Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 27

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 got pinned 12 times in five minutes from my pinterest board Geeky Wedding Stuff I Love. Isn't this awesome?

The Events:

Sunday, July 1
11am - 4pm
Premiere Bridal Shows
St. Regis Monarch Beach
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, California, 92629
Admission: $5 per person online, $10 at the door



The Deals:
100 layer Cake's Pop-up Shop:  These cute bags are on sale for $8.00 for 10, in a variety of patterns and colors. I just happen to love this one. Don't worry, they have pink, too!
Daily Candy Deals: $25 for $40 worth of Invitations, Cards and Mini-totes from Good On Paper. So cute! You're welcome!
And remember, I'm scheduling Charmed Consultations all this week and weekend. $35 for 30 minutes, or $50 for an hour, over the phone or in person.  What's bugging you about your wedding? Email me and let's schedule a time to talk about it...

See you at the end of the aisle,
Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Liz's Wedding Quote of the Week - Wed American


http://pinterest.com/lizcharm


7. The economy. One of the reasons Prop 8 annoyed me -- aside from the obvious Lucy-snatching-the-football away-ness of it all -- was that weddings are good for the economy. More than 18,000 same-sex couples got married at a time when the average cost of a wedding in California was $25,000 (during the brief window when gay marriage was legal). That's 450 million freakin' dollars. Granted, not all of them spent that much. But there was a clerk who had to process their applications, the officiant who married them, and the other clerk who had to process the marriage license. And even a $10,000 wedding employs at least five people at some point, and most of the weddings I coordinate have twice that number. It's not just the wedding planners and photographers who are getting paid. Your venue staff, down to the busboys and the guy that mows the lawn outside, is taking a check home and pumping it back into the economy. Have a wedding -- it's patriotic.

From my article 7 Reasons to Believe in Weddings, The Huffington Post, 4/25/12

See you at the end of the aisle,

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


Friday, June 22, 2012

The Pinterest Weekly Round-up


Here are my most popular pins this week. You can follow all my boards at http://pinterest.com/lizcharm/



1. This got pinned 12 times in five minutes, from Geeky Wedding Stuff I Love. Isn't this awesome?





1. Pinned on Words

2. Princess Punch on Food, Food, Food! Pineapple juice, frozen lemonade, gingerale, strawberry ice cream. Boom!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 20


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 awesomeness by A Wish and A Whisk Cakes, a cake shaped like the Chrysler Building in New York, delivered to a Laguna Beach wedding. Yes: LOCAL!! Click on the link, right now, to find out more.



The Events:
 TODAY, Wednesday, June 20
 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Macy's Scan for a Grand Event
Register at Macy's for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. They already had me at "price gun" but bonus...
 at these participating stores:

Paseo Colorado (CA)
400 E. COLORADO BLVD.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Pasadena Southlake
401 SOUTHLAKE AVE
Pasadena, CA 91101

Beverly Center
8500 BEVERLY BLVD.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Macy's Topanga 
21900 VANOWEN STREET
Canoga Park, CA 91304
Macy's Fox Hills (CA) 
6200 SLAUSON AVE
Culver City, CA 90230
 South Bay Galleria
1801 HAWTHORNE BLVD.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
And also the Macys at Del Amo, Santa Clarita, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Los Cerritos, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Manhattan Beach, Santa Ana, and West Covina. So, like, all of them.

Sunday, June 24
11am - 4pm  
Premiere Bridal Show
Long Beach Convention Center
Grand Ballroom
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA

Admission: $10 at the door, $5 if purchase online 

11am - 2pm
Bridal Faire
DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont
555 W Foothill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711
Free Admission


The Deals:

FREE invitation suite templates and clip art  from Martha Stewart Weddings  
- There are seven different designs to choose from. The lace invitation suite is #4. I like the Confetti Invitation Suite (#2), too. You're welcome!

Lili Bridal Veil and Headpiece Trunk Show - This Friday and Saturday (22nd & 23rd), you can save 10% off one item or up to 15 % for 2 or more of Lori London's gorgeous designs. BUT you need to make an appointment in order to peruse, so  call (818)774-9700 or email lisa@lilibridals.com.


What is your biggest wedding dilemma right now? Is it your budget, your decorations, how to time the whole day? I'll help you figure it out:  I'm scheduling Charmed Consultations for this weekend, in person or over the phone, for only $35 for 30 minutes, or $50 an hour. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com or call 323-592-9318 to schedule your appointment. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Want Your Guests To Have Fun? You, First.

