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Lighting Design: Why You Need the Wedding Pros

Many factors contribute to a successful wedding, from the décor to the timeline. However, one of the most critical elements (that’s often overlooked!) is the lighting. Lighting design is instrumental for weddings, especially if you invest in a nice venue and décor. Your lights can affect the ambiance, mood, and guest experience. 

Attempting to DIY this element by only using overhead lighting can make everything look stuffy and low-quality. It also puts additional pressure on you. After all, you should be enjoying your day!   

So while you could settle for what’s included with the venue or create your own lighting, bringing a professional lighting designer on board allows you to achieve the picture-perfect experience you’ve always imagined. 

Risks of DIY Wedding Lighting Design   

Recently, DIY weddings have gained popularity, and while they can be cost-effective, they can also be overwhelming. When it comes to your wedding day, your focus should be on making memories with those you love – not climbing ladders to hang up string lights. Also, keep in mind many venues do not allow renters to set up until the morning of their big day.

Between getting ready, communicating with your wedding party, and maintaining a seamless flow of events, you don’t have much time to spare for a pre-celebration DIY project. Juggling too many tasks can also take away from your experience.  

In addition, DIYing your lights can result in poor execution and limitations. If you want your wedding to stand out with spectacular lighting, you need a professional who can guide you through the details, like selecting pin lights, gobo wash, or both. Opt to hire a lighting designer, so you can focus less on how your DIY lights look and more on celebrating your love.

 Perks of Hiring a Pro Lighting Designer 

Your lighting designer will likely have a relationship with your venue, allowing them to know where and how to affix lighting. Their experience will ensure your lights match the ambiance of your wedding vision. 

And as the mood changes, lighting adjustments may occur throughout the night. For instance, you may want to dim the lights on the dance floor after dinner or cast a patterned gobo during your grand entrance. For these special moments, your lighting designer can make the evening a truly stunning experience. 

Finally, you can say goodbye to DIY limitations because a professional can offer a diverse selection of lighting. That means you won’t be stuck with what you purchased at the craft store. For example, Fantasy Sound provides uplights, custom monograms, spotlights (perfect for your first dance), and much more! 

Invest in Your Wedding Vision 

When it comes to your wedding, you only get to experience the magic once. Your celebration is a significant financial investment, so rather than spending a small fortune on centerpieces and linens subject to low-quality lighting, opt to work with lighting design professionals who can bring a special spark to your event. 

Are you ready to get the perfect lighting for your big day? Reach out to us today to share your ideas and immerse your guests in an unforgettable experience.  

Elliston Vineyards | Marcia and Jeff

Today, we’re featuring a beautiful Elliston Vineyards wedding as we celebrate the union of Marcia and Jeff. It’s always a pleasure to collaborate with Elliston Vineyards and witness each couple’s unique vision come to life.

Elliston Vineyards Wedding

Before the ceremony begins, Marcia and Jeff surprise each other with a first look. They can’t hold back their smiles (and neither can we!). The stone exterior and grand castle entrance make for a romantic backdrop.

What a stunning arch! The lavender and pink flowers draped over the gazebo are enchanting. It’s the perfect place for the couple to share their vows.

As we arrive at the reception party, the sweetheart table gives us modern and rustic vibes with a green wall, custom neon signage, and simple floral centerpiece. 

The guest tables are just as stunning with the sea blue tablecloths and wine cork lights. 

It’s time to party! The couple takes centerstage as they share their first dance, followed up by cutting their cake. We wouldn’t object to a slice!

A major congratulations to Marcia and Jeff! Your special day was pure magic. 

We want to thank our creative partners for delivering such a gorgeous celebration. 

Photography: A Tale Ahead Photography | @ataleaheadphoto

Venue: Elliston Vineyards | @ellistonvineyards

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Palm Event Center | Kenny and Darby

Today, we’re providing a glimpse into a gorgeous Palm Event Center wedding that swept us off our feet. Kenny and Darby’s celebration perfectly blends rustic, industrial, and chic elements, and we can’t wait to show you the results!

With a sweeping view of the vineyard and hills, the couple shares a sweet moment under a tree.

The bride and bridesmaids are all smiles for this candid shot. We love how bridesmaids’ bouquets match their purple dresses and contrast the bride’s bright red flowers. Simply stunning. 

The couple poses with their bridesmaids and groomsmen for a formal photo op. The brick exterior and arched windows offer a modern touch to the backdrop. 

Let’s take a moment to appreciate this breathtaking reception hall! From the floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains and wine barrels to the white rose petals and candles lining the walkway, the details left us speechless. 

Kenny and Darby share their first kiss after the vows. The classic chandeliers complete this magical moment. 

As we move to the reception party, the sparkling lights and Edison bulbs give the space a warm ambiance. And the simplistic floral centerpieces featuring silver dollar leaves, pastels, and rich red roses also catch our eyes.  

Check out the sweetheart table, exuding luxury as the bouquet spills over the edge. The unique light fixtures provide a chic look, which blends well with the wine barrels in the background.

Let’s raise a toast to this stunning couple. Congratulations, Kenny and Darby! We hope you enjoy years of laughter and adventure. 

A special thank you to our creative partners who made this Palm Event Center wedding so magical.

Photography: Ashely Maxwell Photography | @ashleymaxwellphoto

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Lighting and Photobooth: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Curiodyssey

Venue Spotlight: CuriOdyssey

The Bay Area is known for its diverse cuisine, technological innovation, and incredible views. In addition to the scenic destinations, it also offers a unique selection of wedding venues! So if you’re searching for a memorable event space for your special day, keep reading. 

In today’s venue spotlight, we’re highlighting CuriOdyssey, a non-profit science museum and zoo in San Mateo that boasts a spectacular event space for rental. 

Located just 20 minutes from San Francisco, this family-friendly venue allows guests to view exhibits during private events.

CuriOdyssey provides several showstopping spaces, including:

  • Redwood Hall: This 8,000-square-foot banquet is designed with repurposed wood and is the perfect canvas for all celebrations.  
  • Butterfly Garden: Excellent for intimate ceremonies, this outdoor space features flowers, trees, and rescued animals in enclosures.  
  • Bayview Terrace: Showcases breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay.  

