Sunday, January 29, 2012

Your Family vs. Your Wedding, Part 50

I had a very productive weekend, by the way. I celebrated my niece's birthday, saw The Artist (which rocked btw, so GO), went to Disneyland with some good friends, wrote two articles, and then cleared out the dead emails in my constant contact account. The dead emails are brides that I've sent multiple emails to, who don't open them, or hardly ever open them. Some are the wrong email address (I curse the typo fairy that lives in my mirror!), some are going straight into their spam folder for some reason, and some people just aren't interested. And if you're not interested, I'm not going to waste your time.

So, I was going through multiple lists, cleaning them out, and one email kept popping up over and over. If they had clicked on nothing else for the past two months, they clicked on the "Liz's Daily Wedding Quote" that I sent out on 12/16/11. And the majority of those clicked on the link to the actual post that it was pulled from.
The hell? I thought. I kept going, and then finally when I finished, I pulled up the article myself:

From: Liz Coopersmith, Silver Charm Events
Subject: Liz's Daily Wedding Quote - Wedding Bitterness Sucks.

One of my brides has a brother who refused to come to her wedding if his kids aren't invited. I know, right?? But how can she have her nieces there and not invite other children? Well, she can make them members of the wedding party, which would give them a reason to be there and explain why no other tykes are present. Or, she could just have them there and offer no explanation at all. If you're in the same situation and worried about how your other guest will feel, I vote wedding party. It's a little easier to take if they're they're dolled up. Foot your brother with the bill for the dress.

Taken from The Kids Are Alright. Or Not, The Broke Ass Bride, 4/29/11

p.s. This post got almost 50 comments - check out what other brides had to say.


Ohhh, I thought. That makes sense. As it says right there, the original post got almost 50 comments, which is I think is my record. Having kids at your wedding brings up so many issues: The money you have to spend to feed them.

Friday, January 27, 2012

My Wedding Emergency Kit

...is huge. My assistant Maeline and I have been building it over the past couple of years and it has pretty much everything that you're going to need, other than a listing of the nearest Target and hardware store. You'll have to find those for yourself. I always keep one in my car, too, because you just never know. Still contemplating selling these kits once my website relaunches. Are you interested in getting one? Let me know in the comments.

Behold, The Ultimate Wedding Emergency Kit:

Tide Laundry Pen
Wisps
Goo Gone
Nail Polish Remover Pads Lens Cleaning Wipes Scissors
Advil
Effervescent Antacid
Midol
Extra Strength Tylenol
Alka Selter Plus Cold/Flu
Murine Eye Drops
Liquid Skin
Sewing Kit
Craft Glue Pen
Suave Spray Deodorant Lint Roller
Reach Dental Floss
Duct Tape
Old Spice Deodorant Spray
Multipurpose Lighter
LED Flashlight
Three colored fine-line sharpies (Black, red, and blue)
Tissue Pack
Highlighter
Cigarette Lighter Chapstick
Febreze
Q-tips
Hand Sanitizer
Olay Body Lotion
Baby Powder
Shout Wipes
Travel-size Hairspray
Scope Mouthwash
Aleve
Trail Mix Bar
Bobby Pins
Rolaids Roll
Double Stick Mounting Tape
Sports Beans
Cotton Rounds
Bottle of Bubbles
AA Batteries
Ponds Makeup Remover Wipes
AAA Batteries
Box Cutter
Scotch Tape
Permanent Marker
Band Aid Kit
Manicure Kit
Women’s Razor
4 Panty Liners
4 Maxi Pads
4 Tampons
Ice Breeze Breath Drops
NYC Clear Nail Polish
Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes
Tool Box
Shoe Polish Kit
Playtex Togo
Brush/Mirror Combo
Note Pad
Scrub Cloth
Mint Gum
Cough Drops
Hair Elastics
Altoids
Post-its
Downy Wrinkle Releaser/Static Reducer

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 25

Every week 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: Practical Ryan Gosling. Meg from Practical Wedding is awesome. She was always awesome, but putting this together elevated her even more. I've never agreed with Mr. Gosling more. Literally.

Unbelievably cool, too: This Wedding Dress Cake, which needs no explanation, just a long jaw-drop. Wedding World 2012 RULES. This size may be a little crazy, but I can totally see making a smaller table-sized version of this. Thanks to Weddingish for the find.




The Events:
Macy's Sip and Scan Events - 6:30 - 9:30pm
Thursday, January 26
Macy's Del Amo, Home Store
21800 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503

Friday, January 27th
Macy's Pasadena, 1st Floor
401 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Join Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry for events featuring fun mocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and fabulous registry experts to help you create your dream registry.

