Five Tips for Your Pet Wedding Party Members

 

Elbell Long Beach real wedding dogs

A perfect family portrait. Location: Ebell Long Beach – Photo: John and Colette Photography 

It’s wonderful when you can make your dog a part of your wedding day. Dogs are naturally happy, enthusiastic, and they like you pretty much more than absolutely anyone else does. I mean, look at Kaiju in this picture. He’s just thrilled to be there! It’s one day where you get to be surrounded by everyone you love who loves you, and your furbaby would definitely be in that category.

Here’s five tips for creating the best experience for you and your dog on your way down the aisle:

  1. 1. CHECK WITH YOUR VENUE THAT IT’S OKAY. I know, I know, I turned into bummer right away. Before you decide to do it, make sure you can. If the answer is “yes”, your next question is if there are any restricted areas you can’t take your dog? Can they hang out with you at the reception, around the food? Do you need to sign a waiver or fill out paperwork? Get specific.

2. Delegate your dog. Get a dog sitter for the day. Your dog sitter, if possible. Someone that your pet is familiar with, and used to obeying. Have them show up around the time you’re arriving before your ceremony, and hang around through the ceremony and any pictures that are happening after. You can’t hold onto a leash, and get your pictures taken, and hold onto a bouquet and get married and eat dinner and 75 other things that are going to make up your wedding day.

3. Come up with a schedule. Your dog is arriving when, and is then doing what? And then, what? When does he/she usually eat, and how are you going to make that happen? What event are they staying until – the end of the ceremony, the end of pictures, the end of the night? Where are they hanging out – with you, with the sitter?

4. Do not leave your dog unattended. Loud, unfamiliar noises, lots of people, over stimulating atmosphere. NO. If your dog is a barker, strongly consider ending their day as early as possible. And, it’s never a good idea to let them off the leash.

5. Bring your dog to the rehearsal, if you can. Not so much that they’ll know what to expect, but so that you will. How does it look and feel when they’re walking down the aisle (with whomever). Are they going to walk down, or wait for you at the altar? Who is holding onto the leash once they get there? If your dog has the rings on their collar, who is going to get those. Remember, a bouquet and a leash don’t mix. What works the best for you and your dog on the ground?

Basically, talk it out and walk it through. Don’t worry so much about them misbehaving in public – as with little children, most of what pets do is considered funny and cute!

Do you have any other questions about your wedding day? Let’s talk. Complete the form below to schedule a consultation, or click the chat box at the bottom of this page to talk to me now. I can’t wait to find out what you want your wedding to look like…

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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Wedding Wise Wednesday: Winter is Coming

Every Wednesday I bring you the best wedding ideas, 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

Hi Miss Puff – 30 Winter Wedding Centerpieces. This is my favorite, I think. Probably because I can put it together myself, LOL! A use for all those tiny lights from the Target dollar section I’ve been hoarding.

The Deals

Shutterfly – 45% off everything when you use the code STEALS. But you have to act fast, because this ends tonight. I know, I’m sorry. But, after tonight, you can still get free shipping on orders over $39 when you use the code SHIP39.

 

 

The Events

Sunday, October 15
The Best Day Ever – A Wedding Showcase
11:00am-3:00pm
Imagine Reality Events
1250 East Harvard Road
Burbank, California 91501
Admission: $10 online/$12 at the door

What else do you need right now? Let’s talk about your wedding! Complete the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP, or click on the Live Chat box on this page to talk to me now.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

liz@silvercharmevents.com

 

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Wedding Wise Wednesday: Seats at Sea

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

Escort Cards Compas

Photo: Ag’s Big Idea

Ag’s Big Idea: Compass escort cards for a nautical guest theme wedding. I love it. One of the great things about doing the #charmedwedding Instagram Challenge last month is that I found a lot of cool stuff, even if I didn’t tag it. Stand by!

Long Beach Museum Wedding

Photo Credit – Sherri J Photography

Cool, Too: If you’re engaged and getting married in the next year, please take this quick three-minute survey.  I’m creating new wedding planning and education programs this fall – what do you need and need to know right now? Again, Click here to get started – Thank you so much for your help!

 

The Deals

Cake Topper

Oriental Trading Company –Free Shipping on any order over $39, when you use code CE175806 at checkout

Total Entertainment Experts – They’re extending their Bridal Show special this week to YOU. $700 for a DJ/MC for 4 hours, or $800 for 6 hours. Mention my name when you email him – I renewed his marriage vows on Tuesday, LOL (instagram pics later today).

