Saturday, November 30, 2013

Best of Ask Liz: Go To The Boards! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Classics columns, now with more Pinterest!


Dear Liz,
I am asking for some advice with inspiration. My fiance and I are getting married in September 2013. Ours  is a cross-genre theme, I’m favoring old Hollywood, and he likes the Mobster appeal. We have most of our ideas down-pat, but our venue is going to be outdoors at my dad and step-mom’s home in the country. What ideas could I incorporate to bring that glitzy, glam, but fun side into the reception venue? I really like the idea of using feathers as centerpieces, but I haven’t found any that are affordable. BAB doesn’t even begin to cover how small our budget is. Right now, we’ve only been able to spare about $5000 for everything since my parents are giving us the venue and food.
Signed,
Bling dreams

~~~~

Dear Liz,
 My problem is that I found a great venue (and affordable!) But there’s a propane tank surrounded by chain link fence riiight next to the entrance to the ceremony site. I’m trying to come up with ideas to hide it. 
Signed,
Theories of a Big Bang



See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Friday, November 29, 2013

More Black Friday Wedding Deals! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

I'm heading out the door myself, so I thought I would give you a head's up:




Silver Charm Events - Your wedding can be a beautiful, wonderful day, and I would love to help create that for you! My Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deal is 10% off any of my planning services, if you contact me on Friday or Saturday to schedule a 15 minute Wedding Strategy Call for any time between November 30 - December 6. You don't have to book me to secure the deal, just schedule your call, so I can find out what you need to get the wedding you want, and how I can help you. So, that's $500 off Full-Service, $200 off Day-Of and $300 off Extended Day-Of. What makes this an even better deal? My rates are rising by at least $500 across the board, starting December 7th. Just do the math...and then shoot me an email...liz@silvercharmevents.com


Truly Engaging
 - The ULTIMATE Black Friday +CyberMonday wedding deal list. EVERYTHING wedding related, that you can get online. Seriously, after you call me to set up your appointment,  go straight to this website. 


White Friday at Loverly - Black Friday goes Bridal! Click to sign up for their newsletter, and get exclusive deals from their partners!

Koyal Wholesale - 15% off everything with the code FRIDAYFANS15 

Oriental Trading Company - Up to 60% off select Wedding stuff. So, GO Already!

Etsy Wedding Team - 20 Etsy Shops! Handmade Wedding Goodness at 10-20%!

Gizmodo - They have a crazy ever expanding  Black Friday/Cyber Monday list online.


Have fun, Happy Shopping 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



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - The Black Friday Deal You've Been Waiting For! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

On Wednesdays I bring you the best 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 cake. How completely awesome. Thanks to Wedding Chicks for the find - the entire wedding this is from was completely gorgeous, so check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be grateful for,and what better way to celebrate than to eat as much as we can, and then shop our brains out? That being said...

The Events and The Deals

Black Friday's coming up, so it's pretty much the same thing:


Silver Charm Events - Your wedding can be a beautiful, wonderful day, and I would love to help create that for you! My Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deal is 10% off any of my planning services, if you contact me on Friday or Saturday to schedule a 15 minute Wedding Strategy Call for any time between November 30 - December 6. You don't have to book me to secure the deal, just schedule your call, so I can find out what you need to get the wedding you want, and how I can help you. So, that's $500 off Full-Service, $200 off Day-Of and $300 off Extended Day-Of. What makes this an even better deal? My rates are rising by at least $500 across the board, starting December 7th. Just do the math...and then shoot me an email...liz@silvercharmevents.com

Truly Engaging - The ULTIMATE Black Friday +CyberMonday wedding deal list. EVERYTHING wedding related, that you can get online. Seriously, after you call me to set up your appointment,  go straight to this website. 


White Friday at Loverly - Black Friday goes Bridal! Click to sign up for their newsletter, and get exclusive deals from their partners!

Oriental Trading Company - Up to 60% off select Wedding stuff. So, GO Already!








Etsy Wedding Team - 20 Etsy Shops! Handmade Wedding Goodness at 10-20%!






 I'll talk to you in a couple of days and I'll see you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday: My Last Word on DIY vs. Buy (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)


The only thing I know how to make is dinner...and that's actually pushing it.
I don't sew, I don't bake, I don't arrange flowers (I wouldn't even attempt to do this), and most of my interior design is done in batches. I don't even put together invitations, any more. What I am is a good editor and a good researcher - I can tell you if something is going to look good,I can give you suggestions on how to make it look better, and I can show you how to get either one.

