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  • SponsorMyEvent: Matchmaking Marketplace for Events and Sponsors [Review]

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    Julius Solaris
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    SponsorMyEvent is a marketplace that matches event planners with event sponsors. Here is the review. Whenever I look at event technology I have two dominant feelings. I am disappointed whenever I see young developers and entrepreneurs developing the same technology all over again with no innovation whatsoever. I am incredibly happy when I see someone tackling a major issue with the industry and trying to solve it in the right way. When I heard about SponsorMyEvent, I felt the latter. Yes, they may not be the first to offer a marketplace to match event professionals looking for sponsors and…
  • Top 5 PCMA 2015 Convening Leaders Speakers

    Meetings Podcast
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Top 5 PCMA 2015 Convening Leaders Speakers
  • January 30, 2015: Why Event Security Will Never Be Perfect, Dalai Lama to Attend National Prayer Breakfast, Are These $4,900 Wings the Most Expensive Ever?

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    30 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
  • Five Wedding Trends for 2015

    Celebrate!
    Percy Sales
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    A trend is defined as a veer to a new direction...which seems to shift every couple of years in the wedding and event industry. For example the peony was the "it" flower for a few years before the dahlia took over. Vintage, Rustic, Shabby Chic were key words to describe the style of the wedding design and decor. Cathedral length veils were all the rage and lace wedding gowns had a resurgence in the market. Gray tuxedo's became the hip color for grooms to wear and we saw tons of pinks and purples out there with GOLD GOLD GOLD.I think the tide has changed and we are about to see the new trends…
  • Our Screwed Up Thinking About Creating Conference Experiences

    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections
    Jeff Hurt
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    As conference organizers, we need to learn about the power of experience. Well, we already know about experiences. We have them all the time. We’ve had experiences with our families and friends. We’ve had experiences with work. We’ve had school experiences. We’ve had experiences with institutions and organizations. We’ve had vacation experiences. Terrible, Horrible, No Good Bad Thinking About Experiences Unfortunately, we’ve made some very faulty assumptions from our own experiences. And we’ve even institutionalized some defective planning processes based on those experiences…
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  • SponsorMyEvent: Matchmaking Marketplace for Events and Sponsors [Review]

    Julius Solaris
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    SponsorMyEvent is a marketplace that matches event planners with event sponsors. Here is the review. Whenever I look at event technology I have two dominant feelings. I am disappointed whenever I see young developers and entrepreneurs developing the same technology all over again with no innovation whatsoever. I am incredibly happy when I see someone tackling a major issue with the industry and trying to solve it in the right way. When I heard about SponsorMyEvent, I felt the latter. Yes, they may not be the first to offer a marketplace to match event professionals looking for sponsors and…
  • How to Create the WOW Factor in Event Customer Service

    Becki Cross
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    A happy customer (attendee) is often a returning customer (repeat attendee). This post looks at how to create the WOW factor in event customer service. Ensure your event is memorable for all the right reasons and to keep your guests happy, loyal and most importantly coming back to your events! Great First Impressions You only have one chance to make a first impression. A customer’s first interaction with your company could be via one of many different mediums – through an email newsletter, on social media, over the phone or face to face. Ensure that your brand voice and company ethos…
  • Event App Bible v3: Call for Submission and Research

    Julius Solaris
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    We are happy to announce that research for the Event App Bible v3 has started. Here is what you need to know. The Event App Bible changed the way the industry looks at event mobile apps. With Version 1 we introduced the first look at the growing trend of event mobile apps. We presented most of the event app providers operating at the time, displaying the features they were offering. With Version 2, for the first time we introduced different price points and a new write-up with even more suggestions. The two previous versions have been downloaded more than 24,000 times. We are extremely proud…
  • Unlocking the Key to a Successful Digital Marketing Event Plan

    Holly Krenek
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:24 am
    A digital marketing plan is crucial for any event to come off without a hitch. As any event manager and marketing team who plans events year after year knows, capturing contacts or leads and converting them is only one objective that must be met when mapping out your digital marketing plan. Strategize with the team and finalize what your end goal is. From there, you can build a successful digital forecast that will make any event shine from the pack. For any newbies out there new to the digital space, jumping into digital marketing can seem overwhelming at first, so start with the basics and…
  • The Event Within Your Event: Managing a Speaking Slot

    Guest Author
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    This is a sponsored post by Kristen Carvalho, Content and Social Media Manager at etouches. More information about Event Manager Blog’s sponsored posts. Next time you get offered the chance to be a session leader of a group speaking slot, stop and think about the amount of time and effort it is going to involve. Are you ready to be the event planner of your speaking slot? Everyone likes to think that all events go off without a hitch, but we know the truth. The last minute changes, cancelations, budget overage, and annoyed sponsors, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. The final…
 
 
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    Celebrate!

  • Five Wedding Trends for 2015

    Percy Sales
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    A trend is defined as a veer to a new direction...which seems to shift every couple of years in the wedding and event industry. For example the peony was the "it" flower for a few years before the dahlia took over. Vintage, Rustic, Shabby Chic were key words to describe the style of the wedding design and decor. Cathedral length veils were all the rage and lace wedding gowns had a resurgence in the market. Gray tuxedo's became the hip color for grooms to wear and we saw tons of pinks and purples out there with GOLD GOLD GOLD.I think the tide has changed and we are about to see the new trends…
  • Sounds of the Season

    Percy Sales
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It's that time of the year where music becomes all encompassing. I love music and constantly listening to it...but for some reason during this season - my musical taste seems to be broadened. It's the only time that I listen to both traditional  and modern tunes, secular and non-secular music and I consider them all of it feel good!Maybe it's the sense of renewal and hope. For peaceful solutions or the kid like magic I try to keep alive in myself. It's interesting how I find myself being teary eyed by listening to certain songs that I have grown up with and grown up to love. And each…
  • 2015 Pantone Color of the Year...Marsala!

    Percy Sales
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    I am so excited for the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year...it's one of those announcements I look forward to every year. Call me a nerd but I think being a designer and planner these colors really set the tone for design elements for the year. The 2015 color of the year is Marsala!I love Marsala's earthy tones with just enough hints of copper and red. It reminds me of the Southwest, especially cities of Santa Fe, Taos and Sedona. There's richness and depth to the color and it definitely does not go flat.  Looking forward to seeing how people will incorporate this luscious,…
  • My Favorite Things: Hostess/Hosts Gifts for Holiday 2014

    Percy Sales
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The holiday season is upon us and it's that time of the year our social calendar is be amped up! Between office parties, family parties, and friends open houses...this season, unlike any other, seems to be the time we definitely get our "eat, drink and be merry" on. But don't come empty handed to a party! I think it's always nice to bring a hostess gift to the homes that you are visiting as a way to say "thank you for remembering me this time of the year." I know some people say, "no gifts" but in all reality - who does not like getting gifts?So to help you pick out the right hostess/host…
  • Giving Thanks

    Percy Sales
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Wedding of Greta and John by Percy Sales EventsPhoto by Donato DiNatale PhotographyThanksgiving is the US holiday that we celebrate as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. I define my personal harvest as everything that has come into my life that not only has enriched me, but also things that have thought me a lesson...and I had a plethora of both this year.I want to thank my family for their love, support and their understanding as I continue to grow the Percy Sales Events brand. To my friends for the encouragement to do what I love to do. To my…
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    Velvet Chainsaw | Midcourse Corrections

  • Our Screwed Up Thinking About Creating Conference Experiences

    Jeff Hurt
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    As conference organizers, we need to learn about the power of experience. Well, we already know about experiences. We have them all the time. We’ve had experiences with our families and friends. We’ve had experiences with work. We’ve had school experiences. We’ve had experiences with institutions and organizations. We’ve had vacation experiences. Terrible, Horrible, No Good Bad Thinking About Experiences Unfortunately, we’ve made some very faulty assumptions from our own experiences. And we’ve even institutionalized some defective planning processes based on those experiences…
  • Are You Guilty Of Advancing The Height Of Conference Arrogance?

    Jeff Hurt
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The sound of a great conference is not the thunderous applause following an inspiring speaker. It is the creaking of our mind’s doors and windows opening to fresh vistas and perspectives. It’s the low hum of people talking to one another in pairs about their insights, thoughts, reflections, concerns and opportunities around short chunked critical content. It’s our internal metaphorical brain-gears spinning as our aha-lights burn brightly. Closeted Dirty Presentation Secrets Here’s the dirty little secret of conference presentations: attendees expect to enter the world of learning…
  • Conference Investors Crave Strategic Sponsorships: Will You Satisfy Them?

    Donna Kastner
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    There’s a major shift going on. An increasing number of conference and trade show investors are scaling back on booth space and shifting that spend to sponsorships. It’s a ripe opportunity for organizers to diversify their conference business model. The Shift To Strategic Sponsorships There’s another shift that has even greater ramifications for conference and trade show industry. Today’s sponsorship buyer is far more sophisticated about sponsorship strategy. They’re less inclined to want to purchase logo noise (placement) and other promotions typically offered by conferences. They…
  • Your Conference Audience Matters More Than You Think!

    Jeff Hurt
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Having an audience at a conference is no longer a novel idea. It’s expected and a given. Unless you’re a speaker that didn’t resonate with this audience in a past meeting. Then you probably have a very small or limited audience if any. How you define your conference audience defines how you design your event. The audience matters. And the way you define your conference audience matters more than you think! Defining The Audience Most dictionaries define an audience as a group of spectators or listeners at an event. Yep, that sounds like the traditional conference audience. A group of…
  • Is Your Conference Fostering Conscious Cognitive Misers?

