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Looking Ahead at 2022 Wedding Trends

It’s here, it’s here! The New Year is here and, with it, we’re welcoming a whole slate of 2022 wedding trends fresh for the picking. For our fellow industry pros, you’re well aware that we’re in for a busy year. And for the engaged couples out there, you’re probably in the thick of wedding planning for your 2022 or 2023 wedding.

It’s true — as an industry, we’re still catching up from the countless postponements from the pandemic. Social distancing and restrictions on traveling and mass gatherings had put a damper on many wedding plans. However, with new knowledge about how to mitigate risk and manage COVID-19, weddings are back in full swing again!

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Let’s dive into the 2022 wedding trends to know this year…

If you are getting married, involved in planning your friend’s wedding, or simply curious about what’s on the horizon for weddings in 2022, we’ve got you covered. We’re giving you a lowdown on the hottest 2022 wedding trends that will dominate the scene this year and beyond.

Luxury meets comfort

This year, expect many engaged couples to keep the celebration to pared-down perfection! While classic black-tie weddings are definitely here to stay, events will be slightly less formal. Weddings in 2022 will exude a casual, elegant vibe and have a more inviting atmosphere. Think cocktail-style parties with posh food trucks in the vicinity, and the like.  

Multiple-day celebrations

As we return to in-person gatherings, it comes as no surprise that engaged couples are putting extra effort into ensuring they create wonderful memories with loved ones at their wedding. As a result, many are planning multi-day experiences to make the most of their celebrations. This gives them more time to mingle and catch up with all of their favorite people outside of the event proper. It also allows them to space out meetings with guests and avoid mass gatherings with too many people.

Domestic destination weddings

Travel continues to be tricky as many countries have adopted stringent requirements for entry and tourism. Thus, you can expect more and more couples to explore beautiful, otherworldly destinations within the country for their celebrations. Not only is it more cost-effective, but it’s also more accessible for guests who are apprehensive of air travel. And this way, everyone can still enjoy some well-deserved respite from daily life without the hassle of international travel.  

Weekday nuptials

Weekday weddings have been on the rise in recent years, and they will continue to be prevalent in the coming year due to increased demand. As restrictions loosen up, more and more vendors and venues have found themselves fully booked for weekends through 2022, and even into 2023. Weekday weddings are a great way to avoid traffic or crowds that often swell during the weekends. Not to mention, many couples are impatient to finally tie the knot and a weekday celebration can make it happen!

Countryside vibe

In need of a wedding theme idea? Many couples are finding inspiration from the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. Expect trailing wisteria, Georgian wedding venues, personalized wax seals, and regency blue color palettes to abound in the wedding scene this coming year. And it comes as no surprise as, after over a year of lockdowns, couples are craving refreshing, outdoorsy weddings.

Technology-infused weddings

Livestreaming, online RSVPs, and QR codes that direct guests to the wedding website: These are just a few of the ways technology is incorporated into this year’s weddings. While quarantine restrictions are loosening in most states, travel may still not be possible or safe for everyone you want at your wedding, whether for health or other reasons. In 2022, couples are embracing technology to bridge the gaps!

These six trends are transforming the industry and the way we plan weddings, so keep an open mind as you embark on the next chapter of your journey to the aisle. Whether you’re nearly there or you’re just starting out, consider how these trends can influence your big day for the better!

Curious to know more about design and experiential trends to make your wedding day unforgettable? We’ve got you covered. Reach out and let us show you how our lighting & entertainment services can provide you with the modern, on-trend celebration of your dreams.

Happy New Year!

2022 is just around the corner, and we are all set to celebrate! We hope you’re taking the next few days to celebrate the New Year in style: surrounded by loved ones, good food, and fun festivities. So without further ado, Happy New Year from the team at Fantasy Sound!

Happy New Year 2022

P.S. Did you know that champagne became a New Year’s drink of choice thanks to good, old-fashioned marketing? Doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to pop a bottle of bubbly, though — cheers to that!

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Adam Clark, Adam J. Clark Photography {Creative Partner Spotlight}

This week, we’re highlighting the owner and lead photographer of Adam J. Clark Photography… Adam Clark, himself!

You may recognize Adam’s name from the gorgeous photos of his that we’ve shared on our blog and social media. He’s truly a visionary behind the lens, and we love collaborating with him to bring our clients’ events to life!

Let’s see what Adam Clark has to share!


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

I have long had a passion for art, specifically photography. When I was young I was fascinated by my Grandfather’s Nikomat camera. My closest childhood friend’s father had what I thought was the coolest camera and case. I loved all the gear and gadgets that went into creating images with a camera.

As a little kid, I recall having an old Kodak Brownie in my toy collection and then on my 8th birthday I received a Kodak Instamatic. To be honest I believe I may have been a little disappointed. I had a camera, it was old, but I had one I think I was lobbying more for a BB gun on that birthday. However this gift turned out to inspire me.

Years later my father sold the family station wagon and took the proceeds and purchased my family’s first 35 mm camera. That did it, I was hooked! I took that camera everywhere and probably cost my father a ton in film and processing taking images of anything and everything. Then came time for my senior portraits, something that I had looked forward to for years. This is what turned my interest to portraiture. I loved the whole process.

