Friday, May 28, 2010

The Recession Bride's Workshop - Let the Registration Begin


First of all, it's Friday, so read my guest post on The Broke Ass Bride,and find out how to combat Worst-Case Scenarios at your wedding. You're welcome!

So, I absolutely LOVED doing this workshop last summer. I loved talking to everyone, I loved being able to answer everyone's specific questions about saving money on their very specific weddings, I loved getting the cake, making the drinks, breaking down the numbers, everything. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I finally decided to pull the trigger and schedule my first one this year. June 27th, Burbank, 1pm. Registration is $20, but you can save $5 by registering early online, using the code "wedcharmfive". I'm also putting together a workbook that's really going to help you guys, too. You can pre-order it when you register, but my suggestion is to buy it on June 27th. Go to www.silvercharmevents.com, and click on the link on the home page.

See you at the end of the aisle (and on June 27th),

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 26th


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

This pic is from preownedweddingdresses.com's facebook page. The bride had her bridesmaids and family write good wishes on the bottom of her shoes before she walked down the aisle. So cool - I just love what you guys come up with.

The Events
Memorial Day weekend apparently means Sample Sale time in Wedding World, so those of you who are sticking around this weekend are in luck.

May 27-29
Jobyna's Bridal
Gotta make room for 2011, all Pronovias sample dresses must go, which means that you get have them at the pre-requisite 25 - 75% off. They're expecting a jam, so call and make an appointment. (818)248-0026 Jobyna's Bridal & Tuxedo 3325 N. Verdugo Rd. Glendale, CA 91208

May 28 - 30
Winnie couture Flagship Bridal Salon
New new and sample gowns are 40%-70% off. Party! Avoid the heartbreak and call ahead of time to make an appointment - 310.858.88689393 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Deals

While I was looking for a seamstress for this impossibly awesome dress that's just a little too tight across the hips, I decided to do a search for wedding stuff on craigslist. Huge Slew of wedding stuff for sale on craigslist.org, you guys. With pictures, even.

Cool clip art from Martha Stewart Weddings. Cost? Nothing, nothing at all.


The Limited is getting into the wedding game Debuting June 3. All the bridal gowns are under $300, and this one isn't even the prettiest of them. You're welcome! And thanks to marriage.com for the tip.

Hey! Don't forget to read my post on Broke Ass Bride on Friday. And follow me on twitter, I'm only two away from 300 followers, and I'm looking forward to the happy dance I'm gonna do when I reach it.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recession Bride Tips from the Worst Case-Scenario Handbook


Did you hear? My Recession Bride's Workshop is back. Sunday, June 27th. Use code "wedcharmfive" for a $5 discount this week. You're welcome!

So, I was cleaning my office, and came across my copy The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: WEDDINGS. . LOVE this book, because the advice is so matter of fact, the scenarios so true, that it's just freakin' hilarious. But some the advice is also very good if you're trying to save money on your wedding, Starting with...

Page 16: How to Save Money On Your Wedding

1. Ask family members to pay for specific parts of the wedding. . Not everything, just some things. Also, have you ever considered exchanging wedding money for a better table at the reception?

Register for wedding vendors and services. Sites like A Great Affair can help you register for anything you want.

Hold a raffle.
Sell tickets (at the bar!) for rides in the limo, the wedding dress, a dance with the bride and groom, etc. I'm also thinking for the flowers, and maybe extra drinks after the bar closes. I'm telling you, these are not bad ideas.

Procure Sponsors. Find a local company. Put their logo on the invites. Have the DJ announce a certain song with "This song brought to you by..." with their tag line. Have them set up a table at the reception so they can give away promotional materials. My brain just explodes with all sorts of companies that could do this. Dude, like, I would do this! As a trade even...no, I did not type that out loud.

My favorite?

Wash Guests Cars
Hire a student to wash your guests cars during the wedding. Skim off the top. Such a great idea. I may NEVER stop laughing. Will someone do this, please?

Which of these would you be willing to do? Tell me the car wash, I'm begging you.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Bride Wrangling vs. Bridal Blogging

Hey, my guest post on BrokeAssBride.com is up, check it out.

So, I've been so busy working with my girls and boys that I haven't had time to blog. Which I really don't think is a bad thing:
- Eve and Adam's Invitations. Was up all night on Thursday getting those done. Probably would have helped if I hadn't started at midnight.
- Ellen and Patrick's everything. Wedding's in three weeks. Serious crunch time on their time line and pulling all the pieces together.
- Christina and Owen. Chris got her dress, so she's solid for now, whew!

