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)