Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - November 30th

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: Flutterby Notes takes your two thumbprints and creates this fantastic poster, commemorating your wedding day. Awesome. I picture it covered by your guests' signatures before you hang it on the wall. They're on Etsy...OF COURSE. And only 26 frickin' dollars. You're welcome!


Saturday and Sunday, December 3 - 4
Unique L.A.
The California Market Center
110 East Ninth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90079
It's the largest independent design in the country,and one of the best events I attended last year. Over 300 local designers and artists will be exhibiting and selling their products, there's free food and drinks AND free DIY Workshops and Crafts. Find cool wedding stuff, cool gifts, and just have a great time. I'm hitting this on Saturday, so let me know if you want to come with.
Admission: $10 at the door or online

Sunday, December 4
Monique Lhuillier Sample Sale
1201 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015
10am - 4pm

This is first come, first serve, and there's always a line. So, either come very, very early, or come late! Sample dresses are going to be between 40 - 90% off retail. I went to the last one a few months ago with one of my brides and there were some beautiful, killer deals. Have fun!

The Deals:

Next Exit Photography - Photographer Cat Benner (who is awesome) has got a great deal on Living Social this week - A 30-Minute Photo Shoot, One 8x10 Print, and an Online Gallery of Images for $68.

Oriental Trading Company
- Save up to 65% on all their wedding accessories this week. I do believe it's time to pick up those paper lanterns, y'all.

Noritake China is offering 30% off sitewide + free ground shipping until Thursday at 9pm PST. Plus, you'll save an extra 10% if you enter the code BABblog when you check out. And, thanks to for the find.

The Wedding Outlet is giving you free ground shipping on all their personalized wedding gifts, like these embroidered pashminas. Which are already discounted, so you know. GO.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, November 28, 2011

What I did on my Thanksgiving vacation

Ate a lot of food, did some work, married a couple in my office...

And it's Cyber Monday! I'm posting Wedding World Deals on my Facebook page all day, go check those out. And remember my own deal, too - this is the last day to get $5 off a Charmed Circle phone consultation. It's the perfect planning solution for brides with lower budgets - a one hour call with me, recorded on an mp3 file, so you can play it back later at your convenience. Click on the link to hear a sample clip, and then email me today to schedule your call.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - November 23rd

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: I have to go with Glow Concepts Floating Table number. This REALLY stood out for me at the I Do! Bridal Show on Sunday. Cute, blingy, but simple, you know what I mean? They did such a great job with Angela and Reggie's wedding in July, take a look at the pictures. Lovely, lovely.

Cool, too: I'm offering a Small Business Saturday Deal: Make an appointment with me on Saturday, and if you book either a full-service or Day-of Coordination package, you'll receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Just give me a call at 323-592-9318. Oh, and if you book a Charmed Circle Consultation with me for this weekend, it's only $20 for the hour. Email me at to book it.

Deals and Events:
Wedding World has gone Black Weekend crazy, y'all:

Friday, November 25
Winnie Couture Flagship Bridal Salon
9393 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

30% off ANY bridal gown purchase. You heard me. On Saturday and Sunday that goes down to 25% off, so call (310)858-8868 to make your appointment and GO.

Lili Bridal
18663 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: 818-774-9700
They are knee-deep in their sample sale this weekend, too - 40 - 80% off 2011 gowns.

Saturday, November 26
Amor Perfect Union
100 North Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

Wanna go ahead and just get married this weekend? Just DO it, right? Amor Perfect Union in Glendale is offering 15% off the cost of an in-office ceremony and "a few special details to make it a party" Hmmm. And if you use your American Express card, you can get a $25 statement credit. Call 213-986-8214 to make your appointment.

Saturday, November 26th

One Day Only Sale
J&M Entertainment
Select Two Free Items With Any Entertainment & Lighting Package
  • Ceremony P.A. System ($595 Value)
  • Sound System Upgrade ($200 Value)
  • 1+hr of Entertainment & Lighting package ($175 -$525 Value)
Or select 1 item:
  • A FREE LoFlow System "Dancing on the clouds" ($1,250 Value)
  • FREE Pin Spotting your tables up to 15 tables ($450 Value)

Select One Free Items With Any Video Package...

