Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 31


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

Wow, I haven't typed at you guys in a while! Been pretty busy with the wedding planning part of wedding planning - rentals for Ellen and Patrick, dresses and photographers for Christina and Owen, invites and DJs for Adam and Eve (no, really, not their real names). I had a table at the Brides and Basketball show at the Staples Center. I heard about Unveiled down at Melrose (fabulous, of course). I attended an amazing networking mixer at the Beverly Hilton last night. I've got a side project working with a non-profit that has a new project to house and rehabilitate homeless people with pets. I've been a busy, busy girl! Speaking of which, I KNOW you're getting stressed about your wedding right about now. Figuring out how to have the wedding you want with all this other stuff you have to do is just bugging the crap out of you, isn't it? Let's see if I can help - if you schedule an appointment with me, you'll get a $10 Starbucks card. 'Cause, you know, I'm gonna buy you coffee when we meet anyway, so we might as well cut out the middle man. I'm around this weekend, just email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com and we'll set it up.

Now, where were we? Ah, yes...

The Deals
Last week it was a plethora of events, this week there are TONS of discounts and deals. Behold:

Deborah Lindquist, who just had a wonderful write-up in the L.A. Times the Sunday before last, is probably best known by you fine folks as the designer who created the Broke-Ass Bride's wedding dress. Got the heads-up from the BAB herself - Deborah is offering 50% off her eco-couture wedding gowns AND free shipping (which you won't need if you're local - her studio is in NoHo). Her dresses, like the one to the right, are made of organic linen and vintage lace. I think this was the BAB's dress, actually.

Magnet Street Weddings is offering 10% off any wedding stationery order you make online. Use the code WWWM10 at checkout. Good through April 30th.

April Fool's day special,tomorrow and Thursday on Wedding Outlet, you'll save 15% on your entire order of wedding accessories, t-shirts, cake toppers and assorted doodads by using the code "Foolsinlove". They also have an ongoing special, too, if you follow them on twitter - just use the code "tweet" for 10% off your order. And they always offer free shipping for orders over $150.


Dream Green Weddings
is also offering free shipping on any order over $150, just use the code "FreeShip150". LOVE the eco-friendly wedding favors they have.

The Oriental Trading Company, on the other hand, is giving you free shipping on any orders of $49 or more.

Oh, yeah, The wedding accessories war is ON.


Lili's Bridal
is holding their Mother of the Bride and Groom Trunk Show now until April 5th. 10% discount on every dress. Of course. 18663 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356. Phone: 818-774-9700.


The Events
Oh, this weekend is quiet, quiet in Wedding World Los Angeles. Which gives you plenty of time to meet with me to talk about your wedding. You know you want to.


The Stories

Two stories popped out at me this week. Over at Another Damn Wedding, the discussion continues over whether or not to have a cake at your wedding when you don't want wedding cake. When you might prefer, perhaps, a lovely dessert bar or candy display. Her friends and family are aghast that she would even consider not having a wedding cake! She will regret it, they tell her. She's getting a little tired of the blowback. Oh. MY. GOD, So am I. I am going to say this for the last time:

HAVE THE WEDDING YOU WANT.
HAVE THE WEDDING YOU WANT.
HAVETHEWEDDINGYOUWANT!!!!!

Okay, for the last three times. You will never regret having a wedding that is different from everyone else's. That people will remember. Not only that - this is not such an unusual thing any more. Three years ago, one of my bride's served pie. This year, one of my brides is going the dessert table route. It is not weird anymore, people, it's a trend. Do you think Katy Perry and Russell Brand are having a wedding cake?? Well, maybe, but I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't. If your parents are helping you out and want a wedding cake, put on the big girl panties and insist on paying for your dessert yourself. Budget it out to $3-5 per person. Save a little bit of money by scheduling an appointment with me and get a $10 Starbucks card. There, see, I've helped already :-)

The second story comes from 30-Something Bride, who points out though there are tons of Brides of Color out there (I was one a while ago), they are not, shall we say, "equally" represented in wedding publications and website. She went hunting for some, and came up with some great pics. Enjoy.