After graduating high school I attended college thinking I would one day work towards an engineering degree. This seemed like a logical idea. In reality I wanted to be a photographer but in my head I thought, “That’s not a job, it’s a fantasy. Being a photographer isn’t a career it’s a hobby. Being an engineer, that’s a career.” I was right and wrong, being a photographer is a fantasy and not a real job, but it is a career. It is the fantasy, non-real job, that has been my career for nearly 25 years!

Anyway, after college I attended the Art Institute of Seattle and I earned a degree in Commercial Photography. After graduation I was fortunate to find a part-time job with a local photo studio, Crawford’s Photography in Redmond, WA. Here I learned my craft, and my passion for photography and portraiture grew. I was able to meet wonderful people that turned into fantastic clients and friends. I was given the opportunity to get to know and document their lives through my portraiture. I have clients that I photographed as babies, then high school seniors, then weddings and then their babies. It is a mind-blowing experience that I so very much cherish! I went on to run, manage and eventually own the Studio. This was my only job, career, fantasy until I started Adam J. Clark Photography.

In my down time I love spending time with my dog, visiting with family and friends around the country, SCUBA diving, running, skiing, hiking and staying fit. I also very much love to visit Hawaii, and live the Aloha spirit. Currently I am based out of Livermore, CA. However I am available on the Big Island of Hawaii. Again, thank you so much for visiting my web site. I hope we have the opportunity to meet and I hope you will consider me for all your portrait and photographic needs. I love what I do and I am dedicated to making your portraits a unique and special work of art, worthy of viewing by future generations.

What do you love about your job?

I love meeting people, making them happy and being exposed to different cultures and traditions.

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

Be on time and listen to the professionals. We are here to help take advantage of our knowledge, that more than one I know LOL


We are big Adam Clark fans at Fantasy Sound and we’re always looking forward to the next time we get to work with him. Cheers to you, Adam!

Save The Date: Event Services Showcase – Jan. 13

Won’t you join us as we ring in the New Year with our next Event Services Showcase? Come out on January 13 and see why we’re the top event lighting & entertainment provider around!

Meet with our team of professionals, test out our photo booth (props included!), see our renowned lighting fixtures up close and personal, and talk wedding playlists with our amazing DJs. It’s the ultimate Fantasy Sound experience, and we’d love to see you!

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You’ll walk away with ideas, advice, and information to provide plenty of event inspiration — and maybe even a follow-up appointment to kick off the planning. So make sure to bring your questions and event details. We hope to see you at our Event Services Showcase on January 13!

Just make sure to RSVP for one of these time slots to save your spot:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

RSVP for the Event Services Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. This allows us to highlight our many products and services to the group at once.

However, If you are looking to connect one-on-one or are ready to book with Fantasy Sound, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

We invite you to schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Need something outside of those times? We’d love to accommodate you. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

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New Press: Popped! | Holiday Proposals

With the holidays upon us, we loved seeing Kevin’s latest feature on Popped! as he speaks to planning meaningful holiday proposals!

According to The Knot, peak proposal season falls between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day with 40% (!!) of engagements taking place between November and February. The most popular days are, of course, for holiday proposals:

  • Christmas Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Valentine’s Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving behind us, we are in the early stages of engagement season — and we can already feel the excitement brewing in the wedding industry!

So this feature on Popped! is a timely roundup if you’re considering popping the question in the next few months. Read it here.

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Here’s a tidbit from the article, as Kevin suggests how to celebrate holiday proposals:

Kevin Dennis of Fantasy Sound Event Services says, “One of the best things about planning a proposal around the holidays is that your family and friends will likely already be in town, so you can organize a celebration fairly easy without drawing suspicion. Whether you choose to hold an impromptu engagement party or pop the question during a holiday get-together, you’ll be able to make the occasion even more special by having your loved ones involved.”

Read the full feature on Popped here!

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4 Reasons We Love Winter Weddings

Winter is quite a romantic season, making it perfect for saying “I do.” There’s no better time for couples to cozy up by a fire, go ice skating, or enjoy a lovely evening stroll. Here in California, we all love a little winter coziness and are complete suckers for dreamy winter weddings!

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Whether you’re still deciding on your wedding season or you’re eagerly anticipating a wintry celebration of your own, here are some of our favorite things about winter weddings!

You can get creative with your menu.

Whether you’re going for a grand affair with hundreds of guests or prefer to keep the celebration small and intimate, food and drinks should never be overlooked when planning your wedding!

What’s great about winter weddings is that you don’t have to limit attendees to the usual chicken or beef options. The cold weather means anything goes—as long as it’s hot! You can get more creative with the menu by serving crowd-pleasing comfort foods and seasonal cocktails and beverages. Hearty soups, stews, classic mac and cheese, spiked apple cider, hot cocoas, and mulled wine are all worth considering.

You get your pick of some beautiful color palettes.

Who said winter weddings had to be boring or monochromatic? Couples often add touches of deep jewel tones such as red, burgundy, navy blue, and emerald green in their decorations. They add an element of elegance, and are quite a sight when paired with metallic accents! And with or without snow, the rich colors make a striking contrast against the overall grayness of the weather.

