Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - Wedding Zones and Zen (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Taken from my Kindle Book, DIY Your D.O.C. - The Silver Charm System for Do-It-Yourself Day-of Coordination:

I always say that Wedding Planning isn't  just a checklist; it’s a state of mind. That goes double on the actual wedding day.

State of Mind: Wedding day coordination is all about working the zones and working your Zen. What do I mean by zones? Think of each segment of the day - Pre-Wedding, Set-up, Ceremony, Cocktail hour, Reception, and Breakdown, as a separate zone. They take place in different locations; they have their own designated periods of time, and are under the control of different vendors. Just as you are your couple’s back up and guide, these vendors are yours. Get one thought in your head: If you don’t know what the best thing is to do when faced with any challenge, you are surrounded by vendors who have had enough experience to give you suggestions. Ask for them.
Always ask.
Don’t be scared that you’re going to look stupid. Don’t be ashamed that you’re in charge, and you don’t know what to do. The most valuable thing you do know is to ask for help.

The Zen? Like life, coordinating a wedding is 10% of what’s actually happening, and 90% of how you deal with it. I know, it’s a cliché, but it’s totally true. Now, I’m not saying that it’s going to be easy, or something won’t go off-track, or that it’s not going to be a really long day. It won’t, it will, and it certainly can be. And when it feels like it’s going sideways, don’t panic, it’s a waste of time.  A panicked mind cannot make a rational decision, and the fight or flight response doesn’t really work during a wedding!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Enza and Phillip, Orchutt Ranch (Los Angeles Wedding Planning)

Pictures from Enza and Phillip's wedding in July are up!

Go to RC Photography's Facebook page to check them out. I, personally, LOVE all the smiles!

Orchutt Ranch is one of those bare wedding venues, where you have to bring everything in, and it was my inspiration for my teleclass next Monday. What does "everything" mean?? You'd be surprised what couples take for granted. Find out how to register here.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Monday, October 28, 2013

Popular On Pinterest: How much food & drinks to serve at a party (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

This got re-pinned from my Budget Wedding Tips board, like, 20 times in the past 24 hours. Wanna see what else I've got on Pinterest?

Got a few other wedding challenges of your own? I'm around all week, and available for a free consultation. Just let me know what you need. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ask Liz: No Alcohol? One Problem. (Los Angeles Wedding Planning)

Dear Liz, 
For a couple of reasons, not just because of the money, we're not serving alcohol at our wedding. A lot of people think it's weird, and I'm worried that they're not going to have a good time on our day. I've been trying to think of games or something to keep them entertained, or some way to make up for it, like a lemonade or soda bar? Do you have any other ideas I could do?
Determined to Dry

Go to my column on The Broke-Ass Bride today and find out what her options are. And, if you're interested in talking about your wedding, just email/call me and we'll set up your free consultation this weekend. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Owning Your Wedding, Some More (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Amy Rubin Flett, Pinwheel Designs
I've been thinking about my Ask Liz column last week, especially the question about how to deal people who are constantly criticizing your wedding choices. And the only advice I could, or would ever give her is to own it. Tell, them (whomever "They" are) This is the wedding you're going to have. This is the wedding you want, the wedding you love, the best wedding you could have.  Say it as many times as you have to, and learn to believe it yourself. If you're okay with how it's going down, own your wedding. It's yours.

At Camp Mighty, I met a woman on my team who was trying to figure out how to plan the wedding she wanted - $3,000 wedding budget,  no more than 15 guests. She had other choices - family that could give them the barn in their backyard (Hah! IRONY), but that came with conditions, like, more work and money spent on everyone's part to make it happen, and inviting more people because of family politics. She wanted an outdoor ceremony, and dinner in a restaurant, and then she wanted to go dancing afterward. She'd even found a park that even had an amphitheatre, so they wouldn't have to bring in chairs. But maybe she should go with the barn?

Here comes Tough Love Liz: You're going to spend all this money and all this time on one day, and you're not going to get what you want? Seriously? That's crazy talk.

And we come up with so many excuses for not getting what we want, don't we? Your parents want this other thing. And maybe they're right. I can't afford this thing over here...can I? What I want isn't what weddings are supposed to look like. I don't have the time or resources to figure out how to make it work.  And most of all, what is everyone going to think about the wedding I want to have? They will judge you, do you really want to deal with that? And besides which, you don't know how and where to get started on making it happen. It would be easier to settle, for something that you don't want.