And I'm Okay With That. But It's A Hard Thing To Admit:
 DIY is in, baby. And just like you, I love to ooh and ahh over the beautifully crafted hand-made pretty, I just can't participate. Now, DIY's sister Eco-Friendly, on the other hand, I can work with. I re-use, renew and recycle with the best of them. Fact is, I was an eco-friendly bride before eco-friendly was cool - I rented my wedding dress, and all of my vendors were within a five-mile radius of my house. And I'm pretty sure my invites were recyclable. :-)
What brought this rant on, you might ask? I was going through a pile of magazines last night and came across this project in The Knot - pear escort cards. And then I thought, hey that's really pretty, I could maybe do that. And then I thought about how I'd have to get the right kind of paper for the tags and twice as much of both those and the stickers on account of mistakes, which will be made. How my handwriting looks like something out of The Shining, and I would have to find some kind of tray or two to hold them all in, because not only would you have a bunch of pears rolling around, but you would have a bunch of pears rolling around that people have to search through to find their name. Hmm. Still doable?
I know that some would say so, and they would prove it, too.

But here's the thing. If you're NOT usually a DIY kind of girl or guy, your wedding is not the place to pick up the bug. Learning takes time, and learning also involves making mistakes until you get it right. So, that's a lot of time. If your budget is an issue, find what you want for what you're willing to spend. If the environment is the issue or you really want something hand-made, find an alternative. Trust me, there are going to be plenty of things that are going to drive you nuts while you're planning your wedding. Do yourself a favor and let this one go.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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




Friday, November 15, 2013

Ask Liz: Wedding Nips and Tucks (Los Angeles Wedding Coordinator)

My wedding advice column on The Broke-Ass Bride is up:



Dear Liz,
My wedding is in July and although I have a lot of time before I walk down the aisle, I am worried about my weight. I have always had a weight problem and I've tried diets, exercise, pills, but nothing works. I want to look beautiful for my wedding day and especially because the whole thing will be captured in photos that will last forever. At this point, I am willing to consider everything. I have heard about other brides that have undergone plastic surgery and am now thinking this might be my answer. What do you think?
Size 14 and Counting

Ohh Boy...


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Meet Jenn German, of Bella Sparkle Jewelry (Los Angeles Weddings)


“I really like having a little bit of sparkle, a little bit of sophistication, but also a little bit of whimsy," Jenn German told me. "The world that we live in is so pretty and so unique and so special, and I want to bring all of that into my jewelry.”

Bella Sparkle Customized Jewelry Design
Jenn German is the owner of Bella Sparkle Jewelry, and she designs and makes all of its handmade, original pieces. I coordinated Jenn's wedding six years ago, and have been friends with her ever since. On November 16 - this Saturday - she's hosting her first Holiday Jewelry Party and Open House. I'll have a table there, too, as a sponsor.

Cinna, From the
Hunger Games Collection
Jenn started designing jewelry in 2009 as a hobby, until she was stopped in Costco by someone who wanted to buy the necklace she was wearing. And so, Bella Sparkle was born. She modeled most of the jewelry in her collections on Facebook, and with word of mouth through friends and family, sales started to grow.

 She launched her website soon afterward, and Her Hunger Games collection - gorgeous jewelry inspired by the books and the movies - quickly became a bestseller. She's also done several customized pieces for weddings. "Brides will either pick out jewelry from the site, and I'll make them a little more elaborate for their wedding day," she says. "Or, we'll design something original together. I also throw in some simpler earrings or necklaces for their bridesmaids, as a Thank You."

Available at Red Soles Winery
Red Soles Winery in Paso Robles carries some of her other pieces. But, that was as non-virtual as Jenn got for awhile. "Everyone told me that I should do a trunk show or jewelry party. A friend of mine who lives in Hawaii had a Holiday Bazaar at her house last year. She asked me to send her some of my pieces, and they sold so well that we decided to do a party here in L.A. this time!"


Designed by Lynne's Soul Stones

The Holiday party will be co-hosted by and will  feature jewelry by her cousin Lynne, of Lynne's Soul Stones. “It’s going to be  really good time - wine, snacks, looking a jewelry, and a chance buy gifts for yourself, and friends and family," Jenn says. "If you see something online that you like, let me know, and I can bring it to the party." All jewelry will be discounted between 10-25% of it's original cost. Because of limited space, Jenn asks that you please RSVP on Facebook.

At 2:00pm, I'm holding a Wedding Planning Q&A and signing copies of my book, "The Mad Dash Down The Aisle: Planning Your Wedding in Six Months...or Less." Come by my table and say Hi!


