Monday, December 30, 2013

2013's Thirteen Most Popular Posts (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

I love writing about weddings. And, I love that you love what I write about weddings! Here are my 13 most popular posts of the year, to ring out 2013.

1. Real Simple's Wedding Tips Aren't Really Simple At All - It's kind of a wonder they didn't cancel my subscription.

2.  Wedding Wednesday, January 30 - Wedding Arch o' Books. Enough said.

3. Ask Liz: Getting to the Top of the (Vendor) Call Back Sheet - When is the best time to contact potential vendors and how do you get them to call you back?

4.  What You Don't Know About Your Wedding - Venues 
  - Read this, and then you will.


5. Wedding Wise Wednesday, March 6 - Wedding favors you can eat AND still have your name on 'em.  Win-Win, from Martha Stewart, of course.

6. When Bridesmaids say NO  - My ex-intern Frances's take on the delicate job of gathering bridesmaids. Coordinating her wedding this October was on of my highlights this year.

7. Real Simple's Wedding Tips Aren't Really Simple, At All, Pt. 2 - The truth about e-vites, iPods, god help me, crowdsourcing photos. A big part of saving money on your wedding is thinking about your wedding, and how it's going flow during that day.

8. A Love Letter to the Newbie Bride - Welcome to the Show.

9. Meet Jenn German of Bella Sparkle - Interview with one of my ex-brides, who is now designs beautiful jewelry.

10. The I Do! Bridal Event - Interview with Christine Zohrabians, producer of one of my favorite yearly bridal shows. Next one's coming up on January 26th, I believe.


11. Ask Liz: Wedding Nips and Tucks


12. Wedding Wednesday, May 15 - Plexi-Acrylic Wedding invites, FTW.

13 Hey, Meet Me At the Bar! What is your wedding bar going to look - and taste - like, anyway?

And on that note, Happy New Year! I'd love to hear about your 2014 wedding, and find out what you need to create the wedding you want.  Email or call me today, to schedule your free consultation. Just let me know how I can help!

See you at the end of the aisle,

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




Friday, December 27, 2013

Ask Liz: In the Beginning, There Was the Wedding Budget

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


Dear Liz, 

How do I put on a wedding with only $6,000 to spend?

Signed, 
6k or Bust

Dear Bust, 

How? Carefully. Think, small, pretty and on sale. The important thing is to stick to a budget. My rule is that 50% - $3,000 in your case - should be reserved for your ceremony and reception site fee, AND your catering. Don't let it go over that amount. The best way to stay under a low budget is to keep our guest list short, or in Wedding World parlance, "intimate." Each guest is a meal, a favor, and a piece of cake. 10 guests is a table that needs a centerpiece.  Venues - Google state parks and city-owned venues and historic sites and museums in your area.Bonus points if they have chairs and tables you can use. Restaurants with large private dining rooms. Restaurants are also a great source if you have to/want to bring in your own catering - start with your favorite ones. And, if you're bringing in your own catering, bring in your own alcohol and limit the choices. 

The other 50%. Flowers - small, elegant, and seasonal. Photographer - again, the "rule" is 5 -10% of your budget so that's $600, at the highest. I'm in L.A, and that's umm, tough out here, and it sounds like it would be really, really, really tight elsewhere, too. Google, it in your area, though - Never scoff at Google, there's no point.  Try not to settle on quality, pics are one of the few things you're walking away with. But, don't expect an album, don't expect unlimited shooting hours, think 4-6 hours, max. Work with them, so they can work with you. Cake - coordinated roughly 100 weddings, cake always gets left behind. I'm serious. Go small, cut the cake into even smaller pieces. Attire! Wedding dresses are always, always, always on sale, everywhere. Right now is a good time to shop, because they are clearing out 2013 styles to make way for 2014. 2013 was very pretty, so no pouting. You can not afford Vera Wang. You may not be able to afford pre-owned Vera Wang. You will be able to find something that looks fantastic on you. 

I know I left some points out, but feel free to ask questions in the comments. I also have a Budget Wedding Tips Pinterest board  if you want to take a look.  All I can add is if you start to freak out (as one inevitably does) that you're not finding stuff you can afford, take a deep breath and repeat after me: "Keep looking. I have time."

Dear Liz, 
When I should I send out wedding invitations?

