Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 29

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week!
Molly Ann of Luminaire Images of the awesome ring pics:
I wanna know where she got the mustache, frankly. There's a story behind that, I'm sure. Molly?

The Events:

Sunday, October 3
The Eco Bridal Salon
The Annenburg Beach House (Also known as the Marion Davies House)
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402
11am- 3pm
Showcasing LA’s Premier Eco Conscious Vendors,couples can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, get a mini make over and free engagement photographs taken, check out the latest in eco couture and eco decor in a stunning eco friendly location. A limited number of reduced price tix are available until Friday online, click here to purchase them.


The Wedding Party, Hosted by Martha Stewart Weddings
At a Crate and Barrel near you:
Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza, The Grove (Los Angeles), Pasadena, and more.
Food drink and fun, while getting expert advice on wedding registry and designing your new home together.

The Deals:
Save 10% off wedding invitations at Flamboyant Designs with code celebrate10 at checkout.




I've told you that Etsy is getting most of my disposable income these days, right? Here's another reason why - this insanely awesome turquoise blue fluffiness of a bridal slip. This one is $65, but If you can't find a way to flitter around in the house in this in before or after your wedding or turn it into a awesome Halloween costume, then I don't know what to say to you.


This is the last week for the big sale at Lundeens in Culver City, 40 - 70% off a ton of stuff. I'm in there every time I go to back to my home town, and it's a great place for wedding party gifts and fun accessories.

And it wouldn't be Wednesday without The Knot Shop's special of the week - up to 60% off their best selling bridal party gifts, like this hot pink flask. Think that will fit in my glove compartment? JOKE. It would definitely fit in the computer bag, though...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wedding Day Recap: Laurie and Luke At Firefly Bistro

Such a fun wedding! Laurie and Luke got married on Saturday at the Firefly Bistro in Pasadena, which serves the best Sangrias I've ever had, and very good food, too.

Laurie has a doctorate in Physics, and Luke is an engineer working on the latest Mars project, so it's no surprise that their wedding cake, baked by Fantasy Frostings, looked like this. That's a solar system map etched on the cake behind them, which led to one of my favorite moments, when one of Laurie's colleagues came up to her and pointed out that the map on the cake was...inaccurate. Laurie turned to me and said, "I knew that was going to happen." And she did, too, she'd mentioned it to me a couple of weeks ago! Only so much you can do on a dome-shaped cake. Sigh!

Instead of flower centerpieces, Luke and Laurie came up with this great idea to name each table after a city that was special in their own history. I stole this one and it's hanging from my office wall at home. Well, stole with permission. I wanted the Pasadena one, but one of the guests got to it before I did. Laurie made all the signs herself, and I'm not sure it's fair to be able to use both sides or your brain this well. Am I right? I took these pictures (duh) but next week I'll have the actual pictures from Kenny Backer, who was awesome. Here's a sneak peak:

DJ was Gary from Housego music, who kept the dance floor hopping - so much so that Firefly had to break down a reception table to make more room. Yes, THAT is what I call a party! This is the first time I was able to twitter a wedding (one of the benefits of coordinating a small wedding and a kick-butt assistant) so if you go to my twitter feed, you can read more about it.

So, this weekend? Wedding for 250 in Palos Verdes. Stay tuned...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 29

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week!
Molly Ann of Luminaire Images of the awesome ring pics:
I wanna know where she got the mustache, frankly. There's a story behind that, I'm sure. Molly?

The Events:

Sunday, October 3
The Eco Bridal Salon
The Annenburg Beach House (Also known as the Marion Davies House)
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402
11am- 3pm
Showcasing LA’s Premier Eco Conscious Vendors,couples can enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, get a mini make over and free engagement photographs taken, check out the latest in eco couture and eco decor in a stunning eco friendly location. A limited number of reduced price tix are available until Friday online, click here to purchase them.


The Wedding Party, Hosted by Martha Stewart Weddings
At a Crate and Barrel near you:
Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza, The Grove (Los Angeles), Pasadena, and more.
Food drink and fun, while getting expert advice on wedding registry and designing your new home together.

The Deals:
Save 10% off wedding invitations at Flamboyant Designs with code celebrate10 at checkout.




