Friday, April 30, 2010

What I'm Doing to Combat Wedding Envy

Every day I see tons of weddings that I love that I ...just would never get the chance to coordinate. Whether it's because we're not in the same city, or we are but the couple can't afford my services (Seriously? Don't consider it if your budget is below the 20 - 25k range, unless you don't mind blowing it wide open. I can save you a good deal of my fee, but I can't guarantee that I can save you ALL of it!), or we are in the same city and I never got the chance to meet with them. Ah, marketing outreach. Still working on that.

Anyway, since I love helping couples have the wedding they want, and I LOVE finding out what couples come up with (and you guys ALWAYS come up with something cool),I've decided to officially re-boot the Charmed Consultation Service. It's a great wedding planning tool for couples with budgets under $15,000, who need advice about a specific part of their wedding, or a push in the right direction. Nothing beats a personal consultation, and now you can have one with me by phone or in person, and just pay an hourly rate. And you can even divide that hour into two half-hours, if you want. Oh, all calls will be recorded so you can review them at your convenience. AND I'm offering a $25 discount per hour for anyone who signs up in May. So,What Advice Do You Need About YOUR Wedding Right Now? Seriously, how is your wedding doing? Email me at to get more details, and to get started. You can ask also ask questions in the comments, if you want.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
p.s. The photo is by Sun-Dance Photography. Pretty, huh? Blendi Reynolds rocks.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 28th

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

First of all, my Cool Wedding Idea Contest is still open, so ENTER, either in the comments below, or in the comments in Monday's post. Maria wants to do a Mad Men themed wedding, and I CAN'T believe she's the only one who's entered so far. Britt over at Broke Ass Bride wants lots and lots of shots, so she bought lots and lots of shot glasses. What's going to make your wedding YOUR wedding? I wanna know and I want to help! $25 itunes gift card! DO IT!

The Stories:

Speaking of out of the box wedding ideas, I LOVE this guest post by Liz(no relation) on A Practical Wedding, on how she pulled together a self-catered formal dessert reception for her wedding. Really great story, LOTS of great tips, AWESOME pictures (like this one) by Love Me Do Photography in Philadelphia. Enjoy.

In a similar vein (Taxes were due just last week, after all), Lidia over at Wedding Chicks has a post on Getting Married Without Going Broke. A lot of them are suggestions I make to my own clients, and I'm definitely adding a couple to the arsenal, like saving postage by making postcard RSVPS and recycling leftover invite materials by using them for the reception. Oh, and getting your bridesmaid dresses online? I did that myself, since they were scattered all over the country. It works.

And speaking of things that, once you see them, you wonder why no one else has thought of it, Kathy Jo of Kathy Jo Weddings in Orange County also now owns Raise The Cake. Raise the Cake? Offers a collection of beautiful cake stands, OR you can customize your own. Stands from the collection range from $60-240 (the one pictured is on the lower end of that) and custom cake or cupcake stands start at $250. Thanks to Tick Tock Florals for the heads up.

The Deals:

Recycled Bride
has gotten together with Your Dream Dress to offer 15% off new Designer Wedding dresses, including Vera Wang and Reem Acra. Start at Recycled Bride to find out how it works.

Dream Green Wedding is having a sale on their eco friendly wedding favors - prices are as low as .99, AND there's free shipping for orders over $150.

Still looking for Groomsmen Gifts? I gave you a discount code for The Man Registry last week, so take it and go to Ben the Groom, who breaks it down even further for you - 5 Personalized Groomsmen Gifts for Under $40. You're Welcome!

The Events:

Thursday, April 29th, 6:30pm
WSEA Wedding Faire
Ayers Hotel
14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne/Manhattan Beach

Friday and Saturday, April 30th &May 1st, 12-6pm
Temperely London Bridal Open House
8452 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Dress, cupcakes and cocktails. I'll be there checking it out on Saturday afternoon. RSVP by calling 323-782-8000. See you there.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 30th-May 2nd - 10am - 6pm
RMine Bridal is hosting a Pronovias Trunk Show.
12242 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA, 91604
Call to make an appointment - 818.505.9064

Monday, May 3, 4-9pm
The Wedding Salon
The London
1020 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

I will be hitting this one, probably around 5:30, and I have tickets. Would anyone like to go with me?