Signed, 
ASAP on the RSVP

Dear ASAP, 
It depends on how many guests are coming from out of town. Three months if that's less than 25%, four months if it's more than 25%. Plane travel isn't getting any cheaper! Save the Dates are great, but people generally wait until they get the invitation to book their flight and hotel.  Set your RSVP date for at least three weeks before you have to give your final count to your venue/caterer, because you will have to track down AWOLS, people who have "forgotten" to get back to you. That's "will have to," not "might have to." That being said, make sure your guest list spreadsheet includes email addresses and phone numbers. 
 So, how are you swinging your wedding for $6k or less? Worried about your wedding guests from out of town? Click over to this post and let me know in the comments! 


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Book Day-of Coordination by New Year's Eve For Bonus Wedding Goodies! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Eugenia + Richard September 14, 2013
Why? Four reasons:

1. This wedding planning thing is supposed to be fun, darn it. And knowing that you don't have to worry about the execution of your wedding day means that you're free to have fun creating your wedding. What do you want it all to look and feel like? You know you can do whatever you want. My job is pulling it off. Your job: Relax and Enjoy the Day. 

2. Engagement season starts on Wednesday. Calls and emails start coming in TODAY. This is the week to get on my calendar!

3. Wedding planning involves a constant balance of time vs. money. You can either spend the time to find what you need, the time to create what you need, or the money to pay someone else to do it for you. Standard Day-of Coordination starts after most of the planning is done. But, you're still looking at long checklist, right now, and wondering how you can live the rest of your life and plan your wedding at the same time!

Solution: Book Day-of Coordination by December 31, and you'll automatically get an additional five consultation hours of my time, to help you find and secure your vendors and finalize your wedding vision and design. How much is that venue in Malibu really going to be? Who are the photographers - good photographers - in your price range? Is there something cooler out there than Chiavari chairs? Do you need a permit to light sparklers at your venue? How do you get a permit to light sparklers at your venue? I will make the phone calls, do the research, and sit next to you at the meetings to make sure you're getting exactly what you want. You've got five hours. What's your biggest wedding challenge right now? Let's get started on it. 

And, finally:


4. Book by December 31, and you'll also receive a $200 voucher towards a bridal bouquet or boutonniere package from The Enchanted Florist. They are one of my favorite vendors in Los Angeles, and amazing to work with. Click the picture, you definitely want to see the rest of this ^^^ wedding!


Reply to this email now or call me at 323-592-9318 today to find out how to get started.  Tell me what you need and what you're really worried about, and I'll tell you exactly how I can help. I'm in town through the weekend, and I'd love to meet up with you. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas!!! 
I hope you have a fun and wonderful day!



See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Day of Coordination by New Years Eve for a Great Bonus

Izzy and Ryan, 10/12/13. Photos by Mark Brooke Photography


Book your Day-Of Coordination with Silver Charm Events by 12/31/13, and you'll receive 5 additional consultation hours - valued at $500 - to help you tighten up the details and enjoy your wedding day. You'll also get a $200 bridal bouquet or boutonniere package from The Enchanted Florist, one of my favorite vendors in Los Angeles. Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com today or call 323-592-9318  lock down your wedding date.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 18

Every week 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:

Yes, the end of the tail is made of cupcakes. I mean, REALLY. Thanks to My Wed Deal for the find.


The Deals:

Tradesy Weddings - My favorite Ebay alternative for luxe labels for less is making a huge foray into pre-owned wedding decorations. The beauty is epic and the savings are crazy. Go!




Alfred Angelo is in the middle of their annual sample sale, now until December 28th. Gowns sold as-is, 25% off retail.

Oriental Trading Company - $2.00 for 1 1/2 quarts of those water bead thingies at the bottom of this vase. They come in a variety of colors, of course. If you're choosing between floating candles and this? Choose this. Trust me.


And last but definitely not least, Dana La Rue (my other blog boss) wrote a book, The Broke-Ass Bride's Wedding Guide and it's finally here! She shows you how to save money and make every dollar count, without sacrificing your style and personality. It's what we're all about. Enjoy!

What else does your wedding need right now? Contact me to schedule a free 15-minute wedding strategy call to get help today...