Easier for whom, exactly?

I told her to go for the amphitheater, and the restaurant, and then dance, dance, dance.  If your mind is spinning trying to figure out where to get started, and what to do, and what to do after that, Stop focusing on the "forest", so to speak,  "How am I going to find everything that I need?"  and focus on the "trees," each piece of the puzzle. Start at the beginning of your wedding, with the ceremony. Where do you want that to happen? What is it going to look like, what do you need to bring in? Ask plenty of questions of whoever is in charge, especially, "Is there anything else I need to know?" Then move onto the reception, and what looks like to you. Then move on to photography, cake, favors, the nearest dance club, whatever it is that you want to build the wonderful, beautiful day that you didn't have to settle for. You will find what you need, and you have plenty of time to do it.

Own your wedding. People can't argue with your truth. And, honestly, it gives them cover - "Nothing I can do about it, it's her wedding, and this is how she wanted to do it."

Damn right.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Part 2: How Real Simple's Wedding Budget Advice Went Really Wrong

You can tie the knot without knotting up your stomach!
Part 1 is here. 

I've been trying to figure out it out. These are real tips, anyone could do them, obviously. But, the advice Real Simple offers is so full of caveats, stress and just all out pressure for anyone and everyone involved!  Like you don't have enough of that while you're planning your wedding anyway? Most of them seem like good ideas, until you try and figure out to execute them.  There are easier way to save money on your wedding, and certainly less time-consuming ones for you, your family and your friends. I've said it before, everyone is happy to help you, and hesitant to say "No." Don't be the couple that takes that for granted, and takes advantage. You know when you're asking too much, and going too far. And it just.
Stop twisting yourself into knots trying to find stuff that you don't have to pay for, and start searching for what you need at the price you can afford.

#7-12 were a little less crazy, but it's the devil is still in the details. Here we go:

#7:Go Digital
"Consider sending out electronic save-the-dates or being your own iPod DJ." 

Email invitations - I'm a big fan of these, but We're not quite there, yet. Lots of couples have older relatives, even today, who aren't as online savvy, or just won't respond to an email. You're going to have problems with RSVPs already, so don't make it worse. Budget-wise, there are happy mediums out there: Paperless Post has been sending out paper versions of their email wedding invites for years, and E-vite also sends out paper copies of your free online invite, both at reasonable prices.
iPod DJ - Once again, execution. Hook it up to a speaker (Thanks, friend with extra speaker lying around!) and play. But, someone needs to be in charge of the music. Someone has to fade out the ceremony music (no sudden stops!) And with most playlists, sometimes you just don't want to hear the song that comes up. Someone should know what's on the actual playlist. If you don't or cant' afford a DJ, make sure that's covered. DJs also bring microphones, so they can make announcements and you can do toasts. Make sure those are covered, too.
Another big part of saving for your wedding is thinking about your wedding, and how the day is going to flow from event to event. Each separate part needs another part to support it. A good way to look at is, "how does this look in 'real life'?" When one songs follows another on the radio, what does it sound like? At the last wedding you went to, what did the DJ do? You can get rid of the expensive pieces, but how do you replace them?
Bottom-line truth? If you don't have a friend with speakers and a microphone...and a stand, then you are going to have to rent those, or buy them. And you can find a DJ for little more than the cost of doing that, and it's a lot more convenient. Again, give me a call and I'll point you in the right direction.

#8: Let them Eat Sheet Cake
This is the one tip I can agree with. Grocery stores (Whole Foods in this case) have good cakes, too, and what you lose in design possibilities, you will save in cash. And, truthfully, there is always cake left over, so don't get more than you need. The title of the tip is misleading - this bride bought several cakes, not just a sheet cake, but that's a quibble on my part. I already started out irritated!

#9: Opt for Edible Centerpieces
The picture shows a stand of macaroons, the tip talks about the bowls of guacamole that they put in the middle of their tables. Non-floral centerpieces are popular,  just don't drive yourself crazy making them. Which brings us to...