    Jeff Hurt
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Are you creating intellectually lazy conference participants? Your conference programming may harbor bias toward minimizing cognitive efforts. In other words, your conference sessions and speakers may actual curtail participants’ thinking. Your conference could be creating happy fools. These happy fools blindly respond to their own problems by erroneously using your conference takeaways as accurate solutions. They avoid thinking, reflecting, and adapting those takeaways. Then when your conference takeaways don’t work, they blame your event. Our Narrow View Of A Conference Most of us have…
 
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  • THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
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  • The Power of Global Partnerships

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    As we settle into 2015, I’m excited about many things on the horizon for our industry. Business is back in full force for meetings and incentives, and we’ve made great strides over the past few years to prove the value of our industry.   read more
  • PCMA Members Vote on Officer Eligibility

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Members of the Professional Convention Management Association have until Saturday to cast their votes on whether supplier members should be able to hold the association’s highest offices. read more
  • Seen at PCMA’s Convening Leaders Meeting

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    The Professional Convention Management Association brought a record-setting 4,128 meeting planners and suppliers together at Convening Leaders 2015, held at Chicago’s McCormick Place January 11–14. read more
  • Mindful Meeting, Mindful Eating: Hilton Helps You Get There

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Hilton's Meet with Purpose program focuses on healthy choices not just for meeting planners and their attendess, but for the environment as well. read more
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    Special Events Magazine

  • Gilded Glory: Lynn Fletcher Weddings Creates a Winning Wedding

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Special Events Staff An equestrian facility was transformed into a modern-day vision of the Palace of Versailles thanks to a dedicated event team from Lynn Fletcher Weddings, which coordinated daily deliveries of decor pieces in the run-up to the wedding. The stunning event won a 2015 Gala Award for Best Wedding and Best Floral. read more
  • Truly intelligent design: A tribute to Richard Carbotti

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Last week marked one-year anniversary of the loss of one of the bright lights of special events, Richard Carbotti. I was proud to be part of the ceremony at The Special Event just three weeks ago for the presentation of the inaugural Richard Carbotti Gala Award, accepted by his sons Evan and Jordan—two event talents in their own right. Special Events Blog read more
  • Special Events Business News for Jan. 28, 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Special Events Staff Special events business news this week includes new executives at Hargrove and at AlliedPRA New York read more
  • ISES Accelerate Conference Set for May 15

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    Special Events Staff The new conference shows the global reach of ISES read more
  • What You're Reading: Top Special Events Articles for January 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Special Events Staff From great branding to gorgeou Gala Award nominees, here are the top topics with SpecialEvents.com readers for January 2015. read more
 
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  • Anouncing Our Sister Company: Posh+Folk

    Amy Kaneko
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    We’d like to introduce you to Posh+Folk (www.poshandfolk.com), our sister company that focuses on the smaller-scale weddings and events across the Bay Area. I started Posh+Folk because I saw a need for more attainable full-service planning and design. The idea had been in the back of my mind for some time, but I decided to take action after I got a string of phone calls from people who needed help planning their smaller events. I really wanted to work with them, but there was a disconnect between their budgets and the premium level of service I offer. Photo Credit: Gia Canali Photography I…
  • Setting the Stage ...

    yemsodu3930
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Vibrant hues and print against a background of green … remind us of the beauty of colour. Embrace your palette!
  • Before Signing Hotel Contract

    jthorproductions
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Here is a list of 5 questions to ask the hotel before signing your contract. 1. Are you allowed to bring in an outside AV vendor? You are the client and therefore you have the leverage to negotiate with the hotel regarding any outside vendor. We’ve seen it time and time again, the client wants to use an outside av vendor and because they didn’t fully read the contract they either can’t or they will have to pay a percentage to the hotel. You have the power BEFORE you sign the contract to have that removed and most hotels will. Understand that most in house av companies have to give the…
  • Are You Connected?

    aarymproductions
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Searching for that one person who will help you bring your event to life? You know you need an Event
  • One year anniversary, indeed.

    Michael Stevenson
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Yesterday was my one year anniversary at work. I got cupcakes and kudos. I also got glares and sarcasm. The office culture in NYC is broken and incentivizes me to work from home whenever possible, but that’s ok. Everyone I work with on a direct basis lives in Austin, or London, or Dusseldorf, or Sydney. Location isn’t important anymore, but that’s not why the NYC office is broken. Some people are just jerks. I count this current job as my first job leaving Austin. Technically, I worked for another company when I first moved to New York, but a three-month stint doesn’t really…
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  • Check-Out Folio: Millennials, Millennials, Millennials

    juliana
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · FREE WIFI IN MONACO · 5 NEW HOTELS FOR LONDON IN 2015 · MOXY TO OPEN IN THE U.S. ALSO: Puppy in a hotel bathrobe. CHARGES · ANOTHER MILLENNIAL HOTEL BRAND, THIS TIME FROM HYATT · THE DARK SIDE OF HOTELS TEXTING GUESTS · THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT EXCEL IN HOTEL WIFI (No sh*t.) ALSO: Once known for its glam heliport, this hotel
  • Scottsdale: Do You and Nine Friends Need a Place to Stay for Super Bowl? Consider This Option

    wakeandwander
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The total economic impact of the Super Bowl on the greater Phoenix area is estimated to be about $500 million, no doubt in part to soaring hotel rates. But private rentals are also doing their fair share to contribute. At first, we thought home owners were trying to take advantage of incoming sports fans, but as it turns out, vacation rentals are reasonably priced in certain situations. Take, for example, this story about a Scottsdale resident who had grand plans to rent out his house over Super Bowl week. The Old Town Scottsdale home features space for ten people, a swank pool, and a 12-head…
  • Greece's New Prime Minister Doesn't Want You to Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort

    wakeandwander
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Alexis Tsipras, newly installed Prime Minister of Greece, wasted no time in tackling tourism issues, announcing that he hopes to ween the country off of mass tourism and all-inclusive resorts. According to The Daily Mail, he does not support an outright ban of all-inclusives, but "wants to encourage a move away from the all-inclusive resorts back to the traditional holiday model where visitors use local bars, restaurants and attractions." It was indeed a bold announcement, and one that is sure to split rooms down the middle. Tsipras said he thinks the resorts tend to wall-in visitors,…
  • One Man Takes a Stand Against the Forced Gratuity on Room Service Bills. Will You Join Him?

    wakeandwander
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Tipping extra for room service, when there are already gratuity and delivery charges involved, has long been a hot topic here at HotelChatter. But contributing editor Will McGough is seriously fed up with these service shenanigans. Here's his rant. Got a hotel rant of your own to share? Send it to us! Before I went to bed at a $300+ per night luxury hotel, I called room service and ordered two plates of eggs, wheat toast, yogurt, and coffee for two. I asked that it arrive around 7:30 a.m., and after confirming this and my order, the woman hung up. I went to sleep. I woke up the next morning…
  • New York: A First Look at Residence Inn at the World Trade Center

    DesignMinder
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    What do you do with an outdated office building in one of the best locations in Lower Manhattan? You convert it into a hotel of course! That’s just what Marriott has done, with the opening of Residence Inn New York Manhattan/World Trade Center Area. Yes, that's really it's full name. We guess when you start overpopulating your brand in NYC, you have to be as specific as possible about the hotel name. The next Residence Inn may just be called, "Residence Inn New York Next To the Bodega at 42nd and 5th, No, Not that Bodega, The One That's Across From The Starbucks and Duane Reade." But we…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • My Guilty Pleasure

    Marriott on the Move
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    I’ve blogged about my favorite books before. Having read almost everything there is about the Great War, I’ve turned to another genre and I’m addicted. I’ll let you in on my literary secret: It’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher action/thriller novels. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure and this fun read is...
  • What I Learned From Coach Urban Meyer

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    In my office I have a few pictures of my family and leaders who I am proud of and seek to emulate. One of these is an autographed picture of Urban Meyer, who The Wall Street Journal recently headlined, “Once and Future King of College Football.” I followed Coach Meyer’s...
  • It All Started with a Ford Model T

    Marriott on the Move
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    It all started with a Ford Model T and a couple who had fallen in love. On the day they married, they left Salt Lake City, Utah and drove east until they hit Washington, D.C. The trip took 11 days. They went over a lot of hills, and the ‘ol...
  • Setting The World on Fire

    Marriott on the Move
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Have you ever met someone who is setting the world on fire – young, passionate, opinionated. I was sitting in a Marriott Family Foundation meeting the other day and was introduced to our newest program manager, Hannah. She shook my hand and it was one of the firmest grips I’ve...
  • My Top 10 of 2014

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    As 2014 winds down, I’ve noticed a lot of “greatest hits” that are listed for this year. Not to be out done, I’ve compiled my own for my dedicated blog readers. Some on the list are personal and some are business-related. 10. Employing and providing opportunities for an additional 35,000...
 
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  • Summary Of BrightTALK Webinar Trends

    Ken Molay
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Today I watched BrightTALK's annual webcast presenting highlights from their Webinar Benchmarks Report. You can watch the full presentation and download the report in PDF format at bit.ly/1zFqETn. In past years I had accused BrightTALK of making their webcast rather dry, simply reeling off the statistics they had collected. This year they spent much more time talking about the interpretation of the data and suggesting tips for improving webinar performance (almost entirely in a lead generation context, as that is their bread and butter). As I write each year, we have to be careful in…
  • Behind The Scenes At A Video Webcast

    Ken Molay
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    I just discovered a promotional video on the INXPO page for their XPOCAST webcasting product. Although it is presented as a standard marketing case study, the video includes "behind the scenes" action you don't normally see in vendor promo pieces. I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at what is going on - ignoring the case study and product for the moment. I will try to offer some commentary and insights for those who are considering offering a live webcast and are not sure what is involved. Caveats abound… I was not involved in any way with the webcast featured in the…
  • Phone Conferencing And The US Northeast Storm

    Ken Molay
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    My readers in other countries may not be aware that the United States weather service is forecasting a blizzard of historic proportions for the US Northeast. From New York to Maine, forecasts for overnight and into tomorrow call for severe and rapid snowfall and accumulation. I just received a courtesy notice related to the storm from one of my audio conferencing providers, ConferTel. Their warnings and suggestions are good advice for anyone planning to use telephone conferencing as part of a webinar or webcast tomorrow morning. Unfortunately that includes me!  :) Dear Valued Customer,…
  • Marketing vs Sales Webinars

    Ken Molay
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Is your webinar meant to serve a marketing need or a sales need? If you cannot quickly, easily, and clearly answer that question, you are most likely undermining its effectiveness. In the broadest brushstrokes, marketing is everything necessary to get targets to the point where they are ready to consider making a purchase. Sales is the process of removing final doubts, overcoming objections, negotiating terms and pricing, and getting signatures. In the majority of business-to-business sales/marketing cycles (certainly above a given price point), the two tasks are separate and are carried out…
  • Web Conferencing History - The Early Years

    Ken Molay
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    Last week I looked up "Web Conferencing" on Wikipedia. I was interested in what the article would list as the first web conferencing technology. I found a page in desperate need of expansion and updating. So I made some edits, starting with a little bit of disambiguation in the introduction and then concentrating on the History section. There is still a lot of work to be done, particularly in the section on Features, which I haven't touched yet. In researching the early history of web conferencing, I ran up against several challenges. Company names and product names changed, businesses and…
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    ConventionPlanit.com Meeting & Events Blog