Looking forward to the bridal bootcamp tomorrow, and the wedding mixer tomorrow, and my guitar lessons tomorrow. Sunday is relaxing with my boy and then having dinner with friends at Disneyland. I have an annual pass, with parking. Jealous? Hopefully I can get a ride on It's a Small World in there somewhere, too.


So, to tide you over, here's a pic of me in that Caroline Herrera wedding dress I keep talking about that's just languishing in Burbank. I couldn't resist. It will look much better on you, I'm sure. For one, thing, it will probably actually fit you. And the does the Apple store give lessons on how to take better pictures with the iphone? You'd think there would at least be an app for that.


See you (and Ellen and Patrick and Adam and Eve and Christina and Owen) at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 19

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

And let's get interactive here - let me know in the comments which event you wanna go to, and which deal or discount you like the best. I wanna know what I should keep feeding you guys!

Idea of the Week:
Oh, I just like this so much. Looking for inexpensive but way cool wedding favors? How about gumballs? Project Wedding has them in this fancy pockets, but I'd just put them on the table in plastic bags or little boxes. And you can color coordinate them with your wedding colors. Seeing that just gave me such a happy, I can't even tell you!

Events:
Saturday, May 22:

{Fall into Love} Wedding Mixer
May 22, 2010
3838 S. Centinela Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90066
This is a two-part networking event - Vendor Networking:
11 a.m. - 1p.m., and then a bridal show from Open house 1-3 p.m.
Register online to get entered in the raffle - one of which will be a one-on-one hour long Charmed Consultation with yours truly, and a ticket to the Recession Bride's Worshop on June 27th. I'll be there.

B Well Fit Bridal/Wedding Fitness Boot Camp
May 22, 2010 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Mother's Beach
4135 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
cost: $25/session
Must register! email info@bwellfit.com or call 877 319 1133;

Alina Pizarro Couture Bridal - Collection Preview
May 22, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Alina Pizzano couture bridal
235 east colorado blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
This one is free, and very cool. I attended her preview event last year and her dresses are beyond beautiful. Going to this one, too, so let me know if you wanna hang.

Sunday, May 23
Bridal Showplace
11:00am - 4:00pm
Price: Tickets: $5 at the door, $1 discount online
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA

A Perfect Surprise Bridal Show
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
213/272-0748
$7 for two when you register online, $12 for two at the door.

The Deals:

Okay, first of all, the 99 cents store is also digging deep into the wedding market, so much so that they have listed twenty-three selected Los Angeles stores that will have a special (yet limited) number of high end wedding items priced at 99 cents each. I count three stores near my house, how about you?

For those of you who are deeply into the shoe change after your wedding ceremony, Old Navy's $1 flip-flop sale is Saturday. Blue flip-flops, anyone? Thanks to CheapTweet for the heads up.

Instead of a ring pillow, how about a ring bowl? Monogrammed. On etsy.com. For only $5. Variety of uses afterwards, from candy bowl to office nic-nac holder. Dude, it's only $5 and pretty. Thanks to PreownedWeddingDresses for the tip.

So, which deal are you going to run out and grab? I've already put the flip-flops on my calender, somewhere in between the bridal bootcamp and the wedding mixer.

Oh, and hey! If you're getting married between July-August, I'm offering $200 of my Wedding Day of Coordination Service. 10% of your deposit is going to Lupus LA in honor of Lupus Awareness Month. BUT, you need to email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to schedule an appointment before the end of the month to get in on this, so you've only got 11 days. Seriously, let me worry about your wedding, just enjoy the day with your nearest and dearest.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Speaking of the DJ...

Have you seen my guest post on Broke Ass Bride today? On the horrors of plastic surgery at bridal shows. Go.

So, I twitter. You should follow me. And last Monday, as there is every Monday in twitter wedding vendor world, lots of reviews of last weekend's weddings, and the pics and dresses and catering. And Omer, of Lovely Day Wedding Djs tweeted, asking why no one ever talks about the DJ. And I thought, that's true, why doesn't anyone every talk about the DJ? So I emailed him, so we could, uh, talk about it. This is what we came up with:


Liz: So, how did you get started as a DJ?