Two questions:
1. What are you most looking forward to you for your wedding?
2. Which of the above do you think you're going to take advantage of?
Let me know in the comments below...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, April 26, 2010

Your Cool Wedding Idea Could Win You A $25 iTunes Card

Ah, my first contest. So, I was on Hidden Los Angeles's Facebook page, and a future bride posted that she was looking for a wedding venue that would allow her to have a pie fight on the premises, a la Bugsy Malone, Blazzing Saddles, and my favorite, Dr. Strangelove. Awesome idea, and she got about 70 suggestions, all of which I tucked away for future reference. And it got me to thinking about all the great wedding ideas I've helped fulfill since I started my business - the ice rink wedding, complete with skaters and dancers, the wedding at the Santa Barbara zoo, with the lions roaring in the background. Heck, the wedding that had to be planned in 6 weeks (no, not for THAT reason The luau wedding with three bands at Griffith Park with (groom on drums),the one with pie instead of cake, the one with a web feed, the one with the traditional Chinese dancers, complete with the 8 foot paper dragon bowing to the bride and groom.

So, what's YOUR cool, out-of the box idea for your wedding? Post it in the comments below, and I'll give you tips on how to pull it off. On Wednesday, comment on my wedding Wise Wednesday post, too, letting me know what your favorite tip of the week is or, if you haven't gotten around to posting your coolness, do it there. THEN on Friday, leave a comment on my weekly guest post on Broke Ass Bride. That's three posts, I know. On Monday, I'll pick the winner, and your idea will be featured on the blog, with even more suggestions on how to pull it off.

So, whaddya got? I can't wait to see what YOUR wedding is going to look like!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Liz's Three Rule Friday

I'm just saying...

1. If you work with me, you can't have an aisle runner.
Let me explain. They're beautiful, they make a wedding look glamorous, and those ones with the monogram? To die for. Which is just what might just happen if you're one of my brides and you get one, because I am cursed. The first time a bride tripped on her aisle runner, I blamed myself. The second time,It was taped down by the rental company, and she still tripped. The third time, it was taped down by the rental company and I double-checked it, and guess what happened? What happened is there was no fourth time. It's me, I admit it - I have great parking karma and lousy aisle runner karma. Go for flower petals, instead. They're better for the environment, anyway. Some venues won't let you use real flower petals, and I know where to find fake flowers so real you can't even tell the difference.

2. If you work with me, you're going to sit down and eat dinner before you do anything else at your reception. Well, of course I will, you tell me. But when you walk into that room, you're going to be surrounded by guests eagerly waiting to hug you and congratulate you, while the meal that you've been looking forward to, the meal that you paid God knows how much for, turns cold on your plate. Not on my watch. I will gently guide you to your table, and you will eat your dinner. And while you're eating your dinner, your guests are free to come to you and say hi.And after you eat your dinner, you can go wander around to your heart's content. But you're going to eat first, darn it.

3. If you work with me, I will show you how to really save money on your bar. Lots of couples are thrilled that they can bring in their own alcohol, and then blow that savings by offering everything but the kitchen sink. If you've got every mixer and alcohol under the sun, you're not going to save a dime. Repeat after me: You and your fiance's favorite beer. You and your fiance's favorite cocktail. Soda. Wine. And a nice menu on the bar telling your guests what's available. Nothing gets opened before it gets used, so if you went to Bev Mo or Trader Joes to get everything, you can take back whatever wasn't opened. As your wedding planner, I will find out how how you can do a version of this plan if your venue is providing the alcohol, too.

What's important to me is that you two have the wedding that you want, and a wedding that you can fully enjoy, without worrying about any of the details. Wouldn't you like to not have a to-do list on your wedding day?

If you would like to talk about how to make that happen for you, shoot me an email at, and we'll set up your free consultation. But for right now, what's worrying you the most about YOUR wedding?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

(Pics credit: 1. Shelly Bonoan 2. Winnie Hew 3. Me, believe it or not)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 21

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

The Stories:

While I'm THE advocate for having the wedding you want, whatever that is, you need to make sure that your guests are happy and taken care of, regardless. Project Wedding's article 5 most common wedding guest complaints will give you some insight on what to avoid. And the comments are priceless.

Odds are, this is one of the few days in your live where you're going to be on display, non-stop, and Jen O'Sullivan has some tips on how to look good in your wedding pictures.