  • PCMA Wrap-Up

    maureen-pickell
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    As Director of Media Relations for ConventionPlanit.com, your busy Blogger was invited on a walking tour of McCormick Place West for a look at how PCMA and their partners addressed some of the opportunities and challenges producing the Convening Leaders Conference. We visited the “Behind the Scenes” bleachers where attendees were able to watch as producers called out camera changes and speakers were shuttled to and from the green room and strolled through the first-ever PCMA Park, a salute to Chicago’s inspirational landscapes. The Learning Lounge was the place to find TechCentral, the…
  • Make No Little Plans at PCMA’s Convening Leaders

    maureen-pickell
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    This year’s Convening Leader’s theme was “Make No Little Plans” and you can tell that 18 months ago, the committee organizing this event took this advice to heart. From the informative and exciting General Sessions to the various Education tracts including Globalization, Operational Strategy, Event Technology & Intelligence and Meeting & Experience Design, there was a wealth of knowledge to be mined. As if all this didn’t provide enough stimulation, the Learning Lounge made its second appearance with a dizzying array of sessions, group discussions and hands on activities…
  • PCMA’s Convening Leaders Starts January Off Strong

    maureen-pickell
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Neither snow falling from above, slush building underfoot or wind catching one in the mid-section prevented over 4,000 participants from gathering  Jan. 11-14 for the 2015 PCMA Convening Leaders meeting in its hometown of Chicago. Your intrepid ConventionPlanit.com Blogger (no stranger to this type of weather) was one of the attendees’ intent on beginning the New Year by joining colleagues for 3 days of education and networking. PCMA kicked off on Sunday with the Opening Reception held at the prestigious Museum of Science and Industry which was transformed to display Chicago neighborhoods.
  • New Year, New Look

    Ashley Chalmers
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    As the New Year gets underway, ConventionPlanit.com is ready with a fresh update to the website. If you have visited the site recently, you will notice a clean, streamlined new homepage design and improved navigational tabs to help direct users. The new ‘my meetings’ link allows you direct access to your RFP OrganizationSM charts from any page on the site. The refresh to the website comes from direct feedback from the CP Advisory Council of meeting planners. The website is now more accessible, with full functionality available on mobile devices and iPads. You can truly check your…
  • Happy Holidays

    Ashley Chalmers
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Happy Holidays from the ConventionPlanit.com Team! We offer our thanks for your continued support, and wish you much peace and great joy during this holiday season and throughout the New Year. Some of the ConventionPlanit Team at our Holiday Luncheon last week Related Posts:Send Us Your Holiday NewsConventionPlanit Members Give Back this Holiday SeasonCapital Region Meeting Planners Go Loco for HoCoIMEX America Hosted Buyer OpportunityCP Heads to Expo! Expo!
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    BusyEvent Mobile » Blog

  • Marketing Psychologically: Diversify Your Campaigns With Knowledge

    Nicolette Anderson
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    It will come as no surprise that psychology has a huge effect on the efficacy of marketing efforts. Marketing is about understanding and appealing to people’s needs and desires, so it makes sense that marketers can and do benefit by studying aspects of psychology. By understanding what makes your target demographic tick, you can make better decisions about how and when to market to them.   Here, we’ve assembled our best and most interesting psychological inisghts into the mind of the consumer. These psychological tendencies are a fantastic tool to help marketers better understand who…
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BusyEvent Mobile Reaches $3M Funding GoalSeries B financing fuels accelerated expansion for event app solution

    Brian Slawin
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Contact: Tara Thomas Email: Tara@meetingpool.net Phone: +1 650-455-7658 ST LOUIS, Missouri – January 27, 2015 – BusyEvent Mobile, the revenue-driving conference and tradeshow mobile platform, today announced that the Company, assisted by their board of directors and a group of technology industry advisors, has closed an additional $1.2M in Series B financing on the heels of a successful Series A round in 2013. The Company plans to invest in increasing staff on their sales and engineering teams and are actively recruiting to accelerate sales and marketing efforts. The robust BusyEvent…
  • Must Read Articles – Jan 16 2015

    Nicolette Anderson
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Happy Friday, friends! We have some must reads for your weekend reading pleasure on some of our favorite topics, data, social media and more data! Enjoy!   Why Data is an Event Planners Best Friend by @PYMLive I love that this article puts a personal spin on event data. Isn’t it beneficial to learn how you can customize your event to cater to your attendees needs? http://techsytalk.com/event-planning/why-data-is-an-event-planners-best-friend-by-pymlive/   Don’t End Up with These Social Media Regrets When Launching an Event by Kelvin Newman We’ve all seen and…
  • From Measurement to Money

    Brian Slawin
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Why are more and more #eventprofs moving from “Measurement to Money“and how can increased sponsor value, more qualified exhibitor leads, event revenue growth and a better experience for every attendee be the Future of Events? Share this video         |         Share this blog  Register for the Future of Events Webcast   2015 is going to be another big year for event technology advancements. Some think indoor mapping or iBeacons is the next wave while others think unlocking BigData is the key. Which will win out, the shiny objects or the data nerds?
  • From Measurement to Money

    Brian Slawin
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Why are more and more #eventprofs moving from “Measurement to Money“and how can increased sponsor value, more qualified exhibitor leads, event revenue growth and a better experience for every attendee be the Future of Events? Share this video         |         Share this blog  Register for the Future of Events Webcast 2015 is going to be another big year for event technology advancements. Some think indoor mapping or iBeacons is the next wave while others think unlocking BigData is the key. Which will win out, the shiny objects or the data nerds? We’ll…
 
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  • Press Publish Tickets

    Jen Mylo
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month! After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’ve confirmed the speaker lineups, and are thrilled to be including popular WordPress.com bloggers like Katherine Fritz, Jerry Mahoney, Emily Austin, and Russ Crandall. Here’s our collection of featured blogger speakers: You can see who’s speaking where by checking the event pages for Portland and Phoenix. In addition to…
  • Google Analytics for WordPress.com Business sites

    Ran
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain insights into your visitors and your site. To complement our built-in stats and to give you even more information about your traffic, you can now use Google Analytics with WordPress.com, as part of the WordPress.com Business plan. Add the Business plan to your site and get everything you need to…
  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
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    Cvent | Cvent

  • The CONNECT Chronicles: Sourcing a Venue in Sin City

    Rachel Andrews
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    This year, Cvent is holding one of the industry’s largest and most ambitious conferences: Cvent CONNECT. On June 14-18, we’ll be giving event professionals and hoteliers the opportunity to learn new insights, gather unique perspectives, and make valuable connections. The CONNECT Chronicles blog series is your source for all things Cvent CONNECT.  The series will cover our planning process (with great tips from our all-star planners), conference news, previews, live coverage and recaps. Make sure you stay tuned.   Cvent CONNECT is slated to be the largest conference in…
  • 14 Quick Ways to Create More Sustainable Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Often, the initiative to design sustainable event has to come from event and meeting planners. Many clients still don't have sustainability on their radar. Designing events that are more sustainable doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes, small, baby steps can go along way towards helping clients perceive the benefits of sustainable events. Sometimes just looking at what other destinations are doing can provide ideas and document the savings and results. Go paperless by using apps. or providing USB drives with handouts, speaker bios, agendas, and show guides. CrowdCompass…
  • 3 Things To Consider For App Development

    Lisa Apolinski
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    So, you have decided to join the over 1 million apps out there, and develop a new app for your event. Great, but how do you get started? Here are a few things to consider when you are developing your app.   What are you trying to solve?  The app you develop should actually solve something your mobile website cannot. Whether it is having up-to-date agenda info, push notifications on relevant information, or quickly being able to connect attendees with each other or conference materials, the app should provide a solution to an issue in your event. Your app should act as your…
  • Calling An Audible Onsite to Improve the Attendee Experience

    Donna Kastner
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Call an audible. It's a phrase that originated in football circles. As the quarterback moves to the line of scrimmage, if he notices an unexpected defensive line-up, he would call an audible to communicate a new play to his team on the fly. Now let's consider the unexpected things that might happen at the "line of scrimmage" at our events: Long lines are forming at the registration desk A speaker presentation suddenly becomes a sales pitch and attendees are exiting The event hashtag gets hijacked by a vocal attendee griping about something Session rooms are too [PICK ONE:…
  • 15 Ways to Ensure Guest Comfort During Winter Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This week, while New York City and New Jersey were spared the severe blizzard that had been forecasted, Long Island, New England, and Canada's Atlantic provinces were hammered. This is an important reminder to have plans in place to ensure guest comfort when snow hits your area. Today's tips focus on the event planner's challenge to ensure guests comfort after they have arrived at the venue safely. (Note: You don't have to do it all yourself. Many meeting venues have their own checklists to combat cold weather; check with them first and coordinate your efforts.) Wrap pipes…
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  • The Adobe EchoSign Advantage for Media and Entertainment

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    As media and entertainment companies face rising operational costs, a rapidly changing environment, and increasing demands from consumers, they are realizing that implementing e-signature solutions can deliver a critical competitive advantage.Request Free!
  • Cloud-Based Video Conferencing: A Flexible Approach to Face-to-Face Communication

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cloud-based video conferencing has enabled companies to realize the full benefits of video: face-to-face contact, efficient knowledge transfers and a degree of personal interaction that's proven critical for businesses hoping to gain a competitive advantage. Find out how software-based desktop and mobile video conferencing can strengthen corporate agility, responsiveness and productivity.Request Free!
  • How Will Mobility Change The Face Of Videoconferencing?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We've all heard the terms “BYOD” and “consumerization of IT” – these ideas are leading the charge as it relates to a mobile workforce. While it may be simple to understand the value of mobility, implementation doesn't come without challenges. With the growing number of heterogeneous platforms, interfaces, processes, and tools available, it can be a daunting task for both IT and users to find a single solution that works across the organization.Request Free!
  • Real-World Options for Multipoint Videoconferencing

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) or at times referred to as video bridge or video bridging service is a device commonly used to bridge videoconferencing connections, usually three (3) or more sessions initiated from terminals, gateways or video endpoints. In this white paper, Wainhouse Research Analyst Ira M. Weinstein evaluates advantages and disadvantages for all MCU deployment models - traditional as well as emerging cloud-based MCU service options.Download this FREE white paper to understand key trends and how certain approaches are winning over others.Request Free!
  • Setting an Agenda -- Developing Your Meeting Skills

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    An agenda represents far more than simply a list of items that need to be discussed. In fact, a well-planned agenda is the foundation for a productive meeting and has five distinct purposes, each of which has implications for organizational efficiency and for maintaining good relations with your co-workers and team members. This free eBook explains how to set an agenda to make your meeting a success.You will learn:Why you should always insist that a meeting is run to an agreed agenda.The five distinct purposes that are served by a successful agenda.How to incorporate all of these into any…
 
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    Party Ideas Blog

  • Pass the Present

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Okay so you get a present (from anyone Dollar Tree,5 Below...etc.) and you wrap it 8 or 9 times with wrapping paper then you get all your guests in a circle
  • Party Tips

