Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Twenty, Twenty, Twenty-Four Hours to Go...(Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

I'm in the last week of my big wedding this Sunday, so I thought it would be nice to give you a heads-up on what you need to do the last few days before YOUR wedding. This article first appeared on the Broke-Ass Bride a  couple of years ago. Let another trip in the wayback time machine commence...

Don’t get sedated. Just get ready.
 
Yes. I did just type that. When it comes to weddings, I have no shame.

Smile! You're getting married tomorrow!
The first thing you do need to do is to not panic. You’ve spent months, heck, years, even, planning this day, so you have to believe that everything is going to be fabulous. And it will be, I promise. But like Jesus (or maybe it was Winston Churchill) said, “Faith without works is dead.”

Dawn is fast approaching. Let’s get started. 

So, what else do you need?

You need to pack for the next day. Comfortable clothes and shoes for before the wedding, including a button-down shirt so you don’t mess up your hair and make-up when you get undressed in order to get into your dress.  Double-check that you have all your accessories. As far as what you need during the wedding, here’s the emergency kit that I bring to all my weddings, with a list of what’s in it, so you can build your own. It lives in my car in the meantime – you’d be surprised how much this stuff comes in handy on a regular basis! When you’re about to walk into a meeting and look down and realize that you’re covered in dog hair, the lint roller is a life-saver. Sigh. I don’t want to talk about it, I just keep it in the back seat.

If you’re like me, and you can’t keep a manicure decent for 48 hours, the day before your wedding is the time to have one, plus, it’s a nice way to relax. That’s the great thing about manicures – pretty much the only thing you can do during it is, well, have a manicure. Bring a bridesmaid or two with you.
However, the day before your wedding is NOT the time to get a bikini wax. Just trust me on that one.


You need to figure out when and where you’re going to eat before your wedding. You know how I feel about that. Eat breakfast, even if you don’t normally eat breakfast. If you’re staying at a hotel the night before, order room service, schedule a time to go downstairs and eat in the restaurant, or make sure that someone is going to bring you sustenance. It’s going to be a long day. Don’t be a hero. If you know you’re going to imbibe freely at your rehearsal dinner the night before, make sure you have your proven hangover remedies available. And drink water, plenty of water. Pee before you put on your dress!
Hopefully, you’ve spent the week before confirming your vendors, and if you’ve missed someone, give them a quick call before your rehearsal dinner. Call, not email, because there’s a better chance that you’ll be able to get a hold of them, and that they’ll be able to get back to you. And you already have the best numbers to reach everyone on your wedding day, right, just in case it’s a different number? That goes for any family and friends that are going to be helping you out, too. Your wedding rehearsal is a great time for this. Confirm – nicely – what it is they have agreed to do, and when they’ve agreed to do it. Give them whatever materials and supplies they need to get the job(s) done.  And don’t forget to say Thank You!


Make a list of everyone who needs to be paid on the big day, and write all your checks and separate your cash out, including tips, then decide how and where you’re going to take it with you tomorrow. Ah, yes, tips? Hairstylist, Make-up artist, Limo driver, bartender(s), although that last one is considered a judgment call if they have a tip jar at the bar. You’re welcome!

See you at the end of the aisle, 


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

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hot Summer Wedding Relief (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

It was 75 degrees today, and I think Summer might just officially be here. Cool sunglasses as wedding favors? Sounds good.
Check out more Pinterest Board Hot Summer Wedding Relief to find out how to manage the heat during your outdoor wedding.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, April 26, 2013

Overweight Bridesmaids and What NOT to Do

My weekly advice column for the Broke-Ass Bride is UP:

Dear Liz,
So I am getting married in one year out of state, but we are having our reception in August 2014. My dilemma is that I have two sisters that are VERY heavy set. I want them to feel amazing in their dresses with out making them spend loads of money (trying to keep it below $100). David’s Bridal doesn’t have the color I want so I’ve been searching the web for something that is up to my wedding standard in the right color and within budget, and I haven’t had any luck. My question is: since they don’t need the dresses until August, should I not worry about it until next spring?  That way if they lose or gain some weight we can have a better judgment. Would it be totally inappropriate if I asked them to both try to be healthier and lose weight, as nicely as that can be said? They both need to, not just the 10 to 15 pounds most of us want to lose -  they are only in high school and they weigh over 200lbs each. Should I say something?

