Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 30

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

BridalSnob's upside down glass goblet centerpieces. THE most gorgeous thing. I'm going to try and replicate it in my office this week.

Oh, and according to Bride Tide, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $26,984. It's a bit more in Los Angeles, but you already knew that.

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week #2: Frosting Free Wedding Cake from Martha Stewart Weddings! It's next thing I'm pushing on my brides, because I would love to see this in person.

The Events:
Saturday, April 2

The Great Bridal Expo
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles
6101 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Admission: $7 online, $9 at the door

Sunday, April 3
Premiere Bridal Shows
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Torrance Marriott South Bay
3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, CA 90503
Admission: $5 online, $10 at the door

Festival of Brides: L.A. Rocks
11am - 4pm
Disneyland Hotel
150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA
The Upscale Bridal Show Tour Continues! Tickets are usually $25 at the door, but click here to download two free passes. I will be at this one, because, you know, Disneyland,right? I'll see you there.

The Deals:
Conroy's Flowers
1702 sepulveda blvd
Torrance, CA 90501
Order $100 or more in wedding flowers in April and receive at 20% discount. Pretty much everything flower-wise is included, except delivery. Email for details.

Only a couple more days to take advantage of April Rocha's ipad 2 deal this month! Comes with any wedding photography package of $3500 or more. Here's her price sheet, you're getting a lot of stuff with that $ her directly at

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Phone/text: 323-592-9318


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jen's Favorite Engagement Shoot Places

Another one of my favorite photographers, JenBerggren of B & G Photography, weighs in with her favorite places to shoot engagement pictures:

Honestly, my favorite spots to shoot are places than mean something to my clients. A favorite place they like to hang/hike/do whatever, their first date spot or a spot that inspires them. I find the more the couple has a connection to where we shoot, the more comfortable they are and the more natural shots I can get of them. If they have ideas of a kind of vibe or place they'd like like to shoot, but aren't sure exactly where, here's a go to list of a few of my favorite spots to shoot, in no particular order...

1. Walt Disney Hall. Fabulous architecture and light, nice neutral background color, so many nooks & crannies to find and shoot in and around.

2. Franklin Canyon. When lush and green are what is wanted, this is such a sweet spot. A park that is small enough to cover in 1-1.5 hours and has so many different spots to really mix up the look of the shoot.

3. El Matador. When the beach is a must do spot, then El Matador it is. Very few people to work around (much more private than Santa Monica Beach), large rocks & sea caves and a beautiful grassy wildflower spot to mix things up a bit. It's worth the drive to get there.

4. Union Station. This deco building is beautiful. And you get a great mix of that amazing waiting area, some outdoor space and the tracks. Amazing spot.

5. UCLA. Beautiful buildings, great grassy areas, botanical garden. And it's 2 minutes from our place. Can't beat that! :)

Thanks, Jen! So, which one do you guys like best? I'm partial to UCLA, but that's because, well, GO BRUINS.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
phone/text 323-592-9318

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 23

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: The Broke Ass Bride - YiOu and Sean's Marathon Wedding. Race enthusiasts get married in their own way - by running there. Check out the shoes!

The Events:
Saturday, March 26th
HauteLook.Com: Wedding Party Sales Events
Deals and Steals on Clothes, Accessories and Services. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 27
OC Bridal Fair
11am – 4pm
Hilton Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
$10 with online registration, $15 at the door

Here Come The Brides

Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Road
Admission is $10 at the door, $8 if you register online.

A & M Boat Charters & Cruises: The Scarlett Belle Open House
Channel Islands Harbor
3600 Cabezone Circle #111 Channel Islands
Oxnard, CA 93035
Enjoy complimentary champagne and learn about their great services for a wedding at sea.

The Deals:

Project Wedding is on fire this week -
10% off favors when you use the code 5206FIVE this week, and 17% off Invitations for the rest of the month, just for showing up. Semi-Annual Sale 10% off any order with code GMSEMI10, 15% off $75 when you use the code GMSEMI1, 20% off $199 with the code GMSEMI20. Wheee! - 30% of your order with the code Spring30.

Thanks to the Broke-Ass Brigade Newsletter for this hit - is celebrating the launch of their 2011 collection of bridal accessories (isn't that gorgeous??) by offering you 25% off if you use VENDORREF25 at checkout, AND for a limited time, USA & Canada brides get free shipping. It's pretty pretty, so GO.

Which deal do you think you're going to take advantage of? Let me know in the comments!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Phone/Text: 323-592-9318

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

April Rocha's Favorite Engagement Photo Places

One of my favorite photographers, April Rocha gave me this list of her favorite places to do engagement shoots. Behold:

Orcutt Ranch - This is from a wedding I shot there, but if there are some beautiful pics on my blog, too.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Monica Pier
- I grew up and still live in Santa Monica, and it's where I get most of my inspiration, especially at the Pier!