The Deals:
Jobyna's Bridal in Glendale, which is still one of my favorite couture shops, is having a massive sale on Sunday. Up to 70% off their dresses, which usually start in the 4k-5k range. 9am - 4pm, and you have to make an appointment, so call (818) 248-0026 or email 805 E Wilson, Glendale, CA91206

Ran into Chris Easter from The Man Registry this week (LOVE it. Remote-control beer cooler, anyone?), and he's offering my readers free shipping on groomsmen gift orders of 4 items or more. You have to call in to place the order at 1-877-476-6601 and mention my name and my blog. After all, that NCAA team grill topper is not going to buy itself. Hee.

The Events:

On Friday, Martha Stewart Weddings' etiquette expert will be on-line to answer any quetions you have, like, for instance how to apply Project Wedding's suggestions to your wedding, or invite wording, stuff like that. I will be checking that one out myself. 12-2pm EST, which is 9am-11am in L.A. Register for it here.

Once again, You have a slew of choices on Sunday to get your wedding porn fix on:

Mon Amie Bridal's Eco-Bridal Event
Sunday, April 24
355 Bristol Street, Suite N, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Earth day is tomorrow, you know, and to celebrate, Mon Amie Bridal is holding their first Eco Bridal Event, featuring earth-friendly vendors and services

Festival of Brides, The Upscale Bridal Show
11AM - 4PM
The Rivera Country Club
1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
I have two tickets for this one, if you're interested. Email me at and I'll forward it to you. And fyi, there's a dress code if you want to attend - no jeans.

Premiere Bridal Show
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Expo Bridal's Spring Time Bridal Show

Universal City Hilton, Los Angeles, CA
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Remember to look out for my guest post on Broke-Ass Bride this Friday! Interesting subject, near and dear to every bride's heart. And a couple of extra deals in there, too.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Start of a Brand-New Week

So far, so good:

Just got an alert from the Knot that their three day sale only has two more days to go - up to 70% off on wedding party gifts, favors, all the finishing touches that you need.

LOVE this great story about a couple that got stranded in Europe this weekend because of the volcano ash,and just had their wedding via video-cam.

iPad for wedding planning? I was serious! Okay, so I JUST brought back the Sterling Service this month, after a two-year hiatus and I need to work out the kinks, the flow, etc. So, I'm offering it in exchange for a 64gb iPad. Your wedding has to be between now and October 9th, here in Los Angeles. The iPad may look expensive, but you'd still be saving a LOT of the price of the planning service - day-of coordination plus 12 hours of consultation beforehand, including travel. So, you'd literally be paying less than $1,000 for a package that's worth almost three times that. Email me at for wedding date availability and more details.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
(Don't forget to download your free gift when you visit the website)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Budgets And the Art of Being A Wedding Planner

My big news? Look who's got a regular gig guest-blogging on Broke-Ass Bride - ME!!! Every Friday, I'll bring you a little slice of wedding planning saving saavy. This week is about invitations, and between you and me, I have no idea what next week's post is going to be about, yet. Which is part of the adventure, right?

Oh, but tax week has been causing a little bit of havoc in Wedding World. Your budget, my budget, my budget is none of your business, etc. Petit Chablis had a great post yesterday about how folks to tend to make wedding budgets a morality issue. But what's my stance, you know, as a wedding planner, on wedding budgets, you ask? How do I approach the subject with the couples I work with? Glad you asked.

My goal, as a wedding planner, is to give you the wedding you want to have. If you have to stick to a budget, then I'm going to help you stick to that budget, and I will give you a breakdown of what that budget looks like, so you know what should go where. But this also means that, from time to time, I might need to talk you off a cliff. Like, suggesting that instead of buying a dress for $4,000, maybe you can get it pre-owned for half that. Or, instead of having a full bar, why not just serve a specialty cocktail and wine? And, if you absolutely insist on something that's going to potentially bitch-slap your budget, then I'll find ways for you to stay on track anyway. It's your wedding, and ultimately, you can do what you want. It is, and has always been, your choice. There is this feeling that that the Wedding Industrial Complex's tagline is, "No, you HAVE to have [insert traditional wedding miscellania here]!" I'm not that girl. You don't have to have anything. You don't want to send out invites? Okay, there's an alternative for that. You don't want cake? Welcome to a growing trend. My job is to make whatever you want or don't want work for you.

I know, it sounds great, right? Here's the problem: Realistically...gah..if your wedding falls into that 15k and under range, you really can't afford full wedding planning services. Or, at least not mine, unless you're willing to add my fees on top of it. And, really, my conscience isn't going to allow me to recommend that in your budget range. Again, I am NOT THAT GIRL. Plus, brides in psychic conflict really aren't that much fun to work with, you know? And some people that I've met with have actually gotten upset with me because they couldn't afford me, but that's another blog post.

