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Photo of the Week

We absolutely adore this photo of Alice and Joe that was captured by Junshien Photography! We had a ton of fun working with them to discover a way to bring the starry night sky indoors!

Casa Amore 2017

These vendor showcases are a labor of love, as we started working with our design teams months ago to bring our ideas to life. We were lucky enough to share our spaces with some amazing creative partners, who were all inspiring and such a joy to work with, so be sure to check them out!

Enchantment Floral
Nicole Ha Design
Delford West Flowers
Pleasanton Rentals
Napa Valley Linens
Swoon Custom Chalk
JK Design
Sweetface Design

We haven’t received any of the professional photos yet, but we wanted to share some of our favorite looks from the evening that we captured ourselves!

We were so excited to unveil our Statue LOVE Letters! Standing 8′ tall, they’re an amazing statement piece and they would be so much fun for photographs. We will be offering these letters in both the dark wood seen here and white! Nicole Ha Design always outdoes herself, and this year was no different! Our 9′ Round Crystal Beaded Chandelier is always stunning, but adding in the 20′ long Crystal Beaded Column, 5 Light Crystal Chandeliers, and greenery on the top takes it over the edge! We wanted to create a twist on our 12’x12′ Beaded Crystal Chandelier, so say hello to our Fabric Chandelier! Adding the GOBO patterns and 25 Light Crystal Chandelier will help create a stunning focal point over your dance floor! This may have been one of the smallest vignettes…but it was certainly one of our favorites! Our Black Velour Drapery and Edison Bulbs add to the autumnal dream Nicole Ha created! We loved getting the opportunity to collaborate with Liz of Enchantment Floral in this whimsical vignette! Our 16 Light Crystal Chandeliers complement the design so well! 

Our brand new 12′ Arbor is a really exciting addition to our inventory! It’s totally versatile and can be used in many different ways alongside our other items, like our Edison Bulbs and Geometric Chandeliers, but we especially love the look that Karl of Delford West created with the greenery!

Photo of the Week

We are getting super excited for this year’s Casa Amore, so we wanted to throw it back to one of our favorite looks from the last Casa Amore! A huge thank you to Augie Chang Photography for the photo!

RW: Tannya and Barriet’s Casa Real Wedding

Tannya and Barriet’s wedding day at Casa Real was truly one for the books! From a custom monogram and our grand crystal chandelier over the dance floor to elegant drapery around the space, everything came together for a special celebration for these lovebirds.

Three cheers for the new Mr. and Mrs. – we’re happy to have been a part of your special day!

Our thanks go out to Hagerty Photography for capturing and sharing these wonderful shots with us!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Meet Jenny Whitney of Beets Hospitality Group!

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Jenny Whitney of Beets Hospitality Group.

We’re thrilled to introduce Jenny Whitney, an event coordinator at Beets Hospitality Group, which happens to run two of our beloved venues – Palm Event Center and Casa Real. They create unforgettable events in both the bridal and corporate segments, and they are always striving to innovate in the constantly changing event world that we live in.

We asked Jenny about her favorite part about being involved in a wedding:
I love being so closely involved with the couple on the most important day of their lives. I get to fluff up the bride’s train before she walks down the aisle. I’m the last person she sees as I open the doors for her to walk down the aisle, and I get to witness their expressions and emotions as they walk back through the ceremony doors as a married couple. I love witnessing all of the love and happiness in the room through the duration of any wedding, and seeing the couple’s pure joy throughout the night. Lastly, I love saying goodnight at the end of a successful wedding and hearing how much they appreciated all we did for them.

I love this ever-changing industry we are in. We consistently challenge each other to deliver the best of the extravagant, the trendy, and the classic events that fit each of our couples. I feel at home in this industry, and I love coming to work everyday doing the work that I love 🙂

She also shared a major ‘uh-oh’ moment and how it was recovered quickly:
The worst thing that has ever happened involved a bride who hadn’t tried on her dress within the week of the wedding. After being zipped into her dress, the zipper completely broke, leaving her dress almost completely backless. Luckily I have some sewing experience, so I was able to sew her into the dress. I had to continually fix stitches throughout the event, but she was so thankful that I was able to keep her dress on her! This was probably one of the most stressful situations for me. 