  • Photo Montage ($695 Value)
  • 2 Additional Hours of camera coverage ($300 Value)
  • Split-Day coverage ($250 Value)

And if you miss Saturday, they're also offering $250 off on any lighting, entertainment or video package, if you book with them before December 31st. BUT you can only take advantage of one of these deals!

Happy Thanksgiving and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Wedding Weekend - The I Do Bridal Event 11/20

Sunday morning, I hiked over to the Langham in the rain (PORTLAND- like rain) to attend the I Do! Bridal Event, which was sponsored by Fancy That Events. THIS cake is by Raffi's Pastries, isn't it gorgeous??

Check out this short video I took:

I ran into a lot of my past wedding vendors at the show:

Fantasy Frostings was REALLY popular. I visited their table a couple of times myself. Okay, three. But the third time was to pick up samples for my husband Zane, honest!

Winnie Couture:

Shirvan Designs:

And TOTAL Best of Show? Glow Concepts. They did all the linens for Angela and Reginald's wedding in July. And they totally showed up to play here. Check out this floating table number:

And Eng came up with this idea for a throw bouquet, but you can have her custom design one of or you or your bridesmaids, too:

Can't decide which of the two is going to make cool thing of the week. What do you think?

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - November 16

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: Big Day for 10K's DIY Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornament. Oh, my God, the coolest! And something I might actually attempt to do and accomplish, so stay tuned.
Like I said on my Facebook page, I have all these leftover programs and placecards and nothing to do with them. Excellent.

The Events:

Saturday, November 19
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Great Bridal Expo
Hosted By: Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores
Radisson Los Angeles Hotel
6225 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA 90045
Price: $16 for two tickets

Sunday, November 20
I Do! An Event for the Stylish Bride
Hosted By: Butterfly floral & event design
The Langham Huntington Hotel | map
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
Price: free when you use code: ButterflyBride)

Sunday, November 20
Great Bridal Expo (Again)
Sheraton Gateway Hotel
6101 West Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
$8 online or $10 cash at the door

The Deals:
I'm really starting to dig They have a whole slew of invitations and save the date cards for 30% off this week, including these cool ones by Wiley Valentine. 50 cards, plus envelopes and mailing labels for $160. You're welcome!

And, in the spirit of my post on The Broke Ass Bride last week, it really is time for you - the two of you - to take a break. Would $5 movie tickets help? Saveology's got 'em. You're welcome!

How's your wedding coming along? You should never be afraid to ask for help, so why not find out what getting help actually looks like? Email me at or call my office at 323-592-9318 to schedule our complimentary consultation. Let's take care of whatever is bugging you about your wedding...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sweet Dreams: Nisha and Bryan's Wedding

Review: David Tutera's My Fair Wedding 11/13/11

He's back! I've said it before - his is the only wedding show that I can watch. I love the whole idea of taking a bride's vision and just upgrading it into something wonderful. Most of the time, what they've started out with isn't bad, but with a little tweaking, it can be so SO much better. I'm a pretty good "editor" myself,and I have to confess that one of my favorite things as a planner is to say to a bride, "But you can also do it THIS way" and hear them say, "Ooh!" So, yes, I have a little bit of an ego, too!

So, this week, David is traveling to Topeka, KS. 17-year old Ryan, was diagnosed with cancer, and he was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His wish? Give his Mom, Wendy, the wedding of her dreams by bringing in David Tutera.
David walks into a room filled with Make a Wish volunteers wearing snazzy "Team Ryan" t-shirts. David's got one week to pull this off, so he's going to need all the help he can get. The president of the foundation, David Williams, explains that not all wish grantees are terminal patients (Ryan is currently in remission), which I didn't know, actually.
Kathy Griffin has this bit when she talks about Oprah - that people freak out when she enters the room - crying, screaming, jumping up and down. The same usually happens when brides open the door and David Tutera is on the other side. The 17-year old boy? Becomes monosyllabic. He's obviously in shock, but really happy.

