Posted June 5, 2013 by Tiffani Call
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 June 3, 2013 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Hello drybar, good-bye Bad Hair Days!
FantaSea brides, corporate honchos and prom queens rejoice! Drybar, the ultra-hip, blowout only salon has officially opened in Marina del Rey at the Waterside on Admiralty Way. Drybar is a brand new “blow dry bar” concept created around a very simple idea: No cuts. No color. Just blowouts for only $35. You see, they believe that almost everyone (even us FantaSea pros) prefers having someone else blow out their hair. We love the champagne tastes…. from everyday to the special day, the folks over at drybar have one purpose, they make you feel like a million bucks for a very reasonable $35!
Private parties are available – this is a great way to treat all those bridesmaids or 20 fashion-obsessed friends for a fantastic “Girls Night Out”, host an event no one will expect, and everyone will talk about. They’ll provide the drinks and blowouts, and leave it to their party planner to help you with rest. One thing’s for sure, your next birthday party, sweet sixteen, bridal shower or girl’s night out will be the ‘best looking’ and most unique affair you’ve ever hosted.
Monthly memberships and Gift Certificates as well as Bartabs are available for those looking for more than a one time option.
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!