Engaged couples also have exclusive access to the science center.

In addition to the educational exhibits and native animals, CuriOdyssey also provides the following:

  • In-house catering with sit-down dinner and cocktail reception options
  • On-site team and coordinating services
  • Portable bar
  • Event furniture and chairs
  • Dressing room
  • Handicap Accessibility 
  • Wireless internet  

Are you ready to see CuriOdyssey for yourself? Email events@curiodyssey.org for venue availability and details!

Address: 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401

Phone: (650) 340-7565

Palm Event Center Wedding | Kimber + Ryan

Today, we’re highlighting a breathtaking Palm Event Center wedding as we celebrate Kimber and Ryan’s big day! Between the rich color palette and farmhouse aesthetic, we were head over heels for the rustic charm — and this sweet couple.

Kimber and Ryan

Kimber and Ryan

Before the ceremony began, the couple was glowing as they posed among the Italian cypress trees. The simple contrast between black bark and greenery makes for the perfect backdrop!

The couple also had a chance to capture a moment with their entourage — and the palm trees aren’t the only things catching our eyes. Check out the lively pop of red from their dresses and ties!

Kimber and Ryan

Moving to the reception space, the ambiance is immediately cozy and warm — perfect for celebrating with loved ones. We especially love how the glass vases frame the couple for an elegant touch!

What a classy scene! The long and beautifully crafted tables, floral centerpieces, and hanging Edison bulbs come together to fit the couple’s wedding vision perfectly. 

Kimber and Ryan

Now that the formalities are over, it’s time to break a move. Yes, the sparkling light fixtures are lighting up the dance floor, but so are the guests as they get their cha-cha slide on!

Join us in congratulating the stunning newlyweds Kimber and Ryan. It was a memorable celebration! We also appreciate our creative partners who took this wedding to the next level. 

Photography: @augiechang | https://www.augiechang.com/

Lighting: @fsesevents | https://fantasysound.com/

Venue: @palmeventcenter | https://palmeventcenter.com/

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Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

After a memorable engagement, many couples are thrust into wedding planning with an endless supply of decisions and details. Fortunately, you don’t have to muddle through the process alone because we’ve gathered some valuable wedding planning resources to support you.

Let’s get started!

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How To Have A Dreamy Winter Wedding (Glamour and Grace)

Although the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean you can’t fulfill your winter wedding vision. Follow this simple guide to add a touch of the magical season to your special day.

8 Things to Do Immediately After Getting Engaged (Love Inc.)

After getting engaged to your significant other, you may feel overwhelmed about what to do next. Use this checklist to get your ducks in a row and ease into the planning process. 

50 Creative Wedding Favors That Will Delight Your Guests (Martha Stewart Weddings)

Looking for details to enhance your guest experience? Look no further than creative wedding favors that will leave a smile on everyone’s face. The fun ideas in this post will motivate you to get your DIY game on!

The 7 Most Popular Wedding Decor Trends of 2023 (The Knot)

Wedding traditions are taking the backseat as new trends pop up in the new year. Whether you’re searching for a unique aesthetic, like Barbie or cottagecore, or creative backdrops that will leave your guests in awe, this article is chock full of inspiration. 

This Is How You Should Line up Your Wedding Party (The Knot)

Height, age, or closest relationship to the couple — oh my! You may wonder where to begin when organizing your wedding party at the altar. Give this post a read to gain clarity for your celebration.

If you find these resources helpful, bookmark them and share them with your partner. And remember, all of this meticulous planning is to honor your love, so enjoy the process and have fun!  

happy new year 2023

Happy New Year from FSES!

Happy New Year from the Fantasy Sound team! We’re ecstatic to ring in the new year with our clients and creative partners. If you thought 2022 was incredible – we have many more events in store for 2023!  

happy new year 2023

Cheers to 2023 – we look forward to the memorable experiences to come! 

Photo of the Month - Holiday Edition

Photo of the Month – Holiday Edition

We are head over heels for this magical winter scene. Everything exudes winter excellence, from the icicle-inspired chandeliers to the white floral arrangements.

holiday photo of the month

Photography Credit: Eli Zaturanski

The tree décor and snowflake gobo wash are icing on the cake!

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Wedding Planning 101 for Newly Engaged Couples

Congrats on your engagement! You’re on cloud nine, and nothing can bring you down. With an announcement on the horizon, you can expect friends to ask about the big day. But before getting overwhelmed with questions, start with the basics. The wedding journey may be long, but there are plenty of tasks to do upfront to ensure a smooth planning experience. 

And if you need guidance with your wedding planning, here are five foundational steps to ease into the process and set your celebration up for success.  

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Create a wedding checklist

Establish a wedding checklist to organize your priorities. Like a map, a to-do list will ensure you attend to time-sensitive factors, such as venues, photography, and catering. 

Typically, wedding priorities include the following:

  • Setting a budget
  • Researching & touring venues
  • Exploring entertainment options
  • Getting clear on the guest list
  • Selecting cuisine
  • Interviewing wedding planners

A spending plan will provide clear expectations for executive decisions on your must-haves, like décor and catering. Set aside time to discuss a budget with your partner and families (or any others who plan to contribute). Although it may feel like an awkward conversation, communication is essential for a seamless event.

Also, remember to relax and soak in all the excitement! You’re only engaged once, so you be sure to enjoy it.

Select a date with your S.O.

Before reaching out to venues and vendors, set a date for your special day. A wedding date will allow you to secure your dream venue before it gets booked. Many event spaces, caterers, and photographers may have limited availability as they can be booked out a year (or more!) in advance, so try to be patient and flexible.  

As you explore dates, consider your favorite seasons. According to a 2021 wedding study, summer and early autumn are popular wedding seasons. As for days of the week, Saturdays are also typical for ceremonies, so if you want to avoid competing for venues and vendors, opt for a weekday during an off-season. 

Plan with your partner and families

Coordinating a full-scale event is no easy feat; it takes a team. Rather than balancing the responsibilities on your shoulders, involve your partner and both of your families. Not only will you reduce overwhelm, but you can enjoy the planning experience more. 