The Events

Head over to Here Comes the Guide for a list of bridal shows and open houses that are happening this weekend. There are quite a few…

What else does your wedding need right now? Let’s talk: Complete the form below or click on the live chat link to talk or leave a message with me now. I’d love to find out what you want your wedding to look and feel like.

 

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

 

 

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Flashback Friday: Eugenia and Richard and Snoop

I’m going into another busy,busy week, so I’m multitasking again – #charmedwedding etsy challenge item (Day 29: Table Numbers) and a Flashback to Eugenia and Richard’s wedding at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Their table names – Rap and R&B songs and artists – are still one of my favorites. The “Salt and Pepper” card is hung up in my office. I have a special place in my heart- and on my wall – for table cards.

Los Angeles Athletic Club wedding Wedding Day of Coordination

Los Angeles Athletic Club

I loved their wedding, because it was classy and elegant, but also a true personal expression of who they are. I can never look at these pictures without smiling,and I know it’s the same for them. I get to help couples create the wedding day that they want. You should never settle for anything less.

What do you want your wedding day to look and feel like? Let’s talk: Complete the form below and I will get back to you ASAP, or click the live chat button to talk to me now.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

Call/text 323-592-9318

 

 

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Wedding Wise Wednesday: Follow the Sound of My Voice

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

Sound wave form

Laura Reece Graphic Design and Wedding Stationery

Laura Reece Graphic Design and Wedding Stationery – A personal soundwave print for the groom. Kind of bummed I didn’t see this before my husband’s birthday last month. There is still time for you, though. She’s in Scotland (of course) but etsy has ton of these, which you can check here.

The Deals

Paper Lantern Store – They’ve got a big blowout clearance section right now, 50 – 75% off regular prices, plus an additional 10% sitewide if you use the code LUMINARY at checkout.

 

 

The Events

Sunday, October 1

10:00am – 2:00pm
Braemar Country Club
Private Events Showcase
4001 Reseda Boulevard
Tarzana, California 91356

Explore the possibilities of having a special event at Braemar. Appetizers, Cake, vendors in every category. Admission is free, but you RSVP for a guided tour to michelle.govan@clubcorp.com

Let’s talk about your wedding: What do you need right now. Complete the form below to schedule a consultation, or click the live chat box on the bottom of the page to talk to me now.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Call/text me at 323-592-9318

 

 

 

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Flashback Friday: Nicole and John, 7 Days Out

Nicole and John live in Scotland, and were planning Los Angeles destination wedding a couple of years ago. About a month out, I started writing about their – and my- behind the experience of pulling together all the parts of their day from 5,000 miles away. Details, Details… 

So, yeah, I stopped doing the daily updates, because it was turning into, “…and then I made a phone call!” and no one wants to stick around for that. There are two things you need to know about wedding planning, if you need to know anything, is 1. It takes patience, and 2. Everyone in Wedding World is busy.” For instance, their caterer just now texted me to say that he is going to send me their final invoice just as soon as he finishes meeting with his head chef about the wedding they’re doing this evening.  Her hair and makeup stylist called me last night. from her car, to also apologize for not sending me Nicole’s final invoice, yet, because she’d been working all day, was packing for another gig to San Diego this morning, but will send it to me when she got home. It’s cool, because she already sent it to Nicole. Patience. It’s a week out, but it will all get done. In the meantime, things have been busy…
Los Angeles Wedding
Nicole and John are getting married on the steps of Hale House at Heritage Square Museum. Photo: Liz Coopersmith
First of all, yes, Nicole is officially back in the States! I met her face to face for the first time at David’s Bridal on Sunday, and we went to Heritage Square on Monday for a walkthrough.
Kim Williams and Nicole, looking at  her
Pinterest board
Tuesday was our consultation with Kim at Enchanted Florist. Usually, this is the meeting where we see a sample, but what with the being 5,000 miles away and everything, I thought it was a good idea to sit down and finalize the colors and flowers Nicole wanted to stick to. It was important to her to make sure that it all worked together, plus she wanted to incorporate John’s family tartan in there, too. Kim did her usual thing where she  recommends certain flowers to complete a look, brings in flowers from the cooler, and is very clear on how much stuff costs and very flexible on what she can do. She’s good. Nicole is bringing John back to Kim on Monday to see a centerpiece sample and lock everything down. Stand by for pictures!
Something a little like this, I think.
Except…redder?
Photo: Wedding Party App
This week is all about making final choices and wrapping up loose items. Oh, and making sure everyone gets paid. Everyone has the timeline, so they know when and where. On Wednesday, she met with her DJ. On Thursday, she picked John up from the airport, and hit BevMo. On Friday, I called the Ice delivery company to move up their delivery time to match BevMo’s delivery time. Nicole and John went to Disneyland, because that’s what you do when you’re coming from Scotland. For her, the whirlwind continues this weekend with a bachelorette party/Bridal shower combo, while I figure out if I’m going to meet the DJ at Heritage tomorrow, or if time and travel considerations will mean that he is just going to have to trust me. I’m betting on “trust.”
More to come…
Previous Posts:

