Friday, January 31, 2014

Ask Liz: Have the Wedding You Want


My very last advice column for The Broke-Ass Bride is up today:


Dear Liz,

My fiancĂ© and I have been together for 8 years and have a 3 year old daughter. He proposed to me 1 year ago and we are wanting a Las Vegas wedding.  He has been married before,  so he is wanting me to plan everything. I am torn between wanting a simple elopement and having a small nice wedding. Either way I want the dress and I want my dad to walk me down the aisle. I can't see spending thousands of dollars on a wedding when we are pretty much married already, but then, I do want the actual wedding. My question is, how many people regret having the extravagant wedding and spending thousands of dollars, is it really worth it? Please help!

Signed,
Un-bling the Ring



What do you need right now, wedding-wise? Call me today at 323-592-9318 to schedule a complimentary consultation and get your questions answered. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 29

Every Wednesday, 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:

From Perfect.Wedding.Tumblr.com

Pinned to my board, Geeky Wedding Stuff. Best Honeymoon EVER, right?

The Events:

Sunday, February 2

Bridal Showplace
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Embassy Suites - Downey
8425 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241


Thursday, February 6
Girls' Night Out!
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Robbins Brothers,  at the Glendale and Woodland Hills stores
Mini-manicures, champagne and desserts, giveaways and Valentine's Day swag bags. I am SOO crashing one of these.


The Deals:

Tradesy - This handmade dress is Soooo pretty! This has already been looked at  almost 100 times on the Silver Charm Events Facebook page. It's not a "deal" per se at $1500, but it might feel like it after you look at pictures and read this bride's story. The bride who MADE the dress. GO. But before you do, like my Facebook page, too, would you? Thanks!

The Long Beach Museum of Art - Book your wedding on a Friday or Sunday in 2014 and 2015, and the site fee will be discounted from $4000 to $2500. Better hurry, they are booking up super quick this year.  Call Sara Vazquez, Special Event Coordinator  at 562.439.2119 X222, or email her at specialevents@lbma.org to book a tour.

What else do you need for your wedding? Give me a call at 323-592-9318 today to schedule a complimentary consultation, so we can talk about how to create the wedding you want.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents
liz@silvercharmevents.com








Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jumpstarting Your Wedding

This column I wrote for the Broke-Ass Bride has been re-pinned almost 100 times since I wrote it last January. Hope this helps you, too:

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!
Signed,
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!
See you at the end of the aisle, 
Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Monday, January 27, 2014

Katie Bressack: Wedding Stress? Eat More Chocolate!

I was at a networking event a couple of weeks ago,  and I thought I overheard Katie - who'd already been introduced to me as a health and wellness coach -  telling another woman that she ate a lot of pure chocolate the week before her wedding, to combat hormone stress. Okay. "Excuse me?" I butted in. Did you say you ate chocolate before your wedding to combat stress??" "Nooo," she answered, laughing. "Before my period. But, actually, I ate it before my wedding, too." And, thus, a  guest post was born:  


If you are planning a wedding and feeling a little overwhelmed, trust me, I understand. Last year, while I was growing my business, I got engaged and got married. It was definitely one of the best and busiest years of my life.

As a Holistic Health Coach and Women’s Health Expert, I must take care of myself in order to support my clients. With everything I had going on, I did find it more difficult to take care of myself, so I made sure that I scheduled time out every day for yoga, cooking, and self care. 

It didn’t always happen, but at least I was still making "me" a priority. As brides, we are being pulled in so many different directions. We have the wedding plans, family and friend’s opinions, we have careers and yes, we also need to take care of our health and wellness.

It can be fun, but also stressful and overwhelming. So today I am sharing with you one of the best ways you can stay healthy during your wedding planning.

One of my healthy tips for brides is to eat a lot of chocolate. Yes, I am encouraging you to eat more chocolate, but the healthy kind - raw cacao. No worries, you will not gain weight or break out. Real chocolate has no sugar in it and is a superfood.

Raw cacao has tons of iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. You can buy it in a powder form or as cacao nibs. As women we tend to crave chocolate the week before our period or whenever we are stressed, because the iron and magnesium levels in our body drop rapidly, causing our mood and energy levels to drop, too. 

Stress is the number one cause of hormonal imbalance. When our hormones are imbalanced, like when you are planning a wedding, we tend to crave more magnesium.
Most of us are deficient in  our magnesium levels and often mistake a headache or loss of appetite as a result of our stressful day, instead of what might be missing in our diet.