Omer: I started DJing about 15 years ago. I was always passionate about music and sharing it with others. I was always making mixtapes as a kid and sharing them with friends. Different mixtapes for different friends and moods. DJing was a natural path for me - I'm infatuated with how music, and the way it is played, moves people. It's magical. My other greatest passions are family, friends, love, and having fun, so being able to DJ weddings as a profession is like a dream come true. I love it! And I love how significant and critical my role is in making that once-in-a-lifetime celebration, one that the Bride & Groom could only dream of. One that their guests will not be able to stop talking about, because it was so special for them as well. It's an honor that I take great pleasure in.

Liz Don't you totally miss mixtapes? There isn't really anything like that, now, is there? Do kids give each other playlists?

Omer: I think they do. I know that in my other (non-wedding) music world, DJs are making mixes all the time, or podcasts. Nevertheless, I DO miss mixtapes!

Liz: So, as a wedding planner, I found it really interesting that you said on twitter that the DJ is often overlooked when people talk about weddings? What did you mean?

Omer: I was mostly referring to the tweets I was seeing. I don't want to devalue any other aspect of weddings, as i think that any piece of that day is incredibly special. But I saw one tweet after another about venues, dresses, food, photos, etc. and not a single mention of how amazing the dj/band/entertainment was. Was it because they weren't compelling enough to mention?

Liz: I think it might be one of those things where you only mention the DJ when they’re BAD, but I see what you mean.

Omer: That's interesting. And probably true. I think it’s 10-1 customer complaints over compliments or whatever. I think you’re right in that, the experience probably has to be exceptional for someone to compliment. How about you? You coordinate weddings, so do you work with the entertainment side of things as well?

Liz: Well, yeah the DJ is a crucial choice for every couple I work with. It’s really important to them to have the right DJ that is going to play the right music, it's VERY personal, and everyone wants a great party with music that expresses who they are. My last two couples went straight to recommendations from friends.

Omer: Recommendations are the BEST. And I love that you said, “it’s personal”. So true, it's one of the most personal days of your life that you actually share with others.

Liz: I think that's right, too, that DJs are involved a little less in the process at the beginning. In other words, the DJ isn’t usually one of the first things that a couple thinks about hiring right away, there’s a lot of vendor choices that come before that. For instance, I usually only see one or two at any bridal show, which is pretty much a bride’s first right of passage. Ironically, and you can confirm this for me, if the couple doesn’t have a Day-Of Coordinator, the DJ often who ends up with that job by default.

Omer: By default, you're right. Other than photographers, I think DJs are the only ones involved through the whole wedding. And the photographers are really observers, rather than making anything happen. The DJ always have to have their finger on the pulse of everything that’s going on and control the flow. Without a coordinator, we become the captain of the ship.

Liz: And when I’m acting as the “captain” of the ship, so to speak, I spend the whole day constantly communicating with the DJ. The DJ makes all the announcements, controls the music, they’re the first person I go to if the day needs to be slowed down or sped up. Controlling the flow of the day is important, and an important part of that is making sure the DJ knows what’s going on on the “ground.”

Omer: Most of the weddings I’ve DJ’d haven’t had a coordinator, so the bride and groom tell me what’s supposed to happen, and I prepare accordingly. Then I like to get to know the photographers, venue staff, catering, etc, so I can communicate with them during the wedding so I know what’s going on. But working with a wedding coordinator more often would actually be amazing, and a good one at that! Ha Ha, feel like I just had an epiphany

Liz: Well, we’ll have to see what we can do about that! But, going back to what we were talking about before, why do you think that DJs aren’t as involved in the process? Why am I not seeing them out there as much, like at shows and networking events?

Omer: I have no idea. I’m baffled by it, but truthfully, although I’ve been DJ’ing weddings now for 5 years or so, I’m just now really making it my profession and dipping my feet into the industry. As a professional, I’m looking to get involved as much as I can. My guess would be that most DJs aren’t “wedding DJs”, only do them when asked, so maybe there’s no personal passion there. Maybe it’s just another gig to them?

Liz: I don't think it's a lack of passion. Most of the wedding DJs I've worked with love what they do, and you can tell. I think that maybe it’s just a little harder to convey how good they are at what they do? It’s not something that can be easily reduced to a sound bite or a demonstration. For instance, when I meet with people, I say, well, you’re telling me that you want A, D, and E, there is this one time when I did it like this, so the first thing we’re going to do is X, and how I’ll do that is Y, and it will take B amount of time, and in the meantime, you don’t have to worry about a thing except living your life and then enjoying your wedding day. And the photographer shows everyone their pretty, pretty pictures, and ooh, and ahh, and we can do this shot and THIS shot. But the DJ maybe has a harder time with that? Because you know a good DJ when you walk in to the room and start bouncing your head. But how do you convey that feeling in a meeting, unless you’ve walked into a room where they’re working, or know someone who has?