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    What I like do for my kids parties is have all the kids come in and do a craft to distract them. That's only for my girls, my boys like to play video games.
  • Bunco Bombers Madera Reserve

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Our group has been playing for nine years on the first Wednesday of the month. The hostess provides liquids, dessert and munchies at the tables. We play
  • Bunco Theme Christmas in July

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    We decorated the front yard with a few, not a whole lot, of Christmas decorations, we pulled out the artificial Christmas tree and a few decorations, we
  • Allocating Bunco Prizes

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    I have a question. We have 5 cash prize payouts. Tonight I began with the lowest cash prize. There were arguments because the person that won the lowest
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    Elite Meetings Blog

  • EMA Insights & Takeaways 5: January 2015 EMA

    Deanna Graves
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
      We started out the day with an early breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:00 am and headed into the morning Education Session: Health is Haute in Meetings lead by speaker Tracy Latkovic. Her topic combines her two great passions: Health and Hospitality. Each planner commented on how important the topic was and Tracy’s grace and accuracy in addressing it. After the Education Session wrapped up, Planners and Hoteliers entered the ballroom to begin their One-on-One Appointments. The ballroom was as busy as ever! We’ve got 150 attendees at the EMA this year so as you imagine, there is a…
  • EMA Insights & Takeaways 4: January 2015 EMA

    Deanna Graves
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Attendees launch into the Sunday activities with fresh faces and a well deserved good night’s sleep! We gathered for breakfast at 8:00 am and headed into today’s Education Sessions. The Education Sessions began with speaker Debra Zabloudil’s session titled “Jagger, Madonna, Beyonce and Bieber: Setting the Stage for All Generations to Shine.” This Education Session provided insight on how to better understand our demographic in the workplace and the marketplace. I personally was hanging on Debra’s every word. Debra launches the session with the question “If we could…
  • EMA Insights & Takeaways 3: January 2015 EMA

    Deanna Graves
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    And we’re off… like a bobsled on ice! We’ve spent the day checking in the guests and discussing the exciting activities to come. With Zen Spa to our left and Island Routes to our right, the hospitality desk crew bear witness to attendees taking full advantage of booking relaxing spa packages as well as some adventure tours. Some of the adventure packages include Jamaican bobsleds, zip lines through the mountains, catamaran cruises and even deep sea fishing. Guests have also been offered complimentary shoulder massages from Zen Spa once checked in. Nothing like a free shoulder…
  • EMA Insights & Takeaways 2: January 2015 EMA

    Deanna Graves
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    There’s no better way to start the day here at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall than to sit down at the water’s edge with a hot cup of coffee from GrindZ – Hyatt Ziva’s coffeehouse featuring Jamaica brews and delicious pastries. With the sound of the ocean waves crashing the sandy shore, and the sun already beginning to warm your bones, many guests find themselves with the urge to wake up bright and early and take advantage of every second they have here in Jamaica. I even stumbled upon a group practicing meditation and yoga on the “Amphitheater” on my way down to an early breakfast. Of…
  • Join us at CBI’s Pharma Forum in National Harbor, MD

    Martha Brooks
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This year’s Pharma Forum is sure to impress. The go-to event for health care industry meeting professionals is jam packed this year with speakers, educational sessions, and one-on-one networking appointments. To help facilitate the networking appointments, AttendeeHub™ is a proud sponsor of the Pharma Forum this year. Our goal with the AttendeeHub s to bring even greater value to an already successful event. By providing attendees with an intuitive, easy-to-use pre-event appointment scheduler, the scheduling can be efficient fun for everyone. When attendees schedule appointments and…
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  • The CONNECT Chronicles: Sourcing a Venue in Sin City

    Rachel Andrews
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    This year, Cvent is holding one of the industry’s largest and most ambitious conferences: Cvent CONNECT. On June 14-18, we’ll be giving event professionals and hoteliers the opportunity to learn new insights, gather unique perspectives, and make valuable connections. The CONNECT Chronicles blog series is your source for all things Cvent CONNECT.  The series will cover our planning process (with great tips from our all-star planners), conference news, previews, live coverage and recaps. Make sure you stay tuned.   Cvent CONNECT is slated to be the largest conference in…
  • 14 Quick Ways to Create More Sustainable Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Often, the initiative to design sustainable event has to come from event and meeting planners. Many clients still don't have sustainability on their radar. Designing events that are more sustainable doesn't have to be complicated. Sometimes, small, baby steps can go along way towards helping clients perceive the benefits of sustainable events. Sometimes just looking at what other destinations are doing can provide ideas and document the savings and results. Go paperless by using apps. or providing USB drives with handouts, speaker bios, agendas, and show guides. CrowdCompass…
  • 3 Things To Consider For App Development

    Lisa Apolinski
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    So, you have decided to join the over 1 million apps out there, and develop a new app for your event. Great, but how do you get started? Here are a few things to consider when you are developing your app.   What are you trying to solve?  The app you develop should actually solve something your mobile website cannot. Whether it is having up-to-date agenda info, push notifications on relevant information, or quickly being able to connect attendees with each other or conference materials, the app should provide a solution to an issue in your event. Your app should act as your…
  • Calling An Audible Onsite to Improve the Attendee Experience

    Donna Kastner
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Call an audible. It's a phrase that originated in football circles. As the quarterback moves to the line of scrimmage, if he notices an unexpected defensive line-up, he would call an audible to communicate a new play to his team on the fly. Now let's consider the unexpected things that might happen at the "line of scrimmage" at our events: Long lines are forming at the registration desk A speaker presentation suddenly becomes a sales pitch and attendees are exiting The event hashtag gets hijacked by a vocal attendee griping about something Session rooms are too [PICK ONE:…
  • 15 Ways to Ensure Guest Comfort During Winter Events

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This week, while New York City and New Jersey were spared the severe blizzard that had been forecasted, Long Island, New England, and Canada's Atlantic provinces were hammered. This is an important reminder to have plans in place to ensure guest comfort when snow hits your area. Today's tips focus on the event planner's challenge to ensure guests comfort after they have arrived at the venue safely. (Note: You don't have to do it all yourself. Many meeting venues have their own checklists to combat cold weather; check with them first and coordinate your efforts.) Wrap pipes…
 
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    Camelot Special Events

  • Save $10,000 (or more) With Plastic Elastic Table Covers

    Mark Saponaro
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email me camelotspecialevents.com 60 inch round Plastic Elastic Table Covers in the beer tentHow To Save Money UsingPlastic Elastic Table CoversEvent venues as well as restaurants that use linen on their tables can save literally thousands of dollars on linen costs by using Plastic Elastic Table Covers on top of their linen (or in place of them in some cases).This will save money on either the cost for linen rental orthe cost for washing, ironing,  and packaging linen in-house .Using Plastic Elastic…
  • How to design a Poster Board Layout

    Mark Saponaro
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comPoster Board GoalsThe best poster board has more graphics than text and is easily readable in a very short amount of time.  The poster board should be self-explanatory so any reader can easily follow the content without stopping to figure out what they just read.   The goal is to make your main points (2 or 3 total...do not overload with info) in a limited amount of space (typically a 4'x 6' poster board) with attention grabbing info & graphics.This type of poster board will…
  • Why & How to Host a Poster Session

    Mark Saponaro
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurnerMark Saponaro Email mecamelotspecialevents.comTargeted CommunicationUsing Low Tech DisplaysWhy A Poster Session? Research takes a lot of time to accumulate, compile, and publish in an understandable format (click here to see how to lay out a poster board)...as the Research Presenter; you want to get this valuable information into as many of the right hands as possible.A Poster Session is a highly effective way to do this.  A large amount of presenters can communicate their research topic to a very interestedgroup of attendees in a short…
  • Cover Your Tables And Your Barrels

    Mark Saponaro
    25 Sep 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Covered Tables at Events:Everyone knows it is better to cover tables at an event (click here to see why) than to leave them bare:Table covers make tables look more uniform and hide table imperfectionsTable cover colors can tie in with the event theme or corporate colorsAssigned table seating can be color coded to show where General Seating is as opposed to VIP, for example Covered Barrels at Events:Nobody even thinks about the lowly trash barrel...those ubiquitous grey brutes that are scattered throughout the event venue.  As it turns out, for many of the same reasons that tables should…
  • New Android App for requesting a plastic elastic quote

    Mark Saponaro
    10 Mar 2013 | 8:17 am
    Get this cool Android App Mark msaponaro@camelotspecialevents.com www.camelotspecialevents.com
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    EventIQ Blog

  • New Year = New Electionbuddy!

    Dave
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    To wish you the best for 2015, we have DRAMATICALLY updated the electionbuddy experience.  Our goals were to keep it simple, to add some requested functionality, to give you more control over the voter and voting process and to make electionbuddy look better for you and your voters.  The newness includes Better access to the most important functions from the redesigned election list screen and see more stats and information Reduced scrolling – we update our account settings screen to group items Better explanations and help – along with an overall refresh to the look and feel…
  • happy holidays to our friends around the world

    Dave
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    To our users in 42 countries, we wanted to wish you good tidings in your own language (as taken from http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/languages.shtml) Krismasi Njema / Heri ya krismas     Eid Milad Majid (عيد ميلاد مجيد)    Vrolijk Kerstfeest     Glædelig Jul     Sheng Dan Kuai Le (圣诞快乐)    Seng Dan Fai Lok (聖誕快樂)   Joyeux Noël   Frohe Weihnachten   Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit   Prettige Kerstfeest  Gleðileg jól   Śubh krisamas (शुभ क्रिसमस)   karisama te nawāṃ sāla khušayāṃwālā hewe…
  • Name your price

    Eric
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    There are no rules when it comes to giving. Or more accurately, there are no agreed upon rules because everyone has their own set of unique of criteria when it comes to deciding how much they should give. $20 dollars? Minimum of $100? Or how about your favourite number, $77.77? When it comes to providing the option to accept donations using InviteRight, we have often suggested that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,”  and that event organizers such as gala fundraisers or high school drama teachers should provide a straightforward set of common denominations to choose…
  • Watch Video – Santa stuck at the Office

    Eric
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    Yule have to forgive Santa for not feeling too holly jolly these days. Lately he’s been feeling “Claus-trophbic” stuck behind his desk, with towers of paper work piling up around him. Per-“Apps” a Christmas miracle can save him in the “Nick” of time… In staying with our annual holiday video tradition, we present “Santa stuck at the Office” – a cautionary tale for the big man and all of the little helpers around the world. We hope that 2014 has been memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. From the…
  • Now accepting nominations for Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator 2015

    Eric
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Tis the season for giving! To all the reindeer wrangling high school principals and vice principals across Canada, we encourage you to give the gift of thanks and recognition by nominating your amazing teacher volunteer for the  Canada’s Best Grad Coordinator!   Each year, Graduation Coordinators give their time to tirelessly organize and arrange the banquets and ceremonies that become the memory making events that commemorate the momentous milestone that is high school graduation. Students and parents rely on the experience of these teacher volunteers as graduation events…
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • 8 ways to enjoy a flight delay (yes, really)

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Remember, you’re not going anywhere. So if the flight won’t move, your attitude may as well.
  • Ready for your close-up? 6 tips to get you there

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Constant change is a given for all of us, so the idea of being comfortable in your job went out the window with that last app you downloaded.
  • Ch-ch-changes … New year, new rhythm, new you

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Simply put, a resolution is just another word for deciding to make a change. Big, small or anywhere in between.
  • GBTA forecasts uptick in group-trip travel

    Plan Your Meetings
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    U.S. business travel ended 2014 on a positive note, with record spending expected to top $292 billion, according to a report from the GBTA Foundation. The projection for 2015 is strong, too. Lower oil prices are expected to promote consumer spending and economic projects. The forecast comes from the GBTA Foundation’s fourth-quarter outlook report. The foundation [...]
  • Kyoto adds 24-hour translation service

    Plan Your Meetings
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    A 24-hour translation service has been launched in Kyoto, Japan, to assist business travelers attending international events, according to the Kyoto Convention Bureau. The service is available in Spanish, Portuguese, English, Chinese and Korean and can be used in times of illness, emergency or general communication with hotel staff. The service is available in 1,724 hotels [...]
 
