Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 5th

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

(Two)Cool Wedding Thing(s) of the Week:

I found this on, which is why being a geek comes in handy as a wedding planner. Two photographers and their wedding in Toronto. Well, what else would their invitations look like?? Check out Ambient Studio's blog for the details.

Love, Love, LOVE this bouquet! Thanks to Sterling Engagements For the Find:

Quote of the Week:
Harrison Ford married Calista Flockhart this week, did you know that? They planned it in four days, and Calista told the Los Angeles Times: "It was perfect for me, perfect for us. I had a perfectly normal day, then I took a shower, went and got married, and we were home in time to watch the [Los Angeles] Lakers." Hee!

The Events:
It's Bridal Show Season! Great opportunity to see what's new and what's available in Wedding World, get a front-row seat to a Bridal fashion show, and eat cake. Have another piece, remember, you need to be SURE.

Two Shows This Weekend:
Saturday, January 8th
10am - 4pm
Orange County Fair Event Center
901 Arlington, Costa Mesa

Sunday, January 9
10am - 4pm
Double Tree Hotel Ontario
222 N. Vineyard, Ontario, 91764

Usually $10, but I have five free tickets for either one of those, first come, first served. Email me at or text me at 310-801-3602 and I'll get them out to you.

Premier Bridal Shows
Sunday, January 9
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets ares $10 at the door, $5 if you pre-register

Bridal Showplace
Sunday, January 9
11:00am - 4:00pm

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Price: $4.00, with pre-registration.

The Deals:

One of my brides is looking for wedding dresses, and found some really pretty white gowns on Nordstrom's website. This is NOT her dress, but check this out for a summer wedding, for only $295!
Or this one, for only $178. Yeah, GO! And look to the right side of either page to see more dresses like these.

You're Welcome!

Remember, I have free bridal show tickets. For FREE! Email me!

Want to know if I'm available on your wedding day? Here's my calendar. June and July are pretty much closed, but you're golden if you're getting married this spring or Fall. I'd love to hear about your wedding...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 29

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Tick tock tick tock...Two more days until a New Year...

Jan 3 - 8, 2011
Rosa's Shop 40 Year Anniversary Sale
4352 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
50 % off Sample Wedding Dresses, bridesmaid dresses and special occasion gowns

January 4-6 ,2010

Jobyna's Bridal - New Year's Sample Clearance Sale

They're making way for the new by clearing out the old, all at the pre-requisite 20- 90% off. Call (818) 248-0026 or email to make your appointment.


Alondras Warehouse is having a huge online sale today and tomorrow. Chair covers only $2.25 each, round table cloths only $12.00 each.

The Knot's gone monogram crazy - this cute tote is only $14.99, and if you get at least $50 worth of them for your girls, you get a $10 discount. Just use code NEWYEAR50.

Happy New Year and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wedding World 2010 - The Wrap Up Continues

That went quick.

Like I said in my newsletter and in my post last week on The Broke Ass Bride, it's been quite a year in Wedding World. Here's another article I wrote about my all time favorite wedding stuff. And, HEY! Let me know in the comments what your favorite wedding thing was this year, for a chance to win a pass for up to 5 people to a Bride World Expo in January. Don't miss out on this opportunity to eat free cake...

I love my job. It’s a great gig. Think about it – I get to help people create one of the coolest days of their lives - an atmosphere of fun and joy and love, with shopping, and food, and cocktails along the way. I’ve made some great friends, had some great experiences, and I am never, ever bored. And when it’s over, I just can’t wait to do it again.

These are a few of my favorite things…

Stuff You Guys Come Up With:

When I saw this cake at one of my first weddings ("Does this veil clash with my leotard?), I knew I had picked the right profession. I love how each couple puts their personal touch on their day. Parasols and popcorn “bars”. Guests singing the bride down the aisle. The Groom formally introducing the pie they served instead of cake. Navy honor guards. Salted caramels from the couple’s home state (life-changing!). Beach side Indian weddings. Beach side Mariachi bands. Comicon, for crying out loud. And you don’t even want to know how many songs on my ipod come from weddings I’ve done. Thanks, y’all.

