Thursday, July 30, 2009

Meanwhile, Back at the Office

I never get to leave a wedding early, of course. But Wedding Lens has some advice on how to leave a reception gracefully, if you need to.

This week has been a little crazy, which isn't too much of a surprise, coming back from vacation. You know how that goes. You hurry beforehand to get as much stuff done before you leave, and then you spend days after you get back trying to catch up. So, this week has been all about finding Nancy a place to have her beach wedding next spring, talking invitations with Cheryl and Paul for their wedding in October (we're going to knock those out tomorrow night). I also had a consultation with Amy about her wedding next year at the Japanese Garden. She's thinking about a yellow and gray color scheme, which is just really cool. I love the stuff you guys come up with. I sent her to wedding rumors, which is all about the color schemes. Right now, they're featuring a beautiful brown and copper inspiration board, so check it out.

Last night, I went with Kamala and Eric to their tasting at Michael C. Events. Yummy Indian food, with his own special twist on traditional recipes. And he sent us all home with boxes of food, too, which my husband really appreciated.

And, hey, I forgot to tell you - I DID get to perform a wedding while I was in San Diego last week. Not at Comic-Con per se, but...near it. At my hotel. I love marrying people. Here they are, Erin and Howden:


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 29

Every Wednesday, I post the best wedding bargains, deals and stories I find all week, around Los Angeles and around the Web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday.

First the Contest:

WC Photography is holding a Contest for not one but two couples, who are having, and I quote, “an out of this world wedding” that will separate it from all others. Edward and Nancy just need to know the reasons why. What do you win? A One Hour Engagement session, 6 Hours of shooting by 2 photographers, Professional Make-up for the bride, 50 5X5 Art prints, and 2 11X14 prints. Deadline is August 21st to enter, AND I’m going to throw in admission to the next Recession Bride’s Workshop on August 23rd for the winner, and a one-on-one wedding “tune-up” session, where we’ll sit down and you can ask me for all the advice and referrals you need, so start making a list now.

Now, the Deals:

YES! Finally! David’s Bridal. $99 wedding dress sale. Now until August 10. GO.

Lilli Bridal in Tarzana is having a sample sale, wedding dresses 30-75% off through this weekend. You know what I love about this? That wedding dress in the show Friends, that Monica wears while she’s cleaning the apartment? The episode I’m always talking about? Came from this store.

Custom wedding monogram for $5. Thanks to Help Me Pay for My Wedding for the find. – Erica Koesler accessories outlet store. Jewelry and Accessories up to 75% off.

Get a free copy of the newest wedding magazine, Get Married. Get Married is also a morning show on Lifetime, which I’d never heard of, and you can download episodes on itunes. How many blog posts do you think I’ll get out of those? MANY.

Then the Tips:

One Wed – Wedding Truths. I agree with all of these, and will soon be adding a couple of my own. Like watching out for aisle runners. Stay tuned.

Eat your own escort cards!
See, she put little name tags on green apples with her guests names and table numbers. Inexpensive, original,eco-friendly and edible. You really can't ask for anything more.

We interrupt this post for something that made me go, hmmm…
Cotton Ball Bridal Bouquet. Real cotton balls, not the ones you buy at Target. Thanks to The Future Mrs. Darcy for this one.

We interrupt this post again for something that made me go SQUEE!
Felt and Button Bridal Bouquet. To the surprise of no one, she also has an Etsy store.

And again for something that made me wish I had a drive-through window on my house:
Drive Through Weddings

And, Finally, The Events:
The Bellisima Bride Bridal Show
Sunday, Aug 2, 2009 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Hyatt Valencia
24500 Town Center Drive
Valencia CA 91355
Tickets are $8 or $4 if you pre-register on the website.

That's it for this week, and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Candy Buffets Rule

One of my favorite ideas for favors is having a candy buffet, with little bags for your guests. Both Brides A La Mode and Always a Blogsmaid have great posts on how to put them together - Relatively simple and inexpensive and you shouldn't have any trouble getting rid of the candy by the end of the night, you know? I'm going to use their tips to set one up at the Recession Bride's Workshop next month,too, and I'll give you all the details right here. I'm thinking about going with a green theme, to symbolize all the money you're going to save...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Back in Los Angeles

One of the great things about going on vacation is coming back from Vacation. Even with all the emails.