Sincerely,

Little Sister

Uh, huh. Find them something that they can work, you know?

Find out what I told her to do - and what not to say - by clicking here. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 24 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

Waffle Wedding Cake! This is from Grey Likes Weddings brunch-inspired wedding shoot, but I say: Go for it! It would make a great cake for a morning wedding, and an even better cake for a day after brunch. I am in LOVE with this idea.

The Events:

Sunday, April 28
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hotel Maya Bridal Open House
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
Admission: Free

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For All Seasons Sunday Funday Bridal Show
The Grand Event Center
4101 E Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
Admission: $5 donation to the March of Dimes

The Deals:
ME! I'm fully booked for July, but I have availability May 18 and 19, and June 15 and 16. Call or email me between now and Sunday, April 28, and you'll get $200 off Day-Of Coordination, or $50 off Officiant Services




See you at the end of the aisle,

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


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In Praise of Backyard Weddings (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Congratulations, Chantal and John!
I love them, I really do. No chiavari chairs, no five foot tall centerpieces or fondant peacock cakes. Just everything stripped down to the love part. Love, and good food. I was lucky enough to officiate Chantal and John's wedding, last minute, on Saturday. John was scheduled to ship out on Monday, so Chantal and her family put this together right quick - ceremony at her aunt's house, dress by JCPennys, jewelry by Forever 21, and you can't see it, but her Granfather's Air Force medal is clipped to the back of her dress.
Congrats, Denise and Chuck! LOOK UNDER HIS CHAIR.

And then, on Sunday, my neighbor's mom got married and they invited us. One great weekend of love, Italian food and cake.

All dressed up for the Wedding!     




 See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ask Liz Flashback: The Name Change Game (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

This article originally appeared on The Broke-Ass Bride on May 20, 2011


 Either way, it's the two of you together
So, my maiden name is “McNamee.” Try pronouncing that out loud. Yeah, I know, you can’t. Nobody can spell it, nobody can pronounce it, and I spent 30 years helping them, and wincing when they got wrong, anyway. Extra “A”s were prevalent. When The Boy and I got engaged, mostly I was thinking, yes, I will change my name to something people can at least spell. Cooper…smith. Easiest thing in the world, right? At our wedding, my father-in-law made a toast, warning me that no one was going to be able to pronounce my new last name, or spell it. After 30 years of living with an obscure Irish surname, I found that hilarious. And, just the other day? A sales lady called me Mrs. Cooperson. My mother-in-law, the other Mrs. Coopersmith, found that hilarious. The best laid plans…

As you can imagine, this comes up a lot in Wedding World.  On a logistic level, it’s a pain in the butt, getting a new social security card so you can change everything else, and the myriad and byzantine-like processes for doing that, differing by state, of course.  All I will say about that is this: When you go to get your marriage license, ask the clerk exactly what it is you need to do/have in order to change your name.

But we all know that it won’t be the reason you decide which way to go.

But what is? Go to The Broke-Ass Bride and find out...

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 17 (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:

Laurel Isle Photography's Pinterest page - Wondering what to wear for your engagement session or photo shoot with your photographer? Where to go or how to pose? Lauren and Lindsey have 13 boards and 180 pins full of options. Great tool, ladies. Thumbs up!

The Events:

Thursday, April 18
7:00 - 10:00pm
Wedding Decor Open House
Glam Event Stylist
24600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita Ca 90617 
Admission: Free
Visit their event showroom and get inspired! Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Sunday, April 21
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fabulously Wed Workshop - DIY Your Timeline + Picking a Photographer
The Loft Cafe
3882 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
 How do you ensure that your day runs smoothly and that you get the photographs you really want? Join Fabulously Wed and Defining Moments by Sheri Angeles gives you tips on how to create an air-tight timeline, and find the photographer of your dreams. 
Admission: Free

The Deals:

Aisle Runner Company - Clearance sale, take 40% off 5 aisle runner designs, up to 100 feet in length. Call the studio at 973-744-7070.