Omer: I start by asking THEM what THEY want their wedding to be like. Only after I listen and understand do I say, well, I can play a little of this, with splashes of this, then to transition to some of this, and describe to them how I can carry out their vision…but THE VISION MUST BE THEIRS.

Liz: So, it's basically the same thing that I focus on with them, what do you want your wedding to look like? What's most important to YOU? But you specifically focus on the music and creating the party vibe that they want.

Omer: EXACTLY! First of all, I will say that as you explained your process, I was thinking that this is what EVERY wedding service provider should do (i.e. catering, floral, photo, etc.). It’s all about the bride and groom, not about you.

For me, it all starts with the ability to connect with the Bride and Groom... to understand who they are and what kind of wedding they want. There is no other right way to do it.

Nearlyweds should be ecstatic to work with their DJ. They entire process, from start to finish, should be exciting and inspiring.

During the wedding, it’s important that the DJ makes that same connection with the guests and be able to sense their energy in the room at all times and know what to play. Having a good musical catalog and the right equipment and are very important, of course, but it’s secondary to making that connection.

Liz: Do you have a favorite wedding story?

Omer: Oh, wow, it’s really tough to pick one. I’ve seen some of the craziest parties in the most happy, fun way... everybody getting down. But the first wedding I ever DJ’d, I was recommended by a friend. I did exactly what we been talking about, but even after all that, it’s still impossible to know ahead of time just what you’re going to play at any given moment. They had a band come to warm up the party, and I coordinated with them ahead of time how we were going to transition. Everyone was eating and mingling, but once it became a party, it NEVER stopped! My favorite part was when a big circle opened up all of a sudden and people were taking turns getting loose with it in the circle. I think I was on an old-school funk/hip hop kick and we had grandparents GETTING DOWN. It’s hard to describe, but it was awesome! Little kids bouncing up and down... That circle went on for over half an hour. The dancing didn’t stop until way after that, but that circle was epic…and it happened during my first gig.


Liz: I get that, when you realize how you can affect people that way, that you can help them have a great experience, you just wanna keep doing it. That’s where the passion comes from.

Omer: Right. That’s exactly why I picked that story. I've stayed in touch with that couple since, and DJ’d another party for them after they moved to Chicago. They’re great people and I consider them to be my friends. They wrote a nice testimonial for me when I asked for one. I’ve been reconnecting with a lot of couples now for that reason and it's been really cool. I like DJing all kinds of gigs, but nothing is a special as a wedding. Like I said, it’s an honor.

Liz: So, last question, what would you tell couples, as far as what is important when they’re picking their DJ? What should they look out for, both in the DJs presentation, and in their reaction to the DJ and his presentation?

Omer: First, do you research. Ask around for recommendations, and when you meet them, trust your instincts. Your gut will tell you if this is the right person for you. The way they carry themselves and their approach to finding out what you want is a sure tell. How they interact with you during that first meeting is very much how they will interact with your friends and family at the wedding. Watch out for egos. If the DJ thinks the wedding is at all about them, they're not the right person for the job.


See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 12th

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

So, I've got two weddings coming up it in the next few weeks, and I love it, because that means that I'm busy. Busy is my favorite thing in the world. Nothing I like better than figuring out how I'm going to get all this crap done. Multi-tasking = LIFE. Ooh, looks like someone needs a new bumper sticker. ..Follow me on twitter and read all about it.

And I've got a special deal going on right now - if you're getting married in July- August, I'm offering a last-minute 10% discount on Day of Coordination, and 10% of your deposit goes to Lupus LA to honor Lupups Awareness Month. But you MUST schedule your free appointment with me this month in order to get in on this deal and earn karma points. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to schedule your free - did I mention it's free? - appointment. Can't wait to hear about your wedding!

Also, If you know any woman who is currently undergoing Chemo, the cleaning service Cleaning For a Reason is providing Free Housecleaning for women undergoing chemo. Click here for their locations in California. Thumbs up to iwedding.com for the tip.