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    Plan Your Meetings

  • 8 ways to enjoy a flight delay (yes, really)

    Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM,
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Remember, you’re not going anywhere. So if the flight won’t move, your attitude may as well.
  • Ready for your close-up? 6 tips to get you there

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Constant change is a given for all of us, so the idea of being comfortable in your job went out the window with that last app you downloaded.
  • Ch-ch-changes … New year, new rhythm, new you

    Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Simply put, a resolution is just another word for deciding to make a change. Big, small or anywhere in between.
  • GBTA forecasts uptick in group-trip travel

    Plan Your Meetings
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    U.S. business travel ended 2014 on a positive note, with record spending expected to top $292 billion, according to a report from the GBTA Foundation. The projection for 2015 is strong, too. Lower oil prices are expected to promote consumer spending and economic projects. The forecast comes from the GBTA Foundation’s fourth-quarter outlook report. The foundation [...]
  • Kyoto adds 24-hour translation service

    Plan Your Meetings
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    A 24-hour translation service has been launched in Kyoto, Japan, to assist business travelers attending international events, according to the Kyoto Convention Bureau. The service is available in Spanish, Portuguese, English, Chinese and Korean and can be used in times of illness, emergency or general communication with hotel staff. The service is available in 1,724 hotels [...]
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    Thoughtfully Simple

  • Sip It :: Rosemary Lemon Sparkler

    Tori
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We spent the past weekend up in a cabin (in an effort to find some post-holiday downtime and just chill) which resulted in several amazing things: long hikes, snow sledding, making our own dreamcatchers (check them out on Instagram here!), and the development of a wonderful new cocktail. I was tempted to call it the “Cabin Cocktail” but that really only means something to me. It would make no sense to you. So, let’s call it what it is —a Rosemary Lemon Sparkler. The overall taste is fresh but woodsy. Which perfectly describes the mountain air. What makes this drink special…
  • Work It :: Practice Isn’t Overrated

    Tori
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    I spoke at a conference January 2014 as a tandem keynote speaker. I shared the stage and dual presented with someone really brilliant. And then, I bombed it. Like BOMBED. I was so nervous that it didn’t matter what great insights I had to share. My delivery of the content was all that the audience could focus on (and no, this wasn’t just in my mind because the post-conference survey respondents spoke loud and clear about it). After that I was so disappointed in myself. Why? Because I KNEW I could have done better. After a while, I realized then what I had to do—I had to DO better.
  • Make It :: Your Own Watercolor Pallet

    Tori
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Remember these watercolor notecards I made recently? I created them with watercolor I made myself. It really surprised me how simple it is to make your own watercolors. Above: The cast of characters. How To Make A Watercolor Pallet Supplies: Ice cube tray, water, baking soda, food colors (whatever colors you fancy) To Make: Fill each ice cube tray 1/2 way with baking soda. Next, add a drop or two of food coloring into each cube. For lighter shades use on drop. For darker, two. Then, add a but of water to each cube and stir to dissolve the baking soda and food color. Stir well. You’ll…
  • Make It :: Watercolor Note Cards

    Tori
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today I have the pleasure of joining in an online baby shower honoring the adorable mom-to-be Melissa of Melissa Creates. If you don’t know Melissa’s work, pop on over to her blog for fun crafts, entertaining tips, and recipes. You’ll be glad you did! Inspired by this gorgeous invite created for Melissa (above), I decided to make a set of watercolor notecards to have on hand. It’s so nice to have pretty notecards on hand when you want to pop a friend a note or send off a thank you card in the mail. And who knew it was so easy to make your own watercolor palette (see…
  • Serve It :: Drunken Caprese Appetizer

    Tori
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    It’s the New Year and while I am definitely eating healthier, I am not one for sacrificing delicious flavor. One of my favorite appetizers to serve (and eat!) is caprese … in any form. Salad, pasta, on a sandwich, or simply stacked on a skewer. It really doesn’t matter I want to eat it all. In this recipe I ditched the mozzarella but I got the tomatoes drunk. I say that’s about even, wouldn’t you? The first step is to place your cherry tomatoes into a small bowl of red wine. Any red wine you may have leftover will work great. Make sure they are at least 1/2 way…
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    Austin Social Planner

  • RECAP: 2015 Dell Children’s Light Gala

    Kevin Smothers
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    All the elements were in place. The tables set just so, the lights ready to put on a visual display, the patrons dressed to the nines, and everyone ready to dine, mingle and dance! Such was the scene at Saturday’s Dell Children’s Light Gala, the unofficial kickoff to the spring social season in our fair city, which benefited Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Staged by the affable and engaging Sabrina and Jay Brown, the entire team from Dell Children’s pulled out all the stops to entertain the huge crowd assembled in the Austin Convention Center…
  • HOLIDAY PARTIES & EVENTS: Celebrate all Season Long

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    As the holiday season grows near, it’s officially time to trim the tree, light the menorah and deck the halls! Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content. Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again. Events calendar powered by Trumba
  • Center for Child Protection PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon raises more than $330,000

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    The 11th annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon presented by Lexus of Austin mixed fun with philanthropy and raised more than $330,000 for the Center for Child Protection. Emcees Cassie LaMere and Jim Spencer The Luncheon annually sells out months in advance – which for the Hilton Austin Grand Ballroom is 900 friends and supporters of the Center. The Saturday morning event is filled with perusing auction packages, sipping Prosecco and, of course, playing Bingo! Eight lucky Bingo winners took home fabulous prizes including spa packages and jewelry, over 170 auction packages were taken home…
  • Our November Art Event Picks

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    If October is all about music and film, November is all about the arts. We’ve picked our favorite art party stops we’ll definitely be making this month: Creek Show: Light Night.  For one night, the team at Waller Creek Conservancy is illuminating the dark and sometimes forgotten about Waller Creek for an evening of underground art. The stretch of creek between 5th and 9th streets will be transformed by five light installations designed by local architects and landscape architects Legge Lewis Legge, Baldridge Architects, Thoughtbarn, Jason Sowell, Design Workshop and Jason Sowell.
  • RECAP: ‘The Fifty’ Host a SUPER Evening Raising Funds for the Seton Medical Center

    Laura Villagran Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Over 550 guests filled Brazos Hall this weekend in everything from super to silly outfits for the annual costume party fundraiser Superheroes, Villains & Sidekicks. The event is hosted by The Fifty, a group of 50 leaders in the community who fundraise and advocate for the future of health care in Central Texasc particularly focusing on raising funds for the new Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. The flying photobooth and dance party we’re lively – as was the giving Super Moment that raised $50,000. Overall, the event raised nearly $300,000 for construction…
 
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  • How an Event Planning Checklist Makes You a Better Planner

    Andrew Maxwell
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. If you have ever planned a meeting or event, then you know just how many details and tasks are involved to execute it. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, you’ll still need an action plan to keep on top of what needs to be done, and when. And that’s where an event planning checklist comes in. An event planning template is designed to walk you through the various stages involved with planning an event. Consider an event or conference planning checklist as a starting point. You’ll start with a generic…
  • How to Plan a Fashion Show

    Randy Markus
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    courtesy of www.graphicriver.net Do you break out in hives at just the thought of having to plan a fashion show? Does the notion of fashion show lighting and fashion show decorations ideas and all that is involved just stress you out? Planning a fashion show and don’t know where to start? When planning a fashion show there is lots to take in to account. While the superstar of fashion shows are the clothes, there’s a ton of coordination details involved. And don’t get me started on all the behind the scenes legwork. Pulling off a winning fashion show event calls for lots of organizing,…
  • Politics of an Internship

    Andrew Maxwell
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    photo by campusdiaries.com Politics of an internship? So many people say they are “not into politics” but the truth is if there is more than one person in a room then POLITICS are involved.  Human nature – can’t be helped. One thing we don’t teach students is how important it is to be “Politically Astute”.   This can be especially true when students are heading out to do internships or into that all important first job. Firstly we have to dispel the negative connotation that has attached itself to the word “politics”. Having solid political skills does not have to mean…
  • Teamwork is the Strongest Link

    Randy Markus
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    courtesy of www.onerock.ca The most straightforward definition of teamwork is “work done as a team”. People working together with the same purpose. A successful event happens in part because of the efforts and hard work of your team. Yes teamwork is vital for success. And it can be a short leap from success to failure. If I’ve learned anything it’s you won’t have success without a thriving and cohesive team. It’s been said and I agree that a team’s work usually surpasses that of an individual. That teams are more reactive, adaptable and accommodating. And that the productivity…
  • Job Interview Tips: How to Properly Ask for A Job Interview

    Andrew Maxwell
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    There is a lot of interest from our readers about networking and job interview tips. Part of our focus, here at PlanAnEvent.org, is on offering advice to event planning students on how to get event planning jobs. Students are currently securing and completing their internships in their related fields. In our continuing video series with Geoffrey Lalonde, author of bestseller “4 Minutes to the Job You Want“, we asked him to provide some job interview tips. In the video below, Geoffrey describes the right way (and when) to ask for a job interview. Job Interview Tips – How and When…
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  • 5 Tips For A Successful Hybrid Event

    Pat Ahaesy
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    You have read, no doubt about the state of the economy. According to the NY Times article on January 19, 2014, by Patricia Cohen , the Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016 What does that have to do with this blog? Plenty!! When the Great recession […]
  • Is there such a thing as too much planning and preparation for an event or conference?