We might eat a bag of peanut M&M’s (my old vice) instead of giving our body the real stuff. This only makes it worse!

Instead of reaching for that candy bar next time you are feeling overwhelmed with wedding planning, add some raw cacao into a smoothie.  Or,  make raw chocolate macaroons, keep them in your fridge, and eat one a day. I guarantee that you will feel more balanced, energized and happy. It definitely worked while I was planning my wedding.  And, just for you, here is a quick and easy recipe for my raw chocolate macaroons.

xo,
Katie 
--

A lover of all things health and wellness, Katie Bressack is a women’s health expert living in Los Angeles. While working in the corporate world, Katie noticed that when she took time to eat healthy, exercise and take breaks during the day, she felt more focused and performed better at work. Watching others around her struggle to make it through the day inspired Katie to support busy women with nutrition and wellness counseling.

Katie works to help implement simple, healthy choices that make a big impact on women’s health. With Katie's support, the women she counsels lose weight, eat healthier, maintain a balanced mood, increase energy levels, and live a healthier and more vibrant life. Katie is also the creator of Balance Your Body in 28 Days for the busy woman on the go. 

She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Board Certified by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She also has a certificate from the Institute of The Psychology of Eating, Trained in the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried, and is a Registered Yoga Instructor. 

You can Like her page at  https://www.facebook.com/BalancedBeings, and follow her on twitter and Pinterest at https://twitter.com/katiebressack 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318



Friday, January 24, 2014

Ask Liz: Complicated Parents are Complicated

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


Photo by Fondly Forever Photography

Hey Liz, 
I'm getting married in April and my parents have had a rocky, nasty relationship for the past few years, which has led to their not so wonderful relationship with me. They are once again together, against the advice of most of our loved ones. Now, my mother wants my father and her to walk me down the aisle together. She sprung this on me after she insisted on paying for multiple aspects of the wedding. I'm very torn on how I feel about anybody walking me down the aisle, but I feel like I have no choice considering their financial contribution. 
I was just wondering if it is proper etiquette to go with her wishes. 

