Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Favorite Songs from 2008

First of all, the link for the Recession Bride's Workshop on January 18th is up. Sign up early and often.

Second of all, I am a total music freak. I usually make a monthly playlist, and then combine that into a best of the year playlist. This year, I payed particular attention to how many times I've actually played each song, according to itunes. The itunes imix box (with the songs they let me publish, but check out the others) is below the list. So, here we go:

1. Lost! Coldplay
"Just because I'm losing, doesn't mean I'm lost/Just because I'm hurting, doesn't mean I'm hurt." So, back off, already.

2. Not Now But Soon, Imogean Heap
"We're heading for the best days of our lives/if we can just get through this one." Just hang in there until the scenery changes.

3. Angela, Melissa Higgins
Earlier this year,I had a contract event gig at Wilshire Conferences, during which I sat, LITERALLY, two feet away from my boss, who started his day with Morning Sounds Eclectic on NPR. This is one of the songs that was on their regular playlist in February/March. Folk guitar and sing it loud and proud.

4. Troubled Times, Dar Williams
Environmentally friendly teen love. Gotta love it.

5. I'm Yours, Jason Mraz
It's my happy song of the year, and the one tune I NEVER skip over. And I've tried, too. I just can never do it. I defy you to not find yourself smiling like an idiot after you listen to it.

6. 99 problems, Jay-Z
This was the year I actually started to paying attention to Jay-Z, probably because he's a favorite of a certain President-Elect of ours. Jay-Z knows how to put things in perspective, you know?

7. Swing Gently, Leona Naess
I just heard this song a few weeks ago on Private Practice, and it's already on my most played-list. Sometimes I think the only reason I still watch that show and Grey's Anatomy is because the music is still great, even if Pete slept with Violet and Izzie slept with a ghost. Priorities, people.

8. Broken, Lifehouse
The most depressing song on my list, but very pretty, in a "you're dying and I'm just trying to take it day by day" kind of way.

9. Here (In Your Arms), HelloGoodbye
Another happy, feel good song. Very dangerous to play when you're driving. Rocks otherwise.

10. Change, John Waite
So, one of the cooler things about being in your 30s in this day and age is hearing a song you loved as a kid, and actually being able to buy it and put it on the portable music player of your choice. I heard this song which I absolutely LOVED 20 (gack!) years ago, and ran right to itunes. "It doesn't matter who you are, it's all the same/What's in your hear will never change." Thanks, John!

11. Auld Lang Syne, Mari Campbell, Sex and the City Soundtrack
From the best scene in the movie, when Carrie races across the city and over the bridge because Miranda is all alone on New Year's Eve. That was a way better movie than it really had a right to be, actually.

12. Ain't No Good Day for Dying, Maura O'Connell
My writing buddy,Katinka, turned me on to Pandora, which in turn introduced me to Maura O'Connell. So much music to buy, so little time.

13. Clean Getaway, Maria Taylor
"I finally made it, I made a clean getaway/And I miss you, I miss you more than I can say." Not sure where I found this one, but it's depressing enough that I can probably blame Grey's Anatomy.

14.In Spite of Ourselves,John Prine and Iris Dement
This was the first dance song at Matt and Michele's wedding, which I coordinated in July. The best and worst you can expect from marriage - "In spite of ourselves, we'll end up sitting on a rainbow/against all odds, honey, we're the big door prize. We're going to spite our noses right off of our faces/They'll be nothing but big ole hearts dancing in our eyes."

15. No Air, Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown
I first heard this song on "So You Think You can Dance", a shared obsession between me, and my friends Dee Dee and Maya, and got pulled into Katie and Joshua's routine, which you can see here.

16. Holiday Road, Lindsay Buckingham
You know, from National Lampoon's Vacation? Never a big fan of the movie, loved the song, and Lindsay Buckingham (from Fleetwood Mac!)wrote it, which I never knew until a month ago. Did anyone else know that?

17. Lollipop, Mika
This generation's Freddy Mercury. Another bounce around and dance song. Not safe for driving.

18.September, Earth Wind and Fire
From Christel and Stephen's wedding which was...on the 21st night of September. It's also the ringtone on my phone. Sometimes I dance around a little before answering it, as do others around me. Complete strangers, even.