Designate time in your calendars to target your to-do list together. Here, you can focus on pressing priorities, communicate your must-haves, and delegate tasks accordingly. For instance, you can handle the flower arrangements while your other half schedules venue tours. 

Contact family members and friends about hotel reservations and flight details if you’re planning a destination wedding. Chances are they will be ecstatic to help bring your wedding vision to life. Having all-hands-on-deck takes the pressure off and allows you to soak in this special time with those you love.

Determine your priorities

What elements are essential for your celebration? Every couple has something unique they set their sights on. For example, foodies may spend more on cuisine, whereas couples who value memories may allocate more of their budget to a photographer. Explore your preferences, so you can implement them into your big day. 

While focusing on your priorities is vital, many wedding professionals suggest searching for photographers and venues before catering, rental companies, and hair/makeup stylists. You’ll want to get the big pieces out of the way first.

Attend to additional wedding details

Once you’ve made headway on your wedding checklist, it’s time to review other important factors, like your wedding party and style. Your wedding party may include friends and family, but consider who can best support you and accomplish duties during the planning process. Also, discuss the wedding party size with your partner before letting anyone else know.

As for style, Pinterest and Instagram are excellent for gaining inspiration. You can create a Pinterest board to better envision your dream wedding. There are also plenty of online tools to organize the main event, like Google Docs and Notion. In addition, The Knot offers valuable resources, from checklists and style quizzes to wedding budget planners.

Finally, it’s time to delegate. You can’t do everything on your own! When bringing your vision to life, it’s important to know when to ask for help. That’s where wedding planners come in. They coordinate everything from start to finish, so you can ease into the day and enjoy the magic.

A beginner’s guide to wedding planning   

While planning your special day may feel overwhelming, don’t let the details stress you out. Unexpected things will happen. However, you only get one chance to experience a blissful engagement with your partner, so enjoy it! You’re getting married to your best friend, and the wedding is just a celebration to honor that. So make it worthwhile as you begin the next chapter of your lives together. 

happy holidays

Happy Holidays from FSES!

Happy Holidays from the Fantasy Sound crew! We’ve had a fantastic year, bringing magic to our clients’ celebrations with our creative partners. And now, it’s time to unwind and make memories with our loved ones.

happy holidays

Have fun with your family traditions and vacays! We’ll see you in 2023.

Event Services Showcase: Let’s get acquainted on Jan. 18!

Do you need inspiration for your big day? The Fantasy Sound crew is here to help! We’re launching into the New Year with an Event Services Showcase on January 18 to give couples an inside look into our offerings. Get to know our DJs, discuss wedding playlists, hop inside our photo booths, and check out our gorgeous light fixtures. 

This open house is the perfect opportunity to gain ideas and advice for your celebration, so bring your questions.   

Ready to reserve your spot? 

Our Services Showcase will be open at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. So make sure to RSVP here for one of the time slots and immerse yourself in the experience. We look forward to meeting you on January 18!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a public meet-and-greet, so if you prefer to connect with the Fantasy Sound team one-on-one, you can schedule a personal consultation to get your plans started. Get in touch with us to set up an appointment!

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Venue Spotlight: Murrieta’s Well

For avid wine lovers, Livermore is the perfect destination. With delectable flavors and breathtaking views, it also offers stunning wedding venues, like the one we’re featuring in today’s venue spotlight: Murrieta’s Well

Blending rustic charm with California architecture, this event space is ideal for couples looking for a quaint and picturesque setting for their celebration. 

Murrieta’s Well offers several beautiful spaces, including:

  • Ceremony Area: A courtyard nestled in the vineyard with the wood and stone exterior that creates a gorgeous backdrop for ceremonies.   
  • Barrel Room: Lined with beautiful wooden beams and barrels, this indoor space establishes a warm farmhouse ambiance, hosting up to 100 guests.   

In addition to the natural countryside and chic elements, Murrieta’s Well also provides the following:

  • Wireless internet
  • Bar and drink menu
  • Food and catering options
  • Wine tasting
  • Planning team
  • Service staff 
  • Handicap Accessibility 

Are you interested in exploring Murrieta’s Well for your special day? Call (925) 456-2395 to schedule a tour today!

Address: 3005 Mines Rd, Livermore, CA 94550

Phone: (925) 456-2395

Casa Real Events Wedding | Lin + Peter

Today, we’re providing a glimpse into a gorgeous Casa Real wedding that executed a perfect balance of classic and modern elements. Lin and Peter’s special day was a magical culmination of their wedding vision, and we can’t wait for you to see it! 

Surrounded by picturesque views, the couple shared a sweet moment as they looked into each other’s eyes. The mountains and green trees created a lovely backdrop for the vineyard shot. 

Lin and Peter posed next to their bridesmaids and groomsmen in front of Casa Real’s Romanesque entrance. The cool tones of the bridesmaids’ dresses made an excellent contrast to the warm and natural stone exterior.

The couple also had their moment to shine as they stood in front of the arched-cedar doors. The earthy colors of the corridor provided a great background for this shot.

As we moved to the ceremony, the outdoor patio provided a cobblestone aisle lined with white and pastel bouquets, leading to a breathtaking floral arch.   

The couple shared their vows as the statement arch tied the light florals together and beautifully complemented the greenery overhead. In addition, the sheer white curtains in the background brought a soft texture to the gorgeous scenery.

The sweetheart table was stunning, surrounded by pink and white roses and airy curtains. We loved the blush tablecloth with the personal message and the cursive neon sign, which brought a modern touch to a classic scene!

Although the sweetheart table was centerstage, the guests’ tables came complete with these cute and simplistic signages. What a charming glimpse into Lin and Peter’s relationship!  

Take a look at this beautiful scene. Casa Real’s reception hall looked unreal – no pun intended! We were mesmerized by the combo of our dazzling crystal-beaded chandelier and custom monogram with the expert floral arrangements.

The couple’s first dance beneath the twinkling lights was lovely. As they swayed to their song, it was clear that their day was as perfect as they imagined. Every detail made the moment more magical!  