Liz's Wedding Quote of the Day:

Michelle and Jonathan: Micah and Megan Photography
4. If you’re not having fun, no one else is going to have fun. I read Katie’s post, and she’s not alone – most brides worry that guests aren’t going to have a good time! The clue is to have a good time, yourself, because where you lead, your guests will follow. If the dance floor isn’t full enough, grab your new spouse and a couple of bridesmaids and boogie down. If no one has hit the candy buffet, be the first to grab a scoop and a bag. Jump into the photo booth. Find a corner and hang out with the crew from your college dorm floor. Laugh and smile when you are given opportunities to do so. Tell people how glad you are that they were able to come. You’re not just there for show, you’re there to have one of the best days of your life. What does that look like to you? Go for it.

From my article, Five Things You Need To Do At Your Wedding, The Broke-Ass Bride, May 18th, 2012

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 13

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

I'm a geek, so of course this Starfleet insignia engagement ring rocked my world. Only $500 on Etsy. Someone is dead set on being a millionaire, right?

Cool, Too:
Somewhat ashamed that I've never seen this before...or thought of it first. Doing the garter toss? Wrap your garter around a football, and then you'll really see who the best catch is! Thanks to Bronze Budget Bride for the find.






The Events:
Thursday, June 14th
Noon to 5pm
Kirstie Kelly Open House
1730 E Holly Ave,
El Segundo, CA 90245
Gorgeous gowns, playful pampering, champagne sipping and brides that benefit! For every dress purchased, Kirstie will donate a gown to support the extraordinary work of Brides Across America - a national charitable organization uniting military brides and bridal salons across the country for a common purpose by supporting our troops and their families.
This event is free, but RSVP to  Sarah@kirstiekelly.com

The Deals:

Alfred Angelo -BIG Sale - From June 16 -30, save up to $400 on you bridal gown, $15 off bridesmaid dresses and 10% off flower girl dresses. Register with Alfred Angelo, and you can save even more with special offers sent directly to you during the sale, too.

Wedding Chicks - Exclusive Sale for their readers - 15% off  Bagley Mischka & Benjamin Adams shoes. Click over to their site to get your coupon code and see what other styles are available.


See  you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events


Schedule your complimentary wedding consultation:
liz@silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to Plan Your Wedding Like A Wedding Planner

Courtesy of B&G Photography

I've been speaking at Bridal Showplace's events this Spring, and this is what I said:


How To Plan Your Wedding Like a Wedding Planner


I review bridal shows on my blog. And I love going to them, it’s a great opportunity to find out what’s out there, what’s new, exciting, anything I can offer my brides to get them the wedding that they want. Plus, there’s just so much pretty. The last one I went to was in Pasadena a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I was on my second pass around the floor, past the entrance, again, when I started to notice something about all the brides that were walking into the room.
None of them were smiling. None of them. In fact they were downright scowling – brows furrowed, frowning, just stressed. And I got it. I’ve been a wedding planner for almost ten years now, so yeah, I got it.

Each one of them was thinking, what if I can’t find what I want? What if I find what I want and it costs too much, or it’s not available when I need it? There are so many choices here, how do I even decide which one is right for me? What if no one else likes what I choose?


In the face of all this pretty and all these options, there is all this stress and all this fear. And a lot of times it doesn’t go away once you’ve hired me, and have someone to hand the checklist over to. You bring it with you and you carry it along through the whole planning process. Which isn’t fun for you, at all!


The alternative? Thinking about your wedding like I do. I know that you are going to have a fabulous wedding day. I know this. It’s actually my favorite part of my job, showing you how it’s all going to work out. Because at the end of that night, it’s going to be you and the love your life, dancing with everyone else you love and who loves you. And that’s what you’re all there for.
And, I see some skeptical faces out there. Of course it’s easy for me to say that, I do this every day.

Yeah, that’s how I know that it’s going to be all right. Because I do this every day.

So, these are the three things I have to tell you, based on what I know from working with hundreds of wonderful couples over the years:

  1. First of all, you need to look at your choices differently. You walked into this room thinking, oh my god there are so many different options, how am I going to find the ones that I need, that I want? Instead, say, wow, there are so many options out there, that there is no way that I won’t find what I’m looking for. There’s no way. I just have to keep looking, keep asking until I find IT. What’s in front of you right now is never the only thing that’s available. Now, you may get tired of looking. But that’s not the same thing.  It’s like when you’re shopping for anything else. Just because the first thing you see when you walk into the store is a fuzzy aquamarine sweater, doesn’t mean that you’re obligated to buy it before you walk out. You can choose, and you can also choose to walk away. And never, ever be afraid to ask questions. Ever.
So, #1: Look at your choices differently.

