Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hey! Meet Me At The Bar! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Re-printed from a post I wrote a while back on The Broke-Ass Bride:


Mmm...Cocktails... (Courtesy of the New York Times)
 Ah, yes the wedding bar. The words alone brings a smile to your face. It’s the place where the party gets pumped up, where the corks are popped and the glasses clinked, where your groomsmen can be found at any time during your wedding, and where a chunk of your reception budget is going to go to. 

Oops! Frowning! 

 But let’s take a look at that, shall we? We’ll start with the basic premise that you want a hosted (“open”) bar at your wedding, which means you pay for the booze and your guests don’t have to spend a dime. Some of you are out there thinking, wait, there’s another way? Yup, you can also host the bar for x amount of hours and then it turns into a cash bar, and everyone buys their own drinks from that point until the end of the night. Or just have a cash bar. Truthfully? I haven’t seen the last two in a while. 


 So, hosted bar. The bar is usually managed by either your venue or your caterer, so start there. Can you bring in your own alcohol? This can be a god-send for your budget and for your partying, for a couple of reasons. You get to serve your favorites, for one, and control how much gets served, for another.  And, depending on where you buy, whatever isn’t used can be returned. Make sure you ask at the store, first, though. And tell your bartender not to open any bottles before they’re going to be used. This is one of the few times when being proactive won’t help! 

If you’re wondering how much you need, here’s a great wedding bar list. Four glasses per wine bottle, think at least 2-3 per person. Decide if you’re going to have an full bar, where your guests can order whatever they want in terms of alcohol and cocktails, or a limited bar with a list of choices. Either way, post a menu so folks know what’s available. Limited bars can be really fun – I had one couple who created their own specialty cocktail, which they served with wine and beer. And another couple, speaking of beer, brought in cases that you can only buy in Michigan. And remember: It doesn’t matter if your wine is “two buck chuck” as long as it tastes good. Slap on a custom label and no one would be the wiser! Some of the best wine I’ve ever had cost less than $5. Don’t forget about sodas and water, too. Oh, Lord, and ice. 

 What if you can’t bring in your own? Most venues have bar packages, usually covering 2-4 hours of service. Which is where the panic sets in. Four hours? How are you supposed to keep a good party going if alcohol is only going to be served for four hours?? 

Well, hang on a second. Say your wedding goes from 5 – 11pm. So, ceremony from 5-6, and alcohol doesn’t get served until the Cocktail hour at 6pm. That gives you from 6-10pm. No, no, chill. You’re going to want to shut down the bar about an hour before your reception ends anyway, so people can sober up a little bit before they have to drive home. Plus, everyone is free to get as many drinks as they can carry before the bar closes, they just can’t get any afterward. 

I know, it sounds like you’re being an enabler, but I’m just saying… 

But say it’s 2 or 3 hours, which isn’t going to be enough time for you. Most venues offer two options in that case – an extra hour for x amount of money, or drinks based on consumption. Consumption? That means that you agree to put down a certain amount of money for the bar, and once that is used up per-drink, the bar is closed OR they will tell you when you’re getting close and you can choose to shut it down or pay more money to keep it open. If you never reach your limit, you get the rest of your money back. 

 To get you started, here’s a recipe for the Recession Bride’s Cocktail, created for me by Deana Deacon of 701 Cocktail Kitchen. It has the maximum amount of yummy with the minimum amount of money spent on ingredients, and you can subtract the non-alcohol elements and it’s still awesome. Feel free to call it something else when you serve it at your wedding:


  • Two ripe fresh strawberries
  • muddle then add:
    • 1oz citrus vodka
    • squeeze of fresh lemon
      add ice to shaker
      Shake for 20 seconds
      strain into martini glass
      garnish with lemon sorbet ball
     Enjoy! 

    See you at the end of the aisle, 

    Liz Coopersmith 
    Silver Charm Events  
    323-592-9318 

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 12 (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:

    I am in LOVE with this story. Couple meets in Ikea, and 8 years later, marries in Ikea. Wow, I thought if you wanted everything, you had to go to Target!

    The Events:

    Friday, June 14
    11am PST
    Join me  @BrokeAssBride  for a live Q&A tweet session. You can tweet me at @SilverCharmEvnt with the hashtag #livewithliz, starting right now, with your questions.

    Tuesday, June 18
    1:00pm PST
    Nordstrom wedding hangout with HauteLook - chat with some of the biggest names in the wedding industry to answer every burning question about your big day. Guest include Colin Cowie| Celebrity Event Planner and Designer Jennie Ma | Fashion and Beauty Editor, TheKnot.com Abby Larson | Founder & Editor, Style Me Pretty Kim Forrest | Fashion Editor, Weddingwire.com

    The Deals:
    Style Me Pretty + Michaels - Without a doubt, Michael's is a DIY bride's dream. Post your next wedding project on Style Me Pretty for a chance to win a $450 gift card to Michaels! And, in the meantime,  find out how to get a 20% discount off of your entire wedding purchase.

    See you at the end of the aisle,

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

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Coming Soon: DIY your DOC (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)




    If you can't afford day of coordinator, but you want a hassle-free wedding, this is for you. I have one of the most comprehensive programs in Los Angeles, and now you'll have a step by step guide to creating a wonderful wedding day!

     Sign up for my newsletter and be the first to download it. There might also be an early bird discount in there, too. Once you sign up, you'll also get "The Top Ten Tips for a Charmed Wedding." Enjoy!

    See you at the end of the aisle,

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


    My Huffington Post Live Segment Today (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

    Nothing like getting a call in the morning, asking if you'd like to be on camera in a few hours.
    "Why, yes, Thank You!"
    The subject was Second Weddings. By the end of this year, I'll have coordinated four weddings where one or both of the couple have been married before. Discuss:




    See you at the end of the aisle,

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

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    Wedding Wise Wednesday - June 5 (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:
















    I've been using Google docs to plan weddings for years, and I love it. Keeping track of all of my weddings in a way that makes it accessible to my assistants, wedding budgets, timelines, and...guest lists. One of my July brides and I were both editing her timeline in google docs, when she told me about this commercial for Google Docs. Hysterically funny, but also a great way to show you what's possible.

    The Events:

    Thursday, June 6
    11:00am - 2:00pm
    Fabulously Wed - FREE WEBINAR: Pretty Darn Near Everything You Ever Wanted to Know to Execute a Fabulous Wedding Day. Get great advice on how to get through your wedding day stress-free.

    Sunday, June 9
    11am - 3:00pm
    Premiere Bridal Shows
    Long Beach Convention Center
    300 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Grand Ballroom
    Admission: $5 online, $10 at the door

    The Deals:
    My Wed Deal and Adorii have teamed up! Enter the code "welcome_adorii, when you check out of their divine shopping collection and save $10 off any purchase. Aisle runners, satin flats, shoe clips, fascinators, lots and lots of pretty at discounted prices. You've only got until Sunday, so GO.




    Alfred Angelo Summer Sale - Save $50 - 300 on wedding gowns, up to 25% off in-stock sample gowns, AND 10 - 20% on accessories. Also good until Sunday, which means you will be having a busy weekend!

    Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to see what else I find during the week. Until then...

    See you at the end of the aisle,

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