A winter wedding also never fails to create a romantic and cozy vibe. If you want to set a homey, inviting mood on your big day, you can add touches of rich browns and tans to evoke campfires and snug log cabins.   

You will have more vendor availability with less budget.

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life, and we know you want to create the most magical, memorable celebration possible. The vendors you pick can make or break your event, so it’s vital to put a lot of careful thought into choosing them! In the winter, vendors have more availability, so you’ll have a better chance at creating your dream team.

And of course, you also need to consider your budget because you don’t want to dip into your long-term savings or go into debt planning your wedding. Luckily, you have a good shot at booking highly-rated, sought-after vendors, and snagging their services at a lower rate! Why? Because winter is “off-season” in the wedding industry, so you’ll often see a drop in prices. It’s almost too good to be true!  

Your guests will be eager to join.

Many couples choose to say their “I do’s” during the summer. By hosting yours in the winter, you don’t have to worry about competing with other weddings or summer vacations! Plus, most of your guests will likely have additional time off for the holidays, so it won’t take much convincing to extend their breaks to accommodate your wedding. It’ll be much easier to get all of your favorite people in the world together for the celebration of the season!

As they say, winter is the most wonderful time of the year! If a wintry wonderland wedding is in your sights, you’re making a great choice. Enjoy your wedding preparations!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is a day for practicing gratitude and we wanted to let our clients and colleagues know how much we appreciate them. Thank you for all that you do!

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We hope you are spending the day enjoying food, family, and football!

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New Press: BRIDES | Planning a Beach Proposal

Is there anything more romantic than a sweet and sandy beach proposal? Swoon! Kevin was recently featured on BRIDES sharing advice for popping the question in a picture-perfect setting.

Read the full feature here!

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So before you book your flight and pack your flip flops next to that sparkling ring, make sure to read this article to get your plans in order!

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Bria + Ryan’s Pleasanton Wedding Featured on PartySlate

Be still our hearts! We were thrilled to see Bria and Ryan’s gorgeous Casa Real wedding featured on PartySlate in all of its glory.

Now, the photos below are just a glimpse of the reception. But wait until you see the romantic ceremony setup and the stunning outdoor lounge space! The combination of draping, greenery, candlelight, and plush furniture is truly a scene to behold.

Oh, and did we mention the nacho bar decked out with all the fixings? It was the perfect match to Bria and Ryan’s two signature cocktails: negronis and margaritas. If that doesn’t sound like a party to remember, we don’t know what does.

Guests were truly treated to an inviting celebration of the newlyweds, complete with a bottle of red wine to take home!

See the full feature on PartySlate here!

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Most importantly, we’d like to recognized the incredible team of creative partners that helped bring this beautiful wedding to life:

Wedding Planner: Amazae Events

Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Floral Design: Bloomster’s

DJ: AVL Entertainment

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Rentals: Theoni CollectionBright Event RentalsPleasanton Event Rentals

Lighting: Fantasy Sound Event Services | Enhanced Lighting & Audio Visual

Stationery: Ji Kim Designs

Videography: Featherstone Films

Cake: Cake Creations by Bev

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4 Clever Holiday Event Décor Ideas

The holiday season is upon us! This is the perfect time to celebrate and create wonderful memories that you and your loved ones will remember fondly for years to come. If you’re planning a holiday event this time of year, make sure to bring the cheer! You can start by adding some decorative elements and embellishments to your venue to create a welcoming and festive vibe.

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Venue: Casa Real

Are you struggling to figure out how to decorate your holiday event? This blog post is perfect for you! Read on for tips and ideas to get your holiday event just right.

Wow your guests with interactive food stations

An excellent way to impress your guests is with carefully selected, interactive food stations. These can complement your traditional catering, plus you can jazz them up with thematic décor. The idea is to offer variety and interactivity by getting your guests involved as they prepare their own food or beverage.

Since the holiday season always calls for hot drinks, you can set up a bar where guests can make their own hot chocolate or peppermint coffee. And for eventgoers with a sweet tooth, you can prepare a buffet of holiday treats like sugar cookies, gingerbread biscuits, and cupcakes they can decorate before eating! 

Not only do these food stations offer guests a unique and fun experience, but they also encourage them to mingle.

Adorn your holiday event space with natural elements

A few pinecones, chestnuts, berries, and sprigs of greenery can add some flair to your holiday décor. By using natural elements, you are able to set a warm and cozy mood, and we all know that this is what the holidays are all about!

Have fun with holiday event signage

The signage at your event serves various functions. They can provide information, directions, and even reminders to your guests. But don’t forget to make sure they match your theme to tie the look of your holiday event together!

Consider alluding to Santa, the holidays, Christmas, Chanukah, or winter when crafting your signage. For instance, imagine calling an interactive food station, the Elf-Service Station (Get it? Self-service)! Or, you could add a touch of humor to your decor with “better not pout” tabletop signs. 

These are just a few fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing, but the possibilities are endless!

Place some hanging string lights

If you’re going for a winter wonderland feel for your holiday event, try hanging some ice blue, bright white, or warm white string lights to create the perfect ambiance. You can also opt to buy string lights with a snowflake design. With the proper lighting, you are sure to keep things merry and bright!

