Friday, September 30, 2011

My Post This Week on The Broke Ass Bride: Five Non-Hardcore Green Wedding Tips That You Might Actually Use

Every Friday I write a post on The Broke Ass Bride, one of the best places on the web for wedding tips, spend, splurge, or save! Green is definitely a big wedding thing these days. And, while most people would love to have a green wedding, there are also a lot of things that most people aren’t going to do either. Like, you might buy vintage or wedding rings or a pre-owned dress (says the wedding planner who had both), but you’re probably not going to send out plantable invitations. Which leads to another challenge: Getting your wedding guests to join in the greening too. That doesn’t always work. And a lot of green options can be expensive too. Seeking out soy based-inks? Hemp silk bridesmaid dresses? Taking the train to Vegas for your bachelorette party rather than flying or driving? Seriously?

Greening can be simple, and it can cheap, and it take very little extra effort on your part. In fact, it might save you some. Here’s what’s really worked with my brides:

It's easier than it looks.

ThePaperThePaperThePaperTHEPAPER!!! Gah!
And it’s flying out in all directions! You’d send out e-invitations but you’re worried about your older relatives who don’t have email. Plus, the invitations are soo….pretty. Yeah, I know.

1. Sign up for a free wedding website that gives your guests the option to RSVP online. Type in “RSVP on your wedding website” on the search engine of your choice for a list. Put the wedding site address on your invitations, plus a contact phone number (this is where Google voice comes in handy). That’s two less pieces of paper that you’ll have to buy per household, plus the cost in return envelope stamps that you can put towards the cake. Or the bar, for that matter. I know what you’re thinking – what if everyone doesn’t RSVP online? Truth? Everyone isn’t going to send an RSVP card in, either. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to track down stragglers either way, so you might as well err on the side of your bank account and the environment.

2. Seek out e-options wherever else you can. I wrote about this a while back. Make cloud computing work for you. When you get a contract, upload into Google docs or the online storage of your choice. I’ve even taken a picture of my signature and turned into a jpb so I can insert it into pdfs and docs, but not everyone is the security daredevil that I am! Weddings can be VERY paper heavy, minimize where you can. Scan and email, baby. Speaking of which, get as many of your guests’ email addresses as you can. They will come in handy, trust me!



Click here to read the rest of my advice and see what other brides had to say...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 28

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 - Emmaline bridal posted this yumminess, taking cake pops into an entirely different world - CAKE. This cake was baked by Brew Ha Ha in Baton Rouge, but Fantasy Frostings in Pasadena makes fantastic cake balls and can put this together for you, too. And, for you adventures, There's instructions in the article on how to make your own, too. Have fun!

The Events:

Sunday, October 2
It's like Free Bridal Show Sunday, this weekend:

The Wedding Parties®
Oct 2, 2011 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Crate & Barrel, Beverly Hills, Torrance, Pasadena, and Woodland Hills
438 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Enjoy great food, drinks, music, and their experts’ advice on registering. Every couple will also receive a gift for attending.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skylinks Golf Course Bridal Show
4800 East Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA 90808


11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Clarke Estate Open House
Sunday
10211 Pioneer Blvd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bridal Showplace Bridal Shows
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620
Admission: $5.00

The Deals:

Wedding Chicks - 20 welcome totes for $100, PLUS free shipping when you use the code ILIKEFREESHIP at check-out. How cute are these? Lots of other choices, too.




We Heart Paper is having an end of summer sale in their Etsy Shop - Use code WEHEARTYOU for 20% off your entire order.

Would you like your teeth a little bit whiter for the big day? KGB's deal this week is the Smile Bright Teeth Whitening Pen for only $8.00. Free shipping, too. That's the cost of the two lattes a day that got you into trouble in the first place. I'm TOTALLY picking up one of these myself.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
liz@silvercharmevents.com
Call me 323-592-9318 to schedule a complimentary appointment to talk about your wedding. It's time, right?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just a hint about Saturday's wedding



Danielle and Paul's wedding at Saddlepeak Lodge was SOOO pretty. Waiting on pro pics, but one by me should give you an idea. Shirvan Designs. Isn't that insane?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 21, 2011

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've been tweaking my website - again - and I just love this picture I put up on the Stars (Individual services) page. It's from a wedding I did at the Natural History museum in January. Flowers by Ixora Floral Studio. Photo is by Studio EMP. I kept one of the big bouquets on my desk and basked in it's glory for a week and a half. Sooo pretty. Go to the Stars page for a bigger picture. Sigh.

The Events:

Thursday, September 22
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Macy's Sip and Scan Event
Macy's Westside Pavilion, 3rd Floor
10730 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
RSVP: chandra.haddon@macys.com, 310-475-4911 x 2087

A cocktail and a scanning gun. I'm not sure what else you can ask for on a Thursday evening. Have fun!

Sunday, September 25th

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Capistrano's Restaurant & Catering

2011 Bridal Expo & Special Event Showcase

Embassy Suites Arcadia
211 East Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91006
Call 626-294-0099 for two complimentary tickets, additional tickets are $5 each.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ca Bridal Affair's Bridal Show
Torrance Art Center
3341 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
$5.00/tickets online & $7.00 at the door

Tuesday, September 27
Fall Bridal Show 2011
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
MountainGate Country Club
12445 Mountaingate Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood/Bel Air)

Admission: Complimentary

The Deals:

Sign up for my "Liz's Wedding Quote of the Day" using the box on this page to the right or click this link here, and you'll receive 10% percent off my Full-Service or DAY of coordination service. You can also combine it with the deal on my Yelp page, too,and save even more money to get the help you need. You have to meet and book with me before October 8th, which is coming up...