    Pat Ahaesy
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    Is there such a thing as too much planning and preparation for an event or conference?  The answer is a BIG FLAT NO!!! Be the best planner that you possibly can. This simply means, planning as far ahead as possible. Why are your, your client or your boss holding this event? Determine the purpose and […]
  • 5 Tips For a Seamless Event

    Pat Ahaesy
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    5 Tips For a Seamless Event   Plan as far in advance as possible Make a production timeline and stick to it Make an event timeline, allowing appropriate time for vendor load /load out so they’re not stepping on one another. Be sure to allow enough time for each part of your event, such as […]
  • Tips on Venue Selection For Meeting Planners

    Pat Ahaesy
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Yes, we know how difficult it is to plan very far ahead for your next conference or event, but planning ahead can help you to have an even better outcome and save money all at the same time. Sometimes you’re able to find your venue twelve months or so out or maybe even more! That’s […]
  • Some Interesting Webcasting Horror Stories

    Pat Ahaesy
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    While reading the MeetingsNet website, I saw an article about some Webcasting disasters. None had to do with the things that you would think about for a face to face meeting, except for one. You may have heard horror stories about a speaker that has been mic’ed up going to the restroom with an un-muted […]
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  • Top Common Event Planning Mistakes To Avoid In 2015

    Arwin Adriano
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    Event planning is hard work. With so many different areas that constantly need your attention, it’s not hard to see why there is such high demand for high quality professionals of the industry –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unique Wedding Destinations In Australia

    Arwin Adriano
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Australia boasts of thousands of wedding destinations. However, you are probably wondering how you should choose the best destination for your upcoming wedding. Well, you should stop worrying because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Use Language Of Flowers In Your Floral Arrangements

    Arwin Adriano
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    To stare at beautiful, brightly colored fresh flower arrangement is to experience pure emotion. Depending on the color of the arrangement or bouquet, the emotion one feels will slightly vary. From... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Choosing Wedding Favours For Your Entourages

    Arwin Adriano
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The wedding is probably the best chapter of everybody’s life. Apart from the bride and groom, it is also exciting for the entourages, groomsmen, and bridesmaids. The ceremony is not complete without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Money Saving Tips For Event Planners

    Arwin Adriano
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Organizing an event can cost a lot of money regardless of it being a small event or a big event that is why most Event Planners critically considers savings a vital part of the budget planning.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Event Trends to Look for in 2015

    Natalia Vasquez
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
      New Year’s has passed and new goals remain fresh in everybody’s mind. How will this year be bigger, more successful, and more creative than the last? […]
  • Stephen’s Favorite Turkey Enchilada Recipe

    Chris Ochoa
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    Ingredients 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 3/4 cups finely chopped onions 1 28-ounce can enchilada sauce 5 plum tomatoes, finely chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons […]
  • Key Events Operates a World Series Themed Celebration

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    With the San Francisco Giants participating in the world series,  we received both good and bad news.  The good – our team was making another run for […]
  • Key Events Top 5 Turkey Leftover Ideas

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    With the holiday season quickly approaching,  it’s almost that time of year where much anticipated holiday dinners turn into mounds of leftovers. But what do you do […]
  • IT List: Autumn in The Bay

    Chris Ochoa
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Our Top 5 Must Do Autumn Activities By Chris Ochoa, Sales & Marketing Coordinator While September and early October tend to be some of the warmest months […]
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  • Escaping From The Big City: A Guide To Vernon, NJ

    Josh Lew
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Vernon Valley, image via Nicholas A. Tonelli Some of the most iconic vacation destinations on the East Coast are a short distance outside of New York City. One of the most underrated of these places is located in the mountain region of Northern New Jersey. Vernon is not only a place to play in the great outdoors, it is also a perfectly historic rural setting for vacations and celebrations. Mountain Creek skiing, image via Anthony Quintano Mountain Creek is a year round outdoor attraction in the Kittatinny Mountains near Vernon. During the wintertime, skiers and snowboarders come here for…
  • 3 Private Island Getaways To Sink Your Toes Into

    Annie Crandall
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    image via Estate Weddings and Events As these winter storms are blasting the cold and snow all over the country, dare I ask how many of you are ready for a nice private island getaway?! Soak up the sun, swim in the crisp blue water and relax to the sound of waves crashing. To meet this need, inspire planning and spur on this getaway…we thought we would share a few options. Azura Quilalea Private Island First, let’s venture to Mozambique where you can escape to Azura Quilalea Private Island in the Indian Ocean. Imagine yourself napping on a hammock, snorkeling and playing in the…
  • Wedding Hairstyle & Makeup Trends of 2015

    1011 Makeup
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Photo Credit: Ben Sasso Photography We have always found braids to be a popular option for our clients as a way of incorporating a fun twist into a style, but the past few months we are finding that braids are in higher demand than ever before, and are an exciting trend for 2015. Photo Credit: Braedon Flynn The great thing about braids is how creative you get with them, and we are loving the varieties of “braids” we are getting requests for. The two-strand waterfall braid seems to be a popular option for our clients who would like to wear their hair down and still feel like there…
  • The Importance Of A Wedding Weekend

    Jamie Ehrsam
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Bear Flag Farm, Winters California Eight years ago I had this idea, an idea of the ultimate wedding experience where couples could rent a large home or private estate for an entire weekend and celebrate with their closest loved ones for a three day wedding weekend. Meadow Burn Farm, New Jersey Yes, people have done this by hosting weddings in hotels and country clubs, but there seems to be something a bit more magical about staying in a private home where it is just you, your family and close friends. A wedding, family reunion and group getaway all wrapped into one. That being said, a year…
  • 5 Haciendas That Take Your Breath Away

    Annie Crandall
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    There is something to be said about the inspiration held within a Hacienda…setting a tone with its style, architecture and culture. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite Hacienda style venue spaces that are not only off the beaten path, but perfect for any celebration or getaway you have in mind. Hacienda Loma Hacienda Loma is located in sunny San Diego at Sunset Cliffs, which is right by Point Loma. This beautiful and historic Estate was built in the 1920′s, offering stunning ocean views for any gathering with the privacy that only a private estate can offer. Not only can you…
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    Endless Entertainment

  • Einsteins’ Favorites: Attracting Generation Z To Events, Event Planners encouraging Smart Phone Addictions, & Be A More Productive You

    Veronica Trebesh
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week the Endless Entertainment Einsteins says Goodbye to Ralph Morse and reveals the 7 simple secrets to successful Social Media Marketing. Plus- Are you hip enough to attract a younger crowd? Real LIFE Walter Mitty This week we say goodbye to Photographer Ralph Morse; who’s exceptional photographs of events throughout the 20th century have graced Life Magazine- from D-Day, to Audrey Hepburn hugging her Academy Award before she became the Icon known today. Morse will be truly missed, but his photos and his unique skill of capturing events of the 20th century on camera is truly a gift…
  • 5 Grand Entrance Ideas That Will Make Your Event Irresistible

    Austin Walker
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    If someone ever told you that grand entrances are indulgences reserved only for bad reality shows on MTV and Disney cartoon princesses, they are probably just unfortunate victims of a limited imagination. As with everything in life, first impressions count. In the lives of marketers, impressions are what make the world spin, and a visually stimulating event entrance can make an unforgettable first impression. Here’s our favorite grand entrance ideas. A great event entrance has the capacity to mesmerize, electrify, captivate, and/or amuse your audience. Remember, the first impact on your…
  • How To Host a Great Gatsby Party: The Revival of Vintage-Themed Parties

    Austin Walker
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    There’s no doubt that media influences event themes, from Despicable Me Minion cupcakes at birthday parties to Frozen, Midnight in Paris, and James Bond themed events. Themes are the perfect way to jazz up any event. They also provide flair, planning direction, and icebreakers for your guests. Themes can simplify planning, invoke excitement for those who enjoy dressing up, and bring something special to each unique function. These parties are an exciting, invigorating way to approach an otherwise boring, predictable event. A few years ago, fashion and media revolved around a fascination…
  • Two Must-Have Tools When Event Planning In A New City

    Will Curran
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Whenever I was event planning in a new city, I was coming upon the same problem over and over again. How to get the best local resources in the shortest period of time. I was simply tired of spending hours browsing the internet in order to find information about a specific area and its potential valuable resources. And it was bad for business too. As an event planner, I’m sure you know that timing is everything. So I said to myself that there must be better ways of getting the best out of a new location. And guess what? It is indeed possible to learn essential tricks in a snap! Below,…
  • Conquer Your Inbox and Boost Productivity with These Amazing Gmail Add-Ons

    Will Curran
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    At the beginning of 2015, I made that trendy vow to get organized and be efficient this year. It’s easy enough to keep a traditional planner, but email is harder to tame. There’s that client’s email to answer, then you need to respond to that follow-up request, and soon, the inbox has snowballed into a monster waiting to suck your time away.  I  had to rediscover old tricks and try new ones to find my way to a cleaner, organized inbox.  Here are four essential add-ons to help conquer your inbox and slay that time-sucker for once and for all. 1. Sort Emails Into Tasks…
 
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    Fairplex Insider

  • L.A. Weekender: Horse Expo Pomona

    Heather
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Cheers to the weekend! We’re looking forward to quite the equestrian weekend, with the Horse Expo Pomona staying with us, but there is plenty to see, eat and do (for free!) in LA too. Keep reading for our recreational recommendations … Continue reading →
  • Volunteer with Fairplex!

    Heather
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We love our Fairplex Ambassadors! Our volunteers play a big part in fostering a love of learning and curiosity in our students. Their enthusiasm and hard work mean a lot to us and we wouldn’t be the same without them! Our … Continue reading →
  • NEW Adult Classes at Millard Sheets Art Center

    Heather
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The Learning Centers at Fairplex is very excited to introduce new adult art classes, Monday and Thursday evenings! You’re never too old to learn new art skills or unearth the artist within you. Each course runs for nine weeks, held … Continue reading →
  • Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, paint and wine

    Heather
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show It was cars, cars and more cars at Fairplex this weekend for the 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show. Our campus was a beautiful cacophony of roaring engines, doo-wop music and the sizzle of … Continue reading →
  • L.A. Weekender: Fairplex happenings

    Heather
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Hello and Happy Friday! This edition of the L.A. Weekender features cars, paint and family fun, all right here at the Fairplex campus. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you: Check out the 2014 show in … Continue reading →
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    Creative Party Themes and Ideas

  • Rustic Valentine Heart Ornaments

    Caroline Preble
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and around this time I am always trying to come up with some fun ways to brighten up the house with Valentine themed decorations (especially since things seem a little bare after all the Christmas decorations come down). This year I thought I would try a DIY project, and this is what I came up with. I made these Valentine heart ornaments using flexible branches and raffia ribbon, but they would also be cute and easy to make if you had thick flexible wire and colored yarn or other types of ribbon. Valentine Heart Ornaments Materials: Flexible…
  • Happy Groundhog Day!

