Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 28, 2010

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

The Coolest Wedding Thing I've seen this week:

The UP engagement ring box, based on the movie. I don't know about you, but I cried my way all through the opening montage, and some lovely man commissioned this to be made for his now-fiance. Isn't this beautiful? The best part of this gig is the ideas you guys come up with. What a great engagement story! The box was made by The Model Maker in Dublin, and thanks to Dog N'Bird Artful Wedding for the find.

The Best Wedding Story of the Week: OneWed's post of's Top 6 tips for selling your wedding dress.

Best Wedding Tool of the Week: Real Simple's Article on Splitting the Wedding Tab

The Events:

Wednesday, July 28
WSEA Sizzling Summer Wedding Faire
Los Verdes County Club
7000 W. Los Verdes Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Meet one-on-one with the South Bay's best wedding vendors, in a beautiful venue overlooking the Ocean. Register online for $5 tix.

Thursday, July 29
"Girls Night Out" At Alfred Angelo Bridal
First of all, get $20 off any of their bridesmaid dresses, just download the coupon on the page. Second of all, there will be complimentary consultations with an assortment of wedding professionals, including beauty consultants, and yummy treats. GO!

The Deals:

Amy Sparks is offering $50 off any of her wedding make-up services. Just mention her newsletter (which you really should be getting) or this blog post. I'm sorry, that's Emmy Award nominated makeup artist Amy Sparks. Yup.

I'm a Mrs. just went nationwide,and as a special promotion, they've discounted their premier name changing service to $29.95, so you'll save $20 off the regular price. Just use the code ‘MRS USA’. This offer is good until August 31st. Thanks to Wedding Rumors for the tip.

Sign up for Michael's Craft newsletter, and get a 40% off coupon for the store. DIY tips and goodness will be yours.

Which wedding deal do you think you're going to take advantage of this week? And if you have a cool wedding tip/event/deal that you would like to share, email me at

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
The Wedding You Want...Without the Wait.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 21st, 2010

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

In honor of Comic-Con in San Diego, which starts tomorrow:
"If the bride is Luke Skywalker, then the MoH is Han Solo."- The Groom Says (Well, the MoH says, in this case!)

The Coolest Wedding thing I've found this week - A Bridal Bouquet made of cotton! How cool is that? Thanks to The Broke Ass Bride for the tip. The groom's, and well, now the Bride's, last name is Cotton. What a way to celebrate it, huh? You can find more pics of the bouquet and this wedding on the website of their photographer, The DuckDuck Collective.

The Events

Sunday, July 25th
ExpoBridal's "Summer Love" Bridal Show
11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Universal City Hilton-Los Angeles | map
555 Universal Hollywood Dr
Universal City, CA 91608
This is a great show, so enjoy. And, if you Register online and get two tickets for only $7.00.

The Deals

David's Bridal is upping their game - now you can order Wedding Invitations from them! DIY kits start at $24.00, and Pre-printed invitations start at $59.00 for 100. Thanks to Brenda's Wedding Blog for the tip.

Jobyna's Bridal is having a huge sale on their Jenny Packham/Elie Saab/Amy Michaelson couture dresses, now until Saturday, July 24th at their Verdugo Location in Glendale. Discounts at the pre-requisite 25-75%, of course.

Candy Buffet Table 101, care of Project Wedding. How to put it together, and how to put it together under budget.

Get Your Tens and Fifteens Here!

Everything in The Shop is 15% off. Yes, Everything.

Get a 10% discount at The Wedding Outlet by using the coupon code COLOR YOUR DAY.

Special offer extended: Save $15 off an order of $150 or more of Dream Green Weddings' eco-friendly favors and wedding accessories.

Which wedding deals do you think you're going to take advantage of this week? Let me know in the comments!

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

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thank God It's...

First of all, my guest post on the Broke Ass Bride is up, and this week's subject is what to do in the 24 hours before your wedding. Take heed, save for later, and enjoy. Click here for more pics from the wedding I coordinated last month at Adamson House in Malibu, by the fabulous Edmond Prieto.

My husband's family is in town this week, so I'm spending time with them, I have two first consultation meetings on Saturday, and then I'm setting up a wedding ceremony in El Segundo on Sunday. Whew! So much better than being bored, though, you know?

You can follow my adventures on twitter, or sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter. And let me know if you would like to set up a time to meet with me this week, if you'd like to talk about your wedding. Just email me at, and we'll set it up.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 14

Every Wednesday, I post the best wedding stories, events and deals that I've found in Los Angeles and around the web. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!
This wonderful ring detail pic by Molly Ann of Luminaire Images is the coolest wedding thing I've seen all week. How cute is this?

The Events
Thursday, July 15th
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
San Dimas Canyon Golf Course - Open House and Casino Night
San Dimas Canyon Clubhouse
2100 Terrebonne Ave
San Dimas, CA 91773
Find out what they have to offer wedding and event wise by touring their ceremony sites and banquet rooms and enjoying complimentary hors d'ouerves and cocktails along the way.

