Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 30, 2010

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!

Yeah. This awesomeness comes courtesy of Bridal Snob, by way of Florida photographer Karen Lisa. I don't think there's really anything more to say.

Project Wedding has an amazing list of wedding
Wedding dresses under $500, like this one from Demetrios Bride. Gorgeous!

The Knot has these cool little bubble tubes on sale for only $6.99 for a pack of 48. Can you say "bubble arch down the aisle"? For a little more, you can get them personalized.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Final Word on DIY vs. Buy

Seriously? The only thing I can make is dinner.
I don't sew, I don't bake, I don't arrange flowers (I wouldn't even attempt to do this), and most of my interior design is done in batches. I don't even put together invitations, any more. What I am is a good editor and a good researcher - I can tell you if something is going to look good,I can give you suggestions on how to make it look better, and I can show you how to get either one.

And I'm okay with that.
But it's hard row to hoe these days. DIY is in, baby. And just like you, I love to ooh and ahh over the beautifully crafted hand-made pretty, I just can't participate. No, DIY's sister Eco-Friendly, on the other hand, I can work with. I re-use, renew and recycle with the best of them. I'm just waiting for someone I know to take me up on my repeated suggestions to use for their invitations (DO IT!). Fact is, I was an eco-friendly bride before eco-friendly was cool - I rented my wedding dress, and all of my vendors were within a five-mile radius of my house. And I'm pretty sure my invites were recyclable.

What brought this rant on, you might ask? I was going through a pile of magazines last night and came across this project in The Knot - pear ecsort cards. And then I thought, hey that's really pretty, I could maybe do that. And then I thought about how I'd have to get the right kind of paper for the tags and twice as much of both those and the stickers on account of mistakes, which will be made. How my handwriting looks like something out of The Shining, and I would have to find some kind of tray or two to hold them all in, because not only would you have a bunch of pears rolling around, but you would have a bunch of pears rolling around that people have to search through to find their name. Hmm. Still doable?
I know that some would say so. But here's the thing. If you're NOT usually a DIY kind of girl, your wedding is not the place to pick up the bug. Learning takes time, and learning also involves making mistakes until you get it right. That's a lot of time. If your budget is the issue, find what you need for what you're willing to spend. If the environment is the issue, find an alternative. Trust me, there are going to be plenty of things that are going to drive you nuts while you're planning your wedding. Do yourself a favor and let this one go.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beating Back the Wedding Toast Sweats

A couple of days ago, I was cruising the forums on when I came across a post by a frightened Maid of Honor who'd been tapped to make a toast at her best friend's wedding and was basically having a panic attack over what to say.

Oh,man, I thought. I've been there. My best friend got married a few months ago, and there I was, in front of 150 of her nearest and dearest, trying to be coherent. Wedding toasts provide a special form of stage fright - not only do you want to convey how much your friends mean to you, and how happy you are for them, but you don't want to embarrass yourself, either!

Luckily, for me, I've coached more than a few people on how to get through the experience with flying colors, so when it was my turn, I was able to take my own advice. It should work out for you, too:

- First of all, remember to put a toast at the end of your toast. "Raise your glass - To Mia and Michael!" It also gives you something to focus on, and something to fall back on if you forget what you were originally going to say! If you do go blank, keep it simple. "I'm so happy to be here and so happy for you two. Raise your glasses - to Mia and Michael!" Whew.

- So, that's your endgame and your back-up plan. Plan A: Keep It Simple. Start with the true story about how you first heard about whoever it is that you didn't originally know. "I remember when I first heard about Mia - Michael kept talking about this girl - I thought, wow, she must be special! And then I met her and I KNEW she was special. And here we are, a year (or so) later, and I can see how happy she makes him, and how great they are together. I'm just thrilled for the both of you. TOAST! Four sentences, tops, and you're done.

You're welcome!

So, for those of you who've done this before, what are some tips that you have? For those of you who haven't, what's the best toast that you've ever heard?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 23, 2010

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

First all the best wedding story this week? Nope, not the one about bridal diapers. THIS one: Couple Raises Money For Their Wedding Through Aluminum Can Recycling
Almost 500,000 cans which netted them $3,800 to pay for their wedding ceremony. You can also take a look at their website at
They win.

