Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 1st

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:

I'm not really into contests as much as I'm in to deals, but Brenda's Wedding Blog is having the coolest giveaway! Enter her contest, and you can win an original watercolor painting of your wedding dress, by Ginger's Dresses. You might never wear it again, but you can enjoy it forever, or something. Sorry, for a minute there I sounded like a jewelry store ad. Anyway, check it out, they are really pretty.

The Events:

Sunday, June 5th:

The Wedding Parties at Crate and Barrel

9am - 11am
At a Crate and Barrel near you.
Enjoy great food, drinks, music, and Martha Stewart and Crate and Barrel's expertise advice on registering. You'll also receive a beautiful gift.

Premier Bridal Show
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

Admission: $10 at the door, $5 online, baby!

Thursday, June 9th
Michelle Rahn Bridal Show & FREE mini-hair trials with Mariah
7:00 - 10:00PM
The Bridal Bar
624 N. Doheny Dr
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Ooh, I think I'm going to check this one out, because you know how I feel about the gowns! Plus, Mariah Nicole's team to do your hair! And I'll bet they'll have snacks, too...See below for more cool stuff at the Bridal Bar this weekend!

The Deals:

The Bridal Bar in West Hollywood is also having a Sample Sale this Saturday, from 11am - 4pm. Bridal Accessories & Honeymoon swag, up to 60% off. No appointment necessary, just go in and snag, snag, snag!

Magnet Street Weddings is offering 10% off your wedding stationery this month. Invitations, placecards, thank you notes, whatever you need. Just enter in the code WWIRESALE.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, May 30, 2011

My Wedding Weekend

Well, yeah, I relaxed some this weekend. Saw the Hangover 2 (pretty much the same as the last one, still fun, just not as funny), barbecue at my best friend's house on Sunday, slept in on Monday (ahhh). But somewhere in there I met with three brides, hit both Alfred Angelo and David's Bridal, constructed two wedding day timelines. What DOES bored feel like? Hope I never have to find out...and just in case you're wondering? The Vera Wang Collection at David's Bridal is pretty choice.

Over at EMP Studios, Joel has put up some fantastic pictures for Jill and Erez's wedding at the Natural History Museum in January, which I coordinated. Such a great couple - Jill is pretty much my personal hero - and you'll love the pics. Enjoy!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 25

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:
On Sunday, K-Earth 101 sponsored a Mass Military Wedding in Newport Beach. Friends Molly Ann of Luminaire Images, and Wenda Evans of More than Just Weddings were on hand to shoot and run the day. 21 couples, I can't even describe how cool this is. Click Molly's link for more pics.

The Deals:

Koyal Wedding Wholesalers - 10% off Storewide when you use the code FRUIT10

The Wedding Outlet
is offering Free Ground Shipping on orders of $100 or more, just use the code fship100. Between these two you just get just about everything you need for your wedding.

DUDE. Until Friday May 27th, Fine's Bakery is offering a 4-tier wedding cake, big enough for 150 people, for $263.25. That's less than $2.00 a slice. Are you kidding me? GO.

I have nothing else that can top that one. Have a great Memorial Day, and I'll see you a the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Wedding Weekend

One of the great things about this gig is that it is so PRETTY. On Saturday, I dropped by Alina Pizzano's Collection Release party. Delicious food by Pop Champagne and the dresses, the dresses...

Alina based this collection on the work of architect Frank O. Gehry, who designed the Disney Hall, downtown. It's also a very popular place for engagement photo sessions, actually. THIS one was my favorite, all drapsy and trailing and ethereal. Built-in corset, too.

On Sunday, I was in Corona with my September bride. She has a friend who owns this beautiful mansion in Corona. Fantastic views, Waterfall pool. This is going to be fantastic.

Later on Sunday, I hung with Dana, The Broke Ass Bride herself, before her surgery next week. Sushi and Sake bombs and karaoke, so, as you can imagine, a good time was had by all. And speaking of Dana, two things: 1. My "Ask Liz" advice column on her blog is this Friday, so if you have any pressing wedding questions, email me at liz@silvercharmeventse.com. 2. Dishing for Dana has started the fundraising auctions. Wedding photography for $500? Heck, yeah! Check it out and bid.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 18

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!

