Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wedding Wise Wednesday - September 30 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:


Photo: Delia D. Blackburn
Martha Stewart Weddings - Dad Includes Stepdad in Walk Down the Aisle. Once again proving that people are awesome way more than they suck. Dad Todd Buchanan paused with his daughter Brittany at the bottom of the aisle to go up and grab her stepfather, so they could both walk her down the aisle. Click through for the whole story with pictures. You're welcome. 

Required reading: 

Brides.com - The Complete Wedding Day Survival Guide for Introverts. It's a lot of pressure for the non-shy. 


The Events:
Sunday, October 4
10:00am - 4:00pm
Pasadena Convention Center
250 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 when you RSVP online. I think I'm going to go hang out at this one. Let me know if you want to come with.

Photo: Premier Bridal Shows
Sunday, October 4
11:00am- 3:00pm
Premier Bridal Shows
Penthouse Ballroom Boutique Bridal Show
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
530 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tickets:

The Deals

Amazon Local Deals - Sterling Photo Booth: $499 for a 4-hour rental, with unlimited prints. Also includes a flash drive with all the pictures and a free online gallery. GO.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me for a wedding consultation:
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Best Wedding Ceremony Advice I Have to Give You (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)


Katrina + Adam, 4/25/14
Photo: Sherri J Photography
I think you already know this, but I'm also a wedding officiant, working with Great Officiants and on my own from time to time. And to answer your next question, yes, I have both officiated and and coordinated at the same wedding, but not everyone s comfortable with that!  I officiated a slew of weddings this month, so here's the best advice I have to give you about your wedding ceremony:

1. Ask your officiant to break down the vows in pieces. You're up front, all eyes are on you. No one can blame you for getting flustered. Listening and then repeating, "I, John Doe take you, Jane Smith to be my wife," can be a lot to  process in one fell swoop. I break it down into manageable bits:
I, John Doe
Take You, Jane Smith
To be my wife

2. Anything your ring bearers or flower girls do is cute. They're little, and they make mistakes and they, too, can crack under pressure. And everyone knows it, and everyone understands. 

3. But don't push it. Don't give them your rings! Having them stand up there with you could be asking for trouble, especially if they've been up all day. Hand them off or direct them to a parent in the crowd. 

4.  Rehearse your bridal bouquet hand-off, and your rings hand-off. Or, at least be aware that can get awkward. You'll need to hand off your bouquet to a bridesmaid/maid of honor when you're exchanging rings, and again if you're lighting candles or doing some other ritual, and then take it back again after that, or right before you walk back down the aisle. Your Best Man has the rings, double- check where he's keeping them, and how he's handing them off to you. I know it sounds self-explanatory, but there have been a few times when I've had to help juggle bouquets and rings.

5. Plan for where everyone is heading right after the ceremony. Your officiant and your witness(es) have to sign your marriage license, and that's best done right away. Let your witnesses know who they are, then lead them to some well-light, out of the way place with a table. It takes about five minutes, maybe a little more if you're taking pictures of the signing. 

6. Believe this - you are going to be soooo happy when you get down to the end of the aisle! One of the reasons I love officiating is that look of relief and happiness you have when you get to the altar. All the work, all the planning, cumulates in that one moment when you're facing each and actually, finally getting married.  It's the reason we're all there, to surround you with love and joy. I just dig it. 

If you have any questions about your wedding, email me back, or call/text me at 323-592-9318, and let me know what you need. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me for a wedding consultation:

Call/text 323-592-9318


Friday, September 25, 2015

Ask Liz: Your Photographer vs. Your Guests (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

The...Enemy?
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Dear Liz, 

My wedding is in November, but we only got our engagement pictures done last weekend. During the day, our photographer was talking about problems he's had at other weddings, he mentioned that lots of times guests get in his way, taking pictures on their phones when he's trying to get pictures, too. He's right, we are paying a lot (!) for professional pictures, and we want him to get everything he can. Is this really a problem? And if it is, can we do something so this won't happen at our wedding?