Signed, 
A Long Walk Down the Aisle

~~~~~~~~~~~



Dear Liz, 
So I have the start of a big problem with my future in-laws. They are starting to brainwash my future husband into thinking they get to plan our wedding. His family was bummed I didn't involve them in picking out the cake, or my wedding dress and such. They aren't contributing money - they want us to use what was leftover from his sister's wedding last July. Now his dad wants to take him suit shopping and help him pick out his rented tux. 
I know i'm going to hurt some feelings by telling them that their ideas just don't fit into my vision. Is there an easy way? I don't want to look like a Bridezilla but I have a feeling i'm going to have to be to get my point across.

Signed, 
From Zero to 'Zilla


Need a little personal advice or help for your wedding? Call me at 323-592-9318 now to schedule a free consultation!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Re-visiting the I Do! Bridal Show - January 26th

Re-wind! The I Do! Bridal Show at the Langham is this Sunday. It's one of my favorite shows, so much so that I interviewed producer Christine Zohrabians about it last year:


I love Bridal Shows. As a wedding planner, it's really important for me to see what cool and new options and ideas I can show my couples, but truthfully? I'm in it for The Pretty. The I Do! Bridal Event has been one of my favorites for the past couple of years, and I was so thrilled to get to talk to producer Christine Zohrabians, from Fancy That Events. This gorgeous, high-end show will be at the Langham Pasadena Hotel next Sunday, January 27th, from 11am - 4pm.



Window Pane Seating Chart - Calligraphy Katrina
Photo by Becca Rillo
"What I love is how over the top our vendors are with their displays, just the sheer extravagance. Table after table is more beautiful and fantastic than the last! People really take the effort to design and create their spaces. We have some of the best designers in the industry collaborating with one another, too." Rental companies sharing  with florists, event designers with stationers and bakeries, highlighting the best and coolest offerings that each company has. Out of the 86 individual vendors that are participating in the show, 20 of them have teamed up. Her shows have been the first ones I've seen that have actively encouraged this, and, as you can see from the video, it really works.

Each vendor is handpicked, either by Christine, or from the Langham's preferred vendor list.  The event's blog has featured two different vendors every day, so you can get a preview of all the glamour and gorgeousness before you go.

And, yes, there will be wedding dresses, of course! Lovella Bridal is sponsoring the fashion show (1:30pm!) with gowns from their stores' collections, including Kenneth Pool, Ines DiSanto and Amsale. 11H Entertainment will providing both live music and a DJ. Not only will there be a runway show, but models will be strolling the event floor on their gowns, giving participants a close-up look and a chance to ask questions. Another first that I saw at this show, that's pretty much been duplicated by every other bridal show I've been to since.

Cake by Fantasy Frostings
Photo by Bauman Photography
"It's an opportunity to do something fun during your engagement, and take part in something memorable and beautiful. Not only will you meet wonderful vendors,but it's great inspiration too." I told her that I think of high-end bridal shows as live wedding Pinterest boards, and she laughed, "Yes, exactly! Inspiration is incredibly contagious, and you never know what's going to spark an idea for your own wedding day."

Tickets are $20 each. Oh, and vendors are doing giveaways through twitter, so be sure to use the hashtag #idobridal once you get inside. Valet parking is $12, but there is also street parking. Tons of complimentary desserts, cake and appetizers will abound, and a cash bar if you would like to try a few of the Langham's signature cocktails. I'll see you there!

See you at the end of the aisle,


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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 22

Every Wednesday 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:


I found this on Preston Bailey's Facebook page today: THIS is why stuff like this costs so much, and is gorgeous - hours of work, done by hand. Just jaw-dropping.


The Events:

Sunday, January 26th


ALERT: Stamps are going up by 3 cents on January 26th! So, order or go grab your Forever stamps at the post office NOW for your invites!

10:00am - 2:30pm


Wedding Showcase by G L A M Event Stylist
1416 E Burnett Street
SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755
It's their glamourous semi-annual Open House event. Free admission, free parking, free drinks and hors d'ouerves. And a whole lot of gorgeous. Enjoy!


12:00 - 4:00pm
I Do! An Event for the Stylish Bride
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106, CA 91106

This is one of my favorite shows, all year. I'll be there, wandering around, checking out all the pretty. If you see me, say Hi!
Admission: $20 at the door








The Deals:

My Wed Style - $16 for a personalized Cake Topper by Bailey's Bows N' Hangers

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Monday, January 20, 2014

Wedding Planning Break: How to Choose a Bottle of Wine


Courtesy of Explore, a Brain Pickings Project. You're welcome!



When you're ready to get back into wedding planning mode, let me know. How can I help you right now?

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Martha Stewart Weddings: 10 Tips to Be Stress-Free Before Your Wedding

Beating Wedding Stress is my job. Martha Stewart Weddings is my Jam. And I love all these tips. They're a good thing:

#1: Take  An Assessment

Know what you can handle and whom you can count on for help and support before you walk down the aisle. "I give my brides questionnaires to help evaluate their stress levels and focus on how to reduce, manage, and eliminate them," says Jeri Kadison, a bridal coach in New York City. Ask yourself, "What do I foresee as being a source of stress?" and "How do I plan to manage it?" Preparation and self-awareness are key.

(I am completely stealing this idea, btw , so stay tuned when you schedule your complimentary consultation with me...which you should do right now. - Liz)

