Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 27th

Okay, so all of a sudden over the weekend I'm seeing ads for David's Bridals $99 sale...which was over on Sunday. Thanks for the notice, guys. I was finally going to replace the dress I rented for my own wedding with something I could wear while I cleaned the house. Oh, well, I guess there's always next year.

Dinner for Two. Not Three. Or God, Help You, Four.
Speaking of saving money, I found this great idea on the blog "Wedding By Color" on how to word your RSVPs so that the guests that you invite are the only ones that show up. When dinner is somewhere between $50-120 per person, every guest counts.

Forget About the Calligraphy.

Last week I told you about a company that helps you save on calligraphy, this week, I'm telling you how to forget about it all together, while you're figuring out how to print your invites from Target. You can downloaded "handwriting" fonts for free at www.dafont.com. I'm rather fond of my name is Saint-Andrew's Queen Script. Sigh. So Pretty. Thanks to 2000 Dollar Wedding for the tip.

Vases and Bowls for a Buck Apiece
Anyone remember Dollar Tree? Well, they're online, too, and are selling vases and bowls for $1 each. And they come in cases of 24, or 6, or 8, which means you can get as many as you need for your table centerpieces. For a buck! And, yes, you can take them to your florist and have them fill them. And check out the rest of the website for other party supplies, too. I got this tip from 12k Wedding.

For more ideas on how to save money while you're planning your wedding, be sure to sign up for my workshop on June 14th. We're filling up, and you don't want to miss it. You'll learn how to save a few thousand dollars, AND I'm feeding you wedding cake. It's going to be a great day.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Not Into Details? Not This Guy

The traditional groom really doesn't care so much. He's asked you to marry him, and he's pretty happy to hang out in the interim, go to a tasting or two, while you run around trying to put the whole thing together. The most he will do is push for an open bar, and perhaps exclaim at how much all this stuff is costing. Bottom line, he wants you to be happy. And if you're happy, he's happy. He just doesn't really care about the details.

Lately, though, I've been running into grooms who insist on being more involved. Maybe it's because more couples are paying for their weddings as opposed to their families, Or some are waking up to the idea of, you know, my wedding, too, but it's definitely happening. My friend Winnie's husband was like that. Getting married in Hawaii was totally his idea, he had this whole vision for what he wanted, Winnie loved it, and they had a great wedding (even with the Monsoon. Which is another story.)

So, I was really happy when I found the blog Temple of Groom. He had me at the picture of Indiana Jones in the title, frankly. I just love a good Lucasfilm pun, what can I tell you. I am currently in the middle of a comment debate with him about the importance of having cake at a wedding, and I would appreciate it if you would jump in and take my side. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wedding-Wise Wednesday - May 20, 2009

Wednesday already, huh? First of all, hairstylist Daniel Gravel, who is one of the sponsors for my monthly workshop, is updating his wedding portfolio and needs a couple of models. Free wedding hair! Well, not really, just a free chance to try out possible designs for deeply discounted wedding hair later, but if you're interested or know someone who might be, email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com. He's setting it up for Sunday, May 31st at 1pm at his salon in Beverly Hills.

Okay, So This is Just Cool:
Bride to Bride Boutigue
Basically the ebay of wedding stuff. Not only can you get "pre-owned" wedding dresses, but left-over favors and reception accessories, vases for flowers (which will definitely cut your cost down), and stationery and invitation paper. And when you're done, you can sell them and get some of that money back. There's also a category for "unwanted wedding gifts", and hey, I won't tell if you don't.

Embrace the Pretty. For Less.
I do love the calligraphy-addressed envelopes. I do! And I finally found a company that does it for a little less - Neither Snow will do it for only $2 per envelope, which is like, half of what I've been able to find anywhere else. They're on the east coast, though, so you'll have to send the envelopes out to them and have them sent back, but still, BARGAIN. And ship it "Media Mail" which will bring down the cost even more.

Organic Wedding Flowers. This, Too, is for Less.
Wisteria Lane is offering 25% of any order over $150, which you will be able to reach, wedding-wise, without breaking a sweat. Call 1-888-345-6101 and ask for Sherene, or email her at Sherene@wisterialaneflowershop.com for more information.

Alfred Angelo's Dress Sale is Still On
Until next Wednesday, the 27th, when I guess I have to stop talking about it. More on that in this post. That they have a line called "The Recessionista" just cracks me up.

Speaking of Recessionistas, My next Recession Bride's Workshop is June 14th. Your Dream Wedding on Your Budget. Find Out How.

See you back here next week,

Liz C.