Jenny shared some advice for engaged couples as well:
Trust in your vendors. Also, trust in preferred vendor lists. The preferred vendors are preferred for a reason. Reputable venues will have done their research on these vendors for you. They will likely have worked at your venue often, and will know what designs, color schemes, and other logistics work best for each space. Also book them early. Start with the vendors that will be there through your whole wedding day. Your photographers, your videographers and your DJs are unable to double book themselves, so once they are taken, they are taken! Don’t procrastinate! Same goes for your wedding venue. If you fall in love with a popular venue that has limited availability, try and make your decision quickly, as those limited dates may not stay open for long.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

RW: Cynden and Frederick’s Casa Real Wedding

Boy, do we have a wedding to share with you today! Cynden and Frederick tied the knot at Casa Real in this splendid celebration, adorned with beautiful metallic trees and purple and pink floral arrangements.

Romantic gobo washes filled the walls of the ballroom for a truly memorable evening!

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. – we were delighted to be a part of your special day!

Our thanks goes to Winter Tree Studios for sharing such gorgeous photos with us today!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup

 

We’re excited to share this fun roundup of Instagram features from recent weddings- we hope you love them as much as we do!

Sonia and Roger – How about those smiles?

 

Christina and Chris – We’re always fans of a gorgeous sunset shot!

 

Susan and Sean – How’s this for a creative guest book?

#totesheartstoteswedding #lumitone #wedding #cinema

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

RW: Ashley and Matt’s Casa Real Wedding

We’re thrilled to share Ashley and Matt’s beautiful wedding at Casa Real! Scroll on for all of the gorgeous details from this sweet butterfly-themed celebration.

How about that hanging installation over the head table? Simply to die for!

And who could say no to a yummy s’mores bar at the end of the night?

Congratulations to the beautiful couple on their lovely nuptials! We were so delighted to be a part of your special day!

Many thanks to B. Jones Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos from Ashley and Matt’s wedding!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Real Wedding: Jennie and Irving’s Casa Real Wedding

Earlier this month, we shared a Borrowed and Blue feature of Jennie and Irving’s wedding and we’re thrilled to share our insider’s perspective! We loved working with these two – they are so clearly in love, and that’s always our favorite thing about our couples!

We dressed up Casa Real with a mix of beautiful crystal chandeliers and a custom gobo wash for a truly romantic feel. The wedding was certainly one for the books – and hey, it doesn’t get any better than a S’mores station!

We were delighted to be a part of Jennie and Irving’s special day – we wish them all the very best in married life! We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Dana Todd Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us. 🙂

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Press: Borrowed & Blue San Francisco

We were so thrilled to see Jennie and Irving’s beautiful wedding at Casa Real featured on Borrowed & Blue San Francisco! Their wedding was absolutely stunning and we’ll be sharing an inside look at it later this month, but if you just can’t wait any longer (we don’t blame you!), check out the full feature here.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Meet Kara Andrews of Casa Real!

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Kara Andrews of Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery.

We are thrilled to introduce Kara Andrews, the office manager over at Casa Real, a gorgeous event venue in Livermore!

After graduating from UC-Santa Barbara, Kara wasn’t sure what she wanted to pursue, but after some time exploring the hospitality industry (and getting engaged!), she found the opportunity to work on the opening of Casa Real and the rest is history.

As the office manager, Kara works with couples from start to finish, which typically takes about a year. Her favorite part of a wedding, of course, is the Big Day! “On the day of their event, it is magical to see our copious notes come to life.”

Kara shared a particular wedding mishap with us, as well as how she and her team came through with a solution: 

“During a ceremony, a family member passed out in the front row as the doors opened for the bride’s entrance. The officiant caught the event coordinator’s attention as all guests turned to see the bride. Our staff assisted the family member to a side door and called for medical assistance. The ambulance arrived at the front of the property and no one in the ceremony location was aware of this occurrence.”

She also shared a bit of advice for couples planning their wedding:

“It is so easy to get stressed over the little details of event planning. As my husband reminded me the week of our wedding, ‘There are so many hours in a day. If it is important enough, it will get done. Otherwise, let it go.’ Couples need to remember guests are attending the wedding to simply witness their union. That is what is important on their wedding day.”