 # 2 - Meditate

With so much to do and stay on top of (not to mention the life-changing event to come), it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Clear your head of worries. Start focusing on the in-and-out cycle of your breath for just a few minutes a day or when you're lying in bed at night. It will help slow your heart rate and relax your muscles, too.

(I have been known to do this. With my busy schedule, it's important to take a few minutes to just breathe. Don't tell anybody! - Liz)

Read the Rest of Martha's Tips Here! 


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Westridge Golf Club is STILL Available on April 19th!



Tracy + Richard, July 19, 2013
One of my brides, Raewyn, had to change her wedding venue, so the date at her old venue - April 19th, 2014 at Westridge Golf Club in La Habra - is still open. Take a look at pictures of wedding I coordinated there in July. Raewyn is looking for someone to take over her contract, starting with the $2500 deposit. For 100 people, the total is about $10,000. My July wedding was about $15,000 total. It's a great place and it comes with chiavari chairs, so you know... Email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com or call me at 323-592-9318 if you're interested and have questions.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318


Getting married in the City of Angeles? The Devil is in the Details.


There are so many options and possibilities for creating a fun and beautiful wedding in Los Angeles. But if you’re going to get married in the City of Angels….well, the Devil is in the details.
Sign up to get my free report,  Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Wedding. Learn how to avoid some of the mistakes that couples make, and honestly, some of the ones I used to make, too!
You’ll also get a free subscription to the high-content, info-packed “Charmed Weddings” e-newsletter, filled with the best wedding tips, stories and events that I’ve find every week, in Los Angeles and around the web. We never rent, trade or sell your information…ever.


Or, if you know that you're going to need more hands-on help, contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation. How it would it feel to love planning your wedding? 

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Friday, January 17, 2014

Ask Liz: Getting Married - How and Where, Exactly?

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

Photo by KB Digital Designs

Dear Liz, 
I have a burning question! My  fiancĂ© and I have been engaged for over a year. We are so ready to get married but we just don't have the financial means right now. So a friend of mine who is ordained said that she would marry us. This is a great option for us due to our lack of finances and our lack of patience. I've never heard of this type of wedding until my friend said that she could do it. I'm a little embarrassed that I am so excited to get married but have absolutely no idea about how this process might work. What I do know is that she will be signing papers for us but what I don't know is with those types of ceremonies is it typical for the couple to exchange vows or to even call it a ceremony or is it simply just signing papers? Please help me.!!!!

Signed, 

Blinded By The Aisle

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Liz, 
We got engaged on New Year's Eve. When I told people at work last week, everyone was really nice, but they kept asking me if we'd picked a wedding date and venue, yet. I guess it's a standard question, but I keep thinking that we just got engaged, do we have to start planning the wedding right away? I said this to the last person who asked, and she told me that I should start thinking about it, because all the best places get booked up quickly. I didn't want to spend forever planning my wedding, my sister took over a year to plan hers and it looked and felt like hell. But, I thought I'd have more than a couple of weeks! Now I'm panicking that I'm not going to find a good place. Do I really have to start looking now?

Signed, 

Rushing Past the Ring


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Saying NO To The Dress


Courtesy of Brides Against Breast Cancer

Brides Against Breast Cancer is one of my favorite events. Not only do the proceeds go to educational and support programs for cancer sufferers and their families, but I love helping brides choose their dresses.  I've volunteered at every local sale for the past three years, and I did it again last Saturday. It's such a big decision - this is you, and how you're going to look and be remembered. The brides that took the longest were always caught between two dresses. They looked great in both, and they'd all brought people who had a lot opinions, but I kept saying, "which one are you most comfortable in?" "Does this fit with how you want your wedding to look and feel like?"   Like any shopping trip, if you don't like it in the store, you're not going to like it at home...or when you're walking down the aisle in it.  The silk bedazzled silk dress with the five-foot train that you look gorgeous in isn't always the best choice for you, no matter how much your mother is crying while she shoots pictures on her phone. Have the wedding dress you want. Have the wedding you want. What does that look to you?

April and May are already filled on my calendar, and June is getting there. If you'd like help creating the day of your dreams, email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com, or call me at 323-592-9318, so we can schedule your complimentary consultation this weekend. 

 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, January 15, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 15


Every Wednesday 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 by Emin Kuliyev 
This is Soo New York (ah, my hometown), so cool. I look at this picture and think, "That's my Bride," although of course, she isn't. But most of my brides are just this kind of girl. Get it done and look
awesome doing it.

The Events:

Friday, January 17
10am - 5pm
Flour L.A.'s One-Day Floral Design Intensive
Los Angeles Studio (inside the Flower Mart)
427 Maple Ave. (between 7th/8th)
Los Angeles, CA

Thinking about DIY'ing your centerpieces? Remember what I say about  practicing first? Start here:  Florist Carly Cylinder will be teaching  Basic and Advanced Techniques (flower prep and care, spiraling, making a grid, using foam, wiring flowers, open Q&A, and advanced skills). Flowers, vases and all tools are included - you'll TAKE home THREE arrangements!
Cost: $550.