It was a little slow this week, so we've got a lot from the usual suspects around here. Familiar? Yes. Good stuff? OH, yeah. Here we go:

Events
Ends Today:
Sample Sale
Alfredo Angelo
.. this is the last day. Really good deals - ranging from $98 from the Alfred Angelo collection to $498 for their higher-end Evan Piccone collection. Open until 9pm. If you have the time, GO. Click here to get coupons for an extra $50 off, too.

Thursday, May 13th
Jobyna's Bridal Series
The Bridal Series is a complimentary event for all Brides-To-Be where the BEST leaders in the wedding industry present various presentations to help you plan the your wedding.See the latest irresistible fashions, get how-to-tips and unique ideas from the professionals to transform your dreams into reality. For a look at last month's session, click here.
Americana at Brand, 171 Caruso Ave., Glendale, CA
RSVP! Call (818)246-4637.

Saturday, May 15th - Sunday May 16th
Ivory Suite Bridal Boutique
Jewelry and Accessories Trunk Show
11:00am - 5:00pm
803 Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
New jewelry and accessories collections, and you will save 10 - 15% off on any of it.

Sunday, May 16th
Bridal Show at El Prado
Sponsored by Cethosia Events
Meet some of the Inland Empires' most distinguished wedding professionals offering everything you need to plan for your wedding. And, there's a drawing for a a FREE Bridal gown. Registation at the door is only $2.00, or you can pre-register for free by calling Cethosia Events at 951-534-2602 or email cethosiaparties@aol.com


Monday, May 17 - Monday, May 24th
The Wedding Outlet
Ninth Anniversary Celebration
And they're celebrating all week:

Monday 5/17 - Monday 5/24 shop and receive 9% off your order!
Monday 5/17 - Shop today (the actual birthday) and receive a free gift with your purchase of $75+. Gift will be included in your
Tuesday 5/18 - Visit The Wedding Outlet's Facebook Page and wish us a Happy Birthday on our wall and automatically be enter to win a $50 gift certificate! (Winner will be selected at random and notified within 48 hours)
Wednesday 5/19 - Follow and Tweet The Wedding Outlet a Happy Birthday on Twitter and automatically be enter to win a $50 gift certificate! (Winner will be selected at random and notified within 48 hours)Thursday 5/20 - Visit our blog Wedding Rumors and leave a comment on any blog post and automatically be enter to win a $50 gift certificate! (Winner will be selected at random and notified within 48 hours)
Friday 5/21 - Join our Newsletter to be the first to know about new arrivals and promotions and automatically be enter to win a $50 gift certificate (Winner will be selected)

The Deals:
Want a wedding magazine subscription of your very, very own? Now you can get Bridal Guide for only $4.69 for the year (6 issues) by subscribing through Deal Taker. Good until Sunday, May 16th.


Massive Sale on Bridal Party Gifts
(including little pink flasks, Britt)
They also have a ton of favors for 99 cents each, so check those out, too. Oh, and check and see if the discount code COMPLETEKS still works to get 15% off your total order.

Speaking of awesome discount codes, you can save 30% off your total order at Weddingish by using the code "3days" at checkout. FRIDAY is the last day you can use it, so go. You're welcome!

I'm working on one more deal, which unfortunately, I won't be able to nail down today, but you're reading my guest posts on The Broke Ass Bride on Fridays, aren't you? Of COURSE you are. Go by there this Friday, and check it out. Seriously, I nearly fell over when I found this one. It's not for everyone, but aw, man, if you're in Los Angeles, you are going to really think about making it for you.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Friday, May 07, 2010

"Why Can't Everyone Just Do What They Want?"


Hey, Check out my latest guest blog post on The Broke Ass Bride. And to continue THAT conversation, Last Saturday I got together with my geekier friends (some of them are like, professional geeks, even. Like, I know the guy that made those Enterprise salt shakers in that bar scene in Star Trek) at Dinah's in Culver City. One of them, we'll just call her "Maya" coordinates corporate conferences, so we generally have a lot to talk about event planning-wise. She was telling me some of the issues that come up regularly with her tech-attendees, and I was telling her about all the controversies in wedding world - budget judgment, whether or not to change your name after you get married, DIY vs. Buy, all the stuff you've been looking at over the past six weeks. I mean, good God, Meg's post on the name-changing debate got 580 comments. And, Maya shakes her head and says, "Why can't everyone just do what they want?"
Yes.
YES.