When she’s not busy coordinating weddings for happy couples, Kara can usually be found spending her time with her husband and 2-year-old son. “I would spend my time with them whether it’s in our living room or a far away place.”

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup

We have yet another roundup of gorgeous shots from our favorite weddings of 2016!

Jackie and Christina – A beautiful cake for a beautiful wedding!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHvq_xCDNAK/?tagged=jackieandchristinasayido

 

Sara and Scott – We love seeing the couples’ private one-on-one moments!

 

Jenni and Chris – It’s always fun when a photo booth is involved!

Had the best night of my life with my husband and all of our loved ones! #yesshecarin #chrisandjenni2016

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Jessica and Marc – One can never say no to a french fry bar!

 

Danielle and Corey – Talk about a sunset to remember!

Classic cars, sunset and love. What else does a girl need?

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Ivana and Kam – We’re crazy about this gorgeous love story!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

It’s time for another Instagram roundup and we’re thrilled to share some of our favorite shots with you!

Kim and Adrian – These lovebirds were so great to work with! Congrats, you two!

We captured this gem during Kim and Adrian's sunset photo session! Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.!!! #palmeventcenter #bocala2016

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Yasmine and Raymond – We loved this bold shade of blue that they chose for their glam chandelier!

#onelastshot #cogniatcorrigan @paperplanemedia @dui_nguyen #thepalmeventcenter

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Carlos and Margaret – One of the most exciting walks in life… we love this!

Congratulations Carlos and Margaret!!! #losnmarge @cnavv510

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Kimmy and Keith – Talk about a fabulous tablescape!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHsY7PohXQ8/?tagged=kimmyandkeith

 

Jamie and Joe – We are forever in awe at this glamorous bunch!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Real Wedding: Nancy and Nick

We are so excited to share Nancy and Nick’s gorgeous wedding at Ruby Hill Winery! This couple was such a pleasure and we were so happy to help them celebrate their special day! See some of the beautiful pictures below.

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Congratulations again to Nancy and Nick!

View More: http://umeusstudios.pass.us/nancy-nick

Thank you to U Me Us Studios for the photos!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Real Wedding: Jasmine and Zi

Jasmine and Zi’s spectacular Casa Real wedding was such a blast to be part of! The couple had such a fun and infectious vibe, and we are so excited to share some of our favorite moments from their day below.

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A big congratulations again to the happy couple!

These beautiful photos are by: TreCreative Film & Photography

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Ceremony

How To: Coordinate Your Wedding Ceremony

Coordinating your wedding ceremony can be quite the undertaking, especially considering that there are so many moving parts to look after. From getting the wedding party in order to making sure the flower girl(s) and ring bearer know their cue and the officiant is on schedule, it’s enough to make one person’s head spin! Thanks to your amazing wedding party (and coordinator!), you won’t have to go through it alone.

One of the most important steps when it comes to coordinating your ceremony is to simply get organized. Create a timeline for your wedding day and communicate this to the wedding officiant. This will help him/her ensure that your ceremony doesn’t drag on for too long. After a while, your guests will be ready to eat, drink and be merry! Remember to mention any special rituals (i.e. lighting a unity candle, rose presentation, or jumping the broom) that you wish to perform during the ceremony as well.

Next, get into the details of which friends and family members will be playing which roles. Outside of assembling the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the bride needs to determine who will be the maid, matron or maiden of honor and, of course, the groom needs to choose his best man.

There are serious duties that come along with holding a high office in the wedding party, so choose wisely! The matron or maid of honor and best man are in charge of assisting the couple throughout the ceremony and most importantly, holding on to the rings.

Don’t forget about the little ones in your wedding party! You’ll need a ring bearer and flower girl(s). In particular, the ring bearer will need a trusted adult to hand him the wedding rings before he walks down the aisle. If you have a younger, more rambunctious ring bearer on your hands, swap the real rings for decoys that he can carry down the aisle instead.

