You’re engaged! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your fiancé. Step 1 – Find your perfect Wedding Venue
Posted May 7, 2013 by Tiffani Call
The question is popped, you answer Yes! and then….it’s all a whirlwind. There is so much to do in such little time. Let’s start with a biggie.
Venue: Your venue search = hours of Internet researching, calling for more info, waiting for a response that can sometimes be quick or delayed, wondering if this is a direct indication of the experience to come, budget shocks & surprises at how much it could cost you and the love of your life to get married at your first 5 fave venues, do you have to BYO everything? or is it taken care of and you just show up?, what is the most affordable way to make this happen at the venues you can afford?, overwhelmed with information, or lack of…frustration, sadness… let the Wedding roller coaster begin.
Couples sometimes find us first and early on in the planning process or after searching for months, with spreed-sheet in hand, love the feeling of walking in and being swept off their feet. You want to be happy with the hospitality,professionalism, response time and overall feeling of happiness and relief when you view your venue options in person. We “talk the talk” AND “walk the walk”. With 33 years of real Wedding & Reception experience, it is clear why we love doing what we do.
I think the biggest compliment I personally receive when meeting with couples is that couples do not feel like they are just another couple with us. They share horror stories about other venues that made them feel like they only do their jobs by reciting the same uninteresting script because that’s the best they can offer. Well what happens when you book with them? I find it so hard to believe. After months and months of meeting with FantaSea couples, it has been one after the other all of them saying the same thing… You made us feel comfortable, happy and finally …wait for it…excited.
As a planner, it never gets old hearing this. All of us at FantaSea really do have fun in our offices every day. You can view our Facebook page to see for yourself. We post pictures of us having a blast all the time. Did you see our version of the Harlem shake online? Seriously, we love what we do and are proud it shows with every meeting.
I think what I am trying to say here is no matter how many venues you look at, go with your gut, if it takes forever to reach someone when you are a potential client it may take you forever to reach someone during the planning process, ALWAYS look at their Yelp reviews and please for goodness sakes do a walk thru before making that final decision! We understand the bidding wars on price and package before a visit – we all look for the best deal. Come down and see the venues in person. Narrow it down to your top 3 choices, do your walk thru, take all factors into consideration and go with your gut. No need to get all flustered and worked up before hand when simple communication and honesty about what you are looking for may help more than you think.
Helpful suggestion – Limit yourself to 3 venue tours in a day if possible. If scheduling a Saturday appointment, schedule in advance and consider that the FantaSea One, RegentSea or Dandeana might be out in the Harbor with an event taking place. Venue searching can take a lot out of you and can be a lot of driving. Allow at least 2 hours in order to take your time, ask questions of the planner and watch and listen to how other clients are treated.
Red Flags – Avoid venues with terrible reviews. Don’t sweep their previous clients warnings under the rug. You may save a small-significant amount of money by choosing them but if they ruin your wedding, how much is that worth? You get one day and one chance to make it a success. No take back’s or do-overs. Let’s get it right the first time. We are not shy, we share our YELP reviews right on our website – why aren’t they?
If you are interested in a tour with myself or our team for your event, call/email us. We will show you how it’s supposed to be ;o)
And remember to always: Keep Calm & Marry On.
Posted April 30, 2013 by Tiffani Call
She’s back. And by she, I mean me.
The re-releasing of Tiff has occurred and I am in full-married mode ready to assist at every turn. My wedding was more amazing than I could have ever hoped for and being that I am close to personally coordinating my 1,000th Wedding in all my years of experience, I am more than happy to help each and every FantaSeabride achieve greatness as well.
We are that level of luxury and we are that unique experience you are in search of. You have found all that you have dreamed of, here at FantaSea Yachts.
You will find helpful videos & tutorials, spontaneous discounts and upgrades, DIY assistance; real hook ups the wedding industry has yet to see and so much more!
I invite you, my dear faithful couples, to check in here every Tuesday for the return of Tuesday’s with Tiffani.
And remember… Keep Calm and Marry On!
Posted April 12, 2013 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Being the “Do It Yourself” fanatic that I am, I recently decided to boost my DIY knowledge and attend flower school in Los Angeles. After searching through the numerous options available based on my schedule at FantaSea and as a full time mother of four, I chose the Los Angeles Flower School of Design run by Michael Gaffney.
World renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney teaches flower design from the ground up. Once upon a time, Michael Gaffney worked away in a cubicle on Wall Street. Overworked and uninspired, he didn’t really know how unsatisfied he was until one day, on a visit to his Midwest hometown, he stepped into a flower shop.
“I realized how much flowers can affect a person. They’re part of every stage of life – birth, death, weddings, funerals, memories, romance. And I saw how good designs make a stronger impact. Suddenly, I wanted to be part of that. I saw floral design as a way to help people renew, recover, express sympathy, fall in love, and share friendship. And in doing that, I understood that I could actually make a good living, doing something I love, while adding beauty and flair to events that touch people’s lives.”
Michael’s floral designs have graced a wide spectrum of occasions, from a simple first date bouquet to grand wedding arrangements; from movie sets to haute couture fashion shows, and everything in between. “I came to see myself as an artist for people’s emotions. I made a good living, yes, but my art made other people happy. It was remarkably satisfying. And flowers, of course, grow and bloom, but they don’t last forever. They disappear. It’s a medium that’s both dynamic and ethereal. You’re always being called on to create something new, but it won’t last either. And that’s okay. That’s what makes every bouquet, every event special. It’s like working every single day with the best things in life – flowers, certainly, together with energy, creativity, reinvention, renewal.”
Michael, with the help of two beautiful assistants, Kim and Erika are truly hands on. Standing over your shoulder, insisting on perfection and making you re-work anything that is not Star quality is a huge help. Keeping with the FantaSea motto, I’m still learning everyday, and teaching new lessons everyday. How else do you stay on top of trends, pass educated information on to your clients and learn a new talent? You open your world to learning new lessons. I’ll be sharing my experiences week by week and will showcase the designs that we create in class on Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.