The theme of her wedding: Origami cranes and Cherry blossoms. Wendy is looking for peace and calm, a real zen experience. She's made origami crane accessories for her bridesmaids, and favors for her guests - all 200 of them. Dinner will be a Chinese buffet catered by a local grocery store. And here comes the "Whaa?" Moment in David's head. He's trying not to judge, dude, TRYING not to judge, but his voice goes just a littlebithigher when he replies,"Sure!" Actually,on second thought, it's not judging, it's panic - a week out from her wedding, and all Wendy has shown him are accessories, centerpiece vases, and a pair of platinum pumps by Jessica Simpson. And the only thing that's finished are the pumps. If Wendy had her way, she'd like the room filled with cherry blossom trees and an aisle runner. Pretty simple and elegant.
BUT, her bridesmaids are wearing heavy black dresses,and Wendy's dress doesn't really fit very well. As David points out, neither really fit into her zen style.
Time to try on wedding dresses! Go to minute 19:56 to take a look at her choices. Wendy doesn't like the second dress, but is cool with the first and second one. When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, Wendy's got some great options, too. She really likes the dark gold floor-length dress, but I'm digging the dark red knee length gown.

Then we're off to tuxedos for Ryan and Rocky, Wendy's fiance. Rocky thinks the first tuxedo makes him look like a UPS truck driver. Hah! Ryan doesn't like the second tuxedo with the bow tie. Makes him think of James Bond. Wendy likes the third tuxedo with the long tie. What will David choose??

Now it's time to pick the favors. Wendy's favorite is a dollar coin that can be tossed in a wishing well and donated back to the Make a Wish Foundation. Not sure how that would work. Does Wendy buys the dollar coins, then basically she's making the donation, right? Although I doubt if she's paying for them...I'm thinking real world applications, and maybe I should just stop. Anyway, it's a very sweet idea,and, hey, wishing well in the middle of your wedding reception! That's pretty cool.

Dress Reveal! What do you think?

Go to 44:51 for the reveal of the reception. It's beautiful! Wood, live and silk cherry blossom stands. Orchids and Topiaries and custom made linens, table cloths and overlays in a green and gold color scheme. Again, very simple and very elegant. If you'd like some tips on how to find something like this in your price range, email me and I can send you in the right direction. Because, really, each of these table set-ups is around $400 + each, easy.

And at the end of the night? A band and fireworks. Nice job, David.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - November 2

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 - Hands down, the "Tie The Knot" invitation I posted on the Silver Charm Events Facebook page. So awesome, and DIY-able, too. Like, I would even attempt to do this.

The Events:
All DIY oriented this week

Friday, November 4
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wine-O Bingo with the with the Wine Anti-Snob
You can barely tell a white wine from a red wine, but you're about to buy and serve a few dozen bottles to your nearest and dearest. Wine + snacks, leading to a blind tasting and Win-O Bingo. Bring a notepad and pen!
Admission: $15.00

Flour L.A. - Private Floral Design Classes. Do you keep missing her Whole Foods classes, like I do? Now you can schedule one for you and 5 of your friends on your own time, and learn how to make bouquets, centerpieces and arrangements. Only $45 per person for a 2-3 hour class.

The Deals:

You need an hour with a wedding planner, to talk about any all things that are bugging you about that day. GREAT alternative for wedding budgets under $15,000 - It'll cost you $20.00, and I'll record our phone conversation so you can play it back any time you want. You can never get everything down on paper fast enough, anyway. Email me at to schedule your call. It's worth the week of Starbucks, trust me.

Dress Rush - Almost 50% off organic Wedding Dresses by Pure Magnolia. You have to sign up for a membership to take a look, bu it's worth it.

Wedding Wire - If you're like the rest of my brides this year, it's coming up on seating chart time. Wedding Wire is making it easy for you, with this great online app. Switch 'em around, save, and then switch them around again. For free. You're welcome!

Wedding Outlet - From now until 12/27 (two days after Christmas) FREE ground shipping on orders $100+. Use the Coupon Code SeasonalShip at checkout.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events