Nicole and John, Day 20/21 – Meet You At the Bar

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See you at the end of the aisle,
Liz Coopersmith
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#charmedwedding Challenge – September 21-30

 

Check out the full month’s prompts:

September 1 – 10

September 11 – 20

Let’s talk about your wedding – Complete the form below to schedule a free consultation with me, or click the live chat button this page.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

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Wedding Wise Wednesday: Cookie Cutter

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 Day Wednesday. Welcome!

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:

Let’s not talk about how upset that I didn’t see this before my birthday last month, and let’s celebrate that you can have this at your wedding. Or Thanksgiving. Or, you know, today, if you’re in Los Angeles, because Great Dane Bakery is in Huntington Beach. YES!

The Deals:

TJ Maxx – They now have an online wedding dress store. Dresses going from $79 – $999. Check it out.

 

The Events

Sunday September 24

10am – 4pm
Bride World Expo
Riverside Convention Center
3650 3rd Street, Riverside, CA 92501
Admission: $6 online, $12 at the door

11am – 4pm
The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center – Open House
11022 Aviation Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045
Admission: Free

11am – 4pm
Richard Nixon Library Wedding Open House
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
Yorba Linda, California 92886
Admission: Free; – RSVP to jenny@nixonfoundation.org

What else do you need right now. Let’s talk about your wedding: Complete the contact form below or click on the live chat box to speak with me right now.

See you at the end of the aisle,
Liz Coopersmith

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Wedding Wise Wednesday: The Candy’s Crushing It

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!

My #charmedwedding instagram challenge is going strong. Click here for the prompts for Day 11-20
and follow along with me @lizcharm.

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week

Ombre centerpiece winnie au martha stewart

Photo: Winnie Au

Martha Stewart Weddings – Ombre Hershey’s Kisses Runner Centerpiece! Complete with a How-to tutorial, of course. because  Martha. Love the two for one: No need for favors, this should do it. Click through to Candy.com for additional help…

 

Cool, too: Last Saturday, I was honored to officiate Bree and Tyson’s wedding in Laguna Beach for Great Officiants. Isn’t this shot by Michelle Lacson Photography beautiful? It’s the best moonlighting gig ever, but if you don’t necessarily want me to marry you, Great Officiants has 36 other ministers who can. Plus, we can deliver your marriage license to your wedding location, too.

 

 

 

 

 

The Deals

Candy.com – speaking of helping you out, 3 66 oz. bags of Hershey kisses are $22.95 each, and free shipping for any candy order of $49.95 or more.

Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture and Green Queen Clothing – Deborah is having a sample sale this Sunday, from her wedding couture and her casual clothing and home goods collections. Sunday, 11-pm, Cherokee Studios, Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-3144

 

 

 

The Events

Sunday, September 17

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

The Bruncheon – Yoga and Mimosas. I was on the expert panel for the last Bruncheon event earlier this year, and it was wonderful. This is a change to unwind, mingle with other couples and wedding professionals, sip cocktails and practice yoga. Admission is $20, get your tickets here.

11am – 3:00pm
Premier Bridal Shows
Hilton Pasadena
168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
Admission: $10 at the door, two free tickets online with the code HCTG

11am – 3:00pm
Bridal Showplace
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, California 92648
562/381-2865
Tickets are  $7 online, $10 at the door

What else do you need for your wedding right now? Let’s talk: Complete the form below to schedule a free consultation, or click the live chat link to talk with me now.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

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#charmedwedding Instagram Challenge: Week 2 Prompts

The rules are simple:

  1. 1. Follow the prompts and post a picture on instagram with the hashtag #charmedwedding
  2. 2. It can be a picture you’ve taken, or a picture from a pro. BUT if it’s a professional picture, tag the photographer or vendor and mention them in your post!
  3. 3. I’m going to be posting pics from my part of Wedding World on my instagram @lizcharm, and I’m also picking your photos from the challenge to feature over rest of the month. Follow me and follow along.
  4. 4. Have fun!

I’m still coming up with prompts for weeks 3 and 4 , so if you have any suggestions, email me at liz@silvercharmevents.com.

Are you planning a wedding in Los Angeles right now? Let’s talk: Complete the contact form below, or click the box on this page to chat live with me now.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith

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