Signed, 

A Fair Shot


Dear Fair, 

Yeah, it happens, and I hear the same complaints from other photographers, too. The Holy Trinity of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram doesn't help. To a certain extent, you want your guests to be able to take pictures of your wedding, after all, that is what wedding hashtags are for. But keeping them out of the way of the pro you're paying can be a challenge.

There are a few things you can do  to tone it down. Have your officiant ask your guests to, at at the very least, turn off their cell phones during your ceremony. If that seems a little extreme or unrealistic to you, because, you know, it's 2015, your officiant can make it as simple as pointing out the photographers, and asking guests to be aware of where they are, and to not get in their way during the day. 

I'll tell you upfront that this won't completely solve the problem. People get excited, they don't look around before they try and get a quick shot, they forget, or they could care less. Humans - you're the same, too. But telling them that it's an issue, and please don't, will help. 


Got a burning wedding question? Email me and let me know what's up!
Oh, and the phone case is mine, and it's from Kate Spade. You can get one for your own phone  here. 


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Let's talk about your wedding:
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Kelly and Josh 10/12/14 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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Kelly + Josh, Orcutt Ranch
Photo: Honey Honey Photography

Kelly and Josh are such a special couple. I've been so lucky in my career to not only work with people who love each other, but who also really like each other, and more than that, are grateful for one another. Kelly made such a classic, beautiful bride, and Emma from Honey Honey Photography captured the day perfectly. Click here to take a look at what they created and enjoy!

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Let's talk about your wedding:
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wedding Wise Wednesday (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

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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

Buzzfeed via You Tube: Watch Flower Girl Totally School Her Dad on Weddings



 I think I might have some competition here. 

Required Reading:

Photo: Honey Honey Photography
Ask Liz: Tough RSVP convos that are TOUGH.  You sent out an invite to two people, they send back an RSVP with their kid's names written in. Now what?

The Events
September 25 and 26
9:00am - 3:00pm
1724 E Avenida De Los Arboles
Oakbrook Plaza (right of Haggen Foods)
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Pre-owned and sample wedding dresses, starting at $250. If you haven't found the dress, Now's the time to get the deal...
Saturday preview from 9-12 is $20, the rest of the event is free. 

Mark your Calendar:
Sunday, October 4
10:00am - 4:00pm
Pasadena Convention Center
250 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 when you RSVP online. I think I'm going to go hang out at this one. Let me know if you want to come with.

The Deals:

Oriental Trading Company - You have to work quick, but they are offering Free shipping on any order made by midnight. Sooo much good wedding stuff there. Use the code CE155018.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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





Nicole and John 10/10: Day 18 - NOW we're getting somewhere. (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

From Nicole and John's Inspiration Board
Photo: Tux and Tales Photography

Nicole is coming back to L.A. on Thursday, which is when the mad dash towards the aisle is going to start. Pretty much everyone she would have already met, if she lived here, needs an appointment to see her in the next week. Including me! So, hair and makeup trial on Friday, me on Sunday. The caterer on Monday. The florist and the DJ on Tuesday. John is in town on Wednesday, and then they get their license on Thursday. So, craziness. 

And tomorrow? Nicole is defending [sic] her Phd dissertation before she hops on a plane. Because, why not, really. 
But I finally get to meet her, I'm sooo excited!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Let's talk about your wedding:
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Nicole and John, 10/10: 19 Days Out, Pretty Much a Bye Day

From Nicole and John's Pinterest Inspiration Board
Photo: Quynh Wagoner Photography
It's Monday, so all is dead.
I have an email into JC Rentals about (more) rental changes. I have an email into About Thyme Catering about meetings and tastings once Nicole and then John get into town. email to Heritage about overnight parking was answered with a resounding NO.
Nicole finalized her contract with Guard Now, so that's set. I'm talking with her tomorrow, so we'll see where we are before she gets on a plane on Wednesday.
Tomorrow should be crazy, and I'm looking forward to it. :-)

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me for a wedding consultation
liz@silvercharmevents.com
Call/text: 323-592-9318
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Nicole and John: Day 20/21: Meet You At the Bar (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)


Nicloe and John's wedding inspiration
From Every Last Detail, Photo:
Nyk + Cali @nykandcali
Ice is ordered, $151.95 for 400 pounds. Payment upon delivery, cash, check or charge. Yes, that is a lot of ice, and you should see it in person. 