19. Human, The Killers
His haircut on the album is inexplicable, but it's a really great song. Are we human, or are we dancers? And why do we have to choose?

20. About Today, The National
Another Grey's song. Itunes owes so much of my money to that show.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Recession Bride Workshop - Sunday, January 11

The Economy sucks, probably will for a while,but you can still have the wedding of your dreams. Seriously. So, roll up your sleeves, bring your budget, bring your questions, and learn:

- What all this wedding stuff really costs
- The Top Five Ways You Can Save Money
- Negotiating Vendor contracts
-The actual time, cost and benefits of DIY vs. just hiring someone else to do it.
- What your guests are really going to pay attention to, and what you can stop worrying about right now
- And, of course, a list of the best wedding deals in Los Angeles.

Cost? $20.
You'll save? THOUSANDS, plus many, many hours of worry and work.

Wedding cake and appetizers will be provided.

The website and registration will be up this weekend, so in the meantime, email liz@silvercharmevents.com for more info, or call me at 310-891-3602.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bridezillas...And the people that can't stop watching them

On Monday, the Washington Post had http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/12/12/DI2008121202787.html with writer Carina Chocano (L.A. Times and salon.com) about her article "Here Comes the Bride. The Question is...Why?", which is about Reality TV brides, and why we're fascinated with them. I actually don't watch those shows, because they're a little too stressful, and a little too, well, unrealistic. Not just for me, but for the brides, as well.

Why are people so fascinated with weddings? Well, it's simple. For one day, you get to be a princess. You get to be the center of attention, all eyes are on you. Your wedding day is when you get to be a celebrity, without all the baggage that goes with it. Now, who doesn't want that? It just depends on how much you're willing to pay for it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nicole and Mike's engagment shots

Nicole and Mike's engagement shots with B&G are up on their blog. They are so cute!

Also, here's an article about budgeting and floral arrangements. When I was planning my wedding, I really wanted something simple, so I literally walked down to the floral shop on the corner and ordered a few vases filled with Black magic rose, a bouquet for myself, and small bouquets for my bridesmaids, and I got out of there by paying less than $150. But like I said, simple helps, and most of the pics in this article are pretty simple.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Wedding at Villa Del Sol D'Oro in Sierra Madre

Happy Monday, everyone!

There's a post on weddingbeepro.com, featuring pictures of a wedding at this gorgeous place in Sierra Madre. One of my favorites. You can find the post here.

And then the pictures of the wedding that I coordinated at the Villa here.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Family Members and Their Obnoxious Spouses You Have to Invite

Answering Questions in Wedding Wire:

If you dont like a family members husband do you still invite them
I have a family members who's husband I cant stand he is loud and rude and never has anything nice to say. I have been to other events and he has been there and somepeople wished they had never invited him. Would it be wrong not to invite him?



Unfortunately, yeah, if you invite the family member, then you're going to have to invite their husband, there's really no polite way out of it. The good thing is, since you'll be running around getting married and doing other wedding stuff (you're not going to be at the cocktail hour because you're taking pictures, you're not going to be at the same table as he is during the reception), you're really going to have minimal contact with him. Basically, only as much contact as you want.

The only way out of it is to not invite the family member, but I don't know how much heat you're going to get from that. But seriously? You're not going to interact that much with him on your wedding day.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Save Money, Save Time, and uh, Save Some More Money

I just found out about Bravo Bride which I can only describe as Ebay for wedding stuff. They, of course, feature the dresses on the home page! And, part of the proceeds from each sale goes to the American Heart Associations project for women. Very cool.

And I just got another email from NameBirdie.com, which offers a quick, online way to change your maiden name to your married name. You get gift cards for friends, too. I'm tempted to send one to Heidi and Spencer.

Oh, and Weddingish, one of my favorite bridal accessories boutiques, is going offering a bunch of Holiday related-sales and events, including $25 off any $100 purchase. Check 'em out.

Personally speaking, I've recovered from participating in NaNoWriMo, and am now getting into editing it. Which I don't know how to do. Having just achieved a life long dream of writing a book, it would be nice to get into shape to present it to the world. But, I'm a fan of process, so I did a search and found Holly Lisle's website guide to one pass revision editing, which totally works for me. I'm only through my first chapter, but so far, so good.