Then the party began! The dragon dance show was spectacular and left guests in awe.

Join us in congratulating Lin and Peter. Here’s a toast to the next chapter of your lives!

What an extraordinary celebration! We want to shout out our creative partners, who brought this magical day to life.

Photography: Kat Ma Photography | @katma_photography

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

 

2023 wedding trends

Six Wedding Trends We Can’t Wait to See in 2023

If you’re counting down the months until you say, “I do,” you may be bursting with ideas. Your wedding day is perfect for showcasing your creative side and delivering something showstopping. Not feeling the traditional approach? Welcome to the club! Many modern couples are setting new trends as we move into the new year. Here are six wedding trends to look forward to in 2023!

Bold color palettes

Do you love a rich burgundy or a vibrant tropical color scheme? Well, you’re in luck because bold and unique colors are in, as soft whites and pastels head out. Nowadays, many couples are opting for daring colors, making a statement about their personalities. In addition, it brings an exciting new depth to the celebration. So if you have a wedding in the works for 2023, throw your favorite colors in the mix. 

Romantic backdrops

Ceremony backdrops, like statement arches, airy curtains, and hanging greenery, are taking ceremonies by storm. These customizable décor elements create a dreamy atmosphere, perfect for sharing vows and capturing stunning wedding photos. If this is on your wishlist, get in touch with your floral designer or DIY your own arch for a breathtaking result. 

Wedding dress styles: classy & glamorous

Sleeves are getting their time to shine. Recently, this fashion trend has made a splash among celebrities and royal brides — for example, Kourtney Kardashian’s Dolce and Gabbana corset paired with sheer sleeves and Nicola Peltz’s custom Valentino wedding dress. The classy sleeve look is an excellent contrast to the off-the-shoulder style. Sequins and embellishments are also gaining popularity as they allow couples to express their glamorous side. 

Outdoor weddings 

Following the pandemic, many couples began hosting outdoor weddings. Originally for safety precautions, this trend has made a permanent mark on the wedding industry. An outdoor celebration is ideal for those who prefer a natural setting, like a garden or woodlands. Vineyard weddings have also taken off recently, offering a romantic and fairy-tale-like atmosphere for ceremonies, receptions, and wedding pictures (WeddingWire, 2017).

Elevate the guest experience 

Nowadays, many modern couples are shifting their focus to their guests. Specialized gift bags, personalized welcome notes, and sweet performances contribute to the themes of connecting while providing guests with a warm and fuzzy experience. If you want to highlight family and friends, expand your celebration to showcase your appreciation for their support. 

Make a splash with technology

While age-old wedding traditions still have a special place in our hearts, many couples are jumping on the latest technology trends to support their event’s needs. For instance, online invitations, guest list trackers, and live streaming (an excellent solution for destination weddings) are gaining popularity.  

Another recent trend is hiring a wedding content creator to capture moments of your big day for your social media. From updating profiles and posting candid shots in real-time to pinning registry items and creating hashtags for guests to connect online, this is an easy way to share your memories without sorting through thousands of photos by yourself.    

So, what do you think of the latest trends? If you’re planning a 2023-2024 wedding, explore these ideas and add your own twist on the trends.

 

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7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Holiday Party

The holiday season is officially here, and it’s time to kickstart your event plans. Are you thinking of hosting a winter wonderland, a classic spin on Santa’s workshop, or the Grinch’s lair? Before you dive into the décor, venues, and catering, review these seven essential tips to ensure you plan a successful holiday party that blows everyone away and takes your celebration to the next level.

holiday party tips

Photography: Eli Zaturanski

Send invites ahead of time

The holidays are a busy time for family traditions and travels. As a result, everyone’s calendars will fill up quickly. So if you’re planning a holiday event, send your invites early. A prompt invitation will give guests enough opportunity to include your occasion in their holiday plans and ensure you have a fuller party. 

Not a fan of the traditional mail route? Opt to send online invites to save time and costs. Also, an RSVP option will give you an estimated headcount to plan accordingly for catering and venue details. 

Create a budget

As exciting as it is to book vendors immediately, consider establishing a spending plan first. When you have a budget, you will have more clarity as you reach out to planners, venues, and entertainment for your holiday needs. A budget will also ensure you don’t run overboard and stress about numbers after the event. So be smart and save yourself the hassle – you’ll thank us later!

Consider your event’s theme

Your theme can be as simple as a color scheme or holiday-inspired elements, like a song or a movie. Once you’ve decided on a theme, weave it throughout the rest of your party for a cohesive design. For example, if you’re a fan of Elf, you can transform the venue into the North Pole or New York City’s version of Christmas. You can also add custom signage to tie everything together. Your guests will certainly get a kick out of it!

Acknowledge the guest experience 

What style meshes well with your guests – dancing the night away or bonding over games and activities? If you want to provide a memorable experience, you have to keep your guests in mind. Of course, you can go classic with a dance floor and DJ or rent a photo booth to build engagement and give people memories to take home with them. If you need more clarity, ask for feedback from your team or family.

Go with catering

It’s not a proper party without delicious aromas and appetizers filling the space. Rather than relying on the potluck style, consider hiring a professional caterer or food truck (you can never go wrong with a taco truck)! Bringing caterers on board will ensure you have plenty of food for everyone to enjoy and make the night a breeze. 

Hire a bartender

A professional mixologist is a must if you’re throwing a holiday party, even if you’re hosting at your home or business. A bartender knows how to make every drink in the book, so they’re the perfect addition to your celebration. Sit back, relax, and let your guests sip on their favorite curated cocktails while having a great time!

Also, you can brainstorm and create a custom drink with the bartender that represents your family, business, or holiday theme. It’s a fun detail that will tickle your guests’ senses! 

Get your lighting done by a pro 

You’d be amazed at how decorative lighting can elevate an event. Pair your décor with event lighting to make the party even more magical. There are plenty of popular lighting designs for your special occasion. For example, custom monograms, uplights, backdrops, and gobo washes can transform a space into a wintry sight to behold. Take everyone’s breath away with a stunning design to complete your holiday event!

