Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 30

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  Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:
Disney Princess Photo Booth props! On Etsy! Severely tempted to buy a set and bring them to all my weddings that are having photo booths. Thanks to Inspired by Dis for the find.

The Events:

Saturday, May 3
1:00pm - 7:00pm

Bella Sparkle Jewelry and Lynn's Soul Stones Jewelry Party and Sale 
338 Riverton Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91606

Jenn German, one of my ex-Brides, started a jewelry business a few years ago, and her pieces are fantastic! I was a part of her Winter sale, and I'm bummed I can't make it this time around. But you need to go - Mom's Day is coming up, and those bridesmaids gifts aren't going to buy themselves. There will also be appetizers and wine to enjoy, and you know how you love that. GO.

Sunday, May 4
11:00am - 3:00pm
Premier Bridal Shows
DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim/Orange County
100 The City Drive
Orange, California 92868
Get up to 4 free tickets when you register online with the code HCG4

11:00am - 4:00pm
The Long Beach Something Blue Bridal Expo
California State University, Long Beach Professional Event Planning
Hotel Maya - A Doubletree Hilton Hotel
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, California 90802

The Deals:
Images provided by Spencer's

Spencer's - Party Disco Light Kit, $49.00. And, yes, it comes with the disco ball. Want to hear something even better? The Broke-Ass Bride is giving one away this week. YES. And I quote, "Every wedding should have a disco ball," and I can't argue with that. Every wedding planner's office, too, I think...

That's Pinteresting!

My Pin, "Ask Liz: Elopements and Other Wedding Schemes," got re-pinned 25 times this week. Hah! I feel you. But, don't be afraid to ask for help, and ultimately, have the wedding you want, okay? Okay.
And, check out the rest of my finds at

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Seven Reasons to Believe in Weddings

This is an article I wrote for the Huffington Post a while back. Don't worry, I'll get another one in there next week, so stay tuned:

There is a great debate in the wedding world these days, as to why we all do this. Weddings are down, cohabitation is up. Why, why, why? My life as a wedding coordinator and as an officiant -- ground zero, as it were -- has given me a few theories on that. (int #1: The average wedding in the U.S. rivals the cost of a B.A. at UCLA these days -- go Bruins.) There was an article on the Huffington Post recently, "Seven Reasons To Believe in Marriage," and I agree with them all. But why do weddings matter?
1. The act of publicly committing yourself to another person. Vowing before everyone you love and whichever deity you do or do not believe in, "This is who we are, and we are dedicating our lives to each other." No matter how many people are watching, I think the public part is a good reminder that this is no small feat you are undertaking. And, hey, you promised!
2. Celebrating that commitment to another person. It's no small feat, but it is one based in love and joy. I think that calls for a party, don't you?
3. A great reason to get all those people in the same room. I've said it before, and I will say it again: There are at least five people on your guest list who you haven't seen in forever and can't wait to hang out with at your wedding. Don't discount it -- this is one of the few opportunities you'll have to get all the people you dig and who dig you in the same place. It's a one-stop shop for a good time.
4. Finding out how the two of you work together and how to improve how you work together. This will come into play many times during your marriage. Planning a wedding will teach you how to compromise. How to reach a goal under a time limit, and often, under stress. You'll figure out the best way to deal with your families. You'll figure out the best way to deal with each other. I've said this before, too, and you should really trust me on this one.
5. Seriously, The Love, you guys! No, really. Right now I'm thinking about the wedding I performed on Easter, and the way the two of them were looking at each other. And the way everyone was looking at them. They'd created this day that had all the things that made them happy, from the purple roses to the Appletinis to the four-hour photo booth. It is gratifying to create that kind of environment for yourself, surrounded by your own idea of The Pretty and The Cool. It's one day, yes. But it's your day.
And the practical and political reasons:
6. For the same reason you vote. Because you can. And it's another one of those infrequent times where you get to publicly affirm your choice. And everyone should be able to do this. Forty-five years ago, my Jewish husband and I couldn't have gotten married in California. Gay people across this country are facing this challenge today. If you want to and you can, go for it.
7. The economy. One of the reasons Prop 8 annoyed me -- aside from the obvious Lucy-snatching-the-football away-ness of it all -- was that weddings are good for the economy. More than 18,000 same-sex couples got married at a time when the average cost of a wedding in California was $25,000 (during the brief window when gay marriage was legal). That's 450 million freakin' dollars. Granted, not all of them spent that much. But there was a clerk who had to process their applications, the officiant who married them, and the other clerk who had to process the marriage license. And even a $10,000 wedding employs at least five people at some point, and most of the weddings I coordinate have twice that number. It's not just the wedding planners and photographers who are getting paid. Your venue staff, down to the busboys and the guy that mows the lawn outside, is taking a check home and pumping it back into the economy. Have a wedding -- it's patriotic.
So, why does having a wedding matter to you? And what do you think of my reasons? Let me know in the comments below!
See you at the end of the aisle, 
Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
call/text 323-592-9318