I was really sorry that I missed the Frugal Festival, but it got mad coverage today in the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News, so yay, Bargain Babe! I hear tell that she's doing it again in a few months, so I will see you there.

Weddings...weddings. Oh, that's right, over at Broke-Ass Bride, Dana is trying her best to ruin your wedding diet, so enjoy. Monkey bread. Good Grief, Woman.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - All About Etsy

I can’t spend too much time on because I will buy things. Lots and lots of things. But I’m risking it, because it’s also the place to get great wedding deals. Many of the sellers on Etsy are artists and designers, selling their original works. They also sell antique and vintage items, and tons of things made out of recycled and recyclable materials. My friend, photographer April Rocha has an Etsy store, which is how I first heard of it. It’s just awesome.

So, how is Etsy going to help you save money on your wedding?

Enter in what you're looking for, if you want it handmade, vintage or either, put in a price range if you want, and click "search". Or, if you want to request a custom item that you aren’t able to find on the site, visit the Alchemy page - post what you need, and sellers bid on making it or providing it for you.

Search: Wedding Dresses
Go Home made and Eco Friendly

Sophisticated, Elegant and Only $40

Search:Wedding Rings
Vintage (and gorgeous)

Handmade (and inexpensive) -

Custom made Titanium ring for $45, Seriously.

Search: Wedding Invitations:

First of all, a custom made return address calligraphy rubber stamp, $38.00.

Custom made wedding invitations:

In a quirkier style, perhaps?

Oh, and they both come with RSVP cards and pre-addressed return envelopes. Just in case you were wondering.

Search: Handmade Wedding Favors
And check out the list

Or maybe you just want to give everyone a cookie? I'm sure they deserve it.

Search: Wedding Cakes
Lots of listings for this, too.

Here's an option - buy a beautiful fake cake, then serve sheet cake. You can even make the bottom or top layer real, for the two of you to cut.

Search: Wedding Flowers:
Took me a while to realize this wasn't real

Search:Wedding Cake Toppers

You know you want a cake topper that looks you two. Go for it.

Search: Wedding Photography, Los Angeles

I know, pretty cool, huh?


San Dimas Canyon Open House

2100 Terrebonne Ave
San Dimas CA 91773
Wednesday, July 23rd
Take a look at the venue and enjoy Hors' d oeurves, cash bar, door prizes and fun! RSVP at 909-599-7459. If you do decide to get married there, you'll receive $200 off your Ceremony or an extra hour for your Reception.

Frugal Festival, Sunday, July 26th
Woodley Park
6350 Woodley ave
Van Nuys, CA. (between victory and Woodley)
Hosted by Bargain Babe, this is all about the celebration of saving money. And how do we celebrate saving money? By saving money, of course! When you get there, you're handed 10 raffle tickets, for FREE. And what can you win? A big gift basket from the 99 cents store,$100 in cold hard cash, or a toshiba laptop, among other things. And bring your coupons, because there's going to be a coupon booth. And a recycling booth. Check out the list on the Festival's facebook page

Well, I'm off to Comic Con until Sunday, getting my geek on. Turns out I might not be involved in one wedding, but TWO weddings, but I'll tell you more about that when I get back. Have a great week!

Monday, July 20, 2009

This Amuses Me, and it Seems to Amuse Them, Too.

You Are Cordially Invited To The Wedding Of Kelly Hildebrandt And Kelly Hildebrandt.

And, ah, yes, another Recession Bride's Workshop has come and gone. Great interaction among the brides, especially since Dana from Broke-Ass Bride and Bride$hare was there to add to the discussion. I learned a lot,too, which was great, because I can pass it on to you guys. And I will...
The next workshop is August 23rd. Be there, or spend entirely too much money on your wedding.

ALSO! Bargain Babe's Frugal Festival is this Sunday! 1:00 - 3:00pm -Raffles and Prizes and booths and savings and deals and deals and deals! And it's free. GO.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wedding Wise Aftermath and Emotionally Preparing for Your Wedding

This Always Happens on Thursdays:

Got the Wedding Wise Post all set, happy as a clam. And then on THURSDAY, someone announces something like, "Name Your Own Price on In-Stock and Sample Gowns." Thanks, I appreciate that.

