Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wedding Wise Weekly - December 31st

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

I celebrated Christmas with my husband's family this year - check out my pictures on Instagram, search for #Coopersmithmas. His brother  Zach just got engaged, and Zach's fiancee Andrea is a huge Beyonce fan. So, one of her friends sent her a variation of this awesomeness, from Etsy:

Right? You know you want it, and you can get it in  20 + different styles (off the shoulder, tank top, sweatshirt, shiny sweatshirt, any and all colors, you name it). GO.

Cool, too:
My most read article on The Broke-Ass Bride this year? The High Cost of Wedding Fear. Finding that out made me sooo happy. All I want, whether you work with me or not, whatever you decide to do for your wedding,  is for you to enjoy planning that day, and enjoy it when it finally comes. There's a lot of love and joy on your wedding day. Look for it.

The Events:

So, I was talking to a Wedding World friend of mine on Monday, and she asked me, "When is the next Brides Against Breast Cancer sale?" And I said, "I don't know, but it should be soon." And, guess what? It's this Saturday and Sunday, at the Brookside Country Club in Pasadena. Thousands of donated wedding dresses, from $75 - 1800. Sales benefit education, nutrition, support and therapy programs and services for cancer patients and their families. It is one of my favorite things, ever.  Just trying to figure out if I can volunteer or sponsor this quick...

Brookside Golf Club
1133 N. Rosemont Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
VIP Preview (First stab at the gowns)Saturday, January 3, 5-9pm, Tickets: $20
General Admission, Sunday, January 4, 10am - 3:00pm, Tickets: $5

Sunday, January 4
Bridal Showplace
11am - 4pm
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets: Free with the code HES22, $7 at the door

But this the weekend when the Wedding Show madness revs up. Go to Here Comes the Guide and scroll down to the bottom of the page for a fuller list of the ones in your area.

The Deals:

Dessy Group - This one is good until Friday! Use the code  DG2015NY at checkout, and get 20% off any wedding dress or Bridesmaid dress!
Other deals that sadly end today? Beaucoup has 20% off sitewide on all their wedding and wedding planning accessories. Use the code COUNTDOWN25 online at Unique Vintage to save 25% online or in the store.

Cheers and Happy New Year,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ask Liz: How to Jumpstart Your Wedding

Fill These Seats Carefully.
Photo by Pictilio Photography
An Oldie But Goody from my column on The Broke-Ass Bride...

Dear Liz,
I just got engaged! Is there some type of simple check list, for starting to plan a wedding? Like…
1- Budget
2 – Guest list
3 – Dress??
I’m so overwhelmed by the whole process!
In the Deep End

Dear Deep,
Welcome to Wedding World! First of all, bonus points for putting your dress third. That sort of practical thinking will get you far around here. Start with your guest list – his list, your list, and your parents’ lists. And, yeah, if your budget is a consideration, figure that out while you’re getting your guests together. You should reserve half of your budget for your ceremony and reception site, and your catering. A little perspective - a comparable wedding dinner at Olive Garden for 100 guests would be around $5,000. Those are also the first three things you need to pay for. Once you got that done, I give you permission to start shopping for your dress. You should probably book a photographer first, but there’s no reason to be a saint. Have fun!
Who did you invite to your bridal shower? How long did you resist shopping for your dress? Just engaged, and got questions? Let me know below! And, you can find out more about me and my slice of Wedding World at
See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Schedule a complimentary wedding consultation this week:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wedding Time, Part One: The Big To-Do

My weekly column on The Broke-Ass Bride is up:

Photo: Persimmon Images 
It’s not always the first meeting. Sometimes it’s the second meeting where it comes up:
“The wedding timeline I found online says that I should have started planning this seven months ago. I’m supposed to have my engagement photos and my lingerie by now!”
Or something to that effect.
Basically, whatever  you’ve done so far, whenever you are, the clock on the wall and the page on the screen is telling you that you’re already behind.  And the clock is still ticking …

Guess what? You are not behind. You are not late. You are fine where you are.
Change the way  you look at it, and the way you look at it will change: Focus on the checklist, not the countdown. These timelines are pretty good about the order of what you should do (pick a date, find a venue, find a caterer, etc.), so stick with that. But it’a all about managing the (admittedly long) checklist. You can borrow my Rule of Threes, if you want.