Bella Sparkle + Lynne's Soul Stones Holiday Jewelry Party 
and Open House

Saturday, November 16
1:00 - 7:00pm
6338 Riverton Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 



See you at the end of the aisle,

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








Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Be A Part of the Big Bab Book Buy - November 18th (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Dana LaRue, the OG Broke-Ass Bride, has a book coming out this holiday season - The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide. Packed with wedding planning tips and tricks, advice from real broke-ass brides (like you!), DIY craft tutorials, recipes and sample budget breakdowns from $1,000 and up! There’s a big difference between spending smart and being cheap. Your personalities and values should and can be reflected in the execution of your wedding, right? 

Go to www.thebrokeassbride.com to read a sample of the book. It's a fantastic read, and I'm so proud of my blog boss!

Her book is available on December 17th BUT it arrives in warehouse on November 18th. The goal: To get the book up on the Amazon Best Seller Charts for a couple of days, which only takes a few hundred sales, not thousands. 

Help us make this happen!!! On November 18th, Be a part of bh Big BAB Book Buy, and pre-purchase The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide in paperback, or on Kindle or Nook, for yourself, friends or family that are recently engaged or in a wild struggle with their wedding budgets.  Mark your calendars!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

Friday, November 08, 2013

On Marriage: This is 41 (Los Angeles Wedding)


This is from my post today on The Broke-Ass Bride:



"No one knows the truth of anyone's marriage, not even their own."

- Nora Ephron

Zane and I have been married for almost 11 years, which I guess makes me the marriage expert around here, in a  "A 5th grader is a God to a 3rd grader" sort of way.  Frankly, I'm more comfortable sticking to being a wedding expert.  No one really knows the truth about any marriage, but I can tell you a few things that I've learned.

Marriage is a process that never really ends. You will constantly be trying to find the balance between dealing with what's happening in your lives, and dealing with each other while it is happening. If you think that there is rescue and safety and escape from all harm at the end of that aisle, you are  mistaken. You cannot even imagine what the two of you will go through, together, or separately. For one thing, there is no "separately." Whatever happens to you affects your spouse - your victories and defeats will be theirs, their victories and defeats will be yours. Zane and I got married when we were 30 years old. We lived in an apartment, I had a 9-5 job, and he had his own business.  In the past 10.5 years, both of us have been hospitalized, have seen family members hospitalized, gotten through two miscarriages. Moved three times. I started my wedding planning business, too, which hasn't always been easy on either of us. We've supported friends who've lost parents, and seen other friends die. We've had to have each other's backs through a whole bunch of crap, and it would have been much worse if we'd been alone, or had to go through it with anyone else. There have been a lot bending points, that occasionally looked like they were going to break. And if the past ten years had only been stress and pressure, they would have. Zane and I have grown up together, basically.

Read the rest here.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Top of the Pinterest Thursday (Los Angeles Wedding Planning)

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

Posted on my Budget Wedding Tips board, re-pinned THIRTY times. I'm thinking like me, they pinned because it was DIY they could DO:




Pinned FORTY THREE TIMES (!!?) - My advice column from The Broke-Ass Bride,  "Elopements & Other Wedding Schemes"


What does your wedding need? Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com to schedule your quick 15 minute consultation, and we'll laser-focus on your biggest wedding challenge today. 


See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday: Everything I Know About Marriage I Learned From Pride and Prejudice (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:

From The Atlantic: I Learned Everything I Needed to Know About Marriage from Pride and Prejudice, by Karen Swallow Prior. 10+ years of marriage, I can tell you that everything in here is true, and here's a little preview:

Ironically, I'm reading Longbourn right now: 
It's a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice from 
the point-of view of the Bennet Household Staff 
When I teach Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I take great pains to un-sully it from students’ film-adaptation-induced misconceptions that it’s a “romantic” novel. As a satirist, even if a gentle one, Austen offers rather unromantic corrections to vices and foibles, many of which range far beyond the surface themes of love and marriage. Indeed, like most early novels, Austen’s contend with the seismic social shifts birthed by modernity, particularly the rise of the individual. In Pride and Prejudice, as in Austen’s other works, the private angst surrounding the choice of a marriage partner really reflects the larger, public anxieties swirling around a disintegrating class structure, a new social mobility, and increasing personal autonomy.

Nevertheless, the truth is that I still learned everything I needed to know about marriage from Pride and Prejudice.

