Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - October 31st (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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:

 Kate Spade "Mrs" earrings, at Nordstroms. Someone on Pinterest said they would be great to wear on your honeymoon. Hmm...how about my 10th anniversary trip to Hawaii??

Cool, too: Vote for the float! Did you know that for the first time, a couple is getting married on a Rose Parade float? And you get to help pick which one. Go to Farmers Insurance's Facebook page, and check out the finalists. Voting ends November 13. 








The Events:

Sunday, November 4

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Bridal Showplace
Hilton Pasadena Hotel
168 S. Los Robles
Pasadena, CA 91101
Admission: $5.00

Wednesday, November 7

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Premier Bridal Shows
Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica
530 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Admission: $10 at the door, $5 online

COMING UP:
Brides Against Breast Cancer
November 10 - 11
Saturday 1pm - 6pm (11am, "Power Hour" Admission), Sunday, 11am-4pm
Sportsmen’s Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
The Original Nationwide Tour of Gowns Charity Wedding Gown Sale Designer wedding gowns and bridal accessories at up to 85% off retail price to benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer Proceeds from the gown sales provide education, information, & outreach to people impacted by cancer. Tickets for the show are $7 each, but you can purchase a "Power Hour" Ticket for $20 and gain early entry into the show. I'm volunteering at this one, too, so say hello when you see me!

The Deals:

Etsy: Custom-made Audrey Hepburn Dress,  for $227.00. 

My Wed Deal:
Pay $15 for $30 off Beautiful Handmade bridal sashes by SM Sparkle.

And, speaking of your future life together, Election Day is Tuesday - GO VOTE. It's the one chance we all have to determine what our country and government look like, at least for the next couple of years. Do it, it'll feel good.

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

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




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - October 24


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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:
In Josiah's own words: "Just got married to my best friend this summer, and we had our photographer grab a shot of everyone in their best zombie pose. So, I decided to do a bit of photoshop, and timelapse it! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! :)"



The Events:

Sunday, October 28th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Bridal Budget Bandaging
Silver Charm Events - The Lot | map
1041 N. Formosa Ave
The Lot - Santa Monica East Bldg #112
West Hollywood, CA 90046
My workshop on getting your budget back in shape, after you've made a few blunders. I only have 4 spots left, for two couples, or 4 brides. $25 per person/$30 per couple, if you use the code "AskLiz" and get $5 off registration.  I'm NOT accepting registration at the door, you have to sign-up online!

And afterward...

4:00 - 6:00pm
The Wedding Show For The Modern Bride
The London West Hollywood
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Corner of Sunset Blvd. and N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood , CA 90069
A fabulous rooftop fashion show overlooking Sunset Blvd Meet and greet some of the best wedding vendors in Los Angeles, and enjoy cocktails and appetizers, to boot. Admission is free!

The Deals:


50% off of  The "Lauren" Wedding gown, by Lindee Daniels -Isn't it pretty? And it used to be $4,000, and now it's only $2,000. Click on the link for more pictures.

Unique Vintage - Dress Sample Sale! Dress Sample Sale. Maggie Sottero, Allure, and more, at 40-70% off.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Congratulations, Chelsea and Joren (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

We were expecting heat, but we weren't expecting rain! It just goes to show, not even the weather can stop wedding awesomeness:


 I'm hoping to get a chance to talk to Chelsea soon about how she and Joren put this all together. My pictures just do not do it all justice. I can't even tell you how much I'm looking forward to Jen Simon's wedding shots.

My favorite part of the night started with a near-wedding disaster, when it started pouring during the reception. The dance floor was a slick mess, so Joren, prop-master that he is, asked his friends to get on all sides of it, pick it up, and slide it back. The new dance floor was the concrete underneath. It happened so fast I couldn't even get a video of it!


See you at the end of the aisle,

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



Friday, October 19, 2012

Wedding Weekend! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Good morning!

Chelsea and Joren are getting married tomorrow! Chelsea and Joren are getting married tomorrow! Which means I'm going to be a very busy girl today, checking in with vendors, checking in with my team, and running over to run the wedding rehearsal later on this afternoon.