Once your wedding party is situated, start thinking about your guests’ needs. One thing’s for sure, they’ll need a place to sit! Make sure that you have greeters or ushers on hand to pass out programs and guide everyone to their seats. Also, while you’re checking off your list, remember that everyone will need to hear what’s going on at the altar. Ensure that you have a solid sound system so that the officiant and your vows are heard loud and clear.

The ceremony is the highlight of your entire wedding day, so make it a good one! Create an experience that everyone will cheer about for years to come!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

First Dance

First Dance Favorites

After you’ve said your vows and sealed them with a kiss, it’s time to get the party started! The first dance will kick things off, which means you’ll need to have the perfect song on hand. Whether you want to slow dance beneath the stars or turn things up a notch, we’ve got you covered. Take note of a few of our favorite songs that’ll give you the first dance of your dreams!

Photo credit: Tyler Vu Photography

Photo credit: Tyler Vu Photography

“At Last” – Etta James
What a relief it is to finally marry the guy or girl of your dreams! “At Last” is a wonderful record for the couple taking a more classic approach to their first dance. You can’t beat swaying to James’ smooth vocals and the songs beautiful lyrics. Every newlywed can relate to the feeling of at last finding true love, which makes this classic perfectly fitting for a first dance!

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
In the chorus, Sheeran croons, “So honey, now, take me into your loving arms.” Could this song be any better for a first dance?! “Thinking Out Loud” celebrates an eternal love that holds strong even through old age. Play this song as you sway across the dance floor and the song’s magic will surely rub off on your marriage!

“Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Here’s a lovely song that will help create an “unforgettable” moment out on the dance floor. The Coles sing about falling in love with someone so incredible and that special someone finding you just as incredible in return. Everyone will be swooning once your DJ puts the needle down on this record!

“I Found You” – Alabama Shakes
Need a love song with a lot of oomph? Put Alabama Shakes’ “I Found You” at the top of your go-to list. Their upbeat single is an excellent choice considering that you’re going to have many reasons to tear up the dance the floor with your mate. For the couple that wants abandon the traditional first “slow” dance, here’s a great way to shake things up!

You can’t go wrong with any of these amazing songs. You’re bound to give your guests a show that they’ll never forget!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Press: Maharani Weddings!

We were just thrilled to see Avni and Rahul’s gorgeous Indian wedding over at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery on Maharani Weddings this week. From the elegant mandap to the grand crystal chandelier, we loved every aspect of this cultural celebration!

If you’re a lover of details, take a peek at the full feature to take in all of the glory!

Maharani Weddings

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Vendors

Best Ways to Qualify Vendors

You can’t have a fantastic wedding without equally fantastic vendors! Luckily, finding the right vendors for your Big Day is just a few clicks away. Check out these wonderful resources that will help you qualify the best vendors for your wedding!

The Knot & WeddingWire
Both of these sites will be your best friends throughout the planning process. You can search for wedding vendors by category and easily find reviews and photos. You can also learn about other key details, such as pricing and amenities. On WeddingWire, the site breaks down each vendor’s rating by factors such as quality of service, responsiveness and professionalism, which can be extremely helpful!

Social Media
Now’s the time to put your social media stalking skills to good use! Head over to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what folks are saying about your potential vendors. Check out whether or not the tone of conversation in their mentions on Twitter and comment sections on Facebook and Instagram is generally positive. Also, look up their hashtags and get a good idea of what goes on behind-the-scenes. 

Yelp
There’s a wealth of information on Yelp as well. Their reviews often include photos, which is a major plus! Also, Yelp is much more than just reviews and ratings. You can request a quote through the site and find out which vendors are currently offering a deal. 

Website Testimonials
Of course, you have to visit each vendors website to take a look at their testimonials. Think about your vendor deal breakers and the quality of service you would like provided and see who matches up. If a vendor doesn’t have testimonials listed on their website, don’t be afraid to request referrals in-person. 

With these resources, you’re bound to find your ideal wedding vendors!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

It’s time for another Instagram Roundup! We’ve got some great weddings to share this week.

Jess and Hao – Who doesn’t love a champagne toast?!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEFfz70OpUr/?tagged=jessandhao2016

 

Stella and Jeffrey – A beautiful couple and a beautiful night!