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding Wise Weekly - April 23

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 really can't get over string heart mural that Raewyn made for her wedding on Saturday, so I tracked down the instructions on Green Wedding Shoes for you. You're welcome!

The Events:

Sunday, April 27th

Lots of stuff going on in (562):

11AM - 3:00PM
Holiday Inn Long Beach Bridal Expo
2640 N Lakewood Blvd Long Beach, CA 90815
Long Beach, CA 90815
Admission: Free

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open House for the Modern Bride
Wedding Store 24
18514 Pioneer Blvd.
Artesia, CA 90701
A wedding open house in little India - caterers, photographers, cake, decor and DJ all in one place!
Admission: Free, please rsvp to or call (562) 366-3649

The Deals:

Wedding Chicks - Get 10% off your feather pin or bridal hair comb order from Etsy shop Luxuryinthemaking when you use the code WDCHICKS.

That's Pinteresting:

My article, A Week in the Life of a Wedding Planner, has been pinned 48 times this week! I looked it over, and it's still really good advice, even if is (sigh) riddled with typos:

"Flowers. One of the reasons I picked this florist is that she owns a flower shop. As in, people walk in from the street and buy arrangements from her. So, she always has a big supply of flowers and vases on hand, and she’s pretty flexible as far as pricing. Good for the baby shower, because even though I want to go simple, I also wanted to see what’s possible in the “simple” category. Good for my bride, because she could see the stuff she’d found on the internet, live. Manzanita branches with orchids hanging from them? Check. Small wood boxes filled with pink roses? Check. If you’re looking for quick, simple, or specific, try a flower shop."

How To Decorate Your Wedding With Twinkle Lights, from my board, Hiding the Ugly at Your Wedding, has been pinned 28 times this week. There's a very cool macrame backdrop on that board, too, so check it out.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Wedding Weekends, Part 2 - Raewyn and Iman, April 19

I cannot WAIT to see the professional pictures of Raewyn and Iman's wedding. They've been putting together all these wonderful DIY elements, just a few of which are pictured here. There was so much love that day, too. Their family, their wedding party, them. At one point, guests took the sashes off the chair covers and wrapped them around their heads while they were dancing. I mean, it was a party, people! Search instagram for #imanandraewyn or #raewynandiman and you'll see what I mean. So much love, so much fun. 

#ImanandRaewyn, courtesy of @arichoten

#ImanandRaewyn, courtesy of @peace_love_pilates

Much thanks to the Fullerton Elks Lodge, Photographer Holly Lynn Williams, and DJ Bill Child for rocking the dance floor for me two weeks in a row. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

What do you want your wedding look like? Call or email me now so we can talk about it:

My Wedding Weekend(s) - Part 1

It got a lee-tle busy over here this month - a wedding last weekend, a wedding this past weekend, and a wedding this weekend. Not much time for blogging, and absolutely no reason to complain. But, I did get some really cool pictures of two of the coolest couples on the planetI really do work with the coolest couples. I do!

Shannon and Chris - 4/11/14 - The Mark for Events:

The very soon-to-be Mrs. Shannon Gansen!

