Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wedding Wise Wednesday- May 27

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

THE DONUT BAR. As Bustle Events puts it, "Who doesn't love a good donut? Or how about 100?" Extra points for the blackboard. More people do this, please!

Cool, too: 
Photo: Hot Mess Photography
Offbeat Bride: Dollar Dance? Nah. A Dollar for a Dance and a Selfie. Yup, let's make this happen. 

The Deals:

Mark Brooke Photographyy
Just one - Mine, but you only have until Friday, June 5 to take advantage of it. The first three people to contact me  Day-of Coordination for their Fall Wedding, and put down a deposit by this Sunday, May 31st  will save $500, which drops the current rate to $1800 . And, yes, that does include Labor Day weekend - 9/4-9/7. $500 is a really cool wedding bouquet, or everyone's bridesmaid bouquets.  5-7 guest entrees. Two tuxedos. You see what I'm saying. 

The first three people who wait to contact me between June 1-5 will save  $300 on Day-of Coordination.

Between Now and Friday, June 5, everyone will save $500 if you book Full-Service coordination for your wedding in 2015 or  2016. Email or call/text me to get started. You can spend more with $500 than you can with $300, so I'd do it now-ish. There are only three slots open, and I can't double-book a weekend. GO. 

The Events:
Sunday, May 31
10:00am - 4:00pm

Fairplex Convention Center | map
1861 Fairplex Drive
Pomona, CA 91768
Admission: $10 with online RSVP, $12 at the door

11:00am - 3pm
Portofino Hotel & Marina 
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Admission: $7 for two guests, with online registration

Call Me.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ask Liz Archives: Wedding Time - The Big To-Do Part 2

Photo: EP Love
Last week I said that while you're planning your wedding — like, the actual planning and choosing and deciding — you shouldn't focus on when you're making those decisions or feel pressured to stay on track and not fall behind, whatever that means. You have a list of checkboxes, take them on one by one until they’re X’ed out. Timing is not the biggest factor.
Well, not yet.

Your wedding day on the other hand …

It’s all the contracts. How many hours you have your photographer for. How long hair and makeup has to take. When you can set up your ceremony and reception. When you have to shut the doors behind you. There are so many things that have to fit into so many time frames, within time frames. Manage it by managing your expectations:

Swifter, higher, faster? It’s a Wedding dress, not a cape.
Nothing is going to take less time to do. You will not be capable of doing more in that time than you would normally be able to. So, if hair and makeup takes three hours, make sure you have the three hours, even if it means starting earlier. If your photographer needs an hour for first look and wedding party pictures, give it to her.

Create it in order to save it
The easiest way to stay on schedule is to buffer it — Hair and makeup starts at 9, make sure everyone shows up early and ready to go. Take an hour after hair and makeup, or after the last “event” that morning, for everyone to get their stuff before you jump into the limo. If you have two hours to set up your reception, be there before the doors open, prepared and ready to use all of that time. Tell your wedding party to meet at point B 20 minutes before your ceremony. Announce last call 15 minutes before the bar is gong to close. Twirl away the last dance an hour before you have to have everything out of the venue. Lots of people — and there are always a lot of people involved, one way or another — need lots of time.

Making up for lost time
It happens. There are so many moving parts to the day, and so many distractions (most of them fun) that sometimes you fall behind. 8:45pm, photography ends at 9pm, and you haven't done toasts — yet. Or the cake hasn't been cut or your bouquet tossed.  Or the music has to stop and you haven't danced with your Dad — yet.
Jump on it, and get it done, quickest to longest. Cake cutting takes five minutes. And you never have to dance to the entire song. Tell anyone who’s toasting to keep it short and tell them why. And ask your vendors for help and suggestions, okay? That’s what we're there for.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Schedule your free consultation and learn about my wedding specials this Summer and Fall:
Call/text me: 323-592-9318

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 20

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week

I saw this commercial for Land Rover while I was watching the finale of Mad Men on Sunday.  I  LOVE IT - Rain and Mud cannot stop the course of True Love.   I asked my husband if my CRV could do that and he said, "Probably." Good enough for me.

The Deals:

Living Social and Touch of Eco

Living Social - 200 Solar Powered LED Lights, for $27.99. So, that would be how you would get those. Visit my Pinterest Board Hiding the Ugly at Your Wedding, for ideas on how to use them. 

Cameron Blake Slim A-line Chiffon Gown, $498 at Best Bridal Prices
The Broke-Ass Bride - Beautiful Blush Wedding Dresses Under $500. You're welcome. 

Photo: Stampin' Up
Stampin' Up! - Wedding and Party Planning Crafts for 50% off. Thanks to Natalie Bradley Events for the find. GO. 

The Events:

Saturday, May 23
10:30 - 2:30pm
3091 Esperanza Street
Riverside, California 92506
First 80 Brides receive a complimentary gift from “Here Comes The Guide” AND there's a contest for 4Days/3Nights accommodations in Los Cabos. 

Required Reading:

Photo: Liz Coopersmith
Location: An Open Invitation, Burbank

Wedding Tip - People Moving on Your Wedding Day. No one gets dressed and just walks out the door. Here's how to manage that. 