    Caroline Preble
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Groundhog Day is a tradition that has been around since medieval times.  Early on people started seeing a connection between bright sunny weather on Candelmas Day and six more weeks of dreary winter weather.  As the saying goes, If Candlemas be warm and bright, Winter has another flight, If Candelmas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again. More recently, farmers watched the habits of hibernating animals on this day to see if they would venture out of their dens, or if February’s bright sunshine would drive them back to their burrows for six more weeks of hibernation. Next…
  • Buffalo Cauliflower for the Super Bowl

    Caroline Preble
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    It’s almost time for Super Bowl Sunday! Yay! Being a gal living in Portland, Oregon, I have to say that I am totally rooting for the Seahawks this year (sorry Patriots fans). Sunday, February 1st is Super Bowl Sunday, and the big game airs at 3:30 pm Pacific time (6:30 Eastern time). If you are looking for a healthy, yet yummy snacking option while watching the game, why not try this recipe for roasted  buffalo cauliflower. Buffalo Cauliflower Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower (double or triple recipe if you are hosting a big group) 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup water Buffalo hot sauce Blue…
  • Winter Bonfire Party

    Caroline Preble
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Looking for a hot time?  Build your next winter party around a bonfire. Whether you are planning a cozy night for two or inviting the neighborhood, here are some ideas for a blazing good time! Party Plans Pick a spot for your party.  It could be your own backyard, a local park, or a nearby beach.  Check to see if you need to reserve a site.  Review local ordinances for outdoor fire regulations.  Make sure your bonfire area is free of debris and other hazards like dry brush and electrical sources. Check the weather forecast.  A night with wind and rain will dampen the mood! Set the…
  • Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

    Caroline Preble
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Monday is Martin Luther King Day. It is a great time to do some small things that celebrate brotherhood, unity, hope and dreams. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for honoring Martin Luther King Day. Dare to Dream If you could have one wish to make a difference in the world, what would it be? How might you go about making your dream a reality?  Dr. King’s life and achievements make a great family conversation starter. Here is a free Martin Luther King Day printable that you might use to have everyone in your family think about their own dream and then share at the dinner table.
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  • Inspiration from the Oscars

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    With the Oscar nominations released this week, we wanted to take a look back over the decadent Golden Era of Hollywood. Rich details and decadent designs, Hollywood always pulls out all the stops to impress...
  • Pantone Colour for 2015

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    So long Radiant Orchid, Pantone has announced Marsala the colour of 2015.  Pantone says the “full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement colour when used on its own or as a strong...
  • Watch Wimbledon In Style

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    If you haven’t got tickets to centre court this year, don’t despair. You can put away that picnic hamper, don your tennis whites and get your racquets ready in order to host a Wimbledon viewing...
  • Plan A Children’s Art Party

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    If you’re looking for something a bit different to musical chairs and pass the parcel, we might just have the ideal solution to help you create the ultimate children’s party. For a fun and exciting...
  • Floral Arch Styling

    julia@snapdragonparties.com
    11 May 2014 | 3:01 am
    If you want to make a spectacular focal point for your wedding ceremony, you should definitely consider a floral arch beneath which to say your vows. It’s an opulent, dramatic and pretty choice that really...
 
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    Belvedere Events and Banquets

  • 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Planner

    Jodi Cirrincione
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Planning a wedding can be a long, and intensive, experience. That’s why many couples choose to hire a professional wedding planner. Having a pro in your corner helps to make the planning process more manageable, and ensure that your wedding day is everything you hoped it would be. But hiring a wedding planner is, in More» The post 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Planner appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Here’s What You Need to Know if a Friend is Performing Your Wedding Ceremony

    Jodi Cirrincione
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Wedding trends and traditions are always changing; with the old constantly making way for the new. Currently, one of the most popular wedding trends is to have a friend officiate at your wedding ceremony. Having a close friend or family member conduct your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to make the wedding service more More» The post Here’s What You Need to Know if a Friend is Performing Your Wedding Ceremony appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • 7 Creative Catering Ideas for Your Wedding

    Caroline Eimerman
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    When it comes to catering a wedding, there are two basic types of caterers – the challenging and the challenged. The challenging caterer wants to wow you and your guests with a wide ranging menu full of culinary twists and turns. Their imagination is working overtime; always on the look out for new and exotic More» The post 7 Creative Catering Ideas for Your Wedding appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • Booking a Banquet Hall? Follow the Rule of 5

    Jodi Cirrincione
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Whether you are planning a wedding reception, a charity fund raiser, or a business networking event, the choice of venue is crucial. Banquet halls and event venues may be multipurpose, but that doesn’t mean that they are all created equal. If you want your event to be truly successful, you need to hire the best More» The post Booking a Banquet Hall? Follow the Rule of 5 appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
  • 7 Quick Tips for The Mothers of the Bride and Groom

    Jodi Cirrincione
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    When it comes to planning a wedding, most of the advice is geared towards the bride and the groom. Which is only natural, as the newlyweds are, and should be, the focus of the day. But many other people have a role to play in the wedding, and they need some guidance as well. Mothers, More» The post 7 Quick Tips for The Mothers of the Bride and Groom appeared first on Belvedere Events and Banquets.
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    Yapsody Blog

  • Yapsody Integrated India’s Leading Payment Gateway CCAvenue!

    Yapsody
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    We are happy to inform you that we have integrated CCAvenue, India’s leading payment gateway solution. Now you can use CCAvenue to sell your event tickets. CCAvenue is a fast, secure & simply the best multi-currency online payment gateway providing solutions to event presenters of all sizes. Through our integration with CCAvenue, attendees can purchase tickets to your event. We will continue to expand our payment methods and payment gateway options. If you have a request for a particular payment gateway, we’d love to hear it. Just Click here to let our support team know. To get…
  • Tips to Boost your online event ticket sales

    Yapsody
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    When you make a decision of creating an event, the first and the foremost thing is to analyse how to sell those tickets. The extraordinary thing about creating an event now, rather than 10 years back, is that, at present it’s so easy to sell tickets online. There are number of ticketing platforms that makes our job easier by selling tickets online. But then…Is there a possibility of doing it in a much better approach? And the answer to this question is to just go ahead and simply feel free to do it. Everything depends on what are your goals for the event. If someone is planning to…
  • Yapsody In Your Local Language

    Yapsody
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
      Yapsody In Your Local Language Yapsody is now available in English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish language, and we are trying to add as many languages as possible. Yapsody has always been expanding its capabilities by translating its online ticket store in local languages.Thus helping you to sell event tickets in your local languages for maximum exposure to boost ticket sales. You will get free access to Premium Features until the end of 2015, if you help Yapsody in translating the online ticket store in your local languages. Follow the link to translate. http://bit.ly/1sxPNFv
  • Reserved Seating BETA

    Yapsody
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Manage and sell tickets with our Reserved Seating Wizard. Create your own seating map and customize it! Reserved Seating Beta Our Interactive Seating Chart helps you to: Manage seat rows and columns Auto generate seat numbers Copy row and seat sequences to quickly build your seating chart Assign colors to seat to represent different ticket prices Create a section Map with ease Manage holds and groups them by category Activate Reserved Seating Any reserved seating event published before 1st January 2015 is FREE! Don’t have a Yapsody Account? Sign up for one today!    
  • Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo

    Yapsody
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Yapsody Webinar & Live Demo Join us for a Free Live demonstration on how you can use Yapsody to sell out your events through innovative techniques of promotion. Launch Date: 12th November 2014. Timing: (11:00 AM PST) / (7:00 PM GMT) Frequency: (Every Wednesday) During this webinar you will discover: • Yapsody Latest Features. • Yapsody Mobile Apps. • Social Media Integration to boost your event ticket sales. • Access Real-time data: Identify trends to adjust sales and marketing strategy. After the demo, our Yapsody expert will answer to all your questions. We look forward to…
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    Event Planning Blueprint

  • Can You Plan An Event With A Small Budget?

    Melanie Woodward
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I want to tackle a topic that any event manager is familiar with – especially when they’re just getting started and trying to secure repeat business. The topic of money and getting paid to plan an event is bound to come up sooner or later in any conversation you have with a client or potential client. So what happens when your client’s budget is too low? Do you take the event planning job or not? A few months after I started my event planning business, I was hired by a very well known brand to manage an ‘Amazing Race’ type of event for 40 of their employees and their families.
  • How To Start an Event Planning Career With No Experience

    Melanie Woodward
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Before we get into today’s video on how to start an event planning career with no experience, I want to share a story with you. This took place when I was just getting started in event planning… One time at an event I was attending, I met a woman who was tapped into the PR scene in the city where we both lived. She had amazing connections and seemed to know everyone in town. When she found out I was a “meeting planner” she mentioned that she’d been asked to promote an event and was curious about my services. She invited me to have a drink with her to discuss the details and…
  • (Video) Are you wasting time on the wrong event planning client?