Saturday, January 28
11:00am - 3:00pm
Brea Bridal Show
Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Way
Brea, CA 92821
714-671-4427

Sunday, January 29th
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2012 Bridal Show at Lakewood Country Club
3101 Carson Street
Lakewood, CA 90712
This place is gorgeous. This is their annual open house, so you can take a tour, meet with their preferred vendors, sample their cuisine. And it's free.

11:00 - 4:00pm
Premier Bridal Show
Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Admission: $5 if you register online, $10 at the door

2:00 - 5:00pm
2012 Winter Wonderland
Wood Ranch Golf Club
301 Wood Ranch Parkway
Simi Valley, CA 93065
805/527-9663 ext 207
Another great open house event in Simi Valley. Preferred vendors, food and drinks, with complimentary admission.

Tuesday, January 31
7:00 - 9:00pm
The Los Angeles Athletic Club - Bridal Open House
One of the premiere downtown wedding venues. Meet their preferred vendors in the Centennial Ballroom, and enjoy appetizers and champagne. I'm going to this one, so let me know if you want to come with. Admission is complimentary, you just need to RSVP by January 31st to kelly.bland@laac.net.


The Deals:



Koyal Wholesale is now carrying David Tutera's line of wedding decorations and accessories. And they're on sale, at 25 - 50% off.





David's Bridal's $99 dress sale is on until January 30th. Bridesmaid dresses for $49. And savings of $300-500 off on almost every other dress in the store.

Alfred Angelo is also having a sales frenzy, $75 - 400 off their collections.

And, finally, J.Crew is giving you 40% off ALL of their final sale items, including the ones in their wedding collection.
You're still reading this? GO.

And, seriously, did you take advantage of any of the deals I listed last week? The deadlines on all of them are coming up this week, so take a look again, NOW.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Wedding Wise - January 19

Every week 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:
Not really cool, but a heads up - Postal Rates going up - 45 cents for first class, 32 cents for postcards. The good news, if you haven't sent your invites out, yet, is that you can still get them at the old prices if you order them at usps.com this week.



The Events:
Saturday, January 21
10am - 3:00pm
Braemer Country Club
4001 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana, CA, 91356
Complimentary Hors D'Ourves and Champagne, and a really pretty place that could be your potentional wedding site. RSVP TO 818-345-6520.

Sunday, January 22nd
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bridal and Quince Show
Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside Hotel
6333 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
Admission: 5.00

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Winter Wonderland Bridal show at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Admission: $7.00 for two
(I'm planning to drop by this one)

11am - 3:00pm
Annual Bridal Fair and Expo
Brookside Golf Club
Pasadena, CA 91103
626/577-4497 Ext.206
Complimentary Admission

11:0am - 3:00pm
Bridal Fair Extraordinaire
Moorpark Country Club
11800 Championship Dr
Moorpark, CA 93021
661/255-1244
Complimentary admision.


11am - 4pm
Premier Bridal Shows

4545 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Admission: $5 per person online, $10 at the door

The Deals:

How much do you love this photo that's on my website? The photographer, Blendi Reynolds, is running a special this month - 20% off her full-service photography packages, plus a free engagement shoot. Go to Sun-Dance Photography to find out how to contact her. Just GO.




Oriental Trading - through January 24 - Great place to get your wedding accessories. From now until January 24, you'll get free shipping plus $5 off your order of $59 or more, $10 off your order of $79 or more.


Posh by Nida is offering 30% off your wedding stationery - save the dates, invites, table numbers, programs - if you order by February 15th.

Wow Decorations by Rachel has chivari chairs for $4 each. And $1.50 chair covers, including a sash. And 10% off your entire order if you mention Sunday's bridal show or this post. You're welcome!

Winnie Couture Bridal is having a fantastic sales event until January 29th - 20% towards any bridal gown, plus a free pair of crystal earrings with your purchase.

Still looking for a venue? The Courtyard Marriott in Baldwin Park has a new wedding package that starts at $45 per person. It includes, get this, a champagne toast, a wedding cake, and a keg of beer. Contact Marina Ayala at 6260962-6000, x 7167 to find out more.

I don't think that I can top that this week.

Which deals do you think that you're going to take advantage of? And what are you looking for right now? I'll try to steer you in the right direction in the comments.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Schedule a free consultation so we can talk about your wedding:
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Wedding Weekend



Two bridal shows, one open house, no waiting!

First stop was the Bridal Expo in downtown L.A., taking advantage of the free tickets they were kind enough to send me. Wasn't that sweet? This cake is by Bailey's Bakery.
You know what was really sad for me? I got there so late, I missed all the cake samples. Can you imagine? But I did get there so late that when I found the booth with the freshwater pearl earrings, I was actually able to get near it.
And I did find a lot of great deals that I'm putting in the Wedding Wise this week. The highlight of the show? THIS:



No, see the photo booth? IS the TV. Yes, I'm a geek, but think about how much fun this will be at your wedding. How much? Rates for the itouch booth start at $895 for the smaller screen, depending on the features you want. I know, I'm a geek. But seriously? Pretty cool.