And, I have time to read again! I just finished the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse series, From Dead to Worse. I got addicted to this series after attending a panel at Comicon for the HBO series True Blood, which is based on the series. They gave away copies of the first book, Dead Until Dark, and I LOVED it. I've been reading the series all summer. I was totally thrilled when I found the last book at the library. I'm going to move on from that to Wally Lamb's latest, The Hour I First Believed.

Business-wise, my Quicksilver client upgraded, so I'm going to help her with the rest of her wedding planning. I also had a couple of potential client meetings yesterday and today, so I'm looking forward to hearing back from them.

Wow, this year went by in a hurry, didn't it?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Pictures at the Marvimon House

I was trolling for wedding news a few weeks ago, and found these lovely pictures of a wedding at the Marvimon House, a very unique space in Los Angeles. I tried sending it out earlier, but the post never made it through, so I figured it I'd try it on my blog. http://cheninboutwell.com/weddings/jen-patrick-the-marvimon-house.html

This isn't a wedding that I coordinated, but it's such. a cool. VENUE. The photographer is Chenin Boutwell in Laguna Niguel, and she's truly talented. I can't wait to work with her one day.

Here's a question that I just answered on Wedding Wire. I just came up with this solution, and now I REALLY, REALLY want someone to do it:

Big gap between our ceremony and the reception
We are having a very small wedding of close to 35-40 people and our ceremony will take place at a beautiful Boathouse but it opens to the public at 12 so we only have the time from 10am to 12pm for the ceremony. We decided to take everybody to the botanical garden which is across the street for pictures and relaxing time. But there still is a long time between the ceremony and the reception even if we start it at 4pm with light refreshments.


My answer:
My wedding (lo, so many years ago) was about the same size, and it was great, because we were able to get a group picture of everyone, and shots with each of our guests. That will kill about an hour.
What you might think of doing, and this is off the top of my head, is maybe providing a list of local places they can visit/hang out? Or, in lieu of favors, give a Starbucks card with each wedding program (with directions to the closest one), or if there's a local bookstore, a gift card for it, so they can go there and relax until the reception? We're not talking about a lot of money, just enough for a coffee and muffin, or enough for a magazine. You an even pull in your wedding date and give them cards in the amount of $6.69. Which is probably less than your favors will cost apiece.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Quicksilver! And links!

So, November flew by in a hurry, didn't it?

I've been working with a Quicksilver Client, Nicole, who needed a place to have her wedding in February. She choose two other vendors for me to find for her - a photographer and a florist. She wanted to have her wedding at a hotel, because most of her guests are going to be from out of town. It's a very small wedding - 40 guests.

They ended up choosing the LAX Hilton, which a family member of hers had stayed at. The meal Nicole was interested in started at $51 pp, which with tax and gratuity (note: the standard is an additional 28% in California, and you are NOT going to be able to avoid this) came to $66.25 per person. This includes light appetizers for your cocktail hour, a cake, and champagne toast for all their guests. The ceremony fee is another $600, and includes a microphone. The Hilton is also one of those places where you can put down a certain amount for your bar, so say, you pay $1000, and then every drink that is served gets taken off of that until it's gone. If any of your deposit is left, the Hilton gives it back to you. Their minimum deposit is $600, however. If each of your guests has 3 premium drinks, it's about $28 per person, so you can calculate from there.

For Photography, she went with B&G Photography, which gave her a great deal, including a 10% discount for being my client.
Flowers? Sky Flowers in North Hollywood.

Working with Nicole has been great - one of the reasons I came up with the Quicksilver package is that it combined my two greatest planning loves: research and short deadlines. In a month, I will find you everything that you need - and have a blast doing it.

Today's link:

Black Friday Marriage Proposal:

Man proposes at Mall of America on the busiest shopping day of the year. I wonder if he got the ring before or after they got to the mall?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Most fun I've ever had at a Bridal Show

Probably because most Bridal Shows don't feature a dance club in the middle of them. So, the Marriage Fair, which was part of the annual Valley Pride Festival, was really a lot of fun. Not sure about the concept of putting those two things together, not with Prop 8 still looming over our heads, but you couldn't beat it for sheer entertainment value.

Speaking of which, you've got until October 20th to register to vote, so if you haven't yet, go here, print the form they send you, and send it in.