Stuff Wedding World Comes Up With

This is an incredibly creative and innovative industry and wedding inspiration is constantly popping up. Wedding World is always showing up with new ideas and new ways to package “old’ ideas (see the awesomeness to the left). Happiness isn’t just a rice-krispie cake (although it's a good place to start), it’s wedding e-vites, and being able to put a house down payment on your registry. Plant-able invitations. The glory of having your choice of pre-owned Vera Wangs. Online wedding expos. An iphone app to find the perfect engagement ring. Videocasting your ceremony to the other side of the world. And when was the last time you saw a wedding pic that took your breath away? Like, an hour ago?? It just keeps getting better and better.

Stuff I Just Love

In no particular order: The look on her face when she finally finds the dress. A full and rockin’ dance floor at the reception. Getting a picture at the end of the night with the bride and groom. Signature drinks. Candy favors. When the invitations are officially in the mail and no one has to cut, copy, paste or align anything ever again. Watching a couple laughing their heads off with their best friends. Answering the question, “Can we?” with, “Well, yeah.” And my number one favorite thing, ever? The first time the groom sees the bride as she walks down the aisle. Because it all comes down to the two of them, and how special they each are, and how special they are to each other. That’s what it’s all about.

So, what do you absolutely, straight-out love about weddings? And what was the one thing you loved this year? Because I’m pretty sure I forgot something.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool thing of the week:
Sid Caesar of Caesar Photography in Nashua, NH...well, decided to propose to his girlfriend, and well, this awesomeness JUST happened last week. Click on the link for details on how he put it all together:

My favorite comment on this on YouTube: "You, Sir, Have Won the Internet." Well, yeah. Thanks to my assistant Maeline for shoving this at me.

And also, a little bit of pretty to go with the love:

Digging the flowers tucked into their sashes. Find out more on's Facebook page and like, like, like!

Deals: Get 15% off your total order of $75 or more by using the code PGV15 at checkout. Ends January 3rd, so plenty of time to peruse and decide.

Lili's Bridial Sample Sale Dresses originally priced up to $1800 are marked down to $99.00. Uh huh. GO.

The Knot has teamed up with Wedding Paper Divas to offer some great savings on wedding stationery - Save the Dates, Invitations and Thank You Cards, Up to 25% off when you use the code TKDEC25 from now until 12/31.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Have a great holiday and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 15th

Every Wednesday I bring you the coolest wedding stories, events and deals that I find in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: Photographer Heidi Ryder's Comic Book Wedding Invites - Heidi got married last year, and her guests are STILL talking about the invites. So cool! I'm just picking up the ideas for the vow renewal and a couple of years, y'all.

The Deals:

The Ebell Los Angeles is rocking a fantastic end of year special-$400 off your venue rental fee if you book a date in 2011 before 12/31! I'm hosting a wedding here on the 4th of July Weekend, and this place is just jaw-dropping gorgeous. If you haven't booked a venue yet, give this place a look.

Weddingish - 10 items for $25 until 12/25. AND Free Shipping on any order of $50 or more.

Jobyna's Bridal's Sample Sale is ON. Beautiful gowns at the pre-requisite 40 - 90% off, now until December 22nd.

The Wedding Shop at the Knot has gone red. Food favors are my favorite, and these personalized chocolate bars are only $24.99/12 AND you get an extra 20% off if you use the code WINTER20 when you check out. You're welcome!

Oh, and if you're still shopping for Christmas gifts, how about free movie tickets? TownHog, one of the newest Social Buy sites, is offering $5 Movie Tickets, Valid at 55 Theaters in and near Los Angeles. Deal ends tomorrow. GO.

So, which of these deals are you going to take advantage of? I've already gotten MY movie tickets...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Guest Post: My DIY Wedding

Well, not MY DIY wedding, but Jessica's. Jessica, AKA, "The Juice', won the ticket to Unique L.A. that I gave away last week, and she writes a fabulous blog of her own, Love it Or Leave It. You can also follow her on twitter @thelittlefella.