Saturday, July 17th
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM or 2:30-4:00PM
Wedding Planning Workshop for Brides-To-Be
Hosted by AB Weddings & Special Events
Pacific Studio for Dance
1123 N Pacific Ave
Glendale, CA 91203
This workshop will give you a basic idea of what a Wedding Planner/Coordinator does whether you need full-service from engagement to the end of the aisle, or just Day-Of Coordination. Bring your questions! Admission is $10 at the door.

The Deals
Alina Pizzano is celebrating her Second Year Anniversary by offering 20% discount this month towards ALL her gowns . All of them, including these beautiful couture gowns right here.

David's Bridal's
$99 sale goes until July 26th. Pretty, pretty gowns at low, low prices. Have fun!

Wedding Chicks is having a 50% off sale in their online shop, just use the code "weddingchannel" to take advantage of the store-wide discount.

Wedo.OBO - think of it as "Groupon" for Brides. Every day they feature a new local wedding deal, available for a limited time only. Today's deal is $175 for 100 letterpress invites from a stationery store in Chicago. They're expanding nationwide over the next few weeks, so sign up on their website to get notified when your city goes live. Thanks to Wedzilla for the tip!

So, which deals do you think you're going to take advantage of? Let me know in the comments - I'm digging WedBo, myself. And if you haven't had a chance, go to my website and download My Top Ten Tips for a Charmed Wedding, more advice on how to have the wedding of your dreams. And let me know if you would like to get together this weekend to talk about your wedding - I'll be in West Los Angeles on Saturday after 2pm, so shoot me an email at, and we'll set it up.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - July 7th

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

This is the coolest wedding thing I've seen this week:
And, of course, it's Martha Stewart weddings. Yes, it's a wedding bouquet made of seashells. And, yes,there are step-by-step instructions on how to make it. And that's a good thing. Yeah, I can't believe I went there, either.

The Events
This weekend, we are back in business. It always makes me nervous if nothing much is going on Wedding Wise, so I'm a happy camper:

Thursday, July 8
Cupcake Showdown
6:00pm - 9:00pm
The LA Artwalk
620 S Main Street
As you well know, cupcakes have been THE wedding cake alternative for a little while now, and here's your chance to try some of the best. The Cupcake Showdown 2010 is bringing together 10 of the best cupcake bakeries from the city to compete for the title of the best cupcake in the city. All you need to know is that each of the cupcake bakeries will be giving out 300 FREE mini cupcake samples to the public. Now, that, ladies and gentlemen? Is a happy hour. Check out the link for more info and a list of participating bakeries.

Thursday July 8 - Saturday July 11
Kirstie Kelly Wedding Dress Sample Sale
131 South Barrington Place, Suite 100
Brentwood, CA 90049

Beautiful dresses, like this one from their Disney collection (hey, no promises!), up to 80% off. Dresses for $450, people. Walk-ins are welcome, but if we're talking $450 dresses, appointments are strongly suggested. Email erin@kirstiekelly or call 310-471-5711 to make yours.

Sunday, July 10
Los Angeles County BrideWorld Expo
10:00am - 4:00pm
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$10 (register online for a $2 discount)

Winnie Couture Sample Bridal Sales Event
9393 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Winnie Couture's semi-annual sample sale starts at Sunday. Beautiful dresses marked down at the pre-requisite 25% off. Make your appointment by calling 310-858-8868.

Put it on your calendar:

July 13 - 24th
Brides Across America - Free Wedding Gowns to Military Brides
Free designer wedding gowns if your fiance is in the military. How cool is that? And there are a slew of participating salons across the country, so check it out.

The Deals:

DIY or bust - Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics + Hobby Lobby Coupons, all in one place at Most of them expire this Saturday, so GO! Thanks to @CheapTweet for the find.

Best Man Speech Toolkit.: Interactive Best Man Speech Toolkit Containing A Fully Categorized Database Of Best Man Toasts and Wedding Speeches. Only $19.95. I think I've been looking for this my whole life.

Paloma's Nest, creator of handcrafted modern wedding heirlooms (my fave is this ring bearer bowl)will give you $5 off any order if you use the code TWITTERHIGH5 at check-out. You're welcome!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The 10k Wedding, Re-Visited

My guest post on explores the lure of the $10,000 wedding, so I decided to re-post one of my first posts on the subject:

Sunday, November 29, 2009
The $10,000 Wedding - Seriously.
Hey! Look What I Found:

So, I'm prepping for the re-launch of the Recession Bride's Workshop on Thursday, so I've been updating and revamping all the materials that I give the participants. And, in looking at my own teaching materials, I knew, somewhere, that I'd broken down what a $10,00 wedding budget for 100 guests looks like. And I did, and here it is:

Ladies and Gentlemen, The $10,000 budget:

50% - Ceremony and Reception - $5000
Site Fee - $1200
Food - $3800
which breaks down to $38 per person, INCLUDING standard 9.75% tax
and 20% service,$29.35 base without tax and service OR, if there is no site
fee, only a charge per person for food, $38.50 per person.

$5,000 for everything else:
10% - Photography - $1000
10% - Attire - $1000
10% - Flowers - $1000
10% - Music - $1000
5% - Cake - $500 ($5.00 a slice)
5% - Invitations - $500

That second half is where you get your wiggle room, that's where you can find your deals. Where, you might ask? I'll tell you all about it during the workshop call, I promise.