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

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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

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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

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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
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