 

Brian and Naomi – Talk about a dazzling send-off for these lovebirds!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

The Thread

Press: The Thread

We were so excited to see Michele and Matthew’s gorgeous wedding on The Thread! As you may remember, these two lovebirds tied the knot on Valentine’s Day with a breathtaking ceremony in Livermore, CA. Check out the newlyweds’ stunning union here!

The Thread

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

See below for another Instagram Roundup of some of our favorite recent wedding moments!

 

Camille and Arnie – We spy an extremely excited couple

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Michelle and Raymond – Such a fun wedding and great couple!

 

Judy and Ken –  It’s hard to imagine two happier people in this moment

https://www.instagram.com/p/BEBezJNGZ9U/?tagged=judyandken

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

 

 

 

 

Wedding

What To Do After Saying ‘I Do’

After tying the knot, it’s important that newlyweds get a few things in order. From mailing out thank-you cards to handling name changes, there is plenty to do after your wedding. Here are a few tasks that’ll help get your post-wedding to-do list going!

Don’t disappear
Enjoy your fabulous honeymoon, but don’t go MIA on your vendors once you return. Vendors may need to follow-up with you or just want to say thanks, which brings us to our next to-do!

Give your vendors a shout out
If your vendors did a fantastic job, don’t forget to hop on WeddingWire, The Knot, and/or Yelp to let everyone else know just how amazing they are! Positive reviews on these platforms are just the right boost that will help them book more couples.

Send thank you notes
One of the most important things to cross of your list is, of course, sending those thank you notes for all of the wedding gifts you have received. Keep track of who gave what so that you can send personalized messages of gratitude. Your guests will certainly appreciate the effort!

Get your legal affairs in order
The process of getting your name changed, if you so desire, has its own to-do list! Start with your driver’s license, Social Security Card and bank accounts, then work your way on down the list. You’ll have to notify places such as your employer and utility and insurance companies. Also, don’t forget about changing the name on your credit cards and passport!

Properly store your wedding gown
Here’s a biggie for the bride! Your wedding gown is a gorgeous (and very expensive) keepsake that you’ll want to be kept in pristine condition. Consider hiring a preservationist who can help get your dress cleaned, neatly wrapped and tucked away.

Wedding

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Find a new hobby
Once your wedding and honeymoon are over, you’ll start missing the feeling of having something grand to look forward to. Consider picking up a new hobby or getting a head start on  planning your next getaway. Staying occupied will help combat the post-wedding blues!

Once your to-do list is tackled, you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy your new life as Mr. and Mrs.!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

We’re back with another Instagram roundup! Take a look at some memorable shots from recent weddings below!

Christy and Danny – These lovebirds tugged at our heartstrings!

So happy for these two! #lewisatlast

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Ali and Mike – What a gorgeous shot of the new Mr. and Mrs.!

https://www.instagram.com/p/6c0QY3yMrf/?tagged=buckelewsayido


Camille and Arnie
– The bride was such a stunner!

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Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Beets Hospitality Group

Meet Sandy Zucker from Beets Hospitality Group!

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Sandy Zucker from Beets Hospitality Group!

Beets Hospitality GroupToday, we’re talking with Sandy Zucker from Beets Hospitality Group! Beets Hospitality Group is an event management and catering company that operates two exclusive event venues, the Palm Event Center in the Vineyard and Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery.

Although Sandy “fell into the business” straight out of college, she quickly fell in love with the events industry. After working as a Catering Sales Director at a venue in San Ramon, Sandy made the move to Beets Hospitality Group and we’re honored to work with her on a regular basis!

For her, the draw to the events industry (especially weddings!) is the look of joy in peoples’ eyes. Most couples are planning their first wedding and are on Cloud Nine when they come to Sandy and she is honored to be a part of the butterflies, the nerves, the excitement, and everything in between.

When working with couples, Sandy’s best advice is:

I always tell my couples to have fun with the planning and try not to create something that is impossible. With Pinterest available there are so many styled shoots and unrealistic images that our couples try and copy. I just try to remind them that they should try and create their own Pinterest wedding!