And here's a question I just recently answered on weddingwire.com:

Is it crazy to wear 2 wedding dresses? 1 for the ceremony & 1 for the wedding...I never intended to buy 2...
Bought a Jim Hjelm dress very early on because I was slightly nudged by my future MIL & it was a very pretty, expensive, and classy dress with only one problem...it didn't fit my body type right. But I bought it anyway, hoping it would be altered to fit me. 3 months before the wedding, I was shopping with my sister for homecoming & stumbled into a bridal salon, where I ultimately purchased a second lovely gown that was featured on a dress form in the window and it looked great on me. Now, I have a huge dilemma over which to wear, the first one is gorgeous, but I don't feel extremely gorgeous in it...the second one is very pretty, but very average and a lot like other gowns, but it flatters me very nicely. Dress 1 shows my cleavage (I am very self-conscious & getting married in a Catholic church) & is not very grand (it wont make a huge entrance). Dress 2 is very conservative but grand & big. Both are beautiful, so should I wear 1 to the ceremony & the other to the reception? HELP!

You know, the funny thing is, there are lots of cultures where wearing two dresses is the norm - during a Chinese wedding banquet the bride might go through two or three changes before the evening is up. Same with Indian weddings. My suggestion, if you're still feeling self-conscious about your cleavage, is to wear the second, more conservative but grander dress to the ceremony for the big "ooh and ahh" and wedding party pictures, and then the other dress to the reception.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

So, this week...

I went to Bloomingdale's in Century City last Thursday for a cool little event they did showcasing their wedding registry. Music, cake by Nancy Kay's Confections (seriously? NOTHING better than cake tastings!), cocktails, hors d'ouerves, it was really nice. The only problem was that it was the same night as the VP debate, and if you've been paying attention to the news you know that pretty much everyone was at home watching that. But they still got a nice little crowd.

Wendy Cardinale, who is the manager of that department, told me that they have the largest and most diverse selection of household goods and registry items on the westside, and looking around, I certainly didn't doubt it. There were definitely a few things I wouldn't have minded registering for now, as a matter of fact.

This Sunday is the Marriage Fair in Studio City, from 11am - 6pm. Yours truly is going to be speaking on, well, I'm not sure what, but I am going to be answering questions about wedding planning. I'm so excited - I coordinated my first commitment ceremony last year, and to me it's just a civil rights issue. Plus, you know, bigger client pool. :-) The Marriage Fair is geared towards gay and lesbian couple, but of course there is something for everyone, so drop by, find me, and say Hi.

Also, here's a question I recently answered in the forum in weddingwire.com:

Is this an appropriate possibility for a wedding site??
So, we still have not picked a date, but I wanted to think about some things first. My mom was married at the church she was raised in..my grandparents were big in the church. They had worked there for 30 years. They passed away when I was 5... I am 22 now. Anyways, we havent been to the church since I was 7 or 8 because we moved and it was a good hour drive to get there. So, I am wondering...I always wanted to get married where my mom did and the church is gorgeous so that is a plus. Is it appropriate to consider the church as a possible wedding site???
Of course! I bet you the church would be thrilled when they hear your story, that you want to get married in the same church your parents did, and that your grandparents were such a big part of. How cool is that? I say, give them a call and find out what you have to do to make that happen - is there a fee, do you have to take pre-marital classes - and set the date.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So Busy!


I'm not the best blogger, because I'm so busy actually doing the things I should be blogging about that I forgot...to actually blog about them. Anyway, the 6-week wedding went great - here's me and Roxy that evening, taken by photographer Blendi Reynolds of Sun-Dance Photography. She actually got a good picture of me smiling, which is really hard to do. But she sits there and laughs and says, "Oh, come on, SMILE!" and damn if I didn't. She was also taking pictures of me at the Hollywood Undergroung Bridal Runway Show last Thursday, while I was wandering around organizing things in a pretty blue dress that the designer made for me, so I'll put those up when I get them.

So, right now, I'm gearing up for the Marriage Fair on October 12th - so marketing materials galore. Which reminds me - I need to order more pens and post-its. Also, I'm starting a wedding newsletter, focused on Los Angeles, goes out every Wednesday. Click here to sign up for it.