What is this?? I guess where my disconnect comes from is in the distance between voicing an opinion and "NO, YOU'RE WRONG." The disconnect between reading "NO, YOU'RE WRONG" in reaction to your opinion and trying to prove you're right. Look, guys, If you don't like what's someone's doing with their wedding or with their marriage, it's none of your business. And if someone doesn't like what you're doing with your wedding or your marriage, it's none of their business. What other people think of you is none of your business.
And the question, "Why do you have to do it x way?Why can't you get the same results doing it y way" = NO YOU'RE WRONG
And the statement, "I can't believe that anyone would ever think x and y, and I will never understand it." = NO, YOU'RE WRONG.

One blogger (I can't find it right now, so if it's you and want fess up, participate in delurk week and let me know in the comments), commented that women have a tendency to be extremely judgmental of other women and what they do. But guys do this crap, too, they're just quieter about it, trust me. "NO, YOU'RE WRONG"is pretty extreme, you'd be pretty put off if someone said that to you. "YES, I'M RIGHT" also doesn't make any sense, because of course you are, it's your life.
Your life.
Everyone CAN just do what they want.
Who gives an EFF what anyone thinks?
You're going to spend less/more money on your wedding because tara318 (an example tagname, don't send me emails)thinks you're wasting money/being unreasonable?
You're going to keep/change your name because suzieQ thinks it's the only way you'll be able to keep your personal identity/become part of the family that you and he are forming?
Of course not.
And you know I'm right.
Of course you do.
Getting caught up in the noise doesn't serve you well. When the volume is up too loud, turn it down, so you can hear yourself think. Seriously.
Have the wedding you want.
Have the life you want.
You will NEVER regret it.

But, of course...that's just my opinion. :-)

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
www.silvercharmevents.com

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 5th

Every Wednesday, 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!

First Things First: In honor of Lupus Awareness Month, I'm donating 10% of the deposit on the booking of any of my wedding services this month to Lupus LA. Lupus sucks, y'all, trust me on that one.

Second things second - you know that I write a guest blog post for The Broke Ass Bride every Friday, right? This week's will be about how to deal when your friends and family start to go nuts on you about your wedding, so stay tuned.

But on to the wedding wise...

The Deals:

Discounts from the Wedding Salon. Mention either my blog or the Wedding Salon:


Picture Perfect Makeup and Hair
- Emmy Nominee Amy Sparks is giving you a $50 discount on bridal services, so email her at picperfectmakeup@sbcglobal.net to get your gift certificate or call (818) 621-9329 to make an appointment.

The Dressing Room Diva - 20% off any service. Email Jackie at thedressingroomdiva@gmail.com or call 949-212-5993 to make an appointment.

The shop at GetMarried.com has everything - invites, bridesmaid dresses (!), favors, shower supplies, books, everything. And you can get 10% off any and all of it by using the "Event10" when you checkout. You're welcome!

MsNowMrs.com - Quick and easy name changing service, if that's what you want to do. (And if not, of course, that's okay, too). Use the code "PM070" at checkout to save $5.

Porto Marina Way - One of the things I'm always pushing, when you're trying to save money on your wedding, is to find a reasonably priced venue, and I found another one! Absolutely gorgeous private home overlooking the ocean in Malibu, near the Getty Villa. Available for $2500. I would tell you how much private home rentals usually cost in Malibu, but you will cry. GO.

Sigh. Wedding Salon is such a good show.

Elsewhere...

This Dress? IS STILL AT MAGNOLIA COMMONS. Last year Caroline Herrera, size 8, only $700. What is wrong with you people? GO!

Jobyna's Bridal
is having their sample sale starting this weekend and going until May 16th, at all three of their locations. Gowns are 30%-70% off, and you all know how pretty they are. Call first to make an appointment.

But if you're holding out for a lower price, Etsy has done you a solid by putting all their wedding dresses under $500 in one place. Happy Hunting.

Bridal Workbook has a great deal going with Invitations by Brenda - Call and mention the workbook in order to get 75 invites, with RSVP cards & envelopes for $60.

Here Comes The Guide has also hooked up with Hello Lucky Cards - get 10% off letterpress wedding invitations by using the code "HCG2010". Hmm, I think I know where I'm getting my new business cards from. . .