The Rule of Threes:

I’m not sure if you've noticed, but for every wedding checkbox, there are a ton of choices, and a ton of choices that depend on other choices. In order to narrow it down, and, well, be flexible at the same time, I give my couples three options for each one. So, instead of picking one date that will work, pick three. That way, if you find the perfect venue, you’re not stuck with an unavailable date. Three wedding venues that will work with your style and budget, before you schedule your appointment, so, you’re not as disappointed if the first one won’t fly. Three caterers, three photographers, three dress shops. One at a time for a little less stress. Decide who you want to meet, and then decide who you want to hire.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Schedule your free wedding consultation with me this weekend:
Call/Text 323-592-9318

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wedding Wise Weekly - December 11

Every week I bring you the best wedding stories, events and deals. And we call it Wedding Wise Weekly. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

My Wedding Reception Ideas - 21 Insanely Fun Ideas. Yes, you're seeing this right, it's a Price is Right wheel. Your DJ will have lots of fun with this one. Not so keen? How about an Anniversary pinata? Sack races? Your wedding will be the funnest ever!

The Deals:

The Original Runner Company - My favorite, always gorgeous, no-slip aisle runner company is having their annual sale, but you better hurry it ends TODAY. Up to 25% off all custom aisle runners. GO. GO. GO.

Kate Spade - This "Just Married" Window cling? Is only $18. Check out the rest of their wedding collection, too.

Koyal Wholesale - Lace parasols? Amazing wedding decorations, gorgeous way to keep the sun off of you. On sale at Koyal, starting at $9.98. They also have a ton of paper parasols, too!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Schedule your complimentary wedding consultation today:
Call/text 323-592-9318

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

My real weddings: Jessica + Andrew

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I love my jobs, because they are both wonderful opportunities to not only create, but witness joy. Jessica and Andrew had a courthouse wedding 10 years ago, and decided to re-new their vows on Friday, at the Imperial Palace Banquet Hall in Pasadena. The best thing about renewing your vows, I think, is that your kids are there to see Mommy and Daddy talk about how much they love each other and life they have together.

It was a gorgeous wedding, featuring a popping combo of deep reds, white, and gold.

Always loved the Fingerprint tree!

I had a ton of questions about how they put this all together, so stay tuned for a follow-up. In the meantime, you can find more pictures by going onto Instagram and searching for hashtag #andyandjessica2014.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Get your free wedding check-up and consultation now:
Call/text 323-592-9318

Friday, December 05, 2014

Ask Liz: The Holidays vs. Your Wedding

If it's Friday, it's time for My weekly column on the Broke-Ass Bride:

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I found out that the current number of Mrs. Coopersmiths would soon be increased by one  – my husband’s little brother got engaged. Yay! But then I looked at the calendar again and frowned. Two weeks before Thanksgiving. Seven weeks before New Years.

Here we go.

The best part of the Holiday season is the number of chances you’ll have to spend time with your  family and friends. And  if you ever lacked attention from any of them, you are definitely going to get it now that you’re engaged:

“Oh my God, congratulations! When are you getting married??”
“You got engaged last Saturday? Did you find a dress, yet?”
“How many guests are you having?”
“My wedding was so stressful. If I had to do it all over again, I’d elope.”
“What are your colors? Do you have a Pinterest board?”
“Where are you getting married? All the good places book up fast, so you need to start looking now.”

Umm ...

Don’t get me wrong, everyone is really happy and excited for you, and you need to remember that once you start contemplating murder. But, all of a sudden, they’re heavily invested in your wedding day, offering a stream of unsolicited advice, unsolicited opinions and a ton of questions that you don’t have any response to right now.  You’re still startled every time your new shiny new ring slides into your peripheral vision, now you’re feeling insecure about how you’re going to pull this all off, anyway, especially since  all the questions make it obvious that you don’t know what you’re doing, right?  Weddings cost how much? And how do you start looking for a wedding venue that’s not even going to be available when you find it?

Click here to read the rest of my article on The Broke-Ass Bride, and find out how to handle all the pressure!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Contact me to schedule your free wedding consultation:
Text/call 323-592-9318

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - December 3

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:
Photo: Stephanie Klein, New York Daily News

Gawker  posted about a wedding on the N Train last Friday, as it traveled from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Quick planning at it's finest: The groom and his groomsmen got on the train about 3:30 to decorate and to announce to the other passengers what was about to happen. The Bride (yes, there are pictures!) got on the train around 4pm. The New York Daily News, who first reported the story, called it, "A truly moving ceremony." Heh.

