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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! 

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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.     

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Palm Event Center Real Wedding

Palm Event Center Wedding | Roland + Ritty

It was such a blast working with Roland and Ritty on their lovely wedding, and we are so happy to showcase it on the blog today! See for yourself…

Roland and Ritty Real California Wedding

It’s easy to celebrate a happy couple like these two! Along with their wedding party, Roland and Ritty made it hard not to smile all day long. 

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Greenery + Edison bulbs = our fave combo! The whites and greens pop against the contrast of dark wooden barrels, creating such a spectacular setting for these two.

First Dance Roland and Ritty First Dance

The beauty is in the details — and boy, do these details shine!

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Let’s be honest — the views are hard to beat in the Tri-Valley area. But Roland and Ritty truly add another dimension of gorgeous to this photo!

Palm Event Center Real Wedding

We were treated to a breathtakingly beautiful day to celebrate this happy couple. And, as usual, Delford West Flowers took it to the next level and knocked the floral design out of the park!

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We loved getting to be a small part of your big day, Roland and Ritty! Congratulations on happily ever after!

Livermore Winery Wedding

A huge thank you to the wonderful vendors that made this day possible. 

Photography: Holly D Photography | @hollydphotography

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard | @palmeventcenter

Wedding Coordinator: Ybarra Events | @ybarra_events

Videographer: Toast Wedding Films | @toastweddingfilms

Florist: Delford West Flowers | @delfordwestflowers

DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions | @djjeremyproductions

Hair & Makeup Artist: Styles By Ann | @stylesbyanndiary

Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal Boutique | Novella Bridal Boutique

Tux: Generation Tux | @generationtux

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Photo of the Month – Edison Bulbs

We love an Edison bulb moment, but what we love even more is how quickly everyone’s eyes go directly to the stars of the show! What more could a couple want than custom lighting design that accents the décor while also naturally drawing all eyes to you? 

Edison bulb

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

Don’t even get us started on the beautiful florals that add a lovely pop of color against our hanging wooden arbor and gilded geometric chandeliers. And the romantic vibes of the silky, textured drapery truly make the white sweetheart table come to life! Champagne uplighting is the perfect finishing touch to set the romantic stage here at Casa Real

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Casa Real Wedding | Shannon + Matthew

It’s always a great day when we get to spend time celebrating a beautiful couple like Shannon and Matthew! These two lit up the room and it certainly shows in all their photos. 

Shannon and Matthew Real California Wedding

How can you not beam with happiness when seeing these two love birds?!

Livermore Wedding Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Shannon and Matthew designed the most beautiful wedding day to celebrate their love. Stunning greenery draped on our round candle chandeliers accented their florals and décor in the most elegant way. 

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It’s such a joy seeing our couples’ personality shine through into the details of the wedding day. Clever creativity is always fun to see!

Shannon and Matthew at Casa Real Casa Real Wedding in Livermore

The simple elegance of Shannon and Matthew’s wedding day is so refreshing! The little details brought everything together so harmoniously. 

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Congratulations to the happy couple! 

And, of course, a big thank you to our vendors for making Shannon and Matthew’s wedding day so wonderful!

Photography: JBJ Pictures | @jbjpictures

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Fantasy Sound Event Showcase

Event Services Showcase: September 14

We’ve missed you during our summer hiatus! We’re back and ready to party, so we hope you’ll join us on September 14 as we kick off our first Event Services Showcase of the fall. 

Fantasy Sound Event Services Showcase

Photography Credit: StillNation Photography

Come check out our photo booths with all the included props, talk playlists with our DJs, and bask in the glow of our chandeliers. We promise you’ll have those creative juices flowing before you leave! 

Be sure to sign up for a timeslot so we can be ready for you! You can join us at 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 — take your pick. 

If you’re really excited to knock out a bunch of items on your list, feel free to sign up for a 1:1 instead! We are ready and excited to meet with you Tuesday – Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If those times don’t work for you, don’t hesitate to reach out — we can get you on the books another time, no problem! 

Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation!

Tylar Delegeane Photography

Tylar Delegeane, Tylar Delegeane Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Nothing beats getting to sit down and talk to our fellow creatives, especially people like Tylar that truly enjoy making every couple’s wedding dreams come true! We love seeing the artistic way Tylar captures all of those special moments of a wedding day — and after talking to her, it’s clear that her craft is inspired by her passion for weddings!