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Pin Tuesday (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

My "Ask Liz" column, Elopements & Other Wedding Schemes, was re-pinned FIFTY-EIGHT times in the past week. So, I guess I know where everyone's heads are at, right now! Remember, I'm a wedding officiant, too. :-)

See you at the end of the aisle,
Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318
liz@silvercharmevents.com

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ask Liz: When Regional Wedding Costs Attack! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Taken from my advice column on The Broke-Ass Bride:

Chelsea + Joren, Fondly Forever Photography

Dear Liz, 
I  saw your Huffpost live interview and was drawn to the name "broke ass bride" as that is what myself and my partner are, broke ass brides! We live in Brooklyn, NY and want to get married in NYC. Our wedding is set for September 2014 and the planning is in full swing. BUT my Dad is unable to pay and the two of us make just enough to live in NYC. We want to have 150 people at an outdoor venue, great food, music, and drinks! We have no idea how we are going to make this happen, especially since I  got an email from a beautiful venue in Brooklyn that starts at $315 a person! Are they insane?? We do have our eyes set on an inexpensive venue upstate , but our concern is that it's a raw space, we do not know the area, what about vendors? We are nervous that we are going to have to call the whole thing off because we don't have enough money. I have considered having our wedding sponsored, too. How does that work? Is that possible?