The Events:

Saturday, May 21st
Alina Pizzano Fall 2011 Collection Launch
235 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena CA 91101

I am so going to this one - Alina is one of the most talented designers in Los Angeles. And the cocktail reception following the fashion show is sponsored by POP champagne and dessert. I will see you there.

Sunday, May 22
Destination Bridal Expo
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hilton Hotel Glendale
100 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202

Admission: $20 at the door, $10 Online
Thinking about a destination wedding? Here's your chance to get first-hand information tourism boards and venues across the world, plus enjoy a fashion show featuring exotic gowns not sold in the States. Enjoy!

BrideWorld Expo - Redondo Beach
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
300 N. Harbor Blvd.
(overlooking Redondo Beach Pier)
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Admission: $10 per person

Monday, May 23
Charity Shoot-Out
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sponsored by Jen O'Sullivan and Marriage.com
Bel Air Bay Club
16801 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
L.A.'s most talented photographers + couples who need engagement pics + proceeds benefiting charity = one of the most original bridal events anywhere. And it's only $20. Put it on your calendar NOW.

The Deals:

Heads-Up, DIY'ers! The Groupon for handmade items has arrived. Heartsy.me offers exclusive, time-limited deals on handmade items, including stationery. Have fun.

This is the last week of the Dishing for Dana fundraiser, so I'm upping the stakes - donate any amount, and you'll get $150 off any of my wedding planning services. GO!

Speaking of Dana, she gave me this head's up - Snippet and Ink is giving their twitter followers 15% off any order on band.do.com this week! Yes, 15% off this gorgeous headband, too. Just Enter code s&i at checkout.

See you at the end of the aisle (and at Alina's on Saturday)

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, May 16, 2011

Your 15 Minutes of Wedding Planning is Coming Up

My last 15 minutes of Wedding planning session was so much fun. Not only was I able to help my callers, but I got an idea for a post on The Broke Ass Bride about wedding rehearsals. There wasn't much out there about them, and now there is - with worksheets. :-)

So, let's do it again. Tomorrow from 12-2pm (PST), you get 15 minutes to talk to me about whatever is bugging you about your wedding. Is it the timing for the day? Invitation wording? How to handle your slightly demented future sister-in law? Where you can find cheap chivari chairs in Los Angeles? Seriously, what's driving you nuts?

Let's talk about it.

Give me a call tomorroww, and you'll have the opportunity to pick my brain for 15 minutes, about anything related to your wedding. And it's totally free, all you have to do is dial 323-592-9318. If the line is busy, leave a message and I'll call you back when I'm done helping the bride ahead of you. It's your 15 minutes of wedding planning. Whaddya need?

Noon To Two.
Be There or Stay Baffled.

Any questions? Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com
Or? Just call me on Tuesday.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wedding Wise, Uh, Friday

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. Which had to happen on Friday this week, but Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: One picture, two weddings. Molly Ann of Luminaire Images shot a wedding on April 29th, and the bride got ready while she was watching that other wedding across the pond. Is this shot cool or what?

The Events:

Sunday, May 15th
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Price: $10 per person onsite, $8 online
O.C. Fair Event Center
901 Arlington
Costa Mesa , CA 92626
(800) 600-7080

Courtyard by Marriott Monrovia – Special Occasion Expo
700 West Huntington Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016
Free admission.

The Villa Del Sol Annual Bridal Open House
The Villa Del Sol Courtyard
305 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
You can RSVP via text: 714/814-9808
or e-mail: rdavies@thevilladelsol.com
Admission is Free

Tuesday, May 17th
11am - 2pm
Your 15 Minutes of Wedding Planning
What's bugging you about your wedding. You've got 15 minutes to ask me all the wedding-related questions that you need to know. When you're available, just pick up the phone and call 323-592-9318. For more info, email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com

Wednesday, May 18th

The Love Tour - Wine and Wedding Wednesdays in the South Bay
Blue Water Grill 665 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Please RSVP at
or by calling 310/433-4221

The Deals:

Making Memories and More: The May Sales Event
Use the Discount Code MAY15, to save an additional 15% off their already low sale items, including this monogrammed tote bag.