Tylar Delegeane Photography

Here’s a bit about Tylar Delegeane Photography and the woman behind the lens:

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

Originally I wanted to be a sports photographer! During my college years, I worked for a local photography studio that specialized in weddings and the rest is history! I fell in love with weddings and I’ve been wanting capture love stories ever since.

What do you love about your job?

I love all aspects of a wedding day – the details, the beautiful dresses, the gorgeous cakes but I love the emotions the most. A bride’s first look with her dad, a mother and son’s dance together, the bride and groom walking into their reception seeing all of their loved ones clapping for them – it’s all so special and I still can’t believe that I get to be the one to capture these stories. It’s so special and humbling!

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

One of my biggest tips is to ENJOY the planning process! It’s a lot to take in with all of the different vendors you have to meet, planning meetings to attend and seating charts to make but it goes by so quickly. Pick a certain day of the week to do one new task on your list or enjoy a tasting (or a glass of wine)! This is a once in a lifetime moment!

If you enjoyed reading about Tylar and her passions, make sure to follow her on Instagram!

5 annual events in livermore

5 Annual Events in Livermore to Plan Your Wedding Around

Planning your wedding around local events can bring a lot to the table. If your guests plan on being in the area for an extended wedding weekend, a local festival or activity can add to their experience! Talk about a wonderful opportunity to bring loved ones out to celebrate your wedding AND showcase the beauty of Livermore, California. 

However, planning a wedding around large-scale events could present logistic challenges like increased traffic, pricier airfare and accommodations, and limited space at restaurants and other attractions.

So whether you have a certain experience in mind or you want to steer clear of a busier-than-usual weekend, here are a few of the Tri-Valley’s biggest annual events to know as you plan your Livermore wedding!

Shamrock 5K Walk And Run

Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk

This is the perfect event for people that want to participate in a run, but don’t want to worry about a long-distance marathon during a wedding weekend! Nearby Dublin, CA pulls out all the stops for the Shamrock 5K Walk and Run every March with plenty of festivities to keep you and your guests busy around town.

Livermore’s Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

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With 40 different venues participating, this spring weekend is for all of the wine-lovers out there. If you and your loved ones enjoy local wine, planning your wedding around Livermore’s Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend would make your wedding the event of the year. Just make sure to plan around the afternoon tastings!

Livermore Rodeo

Livermore Rodeo

If you envision your wedding with a rustic vibe, you might just want to consider planning around the Livermore Rodeo. With lots of festivities leading up to the rodeo, you and your guests can enjoy tons of fun for days leading up to your celebration. Tie the knot, enjoy some BBQ, and enjoy the shows!

Music in the Orchard

Music in the Orchard

Thursdays are the perfect night for a low-key wedding pregame, and Music in the Orchard fits that bill! Consider flying out a day early to enjoy this concert series and jam to local artists before all the wedding festivities begin. It’s a fun way to welcome guests and give them a taste of the Tri-Valley area!

Holidays at the Vineyards

Holiday in the Vineyard

If you dream of a holiday wedding, look no further. There are plenty of fun festivities when you plan around Holidays at the Vineyards! With holiday-themed activities and specials at all of the local wineries, it’s a perfect way for you and your guests to get into the holiday spirit before your big day!

If you’re wanting to add some extra pizzazz to your big day without it coming out of your pocket, planning your wedding around local events just might be the perfect option for you. And lucky for you, Livermore has plenty to offer — so we can’t wait to welcome you to our little slice of paradise!

Wedding DJ Guest Requests

Should Your Wedding DJ Allow Guest Requests?

When you’re planning a wedding, one of the many decisions you’ll make on the way to the aisle is the type of music and entertainment you’ll have for guests. Do you hire a DJ or a live band? Do you create your own playlist or let them run with it? 

While DJs bring a lot to the table (no pun intended), it’s important to select a wedding DJ you can trust to keep the party alive. And in searching for the best fit, you’ll want to ask the all-important question:

How do you handle song requests as a wedding DJ?

There’s only one right answer: It’s up to you! A great wedding DJ leaves that decision to the couple, as it’s a matter of preference. 

While we leave it up to our couples, we generally support guest requests as it adds an element of interaction to the celebration. If guests pick songs they love, it will surely get them on the dance floor! (Plus, there may even be some jams you forgot about in the shuffle of planning your wedding!)

