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 June 1, 2013 by Jasmine Lee