Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Gorgeousness

When I first saw this, I didn't know what I was looking at. But when I looked closer - it's a bouquet made entirely out of brooches. Beautiful, eco-friendly, and will last forever. And it doesn't even matter that Fantasy Florals is in San Juan Capistrano, because if you cant go down and pick it up, she can can ship to you. They start at $350, which is about what you would pay for a floral bridal bouquet, but without the cool, I'm-gonna-keep-this-forever factor. Thanks to OneWed for the heads-up.

More Events:

One of my favorite dress designers, Deborah La Franchi, is having her dresses featured in the fashion show the Brookside Country Club Bridal Show this Sunday. 1133 N. Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103, 11am - 3pm. You can only register at the door, and it's $5.

Backstage bridal, which is the ultimate in upscale wedding shows, is also this Sunday,from 9:30am - 4pm and you can still register. This event's theme is "Green", from beautiful sustainable wedding dresses and accessories to a workshop with Dana LaRue, the Broke Ass Bride, on how to have a gorgeous, eco-friendly wedding. And lunch is included!

Wedding Salon Bootcamp back in Los Angeles next Monday, March 1.
6:30 - 8:00pm
Hansen's Cakes on Fairfax
Even better? Get two free tickets by entering the code BBLA3C at registration. You're welcome!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wedding Wise Wednesday - See the Light!

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

Outside my office window, it looks like it's going to start raining again soon. Which means I get to post this:

Behold! The White Lighted Umbrella! And I quote, "our umbrella generates an amazing 6 foot circle of light." Ooh. I keep seeing it not only as wedding weather prevention or a favor, but as decoration, too. Dunno, I just love it.

Speaking of Cool Lighted Things
Over at Weddingish, Raya is featuring her Glow-in-The-Dark Bride and Groom tanks and tees, on sale this week for only $10. A bachelor/bachelorette party must-have, methinks.

Google Docs Does Weddings...Officially

And I say officially, because I've been using Google Docs to plan weddings for over a year, now. It's the perfect way to post potential wedding sites, time lines, budgets, everything. But now they have a bunch of templates to help us all out. Thanks, Google!

Wedding Planner Annoys Bridal Show, Doesn't Care
Last week, I was seriously considering having a booth at Bridal Showplace at the Knott's Resort, so I shot them an email and gave them a call. Yes, there were tables available, but about that review you gave us a few months ago.... Uh, first of all, I pointed out that while I did express my discomfort with all the plastic surgery booths, and the fact (verified yesterday by a bride I brought with me) that none of their registration staff knew where anything was, that my review was pretty fair, and I stand by it. Plus, half the review was a listing of all the great deals and vendors I found at the show. And I stand by that as well. When it comes down to it, when someone points out all the problems in one of your shows, if they're legitimate, and they were, shouldn't you work on solving them? They were pretty easy fixes. I didn't end up getting a booth, but I did drop by, and it was a lot better this time. Registration flowed a little smoother. The creepy gastric bypass guy was gone. The body shaper booth had women who were actually wearing the product manning them, as opposed to men who were definitely not. They still do have to work on the number of vendors compared to the size of the room, plus access to the secondary room. I felt that there were way too many tables crammed into the first space, and the second room was on the NINTH floor, a couple of doors down from the fashion show. Most brides would only have gone up there for the show, and the way it was set-up it was a good chance that they would bypass the second exhibition room entirely. That room was pretty lonely when I finally got up there, which was a shame, since that's where the really yummy $2.75 a slice cake was hiding, you know? Ah, well.

Speaking of Bridal Shows, there are tons coming up this Sunday, too. Remember: Register online!