The Events

Sunday, June 27, 2010
Valencia Country Club’s Bridal Showcase
Valencia Country Club
27330 N. Tourney Rd
Valencia, CA 91355
Brides get free admission, guests are $10 per person

The Deals is starting their big sale tomorrow, Thursday, June 24 - tons of stuff, 15% off.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday

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

The Recession Bride's Workshop is NEXT SUNDAY!!! Get the answers you need to know about how to have your dream wedding on your non-$28,000 wedding budget. Use the code "WedCharmFive" and save $5 on registration. Space is limited, plus, I really want to meet you! Go NOW.

This just dropped into my email box, and it's perfect. A while back, Daily Worth requested tips on how guests can save money on weddings their attending, and they got some tips...from a bride. My favs? Instead of throwing down tons on an expensive registry, offer to supply one of the wedding essentials like the wedding cake cutter, champagne flutes, stuff like that. Check it out.

The Events

Saturday, June 19
1-3 pm
North Hollywood Performing Arts Center
11020 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91610
Not all that much going on this weekend in Wedding World, so you should take a break and go to the Frugal Festival Summer Swap, if you're in town. Bring clothes, shoes, accessories, media, and housewares to swap and trade. My big bag of crap is already at my front door. VIP tickets are sold out already, but it's only $5 if you bring swappables, $10 without, and each admission comes with a re-usable (of course) bag stuffed with goodies.

The Deals

Last week I was invited by @2500milewedding as a guest to the Grand Opening of Dolly Couture's new store in Tarzana. Dolly Couture creates these GORGEOUS tea-length wedding dresses, that start - wait for it - at $395, and top out at $995. I'm gunning to get them as a sponsor for the Workshop, or really, just let me wear one. WANT.

My Big Day for 10k posted some fabulous and fabulously priced wedding shoes. Check out these gold slingbacks, only $39.95!

It's my personal opinion that candy makes the best wedding favors, and did you know that June is National Candy month? Wedding Outlet is here for you - use the code "SweetTreat" at checkout for a 10% discount. Good until June 21st.

Alfred Angelo is looking for THE Wedding Dress Diva. Is it you? Post your You Tube Video of the cheeky awesomeness that is you and win a Diva For A Day prize package worth over $5,000, which includes, of course, a wedding gown AND bridesmaid dresses from their collection.


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 9th

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

The Recession Bride's Workshop is only two weeks away, and space is limited! Find out how to stop worrying about your wedding budget, from yours truly. You know you want to, and you know you need to. GO.

Gah, Ellen and Patrick's wedding is this weekend, so this is going to be a little quick and dirty. Time lines to finalize, brides to track down. You know how it is...

The Events

Saturday, June 12
Ivory Bridal Suite
803 Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Summer Sample Sale ~ Up to 75% OFF! Plus, get 10% off any new dress, as well. Both sales go through Sunday. Call 626-799-2991 to make an appointment.

Erica Courtney Gorgeous & Engaged Bridal Event
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7465 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Join couture jewelry designer Erica Courtney for the second annual Gorgeous & Engaged bridal event which will premiere her new collection of engagement rings and wedding bands, plus this is your chance work with Erica personally on a custom designs. All guest brides will receive a goodie bag full of discounts from bridal vendors all over Los Angeles, including photography, florists, manicures (Nail Garden, my fave), plus cake, from Cakes by the Pounds. Have fun!

Sunday, June 13, 2010
Price: $10 (save $2 when you register online)
OC Fair Event Center
901 Arlington
Costa Mesa , CA 92626
(800) 600-7080

The Deals

It's all about the details and accessories this week...

Get Married is offering you free ground shipping, through Monday, June 14th

Save 20% on any purchase by using the coupon code "Tweet20" Kill two birds with one stone, and pick up something for your Dad for Father's day, too. You're welcome!

