When I was at UCLA, I was a member of the On-Campus Housing Council, the student government for the dorms. Not only did I discover my leadership potential there, but I also realized that I was a great event planner. The plays, contests,dances and concerts I put together only gave me a taste for more, so I started out my professional career managing workshops for UCLA after graduation. A couple of years later, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked as a project and event consultant for other prominent organizations including The National Trust for Historic Preservation and NPR .
Planning my own wedding in five months convinced me that while I did enjoy conference and event planning, I absolutely loved planning weddings. And, I’m really great at planning weddings under pressure, whether it’s in a short period of time, for couples planning destination weddings in Los Angeles, or requiring any unique specifications or circumstances. I love figuring out how to make it work, and help you create the best wedding possible.
10 years ago, after I’d moved back to Los Angeles, I opened Silver Charm Events. I was lucky when I planned my wedding, because not only did I have the knowledge and experience to pull off the day of my dreams, but I knew what I wanted and how to get it. And after watching so many of my friends struggle with their weddings, really? I just wanted to help. It’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life – emphasis on “happy”, emphasis on “your”, and part of that is having the support and resources you need along the way. You know, the first question anyone asks me about my job is “have you ever had any Bridezillas?” God’s Truth? Nope. “Bridezillas” are what happens when brides get stressed out. A bride that has the support that she needs, that she can turn to at any time with her worries and concerns, isn’t stressed. And a stress-free bride = a great wedding. A day set aside just for you two, surrounded by the family and friends who love you, and all the little details that make it one of the best days of your life. My brides are able to take a deep breath, look around, and just enjoy.
My two favorite times during any of my weddings are, 1. When my couple sees each other for the first time. That is always magical. 2. After all the “official” reception events are done, and I see them in the middle of the dance floor and laughing with their friends and family. It happens every time, and it will happen for you, too.
Silver Charm Events is a full-service, full-time event planning and design company. A personal pet peeve of mine are vendors who take days or weeks to return your phone or email…if they return it at all. I will always get back to you in a timely manner and you are always a priority for me, because I only work with a limited number of brides per year. If you have a question or request, I will give you a deadline for answering or completing it, right then and there. And meet it. I always take time and sincere thought in matching you to each and every vendor who will complement your dream wedding needs.
Every wedding is unique, and I love helping each couple fulfill their vision of the wedding they want to have. I’ve coordinated some great ones, from a wedding in an ice rink to a wedding at a zoo (where we could hear the lions roar), from traditional military ceremonies to beach weddings to same-sex weddings. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
I’m very passionate about what I do. And I’m very grateful to be able to make a living doing what I love. My clients will tell you that working with me means having someone at your side who will anticipate your needs, who will not stop until get what you want. I am emotionally invested and supportive of each and every one of the couples I work with, and they all know that.
I’ve also had fantastic opportunities to reach out to engaged couples online, from my regular contributions to Huffington Post Weddings, online appearances on Huff Post Live, www.briderush.com, www.marriage.com, and my weekly advice column on www.thebrokeassbride.com. It feels great to be able to help whoever and wherever I can.
Who do you work best with?
You will benefit best from working with me if you want your wedding to happen within the calendar year, possibly a few months or weeks, but you realize that you don’t have either the time or resources to get it done on your own. You’re ready to invest in making your dream wedding, the wedding that you want and deserve, a reality.
This all sounds so great. But, it also seems expensive. Are we going to be able to afford it?
I’ve read that it takes the average bride over 400 hours to plan her wedding. That’s TEN 40-hour work weeks. And the average cost of a wedding in Los Angeles is around $30,000. But I’ve had so many brides tell me how much they’ve saved in time, money and energy working with me. I know who the best vendors are, how to get great deals so you can stick to your budget, where you need to go first to get what you want, and what questions to ask once you get there. And if you don’t quite know what you want, yet, I know how to get you to the point where you do. Time. Money. Energy. Stress. Saved. Plus, every service has a payment plan, that can be customized for you!
Schedule your complimentary “get acquainted” consultation with me so that we can really talk about that day and how we can create it together. “Free” is about as cheap as you can get.
Who is not going to benefit from your help?
Since we’re going to be working together closely for a while, we definitely have to be a match for one another if we’re going to plan a fantastic wedding day. So, if you’re a chronic skeptic or pessimist and have trouble seeing the gifts that you deserve, this is not for you. It’s okay if you feel you’re in this category, but think of it this way – you’re here on my site, so you’re ready to find out how to make your vision of your wedding into reality. And I’m here to help you do that.
Will I lose control of my own wedding if you are planning it for me?
Nope. That is not the point of wedding planning. The point is that I work as an extension of who you are and of your creativity. You are the focus of your wedding. I’m just here to help you to realize your dreams for that day.
Your wedding is customized to your needs, so you are always in control. Period.
Will you work with vendors I’ve already found or people I really want to work with?
Yup. I will work with your vendors and make sure that they have what they need, and what they need to know, to best serve you on your wedding day. And if you do require vendors in any category, I can easily find whatever you want.
Do you take credit cards and can we have a payment plan?
I accept all major credit cards, and each service comes with a payment plan. I will send you an invoice five days before your payment is due, which you can then pay by check, pay online or call in with a credit card.
Do you take more than one wedding per day?
I’ll consider it when human cloning becomes a reality. Right now I only personally coordinate one wedding per week. I do have assistant coordinators available, at a reduced rate, if I’m not available on your date.
This sounds like just what we’ve been looking for.
What happens next to start the wedding planning process?
The next step is for you is to email me at [email protected] or call 323-592-9318 to schedule our free “Get Acquainted” session, face to face, or over the phone. I’ll take you through my services to find out which one makes the most sense for you, describe my process in more detail, and we’ll find out if we’re a good match. And, seriously, I really can’t wait to hear what your perfect wedding day looks like.
May we contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?
Yes, absolutely! I can give you a list of references at our meeting or during our phone consultation. For now, you should read my client testimonials here on the website, and on Silver Charm Event’s Wedding Wire.com page.
We have a couple more questions before getting started…can I call you to discuss this further?
That would be great. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call at 323-592-9318 with any questions or ideas you may have.
I’m really looking forward to meeting you. And congratulations on your engagement!
See you at the end of the aisle,