Chelsea and Joren put together some great DIY projects for their big day, so I'm really looking forward to seeing those. And, I've been promised a chandlier in the trees. I'm pretty sure I'll be pulling out my phone and posting pictures on Facebook along the way, so watch out for those tomorrow.

You've only got a couple more days to save $5 on my Bridal Budget Bandaging workshop. If you're worried about sticking to your budget this is what you need - real life examples and strategies that will work. $25 a person goes up to $30 on Tuesday. GO!

And finally, take a look at my advice column today on The Broke-Ass Bride. Do you mind if guests post your wedding pictures online? This bride out does. Find out why, what I told her, and join in the lively discussion in the comments.

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Need a Bridal Budget Bandage? Register this Week and Save! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

This little piggy bank can still be saved!
 Like any smart bride on a budget, you came up with one, first. But then you saw all the pretty possibilities- A extra hour at the bar for only $8 more a person. Rose petals down the aisle are only $100. And, you can upgrade your linens for only $3 more a table! And then you tally it all up... and realize that you're only a few thousand dollars over your budget.

 No.

 Give me two hours and I'll get you back on track. If you've spent too much already, I'll teach you how to shift your expenses around so you can cover what's left on your list. If you're worried about where you're going to find great local vendors that fit into your budget, I'll point you in the right direction. Space is limited so you'll get my personal attention - everyone's questions will be answered. And, saving starts now - Sign up by Tuesday, October 23rd for a $5 discount.

Find out more here, or register below...
See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wedding Wise Weekly - October 17 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

Yeah, just looking at this makes me nervous! But I kind of love it. Thanks to Weddingish for the find on Pinterest. Click through to find out how they actually made the cake do that. p.s. - You're supposed to cut it with a sword...if you're into that kind of thing.

The Events
Sunday, October 21
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Diamond Bar Golf Course Bridal Show
22751 East Golden Springs Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Meet their event staff and preferred vendors, and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages. Admission is free.


The Deals

Sparklers R Us -  this is the last week to use their OCTOBER5 coupon and get 5% on every purchase. Plus,  you'll get free shipping. Go!

My Wed Deal - $795 for complete videography package, including a highlight film. 

Bridal Budget Bandaging - Get $5 off my 10/28 workshop if you register by Tuesday. Register by Friday, and you'll get special  gift at the workshop. 


See you at the end of the aisle, 

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



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bridal Budget Bandaging - Sunday, October 28

This little piggy bank can still be saved!
 Like any smart bride on a budget, you came up with one, first. But then you saw all the pretty possibilities- A extra hour at the bar for only $8 more a person. Rose petals down the aisle are only $100. And, you can upgrade your linens for only $3 more a table! And then you tally it all up... and realize that you're only a few thousand dollars over your budget.

 No.

 Give me two hours and I'll get you back on track. If you've spent too much already, I'll teach you how to shift your expenses around so you can cover what's left on your list. If you're worried about where you're going to find great local vendors that fit into your budget, I'll point you in the right direction. Space is limited so you'll get my personal attention - everyone's questions will be answered. And, saving starts now - Sign up by Tuesday, October 23rd for a $5 discount.

Find out more here, or register below...
See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Sofitel's New Menu is a True De-Light

I am not a foodie. I don't know my spices vs. my sear marks vs. my baking pans, I just know what tastes good, and what, well, doesn't. And don't even get me started on wine. It's just sad. But, I'm working on it.

So, luckily, last Wednesday, the Sofitiel Los Angeles invited me to try Chef Marius's newest catering menu, De-Light, which they recently began serving in their restaurant, Simon L.A. The concept is simple: a french-inspired three-course meal with less than 500 calories. The food? Delicious.

When I sat down, I was presented with a glass of  Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut champagne, surprisingly light at only 65 calories per glass (!), and a plate of hors d'ouerves.  The one that stood out most for me was the chopped and seasoned smoked salmon, served on an Belgian endive. Soo good.

