Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wedding Wise Weekly - August 29 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

Offbeat Bride: How a trash bag helps you go pee all by yourself while wearing a big ol' wedding dress:


Why didn't I think of this?? Luckily, Alex Tinsley did.  Note, though: Bring more than one trash bag!

The Events:
Tuesday, September 3

Della Curve - GRAND OPENING
18663 Ventura Blvd
#230
Tarzana, CA 91356
Southern California's first and only bridal salon exclusively catering to full-figured women sized 16-30.  perfect silhouettes to flatter those gorgeous curves of yours. From ethereal chiffon styles for garden or beach weddings, simple A-lines, and sexy voluptuous mermaids, to the most formal ball gowns, they offer  perfect silhouettes to flatter those gorgeous curves of yours!

The Deals:



DIY Your DOC & The Mad Dash Down The Aisle - It's my birthday today, so here's YOUR gift: Both of my wedding guides are FREE to download on your Kindle or Kindle App today, August 29th,  until 11:59pm. Yeah, you heard me: GO.




My Wed Deal - $42 for a 30-cup count of freeze-dried rose petals. For the aisle? For your tables? For the bed on your wedding night? The color choice is yours - Enjoy!

Etsy - $55 for this gorgeous hand-made Cake Topper by Madeline Trait. You have to see what else she's got, too. Thanks to One Wed for the find.

Have a great Labor Day 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

Friday, August 23, 2013

Ask Liz: Ring Anticipation and Altar Aggravation (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

It's Friday, which means my "Ask Liz" Advice Column on The Broke-Ass Bride is UP:

Dear Liz,
My boyfriend and I had a really brief conversation a few weeks ago about engagement and marriage, and he told me that it's been on his mind too, that he didn't bring it up because he wants it to be a surprise, and I quote, "Don't worry. I have a plan."  So obviously my heart went EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and I've been browsing wedding blogs ever since.  The problem is, I'm getting all excited and I can't wait to share my wedding daydreams with him -- but I still don't know if he'll be putting his plan in motion next week or next year! Am I putting the cart before the horse? I'm not one of those girls who has been planning her wedding since she was four -- until I met my beau I would have laughed at even WANTING a proper wedding. Now I can barely hold it in. How do I avoid driving myself bug-nuts crazy, but still preserve the anticipation and let him keep the element of surprise?
Signed,
Surprise Party


Dear Liz,
What do you do when your fiancĂ© has no male friends to be a part of the wedding party? I feel like the only thing I am able to do is ask a sister of mine to stand up with us to hold the rings. Any suggestions for this situation?
Signed,
None for One


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Thursday, August 22, 2013

This Thing I've Got About Martha (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)




Talk to me, Miss Stewart, tell me all about it...
I've always been a fan of Martha Stewart Weddings - I've subscribed to the magazine for the past five years - but that's kicked into high gear, lately. But, let's get something straight. I am NOT a DIY girl (the title of my new e-guide notwithstanding). I can craft nothing, and I'm smart enough not to try. I can point you in the direction of someone who can do it, I can give you the time and space you need to do it, I can tell you if it needs to be tweaked, but don't ask me to drape or color or cut anything, because you will be severely disappointed. Luckily, my assistants are fantastic at that type of stuff, so I'm covered. :-) Martha's stuff is gorgeous. But I know that it comes with a lot of pressure, the pressure of PERFECTION. But I always encourage my couples to forget about perfection and think instead aboutinspiration. Perfection is impossible, but we can all be inspired. Even the things you don't like get you closer to the thing you're going to love.  And one of my greatest passions is showing couples how to get there.

To paraphrase Martha herself, I don't want to just be a wedding planner, I want to be an expert at wedding planning. I like learning what's out there, so I can show you how to have the best wedding you can - the wedding you want.
Your Best Wedding. Okay, so there's a little bit of Oprah thrown in my mix, too.

What does the wedding you want, the best wedding you can have, your best wedding, look like?  If you'd like to set up a free appointment to talk about how to make that happen, email me back.  I'd love to help you however I can. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

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


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wedding Wise Weekly - August 21 (Los Angeles Wedding Planning)

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


Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:



Fashionably Geek - I am a sucker for the geek wedding stuff, I know. I don't have any tattoos, because I can never decide what I'd want to have on my body for the rest of my life. But whatever that would be, this would be a close second.

New! Tips from the Front Lines:

I'm going into the home stretch for my September 1 wedding, and thought I'd pass along two tips that are coming out of that. 1.The only vendor you should wait until the last minute to pay is your rental company. Something ALWAYS has to be added to or subtracted from the invoice. Right now, it's a bar mat and an extra 6ft table.