Looking for the perfect gift for your Groomsmen? You know how they like the fire,not to mention the meet that goes on top of it. The Knot - has this personalized barbecue pit for only $30, plus 20% off your order of $125 or more.

Magnet Street - 10% off your wedding stationery order when you use the code WWIRESALE.

See you at the end of the aisle (and I'll talk to you on Tuesday)

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 4

Every Wednesday, I give 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: CJ and Jessica's Iowa Elopement, on Offbeat Bride. My favorite quote from one of the brides:"[We]searched the internet for places where you could legally be married as a gay couple. They were all cold." Hah!

The Events
Of which there is like, one. I'm surprised that someone hasn't thought of doing a Mother of the Bride event for Mother's Day. Huh, maybe I will, next year. Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 7, 2011 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Aris and Linets Wedding Reception
Hosted by Modern Event
Hilton Universal Hotel
555 Universal Terrace Prkway
Universal City, CA 91608

The Universal Hilton is showing off it mad skillz - come by and see what a wedding and reception in their main ballroom looks like. Free, the only thing you have to pay for is parking.

The Deals:
First of all, let me help you out if you haven't gotten anything for your Mom, yet - You Get 25% off everything on Teleflora when you use prome code "MDAY310" at checkout. Thanks to Marriage.com for the head's up.

You're a fan of Martha Stewart Weddings, right? Of course you are! So,enjoy their discount with CanvasPop - 15% when you use the code "Martha15".

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Engagement Pictures And How to Swing Them

So, what's the point of taking engagement pictures? In the past three months, I've had three couples who've asked me that, because they were about to go in front of the cameras for the first time. And that's one of the points of engagement pictures - that it IS your first time in front of the cameras. It's good preparation for your wedding day, when you're going to be on display all day, mostly with a lense in your face.

Your engagement session is also a great time to become familiar with your photographer and how they work, and for them to become familiar with you. Once again, it's going to be all day with them in your face, giving you and your friend's directions. It's also a good reason, and a good idea, to schedule your hair and make-up trial, so you'll know how you're going to look that day, too.

Brandi and Kendell and Nikki and Andrew and Laurie and Luke were all nervous before their sessions, but look how wonderful theirs turned out! At the end of the day, you're more comfortable with each other, more comfortable with your photographer, and you have a set of fantastic pictures of the two of you as a couple.

Have you taken your engagement photos, yet? What was your favorite part? And if not, what are you most worried about? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, May 02, 2011

My Wedding Weekend

Sigh. It's official, I have a girl crush on Kate Middleton.
I so, totally, did not mean to stay up to watch the Royal Wedding. I didn't. 4am Pacific Time? Noooo. The night after staying out all night with the Broke Ass Bride Brigade, after seeing Bridesmaids (which was hysterical, BTW) Nope. And then it hit me - That's 1am EST...and I have an east coast cable feed. So, there I was. And I loved every single minute of it.

From a wedding planner's point of view, it was flawless. The bride was supposed to arrive at the Cathedral at 11am, and her car pulled up exactly as the clock tower struck. Everything was on time and spot on. No wardrobe malfunctions, no mis-pronounced names, and even the kids behaved (at least until the photos were taken). The "herding cats" factor must have been insane, we're talking Secret Service levels - the groom gets two watchers, the bride gets three, something like that. However many people were needed to pull it off, they did a fantastic job. I hope someone bought the wedding planner a few rounds of drinks at the end of the night!

I was talking to my friend Jen from B&G Photography the next day about the couple themselves, and how comfortable they were with each other. Even with literally billions of people watching, and being shoved from point A to point B, they were, well, William and Kate. Clearly on the same page, clearly friends, clearly not just loving each other but liking each other. We can tell. It wasn't her wedding, it wasn't his wedding, it was their wedding.

The rest of my weekend was all about the flowers - Enchanted Florist for my July and November brides, and The Flower Garden for another July Bride. My big push is coming up soon, and it's time to dot the i's and cross the t's and give my brides their own perfect wedding days. Stay tuned.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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