I also found Before the Wedding, Prepare Your Heart in the Los Angeles Examiner, today, too. Sooo good! Here's my favorite part:

Prepare Your Heart. Make sure you have scheduled time immediately before your ceremony for contemplation, meditation, affirmations, prayer, relaxation exercises, breathing, yoga, singing, or whatever makes you calm and happy--what I call “preparing your heart.” By this I mean more than 30 seconds of rote recitations and then cracking your knuckles and growling “Ready!" Preparing your heart means you take the time to be still, calm, centered, and grateful you have love in your life before you walk down the aisle.

Stop and take a minute to realize that this is all here for you, and the love of your life. Enjoy.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday, July 15th

Happy Day After Bastille Day! And Welcome to Wedding Wise Wednesday, where every week I take you on a tour of the best wedding deals and coolest wedding stories around Los Angeles and around the web.

Real Simple: How to Budget for DIY Flowers
Ah, the list we've all been waiting for - how much each "popular" wedding flower, in alphabetical order, cost by stem, followed by a story of how to turn supermarket flowers into bouquets. Oh, and you can get a subscription to Real Simple for only $5 on right now. You're welcome!

Silver Charm Events has a facebook page!
Come visit and become a fan.

We Interrupt This Post for a Shout-Out to A Shout-Out:

Meg over at A Practical Wedding just posted the loveliest bit about the Recession Bride's Workshop on Monday, so I wanted to thank her for that. Oh, and you can save $5 off the workshop if you agree to take a survey afterward - just put in the code "WedCharmFive" during checkout.

Looking for a reasonable Hotel Alternative for Your Guests? How about the Pasadena Inn?

Pasadena is off most of Los Angeles's major freeways,and a lot closer to downtown L.A. and Hollywood than you think. The Pasadena Inn just went underwent a renovation, and features free wi-fi,complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, and free parking. Los Angeles on the Cheap was able to get a nightly rate of $86 for double-occupancy in August, so check it out.

Wall Street Journal Gets on Board With the Budget Wedding Thing

Last Wednesday, the WSJ came out with I Do...For Less, which lists the many ways that you can and should save money while planning your wedding. Apparently there's a Recession, or something. They also interviewed Cora, who writes the 12k Wedding. I would like to stress that if you do even ONE of these, you're going to save thousands of dollars. THOUSANDS. And I was pretty proud that I cover the majority of these during my workshop. So, there.

Pashmina Shawls are Great for L.A.'s cool wedding summer nights. Would you like win some?

Hip Hostess is giving away four beautiful Pasmina shawls from Nimli, and the deadline to enter is July 31st. But honestly, you might just want to go to the site and buy one, because, THEY'RE ONLY $29!!! And the cashmere pashminas range from $34 - 44. Standard shipping is $5.00 Good luck beating me to them.

Bridal Shows and Events Coming Up :
Wednesday, July 15, 7-9pm
Awesome Weddings -
DJ Mark Peace Thomas will be sharing some unique ideas on how to throw a great wedding reception, over at Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, 9401 Foothill Blvd.

Saturday, July 18th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Make up Class Held By Glamorous Expressions, Felipe's Restaurant
5771 Pine Ave, Chino Hills CA 91709. Lunch comes with the makeup class, and you get a one of their exclusive eye-shadows. $25.00, Email email Lida at for more info.

Sunday, July 19th, 12:30pm - 3:00pm
The Recession Bride's Workshop, The Gallery at Market Lofts, 645 W. 9th Street, (Downtown) Los Angeles, 90015. Because friends don't let friends spend $28,000 on their weddings. $20, $5 discount if you agree to take a survey at the end of the day. Contact me at for more info.