Gotta go, but as always, I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 2nd

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

I love this idea, and I didn't get the chance to post it last week. Tammy Young - geekybride on twitter and self-proclaimed "professional MacGyver" is getting married in a few weeks, and her guests were having a little trouble finding her wedding website. It was getting lost in search she created an ad in Google adwords for it (the sponsored link on the right of the screen grab above - sadly, because my internet skills are not quite as good as Tammy's, you'll have to click on the pic to see the whole thing). Creating a better wedding mousetrap. LOVE it. Read all about it on her blog. I keep saying it - I'm always amazed by what you guys come up with.

The Events

Friday, June 4
This is the LAST DAY to sign-up for my Recession Bride's Workshop and get a $5 early-bird discount on registration by using the code "wedcharmfive". The workshop is Sunday, June 27th, You're going to get a lot out of it, and there's cake with fresh strawberries involved, so GO.

Saturday, June 5th
Bridal Bar: Last Minute Must-Haves Sample Sale
11:00am - 3:00pm
624 N. Doheny Drive West Hollywood, CA 90069
I honestly can't believe that I haven't been to the Bridal Bar in West Hollywood, yet, but that's definitely going to change on Saturday. Guest books, bridesmaid gifts, headpieces, cake cutting/serving sets, all the last minute things you're going to need, at sample sale prices.

Sunday, June 6th
Festival of Brides
Ponte Family Estate Winery
35053 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92591
About an hour and a half outside of L.A. in beautiful wine country, AND you can get a free pass for two by printing out this page right here. Sounds like a cool day trip to me. Have fun.

Monday, June 7th
Design Your Wedding Inspiration
Hosted by Mary Sushinski of Occasions
The Event Studio
2524 W. Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Learn how to create your own wedding design inspiration board, mix and mingle with other brides, and get your questions answered about having the wedding of your dreams.

The Deals

I'm always on the look-out for affordable wedding venues, and I'm a firm believer in exploring city and state owned properties because they often have the best deals. At First Swoon posted a beautiful wedding at the Los Angeles Arboretum, with pics by photographer Heidi Ryder. For 50 - 100 people, you can get away with a site rental fee of $900. You're welcome!

Glamour Closet is starting their summer sale tomorrow, June 3rd, which goes until June 19th, Pre-owned couture wedding dresses and never-worn sample dresses on sale for an additional 10-25% off. GO.

The Knotty Bride put together a list of the coolest free wedding DIY downloads on the internet- labels, invites, place cards, wrapping paper, etc. Very thoughtful of her. Enjoy.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Leaving The Reception Early. Abby has her opinion, what's yours?

Dear Abby | Early exit from wedding dinner draws fire from mother-in-law

DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law is upset with my wife and me for sneaking out of a wedding reception early (before the dinner was served). There was a long delay between the reception and the dinner, and a DJ was playing loud, deafening rock ’n’ roll music.

We were seated near a speaker and it was virtually impossible to carry on a conversation.

My mother-in-law says if you accept the dinner invitation it is bad manners not to eat the dinner because it cost the hosts money. I say, if the reception has intolerable environmental factors inflicted on the guests, leaving early is acceptable. Were we rude to leave as we did? — Lost My Appetite in South Carolina

DEAR LOST MY APPETITE: Let me put it this way — your mother-in-law has a point. Because the music was so loud that you were uncomfortable, you should have asked your hosts to instruct the DJ to lower the volume somewhat. It would have been preferable to walking out.

Ohh, I'd have to agree with Abby on this one. They walked out? I get that you don't want to bug the bride and groom (who would most likely be gracious about it and solved the problem immediately), but they could have said something to the DJ themselves. Or the catering manager, who could have said something to the DJ. All of these people are invested in making sure the guests are comfortable. Basically, there's a few different options before getting up and leaving, so Man Up. What do you guys think?

On the other hand, to be proactive (because you can't always count on people to Man Up, unfortunately), it wouldn't hurt to talk to the DJ/Catering manager about the speaker placement in the room. One or both should be able to provide a solution, maybe even as simple as moving the table, or turning the volume down on the potentially offending speaker. Never know until you ask.

And, hey, this is the LAST WEEK to save $5 on the Recession Bride's Workshop by using the code "wedcharmfive", so make sure you register. What's the number one way to save money on your wedding? Only one place to find out...