Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ask Liz: Wedding Paths of Less Resistance

This week's advice column is UP:

Pro…or Con?
Dear Liz,

I’m waiting for my fiancé’s visa to be approved (he is not a US citizen) so we have a while before making most of our wedding decisions but I am already stressing about my wedding party! I’m the youngest of four and not close with any of my siblings. I’ve been engaged since August and I made sure to call each one of my siblings to tell them the news but was disappointed to get apathetic reactions from all of them. They don’t share many of my beliefs and are very much opposed to the “institution” of marriage.
Because my fiancé does not live in the US only a few of his family members will be able to come. I have several friends who are very important to me and I’d like to honor them by having them as bridesmaids. I am thinking we will have to ask my two brothers to be groomsmen and maybe some other male cousins of mine to have some symmetry in the bridal party.
My question is: do I have to ask my sister to be a bridesmaid? We are very close in age and she has never committed any particularly egregious offense towards me so I know it would seem a bit strange to my family. On the other hand, I recently made a trip to visit her that didn’t go very well and she didn’t ask me anything about my fiancé or our wedding plans. I would rather honor one of my friends who has been particularly supportive than give the place to my sister after years of coldness. How much will I regret it if I don’t include her in my bridal party? Will it be strange to have my brothers involved and not my sister?
Disappointed Little Sister

Click here to find out what I told her to do, and what happens when your in-laws pull the "extra guest(s)!" card...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nicole and Michael - March 23, 2013 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Mr. and Mrs. Lawson! Donald Norris Photography
 If I had to describe Nicole and Michael's wedding in one word, it would be "Fun." Laughter with family and friends, taking on a trampoline in her wedding dress, and wild poses in the photo booth, and empty, frost-covered cake plates. FUN.   Nicole's vision was an elegant and simple French countryside wedding, and that's exactly what she got, with an extra helping of really good wine, and really, really good food. Almost every single decorative element was DIY'd, from the centerpieces she and her family created before the rehearsal to the "birdy" cake topper. 

And the vendors she brought in were some of my own favorites, and a perfect fit: Donald Norris for photography (including the photo booth). Sasha Kuczynski created a wonderful ceremony for them,and Deviant String Quartet led them down the aisle (and played movie theme songs before and after). Heirloom LA and Zeke's Smokehouse Barbecue for catering. Hansen's cakes. Bouquets and Bouts by Enchanted Florist. And, Corey Parker from Gumbo Entertainment kept the dance floor packed.

I can't wait to see Don's pictures - don't worry, I already started bugging him for them. Stay tuned!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, March 22, 2013

Ask Liz: Bring the Party To Them (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

What happens in Vegas is…just too hard for everyone to get to.

It's Friday! My new advice column is up on The Broke-Ass Bride today...

Dear Liz,
I live on the west coast.  Two of my bridesmaids as well as most of my close friends live on the east coast, as do my future in-laws.  My family, which includes my sisters who are also bridesmaids, is in the Midwest.  I have friends spread throughout the US.  When it came to the wedding, we decided to have it near where we live now and everyone’s been very cool about that.  However, I’m now getting a lot of questions about where I want to do my bachelorette party and bridal shower.  I HATE when brides or grooms make their bridal party and friends fly somewhere expensive for elaborate bachelor or bachelorette parties.  But it seems like there’s no way to include all of my important people without SOMEONE flying.  The east coast would have the highest number of important people but having a shower and bachelorette party there would inevitably lead to my family being hurt – yet I don’t really want to make my friends all fly to the Midwest.  I’m really torn as to how to do something fun with the people I care about without costing most of them a ridiculous amount of money.  Any suggestions?
-Tri-State of Mind

Find out what I told her to do, and some quick and dirty wedding budget tips at

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 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:

 A Space Mountain wedding cake! It's the Disneyland Annual Passport geek in me, I just can't help it. Thanks to Jenna at White Rabbit Photography for the find.

The Events

Saturday, March 23
10:00am - 6:00pm
Alfred Angelo Styling Event
358 South La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
What's the perfect look to go with your gorgeous gown? Try on veils and tiaras, talk to hair and make-up experts, and enjoy 10-20% off any accessories purchase. 

Sunday, March 24
9:30am - 3:00pm
Engaged 101: The Luxury Wedding Workshop
Noor Ballroom
260 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena , CA 91101
A luxury bridal experience featuring fabulous vendor presentations, fashions, and cocktails and appetizers by Noor's top chefs. 
Registration: $15.00
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Unveiled L.A. - Hosted by Martha Stewart Weddings
AT&T Center Penthouse Tower Suites
1150 South Olive
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Registration: $30, use code SMPBRIDES for $10 off (Thanks to Style Me Pretty for the code) 
Martha Stewart Weddings comes to town to showcase some of the best that Los Angeles has to offer to today's bride. The venue is fantastic, offering 360 degree views of the city - you'll be be able to see your house from there! 
3:00 - 6:00pm
The DIY Wedding Workshop - Hosted by Fabulously Wed
"DIY Unique Escort Card Displays and Reception Seating Etiquette." The second in this workshop series focuses on different ways to make your wedding reception look and feel beautiful. What can you do on your own vs. what you can do with help?
Registration: $20, discounts when you purchase multiple workshops. 