Shannon's Mom spent weeks making the
bouquets and bouts out of sheet music!
Shannon and Chris' ceremony

Thanks to The Mark for Events, Photographer Sasha Sheldon, and DJ Bill Child, who all made it a wonderful day for them, and for me! I can't wait to see - and share- Sasha's pictures in a few weeks, so stay tuned!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ask Liz: But Maybe I Don't WANT Bridesmaids! (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

New Advice Column on The Happy Bride Project:

Dear Liz, 

My fiancĂ© and I are planning a wedding for next year and, and right now I am still unsure if I want to have bridesmaids.  We are planning a very small wedding and bridesmaids seem like such an unnecessary thing for such a small affair. 

However, I am getting pressure from my parents, who expect my sister to be one of my bridesmaids, and a few other  friends who keep asking me about it. I've tried to explain, but they can't understand why I wouldn't want to have any, and they keep saying how much fun it would be, and I'll regret it if I don't.  But I really love the idea of just me and him, standing up there by ourselves, and a small intimate ceremony.  What should I do?


Bridesmaid's Burden

Find out what I told her at The Happy Bride Project.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

My Wedding Weekend: Congratulations Tracy and Bobby!

Every wedding is unique. Every hotel wedding, every backyard wedding, every outdoor venue wedding is unique. But they all have this great energy of love and joy and anticipation - and your will, too.

Tracy and Bobby found me through Great Officiants, and I started talking to them about a month ago about their ceremony.
Every ceremony is unique, too. Although there are certain things that I have to say (for instance, asking you if you freely agreed to get married), and there are things I usually say ("We learn to love by being loved" - I want that engraved on a pillow some day), every couple makes different and subtle choices in their ceremonies that reflect their relationship.

And there is just always so much LOVE. Most of the weddings that I get to officiate are small. They are on a beach, or in a park, or in the Great Officiant's chapel. There might not be that many people to witness, but they all bring so much to the day.

Tracy and Bobby were no different. Their wedding was last Saturday at Redondo Park in Long Beach, and their friends and family had set up a ring of flowers for the three of us to stand in, an aisle of hanging jars filled with roses, and were happily drinking champagne and cider when I arrived. Their ceremony was short but sweet, and filled with acknowledgements of the strength of their commitment to one another, and their appreciation for their family and friends that got them to this day. There was laughing, and everyone was grinning from ear to ear, and you know, it was just a great thing.
It's what I love about working weddings, both as a planner and officiant, is that chance, and the ability, to help create a wonderful, happy wedding experience. You are here with me because of love, and that love should spread through your wedding day. And it does.

Congratulations, you two!

You can see a couple more pictures of their wedding on my page at

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"Ask Liz" is Back (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

...on my newish Blog, The Happy Bride Project.

Courtesy of Lauren Conrad
Dear Liz:

My wedding is in September, and I know I've got to get my invitations out by June. My big problem with that right now are my in-laws.  I'm really starting to look at ordering invitations, and I need their list!! I had another conversation with his Mom last week, and she was pretty insistent that there were certain people that needed to be invited, and she'd get a list to me  the weekend, but she's been saying this  since Christmas. And, I didn't get anything from her this weekend, of course. I don't want to come across as pushy and I don't want to be mean, but am I doing something wrong? Is there a way to ask so that she'll get them to me?


Waiting on FMIL

Find out what I told her do by clicking here. 

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Sponsored Post: Wedding Hair and Makeup to Cut and Dye For

Note: This is a sponsored post - I was compensated financially or with something else of value for this article. I only recommend products or services that my wedding clients or I have used in the past, or that I would eagerly recommend to them and my readers.
Karen L. Smith started styling hair in 1987, while she was in college. "I've always done hair," Karen laughs. "Not consistently since then - I worked in the corporate world, too, but, I've always done hair and make-up." She became a full-time Mom to her twin girls after she got laid off from Warner Brothers in 2007, but went back to beauty full-time when her daughters started middle school in 2010. "Because in middle school, kids don’t want their parents around. “Okay, see you, Mom, you don’t need to be here!” Karen laughs, "I had to come up with my plan B, and that was being a stylist again." And To Cut and Dye For was born.

"I really enjoy seeing the results that I get for my clients, and how much they love it, too," she tells me. "I can do all the styles, I can do everything that you need. But, I specialize in creating healthy hair, beautiful, healthy hair."