Well, my husband's moving his video game store from Hollywood to Burbank this week, and I have to drive him to the U-Haul to drop off the truck. Every day is an adventure, just waiting to unfold, you know?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
320-801-3602

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This Week's Wedding Events

This is the weekend to go live wedding porn crazy, seriously.


Saturday, March 27:


The Wedding Boutique
Sponsored by Wedding and Event Specialists
11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Cost: $5 at the door for a charity raffle
Crowne Plaza Hotel
The Brasserie Jazz Lounge
5985 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Santa Barbara Wedding Couture
2:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.
University Club of Santa Barbara
1332 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
$15 online, $25 at the door
Showcasing Santa Barbara's most innovative wedding professionals. Includes Q&A sessions, bridal fashion show, and complimentary valet parking.



Sunday, March 28:


Unveiled
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Melrose Place
Between La Cienega and Melrose
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: $30 online, $40 at the event
Unveiled takes to the street on Sunday, March 28, 2010, for a one-of-a-kind wedding event without walls that features an unprecedented collection of couture bridal designers Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier & Temperley London.

The Great Bridal Expo
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
711 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Imagine That! Bridal Show
Imagine That!
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1296 West Ninth Street
Upland, CA 91786
Free with pre-registration, $5 at the door.
Imagine That! is the largest event facility in the Upland valley, and they are hosting their first bridal show, featuring 50 of the finest wedding professionals in the area. With sample tastings and a fashion or two, of course.

And last but not least...


Brides and Basketball

Bridal show doors open at 4:30pm, game starts at 6:30pm
(I'm scheduled to have a table here, drop by and say Hi!)
I usually feel a little sorry for grooms at bridal shows, but not at this one. After you drag them to the show, then they can drag you down to the arena for a Clipper's Basketball game. Yes, the bridal show is just upstairs. Tickets are only $10 and it includes admittance to the game, or you can register through theknot and get two for free. See you there!

BONUS - Come to my table show me a ticket, receipt or wristband from any of the other shows going on that day, and get a special gift.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 24th


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

So, you're getting married, you're a little overwhelmed,and you're afraid that you're going to get TOTALLY overwhelmed. Is it time to get some help? Set up a free consultation with me to talk about your wedding,and you'll get a $10 gift certificate to Weddingish. It's an old line, but still a good one: Crystal-covered cake cutters do not buy themselves. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com and we'll set it up. Breathe.

Discounts vs. Contests
At the beginning of the fashion show at the Festival of Brides on Sunday, a young woman won an overnight stay at the Montage, which was great/ironic, because she'd already booked her wedding there. At the end of the show, the SAME girl won $1000 credit towards an Erin Cole dress. Hopefully, she ran right out and bought a lottery ticket. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of contests - I recently won a stay at the Pasadena Sheraton, which I'm planning to use as a one-woman corporate retreat next month. But there's something about discounts. If the savings or bonuses are offered to everyone, it seems more...democratic. But I'm not much of a gambler, either - in Vegas I tend to shop, drink, inch slowly towards the quarter slots, drop two in and then run away - so take that with a grain of salt. People love the contests, there's no doubt about that. That being said:

The Deals:


Wedding Sites! Here Comes The Guide has all the good stuff this week - The Neighborhood Church of Pasadena is offering a 10% discount on their rental fees if you have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Their rental fees go up to $1600, so that 10% could cover part or all of your invites. Or your tux rental. At least that's how I think. Muckenthaler Mansion in Fullerton has a great deal, too, if you're looking to get married like, NOW - book your wedding for either June 12th or June 19th, 2010 and receive 20% off food and beverage. Plus, Orange County still charges only 8.75% tax, so, you know...think about it. Or, if you really want a beach wedding, Avila Lighthouse Suites in Ventura is offering a 15% discount on Sundays, plus you can bring your own catering and alcohol. Remember to mention Here Comes The Guide when you contact them.

The Ivory Suite Boutique
in Pasadena is having a trunk show of Lee-Ann Belter's new dress collection this Saturday and Sunday, and offering 10% off the gown of your choice. You have to make an appointment, so give them a call at 626.799.2991.

You're welcome!