10. Pick Paper Flowers
I have a rule about Wedding DIY - if you didn't do it before you got engaged, don't attempt to do it for the first time he week before your wedding. Anything that looks this simple takes forever to learn how to do! I like the bride's other suggestions about decorations - balloons (although they are a bit time-consuming in bulk), streamers, or, my favorite, large bunches of baby's breath. Think high-impact, low cost.

11. Crowd-source Your Photos
"A wedding photographer can account for thousands [out]of  your budget, but Cotner came up with a thrifty shortcut—without hiring a pro or pal. “We have three different friends with fancy cameras, so we asked each one of them to take photos of a different piece of the wedding,” she explains. “That way no one felt like they were working.”
Why, because you're not paying them? Because they are working, and you are putting them under pressure to deliver.  There are reasons why professional photographers get paid what they do. It's not a con! Photos are the only thing, aside from your new spouse, that you're getting from that day. You don't have to settle, and you can find a photographer that you can afford. And as I said yesterday, I will happily point you in the right direction.

Ask your guests to download their pictures onto a flickr account - Don't expect to get everyone's pictures, even if you do set up a laptop in the corner, or if you email them about it after your wedding. You will get some great shots, but you won't get a lot of great shots. And, either way, take a deep breath and try not to make it an issue if you don't get the response you expected. Don't make your guests work at your wedding.

12. Give Thoughtful Favors
"the couple gifted their guests with very personal and handmade wedding favors: “Cilantro seed packets with directions on the front, and our personal guacamole recipe on the back," she says.
I feel kind of bad saying this, because a lot of couples do want to personalize their favors, and really? Anything with your names or initials on it, anything that requires work on your guests part to pull off, anything, basically, that's not food? Is going to be left behind for you to pick up at the end of the night.

Look, it happens all the time: Couples are trying to save money, and they look around and they can't find resources that fit within their budget. Then they either give up, or they end up twisting themselves in knots and adding a whole new level of stress by trying to do it themselves. They work so hard to create a beautiful day that they don't get to enjoy! So, here are my two tips:
1. Stick to your budget, and keep looking until you find professional services that fit in your budget. They are out there. You might get tired of looking, but that doesn't mean you can't find what you need. You can.
2. If you feel like you have to DIY, or want to, walk through the execution of it in your head. How is it coming in, where does it need to go, what needs to happen for it to work, and how many people need to be there. And most of all, when can I practice making it happen before my wedding day??
3. Be realistic about what you can do on one day, and about what you should ask your family and friends to do. "Willing" is not the same thing as "Can."

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday: Real Simple Wedding's Budget Tips Aren't Really Simple, At All.

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

Wanna find out how to save money
without driving yourself nuts?
Not in this article, unfortunately. 
 Real Simple Magazine is definitely one of my 100 favorite things. I've been a subscriber since it was first published in 2000. I have never not had a subscription to Real Simple, as a matter of fact, I'm staring at November's issue right now. I am a fan.

I got their Wedding email newsletter yesterday, "12 Easy Ways to Save on Your Wedding." Cool, I thought, clicking the link, sure I would be nodding in agreement at almost every one.
Yeah, not so much.
These tips came from a former bride, who only spent $2,000 on her wedding. And good for her, too. But, "easy" is not how I would describe her advice. "Unrealistic" is the word that popped in my mind, frequently. "Stressful." "Unnecessary" was another one. But none of them were "easy".
Before we go to the board, as it were, I need to say that I know that just about every couple has a budget, that they want and need to stick to. You don't have to twist yourself, or your friends and family in knots in order to do it. It's more pressure and more stress that you don't need. Seriously:

1. Think of it As a Party
First of all, it's not very clear whether she's saying to think of your wedding as a party or reunion, so that it takes much of the pressure and expectations off, or, worse, to tell your vendors that it's a party or reunion, instead of a wedding.

Focusing on the reason we're all here is good, lying to your vendors is bad. First off, you're just going to have to keep lying to them, and you won't be able to pull it off. Second, it's not necessary. You want to stick to your budget? Tell your vendors what that budget is and/or how much you're willing to spend. They can either help you, or they can't. The last vendor you talk to is never the last option you have.

2. Look for a Wide Open Space

The Bride's wedding and reception were at a B&B, that doesn't normally host weddings. They got a great deal, including free breakfast every day for her their guests. "Think about public areas like parks and historical landmarks or wide-open spaces owned by someone you know. Eliminate places that have prices and packages for wedding parties, because it’s a near-guarantee you’ll pay a premium."