The Events:
Saturday, December 6
12:30 - 5:30pm
Time to finish up the gift and bridesmaid jewelry shopping you started last weekend - Jenn German, owner of Bella Sparkle , is holding her annual Holiday Jewelry show this Saturday in North Hollywood. She also happens to be an ex-bride of mine, and I couldn't be prouder. Her jewelry is gorgeous!

The Deals:

Bunches of Stuff still on sale...

Original Runner Company's Annual Sale, December 8-10. Up to 25% off your 2015 runner order.

David's Bridal - 50% of Clearance Special Occasion dresses. Oh, and shoes. And invitations and save the dates. So, just go ahead and click the link, already.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

How can I help you create the wedding you want? Contact me for a complimentary wedding consultation:
Call/text 323-592-9318

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Pinterest Tuesday - Hiding the Ugly at Your Wedding

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Something at your ceremony or reception site sticks out like a sore thumb - ill placed propane tank, restroom sign, parking lot. Here are some ideas for bringing back the pretty. Hiding the Ugly at Your Wedding is one of my MOST popular Pinterest boards, EVER.  You've got to see some of these ideas!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
2015 is booking up. Contact me to schedule your free wedding consultation: 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - Black Friday + Your Wedding

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!

Yeah, I know why you're here. I love how wedding vendors picked up the Black Friday baton and ran with it, too: 

The Deals:

Katrina + Adam, 4/29/14
Photo: Sherri J. Photography
Silver Charm Events - Call, text or email me between Thursday - Sunday to Book your Day-of Coordination package for 2015, and get my 10 hour partial planning package.  Extra wedding planning and research help for the cost of DOC alone - What do you need right now to complete your wedding day? Let's make this all a little bit easier...323-592-9318, or

I Love Sparklers - 10% off all orders with the code Give2014

Unique Vintage - Wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, reception dresses, rehearsal dinner dresses. EVERYTHING. Online and at their store in Burbank. GO.

Alfred Angelo - November 26-30, Save 10% on all Bridesmaid, flower girl, and special occasion dresses. You're welcome!

Kate Spade: The Surprise Secret Sale is ON. These little beaties, perfect for you or your bridesmaids? $29. Yes! And there is more pretty where those came from, too.

The Southern Weddings Shop - Friday - Monday, Free shipping on all domestic orders AND 20% off all prints. 

I'm posting deals all weekend as they come in, so Like Silver Charm Events on Facebook to keep up!

Happy Thanksgiving, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Call/text 323-592-9318

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eswari and Vishal featured on Maharani Weddings

I'm so excited and honored that Erin Shimazu's photos from Eswari and Vishal's Fourth of July wedding is featured this week on Maharani Weddings

Yup. Those are real fireworks behind them. 

Pick your pretty:

Pre-wedding celebration at Smog Shoppe
The Baraat and their Wedding Ceremony at the Intercontinental Los Angeles

The reception and the rooftop.

My pre-Thanksgiving discount - $200 off my basic and Partial planning service and $50 off Wedding officiating ends on Sunday (TOMORROW). Call/text me at 323-592-9318 or email to schedule your complimentary phone or in-person consult to lock down your savings. I'm around this weekend. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wedding Wise Weekly - Last Chance on Sunday.

On Wednesdays, 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:

Photo: Honey Honey Photography
Honey Honey Photography posted Kelly and Josh's wedding pictures on their blog this week, and they are gorgeous! I loved helping them plan their wedding at Orcutt, they're such a great and fun couple. Plus, just...So much pretty...You Are...Welcome. :-)

The Events: 

Sunday, November 23
1:00 - 6:00pm
Party Bravo's Luxury Wedding Expo
Universal City Hilton
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608

This is the one that I'm going to hit up this weekend. Let me know if you wanna come along. The Bridal fashion show is going to be by Panache Bridal, where Kelly (above) got her wedding dress (above)
Admission: $7 online, $10 at the door.

The Deals:

Silver Charm Events (that's me): It's your wedding bouquet, or two bridesmaid bouquets. Or dinner for two guests, or an aisle runner, or a reception seating chart and the easel to hold it on. What you can do with $200?  Call, text or email me by Sunday, November 23rd (THIS SUNDAY) and Save $200 off of my Full-Service or my Basic Coordination service. $50 off Wedding officiating - that's at least 10 wedding invitations, more if you see what David's Bridal's got going on below.  I only have a few spots open for this deal, so let me know what you need ASAP...323-592-918,

Image: David's Bridal
And speaking of which, did you know David's Bridal has invitations and Save the Date cards? Did you know that every one of them is 20% off? GO.
FYI, They also have a slew of dresses on sale, clearing out this season for 2015, FYI.