Nicole also asked how much alcohol and ice she needs to get. I have a list that's kind of old, so I looked around for another one to give her an idea. I found this on a Practical Wedding, How to Buy Alcohol for your Wedding. It even has diagrams and charts! I also have an email into John, the caterer, since he's also going to be running  the bar. But this is also a next-week question, since we really have to finalize guest counts before we talk specifics. 

It's Friday, so I'm not surprised that I didn't hear from Heritage Square, yet. Remember, best time to reach and get reached by vendors is Tuesday-Thursday. 

I'm officiating a wedding tonight (Friday), myself, which is why you're not seeing this until Saturday. With blogging, even time traveling is possible. 

As always, stay tuned...

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Contact me so we can talk about your wedding:
Call/text 323-592-9318

Friday, September 18, 2015

Five Ways to Fix Your Fake Ceremony Time (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Ohhkay, but they're still going to be waiting when you get there.
Photo: B&G Photography
Fake ceremony times are my very least favorite wedding thing. Putting 5:00pm on your wedding invitation when you're planning to start the ceremony at 5:30pm, or God help me, 6:00pm. You lose prep time, you lose photography time, and if you're not careful, you're going to freaked out and stressed out before any of this even gets started. Many couples do it, thinking they can trick known later comers into coming on time. But a latecomers pretty much know what's up, and your late people are still going to be late, and your first guest is still going to show up 30 minutes before the ceremony time. Yes, as in half and hour. Seen it once, seen it 50 times. But if it's a done deal, the only thing to do is make it work out anyway. Here's five ways to get it done. 

1. Wherever your guests are going to go to first needs to be ready at least 30 minutes before your fake ceremony time. THE priority is that they have somewhere to sit. So, ask your rental company or whoever is in charge of these things to please set up the ceremony chairs first. If you're serving water or lemonade, have it ready 30 minutes before your fake wedding time. I know, #weddingshaming. Sorry.

2. Adjust your pre-game schedule. It is not ever, never, ever going to take less time to do something than you think. Hair and makeup is going to take as long as the stylist tells you it is. Getting to the venue is going to take as long as it did the last time you went there. If anything, it's going to take more time, so give yourself plenty of it. If you have to leave the hotel at 2pm to get over to the your venue by 2:30, so you can take pictures for an hour before guests show up 30 minutes before your fake ceremony time, then you have to adjust your timeline. Start hair and makeup earlier. Pre-plan for failure (sorry) and talk to your photographer about how to divide the pictures up pre-ceremony and after. No crossing your fingers and hoping. No scrambling. 

3. Manage your expectations. Nothing you have to do pre-ceremony is going to take less than an hour. When your guests show up 30 minutes before your fake ceremony time, they might be there while you're taking your pictures. They might want to say hello to you. Stuff might not go as smoothly as you thought it would. Roll with it. 

4. Have a guest wrangler on stand by.  This is a job that I do, or that I assign one of my team to do. One of us is there to greet the first guest that arrives before your fake ceremony time. Make sure they're comfortable, have a chair, water, know where the restrooms are, and are given an approximate reality-based start time. If you don't have a planner, ask your venue manager, or depending on who's doing what, where, someone in your wedding party, or family. Don't leave your guests to their own devices. 

Or another option...

5. Flip the script a little, maybe? Last year, one of my couples, who did not have a fake ceremony time, started out their wedding with their reception. Appetizers, entrees, mingling with guests, and then tossed in a ceremony a couple of hours later. If you're not worried about seeing each other before the wedding, and your caterer and rentals are game for it, you might want to try that. That way your early birds can hang out and there's actually stuff happening. You show up, take pictures off to the side, and join the party. 


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me so we can talk about your wedding:
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nicole and John 22 Days Out: Getting from Point A to Point B (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Wonderland Wedding Inspiration
Photo: All the Beautiful Things by Loreta
My Husband: "22 days."
Me: "Huh?"
Husband:" October 10 is 22 days away."
Me: (Counting quickly in my head) "Damn it!"