This year, surprise your guests with something refreshing and memorable. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to express your appreciation to your team and family, so make the most of your celebrations!

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Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to dive into your wedding planning. If you don’t know where to begin, we’ve created a list of resources to guide you through the process and prepare you for your big day!

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The Complete Guide to Engagement Parties (The Knot)

Are you ready to launch into your wedding festivities with a bang? This article shares all of the secrets to planning an epic engagement party. Don’t miss out on these hidden nuggets!

13 Wedding First Look Alternatives for Unconventional Couples (The Knot)

If you’re thinking about doing your own twist on the first-look tradition, you’ve come to the right place. With plenty of unique ideas, this post will inspire you to march to the beat of your drum. 

5 Conversations to Have with Both Your Parents and In-Laws Before the Wedding (Martha Stewart)

We get it – conversations about your special day with the parents and in-laws can get awkward, but with the help of this guide, you will be able to navigate those important chats without a sweat.

Personalizing Your Vows For A One-Of-A-Kind Ceremony (Glamour and Grace)

Are you stuck on writing your vows? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with an article to help you write the perfect heart-warming vows for your wedding. Check out this post to break through your writer’s block.  

7 Tips for Setting a Wedding Date During the Wedding Boom (Popped!)

Competing with other couples for a wedding date isn’t what you had in mind! Review these tips to learn how to secure a date without any hassles.

When planning your dream wedding, you can never go wrong with recommendations from the pros. So feel free to use these tips as you bring your vision to life!

 

Chantel + Colby

Casa Real Events Wedding | Chantel + Colby

Today, we’re highlighting a dazzling Casa Real wedding that took our breath away. Chantel and Colby’s celebration was stunning, with Casa Real bringing out all the stops to ensure their vision came alive.

Chantel + Colby Casa Real Wedding

Before the wedding festivities began, the couple shared a sweet moment in front of the arched cedar doors. The stone exterior provided the perfect natural backdrop.  

Groomen's men casa real wedding

Colby and his groomsmen were dressed to the nines as they strutted through the entryway. Their smiles were contagious, and their energy was high! We could feel every ounce of joy.  

Casa Real Wedding Ceremony

Casa Real Wedding

As we moved to the reception hall, the aisle was lined with white petals, tying the light and airy features of the fireplace and chandelier together. The fireplace’s gorgeous floral detailing perfectly framed the couple as they shared their vows. 

Casa Real Wedding

Chantel + Colby First Dance

The tall vaulted ceilings, flowy curtains, and crystal-beaded chandelier had everyone speechless. Look at the beautiful couple as they shared their first dance beneath the sparkling crystals! 

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Casa Real Wedding Livermore

The pink and white floral arrangements made for  gorgeous centerpieces with tall golden stands elevating each tablescape. 

We especially love the customized gobo wash splashed across the dance floor, celebrating Chantel and Colby’s special day.  

Fantasy Sound

Casa Real provided the perfect stage for the dragon dance performance. The guests couldn’t take their eyes off the dancers – and we couldn’t either!

Casa Real Wedding Ceremony

Raise your glasses and join us in congratulating Chantel and Colby! 

It was a pleasure seeing their beautiful day come to life with the help of our creative partners.

Photography: Kat Ma Photography | @katma_photography

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents

Happy Thanksgiving from FSES!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fantasy Sound team! We’re grateful for our creative partners, clients, and opportunities this season. It’s always a pleasure to bring magic to events and make each moment memorable for our clients.

Thanksgiving

We hope you have a restful holiday and look forward to the holiday parties coming up.

Keep a lookout for our Instagram stories in December to see what we’re working on!

Venue Spotlight: Wente Vineyards

As the oldest wine region in California, Livermore is home to vineyards, ranches, and farmlands, offering a large selection of stunning venues. So if you’re searching for a magical event space to host your wedding, we have the perfect property. This venue spotlight highlights Wente Vineyards, a picturesque location among the hills.

wente vineyards venue spotlight

Photography: OneLove Photography

Wente Vineyards offers several charming spaces, including:

  • Cresta Blanca Room: With 15 ft ceilings built from old wine barrels, this space provides a romantic ambiance for a dreamy country wedding.
  • Terrace Lawn: This outdoor space is nestled between the Spanish-style event center and rolling hills. It also accommodates up to 400 guests.
  • Vineyard Lawn: Providing views of the gorgeous sandstone hills surrounded by vineyards, this area comes complete with olive trees and market lights, creating a magical atmosphere for couples and their guests.

Engaged couples also have access to a getting-ready suite to prepare on location.

wente vineyards venue spotlight

Photography Credit: OneLove Photography

In addition to the breathtaking space, Wente Vineyards also offers the following:

  • 30 round tables 
  • Six 8-ft tables
  • On-site coordinator for check-in, vendors, and safety
  • Catering vendors
  • Wine from Wente Vineyards
  • Six wine barrels
  • A string of lights over the lawn space

Would you like to see Wente Vineyards in person? Call (925) 456-2450 to schedule a tour and explore this beautiful site yourself.

Address: 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550    

Phone: 925-931-0200    

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6 Wedding Traditions Couples are Skipping in 2023

Like the seasons, trends move swiftly, and the wedding industry is no stranger to change. While weddings are known for traditions, many couples are switching things up and bringing their unique flavor to the mix. If you’re not a fan of the wedding march, don’t worry! You’re not alone. There are plenty of ways to customize your wedding to reflect you and your partner. So, wondering what to keep or change? Here are six wedding traditions couples are skipping in 2023.

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Playing hot potato with the bouquet 

We’ve seen a bouquet toss in every romantic comedy we’ve ever watched. However, this tradition is losing traction. Nowadays, couples want to preserve their flowers by planting them in a garden or drying them for a display. Some also believe this trend is too cheesy for their liking, while others feel it’s a bit sexist for their taste. So enjoy your flowers, and if throwing the bouquet is a tradition you can’t picture your day without, go for it!