To Cut and Dye For on Facebook
Wedding season is ramping up, and as Karen focuses bridal styling, a conversation about the state of their hair is definitely involved. "The bride will usually call me first, but I always ask her to come in for a personal consultation, to talk bout what she's looking for. A lot of people say, “I want my hair to look this,” and your hair might not be long or thick enough, maybe we have to add hair, maybe we have to style it a certain way, do other things, to get the look you want."

While the brides in the chair, Karen will also talk details. Is styling taking place at her salon in Sherman Oaks, or at the Bride's house or hotel? "The important thing is to have ample space to work in," she says. Are there bridesmaids and/or Moms that also need hair and makeup? Will the bridesmaids wear their hair in the same style or in different ones? Karen would love for each of them to come in and talk to her individually, and she knows that's not always possible, but "I definitely need to see pictures of what their hair currently looks like and I ask that they send me pictures of the hair style they want."
Karen emphasizes individualized care for each of her clients, so final pricing depends on what is needed to achieve the look that they want. She also considers all the logistics for the day, including any additional stylists that might be needed.  "Anything more than three bridesmaids, and I'm going to need help, to make sure you get out on time," Karen adds. Bridal hair and make-up starts around $150, and bridesmaids and other party members will be closer to $100. But, that also depends on the size of your party - if there are five or more women, Karen's open to styling the bride for free.

Individual make-up services begin at $50. Whether you're having both done, or just your make-up, bring your personal foundation and make-up with you to your first meeting with her.  Be prepared to answer questions about any specific makeup or make-up brand allergies you have as well.  "You already know your colors, as a far as foundation, and it just makes it easier. If you don't that's fine, we'll just play around until we find what works best for you." Karen will give you a full estimate of all her services and trial costs during your one-on-one meeting. She needs a final count of everyone who is being styled at least 10 days before your wedding.

Are there any hair and make-up challenges brides need to be aware of on their wedding day? "First of all, Karen tells me, it's going to take a while. You should expect to spend at least two hours getting both your hair and makeup done, and a few more if others are getting theirs done, too. "If your wedding is in the afternoon, it's going to take your whole morning!" Karen laughs. She will carefully work out an "appointment" schedule with you, so that everyone has an allotted time. "The Bride is always last, so that her hair and make-up is the freshest."

But the biggest problem Karen often sees with wedding styling is the lack of preparation for well, getting styled. "They’re not ready. They’re late. I always remind them that they need to shower, and give them instructions on how to shampoo their hair. I ask that it’s dry and ready for me to get started, and there are times when it doesn't happen before I get there. And, I get it, there is so much to do, she's nervous and trying to get it together. And I feel bad for her, because she's not relaxed, no one is relaxed, and it's chaos, right at the beginning of her wedding day." What can be done the day before so that you're set to get beautiful on the day of? Be realistic about how long it's going to take for you and your wedding party to get ready and be ready when there's a knock on the door. You'll be able to take a deep breath and open it with a smile.

"I will always do the best I can to accommodate you and make sure that you’re happy. I never want anyone to leave and not be satisfied," Karen says. So, however you feel when you open the door, Karen will make sure you look and feel gorgeous when you walk out of it, and into one of the best days of your life.

Schedule your appointment with Karen today by calling (818) 620-6021 or emailing her at Her salon is located at 4521A Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Wedding Wise Wednesday - April 2 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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:

It might be a little too late for you, but spread the word! Swimmingly also has an accompanying list of exactly what you get for your money, too. For $250, the Arizona Diamonbacks will give you the message on the scoreboard, AND a commemorative DVD.

The Events:
Sunday, April 6

11:00 - 3:00pm
Bridal Showplace
Radisson Hotel Whittier
7320 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90602
They're having a wedding gown sale, too - pre-owned designer dresses for $150! GO.
Admission: $7 online

12:00 - 4:00pm
Great Bridal Expo
Westin Bonaventure Hotel Los Angeles
404 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Admission: $8 pre-paid, $10 at the door

Definitely Pin-teresting - My Most Re-pinned Pins This Week

30 times - Ask Liz: Postponements and Pizza.

29 times -  from Hiding The Ugly At Your Wedding:

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events