Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 28

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

Happy New Year! By the next time we meet here, it will be 2012. Didn't 2011 get out of here in a hurry? Not just me, right?

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: actually something I posted on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago - Irene and Bob's Snake bike wedding goodness in Austin, as seen on A Practical Wedding. I want that bike, darn it.

The Events:

January 8
Bridal Showplace
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

Put this on your calendar: I'm going to be speaking at this expo, right before the fashion show! Want to find out how to plan your wedding like a wedding planner?It's time to look past the checklist and look at your wedding in a new way. And I'll have a booth there, so I'll get to meet you, too! Drop by.

The Deals: has this gorgeous twisted pearl necklace for only $42, on sale from it's original price of $78. PLUS, if you use the code 20OFF, you'll get another 20% off your order. There's a lot of good stuff on the site, so definitely take a look around while you're there. is giving you $10 off anything online, when you use the code 10GC. Pretty, blingy wedding accessories galore! But it's only good until Saturday the 31st, so GO!

This is the LAST week to take advantage of the $5 discount on one of my Charmed Circle Consultations, you guys. What's bugging you about your wedding? Email me and let's schedule the cure ASAP.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Your Wedding vs. The Holidays

Happy Holidays, everybody! Here's the re-post of the blog I wrote for today:

So, the Holidays are now upon us, and you might be feeling some trepidation about seeing family and friends, and talking, talking about your wedding.

It is a truth universally recognized that weddings make families do the wacky. I've said and written it a million times. Here are some tips for getting through the wackiness during the holidays:

1. Remember that your family actually loves you. They do. They love you, and they want the best for you. They just think that what's best for you is what they think is best for you. Parents, especially, are used to guiding you and used to you having to listen to them. And that's whether it's about what time you need to go to bed to wake up early for school, or inviting your third cousin to your wedding. They are trying to create the best experience for you that they can. So, when cousin Trudy comes up for the third time during dinner, just think, "They are not trying to ruin my life, they are trying to help." Because they are. That being said...

2. Pressure is not priority. You do not have to do a darn thing any of them suggest. When a subject of conflict comes up, you have two choices, both of which work:

The first is to express extreme enthusiasm over your flower/linen/bridesmaid/meal/name change choice, and how you couldn't see it happening any other way. You are SOO happy with what you're doing! And you are, right? Very hard to keep pushing in the face of that.

The second is to put the discussion off. Tell them that, THANK GOODNESS, You do not have to finalize your decision on the flower/linen/bridesmaid/meal selection/name change choice until sometime in 2012, fortunately! So you have plenty of time.

3. Both options require immediately moving away after they are implemented. No, I'm serious. Smile, and GO.

I didn't say it would be easy, especially in the beginning, but I swear to you, it works. No crying, screaming, no "why do you ALWAYS do this??" has to be involved. Assert, smile, and leave the area ASAP. And head straight for the eggnog, if you have to.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 14

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!

First of all, I extended the contest deadline until the end of the day on Wednesday. Pick my favorite picture here for a chance to win.

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

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A Starbucks Wedding! At last, something new to put on my bucket list. Thanks to Huffington Post Weddings for the find.

The Events:
Thursday, December 15
Noon - 8:00pm
Lovella Bridal
3325 N. Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, CA, 91208

Sample sale for one day only. Beautiful bridal, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, at the pre-requisite 25 - 70% off. Call 818-248-0026 to make you appointment.

Mark Your Calendar
: I'm speaking at the Bridal Showplace on January 8th at the Queen Mary! I'll be talking about how to plan your wedding like a wedding planner - not just what to do, but how to be. Mindset is more than half the wedding planning game.

The Deals:

Ambrosia Events is offering their $5,000 photography package for only $1900, if you book this month. Like I said, Off-Season is where the deals are.

I've also got a deal of my own on Wedding Wire this month, too - Schedule your free consultation with me, and I'll give you a subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings. Which I love.