#2: You are not supposed to know how to do any of this, so you need to give yourself a break, right now. Odds are, this is the first time you’ve planned an event for 100+ people, and will probably be one of the last. There is no inbred girl gene that is going to help you. There’s just time and resources and learning and making the best choices for you. The only pressure you have is the one that you’re creating. Ease up - you have everything that you need in order to get what you want. Remind yourself of that as many times as you need to.

It’s funny, because the question my brides ask me the most is, “Can I do this?” Whatever it is.
So, #3: there’s only rule that I stand by in Wedding World: Have the wedding that you want. Have the wedding that you want. Whatever that looks like to you. It doesn’t matter if no one has done it before, it doesn’t matter if everyone has done it before. It’s your wedding, it’s the one time you are going to have your wedding, it’s the only time you’re going to have this expression of who the two of you are as a couple. Hold onto that.
So, when one of my brides ask me if they can do this or that, my answer is always yes. Of course. You just have to figure out how. And you have everything that you need in order to do that. And having to figure it out may be annoying, but it’s not the same thing as being helpless, and it’s not the same thing as being lost. You’re not either of those.

And I’m not saying there isn’t a lot of outside pressure: “Your Wedding is the best day of your life.” “Your wedding day is the first day of the rest of your life.” You need to turn down the volume on that. Because today is the first day of the rest of your life, too. And so is tomorrow, and your wedding is not going to be the last best day that you ever have.

What I am saying is that planning your wedding will be an amazing experience. You’re going to learn a lot about yourself, what you’re capable of, what you really like, and what you really, really don’t. And there is fun to be had along the way, so look for it. Fun, and memories and laughter, all adding up to that moment at the end of the day, when you’re rocking the dance floor with the love of your life and your favorite people on the face of the planet. It’s right there waiting for you.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Brandi and Kendell!

 
Love, 6/11/11 
Working with these two was a blast. Most of all,  I dug the way they always looked at each other - like this, all the time. Click here for Up Imagery's gorgeous pictures of their wedding at Calamigos Ranch.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Schedule your complimentary consultation today:
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com



Friday, June 08, 2012

Ask Liz: Are Favors and First Looks Necessary?

Taken from my article today on The Broke-Ass Bride. 

Wedding Season is officially here, and I’m taking your questions in my columns this month. So, if you’ve got some, go to the contact page, or post them on Silver Charm Events'  Facebook page. 

Dear Liz:
We’re getting down to the wire, and I’ve got to make a decision about wedding favors. It’s such a small thing, but it’s getting frustrating. What are the best favors to give out? Do I need them at all?
Signed,

Favor Flustered


Dear Flustered,
You Will Never See These Again.
Here’s the thing about favors: they’re like the guest equivalent of bridesmaid dresses. No one is going to use them again. But, just like bridesmaid dresses, you probably want to give them out, anyway. It’s nice to thank people for coming, right? Keep in mind that I’ve never had to throw away food, candy or flowers at the end of the night. Stuff that has your name and wedding date all over it gets left behind. The exception to that would be personalized food or candy!  But if you decide not to have favors, I rarely hear guests complain about it. Most of the time, they don’t even notice.

Dear Liz:
Our wedding day schedule is kind of tight, and my photographer told us that we should do a “first look” if we want to save time. I’m not sure I want my fiance to see me before I walk down the aisle, though! Is it really going to save us a lot of time?


Click here to read my answer, and find out what other brides had to say. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

p.s. Check out my boards on Pinterest!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A Love Letter To The June Brides

I wrote this a couple of years ago on The Broke-Ass Bride, and it still holds true. Enjoy, and Happy Wedding Day!


You're Almost There...
So, it’s June, which means that between now and Labor Day, which is like, tomorrow, practically, a whole bunch of you are finally – finally - going to walk down the aisle.  All the plans you’ve made over the past months… heck, years even, are about to come  to fruition, right in front of your very eyes. The Marines call a soldier near the end of their tour of duty a “short timer”, and right now, you’re so short, I can’t even see you. It’s almost over.
Whew!

And, Awww…

Whichever you choose, either the “Whew!” or the “Awww… or somewhere in between (or both)  you have to admit that it’s been quite an experience, hasn’t it? You’ve learned a lot. You’ve not only figured out all this wedding stuff works, but you’ve also found out more about yourself, what you want, and even more importantly, since you’re going to be hanging out with this guy for the rest of your life, how the two of you work together as a team.