But I want to help, and I enjoy helping, which is why I came up with the Recession Bride's Workshop last year, and the Charmed Consultations (hour long consultations where we talk about whatever is bugging you about your wedding), and really, re-instated the wedding planning half-way house known as the Sterling Service. If you want to work with me, you've got options. But don't underestimate your ability to find what you need on your own, either.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 14th

Every Week I bring you the best wedding deals, events and stories that I find in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!
Ooh, two things before I start:

1. Big, huge partnership announcement coming on Friday. Watch for it.
2. For those of you who follow me on twitter, I wasn't kidding about helping you with your $10k budget wedding in exchange for a 64gb iPad. I was serious - this package right here. You'd be paying like, a third of what that usually goes for. Yes, I am slightly crazy, but that's what makes me a great wedding planner. First inquiry gets it. I will, of course, be blogging the heck out of the process.

Now, where were we?

The Stories:
Allison Kornberg, Assistant Editor for L.A. Magazine, is planning her wedding by committee, using advice and polls by her readers. This week, she's messing with the dress. Don't mess with the dress, Allison.

The Deals:

Emaline Bride has this pretty, pretty pearl cake topper in the initial of your choice. And it's only $15. Some letters, like "A" and "O" are only $10. Dunno why. Less pearls?

Anneken Design is offering a great special - book your wedding flowers before April 30, 2010 and get 1 free centerpiece and free petals, whether you want to use the latter to decorate your tables, decorate your aisle (make sure to ask your venue if they allow it!)

The Events

In the next 36 hours:
TODAY is the last day to sign up for Jen O'Sullivan's charity engagement shootout. Get your engagement pics, shot by MULTIPLE photographers, for FREE. The shootout is next Thursday, but you need to reserve your slot today. Hit the link for more details.

Alfred Angelo's
Girl's Night Out Party is tomorrow, Thurs 4/15, 6-8pm, at all of their stores. Treats and cocktails, professional styling and wedding tips. $20 off bridesmaid dresses and wedding dress deals. AND the first 50 shoppers receive a gift bag, so remember - 6pm!

This Weekend:

On Sunday, the SF Valley is bringing the bridal -
Festival of Brides
11:00am - 4pm
Four Seasons Hotel,Westlake Village
Grand Ballroom
Two Dole Drive
Westlake Village, Ca 91362
One of my favorite wedding shops, Jobyna's Bridal, is doing the fashion show.

Last Minute Bride
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Valentino's Salon and Spa
1403 W. Kenneth Rd
Glendale, CA 91201
The bridal-beauty-centric show,offering brides-to-be FREE hairstyle samples,specials on private pampering parties, spray tans and more! My friend Wenda Evans from Just Wenderful Event Planning will be there, plus all the bridal show staples -cake, photographers, florists, and more. AND, it's free. And review-worthy, looks like. Hmm...

Here Comes the Bride
12:00 - 4:00pm
Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Now, remember Bridal Shows are not a to-do list. You don't have to feel pressured to buy or have anything you see there, but it's nice to know what's possible, isn't it? And you'll get a slew of ideas for your own wedding. And seriously? FREE cake and pretty dresses. Have fun!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, April 12, 2010

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Wedding Planning

I've been reading a lot of business and personal management books lately. How to be more efficient, how to be more effective, how to be happier(there is no way to happiness, happiness IS the way. Think about that.), how to be better, faster, stronger, and keep forging ahead. YES! Some of them I've even had the time to finish.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a classic by Stephen Covey. And it occurred to me that these 7 Habits apply really well to wedding planning, too:

1. Be Proactive. Proactivity, Mr. Covey tells me, isn't just a matter of taking initiative, it's a matter of taking RESPONSIBILITY. It's your responsibility to make things happen for your wedding. As a planner, I often hear a lot of cant's and dont's and wont's - "I don't know where to get started planning my wedding", "I don't have a big enough budget", "I don't have enough time to plan my wedding", "My venue won't let me do whatever", "I can't, I don't, I won't, all these outside forces are preventing me from getting my way." Gah! Stop focusing on what you can't do and what's preventing you from doing it, and focus on what you CAN do something about, like finding the solutions to these problems. If you don't know the solution, if you don't have a work-around, keep asking questions and keep looking until you find someone or something that does. It's out there, I promise. Seriously ,all I do all day is ask questions so my couples can get what they want. You are smart and mature enough to decide to get married which means you're smart and mature enough to use your resourcefulness and initiative to get the help you need to have the wedding you want.