Speaking of which, a Reminder: My Charmed Circle Consultations are still only $20, but just through this month. Seriously, what's bugging you about your wedding? One hour with me, recorded so you can play it back whenever you want, could be the solution. Click the link for a clip of a past consultation.

Original Runner Co. - The only aisle runner I recommend ! Their sale ends Friday - 25% off custom designed aisle runners and 15% off solid and printed aisle runners. Stay trip-free down the aisle for less. You've got two more days...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, December 09, 2011

2011 Favorite Pics - The Couples

So, as we're getting down to the end of the year, I have so many photographs that I just love, but I think that these are my six favorites. Vote below for yours, for the chance to win a $10 Kindle gift certificate. Voting ends Wednesday at 10am!

April 16 - Nicole and Andrew, Calamigos Ranch, B & G Photography

This picture is on my website, and on my office wall. It sums up their wedding perfectly: Not just filled with love and affection, but fueled by Heineken, too. Nikki bounced around all night with that bottle (and a couple more like it) saying to me, "This is great. This wedding is exactly what I wanted my wedding to be." And I can never ask for any great praise than that, you know?

June 11, Brandi and Kendall, Calamigos Ranch, Up Imagery

This was the second of two weddings that I coordinated at Calamigos Ranch this year. Brandi and Kendall? Just glowed around each other. Like, all day I was thisclose to being too embarrassed to be anywhere near them.

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

So much love, so much music, and so much fun. It was about 105 degrees outside, so Rima and Jesse had these fans made for their guests, and plenty of water bottles nearby. I only stole one of them, for my office.

Michelle and Jonathan, September 4, Calamigos Ranch, Micah and Megan Photography

So, what happened here was, Jonathan stomped his foot on the cloth-covered glass...and it skidded right into the bushes. And this was their instant reaction. Love it. I've said before that this is one of those things that's funnier when it's not happening to you. But it's great when it's funny when it is happening to you, you know?

Danielle and Paul, September 24, 2011, Saddlepeak Lodge, Joey Ikomoto Photography

The techophile in me just had to put this in there. How cool is that? Go check out the rest of their pictures, too. The chuppah alone will blow your mind.

November 12, Nisha and Bryan, First Congregational Church of Long Beach, Third Eye Open Photography

I love watching a bride's vision come to life. Just seeing that "Christmas morning" look in a bride's eyes over and over again. The red dresses, the beautiful church, the perfect dress. I worked with Nisha and Bryan for over a year, and I just dug the way Nisha was determined to have the wedding she wanted the way she wanted it. And just look a the results. LOVE this picture.

See you at the end of the aisle and VOTE VOTE VOTE,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 7

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: ironically from last year. I was talking to Joel at EMP Studios about a blog I'm writing about winter weddings, and he sent me a link to this wedding he shot in Yosemite awhile back. Totally, completely gorgeous, definitely the coolest thing I've seen this week. No pun intended.

The Events

Encore Bridal is moving to San Francisco. I know! December 9 - 13 is the last chance you'll have to look and try on the pre-owned pretty at their Manhattan Beach location. After, that it's their website or a plane trip.

The Deals
Save 15% on all bridal earrings at Everything Angelic until December 31st. Aren't these gorgeous? You don't even need a coupon code, discount is automatically applied at checkout. Thanks to Wedding Chicks for the find. And check out the rest of their stuff, too. There's a reason they're a regular feature here!

Alfred Angelo is extending their bridal preview sale to December 18th. Be the first to view their upcoming 2012 collection and save up to $350 on your bridal gown.

Silver Charm Events December Specials:

Book a Charmed Circle Consultation with me from now until December 30th for only $20.00. One hour phone call on anything you want to ask about planning your wedding. And you get a recording of the call to review at your leisure.

AND, you'll get 20% off your Day of Coordination service if you book this month, too. Off-season - It's the gift that keeps on giving. Shoot an email to or call my office at 323-592-9318 to find out how to get started.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events