The meal itself started out with a first course of Spanish shrimp on a bed of sauteed kale, served with sliced chanterelle mushrooms, and a dollop of mustard seed cream.
I loved the shrimp's initial crunch, dissolving into the savory meat inside. The kale and the cream were a perfect accompaniment. I'd never had chanterelle mushrooms before, not that I know of, anyway, but they disappeared off my plate pretty quickly!

The second course was my favorite - grilled halibut with basil and a European salad green called "mache"(totally reading off the menu + google search, but hey - learning!) . The plate was artfully drizzled with a sweet, citrusy sauce, which really worked with the fish and the greens. And, what is that at the top of the plate? A slice of sangria - infused watermelon, that I desperately missed when it was gone.



Time for the third course, dessert, which was a silken panna cotta, with a side of macerated market berries.

This panna cotta was different - instead of Italian cream, which would have blown the calorie count right there,  this was made from sweetened silken tofu. Sounds strange, tasted like cheesecake. All good.

What really struck me about the De-light menu was that it was able to be both light, flavorful, and substantive at the same time. I didn't walk away from the table still hungry, or needing seconds. Wanting, maybe, but not needing! It was a full meal, and a great one.

But I'm a wedding planner in Los Angeles, and my couples have a wide range of culinary experience.  Some are like me, who, faced with a high-end meal like this, might feel the awkwardness of walking into the room with a bag of Cheetos in their purse. Some pride themselves on being connoisseurs who want to impress their guests, others just want to serve their friends and family a good, tasty meal. So, I'm always looking for accessibility, a menu that will appeal to as many people as possible. Could De-Light do that?


Chef Marius assured me that it could, and you could still keep it under 500 calories as long as you stuck with a three course menu.

Starting at $70 per person, evening wedding receptions at the Sofitel usually involve a couple of appetizers, and along with the smoked salmon that I loved, the choices range from tomato gazpacho shooters to seared scallops to something as exotic as octopus with polenta croutons.

One of his favorite salads is the kale salad with shaved fennel, roasted apple and an orange dressing. Or, for a bit more adventure, the quinoa salad with roasted baby beets, grapefruit and red currant. If you're afraid of question marks on your guests' faces, there's also a  mixed california green salad with seasoned tomatoes and fresh tarragon. 

Entrees? For red meat lovers, there's grilled skirt steak, with roasted baby carrots and arugula. If you want to add a poultry dish, serve the Tuscan herbs chicken with lemon-infused potato and capers. If you're not as in love with the halibut, there's also sea bass or lobster and scallops.  -->

For a vegetarian entree, Chef Marius suggested a Vegetable Beef Wellington, with onion, tomato, eggplant, zucchini and basil, baked in phyllo dough instead of puff pastry. Yeah, I kind of want that right now, too. 


For more information on holding your wedding or reception at the Sofitel Los Angeles, visit their website at www.sofitel.com You can also make reservations for lunch or dinner at Simon L.A. by calling 310-358-3979. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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











Friday, October 05, 2012

Ask Liz: Honeymoon vs. Your Wedding vs. Your Budget (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

This week's advice column is up on The Broke-Ass Bride, take a look:

Dear Liz,
My fiancee and I have six kids – I have four and he has two. None of the children live in our home but their visits often mix with each others.  Our oldest two children  have explicitly asked to be in the wedding, and we’ve altered our wedding plans to accommodate them.
We are very financially strapped and had planned on going away to get married in the mountains by ourselves and combine it with our honeymoon.  After the requests by the children to be involved,  we have nixed the honeymoon, and figured out a place for each child to be in the wedding. But, I still need inexpensive ideas for the event it has become since we now have to furnish five kids’ suits and the daughter’s dress she wants. And I’m a full time student and work full time. I’m so lost.
Signed,
Six is Enough


Simplify it and bring ‘em along. (Picture courtesy of Flory Photo)



See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318




Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Wedding Wise Wednesday - October 3 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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:



Ooh. Doesn't it just make you feel pretty and serene just looking at it? Martha Stewart Weddings pinned this Peony based centerpiece, and I repined it so fast it would have made your head spin. Click through to see the rest of this wedding's beautiful beauty.


