Posted October 20, 2016 by Fantasea Yachts Team
Whether you’ve cruised with us before or considering us for your next big event, we’re sharing a few, fun nuggets about what makes us Marina del Rey’s premier luxury yacht charter company!
When did FantaSea Yachts start its business?
We first entered the cool waters of Marina del Rey in 1980, and have been honored to serve this waterfront community for 36 years and counting.
Is FantaSea Yachts family-owned and operated?
It’s true! Companies like ours do exist. Not only are we a family business, but we consider our employees our family. Much of our team has worked at FantaSea for 10, 15, 20+ years! We’ve even gone on to hire the families of our staff. Several of our employees have also selected FantaSea as their chosen venue for their important life milestones. We’ve celebrated the weddings, birthdays and other joyous occasions of our employees aboard our yachts, which have been incredibly special for the entire team.
What makes FantaSea’s yacht fleet so distinct?
There are several factors that make our yachts special. One thing that our guests love is that our yachts are privately owned. We also only do private charters. The other key factor is the maintenance of the yachts. We have a crew that’s specifically dedicated to making sure our yachts are in the most pristine condition, from paint jobs and polishing to yacht maintenance and furniture design. When you step aboard one of our yachts, its proper care and upkeep will shine.
What are the most popular celebrations you see aboard FantaSea Yachts?
Weddings take the cake (pun intended) as our most popular event, but we’re more than just “the big day.” Celebrations take the form of many special occasions from anniversary parties and blow-out birthday bashes to retirement festivities and family reunions. But adults don’t have all the fun. We’ve done countless bar/bat mitzvahs, proms and other social engagements! Our celebrations video showcases the gamut of our soirees.
Are corporate events held aboard FantaSea Yachts?
One word: YES! We love catering to our corporate clients. Business luncheons, seminars at sea, dockside meetings, sunset cocktail cruises, welcome receptions, closing parties, we’ve seen/done it all! Not only are we experienced with the business community, but our close proximity to LAX (only 4 miles), makes us easily accessible to those flying in for the event. Our corporate video gives a sneak peek to our business savvy approach.
Silicon Beach is buzzing on the Westside. How has FantaSea worked with this sector?
We’re making waves with our neighboring tech community by partnering with several start-ups for mixers and receptions aboard our luxury yachts, providing an exclusive experience for guests. This summer we held a reception on-board our Dandeana yacht for Silicon Beach Fest. The group loved being on the water, taking in views of the Los Angeles coastline. Our unique setting is what makes the FantaSea Yachts experience so desirable.
What is one thing people might not know about FantaSea Yachts?
One thing that’s apparent from the get-go is that we absolutely love what we do. Our team is an experienced group of event planning professionals. When we say “from start to finish we help with every step of the process,” we absolutely mean it! Have a question about table settings? We’ll toy with arrangements until you find “the one.” Need help with a DJ, band or florist? We can recommend proven crowd-pleasers. Looking to reprioritize your event budget? We can help assess your needs and figure out where you’ll get the most value. Thinking of a custom menu? Our chef will feed your gastronomic vision. And best of all? We’re there on your big day to make sure everything runs as smoothly as planned. With FantaSea, our clients automatically have built-in wedding/special event planners who will work hard to perfectly execute your vision, no matter how intimate or grand.
Have another question for us? Want to learn more about our event planning services? Give us a call at 310- 827-2220 or submit your event inquiry here. We’d love to hear from you!
~ The FantaSea Yachts Team
Posted May 22, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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!
You’re engaged! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your fiancé. Step 1 – Find your perfect Wedding Venue
Posted May 7, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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.