Signed, 
Broke in NYC

~~~~~
Dear Liz, 
My biggest challenge is finding an affordable venue. I keep going back to a Community Center, but it's not what I'd like. Help!

Signed, 
Suffering and Settling For Less


What's your biggest wedding challenge right now? Email or call me to schedule your 15-minute wedding strategy  call. Let go of the stress and fear, and get some tips on how to create the wonderful - and fun- wedding you want. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
323-592-9318


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Transcript: 10 Steps to a Fantastic Bare Venue Wedding



Monday, November 4, 2013

Okay, I think we’re ready to go. Welcome, Everyone. This is “10 Steps to a Fantastic Bare Venue Wedding.” I just want to welcome everyone, and thank you, number one, for investing your time and energy in creating the wedding you want.


For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Liz Coopersmith, and I’ve been a Los Angeles  wedding planner and the owner of Silver Charm Events for almost ten years, since 2004. My wedding planing articles have been featured on The Huffington Post, Weddingwire.com, BrideRush.com, and I’ve written a weekly wedding planning advice column for TheBrokeAssBride.com since 2010. I’ve also written two e-books, both available on Kindle through Amazon.



So, two things before we get started:
First, you need to know that there is a special gift waiting for you at the end of this call. Or you can call it a reward or a bribe, but  it’s going to be worth it to stay until the end.


Second, I want to encourage all of you to take a deep breath. You’re on this call now because you’re worried about your wedding, and stressful challenges you’re having in planning it. You’re spending a lot of time, and a fair bit of money, I’m sure, on what you’re hoping will be one of  the best days of your life. And it will be. You’re taken a great move towards that right now. So, deep inhale and exhale [breathe in and out] and let go of some of the craziness and confusion you’ve been experiencing.


Now, after your deep breath, I need you to remember one more thing: You’re not supposed to know how to do this, you’re not supposed to know how this “wedding thing” works. It’s your first time planning one! I give you permission to give yourself a break.


Oh, and if you do have questions along the way, Text them to me at 323-592-9318, or email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com. I’ll answer them if we have time at the end, and if not, I’ll answer them each personally, and in the follow up materials I’m sending you tomorrow. Either way, you’ll get your answer.


Ready to get started? Let’s Go:



What I love about bare wedding venues is that they give you a great opportunity to create. You’re going to hear that word a lot tonight. You can create the atmosphere you want, bring in your own food, your own decorations, with much fewer limitations than in what I call ballroom venues, full-service sites that only offer a few options. Bare venues give you a better opportunity to control costs, too. Across the board, they offer more freedom. But as they say, that freedom comes with a lot more responsibility.


Bare Venues create three distinct challenges for you, that ballroom venues do not:


1. Your budget. This might come as surprise, because for a lot of couples, this is one of the main reasons that they choose a bare venue - they’re often less expensive, and you feel like what you’ll save in site fees, you’ll continue to save as you add in rentals and catering and decorations. But the truth is, depending on what you want your wedding to look like, and the choices that you make, you could end up spending just as much, or more, than you would in a full-service, “ballroom” venue. If you are on a budget - and, trust me, pretty much every couple is - then you have to watch your expenses very carefully. There are always ways to cost costs, but there are smart places to do that, and not so wise ones.


2. The unknown unknowns. The stuff that you don’t know that you don’t know, that can bite you in the butt. These will come up, and you will have to take care of them, in one way or another, or suffer the consequences.  Examples like: how long it takes to set up a reception for 100 people, to having the right extension cords so your photo booth, which needs a three-pronged outlet, can plug into the venue’s two prong outlet. I coordinated a wedding a couple of months ago, where the bride’s mom bought chafing dishes to warm the barbecue she had delivered - but didn’t realize that the dishes did not come with sterno cans to heat them! Luckily, I was able to run to the nearest grocery store and hit up the hardware section. And we always  have extension cords, too.


3. Time. And, by that, I mean having enough time to find exactly what it is that you need. Or, at the very least, feeling that you don’t have the time, and just getting frustrated. Frustration is the number one cause of wedding stress, and I see it a lot in my first consultations with clients. Many couples get fed up and give up, and end up settling for less than the wedding they want. Depending on where they are in the planning process, I like to help them backtrack and pinpoint the unsatisfying choices they’ve made, and see if we can shine them up a little. There is always a solution to every challenge, you just have to be open to finding it.  



Tonight we’re going to go over the ten steps you need to take to create a fantastic wedding in a Bare, BYO venue. These are based on the many landmines that I’ve seen my couples encounter, and have helped them avoid or work around.


Let’s get started.


1. Your first step, before anything, is to get over the idea of a one to one ratio. Forget about it. What do I mean by that? You can’t rent just one plate per person, one fork, one knife. And you’d be surprised how many people get caught on this. Why do my guests need an extra plate? Why do we have to have more than one fork per person?


Think of it this way: If I were to walk into your kitchen right now and open your cabinets, I wouldn’t find just one plate per resident!


And that’s for the same reason that you wouldn’t do that at your wedding - plates and silverware  get dirty, and you’ll need clean ones right away. You probably wouldn’t eat two meals off of the same plate, not to mention dessert. And if you’re having a buffet, your guests definitely won’t expect to, either! You can’t provide one bottle of beer per person, because what if someone wants a second bottle? If you go out to Happy Hour, when you go to the bar for your second drink, the bartender doesn’t ask you for the glass from your first drink. I’ve probably made my point. You are going to need at least two or three of everything per person, and that’s one of the places where the cost comes in. But, it’s better to have and not need, than to need and not have. You don’t have to go overboard, but you do need to figure out who to ask for to get the best ratio formula. This doesn’t have to kill your budget.