The Events

Saturday, October 6

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Chantell's Makeup Bar - Open House
1963 E spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
Try out their bridal and wedding party make-up service, with their new make-up collection.
Admission: Free

Sunday, October 7
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bridal Expo by the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel
225 W. Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776


The Deals:

Get hitched with COOLHAUS! - 10% off wedding rates + 100 free custom wrappers. One of my brides last year had the coolhaus ice cream sandwich truck at her wedding, and I've been looking for an excuse to use them ever since. Now they're making it easier for all of us. GO. 


My Wed Deal - Still looking for a videography? Get a complete wedding videography package from Forever After Films for only $795.  

Put down the stamps and grab a hold of your mouse. Adorii, the newest wedding social buy website, is offering a 49% discount on Greenvelope's email and online Save the Dates and invitations.





And  just love these Fleur di Lis bottle openers, starting at $2.75 if you buy them in bulk. That shouldn't be too hard. 

So, which deal are YOU going to take advantage of this week? Let me know below, so I can keep them coming!


See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Divorced Parents and How to Swing Them

I'm getting a lot of divorced parent management questions this week. I tackled it in an article last year on the Broke-Ass Bride, and the post got, well, a LOT of emotional responses. What do you think?

Divorced Parents and How to Swing Them
August 12, 2011, by Liz

You’ve been dreading it since you got the ring on your  finger – “Wow, it’s so pretty, I’m so happy, oh, man, what am I going to do about Mom and Dad?” There’s gonna be parental dissension on your side of the aisle. They haven’t talked in years, or maybe they finally started talking after a few years, but either way, your wedding is a whole new ballgame. Mom re-married and Dad’s still a little bitter, and needs reassurance that he’s the one walking you down the aisle. Or Dad is going to help pay, but wedding costs can stun the most generous of fathers, which is triggering alimony PTSD for your mother. Whatever the day’s current conflict is, not only do you get to hear about it (all of it) but you have to mediate too, because as usual, the only common denominator between them is YOU.

Yeah, I’ve seen this many, many times before, so the good news (such as it is), is that you are not alone. It is a truth universally acknowledged that weddings make families do the wacky. Relationship pressure becomes priority, since it’s the one day when it’s all going to play out in public. And, of course, each parent has a different idea of how it should go, usually with the other side backing off… as they should, darn it.

What a complete pain in the ass. What do you do?

Here comes the hard part: Treat everyone like the adults they are, whether they’re acting like it or not. This is how most of my brides have gotten through it. It also means that you have to be a mature adult, too. Don’t tell them that their fighting is ruining your wedding, because they both feel they’re being perfectly reasonable, not to mention completely right. No choosing sides, because that’s just going to bite you back in the butt. For one thing, 9 times out of 10, whatever they’re butting heads about is not about you. At all.

So, when Mom starts grumbling, again, about Dad bringing his 25 year-old girlfriend to the wedding, suggest that she take it up with him. Engage in the speculation and irrational mind twirling as little as possible, and change the subject often.
As I’ve said before, I… have parents. But at the end of the day, they love you, and they will both be there on your wedding day, and that’s all you want. I can just about promise that there won’t be a fist-fight, either. But, unfortunately, hoping they will chill in the meantime might be too much to ask for.

It’s not about you, It’s not about you, It’s not about you, I swear. Good luck and hang in there!

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Monday, October 01, 2012

Empanadas - Reason #1818 to Love This Gig

So, yesterday morning I got a frantic call from Juliana. She'd been planning a low key-civil ceremony in front of friends and family at their house in Glendale - but she lost her officiant. Was I available?
Not only that, but since I had a first consultation earlier, I was already all dressed up for it.
While we were waiting for their witness, the mutual friend who had introduced them two years ago, Juliana fed me empanadas and chocolate dessert wine. Her friends laughed over memories of their relationship, and the fun times they'd all had together. And then, I married them right there in front of their fireplace.  I had to leap out of the way to not get run over during their first kiss!
And she even gave me some empanadas to take home with me. Empanadas are an excellent breakfast.

 Just let me know what you need...

See you at the end of the aisle,

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