Lots of my brides have used Save-the-Date magnets (my refrigerator at work is covered with them), and MagnetStreet Weddings is running a special promotion on them this week. Use the code WHBTA15 at checkout. Thanks to @brokeassbride for the find and for the next one:

Remember White Magnolia? The new store that re-sells upscale and couture bridal gowns for a fraction of the price? Well, when you buy a Lindee Daniel gown there, that fraction will increase by another 25%. GO.







Bring in your something blue with these gorgeous shoe clips on Etsy. AND they're only $15.00




Oriental Trading Company
, my newest savior in terms of wedding accessories is offering free shipping this week, plus $10 off any order of $79 or more. Click the link and then search for wedding stuff. You're welcome!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Well, this made my day

A comment to my post on The Broke Ass Bride, The Wedding Stress Mantra:

"My story. I should have known better being in the catering Biz for 20+ yrs, that planning a wedding in 4 short months with my crazy fighting Irish family was a bad Idea....everything that could go wrong went wrong..but what changed everything for me..
The moment.. My husband called me the morning of our wedding, to remind me how everyone was coming there for US. he said, They were probably getting dressed and excited for us, maybe picking out their cards with a perfect wedding Bliss message. I began to think of all the weddings I attended and how Happy I was for the couples. Before he hung up, he said, Lets give them a great day ! So we did ! I made sure we all loved every moment!"

- Mrs. Ripko

Yes. YES. You have to focus on the love, you have to focus on the fun, because that's why we're all here. And don't just do it on your wedding day, do it when you're picking out your dress, when you're at your tasting, when you're thinking about all the things that are going to make your wedding YOUR WEDDING. This is going to be awesome. And it will be, just you wait and see.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What Quetions Do You Have About YOUR Wedding?



Open House Q&A Call With Me
7:00 - 8:00pm- Thursday, October 15th

Oh, it is SO time for you get the help that you need. How about this Thursday? Join me on my next Open House Call at 7pm, and find out how scratch the itch that's bugging you about your wedding. Whether it's sticking to your budget, finding the perfect vendor, managing the perfect vendor, or dealing with your future-in-laws (or your current family), I'll give the advice you need so you can smile on your way down the aisle.

Call into: 712-432-0800
Access Code: 993523# (Pound Key)

Any questions beforhand? Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com. Talk to you tonight!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 14

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: This very cheeky Beatles themed wedding ("All You Need is Love") featured on Green Wedding Shoes. It's the flowergirls and their signs that get me! Thanks to The ShopHairess Wedding Daily for the find.






Events

Thursday, September 15
Open House Q&A Call With Me
7:00 - 8:00pm
Oh, it is SO time for you get the help that you need. How about this Thursday? Join me on my next Open House Call at 7pm, and find out how scratch the itch that's bugging you about your wedding. Whether it's sticking to your budget, finding the perfect vendor, managing the perfect vendor, or dealing with your future-in-laws (or your current family), I'll give the advice you need so you can smile on your way down the aisle.

Call into: 712-432-0800
Access Code: 993523*
Register online, and get entered in a drawing for a $20 itunes gift card.

Saturday, September 17
Floral Design Class: Edible Flowers & Mimosas
11:00am - 12:00pm
Whole Foods
760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
El Segundo, California
Join Organic Florist Carly Cylinder for a floral & food lesson in the Tapas bar. Self-taught florist Carly Cylinder brings a fresh and innovative approach to learning the secrets of professional florists, putting a spin on design with her own techniques and casual approach.
Admission: $10

Sunday, September 18
Bridal Showplace
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Admission: $5.00


The Deals:

GO! Groupon only has this for a few more hours today, $20 for $60 worth of dry cleaning OR Bridal gown preservation.

WeddingFavors.org has the cutest favors, like these glass favor jars (Jelly Beans!) and the best part is that most of them are under $1.50 each. Thanks to the Broke Ass Bride for the pull - get 15% of any order of $50 or more with the discount code BAB15.

Don't forget to follow me on twitter for my other finds through the week @lizcoopersmith. I'll be waiting for you!

See you at the end of the aisle (and talk to you tomorrow),

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Summer 2011 - A Review in Pictures

Only half of my weddings this summer have made it to their photographer blogs, but here they are:

June 12 - Genise and Troy, Los Angeles Arboretum, Zoom Theory Photography








June 18 - Jessica and Roger, Long Beach Museum of Art, Hazelnut Photography








July 3 - Angela and Reginald, The Ebell Los Angeles
B & G Photography


July 30 - Jesse and Rima, Brookside Park and the Rocco Room, Pasadena, Our Favorite Day Photography

I had the best time this summer with all of them, it's just been a great summer and a fantastic year. I love this gig!

See YOU at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Would you like to schedule a free consultation with me to find out how to make your dream wedding come true? Call 323-592-9318, or email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com