Call me and I'll see you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

What do you need right now? Contact me today for a complimentary wedding consultation:
Call/text 323-592-9318

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Top Pin Tuesday - November 11, 2014

These are my top 5 repins from my Pinterest boards, starting from most popular -

1. Words:

3. Ask Liz: In the beginning, there was the wedding budget

4. Hiding The Ugly at Your Wedding

5. Ask Liz: Engagement Party Potlucks and Pretty Wedding Dresses.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Contact me to schedule your  complimentary wedding consultation:
323-592-9318 (Call or text)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Why Your Wedding is Like a Day at Disneyland.

A little something I wrote for Broke-Ass Bride a long time ago. Still relevant. Although I'm pretty sure the prices have gone up...

Me and Baymax hanging out at The Park.
I had a great weekend. For one thing, Pam got married. Beautiful wedding. And the next day, I got to go to Disneyland. I have an annual passport, so I go whenever I can.  I love Disneyland for many reasons, not the least of which is the people-watching. I was strolling up Main Street, looking at everyone, checking out all the lines, and it occurred to me: going to Disneyland is a lot like planning a wedding.
Stay with me for a minute.
For starters, unlike me,  it’s not something that you do all the time – it’s a special event, an entirely different world, and unfamiliar territory. And it’s going to take a while to plan. Picking a weekend when everyone is available, Figuring out how much it’s going to cost – admission ($100+ per person), transportation (who’s driving? And parking is $17 per car), eating when you get there (starting at $30 per person), favors and decorations (Mickey ears and a t-shirt will run you another $50).
Disneyland is not cheap, plus there are  complications everywhere once you get into the park. What to do first? What if your first vendor ride choice is unavailable when you get there? I hit the Star Tours line, only to find a two and a half hour line. “Come back early tomorrow and grab a fastpass”, a friendly cast member told me. Hmm, not going to be here tomorrow.  Let’s try Thunder Mountain, instead. Of course, this can get frustrating – you have a limited amount of time until you have to go home, and your options seem to be dwindling. You've been there for 3 hours and you haven't been on anything yet! Be patient – You will finally get on a ride. It might take a while, but it’s going to happen.

I always say that Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth…but you can bring a designated pocket of unhappiness with you. The person that complains about everything: They’re too hot, they’re too cold, they don't like standing in line for so long. They don't like your plan, “why are we going to It’s a Small World, this is stupid, I want to go on Pirates of the Caribbean instead. $5 for a corn dog? Why are you paying $5 for a corn dog?” Does this sound familiar? At some point, you know that small child (or your inner child)you're carrying is going to emotionally implode. Do what I’ve seen countless parents do and be kind, be firm in your stance and keep moving.

It’s a lot of pressure. You're paying a lot of money to be there. It’s the Happiest Place on Earth, you should be having a fantastic time, right? So, why is this so hard? Well, weddings and Disneyland are also lot like life. Anything that’s worth it takes work, and sometimes that sucks. But perspective is a big part of the game. At the end of the aisle, and the end of the maze-like line to the spinning tea cups, is a fantastic time with the people you love. I never remember the lines, I only remember laughing hysterically with everyone over the dumbest stuff in the world. I remember my friend’s 4 year old nephew shrieking with happiness when he saw Mickey Mouse. And another friend who spent all day getting into the background of other people’s pictures, especially if I was the one that volunteered to take them. Happy Hour at the Grand Californian Hotel. And just having a great time. Recognize when you're having a great time along the way, okay? This, too, will happen.

And, yes, you can get alcohol at Disneyland. The drinks are pretty good, too.

See you at the end of the line, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Contact me for your complimentary wedding consultation: 
323-592-9318 (Call/text)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Five Things I'll Remind You To Do If I'm Officiating Your Wedding

Alexa + John + Me. LOVE IT. Photo: Laurel Isle Photography
I love officiating weddings, which I've been doing for the past couple of years. LOVE it. And not to overuse the word (too late) but I love it because of all the Love. It's a long day, and there is a lot of questions and stress management and logistics and rows of checkoff boxes, and  worrying and choosing and rejecting relationship management and STUFF on the way to the end of the aisle. But, man, once you get there, it's all Love. That's the one time when you realize that it's going to be okay, because you're finally there to do what you came there to do: Marry the Love of your life in front of your family and friends. Relief, seriously.

