Posted June 22, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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 Fantasea Yachts Team
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 June 5, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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.