Wedding DJ Guest Requests

But accepting guest requests doesn’t mean you lose control of your wedding vibe. Here are a few suggestions for opening the floor while maintaining the right energy:

Collect song requests before the wedding.

A popular way to involve guests in the party process early is by asking for song requests on the RSVP card. This will get your guests thinking about your big day and, when the wedding day arrives, they’ll be excited to hear their song! To jazz it up even more, consider placing RSVP cards conveniently for the wedding DJ to pick them out and shoutout your guests’s requests. Nothing brings the hype like a spotlight!

Create a “do not play” list.

Don’t worry about hearing songs you hate on your wedding day. If there are certain songs you can’t stand, create a “do not play” list to share with your DJ! That way, you aren’t surprised by a song that makes you cringe on the dance floor. That goes for those overplayed wedding songs that might feel a bit cliché for your big day. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries with the songs you don’t like!

Discuss expectations with your DJ.

Of course, most couples’ main concern is that someone will request a song they hate or one that isn’t appropriate for the rest of their guests. (There’s no need to make grandma blush on your wedding day!) That’s why working with an experienced DJ is essential. 

A DJ with wedding experience will know which requests are worth taking and which aren’t a good fit for your big day. It’s their job to keep a pulse on the vibe of the party, so you can trust a seasoned DJ to take all requests with a grain of salt. 

Make sure to set clear parameters around the style of songs you would like played. Just like your well-considered decor, your music needs to fit the vibe too. So share all the details, like your favorite artists, whether explicit music can be played, and which genres you would like to avoid. 

Remember: This is your big day and your wedding DJ is there to make it all the better! Just like your other vendors, it’s vital to find a DJ you love and feel comfortable working with. After all, the DJ runs the party — so pick the best party manager you can!

Bridges Country Club

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bridges Golf Club

We’re back with another venue spotlight in the beautiful Tri-Valley! We are so lucky to be surrounded by such stunning venues, so the fun part is picking out the perfect one for your celebration. Today, we’re featuring Bridges Golf Club!

Bridges Golf Club has a variety of beautiful spaces to offer:

  • The Fireside Room: An intimate space with elegant decor
  • The Clubhouse: This space seats up to 120 and harnesses a very romantic vibe
  • The Garden Pavilion: The most spacious and dramatically elegant room of them all. With the fairway views and ample room, this is a crowd favorite

Couples also get access to a spacious getting-ready suite to kick the day off on the right foot!

Along with the event spaces, Bridges Golf Club also offers:

  • Floor-length white or ivory linens, dining tables, china, flatware, and glassware
  • A limo golf cart with driver
  • White ceremony chairs and beverage station for the ceremony
  • Onsite ceremony coordinator and one-hour rehearsal 

Are you ready to check this event space out for yourself? Our friend, Sandy Tijero, will be happy to get you on the books! Schedule a site tour at Bridges Golf Course by emailing stijero@thebridgesgolf.com or calling (925) 735-4253 x3.

Address – 9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd. San Ramon, CA 94582

Wedding Planning Roundup: 6 Helpful Resources

We never want couples to feel overwhelmed by the wedding planning process, but we also want to avoid underwhelm from their big day not going as planned. That’s why we’ve rounded up some helpful tips to make this planning process better for you!

Wedding Planning Resources

Photography Credit: Hazy Lane Studios

Check out these resources to help you along the way:

How to Level Up Your Ceremony Design (Glamour & Grace)

If you want to take the look of your ceremony to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. That “wow” factor is just a click away!

The First 8 Wedding-Planning Decisions You Need to Make After Getting Engaged (Martha Stewart Weddings)

It’s easy to get overwhelmed figuring out where to start something you’ve never done before. Take a deep breath! Steps one through eight are waiting for you whenever you’re ready!

DIYing Your Wedding: What to Try and What to Leave to the Pros (Glamour & Grace)

“It can’t be that hard” — every DIY couple’s famous last words. There are so many wonderful DIY opportunities to make your wedding special and affordable, but make sure you’re picking the right opportunities!

Tips for Planning a Guest List Full of Love and Support (Love Inc.)

No one needs a day of passive aggressive remarks from a distant relative. A guest list filled with the best of the best ensures pure bliss on your big day!

Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet (The Knot)

A guessing game no one wants to play: how much to tip the vendor. No need to ask questions on a taboo topic! We’ve got it all right here. 

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

When you spent all day wowing your guests with a top-notch wedding, nothing says over the top like the best wedding favors. 

With the power vested in us by the Fantasy Sound team, I hereby declare you prepared! Go forth and conquer, lovebirds!

Jessica and Kurt's Palm Event Center Wedding

Palm Event Center Wedding | Jessica + Kurt

We always love celebrating our couples, and we loved every minute celebrating with Jessica and Kurt! This sweet and vibrant couple brought smiles to everyone’s faces until the day was done — and we couldn’t help admiring their love for one another!

Palm Event Center Wedding

These two put together an elegant yet simple wedding day — talk about beautiful!

Jessica and Kurt Livermore Wedding  Jessica and Kurt's Palm Event Center Wedding

The iron chandeliers casted a moody romantic vibe that made their white roses and greenery pop. It was the perfect industrial-chic combination! 

Livermore Wedding

The beauty of their big day really shined through the details, with specialty drink and snack stations tying the mood of the room together!

Livermore, CA wedding

Livermore, CA wedding

With a bunch this fun, it’s impossible not to have the best day ever! With their besties by their side, Jessica and Kurt were able to be themselves and live it up.

Palm Event Center Wedding 2022 Bridesmaids Livermore, CA

That’s a pretty great start to a lifetime together, if we do say so ourselves! 

Jessica and Kurt's Palm Event Center Wedding

Congratulations, Jessica and Kurt! The beauty of their big day wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing creative partners. Thank you for helping us make the happy couple’s big day so special!

Photography: Hannah Berglund Photography | @hannahberglundphotography

Venue: Palm Event Center | @palmeventcenter

Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals | @pleasantonrentals

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Florist: The Flower House | @theflowerhouse_ca

Linens: Napa Valley Linens | @napavalleylinens

DJ: Amos Productions | @amospro

california wine month

Celebrating California Wine Month in Tri-Valley

September brings us one of the best times here in Livermore: California Wine Month! The Tri-Valley area is made up of top-notch wineries, and we love any excuse to talk about wine. 

california wine month

Visiting the wineries in Livermore is a must-do when you’re here any time of year, but harvest season in the valley is something special! Get behind-the-scenes looks at the winemaking and harvesting processes, enjoy events, and book tastings at wineries across the Tri-Valley area. 

We have a few favorite wineries, so check out their schedules and don’t miss out on the fun! See a list of our faves here!

25 Best Songs for a Wedding

25 Romantic Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony

One of the biggest challenges couples face during the wedding planning process is selecting the perfect music for the wedding ceremony! Music is an integral part of your wedding day and sets the tone for the ceremony, so we understand the pressure.

25 Best Songs for a Wedding

Photography: Kat Ma Photography

But, as any DJ should, we also happen to know some of the best weddings songs around — so let us help!

Here are 25 songs to consider for your big day:

Prelude 

  • Better Together by Jack Johnson
  • Rewrite the Stars by The Piano Guys
  • Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  • Maestro by Hans Zimmer
  • Fearless by Taylor Swift

Pre-processional

  • Over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  • Marry Me by Train
  • Baby, I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton
  • Oh, It is Love by Hellogoodbye

Processional

  • Open Arms by Journey
  • How Long Will I Love You? By Ellie Goulding
  • Only Time by Enya
  • You Are The Reason by Calum Scott
  • Beautiful Day by U2

Recessional

  • Hallelujah Chorus (from The Messiah) by George F. Handel
  • Spring Allegro (from The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi
  • We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris
  • I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  • On Top of The World by Imagine Dragons

Postlude

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye
  • Soldier by Gavin DeGraw
  • For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
  • Feelin’ Alright by Joe Cocker
  • I’ve Been Waiting For All My Life by Tootsie

Remember, this is your big day — make it yours! It’s important to work with your DJ or ceremony musicians to create the perfect playlist. Need help? Let’s chat!

A Look Ahead at Fall Wedding Trends in 2022

As summer comes to a close, we cannot wait to see all the wedding trends popping up for the fall 2022 season! Fall wedding trends are to die for — there’s a reason October is the busiest wedding month for most regions!