When she’s not running around planning wedding after wedding, Sandy’s favorite vacation spot is Hawaii. With its soft breezes and sandy beaches, Hawaii is a calming place that offers the best way to rejuvenate and disconnect from the craziness that is weddings.

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Spring Wedding

Tips for Planning a Spring Wedding

Spring is in full swing, which means more couples are heading down the aisle! Whether you’re all set to tie the knot this season or next year, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind as your Big Day approaches. Get into these wonderful tips for planning an unforgettable spring wedding!

Ensure that your venue is Spring weather-proof
Spring weather is notoriously unpredictable so be prepared for an unpredictable forecast. Check with your venue to see if they have indoor accommodations and/or temporary outdoor structures, such as tents. Most importantly, don’t forget about the allergies that come with spring weather. Make sure that your venue has adequate air conditioning to keep everyone’s sniffles under control. You may even want to stock up on tissues and allergy pills just in case!

Remember, it’s peak season!
Keep in mind that it can cost you a pretty penny to get married in the spring, compared to other times of the year. Vendors are busier during peak season and everyone wants to get married. Engaged couples looking toward the next spring season should be mindful of the deals that come about during the off-season so they can plan ahead to save on their budget. Items like dresses and tuxes can be purchased during the off-season for a fraction of their original price. Setting a date during the middle of the week as opposed to the weekend or earlier in the day (think brunch!) will also shave down the overall cost of your wedding.

Embrace the seasonal blooms
There are a variety of gorgeous floral options in the spring, so stay seasonal! From the all-time favorite, peonies to lilacs, roses and hydrangeas (a low cost option), there is no shortage of beautiful florals to choose from. Even better, many blooms, like peonies, come in a variety of pastel hues that can complement your wedding’s color scheme.

Book your vendors early
Time is of the essence when it comes to booking vendors for a spring wedding. After getting engaged, it’s time to hit the ground running! Waiting until the last minute severely lessens the pool and quality of your options, so don’t wait too long. Also, don’t get too attached to a wedding date before you meet with potential vendors. Getting married during peak season will require some flexibility.

Spring is a beautiful yet busy time of the year for the couples! Plan accordingly to make the most of your wedding experience!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Instagram Roundup!

We’re highlighting special moments from recents weddings with another Instagram roundup! Check out some of our favorite shots below!

Terry and Sinath – the newlyweds were a sight to be had as they danced the night away!

beautiful wedding #LeeSinathTiedTheKnot

A photo posted by lengsav13 (@lengsav13) on

 

Tooba and Jon – congrats to these doting lovebirds!

So happy for you guys #jonandtoobs

A photo posted by Guldem Tanyeri Syed (@guldemce) on

 

Chermain and Chethan – we loved the exquisite details from their gorgeous wedding!

Mehendi! #PatelRao #PatelRaoWedding #ChetuKiShaadi

A photo posted by Akshay V (@akshayvenky) on

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Photo Booth

Making the Most of Your Photo Booth

Photo booths are wonderful party add-ons that will help get your wedding guests mingling. With the help of props and backdrops, your Big Day will get even bigger! If you’re thinking of having a photo booth at your wedding, there are many ways to make the most of your rental.

Let’s start with location! Setting up your photo booth in the right spot at your party is key. Make sure it’s out in the open as opposed to tucked away in a corner. In the same token, ensure that there are signs in place to let everyone know that there is fun to be had behind those velvet curtains.

Guests may be a little shy to approach the photo booth at first, so get the word out! Encourage your more outgoing party-goers to get in the booth and welcome others to tag along. Also, have your DJ or MC make an announcement to let everyone know where the booth is and that it’s absolutely free of charge.

Photo Booth

Additionally you’ll want to think about how many guests will be attending your wedding. Couples planning larger weddings should consider renting two photo booths, which will help prevent long lines and allow guests to snap more pictures with the crowd.

Lastly, you can’t have a photo booth without fun props and custom backdrops! Check with your vendor to learn about their customization options or get creative on your own! Perhaps you could roll out a red carpet for an old Hollywood-themed photo booth experience or show love to your favorite sports teams with footballs and foam fingers – the possibilities are endless!

Photo booths are pretty much a must-have to get the party going at your wedding. Your guests will enjoy creating memories that they can hold on to forever!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

 

Instagram Roundup!