Regardless of how you decorate your holiday event, remember to strive for a consistent and cohesive look for your event. Choose a theme and matching color palette, then stick to them. Happy holidays!

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You’re Invited: Event Services Showcase on November 17

The clock is ticking — our next Event Services Showcase is just around the corner! Join us next Wednesday, November 17, as we show off the exciting new inventory we have in stock along with all of our lighting and décor all-stars.

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We can’t wait to meet you and show you how we can help to transform your event design! Bring your questions because we’re ready to answer them ALL.

Our much-loved chandelier selection will be on display alongside other lighting elements for you to see for yourself. Oh, and while you’re here, make sure to take a spin in our Photo Booth!

We have three time slots available for you to choose from:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

RSVP to the Event Services Showcase!

Looking for a more personal 1:1 consultation? We’ve got you covered. While we won’t be able to accommodate this at our Event Services Showcase, we would love to have you visit our office during business hours to discuss. You can schedule a consultation any time between 10 a.m. – 5  p.m. between Tuesday and Friday, or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We can also make it work Wednesday and Thursday evenings, so don’t hesitate to ask!

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Photo of the Week: Wedding Dragon Dance

We always get excited when our couples infuse their weddings with cultural traditions that celebrate their heritage. This wedding dragon dance at Palm Event Center was no exception!

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Our rustic beam Edison chandelier looked lovely paired with our reclaimed wood wall with personalized monogram letters. Cue the confetti, indeed!

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A Guide to Creating Your Wedding Guest List

Once engaged, the excitement starts to build and most couples eagerly anticipate the day they get to say “I do” in front of their friends and family. But curating the guest list can be challenging — deciding who should and shouldn’t be invited can be an emotionally draining experience.

If this resonates with you, don’t worry! With careful planning and the right approach, you’ll be able to create a wedding guest list that includes all of your favorite people in the world. 

Here are some valuable tips that will make the process a whole lot easier for you!

1. Estimate your headcount.

Some couples make the mistake of looking at possible wedding venues without having a rough idea of how many guests they plan to invite. Often, they end up having to cut some names from the list in order to fit the number of guests into their chosen venue. Doing so may lead to some of your would-be guests harboring resentment.

Save yourself from unnecessary stress by deciding whether you want an intimate celebration or a grand affair before shopping for venues. This way, you don’t have to risk limiting the number of guests who’ll be attending your wedding.

2. Be mindful of your budget.

While you might want to invite and accommodate as many people as possible, the reality is this: the more people you invite, the more expensive your wedding will be. 

At the end of the day, wedding expenses can be broken down into costs per person. You are paying for every guest who will be at your wedding, so make sure they are worth it! Be sure to invite only those whose presence will make your wedding magical and memorable. If you can’t picture the day without them, they belong on the list!

3. Curate the list with your partner.

Remember: Weddings involve two people! That means both you and your partner need to be invested in your guest list and curate it together. There might be other people, such as close family members, who will try to influence who goes on that list, but ultimately, it’s up to the two of you to decide who makes the cut.

Don’t be afraid to respectfully put your foot down, if necessary. After all, it’s your wedding and you don’t need to invite your mother-in-law’s childhood best friend’s sister if you don’t want to.

4. Establish rules regarding plus-ones and children.

Allowing guests to bring plus-ones and children to your wedding will increase your expenses, but may also increase the fun. Weigh the pros and cons of hosting kids, and determine whether you want an adults-only event or if you’re okay with having little ones there. You can indicate this in your wedding invitations. It’s also a good idea to inform your guests of the number of seats you have reserved for their party or group. 

Granting plus-ones to your guests is also up to you. When deciding whether or not to allow a guest to have a plus-one, consider the following: Have you met your guest’s date? How long has your guest known their plus-one? What is the nature of their relationship? Yes, this last one might seem a bit nosy, but it’s your wedding and you have the right to know who will attend. After all, you don’t want any unnecessary drama to unfold on your big day.

5. Remain organized.

A spreadsheet is an invaluable tool for keeping track of your guests. You’ll want to keep everyone’s names, phone numbers, addresses, and other crucial information in one accessible place.

In your spreadsheet, consider color-coding your guests or adding columns to determine whether they have already RSVPed. You can also have a section to indicate the guests’ preferred meal, which you can easily relay to the caterer. It also helps to add a column to note any gifts that you receive, making it simple to send thank-you notes after the wedding.

Don’t forget to share this document with your planner and caterer to ensure that the wedding planning process is streamlined for everyone involved.

While your wedding guest list will evolve over time, it’s best to get a headstart on it in the early stages of the planning process. Set aside an evening with your partner, order some takeout, crack open a bottle of wine, and get to planning!

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New Press: WeddingWire – Vendor Cancellations

Last-minute wedding vendor cancellations sound like a nightmare, right? It certainly isn’t the ideal situation. Rest assured that the rest of your event team knows what to do — especially your wedding planner.

Kevin chimed in on this topic for a roundup on WeddingWire alongside a number of other wedding experts.

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Kevin’s take on vendor cancellations:

“Your planner will help you find a replacement in the blink of an eye. This is what they have been hired to do and will handle it quickly and professionally. They may even consider the vendor team you already have, and one of them might be the solution to the problem.”