I’ve been engaged for just under 10 months now and I’ve just finally started my DIY projects. Despite this relatively late start we are taking on some substantial projects including our website, invitations and thank you cards, favors, and centerpieces. We have made progress on 3 of the 5 of these tasks and with 3 months until the big day I’m feeling fairly confident that we’ll be able to get them all done, but just for some peace of mind I’ve also chosen to DIY things that are either needed far in advance or can be changed last minute if plans don’t work out. Wedding planning already requires so much time and with most of it being done after work and on weekends it can leave little time for many additional projects, but here’s my tips to DIY-ing a wedding :

DIY Tip #1:
Only take on projects that you are confident about doing or are okay with it not being perfect. This past Thursday we took on screenprinting our invitations using the ever-popular Gocco machine. It required printing out 100 invitations on the color printer and then, with a couple of baited breaths, starting the screen-printing process. Not all 100 came out perfect, but there are enough good ones to make sure all of my friends and family that would notice can get a near perfect one and everyone else will hopefully be charmed by the DIY effect.

Tip #2
: DIY is best handled as a team. I am lucky to have a fiancé that enjoys trying things on our own and a maid of honor willing to lend a hand and an artistic eye. The invitations took a little over 2 hours to do, because three people were on the job. We had one person screen-printing, another monitoring the color printer and the third placing them in the drying racks. This job would have been significantly longer and less pleasant had it been done on my own.

Photo caption: Team members hard at work!

Tip #3: Sometimes DIY will be more expensive than buying, but might be worth it when there is not a suitable ready made option available. We are having cupcakes instead of cake at the reception and placing them at each table on cake stands as sort of edible centerpieces. When I first started looking at cake stands online and at the usual list of options: Goodwill, IKEA, Target, etc. I could not find a cake stand that was in my price range and not overly generic. Then I googled "DIY cake stands" and up came Design Sponge. Now the challenge will be finding candlesticks and plates to make my own cake stands, and I’m pretty sure it will end up costing more than if I had just gone with the basic IKEA stand. Luckily, I have also identified a reliable readymade option in case my DIY plans fall short.

Tip #4:
Make samples before going full steam ahead. This might not be necessary with smaller DIY projects, but can be helpful when trying to gauge difficulty level and time commitment. When I decided I wanted to make pint glasses with chalkboard name tags as favors I started first with a sample of six before going out to buy the 200 I need to make.

I have been lucky - so far as my DIY projects have turned out just as I had imagined. But as the big day gets closer I'll have to try to keep an open mind, because no one will care much for the DIY elements if the bride looks like she just put herself through a couple of months of stressful projects!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Wedding Weekend

Only 12 more shopping days until Christmas. Shouldn't there be drummers drumming somewhere? Hmm. Might have to go out and find some.

Had big plans on Sunday. Sunday was the day of Monique Lhuiller's Sample Sale. JulyBride wanted to go, so I got there about 9am (for a 10am opening) and the line was already around the block. They picked a good location, though - it was half a block down from Starbuck. Tickets were handed out at 9:30. JulyBride and her mom came at 9:45pm. Line started moving at about 10pm. Mom got frustrated about 10:30, and we all left at 10:45. Hah! I don't really blame her - the only way to get to the warehouse was on an elevator that only fit about 4 people, so it was slow going. We're going to make an appointment for her with another salon next week.

But it was great, while I was waiting in line I got to talk about a couple of other brides, including one who was trying to book a Kosher Persian jewish wedding for 300 in San Francisco. Apparently there are like, two places that will do it. Why so difficult? If you want a true Kosher wedding, that means you either have to bring everything in, or the Kitchen has to be kosher, too. It totally made me want to dive in and find the perfect place for her. But her future mother-in-law is working on it. Afterward, I walked five blocks and went to Unique L.A. The handmade Indie Holiday and Gift show. So much fun!

I found some cool gifts, really pretty letterpress holiday cards for my couples,and got myself a little something something, too. Oh, and the beautiful flowers are by Alchemist and Co. They all do all kinds of things, flowers, and stationery, and delivering breakfast to you in bed. I'm serious. Check it out. Absolutely gorgeous.

After I was done (i.e., ran out of cash in my wallet), I walked back to the Sample Sale. That was about 3 pm. And the place was empty. Plenty of dresses left, too as you can see. This is why I hate waiting in line - because you don't really have to! There wasn't anything wrong with the leftovers, either - prices starting at $1100, plenty of different styles, some were a little worse for wear but nothing that a good dry cleaner couldn't take care of. The only thing missing were the people. Note to you: Try hitting them the last couple of hours, not the first couple.