    Melanie Woodward
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Are you wasting valuable time and energy on the wrong event planning client? There’s no doubt that turning business away or saying no to any client can be scary. Especially when you’re just getting started or business is slow. It’s at times like this that we feel desperate and that pit in the bottom of our stomach (you know the one I’m talking about!) causes us to react and take whatever business and whichever client comes along next. But, are you struggling to find the perfect event planning client because you haven’t put much thought into WHO they actually are and what they look…
  • How to Start an Event Planning Business With No Money

    Melanie Woodward
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
      Haaappy New Year! WOW, it’s a new year with so many possibilities, dreams and fun ahead. I spent a great holiday season with friends and family and enjoyed a lot of good food, a few too many drinks, a beautiful ceremony on Christmas Eve and lots and lots of games. We played Cards Against Humanity and laughed our asses off for hours. If you ever decide to play it, be warned that it’s not for kids or the faint of heart. While I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, I love creating a new vision for the year and have dedicated 2015 to be the year of love and…
  • (Video) How To Start An Event Planning Business

    Melanie Woodward
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We had another great webinar, but this time with super-star event planner, Shannon Lach of Pear Planning. Shannon has worked with big names like Hillary Clinton,  Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, and with companies like Apple. In this webinar, Shannon and I share our experience with what to do and what not to do when starting an event planning business. Episode Topics: 2:26 Top 3 things to decide when you’re starting an event planning business 6:01 What to avoid when starting an event planning business 8:07 How to decide what to charge for your event services 12:06 Where to spend…
 
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  • Make The Most of Your Event Venue’s Outdoor Space

    Tal Shoham
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    Guest Post: When planning an event, even one that will be indoors, it’s important to keep the outdoors in mind. Guests will usually notice their outside surroundings, both when they walk into your venue and when they’re inside, looking out through windows. What’s more, the outdoor surroundings have the potential to become a wonderful asset to your event, something that truly amplifies its charm and aesthetics! Venues from ski resorts to boutique hotels to chapels to bed and breakfasts are recognizing this potential and finding ways to capitalize on it. So how can you follow suit? What…
  • Guest Post on Startup Tool Shop

    Tal Shoham
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    Guest Post: When planning an event, even one that will be indoors, it’s important to keep the outdoors in mind. Guests will usually notice their outside surroundings, both when they walk into your venue and when they’re inside, looking out through windows. What’s more, the outdoor surroundings have the potential to become a wonderful asset to your event, something that truly amplifies its charm and aesthetics! Venues from ski resorts to boutique hotels to chapels to bed and breakfasts are recognizing this potential and finding ways to capitalize on it. So how can you follow suit? What…
  • Top 10 Evolero Blog Posts for 2014

    Tal Shoham
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Guest Post: When planning an event, even one that will be indoors, it’s important to keep the outdoors in mind. Guests will usually notice their outside surroundings, both when they walk into your venue and when they’re inside, looking out through windows. What’s more, the outdoor surroundings have the potential to become a wonderful asset to your event, something that truly amplifies its charm and aesthetics! Venues from ski resorts to boutique hotels to chapels to bed and breakfasts are recognizing this potential and finding ways to capitalize on it. So how can you follow suit? What…
  • Inspiring a New Year with Resolutions

    Tal Shoham
    25 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Guest Post: When planning an event, even one that will be indoors, it’s important to keep the outdoors in mind. Guests will usually notice their outside surroundings, both when they walk into your venue and when they’re inside, looking out through windows. What’s more, the outdoor surroundings have the potential to become a wonderful asset to your event, something that truly amplifies its charm and aesthetics! Venues from ski resorts to boutique hotels to chapels to bed and breakfasts are recognizing this potential and finding ways to capitalize on it. So how can you follow suit? What…
  • Evolero and CEO Tal Shoham Hit NETMAG

    Tal Shoham
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Guest Post: When planning an event, even one that will be indoors, it’s important to keep the outdoors in mind. Guests will usually notice their outside surroundings, both when they walk into your venue and when they’re inside, looking out through windows. What’s more, the outdoor surroundings have the potential to become a wonderful asset to your event, something that truly amplifies its charm and aesthetics! Venues from ski resorts to boutique hotels to chapels to bed and breakfasts are recognizing this potential and finding ways to capitalize on it. So how can you follow suit? What…
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  • SMMP in 2015: Time to Evolve

    Nicola Rossetti
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    SMMP stands for Strategic Meetings Management Program; In other words, ROI (return on investment). Having spent over a decade in the Meetings and Exhibition business, I have to say that the idea of adding processes and metrics to the business was not an easy thing. I cannot count the number of great events have come to life thanks to sweat, stress, unorganized work and passion, not metrics. Can SMMP balance passion, lack of bandwidth and unpredictability with metrics and processes? It’s time for planners to recognize that it at least forces you to measure ROI (cost, revenue, profitability,…
  • Events on the Edge: Tales from New Zealand Part 1

    Marie-Claire Andrews
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    New Zealand is about the same geographical size as the United Kingdom but with fewer people — 4.5 million at last count. To put this in perspective, 4.5 million is the same number as people bitten by dogs in the US or residents of Kentucky .. AND we’re a long long way from, well pretty much everywhere. Three hours on a 737 to Sydney, 12 hours (need a bigger plane too!) to Los Angeles and 24 hours to London. Our small size and our location contribute to our unique culture; we’re relationship focused, innovative and we love technology. Why? Because instead of the usual six…
  • Street Smarts vs. Book Smarts: What’s Important in Events?

    Melissa Lombardi
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    As a recent college graduate eager to get into the work force, I always ask myself: “What can I do to better prepare myself for the real world?” Getting my diploma was great (and let me tell you, that is one expensive piece of paper!), but putting on your work shoes and immersing yourself into the life of early commutes and a 9-5 job is a life of its own. A student can sit at a desk and take an exam, but can that really translate into events? Street Smarts Adjusting to hectic schedules, demanding people and last minute changes, thinking quickly on your feet is a must-have trait. Knowing…
  • Setting Yourself Up for Success in 2015

    Amanda Luppino-Esposito
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    It’s a new year: time for resolutions, goals, promises you don’t intend to keep… But while you dust off that gym membership as you try to lose those pesky five or ten pounds, don’t forget to set yourself up for success in your professional life as well. As event professionals, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to get organized, make plans, and set clear goals for the next 12 months. Event professionals are by their very nature organized planners, and goal-oriented, but here are some of the tasks I go through in the new year to make sure that I’m truly set up for…
  • Gone Fishin’: How to Reel in the Right Deals

    Sara Erdos
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    What is a day in the life like of a business development representative (BDR) at a software company? Is it glamorous? Are we constantly getting gracious and polite people on the phones that are happy to receive our calls? The short answer is no, but that isn’t a reason to lose hope in making those important relationships with prospects! The same can be said for trying to close event deals at the right price, you just need to know the right bait to use to hook them on the line. Take it from me, an etouches BDR. A day in the life of a BDR is calling leads and seeing how etouches can benefit…
 
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  • 5 Winter Party Theme Ideas for 2015

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    People love wintertime parties, because everyone is looking for something to do. And, with the holidays over and social calendars less crowded, it is much easier to create a nice, cozy event that is memorable.We've put together 5 winter party theme ideas for 2015 to get your creative juices flowing. But, here is list of dates for quick reference when planning your wintertime events:College Football Championship, Monday, January 12thMartin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19thSuper Bowl, Sunday, February 1stGroundhog Day/Candlemas, Monday, February 2ndValentine's Day, Saturday, February…
  • Celebrate New Years In Each Time Zone

    27 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Quadruple the thrill and anticipation of this momentous annual occasion by toasting our fellow American and world citizens as the New Year arrives in each time zone. And, what better way than with food and drink? Serve a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre from each region to ring in the New Year for that time zone. The possibilities are endless, but here are appetizer and drink suggestions for each zone to get you started. To coordinate your party with midnight in each time zone, we've put together a table to see who is ringing in the New Year for each hour of your party.
  • Football Themed Party Ideas

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether you're planning a gathering for a college bowl game, NFL playoff or the super bowl these football themed party ideas are a winning combination.Assemble the ranks of fellow football fans bedecked in spirited attire to talk smack and root for the home team, then raise the bar by with fondue and tapas-style selections. Everyone will be focused on the game, but win or lose, a great-tasting menu brings comfort to the soul.
  • Cute Fall Food & Autumn Appetizers

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I’m a fan of enhancing party themes with cute hors d'oeuvres and artful appetizer arrangements. Not only do guests love them, but they go a long way in making your events engaging and memorable. So, I've put together some of my favorite fall food and autumn appetizers for your Thanksgiving holiday, including:Pumpkin CheeseballsVeggie TurkeySparkling Cranberry Brie BitesFruit Skewer TurkeyAcorn CandyTurkey Spinach-Artichoke Dip in a GourdGourmet Popcorn Stuffed Turkey
  • Fall Harvest Party Ideas | Country Hoedown

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Theme: CountryConcept: Country HoedownReference: Think...farmer’s market meets backyard fall festival Party Title: Country Harvest HoedownPlus:HighlightsDressFoodMotifsMusic & Dancing
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  • George Harrison

    Team Wedivite
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
      “With our love, we could save the world.” The post George Harrison appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Geoffrey Chaucer

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    30 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
      “Love is blind.” The post Geoffrey Chaucer appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Edwin Louis Cole

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    29 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
      “The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving.” The post Edwin Louis Cole appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Vivien Leigh

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    28 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
      “Dear Lord, I’m so grateful I’m still loved.” The post Vivien Leigh appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
  • Francois Rabelais

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    27 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
      “To good and true love fear is forever affixed.” The post Francois Rabelais appeared first on Wedivite. Get your free online mobile wedding invitation at Wedivite.com!
 
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  • Hosting Your Corporate Event in Germany – Your Essential City Guide

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
    Among the founding members of the European Communities – now known as the European Union – and birthplace of Martin Luther, Karl Marx, Albert Einstein and the automobile, Germany has long been renowned as a major centre of economic and political power and as a global industrial leader. With this in mind, Germany has a lot to offer business visitors and corporate event organisers. State-of-the-art convention centres, excellent national and international transportation links and sprawling multicultural metropolises - two of which are named as top 10 meetings and events destinations in the…
  • How To Host An Authentically French Corporate Event

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    A country renowned for its food, history, and fashion, with a significant cultural and economic influence, France is an ideal destination for your corporate event. One of the most diverse countries in Europe, with vastly differing regions offering a variety of climates, resorts, and famous attractions, it can cater to a whole host of corporate functions and getaways. However, if you can’t take your event to France, why not bring France to your event? Here, we look at how to infuse your event with all the charm, sophistication and culture of France, without ever having to leave the country.
  • Vienna Ball: Hotspots

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    The Viennese Ball season is upon us yet again with Vienna hosting around 400 Viennese Balls every year.  Starting on New Year’s Eve, the main Ball season lasts until February, with one or two stretching out until the summer. Offering everything from high profile traditional events with elegant dress codes, to modern disco balls and dance events of the local fire brigade, these elaborate festive balls take place in grand and select locations including, the Vienna Imperial Palace, the Vienna City Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and even the Vienna State Opera. From the most famous and…
  • Entertainment Takes Off at Qatar Airways Event

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Scarlett Entertainment booked their electric string trio and caricaturist for an event at the exclusive Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha. The customer appreciation event, in conjunction with Qatar Airways, included a stunning performance by Scarlett Entertainment’s all-female electric strings trio from Dubai, whose previous clients include Harvey Nichols and Ferrari. Guests also had their pictures drawn at the event by the talented award-winning caricaturist Joanne who is based in Doha and who has performed at a range of events including the Brisbane Writers Festival and Woodford Folk…
  • The Romantic Carnival of Venice

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Famous for its fascinating timeless character, grand waterways and historical architecture, the beautiful floating city of Venice is also well known for hosting the colourful, “Carnival of Venice” festival.  Taking place during the ten days leading up to Shrove Tuesday, the unique Venice Carnival is a pre-Lent festival and is celebrated throughout Italy. Held annually, the enchanting Carnival is an event famed for its elaborate masks and busy entertainment programme. Originating from the 11th century, the open-air carnival of Venice originally consisted of two months worth of lively…
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