See the full article on WeddingWire to learn what to do about a last-minute vendor cancellation!

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New Press: Catering Foodservice & Events

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start planning those holiday celebrations! Kevin’s latest feature in Catering Foodservice & Events Magazine is getting us in the spirit for decorating.

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In it, he encourages the mixing and matching of decor to keep things interesting and add layers to a design:

“It’s a common misconception that everything has to match seamlessly,” says Kevin Dennis, owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services and a certified event planner. “In fact, serving cocktails in vintage glassware or mixing metallics with charging plates is perfect for adding dimension!”

To read the latest issue, subscribe to Catering Foodservice & Events Magazine for free!

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7 Wedding Traditions to Know and Love

Engaged couples are not the only ones excited for their big day—so are their loved ones! During the planning stage, your family and close friends will often offer suggestions on how to make the festivities more meaningful and memorable. While it is ultimately up to you and your partner how your event will go, many wedding traditions are worth exploring if they feel right for both of you.

If you want to learn more, this blog will round up some of the more interesting wedding customs you can consider for your celebration.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into some favorite wedding traditions!

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Bouquet and Garter Toss

This is one of the most popular wedding traditions out there, but how does it work? For the bouquet toss, the single women in attendance attempt to catch the bouquet tossed by the bride. Whoever succeeds is believed to be the next to marry. For the garter toss, the groom goes under the bride’s gown to remove her leg garter, which he tosses to a group of eager bachelors. The person who caught the garter, in turn, places it on the leg of the one who caught the bouquet.

 

Door Games

If you’re looking for an exciting and lighthearted wedding tradition, door games are perfect for your celebration. For many Chinese couples, these games are a must on the morning of their wedding day. It revolves around the groom proving his worth and dedication to the bride by working hand-in-hand with his groomsmen to surpass a series of tests and challenges prepared by her bridesmaids. This activity will surely elicit lots of smiles and laughter from participants and spectators alike!

 

Releasing of Doves

Commonly practiced in Filipino weddings, a pair of male and female doves are released at the end of the ceremony to represent the couple’s desire for a harmonious relationship, as they symbolize unity and peace. Doves are also known to mate for life! It’s perfect for those who want to create a romantic, meaningful ending to their wedding.

 

The Sugar Cube

Greek brides typically tuck a sugar cube into their glove or bouquet on their wedding day, as it’s believed to bring the couple happiness in their new life together. So if you want to sweeten your marriage, it wouldn’t hurt to follow their lead!

 

Parent Dances

Looking for a special way to pay tribute to your parents on your wedding day? How about a traditional father-daughter and mother-son dance? Couples can also choose to share this sweet moment with other cherished family members, like grandparents, step-parents, godparents, siblings, aunts, or uncles.

 

Money Dances

The money dance is customary in many cultures. In exchange for a dance, guests pin bills onto the bride or groom’s clothing with good wishes. This long-standing wedding tradition serves to usher in wealth and prosperity in the couple’s marriage. Additionally, it’s a fun and interactive way for the couple to spend some time with their wedding guests!

 

Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold

In the Middle Ages, people believed that evil spirits lived on the threshold of new homes and would attack brides through the soles of their feet. Therefore, the groom carried his bride across the threshold to protect her. Today, it’s a romantic way to whisk the bride away from the party as they begin their new life together.

 

These are just a few of the wedding traditions you can incorporate into your special day. Of course, you can follow these old customs or start some of your own—feel free to mix it up! Ultimately, the most important thing is for your wedding to feel meaningful to you and your partner.

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New Press: Goodshuffle Pro

New week, new press! This time, Kevin chimed in on Goodshuffle Pro in a roundup about employee retention in the special events industry. As any business owner knows, our teams are our most valuable assets!

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Here’s a glimpse at what Kevin had to share:

“If there’s anything I learned during the height of 2020, it’s that I couldn’t have pushed through without my team. […] Employees are much more likely to stick with you when you give them the respect and consideration they deserve.”

Read the full feature on Goodshuffle Pro here!

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Anie + Jason | Casa Real Wedding

The Fantasy Sound team has been busy at work with this year’s wedding boom and we’re so delighted to be back doing what we love most: giving couples the weddings of their dreams! So it was lovely working on Anie and Jason’s Casa Real wedding  — it was a sweet reminder of the beauty of love, romance, and togetherness. Scroll down for a peek at their big day!

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Alongside bountiful blooms, champagne uplighting and creamy drapery softened the ceremony space at Casa Real for the perfect setting to say “I do.” In addition, we love how the elaborate ceremony arch played double duty at the sweetheart table during the reception!

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Gorgeous florals from Wish Social Events, our much-loved crystal chandelier, and a couple who loves a good time certainly made this Casa Real wedding a celebration for the books!

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We hope you enjoyed our trip down memory lane with the happy couple!

Congratulations to Anie and Jason! Cheers to happily ever after!


Above all, thank you to all of our creative partners for bringing this beautiful Casa Real wedding to life!

