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Wedding advise – When everyone wants to help!

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!



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Wedding Invitations – Getting started with so many choices!

Posted June 5, 2013 by Tiffani Call

Hello, I'm - Invites

Hello, I'm - Invites

Venue… check.

Gown… check.

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:,, to name a few. If you are also looking to set-up a wedding website,visit 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.

ButterflyInviteFor 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 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.


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The B word and Saying “Yes” to the Dress!

Posted May 22, 2013 by Tiffani Call

Tiffani's Dream Dress

Tiffani's Dream Dress

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!


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