I've told you that Etsy is getting most of my disposable income these days, right? Here's another reason why - this insanely awesome turquoise blue fluffiness of a bridal slip. This one is $65, but If you can't find a way to flitter around in the house in this in before or after your wedding or turn it into a awesome Halloween costume, then I don't know what to say to you.


This is the last week for the big sale at Lundeens in Culver City, 40 - 70% off a ton of stuff. I'm in there every time I go to back to my home town, and it's a great place for wedding party gifts and fun accessories.

And it wouldn't be Wednesday without The Knot Shop's special of the week - up to 60% off their best selling bridal party gifts, like this hot pink flask. Think that will fit in my glove compartment? JOKE. It would definitely fit in the computer bag, though...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 22

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

Ooh, I love Real Simple Magazine! And they got into the wedding game a couple of years ago, which combined my two greatest loves, Real Simple and wedding planning. This week, the website has a great article on 25 ways to cut wedding costs.

And I usually don't post contests, but there's just something about my home town...Get Married is sponsoring a wedding in Times Square on New Year's Eve, which sounds loud, but fabulous. They're accepting applications until October 1st, so you're running out of time to tell them how awesome you are. GO!

The Events

Sunday, September 26th

Premier Bridal Shows
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach , CA 90277
Price: $10 at the door $5.00 if you pre-register

West Los Angeles Bridal Show
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles Westside
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City , CA 90230
Price: Complimentary Admission with RSVP 310-590-2514

The Deals:


Untamed Petals is offering 15% off everything on their website, like this beautiful headband, if you use the code "LEAVES" at check-out. This ends on Friday, so hop to it, y'all.

This week's special at The Knot Shop? 60% off their entire Shop Your Design Collection. Pick a design element, like this Cherry Blossom motif, and get 60% off everything in it - napkins, favors, table number cards, etc. Pretty cool. You can also get 20% off anything else in the shop by using the code "KnotBFF". Have fun!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events - The Wedding You Want...Without The Wait
www.silvercharmevents.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 15th

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

So, how would you like to meet me tomorrow? One of my best friends is having a Stella and Dot Trunk Show on Thursday from 7-9pm, and I'm having an open house of sorts during it. RSVP here, and mention my name. Then email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to schedule your 15-minute "mini" consultation, and when you show up, you'll get a $10 gift certificate towards select pieces of jewelry. Did I mention there will be cocktails and appetizers, as well? Perfect way to get the wedding advice you need, and ease into the weekend. 7:45 - 8pm is already taken, so GO!

Oh, and check down below under Deals for another special I'm running this week, too.

The Coolest Wedding Thing I Found This Week:


You can get married by one of the Go-Gos! Jane Wiedlin is also the singer of one of my favorite 80s songs that one one else has ever heard of, "Blue Kiss.





Second Coolest Thing: DIYBride.com, breaking down the DIY Wedding, one project at a time, like this Ranunculus bouquet.







The Deals:

The first wedding deal is my own - I only work with five Platinum Full-Service brides a month, and one of them is getting married on September 26th, so that means I have an opening. So, if you schedule your free consultation with me by September 24th (and, yes, the Trunk Show tomorrow counts, if you can make it), you'll get $200 off the full-service package IF you agree not to start until October 1st. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to get started. First come, first serve.

The Second Deal is from Bowie Bride, another member of the Broke Ass Bride Brigade - she's selling items from her fabulous wedding last month on her website. Really great prices, so check it out.

I am will be pimping this guest book poster from Martha Stewart until one of my brides does it. So awesome. And...FREE DOWNLOAD to get started!









Yes, it's that time of year again, David's Bridal $99 sale is ON. I know everyone is wondering what a $99 wedding gown looks like, and it looks like this. So many dresses on sale, so easy to find one that you love, right?










Pistachio Press is having a great sale on Letterpress invitations - 20% off until September 30. Pretty, Pretty Pretty.

And, hey, don't forget to check out my guest post on the Broke Ass Bride on Friday - it's THE place find wedding inspiration for a budget wedding. They even got an award for it. :-)

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 8

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!