Venue: Casa Real Events
Coordinator: Alyssa Hickerson, Beets Hospitality Group
Photography: De Joy Photography
Florist: Wish Social Events
Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals
Video: Lens of Lenox Videography
DJ: DJ Diko
Lighting/drapery: Fantasy Sound Event Services
Paper goods/Signage: Sweet and Crafty
Art/apparel/decor: Hye End Designs
Hair: Liezel Styles
Makeup: Antonia Cruz
Baker: Le Gâteau Elegant
Bridal Gown: BoLee Bridal Couture

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RSVP: Upcoming Event Services Showcase!

We had a blast at our first Event Services Showcase back in September! Now, we can’t wait to welcome a new set of couples to our next one in November.

Mark your calendar, as the next Event Services Showcase is set for Wednesday, November 17th. So make sure to RSVP as soon as possible to save your spot and start thinking about what you want to know!

Event Services Showcase

When you visit, you’ll get to meet the Fantasy Sound team, learn about our services, and ask all the questions that have been arising as you plan your big day.

You’ll also get to test out our Photo Booth and see our renowned chandelier selection and other lighting elements up close and in person.

RSVP for one of three time slots:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

Save my spot at the Event Services Showcase!

NOTE: Our Showcase is a meet-and-greet, which means there will be other couples in attendance. If you are looking to connect one-on-one, we are happy to accommodate that as well!

Schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

Apartment Therapy

New Press: Apartment Therapy

It’s getting to be spooky season and we’re here for all of the Halloween inspo! Our very own Kevin was featured on Apartment Therapy where he shares his take on Halloween parties this year.

Apartment Therapy

He shares ways to transform your backyard into a Halloween masterpiece, while cautioning readers to be mindful of COVID while planning. Let’s be safe while having fun!

Check out the full article on Apartment Therapy here.

4 Tips for Planning Your Event Floor Plan

It’s easy to get caught up in beautiful design and aesthetics when planning your wedding. However, it is essential not to lose sight of the logistical side of it — namely, your floor plan. After all, how can you enjoy all of the lovely decor if guests are packed together like sardines and caterers are getting jammed up on their serving routes?

A great floor plan allows everyone sit comfortable and mingle as they please, while ensuring event staff can move through the space without issue. Here are four key considerations when mapping out your wedding floor plan.

Know your guest list.

Your headcount is one of the most essential factors to keep in mind when creating your floor plan. Consult with your venue coordinator, as they typically have sample floor plans on-hand based on their space. Don’t forget to consider your guests’ needs, as well. If you have guests with wheelchairs or elderly folks who need a little more space to get in and out of their seats, be sure to seat them in an area that is easily accessible from the restrooms, bar, and buffet (if present).

Determine entertainment choices.

Your choice of entertainment will dictate how flexible you can be with your floor plan, as a venue’s capacity must factor in elements like photo booths, lounge spaces, interactive food stations, and the like. Be mindful that bands typically take up much more room than a DJ (don’t forget about staging and sound equipment!), so keep your venue’s measurements close as you research and create your entertainment plan.

Decide on seating arrangements.

Consider how you want to sit with your partner, as well as how you plan to seat your guests. If you want a head table with your whole wedding party, your floor plan will look different than if you opt for a two-person sweetheart table. The same goes for seating guests at banquet tables vs. round tables. In your seating plan, use the dance floor as the focal point as that’s where the action happens. Do your best to ensure all guests in the room have a good sightline of the dance floor.

Be mindful of COVID guidelines.

Last but certainly not least, keep COVID safety in mind as you prepare your floor plan. Adhere to proper social distancing guidelines to ensure your guests feel safe and comfortable. Identify the high traffic areas—like service routes and bars—and be sure to allow for plenty of space. Consider seating guests in household “pods” with a greater number of smaller tables. Be sure to work alongside your venue coordinator to ensure it will work in their space.

New Press: Woman Getting Married

The wedding industry runs on trends. Kevin shared insight with Woman Getting Married about the shifts he has seen in the industry. particularly when it comes to wedding venues!

Woman Getting Married

Kevin speaks to the growing trend of securing a single venue for a couple’s ceremony and reception. In the past, many couples have booked separate venues. However, the convenience and cost-effectiveness of sticking to one venue wins out!

The future of wedding trends looks bright. Check out the full feature for more advice from wedding experts!

Tipping Etiquette for Wedding Vendors

When planning your big day, it’s easy to get lost in the madness and forget about tipping your wedding vendors. But it’s so important to be respectful of their time and efforts, so it’s best to include gratuity in your wedding budget!

Although tipping is not required, some vendors may expect it — and likely deserve it. It is a great way to thank them for their superb service bringing your wedding day to life!

If you need guidance on whom to tip and how much to give, read on. 

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Tipping Etiquette 101

Here’s a breakdown of gratuity to include for each wedding vendor.

Officiant

Many ordained clergy members won’t accept cash tips for officiating wedding ceremonies. However, a donation to their church or religious institution is greatly appreciated. For a non-religious officiant, you can give them around $50.  

Photographer and videographer

A lot of these vendors are business owners themselves, so tipping is often unnecessary. But if you’re incredibly happy with their work, feel free to give a generous tip of up to $100 (or more if you’re that satisfied!). If they have assistants or second-shooters, you can tip them anywhere from $50 to $75.