First of all, a B&B and a public park are not the same thing. The first has resources - tables, chairs, linens, silverware, plates - that the second does not. If it does not have them, then you're going to have to bring them in, and someone is going to have to set them up, and then break them down earlier. That can add multiple thousands of dollars to the cost of the venue, and it has to be done, one way or another.  I'm in Los Angeles, one of the most expensive wedding markets in the country, and most of the publicly owned parks and historical sites out here do have wedding and special events packages, and they are all way cheaper than renting a privately owned venue. The best thing that these places offer is a greater opportunity to control costs, depending on the choices you make. But don't go into it thinking that they don't see you coming.

And that whole, "...wide open spaces owned by someone you know." Yes, can I please have 100+ people descend on your property for  a few hours? Before you ask, you need to know exactly what that would look like for them, and how you - YOU - are willing to make that work. Pay for a maid or the gardener before, after, or even during your wedding? Limit the number of guests that will be there? What are you willing to do? But realistically, most couples don't know someone who can host their wedding. They do not have a friend with a great lawn in their backyard, and enough bathrooms to service hundreds of people.

3. Break With Tradition
You don't have to have Bridesmaids, you don't have to have a bouquet throw. You don't have to do anything that the Wedding Industrial Complex is pushing on you. Ah yes, the dreaded WIC. And she's right, you don't have to have any of these things - I've coordinated many a wedding that didn't. But, another thing you shouldn't do is act like your wedding is something that's happening to you, as opposed to something that you've chosen to do. Stop seeing your wedding planning as a war against the evil forces of the Wedding Industrial Complex. No one is reaching into your wallet and pulling out your money - you're handing it to them. Which means, as on any shopping trip, you get to decide where that money goes. Do you get mad at Coach because you can't afford a $400 purse? No, you just don't buy the purse! If you are not comfortable with the price, if you do not want what is in front of you, say so, and look elsewhere. Again, there are always other options. The number one rule to sticking to your budget: Stick to your budget. If you don't, that's your choice.

4. Go High-Low
At which point my head exploded:
"Think a photo booth instead of a photographer. It's personal and fun, without the high price tag. Cotner bought her dress at Target, a sweet white affair that she then embroidered to make more special. Instead of a full plated dinner—which will cost a mint—do fun finger-food hors d'oeuvres that you whip up with friends (think sliders and mini milkshakes.)"

Photobooth instead of a photographer. Photo booths are fun, and they are popular, but as a photographer friend pointed out to me, photo booths they can't take pictures of your ceremony, or of your first dance, or of anything else outside the photo booth. For the price of a photo booth, you can find a good photographer. I can name three really good photo booth-priced photographers off the top of my head, and I can give you suggestions on where to find a couple more. My contact info is below, just ask me.
Dress at Target - That will work, but who is doing the embroidery and alterations? Make sure it's not you, for the first time, on your wedding dress. Or, hey, just pick a dress that doesn't need the fancy-up. If you do want a designer dress at Target-ish prices, you have the time to find the pre-owned gown of your dreams. Or, rent it.
Make your own hors d'oeuvres - GAHHHH!!! When, exactly, are you going to be doing this?? You can't make sliders and milkshakes the night before. I'm all for friends and family pitching in, and all of them do, in one way or another. But think carefully about what they can do, and what type of time, and space that's going to take. Where and how are you making the sliders? Who has a blender to make the milkshakes, quickly, for a large number of people? If you're doing all of this on site, where, and what is that going to look like? How many people are going to be grilling and serving and pouring, and who are they?
Truthfully, An hors d'oeuvres or dessert reception is a good budget tip. But, you can still save money if a professional is making them, and delivering them. Call your favorite restaurants for these things and find out what's possible. The DIY hassle is not necessary, and not fun for anyone. Here's a rule: Your venue and your catering shouldn't take up more than 50% of your budget. Keep it simple.