So, there's that. But we're moving along.
Talked to Nicole this afternoon. We are going to shoot for a 3pm ceremony start time, which means hair and makeup is going to start at 7:30 and not 8:00am, and even that is pushing it, since they need to get over to the museum by 1pm for pictures.  Personal cars and Ubers for the trip to the museum, but we need to make sure she's not the only one with an app!
Wedding days can be long, but that's one good thing about ending earlyish.

Nicole's flying into L.A. on the 24th, which is one week from now, so we really are moving along. Another thing about Heritage Square is that you have to hire a security guard for the night (told you - EVERYTHING). Nicole is booking Guard Now, and they're good. The big thing on our call was the transportation she needs to book to get all her guests from the museum to the after party, starting at 10:15pm. Getting people to the bar is simple, getting them back to their various hotels, residences, etc. is trickier. Some people will want to leave earlier, some will actually want to leave at 2am when the last shuttle is scheduled. The hotel is supposedly only 15 minutes away, which is 30 minutes round trip. It's that whole thing of guests waiting for the shuttle to come back and not knowing when it left in the first place. Drunk guests. I'm also checking with the museum to see if overnight parking is available. It's going to be interesting.
Tomorrow: Playing phone tag with the rental company. Checking in with the DJ. Getting Nicole a list of the alcohol and water she needs to buy at Bev Mo. Ooh, and the Ice company. It's usually not that hard to get ahold of Hollywood Ice, but my timing has been off lately. By about three days, apparently. Sigh.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me to talk about your wedding:
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nicole and John 26 Days Out: The Photographer's Site Visit (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Please control your bleeding on your way out.
Today I met Julie Patterson, Nicole and John's photographer, at Heritage Square. A crew was shooting a student film when we showed up, which seemed to be some sort of  horror sci-fi thingy? If we were in their way, they didn't say anything. 

Heritage Square requires that any vendor who hasn't worked there before to meet with the event manager and do a walkthrough of the property. It was also a great opportunity for me to meet with Julie in person and talk about the timeline, some more. Things are always a little bit clearer when you do them in person.
Heritage is a historical site, and like most historical sites that are owned by the city of Los Angeles, it has a bunch of rules. No pictures inside the houses, no hard alcohol, no use of their water sources, etc.  But it's gorgeous. You know, without the blood-covered sheets. 

For now, it looks like Julie is going to start shooting at 10am, right before Nicole is scheduled to do her hair and makeup, for eight hours. We looked at various spots around the museum to shoot group pictures, too. I'm still concerned about managing the ceremony start time, but that should come into focus once I talk to Nicole tomorrow. I've also got to get a new contract from the rental company, and follow up on the ice company message I left today. Nicole got proposals for a security guard (did I mention they need a security guard?) and shuttle transportation, which I'm going to look over before our call. And, I also have a birthday party at Disneyland to get to. What, did you think I was all work and no play? As Bukowski said, "Only the boring get bored."

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me to talk about your wedding:
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nicole and John: 27 Days Out - Rentals and Answers (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

The Last Wedding I coordinated at
Heritage Square Museum, on Style Me Pretty.
Photo: Honey Honey Photography
Heritage Square is what I call a "Bare Venue" - Nicole and John have to bring pretty much  EVERYTHING in, except the restrooms. If your wedding at one of these places is the forest, and your timeline is the individual trees in that forest, then rentals are the individual leaves on the biggest tree in that forest, you know, that big ole tree you're probably getting married under. 