Other faves:

Travel Town at Griffith Park

New Oak Ranch
- A lavender farm in Ojai, California

April is also running a special on her wedding photography - sign up this month for a package of $3200 or more...and get an ipad 2. You heard me. GO.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Phone/text: 323-592-9318

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Wedding Weekend

...was mostly rained out. I met with a potential bride on Saturday at The Grove, and then spent the rest of the day at Cost Plus looking for chairs at the new office. On Sunday, I was supposed to go up to Calamigos Ranch for a site visit until they told me not to come because the roads were flooded. Between you and me, I was a little relieved, because it was pretty biblical out there, you know.

Today? I have a wedding at Trump Golf this weekend, so there's 5,000 things to do for that. Well, most of it's been done, so, like, 1500 things. I'm getting the office painted this morning, I have another potential bride meeting this afternoon, and the Wedding Salon is tonight. I have an extra ticket - if you wanna come with, email me at

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Phone/Text: 323-592-9318

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 16th

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: Save the Date Garlands from Martha Stewart Weddings. Dude! Finally, DIY I can do. Pretty paper number tied together with pretty string, tied to a card that gives the details. I might just do this for my grand office opening next month. Maybe.

The Events:
Wednesday, March 16
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Love Tour ~ Wedding & Wine Wednesdays
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Busy tonight? Mix and mingle with other brides and enjoy cocktails and appetizers with a beautiful sunset ocean view. Complimentary admission, too. Have fun!

Sunday, March 20
Brides and Basketball with the LA Clippers
The best of both worlds - Basketball and Bridal Shows. For $10 a ticket you and your fiance can check out this Blake Griffin person, well, in person. I had a booth at this event last year, and it was a lot of fun. GO!

Monday, March 21st

The Wedding Salon
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The London West Hollywood
1020 North San Vicente B

I LOVE this show. One of those don't bother eating dinner, fabulous swag bag, open-mouthed wonder at the gorgeousness bridal events. And if you use the code DWPC, you can get a free pass for two. I'm totally going to be there. Come find me and say Hi.

Project Wedding Favor Store - 10% off their Wine and Cheese favors and accessories.

Nothing like a destination wedding that doesn't require a plane ride. Well, at least not for you. Pine Rose Weddings and Cabin Resort in Lake Arrowhead is offering a sweet deal if you're only having 75 guests or less - $2500 for your wedding and reception. I know! You have to be registered with Here Comes The Guide for more details, but that's just doing yourself a favor.

Priscilla of Boston's Sample Sale starts TODAY. It's only going until Friday, so call the Beverly Hills store and make your appointment. Beautiful dress at the pre-requisite 40 - 75% off. Bridesmaid dresses for $29.99? Yeah, you heard me. Thanks to the Broke-Ass Brigade Newsletter for the head's up.

So, which deal are you going to take advantage of this week? And have you seen any other amazing deals that need sharing? Let me know in the comments.

See you at the end of the aisle (and at The Wedding Salon on Monday),

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Phone/text: 310-801-3602

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coming Soon: Silver Charm Events

And in the seventh year, she got an office...

I just signed the lease on some new digs - Come April 4th, 2011, Silver Charm Events has a new address - 1041 N. Formosa Street SME #112, West Hollywood, CA. It's in the old Warner Bros Studio, now just called The Lot. Alan Ball has an office there, George Lucas (Holla!) has an office there, and now I have an office there. This is the before picture, can't wait to show you the after. I am so excited about this expansion, I can barely breathe!

First open house is Saturday, April 9th. Be there or be square!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
phone/text - 310-801-3602

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 9

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!
Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:
Thanks to Project Wedding, I now know The Beatles Cake exists, and can be replicated, which pretty much made my week.

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week #2: This awesomeness was in April Rocha's booth on Sunday. She can take one of your favorite wedding pictures and put it on a notepad for you.

Scroll down to "Deals" for a great offer she's got going until the end of March.

Cool Wedding Thing #3: Bride Tide posted some hilarious wedding-related postcards this week, from somecards. I've got three brides going through this right now, actually. Just go...and laugh. Or cry. Thanks to Bridal Snob for the find.


Sunday, March 13th
11:00am - 4pm
Festival of Brides Presents 2011 LA Rocks Bridal Extravaganza
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles , CA 90015
Tickets regularly $25 each, but hit Here Comes the Guide for two free passes. GO!

Sunday, March 13, 2011
11:00am - 4:00pm
Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Dr.
Cerritos, CA
Tickets: $4 online, the first 50 brides to mention The Knot at the registration desk get a free swag bag

Put it on your calendar:

Wednesday, March 16th
The Love Tour ~ Wedding & Wine Wednesdays
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Palos Verdes Golf Club
3301 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Wedding & Wine Wednesdays in the South Bay: a place for brides and grooms to mix and mingle. Hors D'ourves, wine and sweets, and 7:30pm wedding planning tips from event

The Deals:

Wedding dresses at Costco - Yes! Starting this month, Kirstie Kelly designs will be sold at Costcos across Los Angeles, with savings starting at 40% off retail prices. The closest store to me is Van Nuys, and I will see you there.