I'm going to have to cut this a little short, but I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about the events coming up this weekend. Many, many events, one of which (look to your right) I'm going to be at. Would love to see you there! Much,much more tomorrow.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopesmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602
www.silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nine Things You Need to Know to Plan A Wedding in Los Angeles


It's a free article on my wedding planner training site (What A) Wedding Planner Needs, but it's also relevant for anyone who is trying to plan a wedding in this city, so I decided to amend it slightly for you guys. Enjoy:

1.The Average Wedding in Los Angeles is $28,000. Half of a wedding’s budget goes towards the ceremony and reception, so the average ceremony and reception is $14,000, including the cost of the wedding and reception sites and catering. Whether the budget of your wedding is higher or lower, these percentages are your starting point.

2.Planning a Wedding From Start To Finish Takes the equivalent of Forty Forty-Hour Weeks. Yes, I'm serious. Think of it this way - the wedding itself is going to take 10-12 hours. Meeting with vendors is going to be at least 2 hours each, including travel. It adds up.

3.First Three Vendors To Look For: Venue, Catering, Photographer. These are the three most expensive wedding items in town, and the most time-sensitive to book.

4.Tax And Service. Tax is now 9.75%, and the standard service charge in Los Angeles for catering and venue rental is 18%, which means close to a 30% up-charge. Confirm this whenever you’re talking to a vendor or venue.

5.There Is Weather In Los Angeles. It rains in the winter, and when the seasons change. Once the sun goes down, the temperature drops, so if it’s an outdoor reception, think heat lamps. If it’s indoor reception, think central heat. Heat is also weather - how are you going to keep everyone comfortable? Also, keep the cake out of direct sunlight. The end result is not pretty.

6.Not Only Do We Have Weather, We Also Have Traffic. “Rush hour” is between 3-7 on the weekdays, 10 am-2 pm on weekend days, and 8 pm-12 am on weekend nights. Give everyone, including yourself, plenty of time to get where they need to be for meetings before the wedding, and for the wedding itself.

7.“Day-Of” Coordination Does Not Start On The Day Of The Wedding. In order to effectively coordinate the day, you will need to talk to all of your vendors, several times, so you can put together an effective time line. Get started at least 2-3 weeks beforehand.

8.Don’t Be A Hero, Get Help. There are a lot of places you’ll need to be on-site at a wedding. Two is better than one. Three is even better than that.

9.Wedding Seasons In Los Angeles. October is the new June, it is not off-season. Off-season in Los Angeles is generally between November and February, stretching to April for many outdoor venues.

Fully-warned is fully armed. BREATHE. If you need help, well...you know who to ask. AND, if you schedule a free consultation with me, you'll get a $10 gift certificate to weddingish.com and put it towards this gorgeous rhinestone covered cake cutter and server or any of their other fabulous items:

See you at the end of the aisle (or at any point beforehand),

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602
liz@silvercharmevents.com
www.silvercharmevents.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Another Sunday, another bridal show review


Festival of Brides sent me another set of free tickets for their show yesterday at the Montage Beverly Hills, and since I have a bride who was interested in going...we went. To paraphrase Mae West, whenever I have a choice between two luxury venues, I always pick the one I've never been to before, which I hadn't. My favorite things? This cake, which was made by the Montage's in-house, award-winning bakery.


And Sky Flowers, one of my favorite, favorite florists was there, getting all the attention with their table right next to the registration desk and the topsy-turvy cake.
The Montage has a wedding package that breaks down to $251 per person, so about $325 with tax and service, which will run you about $35,000 for 100 people. Wedding on the terrace, reception inside. It has a lighter feel than the Biltmore, and an absolutely killer view of Los Angeles from the terrace. Nice pull if you can do it.

Hopefully I can post a little bit more about this later on this week - right now I've got to run and do headshots with B&G today!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Festival of Brides: The Upscale Bridal Show

Was very upscale. Well, your first hint is that it was at the Biltmore downtown, which is just gorgeous. No other word for it - frescoed ceilings and walls, gold-lined hallways. These days, you have to pay a minimum of $55,000 food and beverage to have both your ceremony and reception there on a Saturday night, and they have no problem getting that, either, duh.