Requiring best man or maid of honor speeches 

Did someone say public speaking? Count us out! There’s nothing simple about speaking in front of a crowd, especially when achieving the perfect balance of wittiness and charm is expected. Now that some couples aim for more intimate celebrations, there’s no time for multiple toasts. 

Retiring this tradition is undoubtedly a relief for future best men and maids of honor with social anxiety. So, if you’re not a fan of this to-do, scratch it from your timeline and focus on dancing the night away. 

Capturing family photos    

It’s no secret that tensions run high in some families. As a result, keeping clashing family members separate during a photoshoot is tough. That’s why many couples would much rather skip family photos altogether. Instead, you can capture candid moments with a photographer and rent a photo booth as a fun addition to your reception.   

Being given away

While walking down the aisle with a parental figure seems sweet, some modern couples point out that it can feel objectifying to be given away to someone else. No one should feel like a package en route to someone’s home. Alternatively, you can stride down the aisle by yourself or walk hand-in-hand with your partner. Of course, making your way to the altar with a parent or guardian can be an empowering experience if you always imagined it. Just do what feels good to you!

Appointing separate sides at your ceremony

Why designate separate sides when you can give your guests free rein? The latest trend allows friends and family to sit wherever they like. This seating approach is ideal for couples with similar friends who want to avoid awkward conversations about why someone sits in a certain spot. Skip the drama and instead let people find their own seats.

Sticking with old-school playlists 

Remember what we said about the wedding march? It’s okay to switch out traditional songs for ones that better represent your relationship. While the wedding march is a triumphant and classic tune, it’s not for everyone. 

More couples are opting for unique songs throughout their ceremony. So whether you play an Ed Sheeran ballad or an upbeat instrumental, it’s much more fun to customize a playlist that fits your taste.

When it comes to weddings, trends are constantly changing, and new traditions are blossoming. So go traditional or unique, but whatever you do, make sure your wedding is the perfect representation of who you are as a couple!

November Event Showcase

Event Services Showcase: November 16

Wouldn’t it put you at ease to have a dependable team to bring your wedding vision to life? We’d like to think so! Luckily, we’re hosting our Event Services Showcase on November 16, so you can get a glimpse of our services and meet the Fantasy Sound team. 

November Event Showcase

Immerse yourself in the magic of our photo booths, chat with our DJs, and take a look at our gorgeous chandeliers. And don’t forget to bring your questions and ideas – we’d love to hear them!

Join us for our following openings:

  • 6:30 pm
  • 7:30 pm
  • 8:30 pm

You can RSVP here to save your space. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Amanda Zack

November 8, 2022

Today, we’re sharing a gorgeous Palm Event Center wedding with you as we celebrate the love of Alex and Brian. It’s gratifying when the couple’s vision comes to life, and this wedding was an absolute stunner.  

Alex and Brian

Guests were wowed as the couple made their entrance! Between the mountainous views and sparkle in their eyes, they had a picture-perfect start to their big day. The pink bouquet also gave a sneak peek into the beautiful blush palette of their wedding ceremony. 

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

The greenery made for the perfect backdrop as the bridesmaids and groomsmen posed beside the lovely couple. We especially loved how the pinks and whites pop from these earthy color tones. 

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

As we moved to the outdoor reception space, we were welcomed by rose petals leading to a wooden altar. The clear skies and ivy-covered masonry wall, paired with the classic wine barrels, made for a romantic setting to declare their vows.

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

These rustic elements carried over to the reception party. We couldn’t take our eyes off the sweetheart table surrounded by pink and white roses and tall rustic candle lanterns! 

We were in awe of how Palm Event Center decorated the guests’ long farmhouse tables with beautiful garlands and custom signages featuring the couple’s photos. What can we say? It was stunning!  

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

For their first dance, this string of lights offered a simplistic and classic element, allowing the couple to take center stage as Brian dipped Alex. Each moment felt like a fairytale. 

Alex and Brian Palm Event Center

We want to propose a special toast to Alex and Brian. Cheers to your next chapter together! 

And thank you to our creative partners who contributed to this beautiful Palm Event Center wedding.

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios | @HazyLaneStudios

Venue: The Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

What an exciting chapter! Engagement season is here, and you are ready to celebrate your love. While there are plenty of details to sort out before you say, “I do,” we want you to enjoy the planning process. So here are five wedding planning resources to help you prepare for your magical day.    

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

Let’s dive into the planning, shall we?

 

17 Unique Rehearsal Dinner Ideas for an Out-of-the-Box Event (The Knot)

Dinner rehearsals are the perfect appetizer to supplement the main event, and here’s the good news – they are flexible! So, whether you go simple or creative, this article explores various themes that will inspire you.

 

7 Ways to Learn More About Wedding Vendors (WeddingWire)

It turns out hiring vendors isn’t as easy as it seems. If you can’t choose between a few vendors in your area, this article shares some research tips to help you set vendors apart and select the right one for your celebration.

 

How to Find the Right Wedding Photographer for You (Glamour and Grace) 

You want to capture each magical moment, so a wedding photographer is a must! Don’t know where to find someone with an artistic eye? This article provides easy suggestions for determining a good fit for your wedding event. 

 

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget (Zola)

Planning a wedding on a budget may seem like playing an impossible game. Everything has a price, and there doesn’t seem to be much wiggle room. Allow us to challenge that with this comprehensive guide from Zola, sharing the secrets to meeting your spending goals. 

 

24 Fun and Unique Save the Dates to Announce Your Wedding (Junebug Weddings)  

Announcing your wedding is such an exciting part of the planning journey. You’ve determined your date, and now it’s time to let everyone know. Unsure about what design to use for your announcement? No worries – here’s an article to give you a spark of creativity. 

 

We hope these tips assist you as you plan for your special day and bring your vision to life. 

 

How to Level Up Your Event Photo Booth Experience

How to Level Up Your Event Photo Booth Experience

Your wedding is a day you’ll remember forever. While you may have a photographer to capture each intimate moment, you can also leave a memorable impression on your guests by renting a photo booth. This entertaining addition will bring out the best in your guests and ensure everyone has fun throughout the night. You can also get creative with personal touches to enhance the experience. If you want to bring a unique twist to your photo booth, here are some ideas to take yours to the next level. 

