Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weddding Wise Wednesday - February 20 (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

Mary and Steve's Bohemian-Vintage Library themed wedding in Brooklyn, featured on Wedding Chicks . Just gorgeous, GO.

The Events:
Friday and Saturday, February 22 - 23
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Brides Against Breast Cancer
2700 Colorado Avenue #190
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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. I volunteer for this event every time it comes to town, but I'm out of town this time. It's a great sale for a great cause. GO.
Admission: $40 for Friday VIP preview event, $15 for additional guest ticket; $7.00 for Saturday tickets.

Saturday, February 23
10:00am - 4:00pm
Torrance Marriott Wedding Showcase
Torrance Marriott South Bay
3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, CA 90503
Admission: Free

Sunday, February 24
10:00am - 4:00pm 
Bride World Expo - Pasadena
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Admission: $10 per person at the door, $8 online

The Deals:
All about the pretty...

Tradesy: First of all, one of my brides is selling her brand-new, handmade cathedral-length veil on Tradesy. It doesn't match her dress, how about yours? Click for more pics and details...

J.Crew Save 20% off their wedding collection when you use the code "LOVE", both online an in stores.

Alfred Angelo:Through Saturday, February 23,  Save $50-300 on every Alfred Angelo, Modern Vintage and Sapphire gown!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ask Liz: Sibling Drama, Some More (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

My latest advice column is live on the Broke Ass Bride:

This kind of happiness is a choice your sister can make, too. (Photo by Style Art Life)
Dear Liz,
I’m experiencing a little bit of a rough spot. I’m the middle of three sisters. My younger sister and I are close while my older sister and I only talk when I make the effort to reach out, and even then it’s not reciprocated most of the time. I just found out that my mother asked my older sister and her five children to be part of the wedding. I didn’t want to have my older sister nor any children be part of the wedding. I’ve reached out to older sis only to be hung up on and then have her shut her phone off.
After leaving a message and not hearing back from her, I reached out via email,  which she read and ignored (I know she read it as my mom told younger sis that older sis had said I sent a nasty email).  Drama level is high and we are three months away from my wedding day. Older sister is now threatening not to attend the wedding as she and her kids are not going to be in it.  Mom is mad because this is “tearing the family apart, ” and she is putting pressure on me  to change things. Problem is, I don’t want to. HELP!
Wedding Box Canyon-ed

Click here to find out what I told her to do, which happens to be last thing she needs to do. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - February 13 (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!

Happy Early Valentine's Day! A day for love and joy I hope it's a wonderful one for you, that starts and ends with a kiss. Enjoy!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:
Wedding book inspired save the dates. My Geeky Wedding Stuff I Love Pinterest board was getting a work out this week. Enjoy!

The Events:
Sunday, February 17

11am - 2:00pm
Love Tour: La Venta Inn
796 Via Del Monte
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
South Bay's best boutique bridal bash for the modern couple. Have a glass of wine, nosh on delicious food, and meet some of the best vendors in Southern California. Get inspired!
Admission: $10.00

11:30 - 4:00pm
Pop! The Bridal Event
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210 
Organized by Lovella Bridal, this bridal event showcases their hand-selected array of vendors offering the most elite wedding goods and services being in today’s marketplace. There will also be a  Q&A interactive panel presentation, an opportunity for brides and grooms to learn from the best. Panel will feature: Mario & Courtney Lopez; Ines Di Santo and Veronica Di Santo; Maria Elena and Giselle Del Busto; David Tutera; Inside Weddings Editor-in-Chief Walt Shepard; and a Lovella Bridal Wedding Fashion Expert.
Admission: $25.00 

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Premier Bridal Show
Radisson Hotel Newport Beach
4545 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

 Get free passes here  

11:00am - 3:00pm

Bridal Showplace
Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave
Buena Park, CA 90620
Get a free ticket by using code HK132 

The Deals:

Alfred Angelo - Save $50-300 on select gowns, now through February 23rd. And check out their invitation collections, too, while you're over there.