Ooh, also, I'm having a special through October - schedule a free one-hour appointment with me, and you'll get 15% off any wedding service that you end up choosing. Not bad, huh? Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to get started. Cheers!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Answering questions on Wedding Wire

I signed up with weddingwire.com a while ago, because it's a really good place to send potential clients to look at reviews of my services, AND they just started feeding their content into the Weddings section at Martha Stewart.com, so boy, howdy did I upgrade in a hurry. At any rate, I just visited their community boards, and I just answered a question from a bride who is moving in a couple of months, and wants to know where and how to start looking for a place to have her wedding. This is what I told her:

Actually, this website is a good place to start. If you put in the city that you want to get married in, then it should pull up a few locations that have already been reviewed (I put in Flagstaff and got 8 places). Figure out which type of location appeals to you, and just start your research there. I know,it can be a little overwhelming when you don't know where to start. The advice I give my clients is decide what your budget is, figure out what half of that is, and that's how much you can spend on your reception. And STICK to that. Let potential venue know that's your budget and see if they can work within it. If they can't, move on.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

How to Build a Wedding in Six Weeks - Only 14 days to go!

And half the invites are in, so that's good. Menus, rentals and flowers, settled. Dan ordered his tux a couple of days, but still has to get his groomsmen to do the same. This week we're going to focus on putting together a time line for the day, and get all the vendors on board.

Couple of things that came up to keep in mind:

- Roxy wanted their guests to throw petals at them when they walked back down the aisle, but I told her she needed to check with Hartley before she went ahead and did that. Many outdoor venues are very particular about what they let you throw, and thereby leave on the ground, at the wedding. For Hartley, flower petals and bubbles are fine, rice is not. Apparently, rice causes weeds to grown in the grass. Learn something new every day.

- Limos. Roxy asked me to price limos and FYI, they run about $55-65 an hour, with either a 2 or 3 hour minimum, plus a gas fee. That's standard, so factor that in.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Getting stuff nailed down

Sorry I haven't written in a while, but in the past few days, we've picked a caterer, a florist, a photographer, ordered invites and are currently getting the address hand-printed on them in calligraphy. This Thursday it's all tastings - Caterer and cake, baby!

Since most of the vendors are in Ventura county, it's just easier to plan all this stuff on one day. Roxy and Dan have to go by Hartely anyway to drop off their balance, and (hopefully) go through the garden with Jocelyn from a Beautiful Day, to finalize the flowers and decorations.

What's left? Well, Dan needs a tux. The wedding needs favors. And there's a dozen other things that I've written down, all the nit-picky, "who's going to stand here and hold this" type of stuff. I'll write more tomorrow, I swear.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A Wedding in Six Weeks - Forty-Six Days to Go!


So, yesterday, we all found out that the scroll invitations that they wanted were not available from the vendor anymore, so we spent a couple of hours with Elsa yesterday picking out alternatives. R &D picked out some great ones, but with the RSVP card and the reception card, the price was way too high. Elsa suggested using a different company for those two cards, which matched the invitation, but cut the cost by 25%. A really good idea, so keep it in mind when you're picking out your invites. There's always a workable alternative.

Today we went to Hartley Botanica to sign the contracts, and the picture is from there. It's beautiful! Roxy looked at pictures from previous weddings, so I'm setting up appointments next week with some vendors that Hartley has used in the past - mostly local, so that should cut the price down some.

When were were sitting down talking about the ceremony yesterday, Roxy realizied that the song "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire starts out with "Do you remember/The 21st night of September...", which we were all pretty jazzed about. They're going to incorporate that into the reception somehow - no, really, we were all pretty psyched about it - but for the time being, I downloaded the song as a ringtone which plays whenever she calls. How cool is that?

So, I'm flying to New York tomorrow with my mom to celebrate her birthday, and I'll be out of town until Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

How to Build a Wedding in Six Weeks - Roxy and Dan, 9/21/08

Roxy called me on Tuesday. She and Dan hired me on Thursday to help plan their wedding. Which will be on September 21st.

Okay, so planning a wedding in six weeks? Is like crack to me. This is going to be so.much.FUN. I'm serious!