Sunday, July 19th, 10am-4pm
Bride World Expo, DoubleTree Hotel Ontario,222 N Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA 91764
$10 admission, save $2 if you register online. Go to for more information.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Life and Love are Everywhere, so embrace them and say Amen

When I first saw this, I thought it was a parody of what's usually in the "Vows" section of the New York Times - Investment Banker marries young socialite at her parents' house in the Hamptons - but no, this is for real. Two people who are doing the best to move forward and change their lives for the be heading? I read in Salon that they got a lot of flack for publishing this. Good on 'em.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Weekend is Made for Weddings

First of all, congrats to my husband's sister Tristan and the man of her dreams, Jason, who are getting married tomorrow. I just got back from the Bridal Shower, and it's just so cool to be surrounded by so much love and good feelings. We had to hand Tristan several tissues and napkins while she opened presents and cards, she was crying so much. So sweet!

Jill at Catch My Party posted a mini-interview with me on her blog, which you can read. Think of it as a mini-Recession Bride's Workshop, although you can still attend the real one next Sunday.

And welcome to the newest Workshop sponsor, The Wedding Outlet. So much good stuff, and only 24 hours in the day to enjoy it. I love the different color themes that you can choose from.

Speaking of Cool Stuff, Flowers and Mars has created Dress My Vase, a service that, well, dresses up your centerpiece vases. I'm not explaining right, just look at the website and marvel at what they're doing.

That's it for now. If I'm not able to post over the weekend, have a good one, and I'll meet you back here on Monday.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 8

Decorating Your Reception for Less:
Budget Savvy Bride is one of my Recessionista heroes - Yesterday she broke down how she saved so much money on her wedding decorations. She only spent $142 on centerpieces for 15 tables. Some of it is DIY, but as I've said before, if I can do it (and I am by no means the craftiest person in any room), then I feel safe in passing it on to you. But she did what I tell my workshop couples to do - keep it simple. Simple is often beautiful, too.

DIY, Part Deux
But, if you are a DIY-er, like I am not, Maria at livejournal explains exactly how she made wedding centerpieces and bouquets for a friend of hers, on a budget of $500, including the equipment and materials she used, prep work, what worked and what didn't,the works. Gorgeous results, too.

We Interrupt This Post for Something Really Funny:

Rob Greer, who I worked with last year at a wedding at Marvimon, decided to shoot Ken and Barbie's wedding. I'm still laughing at the "standard" shots of Barbie's shoes, and of Ken leaping over her head. Just awesome.

Free Shipping at Wedding Paper Divas:

Not only that, but Wedding Paper Divas is even going to let you combine the free shipping with a coupon for 10% off their signature collection, if you order by July 20th. Use the code "FREESHIP" for the well, shipping, and "Sale10" for the discount.

How to Weigh Zero Pounds on Your Wedding Day
Must be seen to be believed. Although I am wondering what they put for "location" on their marriage license...

We Interrupt This Post for the Coolest Wedding Invitations,Like, EVER:
Ariel over at Offbeat Bride just posted about a couple who sent out amazing, awesome 3-d view-finder invitations. Can you imagine getting a view finder in the mail? How cool is that? It makes me want to run out and rent the camera they used and 3-D everything. I dare you to resist the urge as well.

Bridal Shows, We've Got Bridal Shows!
Well, just one, actually, but it's the biggest, by far. I'm even dropping by it, even though my sister-in-law's wedding is a few hours later. Bride Expo L.A. County will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, from 10am - 4pm both days. $10 admission, $8 if you register online.

That's it for this week.Make sure to sign up for the Recession Bride's Workshop on July 19th. You can use the code "WedCharmEarly" at checkout to get a $10 discount. Because really, why not start saving money right away? I'll see you there!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses and Temple of Groom's in-your-FACE win

Okay, she made this out of TOILET PAPER!
Cheap Chic Weddings held the contest,and this is the winner. And she made a hat to go with it. PLUS, the top six dresses are going to be displayed in Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.

Over at Temple of Groom
, he threw down the final card in our ongoing debate over whether he has to have a cake at his wedding. And it's a doozy - Jack and Jackie Kennedy? Did not have wedding cake. HE PULLED THE KENNEDYS ON ME!!!I have no choice but to bow in concession.

Dana's crowing over at Broke Ass Bride because her new venture, Bride $Share, just got a shout out on Bride's Magazine's blog. Yay, Dana! But I mentioned it on my blog first, so there! Scooping Bride's Magazine is one of the many pleasures that I've had today. And it's been a pretty good day.