Let’s dive into a few fall wedding trends on the horizon:

Virtual Save-the-Dates and RSVPs

Fall 2022 Wedding Trends

When push comes to shove, easy and cost-effective options are the way to go. Virtual save-the-dates save time and money for everyone involved. You don’t have to worry about wrong addresses or guests losing them in a pile of mail. You can send a text or email, and bam! You’re all set. 

If you dread spending hours addressing save-the-dates and placing stamps on just right, the virtual route is a perfect solution. With wedding websites, it’s never been easier to keep track of your guest list and manage your RSVPs, so you might as well keep it all in one place!

Wedding Weekend Getaways

Wedding Trends for Fall

With travel back on everyone’s agenda, weddings are becoming a wonderful excuse for a getaway. Turning destination or out-of-state weddings into long weekends is a mini vacation waiting to happen! After the travel hiatus of the century, people are chomping at the bit to spend time outside of their familiar areas. 

Bold Colors

Colorful Fall Wedding

After what seems like years of neutral colors in wedding décor, vibrant is back! Big, bold, beautiful colors are making their grand re-entrance into weddings this fall. With colors livening up the party and giving decor a personality, the party is only just beginning. Whether couples are starting with small pops of color or diving headfirst into the world of Pantone, we are excited to see it happen!

Honeymoon Registries

Trends for Fall 2022 Weddings

As the average age of couples getting married continues to climb, wedding gifts aren’t necessary like they used to be. Couples have already #adulted for awhile and likely own everything they need, so instead of upgrading to a new toaster, many are choosing to indulge in adventure! 

Free honeymoon registries have increased in popularity, with wedding goers free to contribute to a honeymoon fund with a thoughtful note. Couples can also send a thank you note right from the website. The ease, convenience, and benefit for all involved makes life a (beachy) breeze!

Pearls

Trending for Fall 2022 in Weddings

The vintage style takeover hasn’t stopped at the wedding industry. Pearls have made a huge comeback and we are here for it! The beauty, grace, and elegance of the vintage aesthetic make pearls an easy decision for decor, jewelry, or accents on veils, dresses, or shoes. 

As summer begins to wind down and we start to pack up our sandals, we can all look forward to enjoying the fun and fresh wedding trends fall will bring. We can’t wait to see these trends in action — so whether you are attending, planning, or celebrating your wedding, enjoy!

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Photo of the Month: Elegant Sweetheart Table

An elegant sweetheart table of your dreams: White roses, greenery, and our iconic rustic Edison beam chandelier. With a satin backdrop to make all the details of your big day pop, you’re bound to achieve the look of your dreams! The rustic aesthetic from the chandelier and a pop of industrial with the edison bulbs ties this space together perfectly

Elegant Sweetheart Table

Our rustic Edison beam chandelier fits every style — dress it up with florals and greenery (as seen here!), drapery swag, or leave it bare for a simple, classy look. Add some candles to the scene for the icing on the cake! 

Cheers to Ashley Maxwell Photography for capturing every inch of the beauty!

Real Winery Wedding

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Wedding | Thuy and Keheim

It’s always a beautiful day to celebrate a wonderful couple! Today, we’re featuring Thuy and Keheim and their elegant wedding day at Casa Real at Ruby Hill. 

Real Winery Wedding

Winery wedding in california

I mean, look at these sweet lovebirds! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate them? A wedding to remember is absolutely an understatement. 

Casa Real Wedding

Livermore Winery Wedding

Fun-filled and ready to party, they celebrated the couple in the classiest way; this wedding party came to have a blast!

Casa Real Wedding

California Real Wedding

Every detail of Thuy and Keheim’s big day exuded beauty, grace and class.

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Casa Real Events

From tasteful Edison bulbs to luxurious round chandeliers, we lit up the night at Casa Real for Thuy and Keheim!

Fantasy Sound Event Services Real Wedding Casa Real Events Real Wedding

Thuy and Keheim’s wedding was night to remember for everyone involved! 

Livermore, California Wedding Casa Real

Congratulations to the happy couple!

And a huge thanks to everyone who made this beautiful day possible:

Photography: Studio Dizon | @studiodizon

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | @casarealevents

Lighting & Installation: Fantasy Sound Event Services | @fsesevents

Delford West Flowers

Karl R Eckel, Delford West Flowers {Creative Partner Spotlight}

Floral arrangements can make an event space come to life with the right florist. Lucky for you, we got to interview the very talented owner of Delford West Flowers, Karl R. Eckel!