Have a great week, and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Reading Committed

Over at A Practical Wedding, Megan is holding a discussion on Elizabeth Gilbert's book, "Committed." For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's the follow up to "Eat, Pray, Love." Gilbert, after living with boyfriend Felipe for a few years with no intention of marrying him, had to marry him in order for him to live in this country. A Skeptic makes peace with marriage, indeed. This is one of my favorite books that I've read this year, and a wonderful treatise on marriage as it's been in the past, how it is in the present, and how it might be in the future. This is my comment, responding to the questions that Megan posed about the book:

Do you think there is something that marriages, generally or individually, can offer to the larger community? Economically? Socially? Emotionally? For our neighborhood, our nation, our friend group, our families, or another group?
I think it’s the same thing that any unit – family, team, community, offers to the outside world and to each other. The world works better in cooperation. And we all choose our teams.

Has the evolution of men’s and women’s roles in our social network negatively or positively affected our marriages in the Western world?
The best answer to that is “yes”. I’m only going to speak for women I know in my generation – we were raised to believe that we can do anything, get an education, [have a career], get married, have kids, raise them, [all at the same time] but we weren’t really aware of the consequences/compromises involved, probably because the people who were telling us this didn’t realize it themselves. The men, I think – THINK – weren’t raised with the same urgency or pressure to have it all. Their pressure is still different, that drive to be a financial success, and there’s an expectation that everything else will work itself out. And just from my observation, women kind of buy into that, as well – “he’s not/can’t take care of it, so I have to.” They’re the ones working it out. That being said, more women are saying, yeah, I need your help, and more men are saying okay, what do you need, and giving it to them.

Early in the book, Elizabeth Gilbert says that “every intimacy carries the ever-coiled makings of complete catastrophe.” Do you think that’s true of your relationship? Does it make you feel doomed, or hopeful?
Well, yeah, and it’s not just a couple relationship. It’s how no one can make you feel bad like your parents can,with like, one word! When you love someone, you care what they think, a lot, you want them to think well of you, you want them to understand you, and that’s not easy or even possible in some cases. It doesn’t make me feel doomed or hopeful, it’s just life and living. But it’s also a matter of perspective, like, “I don’t like your pasta dish” is not the equivalent of “you’re a horrible person and I want you to die.”

how might we work together as a society to construct a world where healthy children can be raised with out women having to scrape bare the walls of their own souls to do it?
Well, for one thing, women need to stop accepting that they’re the ones who have to make all the sacrifices. It’s a choice. And for another, both men and women need to be aware that there are sacrifices that have to be made. I mean, he might not get it, either, and if you’re just moseying along all scraped and not saying anything, then..? You’d be surprised what happens after you raise your hand and say, “This sucks.”

How has/have your own parents’ marriage(s) influenced your view of marriage?
I was raised by a single mom sans Dad, and it could get pretty chaotic. For a while there, I thought, okay, if there was a GUY, then he could take control of this stuff and everything might calm down. And, uhh, a couple of relationships in my 20s cured me of that idea! He doesn’t know anything more than you do,and expecting that he will will leave you severely disappointed. Relationships need to be a partnership, or someone is definitely going to be soul-scraped.

On page 35 Liz states “… the person whom you choose to marry is perhaps the single most vivid representation of your own personality. Your spouse becomes the most gleaming possible mirror through which your emotional individualism is reflected back to the world.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
As in, “You’re the kind of woman who would choose to marry that guy”? “Kind of woman” and “that guy” = different things to different people, and that's not really something any of us can control. Context is important. Whether or not you care what other people think is important, too. I mean the response to this statement could be, “yeah, so?”

How did Gilbert’s list of demographics’ effect on marriage make you feel about the prospects of your own marriage?
I already knew most of it, but I did love the history part. I think what stood out for me, as others have said, is that marriage wasn’t always any one thing, and for most of history, it wasn’t about love – we didn’t get to decide who we were going to spend the rest of our lives with. Now, we can choose who we marry, and why. What most people need to realize is that we can also choose what our marriages look like.