There are a few reminders I give all of my couples before I meet them at the altar, to let them know what to expect, and how to make it a better, calmer experience:

1. Check the rings. Double-check the readings. Who is going to have your rings, and how will they know to give them to you? If you have readers, who will have the readings? I often will have the readings in my leather binder, so I can hand it to each person. But definitely figure that out. And if you're saying your own vows, figure out where those are going to be, too.

2. When you get to the end of the aisle, huddle up. In other words, get close. Lots of couples get in front of me, and they're standing 10 feet away from each other, because that's where they ended up. Hold hands and lean in. Give your bouquet to your maid of honor. Yes, you may be blocking me from everyone else, but no one cares about me. And the only people who need to see me are you two.

3. No one knows that something went wrong unless you react to it. So, if the bridesmaids and groomsmen get out of order, or go through the wrong door, or the wrong music starts to play, you're the only one who knows. Smile, keep moving. Laugh - laugh, okay? - about it later.

4. Kids are cute, no matter what they do. Cry, run, stand and stare, laugh, sing, or complain (I have a friend whose flower girl kept tugging her Mom/the Maid of honor's dress and muttering, "Mama, let's go!), they're adorable. Everyone will tell you so.

5. Take a moment to look around and enjoy it. There's a part in each of my ceremonies where I have you turn to your guests - your family and friends - while I acknowledge your gratitude to them for being there, and ask for their continued support during your marriage and life together. "We learn to love by being loved."

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events (and/or Great Officiants)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - October 29

Every Week, I bring you the best wedding stories, stuff, 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:

I officiated Rebecca and Gareth's wedding last Friday at Elysian, and they asked me to help them create an English tea wedding ritual for them. Rebecca's English and Gareth is from New Zealand, so  drinking tea is a big part of their culture. We used a tea set from the many in Rebecca's collection. As they poured tea for each other and drank, I recited:

Gareth and Rebecca have also created a new ritual of their own - An English tea ceremony- to symbolize their commitment to each other and their new life from this day forward. Rebecca, Gareth, a pot of tea is one constant that you will share together for the rest of your lives - when you wake, before you sleep, in good times, and in bad. Whatever the day brings, you will begin and end it by facing the world as one, strong in your love for each other. 

I was so happy that I was able to give them what they wanted, and I can't wait to see the photographer's pictures of it. It was pretty neat. Thank you to Great Officiants for giving me the best side-job, ever. Now, go make this viral!

Cool, Too:
I think I'm finally getting this iphone picture taking thing down. Here are Gareth and Rebecca's flower girls, rocking it out on the currently empty dance floor. They got company pretty quick, though!

And a shot from Kristi and Chris's wedding at Point Vicente in Palos Verdes. Not just a gorgeous night, but earlier? There were whales!

The Events

Sunday, November 2

11:00am - 3:00pm
720 E. Foothill Blvd
Azusa, CA 91702
Tour this beautiful venue and meet their preferred vendors!
Free admission and parking

11:00am - 3:00pm
Hilton Hotel Pasadena
168 S. Los Robles
Pasadena, CA 91101
David Tutera is great live, I have to tell you. 
Admission: $7 online, $10 at the door

The Deals:

Found Vintage Rentals - 15% off all December rental orders placed between now and November 15th

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's a Wedding Day - Follow me on Instagram for the pics

Today Rebecca and Gareth are getting married - by me - at the Elysian.
This  is what it looked like at the rehearsal yesterday:

Can't wait to see what it's going to look like in a couple of hours. How about you? Follow me today on Instagram @lizcharm.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wedding Wise Weekly- October 22

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

Photo: Courtesy of A Practical Wedding; Original picture from PetitePARADE Kids Fashion Week by John Parra via Annex Magazine
A Practical Wedding: A great round-up of Tomboy Outfits for Flower Girls. They are just soo cute. And, odds are, they can at least wear the pants and shirt again. Naturally, there are people who are freaking out about it.

The Deals: 

Groupon - Still looking for a wedding venue? You can have Gallery1548 DTLA for $125 for six hours, or $185 for 10-hours. This has been up for a little while, which means it's going to be gone in a little while. GO.

Wedding Paper Divas - Take $40 of your order of $99 and more when you use the code WPD40. Thanks to The Broke-Ass Bride for the find.

Stationery Goodies, pt. 2 - Offbeat Bride has compiled (and is compiling) the ultimate list of Free Printables. You are welcome.

The Wedding Outlet - Get their new rustic banner (up to 14 letters) for $25.95, and get an extra 10% with the code HAPPY10.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events