2. Begin with the End in Mind
Mr. Covey goes on to explain that that all things are created twice - first in the mind and then physically in the world. I ask every bride and groom that meets with me two questions: 1. What are the three things you MUST have at your wedding? 2. What do you want your guests to feel like at your wedding? That is what you want your wedding to look like. Set your priorities, and keep the answers - the end - in mind as you move forward.

3. Put First Things First

A lot of women get the ring, then run out and get their wedding dress, before they've figured out when and they're getting married, what type of budget they have, how many guests, any of that stuff. I can't really blame them for focusing on the Pretty, a wedding dress has some powerful, poweful mojo. But do yourself a favor and put first things first - DATE, BUDGET, GUEST COUNT, WEDDING AND RECEPTION VENUE. The date may determine what kind of venue you have, your budget will determine how much money you have to spend on everything, including your dress, your guest list will determine how much you need to spend on your wedding and reception per person, you wedding and reception , which is going to take up half your budget, will also determine what you have to spend on everything else, yup, including your dress. See what I mean? I'm not giving you a hard time if you've already got the dress, you just need to work backwards a little. If you're not sure how, well, see #1.

4. Think Win/Win

This is especially important as you're meeting with vendors. You get the services you want at the rate they want. Win/Win. The last vendor you talk to is not the last option you have. Look until you find what you need from someone who is able to give it to you. Make sure you are happy with the deal. DO NOT get yourself into a Lose/Win situation. It's no way to walk into your wedding!
And that applies to personal situations, whether it's your fiance who wants something that you don't, family members,friends, etc. Talk it out, figure out what you're willing to do, what they're wiling to do, to make it work. Go for the Win/Win every time.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood
Or, as I like to think of it, "Help Me to Help You." Once you've determined the service you want, ask your vendors what they need to give you what you need. A certain amount of set-up time? A certain amount of space? What's going to help them help you? Communication? Very important when you're planning your wedding.

6. Synergize
My interpretation of this is "Don't re-invent the wheel". Instead of coming up with an entirely different way of doing something, ask someone who would know. For instance, say you've got the venue, but you need a caterer? How do you find a caterer? Ask your venue. Ask your friends. Need a videographer? Ask your photographer. Work together with the resources you have to get what you need. Even better, you'll find people that are comfortable with each other, which means less stress for you.

7.Sharpen the Saw

Wedding planning can take over your life. I've heard many a bride talk about wedding planning being a second job, except that you're spending money instead of earning it. It can be stressful, overwhelming, and just a pain in the ass. When it hits you, do two things: 1. Think about the end of that day, when you will stand together as husband and wife, surrounded by all the friends and family that love you. 2. Get the hell out of the house and do something fun. Don't talk about the wedding, at all. Focus on him, focus on cool things going on in the rest of your lives or in your friends lives. Rejuvenate. Laugh a lot and laugh loudly. Take a break, for crying out loud. Your wedding will be there when you get back.

So, to sum up - Your wedding is your responsibility. If you need help, ask (I, for one, will be happy to help you). Set your priorities. Communication is key. Use the resources you have to get the resources you need. Stop stressing out for a minute and go outside. That's an order.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
(All photos by B&G Photography. Thanks, guys!)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 7, 2010

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

I haven't seen this many budget-friendly articles and blog posts since I was running my Recession Bride workshops last year. And I was like, what's up with that? And then I realized, ah. Taxes are due next Thursday. Speaking of which, my guest post about having a 10k wedding is up on A Los Angeles Love. Thanks, Becca!

My final word on the subject is this: If you want to save money, you can, it just requires three things: 1. Patience. You have to believe that you will find what you need, with what you have. Just because you haven't found a solution, yet, doesn't mean it isn't out there. 2. Time. Give yourself time to find what you need, and time to roll-up your sleeves and get some of it done, yourself, if necessary. 3. Determination to save money. Don't get distracted by the Vera Wang and the Cake shows on TLC. You will be just as beautiful in your dress and your cake will taste just as good as the Cake Boss's. Probably better, actually.


The Deals:

Here Comes the Guide continues to have the insane venue deals. Rancho De Las Palmas in Moorpark is offering two - A $500 discount off of their site fee for 2010 weddings, and a cake and champagne reception for 100 guests for $2,795. Cake and cocktail receptions are also a good way to save money on your wedding. I'm just sayin'.

