Posted June 1, 2013 by Jasmine Lee
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!
Posted May 16, 2013 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Erin, originally from Redondo Beach received a B.A. in Drama at UC Irvine. Her extensive special event background started at age 29, with the help of inspiring event and industry professionals, regarded as forever friends for their constant encouragement and lessons. She received hands-on training while enjoying internships with some of Los Angeles’ most elite planners. She found her passion in events and never looked back. She has been affiliated with ISES, the International Special Event Society and was on the steering committee for the ABC, Association of Bridal Consultants for 3 years. In addition to starting her own special event business, her extensive event knowledge includes catering, meeting planning and wedding planning. She prides herself in the ability to keep clients and brides calm, having the insight to laugh with them through the process that can sometimes be stressful and for her excellent organizational skills. Career highlights include traveling the greater US and Mexico planning events from Los Angeles, packing the smallest bag possible, getting used to airport delays and finding extra time to enjoy her career. Erin insists that work doesn’t feel like work. She enjoys meeting new clients and working with them to plan the best, most memorable day of their lives. She embodies the planner life, saving the bride from accidental stains, pulling out a band-aid as if it were magic, whipping out her sewing kit to repair a bridesmaid zipper in a moments notice and carrying the worlds largest assortment of safety pins. She looks forward to earning her CSEP in the near future. Her approach; adding love and humor to the “fun” part of this chosen endeavor.
Erin, who lists her recent milestones to watching the LA Kings hoist the Stanley Cup at Staples Center in June of 2012, is happily married since July 2004 and is a proud new grandmother to a beautiful baby girl, born in March of 2013.
We welcome the Queen of Fun and hope that you all stop in to say hello.