How to Level Up Your Event Photo Booth Experience

Go big with props

No photo booth experience is complete without props. Silly faces, masks, hats, wigs, and signs are all fun ways for guests to let loose and express themselves. Props bring out a playfulness that balances the elegance of the celebration. So throw on those bright wigs and get ready to make some memories!

Many photo booths, like ones from Fantasy Sound, offer plenty of props, but you may consider DIYing or bringing your own, especially if you have a vision in mind that fits your wedding theme. For instance, if you’re going rustic, you can get some western hats and bandanas. Or, if you prefer the eclectic vibe, flower crowns are also a crowd favorite. 

Customize your backdrops

Don’t want a blank canvas for your background? Go for a custom backdrop to personalize your wedding photo booth experience. You can have a monogram of your names, hashtags, wedding date, and splashes of your color palette. If you’re leaning into the latest trends, we recommend a live backdrop with greenery to bring the wow factor. Another fun idea is a floral backdrop that interweaves your colors for a stunning touch. 

Get crafty with the guest book 

Turn your photo booth into a wedding keepsake by having guests place their photos inside an album. In addition, you can provide markers and stickers for them to write their names and personalize a message. This photo booth idea is a unique way to bring out the artist in your family and friends. 

Also, remind them to print out two copies so they have something special to take home. 

Light it up 

If you’re searching for an element that breathes magic into your pictures, focus on the lighting. A string of lights provides a warm and cozy ambiance perfect for capturing sweet moments. Plus, it’s a simple way to bring your fairytale to life with minimal effort. Add a string of lights for an extra spark in your photos, or better yet, use our Market Light Backdrop to give the illusion of twinkling stars.

Photo booths automatically transform an event. But adding elements like props and lights can make the photo booth experience even more enjoyable. So whether you go for a simple backdrop or bring out all the stops with props, you and your guests will remember the night for years to come.  

Are you ready to elevate your event and photo booth? Then, RSVP to the next Event Services Showcase on 11/16 to meet our team and learn how we can service your special day! 

tree gobo wash 

Photo of the Month: Tree Gobo Wash

We can’t take our eyes off this moody sunset illusion! The amber uplighting and our autumnal tree gobo wash have us spellbound. 

tree gobo wash

The fireplace ties the warm ambiance together for the perfect evening celebration. 

Casa Real Events Wedding | Joe and Megan

Today, we’re giving you a glimpse into a dazzling Casa Real wedding to celebrate the union of Joe and Megan. It’s a delight to work at Casa Real and witness how they customize their venue to bring personal touches representing the striking couple.     

Fantasy Sound Real Wedding

Casa Real Wedding

At the entrance of Casa Real, Joe and Megan share a kiss in front of a gorgeous fountain surrounded by greenery. The pop of the wood detailing of the arched doors and stone front blends the romantic elements of the architecture. 

Look as the loving couple enjoys a moment among the blossoming roses and rich plants, bringing color and brightness to their beautiful day!

Real California Wedding

Livemore Wedding

Casa Real’s natural stone exterior makes for the perfect contrast to the white bouquets and deep wine-colored bridesmaid dresses. 

Meanwhile, the castle-esque backdrop sets the stage for a classy shot with the groom and his groomsmen posing together in front of the fountain.

Casa Real Wedding in Livermore, CA

Megan and Joe

With a grand fountain with Spanish accents and antique light fixtures, the bride and her father are treated to a stunning entrance.

At the altar, the sweet couple share their vows beneath a fairytale archway of green vines. The white stone pillars elevate the grandeur, making the moment more memorable.

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery Wedding

As guests moved to the reception hall, it was hard to miss the dazzling crystal chandelier lighting up the dance floor with sheer white ceiling swag extending across the space, creating a magnificent sight. 

But that wasn’t the only thing taking centerstage — white rose bouquets dressed up each table as simple, classic centerpieces!

CA Real Wedding

Fantasy Sound Photo Booth

Joe and Megan’s first dance had their guests in awe as the floral gobo wash design speckled across the dance floor and illuminated the beautiful couple. 

And we can’t forget about the photo booth, where friends and loved ones crowded in for a fun photo op!

Megan and Joe Real California Wedding

Join us in celebrating Joe and Megan. May the next chapter be full of joy and laughter!

 

We would love to extend our gratitude to the following creative partners who contributed to this beautiful Casa Real wedding!

 

Elliston Vineyards

Venue Spotlight: Elliston Vineyards

The Livermore area has a lot to offer couples who are tying the knot! Livermore is home to a diverse selection of wedding venues, so if you’re searching for a gorgeous location to host your special day, you’ve come to the right place. In this Venue Spotlight, we are showcasing the beautiful Elliston Vineyards!

Elliston Vineyards

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios

Elliston Vineyards offers several beautiful spaces, including:

  • Terrace Room: A private reception room set into the hillside with vaulted ceilings and floor-length windows. It’s ideal for indoor events.
  • Outdoor Patio: This outdoor space is perfect for cocktail hour: A wooden deck surrounded by trees and sparkling lights. Plus, it has a wooden gazebo, which serves as an excellent backdrop for pictures. 
  • Garden-Style Ceremonies: Alongside the historic stone mansion, Elliston Vineyard hosts outdoor ceremonies where guests can explore the garden, large lawn, and gazebo.

Engaged couples also receive access to a getting-ready suite, so they can prepare on-site. 

In addition to a gorgeous setting, Elliston Vineyards also offers:

  • Day of coordinator
  • In-house catering
  • Bartender and beverage packages
  • Wine tasting 
  • Parking services and attendants 
  • Head table

Are you ready to view Elliston Vineyards and see if it’s the right venue for you? Get in touch with Elliston Vineyards at info@elliston.com to set up a tour.

Address: 463 Kilkare Rd, Sunol, CA 94586

Phone: (925) 862-2377

wedding day playlist

8 Old-School Classics to Fill Your Wedding Playlist

When it comes to wedding planning, plenty of decisions are on your plate. From selecting caterers and local venues to creating the guest list, you may feel something is missing on your checklist. But one thing you don’t want to forget about is your wedding playlist. Music brings your special day to life while getting the party started.