It’s that time again! We’re sharing a few unforgettable Instagram shots from recent weddings – enjoy!

Bonnie and Kelly – The beautiful bride stunned in her lace gown!

 

Laura and Billy – What a gorgeous setting for the couple’s first dance!

The best night of my life. #LCandBILLS

A photo posted by @bel.all on

 

Erma and John – These doting newlyweds are such a beautiful couple!

❤️#ermaandjohnhappilyever

A photo posted by @richellejoane on

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Casa Real

Laura and Billy’s Lavish Casa Real Wedding

As promised from last week, we’re giving you a full look at Laura and Billy’s grand Casa Real Wedding! The doting newlyweds had a fabulous ceremony that we know you’ve been dying to see! So, say no more. Let’s get to it!

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We loved everything about the bridal party’s elegant wedding style! The fabulous dresses, drapes, and lush bouquets were just perfect!

Casa Real

Soft candle lighting provided a romantic glow during the ceremony and reception that was truly breathtaking! We also can’t forget about those dazzling chandeliers!

Casa Real

The couple personalized their wedding with custom monogram details. All eyes were on the couple as they shared their first dance with beautiful monogram lighting!

Casa Real

Congrats to the lovely couple! Thanks for letting us be a part of your Special Day! Our deepest gratitude goes to Randy + Ashley Photography for the beautiful images!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Meet Michelle Peters of Casa Real!

This is a part of our Creative Collaboration series, where we introduce you to our creative partners from all around the Bay Area. Today, we’re introducing you to Michelle Peters from Casa Real!

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Courtesy of Michelle Peters

Say hello to Michelle Peters! Michelle is the marketing director at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, a wedding venue located in gorgeous Livermore Valley Wine Country. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean Villa, the property has handcrafted wooden doors, intricately tiled floors, beautiful chandeliers, and elegant limestone carved accents. Perfect for weddings of all sizes, the venue boasts an outdoor garden, intimate ceremony room and an expansive ballroom with scenic views of the vineyards. Award-winning coursed menus, full bar service, and experienced, meticulous wedding coordinators and staff are also highlights of the venue.

Although Michelle received her undergraduate degree in art, it wasn’t until she was writing her thesis for her Master’s at Harvard that she realized marketing was where she belonged. After reaching out to the then-new Casa Real, she just knew that it was the right fit for her – she loved the ability to use her marketing skills to provide such a positive thing for peoples’ lives.

If given some time away from her busy life, you’d most likely find Michelle reading a book on a faraway beach in Hawai’i or hiking through one of the islands’ tropical rainforests.

Michelle shares a few tips for couples who are in the throes of planning their wedding:

Really take the time to talk to your vendors and decide if their personalities and creative styles are the right fit for you and the other vendors you’ve hired.  

You will most likely have a year or more talking to your wedding vendors and they can either be a source of stress or solace. Choose vendors who have the kind of energy you want on your wedding day, have examples of the gorgeous work they have done, and will help you stay on track in planning your wedding. On your wedding day, most of the vendors you hire will have to work together as a team. Try to choose ones that have worked together in the past so that they are already familiar with each other. To create that ideal team, try to ask every vendor you fall in love with for referrals of other vendors they have worked with and listen to their feedback.  

Also, try to follow your vendors on social media. Most will post examples of weddings they have done recently and you can gleam fabulous ideas from them.

Thank you for joining us today, Michelle!

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.

Sneak Peek: Laura and Billy’s Casa Real Wedding

We’re excited to share a little sneak peek at this gorgeous Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery wedding! We’ll be telling our side of the story next week, but we wanted to share Randy + Ashley‘s recap of this very special day. Despite the rain, Laura and Billy had a wonderfully romantic wedding day surrounded by all of their family and friends. Tune in here to see their big day!

Randy + Ashley

Proudly serving Bay Area Weddings for over twenty years, Fantasy Sound aims to be engaged couples’ first stop- offering Disc Jockey, Videography, Event Lighting Décor and Wedding Planning services. They are fueled by great ideas paired with strong coffee, and will never turn down a piece of red velvet wedding cake.