5. Think Inside the Box
"Box" is a play on words. Bring in board games to entertain your guests! Have s'more making stations around your reception! Serve boxed wine and beer kegs!
I'm not saying that you can't do all of those things. But before you decide to, you need to get very, very clear on what how you're going to pull it off:
Board games - if you don't have them at home, you have to buy them. Multiple copies of them. On Amazon, Scrabble sets start at $15.00 each.  How many are you getting, and where are they going? On the guest tables, on a side table? And are they necessary? Unless your crew are big fans and you want to go a few rounds - Really? Your guests will not get bored. They will be talking, they will be eating, they will be dancing But they won't be bored.
S'mores making station - you have to have someone monitoring that (open flame!) at all times. Also, check and see if you need a permit, wherever you are. You might have to pay for that permit, too. Don't forget the steno containers! People always forget those, and then have to run out and buy them during the wedding.
Boxed wine and keg beer - Kegs are more expensive than you think, especially when you add storage (buckets) and ice to keep it cold. Price it out and compare it to bottles. Before you buy the wine, figure out how many boxes you need to get, and again, where and how you're going to keep it cold.

6. Spring for Recycled Rings
When I saw this one, I said oh, yeah, we got my ring set at a vintage jewelry store and I had Zane's made for a total of $500, THAT'S what she's talking about. I had hope when they mentioned wholesalers and Sam's Club. Oh, Dear Lord:

 "Cotner took it one step further with an unconventional approach...'We asked our friends and family to donate their old gold to an environmentally friendly jeweler, greenKarat,” she explains. 'The company melted the donated gold, credited our account with more than $1,000, and created new rings.”

Okay....Okay. Fair warning:  I have never coordinated a wedding where all the RSVPs came in on time. You will, a week, two weeks, three weeks after the RSVP date, have to call and email the stragglers to get a definitive answer.
Can you IMAGINE having to track down the folks who are donating gold for your weddings rings? Enough gold to make wedding rings? And putting people under the pressure of sending you that gold, or else they have ruined your wedding, nay, your marriage? Why?

Tomorrow, I'll tackle #7-12. It's all in the execution, and there are just easier ways to pinch pennies. iPod weddings, I'm looking at YOU. Plus, a little insight into why a lot of people think this stuff is just as easy done as it is said. It's not.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Last Word On Kids and Weddings (Orange County Wedding Planner)

Yes, or No, How Do You Make it Work?
(Pic courtesy of Flory Photo)
Tomorrow is Isabel and Ryan's wedding day!  At one of our meetings at their reception venue, Turnip Rose, we were talking with Chrissy Sherbanee, the venue's Special Events Consultant, about Izzy and Ryan's final guest count, and specifically the number of kids that will be attending the wedding. Chrissy had a very interesting outlook on handling that issue, and I asked if I could talk to her about that with  in more detail, later. 

Chrissy has worked at the Turnip Rose Catering Company since 2000, and coordinates between  90-100 weddings and events every year, both at their reception hall in Newport Beach, and off-site. The first thing to do,  she says, whether you make the decision to allow children at your wedding or not, is to decide what that looks like to you. "What do you consider to be 'a child'? Because if you there's a family that has kids that are  14, 15, 16 years old, then those aren't really children. What's your cut-off?  If you’re saying we're only inviting adults, that technically means 18 and older, and you have to make it clear to your guests that's what's happening ," Chrissy says. 

Exceptions to that rule are your prerogative. "If your brother is coming out from New England, and he has three kids, and they're making your wedding a family trip, you can let that happen, without feeling like you have to explain or defend yourself - you have to do what you feel is right for your family. College friends from out of town and their kids, or, 'We’re only having the ring bearer and a flower girl at the reception, my niece and my nephew, and no other children. Okay. That’s certainly acceptable.  It’s your wedding and you get to decide who’s going to be there." Some couples, she says, will even have those children only attend the ceremony, but ask that they are taken back to the hotel or home, during the reception. 

Obviously, there can be pushback on this from your guests, which you should deal with on a case-by-case basis, "If someone says that they’re not coming to your wedding because they can’t bring their kids, that’s their business, that’s their deal." If you want to, you can refer them to a  babysitting service, or designate a hotel room, with babysitters, to watch their children during the wedding. Or, you can just stand your ground, she says. "'If you want to come to my wedding, then, no, you can't bring your kids.' The invitation is not an obligation, just as it isn't for other guests who have different reasons for not being able to make it."