Whether you’re searching for a funky beat or a romantic ballad, there are plenty of tunes you can use to fill your wedding playlist. But if you don’t know where to start, here are eight classics to complete your wedding day and fill the dance floor.

wedding day playlist

Photography: Hazy Lane Studios

  1. Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

This upbeat R&B and soul track is not only a favorite among wedding couples but will immediately melt hearts all over the dance floor.

  1. Train – Marry Me

There’s nothing like a sweet ballad to keep the crowds in awe. With lyrics lending themselves to forgetting your troubles and starting a new chapter of your life, you will feel like you’re falling in love all over again. 

  1. Etta James – At Last

Reminding listeners that the long-awaited moment has finally arrived, this beautiful melody is the perfect song to debut your love and new life together.

  1. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

While everyone is head over heels for love at first sight, Ed Sheeran’s Perfect is a sweeping anthem celebrating imperfections through the companion’s eyes. With soft vocals over piano keys, this song will make you two feel like you’re the only ones in the room.

  1. Elton John – Your Song

Imagine a song dedicated to you on your special day. This simple ballad is sure to bring a swelling sense of love through its blend of lyrics and soulful singing. 

  1. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

A beautiful classic, Unchained Melody allows you to slow down and savor the moment with your partner. This gem is perfect if you’re searching for a song with a slower tempo. 

  1. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

This jazzy tune will surely transport you back to a simpler time. The trumpets and Sinatra’s vocal crescendos will leave you with a bright sparkle in your eyes. 

  1. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Looking for an uplifting tune? I’m Yours features a simple combo – a ukulele and vocals. As soon as the ukulele plays, you will find yourself swaying in your partner’s arms with guests bobbing their heads (or lighting up the room with their phones).  

  1. Shania Twain – From This Moment On

From the country legend Shania Twain, this power ballad hits the core of love with a gorgeous resolute of marching into the future with the love of your life. It’s an excellent choice for the first dance or first kiss. 

  1. Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams

Who says happy endings only happen in movies? Hall and Oates beg to differ! You make my dreams is a fun bop perfect for dancing, laughing, and getting everyone up out of their seats.

We hope this vault of classics inspires you to pick the songs that speak to your heart and fill your day with endless memories. For more assistance with your wedding details, RSVP to our next Event Services Showcase today!

Krysten and Quang California wedding

Casa Real Wedding | Krysten + Quang

Krysten and Quang were treated to a gorgeous wedding day for a gorgeous couple! We love showcasing the love that radiates from our couples during their big day, and this special wedding was no exception.

Krysten and Quang California wedding

Romantic yet moody vibes set the scene for Krysten and Quang’s New Year’s Eve nuptials, all the way from their first look to the big countdown.

Livermore Wedding Livermore California Wedding

Now, what’s more memorable than glittering stars everywhere you turn? Our dazzling market light curtain and twinkling chandelier transport the starlit sky into the comfort of Casa Real’s spacious ballroom.

California Wedding Fantasy Sound Real Wedding

Beauty shone from every corner, from the glowing couple to the elegant table designs. You can tell how much thought Krysten and Quang put into their big day!

Casa Real Wedding Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

As for the holiday mood lightning, the real secret weapons were our uplighting and the warm glow of candles throughout the space. 

Real wedding at Casa Real Casa Real Wedding

Congratulations Krysten and Quang! May you two have a long and happy marriage!

Real Fantasy Sound Wedding

A huge thank you to the wonderful vendors — this beautiful day wouldn’t have been possible without all of you!

Photography: Leo Pham Photography | @leophamphotographer

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents 

Venue: Casa Real Events | @casarealevents 

Event Services Showcase: November 16

Are you ready to start planning your wedding? Boy, do we have an event for you!

 Our next Event Services Showcase is set for November 16, and it’s just what you need to kickstart your wedding planning! Come meet our DJs, test out our photo booths (say cheese!), and see our chandeliers and lighting fixtures up close and personal. 

We have openings at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm to talk about your wedding needs. 

RSVP for the Event Services Showcase!

Just a reminder that our Showcases are meet-and-greet events, so you will be attending with other engaged couples. If you’re looking for a 1:1 consultation, please get in touch to schedule an appointment with our team.

wedding planning round-up

Wedding Planning Roundup: 5 Helpful Resources

It’s time for another wedding planning roundup! Whether you’re newly engaged (congrats!) or you feel like an experienced fiancé(e) by now, these resources will keep you up-to-date on the latest industry trends and best practices as you plan your big day.

wedding planning roundup

How to Have a Chic and Unique Fall Wedding (Glamour and Grace)

There’s a good reason fall is the most popular season for weddings! The beauty of harvest season is unmatched, but if you’d prefer to skip pumpkin overload, this article will help you find a fresh take for your fall wedding.

Trend Alert: Top Forward Arch Wedding Cakes To Swoon Over (Tidewater and Tulle)

Who said cakes must have flat tops? As couples look for unique ways to enhance their weddings, Tidewater and Tulle is highlighting the latest cake trend: shaped arch tops! We love this look, so we knew this one had to make the list.

Managing Family Troubles During Wedding Planning (Elizabeth Anne Designs)

“Wedding planning was completely drama-free!” …said no one ever. If you’re dealing with family headaches, you won’t want to miss this article that shares tips for couples to navigate through wedding drama as smoothly as possible.

20 Do’s and Don’ts Right After You Get Engaged (Zola)

If you just said “yes,” this is a must-read article outlining the first things you should do (and avoid) when you’re newly engaged. It’s OK if you have to squeeze this in between staring at your new bling and scrolling through Pinterest.

Copycat Friends: How to deal with stolen wedding ideas (So This Is Love)

When everyone in your orbit is also planning a wedding, things can start to feel a little competitive. But that’s not the vibe you want going into your big day! So if you’re dealing with a copycat or two, read this article to learn how to handle the situation with ease.

We hope these tips and ideas will help you overcome wedding planning fatigue and plan the celebration of your dreams. Come back next month for a new roundup!