What are your responses to Megan's questions?I’ve often contemplated buying it for every couple I work with, but I’m never sure how that would be taken!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 8, 2010

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals I find in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Idea of the Week - Ever wanted to do an inspiration board, but don't know how to get started. Time to get creative - Get married now has customizable inspiration board templates on line. Drop & crop your favorite pictures, then save & share with friends. Very cool, and could come in handy as a wedding planning tool, too. Nothing like keeping everyone on the same page.

Fav blog post of this week - The Knotty Bride brings the pretty with Feather Love Photography's Holiday pictorial. This feathered tree just kills me. Death by Gorgeous.

The Events
Saturday, December 11th
11am – 6pm
California Market Center’s Penthouse
110 E 9th St
Admission: $10.00
Unique L.A. - The Independent Design Gift Show - It's like Etsy or Wedzu Live. And it's on my calendar. If you're a DIY or DIY-you-can-buy bride (like me) then put it on your calendar, too. Speaking of which, Jessica (A.K.A, "The Juice"?) You won the free ticket to this. Email me at and we'll figure out how to get it to you.

Sunday, December 12
Monique Lhuillier Sample Sale
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
1201 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Get your running shoes - Monique Lhuillier's sample sale is ON. Dresses discounted from 40-90% off. First come first serve, expect to wait in line, and remember to hydrate.

The Deals:

The Favored Bride: Save 10% off any order of $125.00 or more, with the coupon code Holiday10TFB, and enjoy FREE shipping on all orders over $85.00

Michael's has a 50% coupon off all all Martha Stewart Crafts items, good through December 24th. Wedding/Christmas crafting, all in one shot. Gotta love it. Thanks to the Broke Ass Brigade for the tip.

Still gift shopping? Cady Briar's Etsy Shop is offering a 20% discount on her clutch collection if you use the code SHESAIDYES1. Good until 12/31. Thanks to @shesaidyesblog for the tip.

So, am I going to see you at Unique L.A.? I will be checking on FourSquare, so if you see me on there, text me at 310-801-3602 and find me! And let me know below which of these deals you're going to jump on and what you're using them for in the comments.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

Huron Substation - courtesy of Shannon Renee Photography

My October Bride is just starting out with like, everything. First stop: Wedding venues. Which can be kind of frustrating! All of my brides have a very specific idea of where they want their wedding to look like, they just don't know where or how to start looking. I usually give them three venue options at a time, so they can pick the ones they like, and then I can make their appointments for them, according to their schedule. It's an exclusive concierge experience that brides get used to really quickly! With all the stuff they have to do in their lives, they don't have the time to call or email to find information, or follow-up and play phone tag. They tell me what they want, I give them a date that I'm going to get back to them, and my brides can just set it and forget it. And that "Christmas" moment and when they walk into their perfect venue? Rocks. How long does perfection take to find? About 4-6 weeks.

OctBride is way ahead of the game - she knows exactly where she wants her wedding, and we're going to see it tonight. The Huron Substation is this great venue downtown, very hipster, all exposed brick and wood, garden ceremony, string lights outside at night. If you've lusted after the Marvimon but it's out of your price range, Huron might just work for you.

But even with or without a wedding planner, the time it takes to find the place for you can get frustrating. Just stay practical and organized. One way is to figure out a schedule to see these places before you approach them. Is it close enough for you to go after work? Do you have time on the weekends? Emailing or calling with days you can come by will cut down on the back and forth. And if you're concerned about your budget, remember that your venue and reception costs are going to take about half of that, so whatever you spend on the venue means you have x amount left in that half for catering.

How long did it take you to find your wedding venue and how many places did you look at ? Or do you have any questions about where to look? Let me know in the comments for a chance to win a ticket to the Unique L.A. Independent Design Gift Show on Saturday. It's like live, basically, DIY you can buy Nirvana. And I am ALL about the DIY you can buy.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmth
Silver Charm Events

Would you like to talk about your wedding?
Email me at or call/text me at 310-801-3602.

Monday, December 06, 2010

My Wedding Weekend

Well, Friday just rocked. I did some scouting for JulCouple in Pasadena, looking for a park space for their wedding ceremony, and ran into prep for the UCLA/USC game at the Rose Bowl AND folks working on Rose Parade floats. Brookside Park might just work. But we'll see what JulCouple think.

