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

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, 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
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