What else have you learned? You’ve certainly had many chances to practice and improve your “people” skills, not to mention managing your time . You’ve learned how to negotiate, how to compromise, and how to – and how not to – stick to a budget. At this point, you can rapidly calculate 5 – 18% of anything. At the beginning of this whole thing, you were wondering where to start and how to start, and GAH, frustration! But look at you now – you found your venue, you found your dress, you found your photographer and got through your engagement shoot, you found everything else you needed and wanted. And you learned that all it takes to get that is perseverance and patience, and raising your hand and asking questions that you don’t know the answers to.  And you got from there to here more or less in one piece, just like I knew you would.  You are a frickin’ Rock Star, and you can do anything. Remember that.

“But, Liz!” you say. “I’ve still got a checklist a mile long, and no time to finish it. I’m more stressed out than ever!” Well, yeah. But if  it ever gets to be too much, think about all the cool moments you’ve had along the way: When you tried on your last wedding dress and knew it was the one. The inside joke you and your guy now have because of something the caterer said. The way your stomach hurt after laughing your way through your bridal shower. And smile.

And then think about what your wedding day is going to be like: The look on his face when he sees you coming down the aisle in THE dress. All the people  that you’re so excited to see because you haven’t been in the same room with them for years. Slow-dancing with your husband to your favorite song. How good dinner is going to taste when you execute Rule #3. Think about the music, think about the joy in the room, think that when it’s all said and done, you’re going to be married to the love of your life, and you’ve had a great party to celebrate it. Do me a favor – at some point during the reception, take a good look around the room and soak it in. It’s all there for you. Oh, sorry, one more favor – Enjoy it.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Schedule your free consultion:
liz@silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Wedding Wise, June 6th

 Every Wednesday, I bring your the coolest 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:  This luminescent driveway, featured on Preston Bailey's blog. These are glow stones, mixed in with the gravel in the driveway. You leave them out for a few minutes in the daylight, and they'll glow for hours at night.

Cool, Too - BevMo weddings. 5 cent wine sale? Check! Wine suggestions? Check? Discounts on pretty, pretty Kirstie Kelly dresses? Twitter Q&As with Kirstie AND Wedding Specialists this month? Check! Ooh, AND if you buy over $500 worth of alcohol for your wedding, BevMo will deliver it to you. Go, already!

The Events:
Sunday, June 10

10:00 am - 4:00pm
O.C. Fair Event Center
901 Arlington
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 11:00am - 3:00pm Premiere Bridal Shows
Verandas Manhattan Beach | map
401 Rosecrans
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Admission: $5.00 online, $10 at the door

The Deals:

My Wed Deal - $75 for $100 at Customized Creations. Beautiful aisle runners (that stay down), personalized banners, parasols, runners and photography backdrop - here's your chance to grab a little Platinum wedding magic for yourself.

Do you need Mason Jars? Amazon.com has mason jars - $20.98 for 12 of them. Free shipping if you have a Prime membership. I'm beginning to think one of the best investments you could make for your wedding is a PrimeMembership, actually.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Schedule your free consultation:
liz@silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Baby Shower, Baby!

I'm not just a Los Angeles wedding coordinator, I'm an event planner, too, and I was so excited to get the chance to plan Molly and Maria's baby shower in Hollywood on Saturday! Molly's mom hosted at her house in the Hollywood hills, and came up with the brilliant idea of getting a karaoke machine. Which led to her 8-month pregnant daughter singing "Baby Got Back" with her wife and friends. And, no, I'm not the girl that's going to post pictures of that!

Another great idea? An ice cream sundae bar, provided by Dandy Don's in Van Nuys.  And my great ideas? Getting the flowers at The Enchanted Florist in Burbank, and brunch catered by Bristol Farms in West Hollywood. So much fun!

So, if you're under the gun to plan a shower, or birthday party, and don't have the time to pull it all together, let me know. I'll create a beautiful and fun day for you, too. ;-)

See you at the end of the aisle - or behind the karaoke machine,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Schedule your free consultion:
liz@silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318


Friday, June 01, 2012

Ask Liz: Musical Guest Chairs?

Taken from my post today on The Broke-Ass Bride:

Yes. Please. (Courtesy of Style Me Pretty)
Dear Liz:
If we have enough tables and chairs for everyone, why can’t they just sit wherever they want? It seems like a hassle to figure out who is going to sit at what table, and like we’re herding cattle. Do we have to have assigned seating for our guests?
Signed,
Tables For None


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Schedule a complimentary with consultation with me today:
323-592-9318