My favorite part of the show? This from Impressive Creations Videography:

Teddy + Toyin ~ Wedding Teaser from Impressive Creations on Vimeo.

This reception is at the Biltmore, and you know, this is the just the "trailer" for the video you'd be getting from them. To take a look at more of these (plus this cool wedding movie poster they created for one couple), go to their blog.


My second favorite part of the show? Running into some of my favorite vendors, like Hansen's Cakes, Shirvan Designs and Jobyna's Bridals, and Cliques Photo Booth. Cake's still delicious, Floral designs still breathtaking, Dresses still fabulous and beautiful. It's nice to know you can still count on certain things in this world. Like how awesome I look in boxing gloves.


I wish they had started the fashion show a little bit earlier - it didn't start until 2pm and I wasn't able to stick around. And although they had a great selection of vendors, I'm surprised there weren't more of them. But it worked - there were enough tables so that it felt full, but intimate, even when the room started to fill up. That's one of the benefits of going early to a show, though - you get more time at each table. When I made another round later in the day, I was very conscious of not "Bride-blocking" the vendors. Although with City Connections Entertainment, it was a little difficult - those guys were very engaging, and their DVDs featuring their bands and singers were hard to leave. That was definitely the party table. Go see for yourself.

I'll see YOU at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
310-801-3602

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesay, March 17th

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

Happy St. Patrick's Day! My maiden name was McNamee, so I've always joked that there's a little bit of Irish in there, somewhere. Not sure I'm going to be getting it out tonight, but my green coach purse is right next to me and there's hard cider in my fridge, so I think I'm covered.

I've been SOOO busy in the past week! Three couples, one fundraising project, and my first informational session for (What A ) Wedding Planner Needs is this Saturday! If you want to become a wedding planner in L.A., I highly recommend that you stop by. It's free, I just need you to register.


The Contests:

Get Married Magazine is teaming up with David's Bridal and offering a $500 gift certificate towards the wedding wear of your heart's desire.

Free Diamonds. Yeah, you heard right. Enter the scavenger hunt on Broke Ass Bride, and you can win a trinkly, shiny bauble from WhiteFlash.com

The Deals:
Retail Me Not, the largest online coupon website, has just posted a coupon book of wedding savings accessories, jewelry, dresses, honeymoons and hotels, plus gifts for your guests and wedding party. Seriously, GO.


Jobyna Bridal
One-Day Blowout Sale
Saturday, March 21st

Up to 70% off a huge selection of bridal gowns, flower girl, cocktail dresses, accessories and much more.

By appointment only
. Call them.
Jobyna's Off The Rack
805 E. Wilson Ave.
Glendale, CA 91206(818) 248-0026

Lilis Bridals in Tarzana is also having a sale as part of their Lori of London trunk show, now until March 23rd. Beautiful headpieces, veils and fascinators, take a look and then put it on your calendar.

David's Bridal
$99 Sale
It's the last weekend. You know what you have to do.

The Events:

Festival of Brides, the Upscale Bridal Show
Sunday, March 21st, 11am - 4pm
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
PH 310.577.7788
visit website to save $10 off admission, or email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com, and you can come with me.

The Post of the Week:
And last, but not least, and right on time, this blog post from the 30-Something Bride - Bride Life vs. Real Life. She works with vendors all the time in real-life,and here's how she's applied that to her wedding planning. Like when you have $850 for your wedding dress, don't go to Monique L'Huiller. Another snippet below, but read the rest, please:

The Thirty-Something Bride's Real-Life Stuff: If I don't like the price I'm offered for a particular item, I ask for a lower cost. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't. If I do, I make sure I thank the vendor. If I don't, I have a decision to make.

The Wedding Application: Negotiate with your vendors, but don't be a dick. If the price is firm, make a decision and move on. Don't torment yourself or the vendor...For you though, you're inviting these people to be major players in a very emotional day filled with your closest friends and family. That's a BIG deal...The vendor side: they offer a service at a price...It's their JOB. It's their livelihood. I mean, think about if your boss came by and asked you to accept a 10% pay decrease for the next month. You'd either say, "Eff off, dude! I've got rent to pay" or maybe something along the lines of, "Fine, but I'm taking an extra week of vacation this year." Nobody works for free, don't expect your vendors to.



