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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.


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The Marina del Rey Farmer’s Market is here!

Posted April 25, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Grab your re-usable shopping bag and come on down! To our delight, the Marina del Rey’s Farmer’s Market, officially planted roots in our backyard today. Executive Chef Edward Valles and Executive Sous Chef Wilson Angel enjoyed meeting folks from the community, talking with growers and vendors and becoming familiar with the items that are available to us each Thursday from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

The weekly Market will offer fresh, locally-grown organic and conventional fruits and veggies, gluten-free bakery items as well as prepared and packaged foods, hand-crafted products and much more!

Meet todays Growers: Denny’s Organic Farms, Fair Hills Farms, Gonzaga Farms, Xiong & Moua Chua, Gama Farms, Gaytan Farms, Scott Farms, Jonas Bees, Adams Olive Ranch, Ha’s Apples, Etheridge Farms Angel Farms, Ruby Farms, Avila and Sons, Salam Ranch, Maust’s California Poultry, Novy Ranches, Skyline Flowers, Atkins and Evergreen Nursery.

Meet todays Vendors: Messy Jesse BBQ, Ruben’s Nuts, Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales, Moms Products, Conscious Foods, Mom’s Specialties, Border Grill, Diana’s Bakery, Juice Crafters, Flor de Lima, Meditea, Rushhour Flowers and Joelle Olive Oil and Radiance Skincare.

The Market is located at 4101 Admiralty Way – Marina “Mother’s Beach” – parking lot 10. Stop in and say hello since you’re here!


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April Showers bring May Flowers…Brides…and bridesmaids and lots of pink and glam!

Posted April 23, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Thank you to all who attended the FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club April Shower last week, a delightful evening for the blushing Bride and her entourage. Guests were greeted with Raspberry and Strawberry Champagne Flutes, Lace Parasols for fun photos by Roxy, dined on delicious Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Edward Valles and enjoyed the “fifty shades of pink” ambiance created in part by Elegant Designs. Look for photos on Facebook and Flickr by weeks end.

In Addition to the FantaSea Team, some of FantaSea’s select preferred resources were on hand to meet face to face with the many brides that they are working with. For those that could not attend, below are the fabulous folks that helped make our evening a huge success.

Entertainment: Rhythm City Entertainment

Linen and Lounge Furniture: Elegant Designs Specialty Linen

Event Lighting: The Perfect Event

Photography: Albert Postel and Andrew Zinn, ZinnPhoto

Event Photographs: FantaSea Yachts Special Event Producer, Roxy Capella

Flowers: Blossom Floral, Natural Simplicity and Flowers by Appointment Only

Event Florals: buds by Stephanie Ginzburg

Wedding Cakes: Torrance Bakery

Hair and Makeup Artist: Design Visage


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