It's all about the OC this weekend:

Sunday, January 19
11am - 3pm
Premier Bridal Shows
The Hills Hotel
25205 La Paz Road
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Cost: $5 if you register online

Expo Bridal Events
Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Costa Mesa
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, California 92626
Cost: $7 for you and a guest, if you register online

The Bridal Event
Colette's Events & Found Vintage Rentals
Muckenthaler Mansion
1201 W Malvern Ave
Fullerton, California 92833
Mimosas! Appetizers! And, some of the best wedding vendors in Orange County. Enjoy!
Cost: $10 when you register online.

The Deals:



Free "Late-Night Snack" Wedding Favor Clip Art, From Martha Stewart Weddings.
I love it when she brings the awesome for free - Click the link to download, AND get instructions for how to pull it off.

How would having a coordinator change the way you look and plan your wedding? What do you need right now? Call or email me to schedule your complimentary consultation, and start creating the day of your dreams.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ask Liz: Over-scheduling Your Destination Wedding Guests

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

Photo: Dylan and Sara Photography

Dear Liz,
We live in Los Angeles, and I'm planning my wedding in Lake Arrowhead on Labor Day weekend, about three hours away. We're both from New York, so most of our guests are coming from the East Coast. I'm worried about how to keep everyone entertained and make sure they're having fun that weekend. Most of them are arriving on Friday, and the wedding is on Sunday. The hotel lodge has a lot of activities - kayaking, boat tours, field walks - and I'm trying to figure out what I should sign them up for, and when, when they're not attending the wedding. I'm also thinking about scheduling a welcome cocktail reception or dinner that Friday night, but should I do a breakfast or lunch on Saturday and Sunday, too? I feel that if  I don't structure their time outside the wedding, they're going to end getting bored. What should I do?

Signed,
Destination Nowhere


What's your biggest wedding challenge right now? Email me or give me a call to schedule a complimentary consultation. Get some quick help, and you'll have a chance to see your question published, too. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - January 8

...and we're back. 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:

Soo much pretty, all in one truck!
Brides Against Breast Cancer Event - a national tour of pre-owned and donated bridal gowns, it's hitting Pasadena this Friday and Saturday. BABC contributes $2 million every year to support victims of breast cancer, through free programs for& children's programs, support groups, exercise, and nutrition classes. Gowns range for $99 - $3000. I volunteer for this every year, it's so much fun. $7 for the sale on Saturdy, $20-35 for the VIP early sale on Friday night, depending on your guest count. GO.

Cool, too:

My latest Wedding Segment on Huffpost Live aired today. "You're engaged, Now What?" Dunno, let's talk about it.
Click to see the video...

The Events

Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12
10:00am - 4:00pm
BrideWorld Expo Los Angeles
Los Angeles Convention Center
1200 L.A. Live Way
(10 Fwy x 110 Fwy)
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Admission: $12 at the door, $10 online

Sunday, January 12
11:00am - 4:00pm
Premier Bridal Show
Sheraton Cerritos 
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703

The Deals:
Tradesy - $45 - Zombie Bride and Groom Cake Topper. Another thing that makes me want to do a vow renewal. 


The Broke Ass Bride's Wedding Guide - Got a Kindle? Got a Kindle App? Get the book for only $7.99!

The Last Word - Just saw this on Facebook, and like, WHOA. What do you think? Go to my Facebook page to let me know if you'd wear these down the aisle...


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318





Friday, January 03, 2014

Ask Liz: Your Wedding vs. Your Catering

This week's advice column is up on The Broke-Ass Bride : 

First of all, I want to give a shout out to the all the Newbie Brides and Grooms out there. Welcome to Wedding World. It's very pretty, you're going to love it!


Photo by Robin Dini Photo

Dear Liz, 
My partner and I are deciding between having our wedding at an upstate location or in the city (New York). We could do a Central Park wedding at 11am with 100 people, then go to a restaurant and do a lunch/brunch with 40 people? and then meet the rest of the dinner folks at a rented venue with music and passed food. But then I thought what if all 100 people go to brunch/lunch after the ceremony and then we pay for only 40 of those people, and the other 60 pay for themselves. Is that a bad idea?
Signed, 
A Forty-Percent Solution

~~~~~~

Dear Liz, 
I'm planning my wedding in Rhode Island, and to save on catering, I'm opting (or trying to opt) for a cocktail reception with lots of yummy hors d'oeuvres instead of a full sit-down meal.  We're hoping to stock the bar ourselves and hire a bartender, as well.Today I received a catering proposal from a company who wants to charge us $10,000 for a cocktail reception for 100 people.  That's $100 per person for 4 hours of snacks and drinks! When I told her I was hoping to spend around 1/3 of that, she said "We're not the caterers for you" and told me to check out a local grocery store. Am I crazy to expect to not spend more than $3,000-3500 for this?

Signed, 

Catering Cash Chaos


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
323-592-9318

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Los Angles Wedding


Los Angeles is a wonderful city to have a wonderful wedding – there are so many options and possibilities! But if you’re going to get married in the City of Angels….well, the Devil is in the details.
Sign up to get my free report,  Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Wedding. Learn how to avoid some of the mistakes that couples make, and honestly, some of the ones I used to make, too!
You’ll also get a free subscription to the high-content, info-packed “Charmed Weddings” e-newsletter, filled with the best wedding tips, stories and events that I’ve find every week, in Los Angeles and around the web. We never rent, trade or sell your information…ever.
See you at the end of the aisle,

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