Weddingish just moved their location, so they're having a big sample sale to clear some space. Up to 75% off of some of their cutest stuff.

The Wedding Salon is one of the hottest wedding shows out there, and it's coming to Los Angeles on May 3rd. Tickets are usually $50, but if you used the code EBLA3C when you get them online, they're free. Not sure how long that code is going to work, so GO GET THEM, already.

The Events:

Sunday, April 11:

Intimate Bridal Affair
Hosted by Armenian Bridal and AB Weddings & Special Events
Pacific Studio for Dance
1123 N. Pacific Ave. Glendale, CA 91203
Glendale, CA 90027

Expect extravagant flowers and decorations, expect great food, and expect beautiful dresses. Tickets are only $5. I might just hit this one myself.

South Orange County Bridal Fair By-The-Sea
Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, a Marriot Resort
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Ah, luxurious OC wedding porn. Enjoy!

An Interesting Idea

Got a heads-up from OneWed - Convertible Wedding Dresses. After the ceremony, you rip the bottom part off, and you're wearing a smart cocktail dress for your reception. it. This one is from Martina Liana.

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

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Plantable Invites, Unveiled!

So, the Basketball and Brides show at the Staples Center on Sunday? Very interesting. I ran into some familiar faces - Elsa Aguilar from VIP Invitations, who did MY wedding invitations, for crying out loud. Maria Lopez from the Cathedral, who I worked closely with on a wedding back in September. And most surprisingly, someone who worked in the same insurance company with my mom when I was 5 years old. He's retired now, and makes poetry bookmark wedding favors. How did I realize it was him, you ask? It's very hard to forget a man named Detroit Flanagan. Okay, and FINE, I had a big crush on him at the time, all giggles and running behind Mommy when he came by. Just goes to show you that no one ever really goes away. As Carrie Fisher once wrote, nothing's ever over, just over there.

I also met some new people, including Brande Halasz and her husband, owners of Forever Fiances, which specializes in plantable invitations. I've been fascinated with these ever since Carol and Walt decided to do plantable programs for their luau wedding last October. It's the next big green thing, you know. Of course you do. Brande and I talked a little bit about it. Turns out her invites are not only eco-friendly, but economical - you can get them and get them addressed for less than paper invites in most cases. And they're pretty!

Liz: How did you get started doing this?
When my husband and I were getting married we vowed to be ForeverFiances - to keep that passion we felt then alive throughout our marriage, so far so good! We are passionate about a few things, love, integrity, beauty and being thoughtful and informed about the products we choose to use so we are kinder to the earth - everything we use is eco-friendly. After realizing our combined talents and passions ForeverFiances naturally evolved.

Liz: What's YOUR favorite product that you offer, and why?
Oh, it's hard to give just one...can I give three pretty please and explain why?
Plantable (and recycled) All in One Invitations: They are just so unique and pretty much the greenest invitations you can find because it excludes the need for an envelope and has a detachable RSVP card that the guest tears off and returns as a postcard and best of all your guest can literally plant their invitations in the ground and watch flowers grow instead of throwing it away.

Recycled All in One Invitations (w/o wildflower seeds embedded)
): These are fun because of the unlimited use of colors, as the one hyperlinked in the name. They still provide all of the great features as the plantable yet more room for colorful invites. In addition, we can offer to print their guests address on each invitation so all they have to do when they receive the invitations from us is place a stamp on them ($.44 stamp), seal and send them off.

Plantable Petite Invitations: These are great for the couple with a smaller budget. They can still enjoy the uniqueness of the plantable paper, yet is less expensive then the All in One format. Even though it was created for Save the Dates, many brides use this as their wedding invite and ask their guests to RSVP to their wedding website, phone or email. [This is actually the one that caught my attention at the show. So light and beautiful, and only $2.19 each per order of 100 - Liz]

One more, we believe customer service is a product and we love what we do and we believe it shows. I would say that aside from our invitations we get the most compliments on our customer service.

Liz: Tell me again how much it costs per invite, including addressing them?
For 100 invitations, prices range from $1.69/each to $6.68/each. If couples would like their guests addresses printed on the recycled (not plantable) all in one invitation as mentioned above that is $.85/each additional. If they would like their envelopes to be printed with their return address and their guests address then it is $1.10/each.


It really is stuff like this that makes me want to have a vow renewal party someday. 2013 for our Ten Year Anniversary? Hmm...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events