On Sunday, I dropped by the Premiere Bridal show at the Hyatt Westlake. The Hyatt and I are old friends. Food for days. Cake and cupcakes and whole buffet meals as far as the eye can see. $10 got me lunch and drinks, it was fantastic. Speaking of which:



Not just for the cocktail hour, but this would be fantastic for a cocktail and appetizer reception. So much food, and after I made my usual third pass by (plus the one I did after I filmed this) I was full. Something to think about. You can find them at www.simigreenacres.com.

I finished Sunday by heading all the way across town to the Ebell Los Angeles. I was in bed reading the Sunday paper - which is what I do every Sunday morning, when I saw a story about their open house. I LOVE the Ebell, especially after Angele and Reggie's wedding there in July. They were having an open house and a sort of membership drive, too, and oh, those applications went fast.
What always amazes me is how one space can look fifteen different ways, depending on how it's decorated. For instance, here is the grand hall during the Open House:






As opposed to the same space during the wedding:



My photography sucks, but you get the idea. Space transformed. The Ebell has a slew of great pictures from weddings past, so take a look.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 11

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:


One of the best ways to save money on your flowers is to use flowers that are in season when you're getting married. One of the best ways to do that, at least in Los Angeles, is to visit Wisteria Lane's website, which list the flowers that will be in season on your wedding day. That was easy. I love it when people are helpful...



The Events:

Saturday, January 14th
Los Angeles Convention Center
1200 L.A. Live Way
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Price: $10 at the door. $8/door if RSVP online first.
(and Sunday the 15th, too)

Torrance | map
5322 Wilma St
Torrance, CA 90503
Price: 12.00

Sunday, January 15
Hosted By: Bridal Premiere
Hyatt Westlake | map
880 So Westlake Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Price: $10 at door/$8 on line

The Deals:

So...MUCH.

Djamilla Cochran of The Rose Weddings Photography is offering a free photo canvas when you book your wedding with her. Djamilla is French, speaks five different languages and takes kick-a pictures in all of them. Reasonably-priced, too.



Royal Care Mobile Spa - Lana did Hair and Make-up for four of my brides last year, and for me at the bridal show on Sunday. We all love her! She's offering 10% off any of a full range of mobile spa services (facials, manicures, pedicures) when you go online and book with promo code N120 or mention that you saw this in my blog. GO.

33rd Way Productions - $999 DJ special, coverage from set-up (whenever that is) to midnight. Dance floor lights and wireless mics included. Hurry for this one, it's a bridal show special that's only good for 10 days. That means your deadline is next Wednesday the 18th.

Ice Sculpturings.com: Want an martini ice luge at your wedding? How about one for just $100? Yeah, I thought so.

The Radisson Hotel in Whittier has a good wedding reception package right now, if you have 100 or less guests - $50 per person, choose from 5 different entrees (yes, there is steak in there). Champagne toast, cider and "free-flowing" fruit punch. One hour chocolate fountain (!), and they'll even through in colored sashes for the chairs. For $40 more a person, you get a hosted bar for an hour, including beer, wine and soft drinks (I know you were wondering), and a wedding cake made to order. Add a candy station on top of that for another $5 per person.

If you love The Cheesecake Factory as much as I do, then you'll be happy to learn that the location in Redondo Beach is now hosting wedding receptions. You're welcome!

And, remember, if you would like to talk about how to have the wedding you want, and enjoy that day, contact me using the info below to set up your complimentary consultation. Let's do this. :-)

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, January 06, 2012

How to Plan Your Wedding Like A Wedding Planner

I'm speaking at the Bridal Showplace on The Queen Mary this weekend. Here's the listing on Here Comes The Guide, which I am inordinately proud of!

See you Sunday,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

p.s. And congrats to Mary and David, who hired my yesterday to coordinate their wedding on April 15th on The Queen Mary. Coincidence? Or synchronicity?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 4

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:




Three days and a bazillion multi-colored post-its resulted in this fantastic wedding invitation. I want to go just to see what they come up with next. Enjoy, it's pretty awesome. Thanks to OneWed.com for the find.

The Events:

Sunday, January 8
11:00am - 2:00pm
Bridal Showplace
The Queen Mary

First and Foremost, I'm going to be talking at the Bridal Showplace at the Queen Mary. There are no other shows before mine! I'm on stage at 12pm and 2pm, right before the fashion shows, showing you how to stress less about your wedding. I'm going to have a booth, too, so drop by and say hi. Admission is $5.00, with an extra $1.00 off if you register online. I'll see you there!