 I Love Sparklers - Use Coupon Code "SPRING13" and receive 5% off any order, plus Free Shipping.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

You Know What's Less Expensive Than a Van or Bus for 18 people?


Liz's Wedding Quote of the Day:

You know what's less expensive than a van or a bus for 18 people? A stretch limo for 18 people. Sarah got lucky - her hotel has a shuttle that will fit everyone, and can take everyone to the historic home and pick them up and take them back at the end of the night, if necessary. Check and see if your hotel has this, too. If not, they will definitely have a referral for a good limo or van company. Use the resources you've got, first.
  
Excerpted from A Tale of Two Wedding Timelines: Let's Get This Party Started, The Broke Ass Bride, 6/10/11
 
See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

What is your biggest wedding problem right now, and how can I help you solve it? Shoot me an email and let me know...


 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Seven Reasons to Believe in Weddings (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

From my article in the Huffington Post:


Photo by Studio EMP
There is a great debate in the wedding world these days, as to why we all do this. Weddings are down, cohabitation is up. Why, why, why? My life as a wedding coordinator and as an officiant -- ground zero, as it were -- has given me a few theories on that. (hint #1: The average wedding in the U.S. rivals the cost of a B.A. at UCLA these days -- go Bruins.)... But why do weddings matter?

 Find out and let me know if you agree...

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ask Liz: Two Words for RSVPS - You're Screwed (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

...or is that technically three words?

My advice column this week is up on The Broke-Ass Bride;

Oy, with these things!
Oy, with these things!
Dear Liz,
We are trying to keep our guest list small, but lots of people want to bring their other half, and if we say yes to one person, we’re going to have to say yes to others. How do we tell people that their invite is for them only? Is there a nice way to say don’t bring a friend? I just want family at the wedding, but my fiancĂ© wants to have his friends,too, and that doubles the guest list from around 40 to 100! Please help, we don’t have enough money to feed 60 extra people!
Signed,
Singles Only

RSVPs, Man! Find out the best (but won't completely work) advice I had to give her, by  clicking here

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Most Pinned: Restoration Hardware String Lights (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

...at a REALLY good price. Click through to find out more.



Are you following me on Pinterest, yet? Because it looks like you should! And, if you need other advice or help creating the wedding you want, just let me know when you would like to schedule your free consultation.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 10

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:

The Brutally Honest RSVP Card, via Reddit, by way of Huffington Post Weddings. Funny...realistic...but you're still going to have trouble hearing back if it's the 4th option! Check out the HuffPost article for RSVP examples, and tails of RSVP hell.

The Events:
Sunday, April 18

12:00 - 4:00pm
The Great Bridal Expo
Westin Bonaventure Hotel Los Angeles
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
$8.00 online, $10.00 at the door

11:00am - 3:00pm
Expo Bridal
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Rd,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
They're having a sample wedding gown sale!!! 50% or more off designer gowns. GO!
$8.00 online, $10.00 at the door.

11:00am - 3:00pm
Premier Bridal Shows
Fullerton Marriott
2701 E. Nutwood Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831


The Deals:

Wedding Chicks: Giving too  much money to the Tax Man? Spend a little less of it here. Save 40% off a ton of stuff in their shop by using the code "unclesam."


My Wed Deal: 20% off Nestina Accessories: Bracelets and combs and belts,Oh, My!





KGB Deals: Five pairs of Faux pearls for $6.00







See you at the end of the aisle,

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



Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Monday, April 08, 2013

April 6: Lisa and AJ weecap (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

I LOVE this photo. I loved watching Lauren and Lindsay shoot this photo, I loved watching Lisa walk towards AJ, and then watching AJ be so happy and awed when he saw Lisa in her dress. Seriously, it's the best job in the world, right?

What is your biggest wedding problem and how can I help you solve it? What do you need to make your wedding day wonderful? I'm scheduling first consultations this weekend, so email me today at liz@silvercharmevents.com or call 323-592-9318 so we can get you on my calendar!

See you at the end of the aisle,

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



Friday, April 05, 2013

Ask Liz: Your Dress vs. Your Mom and Your Family vs. Your Friends (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)


First off, Congrats to Lisa and AJ, my couple that's getting married tomorrow!