When anything - such as planning a wedding - seems overwhelming - all you have to do is make a checklist, starting with the stuff that's will be hardest to book and the most time-sensitive. So, that means we start with finding a location for the wedding, order invitations, and find a photographer.
First checkbox: LOCATION
After our meeting on Thursday, she and Dan went to Hartley Botanica outside of Camarillo, fell in love with it, and reserved the date. They're going for an "Enchanted Wedding" theme, and this site is PERFECT for it. Roxy and I are going there next week to sign the contract and start finalizing the details.

Second Checkbox: Invitations
I called Elsa at VIP Invitations (vipinvitations@aol.com) who I've referred to other brides many times before, and we all met today. What Dan and Roxy really wanted was a invitation on a scroll, and Elsa had several samples to show them. They picked the one they wanted - I'll put up a better picture when they come in - and truthfully, it was fairly pricey. For 50 invitations, it's going to run around $750 sans shipping, without my 10% discount with Elsa.

Because the invites won't be in until the 28th, I'm also going to put together a website on www.theknot.com for R &D this weekend, so they can send their guests to it in the meantime. They're also going to put the website address on a separate card with the scroll, along with the response card. So, that's my job this weekend, and Roxy and Dan are going to work on the invitation wording so they can get that into Elsa tomorrow morning.

They're also going to make labels next week with their guests addresses on them, which I'm also going to enter into a google doc so we can all keep track of the RSVPs, which will be coming directly to me.

Third Checkbox: Photography

Monday, we're meeting with Jen and Nate of B & G Photography, who are miraculously and thankfully available on 9/21. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snaps up for an Ex-Bride!

I coordinated Danna and Adam Caldwell's wedding back in May, and the yogurt shop they own, http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifMenchies in Valley Village, just got named MyFoxLA's best Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles! It really is a great place, all natural yogurt, and the hook is you pour the yogurt and add the toppings yourself. It's just north of the corner of Lankershim and Riverside on the west side of the street (across from Jack in the Box). As you can tell, I've been there a couple of times.

Mini Wedding Advice at Target

You know that new section that they have in Target, right when you walk in? With all the seasonal stuff that only costs $1? That's where I found this purse-sized edition of "Weddings for Dummies". How cool is that? They have a bunch of mini Dummies books, if you want to learn Spanish, or poker, or how to speak in public. I love Target...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Viva La Fiesta!


Viva La Fiesta!
Originally uploaded by silvercharmevents
I'm also President of my local Jaycees chapter, and today we helped out at the re-enactment of the the signing of the Treaty of Campo de Cahuenga, which secured American occupation of California back in 1847. I liveblogged it, so check out www.ucnhjaycees.blogspot.com for pictures.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Gorgeous!


Winter flowers
Originally uploaded by silvercharmevents
I'm at a board meeting for the North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce all day today, but here's a picture of yet another beautiful flower arrangement I saw at the Grove last week. I'm going over there in a couple of days, so I'll get the name of the florist.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Los Angeles Athletic Club


Dining Room
Originally uploaded by silvercharmevents
Not a great picture, but I'm testing out this mobile blog thing.

Okay, maybe not every day

I went to the Los Angeles Athletic Club with Ramona and Nate yesterday. Beautiful place, very old school posh, all hardwood walls and plush carpets and pool tables. They didn't let women in until 1956 or something, and honestly I was surprised that they let me in NOW. Nate and Ramona are going to be using the whole third floor, up to and including the lounge with the pool tables, and each area us going to have a band playing at a certain time. I haven't done thus much band management since I ran variety shows in college at UCLA. I might be crazy, but it sounds like fun, actually.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Nate and Ramona are Getting Married

...at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown Los Angeles on February 9, and they've hired me as a day-of coordinator. They're going to have 120 guests, four bands and no photographers, and I'm going to blog about it every day. Tomorrow is the on-site visit, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cake ornaments about three weeks too late!

Okay, so there's this website Pretty Girl Things? If you send her a picture of your wedding cake, she will make an ornament or pendant of it for you. For between $20-40! Would that have made great holiday gifts for brides last year, or what? Well, there's always birthdays. She's got some other really cute things for sale there, too. I've got my eye on some of her earrings.

Next workshop is January 20th. Sign up early and often.

Tomorrow I'll review the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, with her crazy perfection that I just can't get enough of.