He’s got an extraordinary eye for design, but we’ll let him tell you more about himself!

Tell us a bit about your professional background. What brought you to the event industry?

I was brought into the event industry on a recommendation from my uncle, a friend needed a part time driver for a flower shop. It was during high school and I was in the work study program and was able to attain credits with a part time job. After working there for two years, I wanted to own my own business and decided on a flower shop.

What do you love about your job?

I love my job because it is always changing and evolving, from the business aspect as well as the clients. I knew that I was not a person to work in an office with set hours. Even though we sell wedding flowers, I feel we are helping people fulfill the dreams of their perfect wedding, no matter how big or small.

If you could share one wedding planning tip with an engaged couple, what would you tell them?

The best tip I can give to engaged couples is to have the wedding they want; the only people they should please are themselves.

Who doesn’t want the best of the best bringing their space to life?! If you’re looking for a fantastic florist in Livermore, Delford West Flowers can hook you up. Check out their floral eye candy at @delfordwestflowers while you’re at it!

 

Vendor Credits –

Venue: Palm Event Center in the Vineyard
Wedding Coordinator: Ybarra Events
Videographer: Toast Wedding Films
Florist: Delford West Flowers
DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions
Hair & Makeup Artist: Styles By Ann
Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal Boutique
Tux: Generation Tux
Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services
Livermore Wedding Venue

Venue Spotlight: Fox Hill Ranch

The Tri-Valley area has many wonderful venues to offer and we are thrilled to highlight Fox Hill Ranch! Rustic, classy, and farmhouse chic, Fox Hill Ranch offers the perfect spaces to fulfill your rustic wedding dreams. 

Fox Hill Ranch

Fox Hill Ranch offers a few spaces to enjoy on your wedding day, including:

  • The Barn: Perfect for a reception and offers plenty of space for dancing and activities.
  • The Pavillion: Enjoy your ceremony under a beautiful pavilion that will stand out not just in your pictures and video, but in your guests’ eyes too!
  • Bonus: You’ll also find a quaint area that throws you back in time to the Old West with a saloon, hotel, and bathhouse that is perfect for guests to explore during cocktail hour. Talk about unique photo opportunities for you and your guests!

Livermore Wedding Venue

In addition to the staged spaces, the property offers a suite to take photos while the wedding party gets ready. With mirrors, tall ceilings, and room for the whole gang, Fox Hill Ranch is ready to accommodate you and your loved ones!

A wedding venue like no other, Fox Hill Ranch will make your big day stand out for years and years to come. To live out the farmhouse wedding of your dreams, schedule a tour of Fox Hill Ranch!

Address: 3458 Byer Rd, Byron, CA 94514

Phone Number: (925) 580-9125

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Planning Roundup: Helpful Resources

One of the most overwhelming parts of wedding planning are the many opinions people have about how your big day goes down. Considering this is your wedding day, you should get to plan it exactly the way you want it! 

wedding planning resources

Photography Credit: Ashely Maxwell Photography

Lucky for you, we rounded up a few helpful resources to help with your planning! The more you know, the easier it is to make educated decisions. Without further ado, let’s get this party started. 

Wedding Floral Trends You Need For Your Wedding Day (Glamour & Grace)

If you have an idea of what blooms you want, but don’t know the right words or have the right trends on hand to make the call? This is the blog for you.

Advice Our Favorite Wedding Pros Share With Their Just-Engaged Besties (Love Inc.)

Ready to handle all the opinions, thoughts, and advice every Facebook friend has to share with you? No? Well, that’s understandable. No one is ever prepared for that! Get advice from the pros for how to handle it best!

Communicating Effectively With Your Partner During The Planning Process (Popped!)

Stressful times can easily strain communication with your partner. Let’s avoid all that madness!

Hacks To Stay Organized When Planning A Wedding (Pretty Pear Bride)

The little details can pile up really fast and no one needs their head spinning like a top. Stay organized from the get-go and keep your sanity too!

Copycat Friends: How To Deal With Stolen Wedding Ideas (So This Is Love)

You pour your heart and soul into planning the details of your big day just to watch someone copy your ideas and paste them on their wedding date? Ouch. Find out how to get over that together. 

It’s time to soak in every wedding planning moment with a smile. That’s the least anyone could ask for, right?