The Events:
Some vendor friends of mine are going to be on Platinum Weddings this Sunday on the We network. For me, this show is just not based in reality, so I can enjoy it. But, like, My Fair Wedding With David Tutera is totally based in reality, which is also why I enjoy it. But I don't enjoy Bridezillas at all, because it's just sad to me on so many different levels. Anyway. R-Mine Bridal, Fantasy Frostings, and My Flower Guy - Congrats!

Tuesday, May 11th

The Sunset Restaurant
357 South Robertson Boulevard
6800 Westward Beach Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Jen O'Sullivan is holding her second charity engagement shootout - your chance to get multiple sessions with multiple fabulous photographers ab-so-lutely free. Find out more by clicking on the link.

Wish your Mom a Happy Mother's Day for me! I'm looking forward to hanging with my mother, too.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

It's Delurk week, so delurk. Now, onto the Wedding Salon Review.

I know you're out there. I run into you at shows, I see you on Facebook, you follow me on twitter. I can see you on google analytics. This is the week you delurk - comment on the posts! Say Hi, tell me which Wedding Wise deal you're going for, tell me what's bugging you about YOUR wedding right now. I'm tired of hearing the crickets. Let me know you're out there. It's #blogcommenttuesday, so join in.

That being said, last night I went to the Wedding Salon at the London in West Hollywood. I've been to this show once before, last September, and it's one of my favorite high-end shows. And a lot of my favorite wedding vendors were there, too, who you've seen over and over in this blog - Hansen's Cakes (so popular, that they had to run out about a couple of hours in and get more cake from the bakery), Jobyna's Bridal and R-Mine Bridal. Plus new fave Hpnotiq Liquor, who were handing out the cocktails. Let's just say it was a good thing that the valet line to get out was so long, because those blue drinks were strong.
The Good:
I gotta tell you, I love that they dumped the fashion show idea and just had the girls wander the floor in their dresses, with cards and info about each design. Approachable girls in princess fluffy dresses give me a happy. The chairs that would normally be for the show were used by couples to chill and finish their cake and drinks.
The gift bags were fantastic, and they even let me have one even though I'm not a bride (a lot of shows won't). Like, five samples of make-up, coupons, BOOKS, candy, and those awesome pop chips that I like.

The Bad:
Not so much "bad" as challenging, because it was a great show. But some of the brides I talked to did confess that the set-up was a little overwhelming. The show took place in two rooms and a patio area, all completely lined with vendor booths. With the all the decorations, and the bakeries passing out cake, and the sheer number of people, it got a little tight in there around 6pm. This is why I always try to go to these things early, but I don't think that's possible with an after-work show. Maybe try going a little later? Dunno. But everyone I talked to found vendors that they were really interested in, so it didn't hurt too much.

The Ugly:
Wow. The valet line to get out. I'm glad I found parking on the street!

Tomorrow, I'm including the deals I found at the show in the Wedding Wise, so stay tuned.

And here's a little story for you: I'm at the Hansen's table, and the woman holding the tray of cupcakes gestures it towards me, so I can take one, even though she's talking to someone else (who turned out to be a bride who went to my Recession Bride's Workshop last summer. Small world.) I ate the cupcake in one fell swoop, pretty much, and started looking around for a trashcan. Still talking to the bride, cake lady took the wrapper from my hand, and when I started rubbing my fingers together to get the icing off, she offered the cloth on the cupcake tray for me to use to wipe them off. While still talking to the bride. Yeah. That's what I call customer service.

Monday, May 03, 2010

...And Yet, the Wedding Envy Finds Me.



















From contactmusic.com this morning:
Green Weds

Actor SETH GREEN has married actress CLARE GRANT in a private ceremony.

The Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery star exchanged vows with his bride at filmmaker George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, California on Saturday (01May10), reports JustJared.com.

Green's pal 'Weird Al' Yankovic congratulated the newlyweds with a post on Twitter.com: "Just watched my buddy Seth Green get married. Beautiful wedding. Much love to him and his lovely bride Clare."

Green began dating the blonde beauty in 2008 and proposed to her on New Year's Eve (31Dec09).


Okay, you saw that right? SKYWALKER RANCH. Home of George Lucas of Star Wars Sky Walker Ranch.
I will not cry, I will not cry, I WILL NOT CRY...
(Although between you and me, I did scream. I am a geek, and only human.)

But you know what makes me feel a little better? My guest post on marriage.com just went live - Find out the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Wedding Planning. A little better. Not much. :-(

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events