Friday night, Dana and Hunter hosted the first Broke Ass Bride holiday party, which involved team Gingerbread house making, honey wine and making our own mini-pizzas. Also something about manatees being mistaken for Mermaids, but I promised my mother that I'd keep this blog clean. Too.Much.Fun.

Saturday Morning, on an email tip, I headed over to Renee Strauss in Beverly Hills. They're having a huge sample sale all month long - 3 dresses for $99. Tuesday - Saturday, 12-5pm. I was still looking for a dress to wear to the formal wedding I'm coordinating in January, and man, did I find it. Exactly what I was looking for. I also picked up this dress, here, and a devastating dark blue strapless ballgown train number that I had a VERY hard time taking off. Why? THREE DRESSES FOR NINETY-NINE DOLLARS. And I like having proof that the diet is working.

On Sunday, I meet with a bride that's getting married in June at the Park Plaza. Beautiful space, and she's having this great multi-cultural wedding with 200 or her nearest and dearest. She's also thinking about having a receiving line after the ceremony, which I'm been thinking about ever since we talked about it. I haven't seen one of those in a while, but it is actually a good idea if there are a lot of family on either side that you don't know. In that case, having your parents there to introduce you works. More on that, later. What do you think?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, December 03, 2010

Friday Round-up!

Hey, it's Friday, so read my guest post on What Platinum Weddings Can Teach a Gold Band Bride.

Speaking of which,
The Broke Ass Bride hit Bride's Magazine this month, officially making it my favorite Bride Rag...after Martha Stewart Weddings.

But my favorite Platinum Wedding item? it's this dress:. By Vera Wang, of course! She's the i Ching, baby!

Speaking of Gorgeous, Monique Lhuiller is having a sample sale NEXT Sunday the 12th,so put it on your calendar.

Here's a Great article in on holiday gifts for your man. is also hosting a Brides Night Out on Thursday, December 16. Free Dinner , fun games, and an opportunity to help them build a better experience online by answering questions and telling them your ideas- they're re-launching early next year. email to reserve your spot. GO!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Countdown to Your DIY Wedding

Here's another oldie but goodie, taken from an article I wrote a couple of months ago for's blog. is the newest innovator in wedding planning - it will create a platform for engaged couples and wedding planning professionals to personally connect online through their very own microsites. Their daily blog is up now, and the full site will be launching early next year, so sign up to be on their mailing list to find out the latest updates.

You’ve got this.

You’re making your centerpieces, making your own bouquets, heck, maybe you’re even catering your own reception – and more power to you, if you are. But even though the time you’re spending may take place of the money you’re not spending before your wedding day, it also has to replace the money you’re not spending for professional help on your wedding day. A little planning ahead, and you will still have the wedding of your dreams.

Here are three questions you need to ask your venues the week before your wedding:

1. Setup and Break-down Time-
How much time you have to set-up for your wedding and how much time you have to get everything out of there at the end of the night? Most venues will give you at least two hours of set-up and an hour to break down, but it might be less than that. And, not only do you have set-up everything, but you have to get ready for your wedding, too, so don’t be a hero – get help. If you absolutely cannot afford to hire a team, nail down which of your family and friends can show up early, and then stay a little later. Shoot for four extra people other than you and your fiancĂ© – more hands mean less time.

2. Storage-
Ask your venue if it’s possible to store anything on site the day or night before, and/or leave anything there until the next day. The less time you can spend transporting stuff to your wedding, the more time you have to set it all up when you get there. Speaking of which, make sure that you have at least as many transportation vehicles coming as you do going.

3. Trash facilities-
Do they have any? What’s their capacity? Or do you have to take everything you brought in, out with you? This is not something you want to find out at the end of the night. And make sure you bring extra trash bags just in case.

Once you know how much time you’ll have, get organized at home. Try to avoid having to construct anything on-site by assembling as much as you can, as close to your wedding day as possible. That way, all you have to do is get it over there and set it down. Make sure that it is all clearly labeled, and not with post-its!!! They fall off. While you’re doing that, decide what you’re going to do with whatever is left over at the end of the night, and assume that there are going to be leftovers of everything. What can be tossed? What needs to be saved? And as far as what’s getting tossed, can you throw it out in the same container that it came in, in the same way it came in? I’m thinking about stuff like leftover cake, favors, flowers, which are usually displayed in one way, but have to be disposed of in another.