Plus adding the cost of having kids at your wedding could be bad for your budget, too. Chrissy remembers a conversation she had with a Bride's mother a few days before, whose RSVP count keeps growing because their guests are writing in their children, "Twenty-five kids they didn't invite. That's 25 more meals to pay for, two extra tables with centerpieces, it's favors, it's figuring out where to put these extra people. And the Mom asks me, 'How do I can my family and tell them No?" Instead of looking at it as, there are 25 extra people that they did not invite, so we have tell them that they can’t come. But couples are afraid to do that, because they think it makes them look mean or cheap. But, realistically, you have to be very clear with yourself about what your budget is, and what you can afford to do. Determine how important it is that these children attend your wedding, for whatever reason, and sit down and make the deep cuts. "Each person makes the calls for their side, and keeps it simple, 'We’re limited in our seating in the venue, and we can't accommodate your children' ...and you ARE limited!"

The same rule holds if you decide that you do want kids at your wedding. What does that look like to you? What are the ages of most of the kids, where are they going to be during the reception? "Find out what is possible at your venue first," Chrissy says. "They might have a room or a patio that's off to the side, where the kids can be. A lot of venue won't you have crayons or markers at the kids table." If you do have a kid's table, make sure that it's positioned near their parents tables, either right next to them, or no more than a table length away. "A lot of couples want to put the kid's table on the other side of the room, and that's not a good idea. Someone needs to be responsible for them, and their parents need to be able to see them." Or you should have a babysitter, with them, someone not related to any of the children, who is supervising them and their needs. It's not a bad idea to provide entertainment, too. Movies playing in a separate room? Magicians or games? But most of all, put them where their parents can see them, and easily check in with them."

Couples do another thing that doesn't always work out, which is putting teenagers at the same table as small children. "They think since, most of the time they're all family, it's fine. Teenagers don't want to be stuck watching their younger cousins or siblings, that's not a good time for them. Be aware of what that dynamic is going to feel like for everyone."

But, Chrissy emphasizes, "Any children under the age of 10 should sit with their parents." Couples feel that they're giving parents a break by sitting their children at separate table, but most times, that's not what parents want. Think of it from the that point of view. "They want their kids sitting with them. 4-year olds, 8 year-olds, 6-year olds? They should be with their parents, and a lot of times, they come up to me and they're upset that their kids aren't sitting with them, and they want any extra place setting next to theirs." 

The bottom line, Chrissy says,  is for the bride and groom to look at everything from all of their guest’s different perspective. "You’re not going to make everyone happy, and you’re not going to make them jump and down in anger because of your decisions, either . But, if you look at it all from, “If this happens, would it annoy me? What would I do with my small child as a parent?” If you ask yourself those questions, the answer is going to come very quickly to you."

If you would like to contact Chrissy about holding your wedding at the Turnip Rose, call (949) 645-4114 or email

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - October 9 (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 Things of the Week:

Claire Pettibone ‘Sparrow’ wedding dress, photographed by Elizabeth Messina. The style is somewhat...unforgiving, but I REALLY like it. we say in Los Angeles. The cake topper is $45 at Etsy Shop Better Off Wed

Go to my board Cool Wedding Tips and Tricks and Stuff, to see what else I'm pinning during the week. 

I love this article from Inside Weddings, The Last Word: Taking Stock Before Your Wedding

"I'm impressed and reminded each day by certain undeniable truths in our lives as I work with couples toward realizing their wedding celebration. What’s the truth? Family is the foundation of all that we do. Friends are the “super glue” that keep our frayed edges from splitting. Animals are the angels that lighten our loads and remind us to play every day. We are all equal in God’s eyes. We are all here to serve one another with the intent of serving a greater purpose. We are all free in our world to pursue those things that bring us happiness. These are the truths that we hold to be self-evident."

Read, and Breathe.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Let's talk about your wedding - Contact me to schedule your free consultation this week. 

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ask Liz: Normal Wedding Numbers

Courtesy of Fab Mood Weddings

Dear Liz, 
We're getting married in December at a  "bare" venue, and we have to bring all of our plates and silverware in ourselves. The rental companies we've talked to told us we need to get at least three of everything, since we're having 100 guests and a buffet. Is that true??
Three Times a Plate-ey


Dear Liz, 
Hotel blocks. All the hotels near our reception site require that we sign a contract guaranteeing that at least 90% of the rooms are booked, and we have to pay for any rooms that aren't. Is that normal? Is there a way to get around it? Help!
Booked and Blocked

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events