Koyal Wholesale - This ends tonight, so HURRY! Use the code CUPID10 for 10% off, no minimums.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events


Friday, February 08, 2013

Ask Liz: Have the Bridesmaids You Want (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

My advice column on the Broke Ass Bride this week is up:

Dear Liz,
I am in a pickle right now. My Maid of Honor has dropped out of my wedding (for valid reasons) and my older sister is replacing her. She was already a bridesmaid so it just seemed right.  I really want to have the same amount of bridesmaids as groosmen and now I am short one. My parents are pushing me to make my little sister  a bridesmaid. But two things hold me back…
1. She’s only  13.
2. We don’t get along at all.
She was already going to be in the wedding as a candle lighter but that is not good enough for my parents. My problem is that if I put her into the wedding I am afraid she will try and grab the spotlight, and take the day away from my fiance and me, since she is VERY self-centered.  Or, do I not put her in it and let my mother make the rest of my life a living hell? I feel like I won’t win either way. 
Torn Bride

There is a solution to every problem, you just have to be willing to find it...and then do it. Find out what I told her she should do and join in the discussion. And, yes, Starbucks will TOTALLY write that on your coffee cups on your wedding day. I get "wedding planner" on mine all the time.

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

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Katrina's Calligraphy - Beautiful Art On Your Weding Day

One of my favorite things about being a wedding planner is working with other vendors that have so much passion and love for what they do.  "A wedding is just one day, but there is something about creating happiness, for being part of the happiness of that day," Katrina Centeno tells me. "And I can do that just with my own handwriting!"
Katrina never had any formal training, calligraphy was just how she wrote and doodled when she was a kid. Her first professional job was for a college friend who'd watched Katrina writing in her notebook, and asked if she would do the escort cards for her wedding. 
Her company, Calligraphy Katrina, just celebrated it's fifth anniversary in 2012. "My vision,"she says,  "has always been to provide accessible, quality artwork to my clients." She does all of the calligraphy work herself, and yes, sometimes that means finishing 250 envelopes or  500 escort cards all on her own. She assured me that some of her projects are mass-produced, like the invitations themselves or the menus, anything that has the same information on them. She writes all the templates by hand, though. She also sells cards and stationery with her calligraphy on Shop Regalo, her online store.

Photo by Nirav Patel Photography
Katrina stands out with her out-of-the box ideas and gorgeous presentations. A table seating chart written on a window pane, signage on mirrors, chalkboards (using actual chalk or liquid chalk) and picture frames. She was actually the first calligrapher to write on fruit, for a Twilight-themed wedding shoot three years ago. That concept went viral pretty quickly! "You can personalize anything!" She laughs. "And we can make it convenient for you. You don't have to buy, you can rent. So, instead of bringing the mirror or the frame to me, I have it, I'll work on it, and I can deliver it when it's done. If you need blank cards, we have the cards and envelopes in stock, so you don't have to buy those. We have a great selection of paper and inks, anything that you need." She's committed to keeping her prices reasonable, and so she charges per individual item. Escort cards and menus start around $1.00 each, menus at $2.00, depending the paper and ink you like best. A seating chart on whatever medium you choose only starts at $150. "I truly care about each one of my clients. I make sure that I take the time to find out exactly what they need, without with anything extra that they don't need."

Katrina's newest favorite projects involve hand-printing on linen, inlcuding aisle runners, table cloths, and napkins. Katrina calls the napkins a "triple threat" - escort card, napkin and keepsake/favor. Because of the special inks she uses, you can wash the napkin, too. And, again, she does all the writing herself.

For the past four years, her calligraphy could also be seen at the Weinstein Company's annual Oscar party, and she's worked with more than a few luxury brands, including Chanel, Ferragamo, Bulgari, and most recently, Tommy Hilfiger.

Next up? Calligraphy Katrina is one of the sponsors of the  Pop Bridal Event on February 17th at the Americana on Brand, where you can see wonderful examples of her work, and find out how she can create her special brand of beautiful for your wedding day. Just let her know what you need. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, February 01, 2013

Ask Liz: Getting to the Top of the Call-back Sheet (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Dear Liz:
I got engaged last month, and I was so excited to start planning my wedding. But it’s taking so long to even get to see any venues, we aren’t going to visit the first one on my list until this Sunday. It’s also been really hard to get a hold of any photographers too, and I don’t know what to do.  Is this the way it’s going to go, I just have to keep calling and emailing over and over until I can get meet with anybody? How am I supposed to hire people if they won’t call me back, or can’t see me for weeks?
Bride Blocked

Want to know the secret? Go to my column on The Broke-Ass Bride and find out when to call and when you should - reasonably - expect to hear back. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events