2. Don’t reinvent the wheel. You may have a wildly original idea of what you want your wedding to look and feel like, but you you still need to figure out how to pull it off, using the current laws of time and physics. Your vendors have seen it all, or can extrapolate from what they HAVE seen, so use them as a resource. Don’t waste time trying to come up with something new.  You could find the right answer, or you could end up doing twice as much work to reach a less satisfying conclusion. Use your vendors as a resource.


3. Mind the rules. You can’t start earlier, or stay longer than you’re contracted for. If you’re forbidden to tape things, nail things, light things, stick with that. Every venue has a deposit that they keep, just in case you break the rules. And, they will. You can find another way to accomplish what you need to do. I did a wedding at a historic site this summer, that has some...questionable figures and symbols on the property.  My couple was afraid that their guests would be offended. Most of the symbols were covered up, but when I arrived at the venue, I found my bride trying to rip out a sign that explained the symbols, from out of the ground. NO. Once I stopped her, and calmed both her and the very upset venue manager, I was able to offer a solution - cover it up with an extra tablecloth, and decorate the the cloth with a directional sign to the wedding. Or some extra ribbon. Or just leave the blank tablecloth on it all by itself. But either way, don’t break the rules.


4. With whatever you’re dealing with, be it rentals, flowers, the cake, the food, always think about these five things: Who, what, where, when, and how. It’s just like journalism. For example, who is bringing the chairs in, and is it the same people who are setting them up? If you’re only getting one set of chairs for both the ceremony and reception, who is bringing them over to the reception area? How are they getting out of the venue? And when? How is your food getting there? Is it being delivered? Does someone need to pick it up? Who is going to make sure that all flows smoothly? Where are the leftovers going? Who is going take the catering supplies back to the caterer? What catering supplies are they providing, and where are the rest coming from? Where is the trash going? What condition does everything need to be in if and when you return it? And, who is going to be in charge of making sure that every individual part of that happens?



5. Don’t skip staffing. This is one of the first places where people try and make cuts, and it’s usually a mistake. And, I’m not just talking about hiring an event staffing company, which is the optimal solution. I’m talking about not having enough people on hand to manage all the moving parts of your wedding. This is especially important when it comes to the food part of your wedding. Do yourself a favor - the next time you go out to a restaurant, or even a bar, observe what’s going on around you, and what every waiter, busboy, bartender is doing. If you’re serving food, even if it’s a dessert or appetizer buffet, instead of a sit-down or buffet dinner, you will be reconstructing a restaurant at your venue. Someone needs to monitor  food service, bussing tables, cleaning up every so often, making sure that the sodas and alcohol are kept cold, and fifty other things that go into any catered event. You are not in a restaurant all these things will not be automatically provided for you, they need to be provided BY you.


Dishes and glasses and silverware and napkins are going to pile up on tables or fall to the ground, if someone doesn’t move them. Trash will end up everywhere and anywhere that is not a trash can. This is one of the many reasons I come with at least one assistant, and for bare venues, I come with two. But even with that, it is good to have a few more people around who have serving experience - the “rule” as it were, is to have at least one person per every two tables. And if you’re worried about the cost, think of it this way: They are ways to stagger the staffing so that you’re not paying for 7 people or whatever for the whole time, AND catering staff can also work double duty, helping you set up the rest of your wedding, chairs, tables,  and break it down, which will save considerable time and worry. That being, YOUR time and worry. It’s going to be a long day, don’t make it any longer.




And, speaking of which,

6.  Realize how limited your own time is. Even with friends and family helping out, everyone can’t be everywhere all at once. And if they haven’t done this before, it will be hard for them to prioritize what actually needs to be done, and what can be done in the time they’re given. Another example: working with a couple right now, who hired me shortly after their engagement party, which they planned and executed themselves. It took so long to set-up, that they weren’t even able to get dressed for their own party before their guests arrived! Be realistic about your time, and time in general. You don’t want to be that couple.


Constructing a wedding ceremony and reception takes HOURS. Breaking it down takes less time, but it still takes HOURS. Not an hour, not 30 minutes. HOURS, even with people helping. And, you need to be taking pictures, you need to be getting dressed, you need to be getting married, so you can’t do that much, either, not on that day. You either need more time, or you need more hands on the ground. Both are possible.  Try to avoid conscripting people who are going to have other things to do.


7. Avoid scrambling. Have everything that you need close at hand, and know where it all is, and where it’s going. Make those decisions BEFORE your wedding day. Keep your wedding and reception area compact, and everything close to get to from everything else. Memorize where the bathrooms are. Keep everyone’s numbers in one place on your phone - that includes vendor numbers. Get each vendors CELL PHONE, the number that will be available at, on site. Never scramble.


So, 7th inning stretch - A reminder that if you have any questions at this point, text them to me at 323-592-9318, or email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com.


8. Another tip to avoid driving yourself crazy about your budget, and one that I pass onto each of my couples. When it comes to your rentals, start out with the least of what you need or want. As you get a better idea of what you want your wedding to look like, you can choose to add the extras, or not. This also works with flowers, and with food, actually.


9. And, given that, stay very clear about what your vendor contracts allow you to do, and what they do not. Everyone asks for a deposit, what does that deposit cover? Can you downgrade if you need to? Can you upgrade? When is the deadline for you to decide either? Put it in your calendar ASAP.