Monday, May 18, 2009

All About The Dress

Until this Sunday. $100 off every bridal gown, several locations in Los Angeles to serve you, etc. Here's the link to the promotion.

They also have a cute new collection called "The Recessionista". A lot of the dresses start under $600, so it's worth checking out.

So, tonight I'm going to the Association of Bridal Consultants Mixer in Downtown Los Angeles, and even managed to save money on that one - First-timers get in for $1. Liz gets the W!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Practical Wedding: At Home, Thrifty, and Beautiful

A Practical Wedding is one of the blogs that I follow regularly. I love how their wedding "recaps" not only tell you what they did , but how. Behold, Brandi And Seena's Is-One Wedding. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesdays - Photographers Under $3000

Every Wednesday is Wedding-Wise Wednesdays, where I give you tips for saving money while you're planning your wedding.

The thing of it is, photographs are the only thing you're going to walk away with after your wedding day, which is why it can cost so much. Most packages cover 6-8 hours, and vary according to what you get as far as albums, discs, stuff like that. Most photographers will work with you the best they can, as far as budgeting is concerned. One thing I do want to emphasize is that chemistry is very important - these peope are going to be in your face for your entire wedding day. Make sure you like them.

BUT, I've run across three photographers whose work I really like, AND whose rates start at under $3000. Although I'm going to be working with the other two this summer, the only one I can personally recommend is April. Contact them for specifics and more information:

Joseph Llanes

8 hours of Wedding Photography, plus a disk of images
(Click on "client access" at the top left-hand corner, password is "wedding")

April Rocha
Photography for the day, $250 for a hardcover keepsake album with 100 or your favorite images

Craig Rucker
Photography for the day, CD/DVD of your photos, and an album

Save Some More Money:

...and make your own wedding cake. I also came across this article about how to bake your own cake, and there's even a recipe:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dean McDermott Buys Wife Tori Spelling New Wedding Ring Every Year | AHN | May 12, 2009

Dean McDermott Buys Wife Tori Spelling New Wedding Ring Every Year | AHN | May 12, 2009

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This is...sweet? Excessive? Both? I can't decide, I just found it interesting:

Anne Lu - Celebrity News Service News Writer

Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - Tori Spelling's husband buys her a new wedding ring every year. The 35-year-old actress and Dean McDermott celebrated their third anniversary on May 7, and Tori was delighted when Dean gave her an antique French band.

She told People magazine: "I love the tradition Dean has started. Every year when he slips it on my ring finger, it reminds me of the day he made me his wife and we started our amazing journey together as one."

Dean presented Tori with the ring - which boasts a round white diamond and a round yellow diamond next to each other, referring to the expression 'Toi et Moi' meaning 'You and Me' - during a meal at Hollywood eatery Mr. Chow.

Tori plans to save all her rings to pass on to her children - two-year-old Liam and 11-month-old Stella - in the hope they will become family heirlooms.

The new ring is not the only gift Tori has received lately.

On Mother's Day in the U.S., she was given a gold necklace complete with two pendants, an "L" and an "S."

Tori was also treated to a beauty session from a manicurist at her home.

She laughed: "It's been so long since I've felt so pampered! It was so sweet."

Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7015106450#ixzz0FJk5zhEG&B

Monday, May 11, 2009

So, How Did the Workshop Go?

Pretty good, if I do say so myself. Small group, but it turned out to be just the right size - everyone was able to participate and get their questions answered, which is the whole point. Hansens' cake - vanilla buttercream frosting over vanilla cake with chocolate-chip and vaniall frosting between the layers - rocked. Wine was served along with the knowledge, and yes, I'll be doing another one on Sunday, June 14th. Go to www.silvercharmevents.com to register.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Recession Bride's Workshop TOMORROW!

Wow, time flies pretty fast when you try and plan a workshop in three weeks.
Everything's all geared up to go, and I'm finalizing the outline in my head, and in word, even as I type. This is going to be great, and a great opportunity to help people save money. Like, actually save it. Which is what living in a recession is all about, right?

There's like a small squigem of space left, so feel free to drop by. Registration is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Here's the address:

Gallery L.A., Unit #212, Market Lofts
645 W. 9th Street (Between Flower and Hope on 9th Street)
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015

Any questions? Give me a call at 310-801-3602. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Workshop's getting closer!

Encore Bridals, which sells pre-owned dresses, mentioned it on their blog. They're sending a couple of dresses, as is designer Debbie La Franchi, who's offering dresses that we're featured in her runway show last September. Really, REALLY well-priced. And you MIGHT be able to try them on. If you ask nicely.