The Broke-Ass Bride's Guide to Newbie Vendors - the price is good, but is it worth the risk? I'll teach you how to make the right decision. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

What does your wedding need right now? Schedule your free consultation:
Call/text 323-592-9318

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Tip Day - People Moving On Your Wedding Day

Photo: Liz Coopersmith
Location: An Open Invitation

Right now, I am finalizing the timeline for my first wedding of the season, on June 6. For Day-of Coordination, I usually start working on it about a month beforehand. There's talking to the couple about what's happening that day, meetings with the venue, and getting all the vendors contact information, before I even get started writing up the timeline.

One of the things that always, always, always comes up is how much time it's going to take to get everyone - you, your family, your wedding party, the photographer, all of you - from Point A to Point B. Not how far it is from Point A to Point B, but how long it's going to take for you to get there. Extrapolate from real life. Once you're dressed, and you're ready to go, you still have to make sure you have everything you need for the rest of the day, cell phone, keys, purse/wallet. Jacket? Who are you riding with, and what do they have to do? A 15 minute drive to the ceremony site should include the 15-30 minutes it's going to take for everyone to be ready to step out the door and into the car. Don't be a hero, don't count on everyone being super-duper organized and getting out earlier. Manage your expectations NOW, and add that extra 30 minutes into your timeline.

You're welcome!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Schedule a free consultation to talk about your wedding:
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wedding Wise Wednesday - May 13

Every week I bring you the best wedding stories, deals and events in Los Angeles and from around the world. And we call it Wedding Wise Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week: - This wedding cake based on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night. My favorite painting of all time. Sigh. Locally, I know that Hansens Cakes and Fantasy Frostings can TOTALLY do the funky, offbeat designs.

The Events:

Mark Your Calendar

Sunday, May 31

11am - 2:00pm
Anaheim Hilton
777 W. Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92082
This is one of my favorite wedding things, and I volunteer to help out every time it comes to town. New and pre-owned wedding dresses ranging from $75 - 1800, and proceeds contribute to support programs for cancer patients and their families all across the country. Good show, too. I'll see you there! 

The Deals:

Photo by Barbara Bemis
Inspired by Dis - DIY Disney Cast Member Name Tag Escort Cards - Learn how to make these with a little bit of time for almost nothing.

Speaking of Pretty and Free, Buzzfeed is featuring 31 Free Wedding Printables. Save the dates! Escort cards! Photo Booth Props! You are WELCOME.

This Week's Reading Assignment:
My article on The Broke-Ass Bride - Don't Panic! Pre- and Post- Contract Budget Fixes.

What's bugging you about your wedding? Contact me to schedule a free consultation and we'll figure it out!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
Wedding questions? What Do You Need Right Now?
Text/Call - 323-592-9318

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wedding Tips Tuesday - Family Drama? Twas Always Thus, You Know.

Photo: Icon Shop

From the Ask Liz files. You're welcome!

Dear Liz: 
I've never had to deal with family drama in the past. My fiancé's family is full of family drama and I'm worried it might affect the wedding. I don't want any feelings hurt, but am not sure what to do about it. What am I entitled/able to do in this situation? It's been quite tricky.

Sucked from the Sidelines

Dear Sidelines,

Yeah, it's fun, isn't it? You can't change them, they've been that way for decades. Stay out of the way, and out of the line of fire - smile, shrug, and position yourself slightly behind your fiancé as much as possible. Seriously, for the most part, let your fiancé deal with them, he knows how. Decades, remember. As far as it affecting your wedding, just be clear about you and your fiancés plans, ask him to be clear about your plans, and proceed as though those plans are going to take place. Smile shrug, get out of the way and do your thing. I know, easier said than done. Hang in there.

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
What do you need right now to feel good about your wedding?
Call/text me at 323-592-9318 or email to schedule your complimentary consultation

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Wedding Wise Weekly

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

One of my October couples is planning a cool, Steampunk/Goth Alice and Wonderland themed wedding this October (/A, and we started a Pinterest board to get some ideas flowing.  This is my favorite this week:

And I know a couple of florists who could recreate this, so I'm crossing my fingers that this is the one she picks. You can check out the rest of our board here, and the rest of my boards at

Reading Assignment:

Photo: Laurie Cavo

My article on the Broke-Ass Bride - Use it? Or Lose It?
Some of the pieces of your wedding are picking apart your budget, which is just not going to work. Should you dump them, or make them work? I share some tips on making that decision and taking the first steps afterward.

The Deals:

Totally Wedding Kozies - I'm not the biggest fan of personalized favors, but this is pretty cool. You can get 100 for 69 cents each. You're welcome!

Photo: Winnie Couture - Beverly Hills Flagship 

Winnie Couture Beverly Hills - 15% off towards the purchase of your wedding gown, now until May 17th. Are you kidding me? GO.  You do have to print out the flyer, which I've pinned here. But, GO. 

The Events

Saturday, May 11 - Wedding World is a little quiet this weekend, what with Mother's Day and all. But I'm holding free office hours for summer brides on Saturday. I'm scheduling 15-30 minute phone calls from 10am - 1pm, and face-to-face meetings from 2 - 6pm. Text me at 323-592-9318 or email me at to set it up. What do you need so you feel good about your wedding? Let's talk about it...

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Popular on Pinterest: Hiding the Ugly At Your Weddding

My Pinterest Board, Hiding The Ugly At Your Wedding, got 425 re-pins last week! Sometimes you have a venue that you love...except for that one corner or wall you really wanna hide. Or, what should you do to give more oomph to your ceremony and reception space. Or, what can you do to #BringThePretty  if you can't hang anything from the ceiling? Or stick anything on the wall? Here you go. You're welcome! 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events