10. And this the most important: Don’t ever, ever, ever assume. Ask. This is the actually the #1 thing that drives me a little nuts. First of all, there is so much fear associated with it, that you can’t get what you want. That you can’t find what you want. That you’re just going to be constantly rejected.  So much fear that you’re even afraid to ask, so you figure you’ll just deal with it if and when it becomes a problem. THAT’S a problem. Or the flip side, is that you assume that it, whatever it is, is going to happen automatically, so you don’t ask and check. Never assume, always ask. And start with this question: What else do I need to know, or should I know? Any vendor will be able to rattle off any number of things that have tripped up their clients in the past, and help you avoid the pitfalls.


And there you have it.

Thank you so much. Have a good night. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 11 (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 Wednesday. Welcome!


Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:


It is freezing here in L.A., so I'm thinking of warmer times. What do you think of this boutonniere for a beach wedding? Summer is only six months away! Thanks to Preston Bailey for the find.


The Events:

Sunday, December 15
3:00 - 6:00pm
How To Create A Signature Event: Fabulous Table Designs
Fabulous Wed Floral Design and Event Planning

The Loft Cafe
3882 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Join designer Tami Lynn for this hands-on workshop. The best guest tables are filled with personal details, gorgeous linens and interesting favors. Find out how to make your guest tables a pleasure to sit at and your wedding just that more fun and memorable.
Admission: $10 material fee at the door.


The Deals:

It ends TOMORROW, but The Original Runner Company is having a sale! I love their runners, they are one of the few that I never worry about my wedding party slipping on. 25% Off Custom Aisle Runners, 15% Off Solid Color Runners, 10% Off Custom Accessories. GO. 


My Wed Style: 55% off of handwritten Thank You Cards by Thankster. Type in your individual notes into their website, and they'll send out beautifully handwritten cards. $9.00 gets you $20 off. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

I'd love to find out what you need for your wedding - email me today to schedule your 15-minute wedding strategy consultation. 




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Don't Want A Fancy Wedding. So What? (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Yesterday, I was on Huffington Post Live with writer Ashley Hopkins from Chattanooga News and the Budget Savvy Bride herself, Jessica Bishop. Roll tape:



Enjoy, 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

Monday, December 09, 2013

We Learn to Love By Being Loved (Los Angeles Wedding Officiant)

I love being a wedding officiant, too, and I've been dropping this bit I found into a lot of my ceremony texts, lately:


It is a pleasure to see love in bloom, and to participate in the union of two people so delightfully suited to one another. Life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family and friends - we learn to love by being loved. 

So, Family and Friends, do you promise to continue to  love and support Mel and Johnnie throughout their marriage? Please answer by saying, “We Do.”

Guests: We do!

LOVE this. Don't you agree? My next gig is 12/21 at the Ebell in Long Beach. Cannot wait...

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Friday, December 06, 2013

Ask Liz: Using Your Venue's Preferred Vendors


Dear Liz, 
My fiancĂ© and I have finally (!) picked our wedding venue and now we are to the point where we are selecting our photographer, caterer, and florist. Our venue has a list of their preferred companies, but I don't know if I want to use them. For instance I have my heart set on a florist that my best friend used in her wedding, but they're not on the list. Am I required to stick with the suggested companies or can I choose my own? Is there a benefit to using the companies that are being recommended to us? I am afraid that the only reason they are on there is that someone is getting a kickback.
Signed, 
Off the Grid


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318



Thursday, December 05, 2013

Even Wedding Planners Have First World Problems (Los Angeles Wedding Planning)


Ah, first world problems. Be prepared to roll your eyes:

I have a confession to make: I coordinated my last wedding, and attended the Gay and Lesbian wedding expo with un-manicured hands. 
know. 
I hadn't had a pedicure in a few weeks, either!
I try my best to look my best when I go out, because, you know, wedding planner. But between work for my couples, and blog writing, and prepping for both the wedding and the wedding expo, there was no time to get the nails done.
On Friday, I thought, okay. I have Jenn's jewelry show, and I can't be there with crack whore fingers. I have this big business/networking event in Atlanta next weekend, and I definitely CANNOT show up with crack whore fingers.  I go to my usual salon,  get the Gel manicure. I can't keep a regular manicure for more than two minutes, it doesn't matter how long they are under the heat lamp. I never get the Gel pedicure, because it seems like overkill, right? Expensive overkill. 

Walked out, went home, put on my shoes two hours later, and  I felt the polish sliding off my big toe. Saturday morning, back to the salon, and they re-did the polish, at no charge.  My big toe nail has a cut in the middle of it (TMI), and the manicurist tells me, like she warned me the day before, that's probably why the polish keeps rubbing off so easily. "Are you sure you don't want a Gel pedicure?" No! Expensive overkill! 
Saturday. Put on my heels, felt the polish go. Again. 
Sunday. Walked back into the Salon, and got the Gel pedicure. Only this time, I had to pay for the polish change AND the Gel. 

Three hours over three days, unnecessary stress, to avoid spending an extra $15.00! 

We can spend so much time trying to save money, and often we waste both our time and our money, and still don't quite get what we want. When all we have to do - and what we have the resources to do - is get the help we need in the first place. Time. Money. Stress. Saved. 

Are you finally frustrated enough to find out how I can save you time, money and stress in your wedding planning? My service rates are going up across the board on Saturday, so today is the time to  me to schedule your free 15-minute strategy session so you can lock down 2013 prices for your 2014 wedding. Or, give me a call at 323-592-9318. 


See you at the end of the aisle,

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