Caterer and waitstaff

While a service fee is often stipulated in your contract, this amount is typically divided amongst all the waitstaff. It’s a kind gesture to give them $10 to $20 each for their hard work. If bartending services aren’t part of your caterer’s package, tip 10% to 15% of the pre-tax bar bill.  

Hair and Makeup Artists

Just as you would for a regular hair or makeup appointment, tip makeup artists and hairstylists 20% of the total bill.

Musicians and DJs

A tip between $25 and $50 per person is customary. And, if you book a band, remember to tip their sound technician as well!

Driver, Valet, Restroom, and Coat Check Attendants

If gratuity is not yet included in your transportation bill, tip your driver 15-20% of the total cost. For valet attendants, express your gratitude by tipping $1-2 per car, to be divided among them. And for the total amount to be allocated for your restroom and coat check attendants, multiply the number of guests by $0.50 to $2.  

Wedding planner and florist

Since these vendors are typically business owners, they won’t be expecting a tip from you. If you are feeling generous, feel free to tip your wedding planner 10-20% of the total bill, or up to $500. Your florist may be tipped 10-15% of your total bill. If you prefer, you can also give them personal gifts instead.

Delivery Personnel

On your wedding day, you can expect a lot of deliveries—from your rentals to your wedding cake and flowers. Leave cash envelopes containing $5 to $10 to your coordinator or catering manager to hand out to delivery personnel.

 

Keep in mind that these numbers are only meant to serve as a guide. Ultimately, you should tip according to what your budget permits and the level of service you’ve received.

WeddingWire

New Press: WeddingWire

Awesome seeing Kevin featured in this informative roundup on WeddingWire! He’s speaking about what to do if your ideal vendor isn’t available for your wedding date.

WeddingWire

We are in a wedding boom unlike ever before, so this insight is invaluable for couples planning their weddings in 2021, 2022, and beyond. Tune into WeddingWire for the full scoop!

elizabeth anne designs

New Press: Elizabeth Anne Designs

New press alert! We’re delighted to see Kevin included in this fun roundup on Elizabeth Anne Designs about the wedding traditions to keep and the ones to let go!

elizabeth anne designs

Kevin speaks to the freedom of limiting toasts at a wedding for the sake of the event timeline. Check out the full feature for more wedding tradition insights!

5 Considerations for Choosing an Emcee

When planning an event, most people focus on the food, venue, and entertainment. However, let’s not forget that the guests’ experience throughout the celebration is what they’ll remember most! If there’s one expense you shouldn’t skimp on, it’s hiring a professional DJ who can also serve as an effervescent emcee.

Choosing the right emcee not only ensures that everything stays on schedule, but that the crowd is engaged and enjoying themselves all night long!

Here are some valuable tips on what to look for when hiring an emcee:

 

Excellent delivery is key

You don’t want an emcee who mumbles to themself onstage. Instead, your emcee should be an effective communicator: someone who is able to project their voice, maintain eye contact and engage with your audience. And, of course, they should sound enthusiastic to keep the energy of the room high!

 

Choose a good listener

Nothing holds the attention of a crowd better than good banter. An emcee isn’t a keynote speaker; they should know how to listen to the audience and invite them to respond. So, remember to look for someone who is not only a good speaker but can also pick up on interesting dialogue opportunities. 

 

They should be prepared for anything and everything

Your emcee should have a clear understanding of the planned structure and itinerary of the event so they are ready to keep things flowing no matter what. There will be moments when they will need to improvise. During lulls in the program, like technical glitches or waiting for the next toast, they will have to work the crowd to maintain the energy. A good emcee also does research on the details of the event, like special audience members that need to be recognized during the program or the pronunciation of important names.

 

Find an emcee who is mindful of the time

One of the key responsibilities of an emcee is to ensure that the event starts and ends on time, which means they need excellent time management skills. If one segment goes on for longer or shorter than expected, they should be aware and be able to adapt as needed.

 

A great sense of humor is a must!

There’s nothing worse than a boring emcee! You want someone who can brighten up the room and keep the crowd engaged with funny anecdotes and jokes. Trust me, when you make sure your guests have a great time, they will remember the event for years to come.

 

And there you have it! We’ve rounded up five qualities to look out for when choosing an emcee. Remember: your emcee is one of your greatest assets. They can make or break your event, so choose wisely!

Photo of the Week: Luxury Wedding Vibes

This week, we’re bringing you a luxury wedding fit for royalty! Leon and Mari were certainly serving king and queen vibes with their all-white design.

Between beautiful white florals, a raised ceremony platform, and our sparkling crystal beaded chandelier, we loved seeing Casa Real transformed for their sweet celebration!

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Fall Wedding Trends to Know in 2021

With autumn in the air, it’s time to shift our summer mindsets to appreciate the beauty of a picture-perfect fall wedding.

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Cooler temps, falling leaves, and a whole new vibe to work with make it easy to host a fall wedding to remember! Here are the key trends to know as we head into the harvest season.

 

Rich color palettes

Burgundy, gold, orange, brown, purple — many couples find inspiration for their fall wedding in nature and we are here for it! Paired with lush greenery, wood textures, and other natural elements, using a fall-themed color palette makes for a lovely design. Consider using some soft uplighting or dynamic gobo washes to add an extra special touch that levels up the vibe.

