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.