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.
Posted April 12, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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.
Posted August 21, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Choosing my linen colors ended up being a huge help and relief as I am finally able to set the tables in my mind, pick the MOH dresses and finalize the florals. Being a bride/planner definitely has me at an advantage as the vendors who I chose to assist with my wedding I have been working with since 2004. They are my friends (never having received a commission or kick-back, just referrals for the great services they provide). Their generosity now that it is my turn to bound happily down the aisle is enough to bring me to happy bridal tears. Thank you!
In a cocoon of ladies shouting “Honey if you lift a finger the day of your wedding I will kill you” I have to admit I am still driven by my profession to pitch in. I know, I will be getting ready and relaxing and enjoying the wonderful anxiety and excitedness (still totally a word) that my wedding day will bring, but I want to be there for guideance and assistance with the “ultra unique bride/planner vision”. Luckily, my linen lady extraordinaire has agreed to be my Day of Coordinator to help alleviate the day of duties I may be tempted to partake in such as setup of the Ceremony & Reception. Having been on the other side of this for so long, I know to trust and appreciate the help that I am being gifted. I may be in rollers, I may be in my fuzzy slippers but I genuinely want to be there to watch the Ceremony & Reception setup come alive!
Let me tell you why: No traditional bride here, big surprise, so our ceremony layout and procession are unique. What better way to enjoy the natural setting than to offer a mix of chairs and picnic blankets. Speaking of chairs… As a planner, my fiancé will tell you as he has c0-coordinated dozens of events with me and that I am very picky about the rows of chairs and how they must be lined up as precisely as possible. It’s a peeve of mine. For our wedding as a way of saying, “This is OUR wedding and we will do it OUR way” we are NOT doing typical rows of chairs. We will actually be grouping them in sets of 2, 3 & 4 along with picnic blankets scattered across the grassy lawn. It will add the perfect touch to the whimsical vision we have. I am excited that I get to work my way through the guests, on non-tradional seating, as a bare-foot bride taking my time to process down the aisle of happiness to my beloved groom with a powerful and beautiful song that we LOVE (Bjork classic).
How can my “hopefully never been done before idea” be pulled off without us there helping with the layout? I believe a bride must be able to communicate exactly what she needs and wants to get it right. Having an onsite coordinator really helps with anxiety and stress levels – they are the perfect person to guide with the things you may be concerned about. The fact that I do this for a living is a blessing and makes me want to take part even more. I love that I get to continue coordination of weddings and receptions long after my own wedding and that I have a team of professional, dedicated like-minds at FantaSea that feel the same way.