The first thing I do when I start looking at rentals is talk to the caterer - in this case it's About Thyme - to find out see what they need to build and maintain a "kitchen" and what they're comfortable with, as far as the numbers of plates, knives forks, tables, etc. I've worked with them before, plus John, the owner and head chef,  saved my butt last month when I needed an oyster shucker last minute for Emma and Ian's wedding. You'd think that would be easy to find in L.A., but not so, apparently.  John's fantastic, and I'm really happy that he was available to cater Nicole and John's wedding. 
We're using JC Party Rents, who's been my go to for a couple of years, now. The biggest thing to understand about rentals is that if you have 100 guests, you can't just get 100 glasses. Between the cocktail hour, water at the table, and the bar at the reception, you're talking 3-4 drinks per guest. Roughly 1.5 plates for a buffet, not including the cake. (The right size) table linens, napkins, chairs (for both the ceremony and reception, or just one set and drag them over?). We finally got the rentals and the costs to the point where everyone is happy, I think.  But like I said yesterday, their guest numbers keep going up, so we're really not going to be able to finalize the rentals for another couple of weeks. This is pretty much how it goes!

I also heard back from Heritage about the ceremony time. The wedding can start at 3pm. Now, it's just a matter of figuring out if they want to, and how. There are ways, which I'm going to cover in my Ask Liz column in BAB on Friday. 
Tomorrow? I'm meeting their photographer at Heritage Square for another walk through, and we're going to talk in more detail about her schedule needs to look like for the day. Plus, I have to order ice. I told you we have to bring everything in! 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me for a consultation so we can talk about your wedding:

Call/text 323-592-9318
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Nicole and John 28 Days Out: Hair & Makeup (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Nicole's hair and makeup inspiration
Style Me Pretty - Styling by Thorne Artistry
Photo: Carmen Santorelli Studio
About an hour ago, I spoke with Heather Roach, Nicole's hair and makeup stylist. Turns out there are four people getting both hair and makeup done, which is scheduled to take about four and a half hours, from 8am - 12:45pm. I always feel bad about what a loooong day it is, you know? It might end up being a little longer, because we have to build in time to round everyone and all their stuff up, jump in cars and get to the museum in enough time to take pictures and hide before guests start arriving at 2:30. 

Heritage Square Museum had a wedding this weekend, and I was hoping that someone would be in the office today to give me definitive on our start time (3:00/3:30pm), but no one is. That was a long shot, anyway! A lot of venues give their event staff Monday off, so if you're trying to get ahold of them between Friday and Monday, keep that in mind. I usually tell people that the best days to contact any vendor is between Tuesdays and Thursdays, so don't freak out if you don't hear back right away. 

And if you can avoid? it Do not put an early ceremony time on your invitations. Lots of people do it, and I get it - they have guests who are notoriously late and they want to trick them into being there on time. First of all, that's not going to work, because it's an old trick, people know it, and odds are, they're going to be late anyway. Plus, they're grown, and if they're late, that's on them. Harsh but true. Second, and I swear to you, if you give the ceremony time as 5pm, your first guests will show up at 4:30.  Every. Single.Time. No, not all of your guests, but the ones that show up early still need a place to sit or go. And, if you don't want to be seen before your ceremony, that is going to not only eat into your set-up time, but also your photography time. You'd be surprised by what a 30 minute window can gnaw up. Don't do it. 

Tomorrow I'm following up with Heritage, and passing the info I get on to Nicole and her photographer, hopefully before they talk. Right now, I'm going to try and schedule a call tomorrow with the caterer to go over the rental list, again. Plus, Nicole's guest list has gone up, so he needs to know that, too. Gotta love a party that everyone wants to come to. That's gonna be a good party. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Let me know if you have questions about your wedding:
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

29 Days Out: Nicole and John 10/10/15 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

This is the Alice in Wonderland-ish theme
they're going for. Picture by
All The Beautiful Things By Loreta

This morning I spoke with Julie Patterson, Nicole and John's photographer. She's also going to be talking with Nicole directly on Tuesday, but I wanted to get an idea of what Julie's expectations were for what would be going on. They have her for the whole day so no worry about hours, it's just a matter of when she's going to get started. Sounds like she will be taking getting ready shots of Nicole and her bridesmaids. I'm speaking with the hair and makeup stylist tomorrow, and with the venue about that 3:00/3:30 thing, too. I'll get both confirmed and get it to Nicole before she and Julie talk.  

I also told Julie that Nicole and John won't be seeing each other before the ceremony, which, like I said, is going to change the timing for some of the pictures. If you don't show up before the wedding at 1pm, and your first guest shows up at 2:30... Forearming and forewarning your vendors is always a good idea. 