April Rocha - April is offering the bonus of all bonuses if you sign up for one of her comprehensive wedding packages in March - a new 16gb iPad, just for you. And this baby is coming out on Friday. So, when you speak of me, be kind.

Ready to lose those pounds before the Big Day? Here's a little help to get you started - A FREE 14-day pass to 24 Hour Fitness.

And you're going to need something to wear to your rehearsal dinner too, get your "Give and Get" Coupon, good for an extra 30% off at the Gap and Banana Republic.

One more, because Dana and I are determined that you save some money AND the environment: just launched their innovative electronic invitation service, and to celebrate, they're offering Broke-Ass Masses an exclusive 25% off their packages! Just use the discount code: brokeassbride. And sign up for the Broke Ass Bride Brigade Newsletter to get even more wedding deals, every Tuesday.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Text/Phone: 310-801-3602

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

My Wedding Weekend

This past weekend was SO fantastic, wedding-wise.
It actually started on Thursday, at the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom's in Topanga Canyon. Michael Underwood, with A Model Wedding was shooting the event for Nordstroms, and he was so funny! The models on this pedastal rotated in different dresses every 15 minutes, and he became obsessed at getting the actual moment of transition, when they handed their bouqets off to the next trio. And he got it, he got it!

And, if you're still looking for a photographer, check out the website - his rates are pretty reasonable for the work and for this town, seriously.

On Sunday, I was another photographer friend, April Rocha, manning her booth at A Soolip Wedding. Wow, what a show! So much Gorgeous in one place - the flowers, the huge spread of appetizers ,the desserts. Go take a look at my twitter feed that day for details of the awesomeness. Here's a couple of pics:

Here's April's booth. This is one of my favorite pictures of anything - that's the moon rising behind the bride and groom. April does fantastic, vintagy-style photographs. And she'd even constructed a photo booth behind the table which was pretty popular. I helped!

More tomorrow, but April is also offering a great bonus if you book with her this month. I won't go into it, but let's just say you can book with her, or you can pay extra for it on March 11th. . .And check out the slideshow of all the photo booth pics on her blog.

So Simple, yet so breathtaking, by Krista Jon Couture. And as I said on twitter, there was no reason to eat breakfast or lunch, because they had passed appetizers (mini-turkey burgers, bruschetta and shrimp) and this huge cheese table. And more candy buffet tables with more stuff that I'd never heard of (ginger gummy bears?). Such a great time.
Here's a couple of great pics by Jen O'Sullivan, too:

Did anyone else get to the show? What was your favorite thing there?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 2nd

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: Last weekend, in between rain and snow storms, my October couple, Amy and Rob, got their engagement pictures taken. Don't they look great? Their photographer is Chi-Ling Wang, and her rates are very budget-friendly. She's also newly engaged, herself. Take a look at more of her stuff.

Cool Wedding Story of the Week:
On A Practical Wedding, today, a bride comes to grips with wanting a wedding, not just a marriage, okay?

The Events:
Sunday, March 6th
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10th Annual Bridal Faire & Expo
Los Verdes Golf Course
7000 W. Los Verdes Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Free Admission

La Mirada Golf Course Bridal Show
11am - 3pm
15501 East Alicante Road
La Mirada California 90638
Free admission

Nixon Library - Wedding Open House

18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Admission is free, but you MUST register online to attend.

A Soolip Wedding

Bel Air Bay Club
16801 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Admission: $35 online, $45 at the door, don't eat lunch beforehand, is all I'm saying. This show is going to be pretty amazing, and I'm going to be helping out my friend and awesome photographer April Rocha at her table. And I'm going to try and find passes for this show for you guys in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.

Put it on your calendar:
March 12-13
Festival of Brides, the Upscale Bridal Show
Usually $25, but get free passes through Here Comes The Bride

The Deals:
Are you as much of a Groupon/Living Social/kgbdeals fanatic that I am? There's a daily round-up of all the social buying deals in Los Angeles at You're welcome!

The Sole Mates - perfect if you're wearing high-heels at your outdoor wedding. These babies attach to your heel and prevent it from digging into grass or mud, and they come in different styles and colors. They're $9.95 a pair, use the code "valid" for 20% off your order.

Crane Stationery - So, let me tell you a little bit about Crane. First of all, if you ever get a thank you note from me (like, if you hire me for your wedding) it will be from Crane. Beautiful quality, gorgeous cards. I decided to get some business cards from them, and the lettering on them was too small. Called them up, no long wait time, and customer service walked me through ordering another set, at no extra charge. They're like, the Apple Store genius of stationery. All that being said, if you order your wedding invitations through them, you get 25 free invites with the purchase of 75. GO.

The Favored Bride - Save Save 15% on orders over $50.00 + Free Shipping on all orders over $115. Use the code Save15 at checkout.

Save 10% off your wedding package at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Anaheim/Fullerton, by mentioning their listing in Here Comes The Guide.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Phone/Text: 310-801-3602