Monday, March 25th
4:00 - 8:00pm
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
465 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
The high-end bridal show that started it all, and a gorgeous and fun way to end a Monday! Cake by Hansens', gowns by BHLDN, cocktails, appetizers and complimentary beauty services. 
Registration: $75 for two at the door, $15 if you register online with code WWLAP.
Tuesday, March 26th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sponsored by The Wedding Salon
Montage Beverly Hills
225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Wedding Salon sticks around for one more night for cocktails and appetizers for new brides. Thinking about a bachelorette party in Vegas? Get advice and options from TAO's party planning team.
Registration: $25 at the door, Complimentary tickets online with code TAOLC

The Deals:

Photo by B&G Photography
Getting married in April or May? I've got open date in the next couple of months, which I'm offering at a discount on If you want to make sure you and your family actually enjoy your wedding day,  GO.

Lovella Bridal - Sample Sale! From March 21-23rd, save up to 75% off some of the most beautiful gowns in Los Angeles. Call (818) 248-0026 to make your appointment.

Wedding Chicks - "introducing" Joielle, a one-stop dress shop for your bridesmaids. Send them links, track their orders, everything you need to make it a little easier. PLUS they have a 7-day loaner program so your girls can try before they buy. 10% off site-wide with the code CHICKS10. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, March 15, 2013

Getting Married in April or May? Save on my open dates!

Photo by B&G Photography
I've got open date in the next couple of months, which I'm offering at a discount on If you're getting married in April or May, and want to make sure you and your family actually enjoy your wedding day? GO.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Behind the Mirror: You need more glasses than you think.

Get extra, anyway.

I saw this yesterday, and it got me thinking. This week, I'm working on two rental invoices for two different weddings that I'm coordinating this summer. Both venues don't have in-house catering, so that means that we have to supply all the tables, chairs, lines, plates, knives, etc., everything. But calculating how much you actually need can get complicated, especially when it comes to the glasses. How many should you actually get?
If you go to any restaurant or bar, whenever you get a new drink, you're given a new glass. Your guests are going to expect that, so you have to plan accordingly.
Wedding rule #2 is that it's always better to have more than you need than to need more than you have. Your guests are going to have at least one drink each during the cocktail hour, whether it's alcoholic or not. Some will have two. And then at least another two or three during dinner, as well. Let your bartender be the final word on how many glasses they're comfortable with, but for 100 guests, I'd recommend somewhere between 350-400 glasses, just to be safe. I know, that's a lot. But if you can't wash dishes on-site, you have to be prepared. If storage space or cost is a consideration, the idea in this picture is a good one - everyone gets one glass, and they are instructed to use that glass for the night. Someone, probably a few someones are going to either lose, drop, or break their glass. Store about 20 extra behind the bar. You can also go with plastic, which is much cheaper and recyclable. You can limit the kinds of drinks you are serving, which means you'll need slightly less glasses. You can ask your bartender to fill up each glass a little more than they usually would, which might also help. But, again, find out what your bar staff would prefer.
Yeah, you're also going to need more plates and silverware than you think, too, but that's a different blog post....

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - March 6 (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:

Monogrammed Wedding Cookies, Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings
I always say that food and sweets are the best wedding favors, rather than something that has your names all over them. This is definitely the best of both worlds. Go for it!

The Events:

Sunday, March 10

 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM 
Brides and Basketball
Bridal Show for you, followed by the Clippers for him. Although, really, if it was me the game would be a win too. I love this event, and since the Clippers are really good these days, it's actually an event, you know? Seriously, GO.

10am - 2pm
Premiere Bridal Shows
Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica
530 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
 Admission: $10 at the door, $5 if you register and purchase online

11am - 2pm
Bridal Open House
120 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Meet and Great with the Kyoto's recommended vendors, in one of the most beautiful hotels in L.A. Admission is free, R.S.V.P. to or by calling directly to (213) 253-9293.

The Deals:

Wedding Chicks! Enter "iloveny" at checkout  and receive 20% off your entire order (not valid on invitation orders). It's good until Sunday March 20th. 2013.
I Love Sparklers -   Use coupon code "SPARK5" and receive 5% off any purchase of $50 or more plus FREE SHIPPING!

Do you need some more help planning the wedding of your dreams? Email or call me today to schedule a complimentary appointment!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events