Marriages are foremost in Austen’s world, and, its place in literary theory and history aside, Pride and Prejudice enchants me again and again with its hairpin sharp insights into matrimonial matters. Here are nine lessons Pride and Prejudice taught me about marriage—and surely, there are many more.

Mutual Respect Is Essential to a Happy Marriage
The first marriage we encounter in Pride and Prejudice is Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s. These two illustrate magnificently by negative example just how crucial respect for one another is to marital bliss. Mr. Bennet treats Mrs. Bennet like the fool she assuredly is, and Mrs. Bennet, in return, exerts the only authority she has: nagging. As readers, we may laugh with Mr. Bennet (and the narrator) at Mrs. Bennet, but we don’t side with him entirely. Even Elizabeth, as much as she loves her father and as much as he respects her, admits she “could not have formed a very pleasing opinion of conjugal felicity or domestic comfort” based on her parents’ marriage.

We can’t help but wonder along with Elizabeth, who “had never been blind to the impropriety of her father's behaviour as a husband,” if Mrs. Bennet might have grown into a better partner and woman with more active loving-kindness from him. Instead, Mrs. Bennet fits the description of what one marriage expert—Pat Ennis of the marriage-enrichment program The Third Option—calls the “Critical Nag,” one who is never happy with how others do things. Mr. Bennet, meanwhile, is the “Ridiculer-Name Caller,” the person who constantly puts others down. Ennis says that respect is the bedrock of lasting love, wisdom the never-married Austen recognized long before psychology, life coaches, and marriage retreats were invented.

First Impressions Can Be Misleading
As fans of Pride and Prejudice know, “First Impressions” was Austen’s original title for the work. The first half of the novel is an accumulation of false impressions, particularly Elizabeth’s misperceptions (leading to the titular prejudice) about the seemingly, titularly, proud Darcy. Ironically, Elizabeth’s confident assessment of Mr. Darcy as proud stems greatly from her own pride in her keen, but not infallible, perceptiveness. The rest of the story consists of the correction of those misreadings—and of the prejudice and pride that foster such misunderstandings.

Like Elizabeth, but for different reasons, I’m fortunate that my first impressions of the man who would become my husband were wrong, too. When as a Lydia Bennet-esque college freshman, I first spotted the man, marriage was far from my mind—and he appeared to be someone who might regard it the same way. He didn’t. Then I didn’t. We never looked back (as I have written about here).

You Can Judge a Man by the Size of His Library

Hah! Read the rest of the article here. 

The Events


Sunday, November 10, 2013, 12:00 - 6:00pm

Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Wedding Expo
The Los Angeles Athletic Club 
431 West Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(parking is at 646 South Olive Street)


Come visit my table for a chance to talk about your wedding, get free planning materials, and buy paperback versions of my books. Admission is free!



The Deals:

Silver Charm Events -  There's...something you want for your wedding, but you're pretty sure it's out of reach. Certain flowers for your bouquet, Chiavari Chairs...a prettier wedding dress? What do you want that you don't think you can have? Anything's possible, and give me 15 minutes, and I'll show you how. 15 minutes? Yup. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com NOW to schedule your session.


See you at the end of the aisle,

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



Friday, November 01, 2013

Ask Liz: Wedding Pressure, Present, Past and Future (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Taken for my column today on The Broke-Ass Bride:

Dear Liz: 
I've never had to deal with family drama in the past. My fianc├ęs family is full of family drama and I'm worried it might affect the wedding. I don't want any feelings hurt, but am not sure what to do about it. What am I entitled/able to do in this situation? It's been quite tricky.
Signed, 
Sucked from the Sidelines

Dear Liz, 
I got married on September 21st this year and a week after my wedding I had a major foot operation and have been trying to recoup and recover from. My thing is, is that I haven't gotten to send out thank you cards, yet. We're not much for tradition, but I'd still like to send them out. Most everyone who attended our wedding knows about my operation, so do you think they will understand why it's taking me so long to send out thank you cards?
Signed, 
Lost in Traction

Dear Liz, 
I'm not engaged yet, but I feel like when that time comes, I will be overwhelmed with the grooms moms invitation list. ...excluding just the family. What should I do?
Signed, 

Ringed in Anticipation

Dear Anticipation,
Stop future-tripping. You're about three steps ahead of yourself, and I'm worried that once you do get engaged, you won't be able to enjoy it because you're worried about what's two steps after that.  Get engaged, blind people with the ring for a few minutes and then do what everyone else does, in this order: Decide on a budget and the number of guests you're comfortable with, find a place to have it, and go from there. Don't drown yourself in "buts" and "what Ifs."


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318