More tomorrow and I'll see you at the end of the aisle, 

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


Saturday, September 12, 2015

30 Days Out: Nicole and John at Heritage Square Museum 10/10/15 (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

Confirmed their cake yesterday with Hansens.
Just like this, except with the green flowers
and white frosting.
I start constructing day-of timelines one month out, which was Thursday, 9/10. The museum also requires one then, too, and a list of vendors.
I always get a little itchy about giving any kind of timeline to the venue this early, for a few reasons. One, it's so basic at this point - wedding starts at this time! Rentals get dropped off at this time - that it doesn't reflect what actually is going to happen. So, on my end, it's managing expectations, "This is going to change, this is going to change, hey, watch out for changes!"
And it already has. I sent the timeline to Nicole, too, and talked to her this morning.

I'd asked if hair and makeup is taking place at her house or at Heritage, and it's going to be at her house, which is going to make it an early day for her - 3-4 hours of styling for 6 people, an hour of grabbing everything and getting in the car (Trust me, give yourself that time) and travel time over to the museum.  And, no First look, so John has to keep away from her until the ceremony. Good for him, because he doesn't have to show up until 2-ish. And she doesn't want to do the first dance until after dinner, as opposed to right as she and John enter the reception. The latter is a good way to free up some time for the rest of the night, especially for an event you have less than 8 hours for. But, they want it later, and we can make that work, too.

What other issues have come up...Invitation time says 3pm for the ceremony, but there's some confusion as to whether we actually need to start at 3:30pm. I hope not, but we'll cover why next time. I've already talked to their caterer about his team's arrival time, I'm set to talk to the photographer tomorrow, and the hair stylist on Monday. The rentals are a little complicated because we have to bring EVERYTHING in, and guest numbers keep changing, but we're getting there.


See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Let's talk about your wedding:
323-592-9318
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Ask Liz: Wedding Time vs. Catering

Ask Liz Wedding Time vs. Catring

Dear Liz, 
The second deposit for my venue is due next week, and when I looked at the contract and thought about what we want to happen that day, I'm starting to freak out. Our wedding is next month, we're getting married at 5pm, and the music has to be off by 10pm, so we can be totally out by 11pm. With the ceremony and the cocktail hour and dinner (it's a buffet) that's not a lot of time to party, and everything's going to be so rushed, right? I talked to the caterer and he said dinner is going to take at least an hour, at least, so that sucks up all the dancing time, and I'm worried that we won't be able to relax because we'll be too busy trying to beat the clock. It just seems like wasted time, and I keep coming back to that. A whole hour? Is there a way to make that shorter, or somehow make the day...longer? Help!
Signed, 
Eating Up My Time


See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

Schedule your free wedding consultation:
323-592-9318

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Congratulations Connie and Mark!

Among other fun things, I officiated Connie and Mark's wedding on Saturday at Calamigos Equestrian:


They created such a relaxed, wonderful wedding day. You can't see me, but I'm grinning while I'm typing this - being in front of so much love and joy at one time is fantastic. It'll be there for you, too, so start looking forward to it!

See you at the end of the aisle,

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

Friday, September 04, 2015

Wedding Wise Weekly - September 4


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

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:



This great picture of Ian and Emma's 9/1 wedding, shot by Angela Love Torres and posted on Instagram by Emma's stylist, Infinite Beauty. I can't wait for more pictures, which I should be getting next week. 

You can follow me on Instagram, too, at @LizCharm.

Required Reading:

The issue of picking your vendors - the RIGHT -vendors - came up recently with some wedding world friends of mine this week. My Ask Liz column from a bit back is a good read, if you're struggling with that:


Photo by Lucky Photographer
Ask Liz: Bridesmaids and Wedding Vendors You Definitely Don't Want.

The Deals:



Winnie Couture
Wedding Chicks - Enter Promo Code SUMMEREND to get 40% off your purchase. 

Have a great Labor Day weekend and I'll see you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
www.silvercharmevents.com

Contact me for your free wedding consultation:
liz@silvercharmevents.com
323-592-9318