The Events:

Thursday, September 9th, 7:00 - 9:00pm
The Couture Bride Workshop
Alina Pizzano, one of my favorite dress designers, is holding a workshop in her salon, where you can get advice and tips from a variety of high-end wedding vendors. Alina Pizzano couture bridal, 235 east Colorado blvd, Pasadena, CA, 91101. Admission is free, but click on the link and RSVP!!! Good chance I'll be dropping by this one, as well.

Sunday, September 11 and 12
The Great Bridal Expo
Two shows this weekend, Saturday in Century City, and Sunday in Anaheim. Tickets are $7 online, and $9 at the door.

Sunday, September 12
Here Come the Brides Expo
Even more Wedding vendors you can shake a stick at. I go for the cake and the crazy photo booth pics, myself. Tickets are $8 with a coupon from the website.

The Deals:

The Knot continues to bring the good deals, even past the summer. This week's specials? Reception accessories. Napkins, matches, coasters and, ooh, parasols! All available for personalization, all up to 15% off.


The Wedding Outlet
is bringing the reception deals - cake server sets are up to 25% off on their website. And don't forget to use the code Ship75 to get free shipping on orders of $75 or more. You're welcome!





And here's an article I wrote for Marriage.com, on the essentials of not just having a DIY wedding, but pulling it off on the Big Day. If this seems a little daunting, and you'd like to get a little bit of help, email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com, and we'll figure out a time to talk or meet. And, hey, I'm only 7 followers away from having 400 followers on twitter, and #400 gets a $10 itunes card, so, you know, follow me on twitter!

Behold my brilliance:

You've got this.

You're making your centerpieces, making your own bouquets, heck, maybe you're even catering your own reception - and more power to you, if you are. But even though the time you're spending may take place of the money you're not spending before your wedding day, it's going to be a lot of work! But if you plan accordingly, you will still have the wedding of your dreams. Here's the plan I always use with my couples to make everything on the big day go a little easier:

There are three questions you need to ask your venue(s) the week before your wedding:

1. Setup Time- How much time you have to set-up for your wedding and how much time you have to get everything out of there at the end of the night? Most venues will give you at least two hours of set-up and an hour to break down, but it might be less than that. And, not only do you have set-up everything, but you have to get ready for your wedding, too, so don't be a hero - get help. If you absolutely cannot afford to hire a team, nail down which of your family and friends can show up early, and then stay a little later. Shoot for four extra people other than you and your fiancé - more hands mean less time.

2. Storage- Ask your venue if it's possible to store anything on site the day or night before, and/or leave anything there until the next day. The less time you can spend transporting stuff to your wedding, the more time you have to set it all up when you get there. Speaking of which, make sure that you have at least as many transportation vehicles coming as you do going.

3. Trash facilities- Do they have any? What's their capacity? Or do you have to take everything you brought in, out with you? This is not something you want to find out at the end of the night. And make sure you bring extra trash bags just in case.

Once you know how much time you'll have, get organized at home. Try to avoid having to construct anything on-site by assembling as much as you can, as close to your wedding day as possible. That way, all you have to do is get it over there and set it down. Make sure that it is all clearly labeled, and not with post-its!!! They fall off. While you're doing that, decide what you're going to do with whatever is left over at the end of the night, and assume that there are going to be leftovers of everything. What can be tossed? What needs to be saved? And as far as what's getting tossed, can you throw it out in the same container that it came in, in the same way it came in? I'm thinking about stuff like leftover cake, favors, flowers, which are usually displayed in one way, but have to be disposed of in another.

What can be tossed, what needs to be saved? Write this all down beforehand and put the list someplace where you can get to it easily at the end of the night, so all you have to do is pull it out and check it off. Believe me, you are going to be exhausted, and not in the mood to do any of it at that point. The checklist will save your sanity, and help you get out of there and to your honeymoon suite a lot faster.

And do me a favor during your wedding, would you? You did all this work, and it's all gorgeous and just wanted you wanted. You've got a plan, and you're going to pull it all off. Relax,your wedding is going to rock. So, this means that you don't have to worry about what's going to go where, or how and at what time. So, don't. At some point, take a minute to stand with your new spouse and soak up the love and joy of the day. You did it. Enjoy!

(excerpted from my guest post on Marriage.com. Check out the website for more expert advice and tips on engagements, weddings and marriage.)


See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
310-801-3602