All Posts Tagged ‘wedding venues’

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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You’ve selected FantaSea Yachts as your Venue…now what?

Posted May 16, 2013 by Tiffani Call

Congratulations! Welcome to the FantaSea family! You were treated with professionalism, were greeted and received information in a timely manner, have been to a tour of the facilities, fell in LOVE with the hospitality, met the team and felt at home from the beginning. We really do care to pamper you.

As a Family owned and operated company, we made the decision a long time ago to be the best in the business and all that it entails, “We talk the talk and walk the walk”. So much is taken care of for you, you really do just show up and we take care of it from there. This should be the easiest decision you have had to make during this entire process and once the decision has been made, the paperwork is signed and a deposit is made, you are 75% done. With an increase of couples and event clients booking from out of state and those on a short turn around, within 2-3 months at the latest, it is awesome to know that every detail big and small will be handled with folks that pride themselves in getting it done. We are dedicated to the special event business, we value our business, our reputation and the future events that will occur from your guests when they are thrilled at your event. This is what we can offer you. The professionalism, the quality, the best in the business and the relief and the overwhelming feeling of calm that follows when you entrust your special day with us.

FantaSea Coordination

FantaSea Coordination

It is true,  you are family to us. We treat all our celebrations as if we were planning for our very own family. This is why our reviews are freely available on our own website and why we share them so often. They are the best within the Southern California Yacht Special Event Industry.

We are planners of every occasion and we are seriously as excited as you are – we want to be a part of your process. That being said, once you select us for your special day, you meet the entire team and we become available for your calls, your emails, your appointments and your questions. As an honorary member of the FantaSea Family, you now become part of a bigger community of others who love to be creative and unique.

In addition to our Monthly Showcase Event, we host private events geared towards special segments for our community throughout the year. If interested, please call or email your planner for dates. Whether it be when you see us moments before you bound happily down the aisle or at the end of your evening extravaganza, you’ll be thinking that FantaSea was the best choice for your special day! Remember this is a memory, and we guarantee the best experience that you can imagine. Let FantaSea be the reality you are looking for!

Stay calm and marry on!


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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.


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