Dear Liz,
I’m in a bit of a wedding dress dilemma. When I started out I thought we would have to pay for almost everything ourselves and I thus set out to find a beautiful low-cost dress. I tried all the bridal fairs, shopped around and got very depressed, not just about the cost but the actual style of the dresses! I was fairly clear on what I wanted but everything I tried on looked and felt terrible! There was always just too much stuff going on with the dress, or it was hard to walk in, or super sweaty.

I was close to my breaking point when  I saw a very pretty dress. It is not a wedding dress. It is a lovely dove grey (my wedding colors are greys and blues), very light and floaty, simple and elegant full length dress. Relieved to finally see something I liked, and at a fantastic price! I bought it.

Last week my mother came to visit us. I excitedly showed her my dress. She was less than keen. She said it wasn’t a wedding dress and that we should keep looking. She also then told us that my parents will be donating more than we initially thought so I had some spending money for a “proper” dress. I went dress shopping again with her. I tried on lots of dresses and since I didn’t like anything and was quite clear on the style I wanted the shop assistant eventually brought out all the fabrics to pin to me and proposed a dress to my specs. It looked amazing! Absolutely beautiful and more than five times what I originally spent on my grey.
Now my mother has left and I am feeling conflicted. I still love my grey dress and would be happy to be married in it.  But I now feel it might be inadequate and I’ve lost my initial excitement about it. I love the designed dress but it is expensive and I feel like I folded. So right now I am excited about neither and frustrated again. Any ideas?
Signed,
Shades of Grey

What should she do? And how do you resolve the dilemma between inviting your family or inviting your friends? Find out what I said on The Broke-Ass Bride.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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


Thursday, April 04, 2013

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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

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:
Seven Ways to Use Mason Jars at Your Wedding at the Plunge Project.  Eating, drinking and decorating. And, you can even get them on Amazon.com. Check it out.


The Events
Sunday, April 7   
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Doubletree Pasadena Monrovia Open House
924 West Huntington Drive
Monrovia, CA 91016

Complimentary Admission
 
12pm–4pm
Great Bridal Expo - Anaheim
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802

Admission: $8 online, $10 at the door

 
The Deals:

Me, First! I have some open dates in April - June, and I'm fixin' to fill them, so I havve a few online deals going on right now - $200 off Day-Of on Wedding Wire, $500 off Day-Of on Bride Rush (April and May, but email me back about early June and I'll give it to you directly), and $75 off any service on Yelp. I'm honoring any andd all of those off-line, too. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com or call my office at 323-592-9318 to schedule a free consultation.

Vistaprints - 50 wedding invitations starting at $35.00. Upload your own design or choose one of their really, really pretty ones.

Fabulous Wedding Details - Like them on Facebook and then take 15% of your order by using the code Facebook15.


Another Etsy deal via The Broke-Ass Bride -   Save 10% off cake topper awesomeness at Better Off Wed when you use the code IHEARTBROKEASSBRIDE.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The First Rule of Budget Wedding Planning (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

....and pretty much everyone, whether they have $5,000 to spend, or $500,000, is planning a wedding on a budget. Rule #1: Stick to Your Budget. Rule #2: Don't go past your comfort zone - if you're asking yourself if you should buy this whatever that you can't afford and don't want to pay for it, then the answer is No.
When you find yourself in a hole, go back to your priorities: What are the three things you HAVE to have at your wedding? What makes it a wedding for you? Stick to those. And also, if I've said it once, I've said it a million times: TELL VENDORS WHAT YOUR BUDGET IS. They will either tell you that they can't work with it,  in which case you can move on, or they will tell you what you can do with it. Don't waste the time or stress.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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



Monday, April 01, 2013

Wine Cork Heart Tip #1 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Wanna know how to do it?

I love this idea, I really do, which why I pinned it! A couple of weeks ago, the bride's mother-in-law wanted to create this for them...but she didn't tell us until the reception was almost over. Most of the corks were thrown away, deep, deep away by then, so we were only able to give her a handful. Tip #1: Always warn, don't regret.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318