2. If all of your vendors need insurance, start on that early. It might take a while for them to get it if they don't have it, or even if they do. I started asking in May, and it took until August to get everyone's in!  Lately, I've made sure to get mine in and approved first, before I ask the other vendors for theirs. That way, I can send them the sample of what it's supposed to look like, including the wording for "additionally insured." I got my insurance policy from www.theeventhelper.com. It was very reasonably priced, and they cover couples, too, not just vendors.

The Events:
Sunday


11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Premiere Bridal Shows
Sheraton Cerritos
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Free: $10.00 at the door or get 4 tickets online for free, with the code WWR4

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wedding Planning 101
Hosted By Fabulously Wed
Whether your budget is $5k or $100K, this wedding planning workshop will help you enjoy your engagement  - everything you'll need to know to maximize your budget and maintain your sanity.
Admission: Free

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fusion Wedding Seminar - A Guide to South Asian/American Weddings
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
South Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Join Wedding Store 24 for a fun evening of networking with vendors over Indian food and cocktails while learning about fusion wedding traditions, culture, food, jewelry/gift exchange, fusion wedding wear and more.
Admission: Free for brides, groom, family and friends. $30 for wedding industry and others.



Deals:




One King's Lane - 12 mini-mason jars, $39.00



Wedding Chicks - 15% off Wedding Stamps, hell, their whole Sale sections, now through Friday, August 23rd. GO.

Wedding Outlet - 40ft Burlap Aisle Runner, $84.95 + 10% off with the code LOVE10


DIY Your DOC: The Silver Charm System to Do-It-Yourself Day-Of Coordination. Save $2 when you use the code ONEBIGLOVE8 at checkout. Spend $8.00 and learn how you can pull the pieces of your wedding together on your own. More control, less chaos, much fun.  Go  to http://tinyurl.com/DIYDOCTWOCHAPTERS to read the first two chapters.

But if you think you need a little more hands-on help, schedule a free appointment with me, and we'll talk about your wedding. Call me at 323-592-9318 or email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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


Friday, August 16, 2013

Wedding Wise Weekly - August 16 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:
This amazing Escort Card Window Pane, featured on 100 Layer Cake this week. Love the new ways to do the old ideas. LOVE THEM.



The Events:


Saturday, August 16th
10:00am - 5:00pm
Brides Against Breast Cancer - Charity Wedding Dress Sale
Radisson Hotel Whittier
7320 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
I love this event. I've volunteered at it three years in a row. I'm out of town (as I type this) so I won't make this one, but YOU should. Benefits of the sale go to funding free programs for those impacted by cancer. Tickets range from $20-35, and are tax deductible. Dresses start at $99, and are beautiful. GO.




The Deals:
Wedding Chicks - I saw these cute heart ombre totes and thought, "You know, these would be great welcome gift bags." 20 for $100, which is half of what they cost individually. Hearts come in a variety of colors.



Etsy: Papaver Design's Moroccan inspired bomboniere lanterns - $8.03 each. Gorgeous. You can use them as table decorations, favors, place cards, and...they each come with a battery operated tea light. I know!  Thanks to Bride Rush for the find.


DIY Your DOC - The Silver Charm System for Do-It Yourself Day-Of Coordination. Can't afford a wedding planner? Now you can afford a plan. Download my newest guide for $10, and learn how to have more control of your wedding day, and way less chaos. Buy it this weekend and get $1.00 off with the code "WedWise8."

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Huffpost Live: What Happens if He puts the WRONG ring on it? (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Here's my latest segment on Huffington Post Live. Believe it or not, I did this for the lounge at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, before a wedding rehearsal!




Ironically, I answered a different question on the same subject in my Ask: Liz column on The Broke-Ass Bride yesterday, so check that out, too. Bottom line: If you don't like your ring, be honest, as soon as possible. If it's a matter of style, you have to wear it for the rest of your life. It's a matter of money, together the two of you can find a ring you love for the price he paid for the one you don't. It's not going to stop bugging you, but it will build resentment if you don't do something about it.
And, if you do love your ring, no matter how small or "unstylish" it may be, then it doesn't matter what anyone has to say about it.
One more thing: Just because he got you a bad ring doesn't mean he doesn't know you, or love you. And, if that's going around in your head, you've got bigger problems than an "ugly" ring!

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Huffington Post Live: Cash for Couples? (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Here's the video for the Huffington Post Live segment I was a part of on Friday. It used to be that we were talking about how much money goes into weddings, now it's about money at the wedding. Not sure that's progress:



Today I'm coordinating Maribelle and Joe's wedding at the Altadena Town and Country Club in Pasadena. Follow me on Instagram for the pics!

See you at the end of the aisle,

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