Expo Bridal
Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach

Festival of Brides, The Upscale Bridal Show

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Bride World
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Redondo Beach

Lakewood Country Club Bridal Show
Lakewood, CA

Bridal Elegance in Torrance is having their sale on Sunday from 11am - 3pm. Dresses were originally priced from $700 to $2000 will be on sale for $150 to $250. Hit this before or after one of the bridal shows.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Maeline's Ultimate Wedding Back-Up Kit

So, my assistant Maeline is amazing. And she's been carrying around different versions of this kit for the past three years. It has everything you could possibly forget or need at your wedding. Including duct tape. And Trail Mix. Ooh, and His and Her Deodorant Sprays! I'm like a surgeon at weddings with her and her kit - "Maeline! Hammer, STAT!" And she just puts it in my hand without me even having to turn around. Now, her wonderful kit can be yours - Over 100 items of pure, Thank-God-I-have this joy. And, if you order one by the end of March, there's no shipping charges - As long as you're in Los Angeles, you can either pick it up from one of us or we can drop it off at wherever you need it. And you're going to need it. Visit the Shop on my website at to find out how to order one. You're welcome!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Day I Became Mrs. Coopersmith

was seven years ago today. Yay! Zane and I got married at the Argyle Hotel (now Sunset Tower) in Hollywood, less than 50 guests, and we had a blast, surrounded by the people we love most in the world. It was pretty awesome. Back then, I felt blessed to have my own dream wedding, but I never thought I'd be helping other couples create theirs, filled with all the love and joy that mine was. Do I have a great job, or what?

Y'all know what a big fan I am of Top Tip lists, so here's another one for you, to start the week off right, courtesy of the Knot: 13 Bridal Beauty Dont's. What shouldn't you do as it gets closer to the big day? My favorites: 2. Don't Tan 3. Don't get your first ever bikini wax just before your wedding. Oh, and 8. Don't wear a bra with straps the morning of your wedding. I'm not going to tell you which ones I learned the hard way, seven years ago.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Starting the Weekend off Right

FYI, I will replicate this for anyone anywhere, as a wedding minister and/or a coordinator:

Thanks to The Knot for this one. The video is not that great, but the concept? Priceless.

Oh, my Saturday at 11am meeting did get filled by a Saturday at 10 am meeting, and I still have some time tomorrow to meet with anyone who wants to find out what this wedding planning thing is all about. Call me at 310-801-3602 or email me at

Sunday is all day, all Bridal Shows. Two, in fact - Bridal Showplace at Knott's Resort Hotel and then the Premier Bridal Show at the Nixon library. And then Disneyland, darn it.

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

Liz C.
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thurday is For Tips...WEDDING TIPS!

Liz's Tip of the Day: Yesterday I had a phone consult with a bride who has a photographer, but no videographer, and has a caterer but no bartender, so she needed referrals. Easy, I told her. You're caterer works with bartenders all the time, so ask who they like working with. Same thing with your photographer, he probably has videographers he/she recommends all the time, because they're easy to work with. It's just one way to make sure your vendors are familiar with each other and can stay out of each other's way.

Weddingish's Tip of the Day: Weddingish Daily Tip: Spritz your wedding invitations with a scent that relays something about the wedding location or season; it will give guests a sneak preview.
(I'm putting together Ellen and Patrick's invites this weekend,and I am SO doing this!)

The Bridal Show and How to Swing It

Since I gave you a list of like, FIFTY Bridal Shows coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be a good time for you to review my pointers for getting through them without going nuts.

His Bachelor Party - To Chill or Not to Chill

My sis-in-law is Tristan Coopersmith, is the author of
"MENu DATING : Taste Test Your Way to the Main Course!", and she's L.A.'s resident dating guru, you know. She works with women starting the race and I get them at the finish line, but sometimes our two worlds collide. Case in point, her new blog post - Sin City Sans You: 8 Reasons You Should Let Your Man Go To Vegas Without You. Tristan says: CHILL.

Breaking Bridal News:

Chia Lieu is auctioning a $2600 Wedding Gown (might not be this one), benefiting the Make a Wish foundation at the Bride Expo this Sunday at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda - bids start at $50.00!

I might actually be hitting TWO bridal shows on Sunday - the one at Knotts (conveniently located near Disneyland, but we've already talked about that) and the one at the Nixon library. If anyone would like to tag along for a tour, lemme know.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - Let the Games Begin

Every week I post the best wedding deals and stories in Los Angeles and around the web, and we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

NEWS FLASH - One of my brides had to cancel our meeting this Saturday, 11am, at the Grove, so if anyone would like to take that spot to talk to me about your wedding - Free, of course - email me at or call me at 310-801-3602. Can't wait to meet you!

Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Wedding Wise...

One of the things that you don't know about me is that I'm a Disney fanatic. To the tune of having an annual passport to Disneyland fanatic. With the parking pass. And I've just found a blog that is all about Disney weddings,called, well, The Disney Wedding Blog, by Carrie Hayward, who had her wedding at Disney World. She claims that having a wedding at Disney world or Disneyland, for that matter, is really not as expensive as you think. I'll let her explain why.

The Deals:

Los Angeles Style Unveiled has a great thing going on right now - City Swag Bags. Local vendors offering great deals and discounts, all in a downloadable pdf file. Invites, photographers, planners, everything you need to start you on your way or give you a push from where you are.

The Events:

Weddingish in Toluca Lake extends their hours on Wednesday (Because it's Wedding Wednesday), and are open from 10am - 8pm. With every $25 or greater purchase they'll include a FREE long-sleeved Bride to Be shirt, plus there's complimentary champagne, samples of their famous cookies and lots of hot deals and specials. Weddingish is at 10210 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602. Tell Raya I said Hi!

It's the first weekend after Valentine's Day, and ton of you just got engaged, so it's going to be Bridal Show mania for the next few weeks. Start your engines, and remember - ALWAYS purchase your tickets online, it's cheaper and quicker than getting them at the door:

Sunday, February 21:

White Satin Wedding Show
University Club Pasadena
175 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Bridal Showplace

Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave., Buena Park, CA

A Soolip Wedding
210 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Everything Wedding Bridal Show
Calbasas Creek Park
23537 Calabasas Road
Calabasas, CA 9130

Crate and Barrel Wedding Party
Plan your new home together, get advice from our design and registry experts, meet other couples, and make merry with food, drink and fun.On Sunday, they're taking place at Crate and Barrels all over the city, so click on the link to find a location near you.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

The Cost of Having a Wedding In Your Home. Or Someone Else's Home, for That Matter

Over at the Daily Tribune, Washington, DC wedding planner Aryan Kanter writes about the wedding she coordinated for a couple in their home, a romantic, black-tie, nighttime reception for 140 guests. The average cost of a wedding in Washington DC is $39,000. This one? Much, much more - the flowers themselves were $38,000. I can hear the gasps from here. Granted, this seems to be a very high-end wedding, and here in Los Angeles, I can help you shave at least 15k off this, easily, laughably easily, even, but pay attention to all the stuff you'll need:

Tent: Total expense: $14,120
40-by-60-foot tent plus a tent connecting to the house: $4,400
Sidewalls: $300
Plastic subfloor with short-pile carpet: $4,250
28-by-28-foot dance floor: $2,350
Two heaters: $500
Tent permit: $1,500
Maintenance technician: $420
Overtime labor for Sunday tent removal: $400
Flowers: $38,000
Personnel: $8,700
Including chef, waiters, coat check, bartenders
Equipment: $8,500
Including tables, china, glassware, linens
Lighting: $6,000
High-end trailer with two restrooms: $1,800
Power generator: $900

Oh, and by the way? This DOESN'T include the cost of food. I'm facing this right now with a wedding where rentals and staffing are going to be the most expensive part of the wedding, 'cause they have to bring everything in, and then take it out when the wedding is over.

There's also a couple of great little tools in that article, an average wedding cost estimator, so you can see what the average cost of a wedding is in your area (Burbank - $35k), and even better from there, a wedding budget calculator based on your zip code, all courtesy of master wedding guru Sharon Naylor. Enjoy!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, February 08, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday back, I swear. Featuring the coolest wedding stories and deals in Los Angeles, and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Wedding Chicks always has the cool Wedding Freebies, and this week is no exception. My fav? The DJ Request Card. How cool is this? I've already recommended it to two of my brides.

The Deals:

So, as I said, I've been working on this new project, which has given me a chance to look at a lot of beautiful, beautiful blogs. One of which, Kiss the Groom, has a special going on with awesome wedding accessories designer Twigs and Honey. 25% off, and the discount code is "kisses".