Premiere Bridal Show - right across the bay at the Long Beach Convention Center. I can't help but think someone has egg on their faces. But remember, I'm at the one at the Queen Mary.

Expo Bridal - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach. I'm not at this one, either.


The Deals:

Princess Laserton - Save 20% on your felt boutonniere or corsage when you order this month. So-oh pretty. Go!






Scott Clark Photo - Book him in January, and get 20% off any of his photography packages.


This beautiful silk hand gathered bustier gown is custom made to order and only $995. Where? Etsy, of course. GO.







See you at the end of the aisle...and at the Queen Mary on Sunday,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A Love Letter to the Newbie Brides

From my article on The Broke Ass Bride, one of the best places online for wedding inspiration, spend, splurge or save:

Dear Newbie Bride:
Let me be the 50th person to congratulate you on your engagement. Welcome to Wedding World!
You’re going to love it.
First of all, at the end of all this, you’re going to be married to the love of your life. That’s cool. Second of all, Wedding World is very, very pretty, so you’ll have a lot of neat stuff to look at for the next few months. Third of all, you are going to learn so much. Not just about weddings, but about yourself, your relationship with the love of your life, and more importantly, about what you do and do not want, in general.
Here’s a hint: Just like in life, you can have pretty much whatever you want at your wedding, using whatever it is that you already have. Yes, I’m talking about money, but I’m also talking about personal skills and resources, and time. Time is very important in wedding world – you have plenty of it. Even if you don’t think you do, you do.
Ah, yes, money. Things can get kind of expensive in Wedding World. This can be daunting for those of who can’t spend untold thousands of dollars on one day. If you can’t afford it, then don’t spend it. Bottom line. REFUSE to spend it, and find alternatives that works. This is why God made etsy. And ebay. And craigslist, even. And the internet in general, including this site, where at any time you can pop in and ask any of us a question. I LIVE for wedding planning questions. Literally. Don’t give up. Giving up is stupid.
Will it be stressful? Well, of course. Yes, at some point, you’re going to want to run screaming away from everything. So, take a break, and run away. Your wedding will still be there when you return. Step back and remember what’s at the end of the aisle: Married to the love of your life, surrounded by your favorite people, eating cake, all while wearing a beautiful dress. When it’s over, you’re going to say to yourself, “wow, that went by really fast”, and it will. Enjoy it as much as you can, even if that means occasionally not dealing with it at all.
Did I mention all the pretty? Yes? Good. Did I mention how much fun you’re going to have? You are going to have such a good time. You are going to try on gorgeous dresses, and you’re going to have that Christmas Morning Moment when you see yourself in THE dress. You’re going to taste really good cake. You are going to laugh with the love of your life, and with your bridesmaids, and with your PHOTOGRAPHER even, over some inside joke, or something hilariously freaking funny/stupid thing one of you did or said. You will laugh about these for the rest of your life. On your wedding day, you will be surrounded by everyone you love and everyone who loves you. Your favorite music will be playing, your favorite foods will be served, and I’m not exactly sure what else you’ll need to have a great time. It’s all there for you.
And at the end of that aisle, you will have accomplished so much more than you ever thought you were capable of. You are going to feel like a Superstar. And you’re right. You are.
If you weren’t able to tell, I’m very excited for you. And I can’t wait to hear all about it.
So, Newbie brides, how’s it going? What’s the most fun moment you’ve had so far? And Old Timers, yeah, You – any more advice for the new girls? Give it to them in the comments below!
See you at the end of the aisle,
Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318

Wedding Wise Wednesday - Jan 4 Tuesday

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:


Three days and a bazillion multi-colored post-its resulted in this fantastic wedding invitation. I want to go just to see what they come up with next. Enjoy, it's pretty awesome. Thanks to OneWed.com for the find.

The Events:

Sunday, January 8
11:00am - 2:00pm
Bridal Showplace
The Queen Mary

First and Foremost, I'm going to be talking at the Bridal Showplace at the Queen Mary. There are no other shows before mine! I'm on stage at 12pm and 2pm, right before the fashion shows, showing you how to stress less about your wedding. I'm going to have a booth, too, so drop by and say hi. Admission is $5.00, with an extra $1.00 off if you register online. I'll see you there!

Premiere Bridal Show - right across the bay at the Long Beach Convention Center. I can't help but think someone has egg on their faces. But remember, I'm at the one at the Queen Mary.

Expo Bridal - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach. I'm not at this one, either.


The Deals:

Princess Laserton - Save 20% on your felt boutonniere or corsage when you order this month. So-oh pretty. Go!


Scott Clark Photo - Book him in January, and get 20% off any of his photography packages.


This beautiful silk hand gathered bustier gown is custom made to order and only $995. Where? Etsy, of course. GO.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318