What can be tossed, what needs to be saved? Write this all down beforehand and put the list someplace where you can get to it easily at the end of the night, so all you have to do is pull it out and check it off. Believe me, you are going to be exhausted, and not in the mood to do any of it at that point. The checklist will save your sanity, and help you get out of there and to your honeymoon suite a lot faster.

And do me a favor during your wedding, would you? You did all this work, and it’s all gorgeous and just wanted you wanted. You’ve got a plan, and you’re going to pull it all off. Relax,your wedding is going to rock. So, this means that you don’t have to worry about what’s going to go where, or how and at what time. So, don’t. At some point, take a minute to stand with your new spouse and soak up the love and joy of the day. You did it!

So, what challenges are you coming up against while you are - or were - planning your DIY wedding? Let me know in the comments and we'll figure it out.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 1

Wow, December already, huh?

Cool Wedding Idea of the Week: Martha Stewart Weddings: Year Book Style Wedding Programs. I love giving pictures to the names. I'm not the biggest fan of programs, but this makes them, what? More personal, more practical? Less something that people will leave on the floor of the chapel? Anyway, love it.

Cool Wedding DIY - Project Wedding shows you how to make a bird cage veil. I think...I might be able to do this one.

The Deals:

Okay, seriously, this is awesome - I've been staring at the Broke Ass Bride Bargain Bash deal for like the past view days, and I just realized what it is. Okay. Your guests are going to take pictures of your wedding with their phones, right? They can UPLOAD them onto, giving a real time portfolio of your wedding. For only $19. I'm seriously considering getting this for a few of my couples. It runs out on Saturday, so GO!

OctBride found this etsy store last week, and I LOVE their origami bouquets. This one is just $65, like, a third of the price of a brides floral bouquet. And, they last forever. And/or they're recyclable!

Weddingish - Free Shipping until December 7th, use the code decfree

Deals still available from Black Friday/Cyber Monday:

B & G Photography: Book by 12/1 to get $99 portraits and $350 portraits that include $350 in product.

Stella and Dot
: Up to 50% off and a FREE ring with a purchase of $99 or more.

Which do you think you're going to take advantage of? Let me know in the comments!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest!

Meet my Fearless Intern, Frances:

Every woman (well I can’t say every woman, but I will say almost every woman) has surely dreamed of being a Princess when they were a little girl. I am one of the few that will take those fantasies to reality.

Imagine! A single stemmed red rose encased in a glass dome at every table of the reception. Forest green vines lining the gates and archway of the outdoor ceremony. A kid-at-heart blushing bride in a yellow satin pick up ball gown with beaded embroidery.
Sound familiar?

Let me give you a hint: What bride doesn’t want to be a Beauty on her wedding day?

I know I’m definitely not the first to have thought of it, but I can promise you that I have thought about this fairy tale wedding since I first saw Beauty and the Beast on VHS at age 9.

How adorable would your flower girl be in this mini duplicate?

How stunning would your bridesmaids be in deep red?

Candles??? The possibilities are endless!

Oh the things you can do with red roses!


Of course the Bride’s bouquet will be the red roses, and the Bridesmaids’, the yellow. You don’t want the colors to clash with their dresses!

and who doesn’t just LOOOVVVEE what Etsy members come up with!

Last but not least! The guilty pleasure of weddings; delicious, sweet, scrumptious cake!

and maybe.. just MAYBE..

Too much? Yeah, okay. I’ll tone down the over the top enthusiasm.

All in all, it's the Disney Classic comes to life! Why Beauty and the Beast? Not just for the amazing dress, nor the fantastic advantages of red roses, or even the gorgeous color combo of red, gold, and green. I was never a big fan of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Snow White. All three of them knew their Prince for less than 24 hours and fell in love. Belle fell in love with the Beast for who he was! No handsomeness, charming looks, royal status involved! Plus, Belle loves to read and doesn’t care if she’s the town queer. That’s real. Real and tangible is what a marriage should be. And where it all can begin, the Beauty and the Beast Wedding of my dreams.