Jobyna's Bridal is bringing the fabulous dress sales this week. Tomorrow (Thursday), all of their overstock and samples are on sale, to clear the way for the new spring arrivals. Up to 70% off. The sale is from noon to 8pm, and the catch is you have to call (818) 248-0026 to make an appointment. Jobyna's Bridal & Tuxedo OFF THE RACK LOCATION:
805 E Wilson, Glendale, CA,91206.

Magnet Street Weddings is offering 10% off your wedding stationery when you order online, just use the code WWWD10 at checkout.

Jobyna's Bridal & Tuxedo isn't done, yet: The Ines Di Santo Trunk show begins this weekend at their location in the Americana at Brand, 177 Caruso Ave. Glendale Ca 91210.
February 12-14,10:00-6:00pm. Enjoy!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Just Gorgeous

I've been looking at other blogs for another post/project I'm doing, and came across this on Ritzy Bee :

Love, Luck and Angels by Joanne Gartin, and she's in Los Angeles. YES! What are you waiting for? Go!

So, I've been running around with Adam and Eve for the past couple of weeks (of course, that's not their real names) looking for their wedding venue, and there are just A Lot of questions you have to ask when you're looking for the perfect spot. So, before you're sure you've found the site of your dreams, make sure you ask a few questions:

1. What ISN'T included? We went to a venue whose packages all included a ceremony site, a sit down meal, wine at the table, and a bar for three hours during dinner. What wasn't included? Hors D'ouerves for the cocktail hour, and cocktails for the cocktail hour, which added another $4500 to the bill. Plus service and tax.

2. Speaking of which, how much is tax and service? The standard (yes, standard) service charge is 20%, so you have to add that to your Food and Beverage and Tax the whole thing at 9.75%. For instance: Meals at $69.50 per person + $13.9 (20% service) = $81.34 + $8.13 (9.75% tax) = $91.53 per person(actual).
Most venues will be happy to do a preliminary invoice for you, right then and there, so you can see exactly how much it costs. Fall in love AFTER you get that number.

3. Set up time and break down time. You're going to give them a time that you want to have your wedding/reception, they're going to tell you when everyone, including your vendors, can come in, and when they need to leave. Ask if that includes set-up and break-down time for everyone. As a coordinator, I usually like at least 2 hours on either side of the event. But whatever it is, let your vendors know. And make sure you're clear on who is responsible for setting-up and breaking down what. For instance, at Adamson House, you and your vendors are responsible for taking ALL trash off of the premises. Ask, don't assume. ASK.

See You At The End of the Aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, February 01, 2010

How Did YOU Find Your Wedding Site?

As I said last week, you can't mess with the dress, and you can't mess with the wedding site. Adam and Eve are full-service clients, so the wedding search is built into their package, but I also do this as a separate package as well. 4-6 weeks to your dream wedding spot, and I'll find three other vendors for you, too.

Four to six weeks sounds like a lot, but try thinking of it as four to six weekends. If you're working full time, odds are that's when you can go and see places, and what I do is take away a lot of the legwork for you - find out what kind of location you really want (indoor, outdoor, ocean view, city view? Hotel? No?), find out if you have any particular places in mind, and start out with offering you three choices, with details and pictures. Ideally, Adam and Eve wanted an outdoor ceremony and and an indoor reception - You can take a look a the google doc page I set up for them here. Google docs are GREAT for this type of thing, put everything on one page, can't believe I ever used to do this with via email or word documents.
Adam and Eve picked which ones they liked the look of, and I've been making their appointments. Last week we went downtown to the Oviatt Penthouse, Cicada and the Biltmore, and yesterday we went out to Calamigos Ranch:

Calamigos is insanely beautiful, and surprisingly reasonably priced for being so insanely beautiful. They charge by food consumption, starting at $93.50 per person for up to 150 guests,and that includes a lot - the ceremony, sit-down dinner, 3 hour bar, wine at each table - except your cake, DJ and photographer. With the cocktail hour, and a couple of extra hours for the bar, A & E could get out of there for less than $14,000 (including tax and service).

They really liked it, but the search continues. Today we're going to Long Beach, visiting the Hotel Maya and the Sky Room. I'll let you know how that goes.

But I'm curious - how long did it take you to find YOUR wedding venue? It took me two weeks, but it helped that it was down the street from our apartment at the time!