See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Only Reason I Regret Renting My Wedding Dress



Because I WOULD clean the kitchen in it. Totally.
Which is yet another reminder to you AND to me that David's Bridal is still having their $99 sale, until the 22nd. I was there with Eve this weekend looking at bridesmaid dresses, and I thought about it...there's still time...

So, How Was Your Weekend?

Thanks for asking. Aside from the Bridesmaid dresses, I went to the Festival of Brides Upscale Bridal Show at the Biltmore on Sunday, which my first wedding coaching student. Review of that, tomorrow, I promise, with more fabulous video.

But, FRIDAY, oh Friday. Christina and Owen just hired me to help them with their wedding next April. We went to Calamigos Ranch, and Christina feel in love with it, as I had foreseen, for various reasons. Not the least of which is that Calamigos is offering 2010 prices for 2011 weddings if you book by the end of March. Which means that Christina and Owen are going to book their wedding, including this lovely ceremony area, cocktail hour, reception and four-hour bar service, for only $12,000. For more pics of Calamigos, go here. And then contact them, immediately.

Much, much, MUCH more tomorrow.



See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 10

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

So, I've spent most of the past two days (yes, TWO DAYS) working on Ellen and Patrick's wedding invitations, which are now in the hands of the postal service. You'll be getting a slew of tips about invites tomorrow, I promise. Today, however, is all about the sales and the events:

Za Deals:



Gilt Group, which is apparently one of THE coolest online fashion stores, is teaming up with Martha Stewart Weddings this weekend for their first wedding sale. Major discounts on wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, beauty products, even a little somethin' somethin' for your man. Starts Friday, ends Sunday. Hint - dresses and jewelry go on sale Friday. Thanks to Broke Ass Bride for the heads up.

The March Madness Sale at Weddingish, well, marches on. 10-15% off all your favorite bridal party gifts and accessories.

And DAVID'S BRIDAL IS STILL HAVING THEIR $99 SALE.
Seriously, GO Already.

La Events

Saturday, March 13th

Jen + Kim Shoes Party
12 - 4pm
The Bridal Bar
624 N. Doheny Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Looking for the dream shoes to go with your dream wedding dress? How about getting them made? Get expert fashion and bridal advice and find out how to customize your own pair of bridal shoes.

Sunday, March 14th

Oh, you have your pick:

Joie of Weddings
11am - 3pm.
Hotel Maya
700 Queensway Drive,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Adam and Eve (really not their real names) are getting married at this hotel. If you're interested a ceremony with a view of the harbor and the city, drop by. I hear there will be cake, too...

Festival of Brides, the Upscale bridal show
11am - 4pm
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

NOTE: If you DO go this show, drop by the Cliques Photo Booth, they're offering between $75-150 off their services as a bonus.

Bride World

10am - 4pm
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91101

What's Liz Up To?

Saturday it's all about looking for Bridesmaid dresses with Eve and her bevvy at David's Bridal, which is in the middle of their $99 sale. Did I mention that? Sunday, I'm attending one of the bridal shows above, and I have an extra ticket, so email me if you would like to tag along - liz@silvercharmevents.com. After that, I've got potential DJ meetings and maybe somewhere during the weekend a potential site visit or two. Whew! Never bored, never boring...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz C.
Silver Charm Events
liz@silvercharmevents.com
310-801-3602

(What A) Wedding Planner Needs

So, at least twice a month, every month, I get a phone call or an email: "Are you hiring? Do you have an internship program?" I do take on interns during the summer (fyi), but I'm not hiring right now, and it's a little frustrating, not being able to send them to someone that cn help them get started. When I started my own business, I’d already been an event coordinator for over a decade, and planned my own wedding the year before, so I figured I was all set. Yeah,not exactly. And, there weren’t that many resources out there for newbie wedding planners, and no one was really willing to give me advice, which meant a lot of learning by trial and error. Learning by trial and error? Sucks. You know what's better? Learning by experience, even if it's someone else's, right now. Having someone to shoot an email to or a phone call,when you want to help your bride to the best of your ability (as we all do),and you're not quite sure how to do that. And thus www.weddingplannerneeds.com was born. There's an informational session about the coaching program on Saturday, March 20th at T-Lofts, so if you...or anyone you know is interested, RSVP and drop by.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - Rock Out With Your Cake Out!