 

Cozy bonfires

With the pandemic lingering, outdoor weddings remain the go-to choice for engaged couples in 2021. And what’s a fall wedding without a roaring bonfire to gather ’round? Perfect for roasting marshmallows, sipping hot cocoa, and cozying up with loved ones! Consider adding some soft textures to the seating arrangement. Think chunky knit blankets or cashmere scarves for guests — a sweet way to show your guests a great time.

 

Weekday weddings

Thanks to a year’s worth of postponed events, the industry is experiencing a wedding boom keeping calendars packed for months. For those wanting to tie the knot in the near future, weekday weddings have become an excellent way to fit their nuptials into a busy schedule! It’s not just convenient, though. Weekday weddings are also a cost-effective alternative to the average weekend wedding. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to extend your celebration into the weekend with group activities for guests who want to stick around!

 

Micro-nuptials

Less is more; at least, that’s how it’s trending in the wedding industry! Couples are trimming down their guest lists and, with it, realizing the possibilities that open up with a smaller wedding. Since your budget goes further with fewer guests, you can invest more into the elements that matter most. Unique venues, upgraded food + beverage choices, elevated design + décor, and more face time with guests — there are many benefits to micro-weddings!

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Photo of the Week: Glittering Starburst Chandelier

Be still our hearts — our starburst chandelier really showed out for this sweet Indian wedding at Casa Real!

A custom monogrammed dance floor. Floor-to-ceiling taffeta drapery behind a mandap bursting with blooms. A glittering starburst chandelier to catch everyone’s eye. Lush centerpieces bursting with bold colors. These are the ingredients for a wedding dream come true!

Event Services Showcase

REMINDER: Event Services Showcase is BACK!

Have you signed up for our Event Services Showcase yet? It’s just around the corner, so you have just over a week to register and join us for our first showcase back in action! Come out to meet the Fantasy Sound team and learn more about the products and services we provide to bring your event to life.

Event Services Showcase

Next Wednesday, we’re hosting three sessions:

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 8:30 p.m.

Check out our renowned lighting fixtures in their full glory, pop into our photo booth and say cheese, and get to know the folks who will turn your dream into a reality.

I’m in! Sign me up!

Looking to connect one-on-one? Let’s do it!
You can schedule a personal consultation from Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We also have appointments available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get in touch with us to schedule your consultation.

Photo of the Week: Flawless First Dance

The first dance is a monumental moment of a wedding day, and it’s only right to have the perfect dance floor to fit it!

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This beautiful couple transformed Casa Real with an elevated dance floor, crystal chandeliers, and a sweetheart lounge that is just bursting with blooms. How’s that for a perfect setting to dance away into your happily ever after?

5 Safety Tips for Planning a Wedding During COVID

With weddings coming back, it’s important to remember that COVID isn’t quite behind us just yet. Yet, with vaccinations rising, masks worn, and social distancing in place, we can still party as safely as possible. Follow these five safety tips to ensure your guests’ health and safety are a top priority while planning a wedding during COVID.

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Featuring: Chiffon Drapery + Uplighting

Offer masks at the entrance

Masks — but make it fashion. Everyone feels differently about COVID risks, so it’s best to respect their comfort levels and provide them with the resources they need to feel safe. Consider offering wedding-themed masks to guests at the entrance for those who prefer to remain masked while out of their seats. Bonus: They’ll make for some fun, memorable photo ops!

 

Choose the right serving style

To prioritize health and safety, skip the buffets, lavish grab-and-go spreads, and family-style platters. Instead, opt for plated meals, food stations (with socially distanced lines!), and individual servings of dessert. Don’t forget to get creative! Think how excited guests will be to receive a sweet treat in a laser-engraved acrylic box or step up to have it handmade right in front of them.

 

Split up the floorplan

What’s better than a dance floor? Multiple dance floors! Breaking up the elements in your floor plan is a great way to let people mix and mingle at their own comfort level. With several smaller dance floors, lounge areas, and bars, guests won’t feel pressured to be in a crowd if they’re not feeling it. You’ll be able to float from spot to spot, taking in the unique vibes created throughout by your guests.

 

Set up sanitizing stations

One of the best ways to keep people safe is to include hand sanitizing stations throughout the event — particularly at any high-touch points, like at the entrance, at the bar, on the way to the dance floor, and just outside the restrooms. 

 

Get creative with signage

When you’re having a blast, it’s easy to forget about COVID precautions. Why not add some friendly reminders throughout? Have some fun with signage to remind guests about social distancing, point out the sanitizer station, and offer up masks for grabs. Everybody loves a good pun, so don’t be afraid to get cheeky!

 

Whether you’ve downsized your guest list or not, you can still have the party of your dreams. Just be sure to use these safety tips that you are building in ways to keep your guests comfortable and safe while planning a wedding during COVID.

Photo of the Week: Romantic Wedding Vibes

Happy Friday – this week, we’re wrapping it up with some gorgeous, romantic wedding vibes!

Jenny and Chris’ wedding was truly one for the books. Between the rich florals adorning our rustic beam Edison chandelier and the geometric drop chandeliers peeking out, who wouldn’t want to dance the night away?