be on hand to make sure that all have been set in place and that all needed items have been accounted for once they are delivered to FantaSea.
- Reception – Items needed might be Votive Candles, table numbers, seating chart, favors, printed table menus, pictures, additional décor, runners for tables (if providing your own) Playlist and No Play list of music for DJ, phone numbers for all vendors (assign a person to keep an eye out for the times with which everyone is scheduled to arrive and a number for the vendor if they are late!), List of shots for photographer, Cake cutting knife, Personalized champagne flutes for Bride & Groom, TO GO BOX FROM BAKERY FOR LEFTOVER CAKE*****
- Clean-up – Know who is going to be taking gifts and items that were brought in for decor, etc. home for you and who will be loading these items into the car and which car. Groomsmen are perfect for this task. Tip envelopes for vendors – should be passed out at end of night – the best man should be responsible for this duty. In addition to FantaSea staff, someone to check the bridal rooms and venue to make sure nothing is left behind.
My best advice – approach your wedding day as if you were moving! Buy clear plastic boxes (so you can see what’s inside each one) and label them on the outside with a list of EVERYTHING in it! Also note for what part of the wedding it is for. Then at the end of the night – have a packing slip already made – where the staff and person responsible on your end can check the packing slip so that nothing is forgotten. The best part is that this can all be done WEEKS prior to the wedding! You can have the boxes ready and not worry about it! Trust me this will save you time on the wedding day – and especially at the end of the night!
Good luck and happy planning!
Posted May 22, 2013 by Tiffani Call
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!