Oh, the Kick-Ass Cake Bash! Dana LaRue, the Broke Ass Bride, got together with Fantasy Frostings and launched her own line of reasonably-priced wedding cakes, which start at $4.25 a slice. Trust me, that's reasonable, especially for cakes as yummy and beautiful as these.


Behold, Dana and her Fresh Hubby, Hunter:


What makes me smile every time I see them, is that not only do they honestly love each other, but they like each other. Spend five minutes with them, and you're left seriously wondering if anyone ever has as much fan as they do. And that boy can rap, too. If you followed my tweets last night, you saw that I had a great time myself : the cake was delicious, the DJ was rocking, both bars had lines to the back of the room, and the models wearing Alfred Angelo actually ate cake:



By the time I left, the dance floor was hopping, fueled by the intense sugar rush, no doubt. Speaking of which, if anyone knows of any classes I can take to improve my iphone photo taking, please let me know! You'd think there would be an app for that...

The Deals:
Wedding World seems to be taking an event break this weekend, but the sales and deals are coming fast and furious:

Exclusively Weddings,offering some of the most gorgeous wedding invites, favors and accessories on the web, is having a site-wide sale through Sunday, March 7:
15% off $150+ purchase (code THP15)
20% off $200+ purchase (code THP20)
25% off $150+ purchase (code THP25

If you're looking for the perfect jewelry to go with your perfect wedding dress, Amazon.com has 14k Yellow Gold 8-8.5mm Freshwater Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings on sale for $49. I might have to pick these up - mine are fake from Forever 21.

And Best Best BEST of All?

DAVID'S BRIDAL $99 SALE IS ON, BABY!!! March 6th - 22nd. What are you waiting for? GO!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Backstage Bridal!

I love this time of year - more cool Bridal events than you can shake a stick at, or actually, reasonably attend. But I made Backstage Bridal on Sunday, and I'm so glad I did, because look:


Yes, ladies, that would be a wedding dress made out cashmere. CASHMERE! Designer Deborah Lindquist is known for her environmentally-conscious couture,and can she bring it or what? This was me stalking photographers Desi Bayton to get a pic, check out the Backstage Bridal Blog for more of their shots of the gowns at the show including gorgeousness from Amal of Beverly Hills and Marry Me Bridal. No formal fashion show, just models roaming the floor in their gowns, so everyone could look really closely and ask them questions. LOVE it.



Wedding planner Tami Brown put on a wonderful event, centered around individual Q&A sessions that she led with all the vendors. What do you need to ask potential wedding planners? What do people forget to ask about their flowers? How long does it take to order your wedding gown? Brides were able to find out the answers to these questions and more, plus Broke Ass Bride Dana LaRue was on hand to talk about eco-friendly and budget-friendly wedding planning. PLUS, we all got lunch, compliments of Contemporary Catering. I don't mind telling you I had two servings of the salmon and potatoes. Yummy!


Events like this are great for me, too, because it gives me a great chance to actually talk to vendors, and I was able to find a couple that might really be able to work with some of my clients. Nothing wrong with adding to the roster or the bench, you know? Speaking of which, and speaking of the Broke Ass Bride, I'm going to her Kick-Ass Cake Bash tonight, the official launch of the Broke-Ass Cake Collection at Fantasy Frostings. Cake and cocktails, baby, cake and cocktails. Do I have an awesome job, or what? I'll tell you all about it on the Wedding Wise Wednesday blog tomorrow, promise.


One More Thing:


Yesterday started off a week of raising awareness about Wish Upon a Wedding: America’s only wedding wish granting organization for individuals facing terminal illness - Go to the website to find out more, and see how you can help. I've already volunteered my services for whatever they need, whenever they need it, and I'm looking forward to telling you all about once I get the call.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602