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Wedding insurance expands as nuptials get pricier
The Associated Press via USA Today
Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that. With the cost of the average American wedding reaching about $26,000, insurers have been selling a growing number of policies to protect against losses from extreme weather, illness and, in one firm's case, even a sudden change of heart.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Super Bowl preview: What to expect at the biggest parties and activations
BizBash
With Super Bowl XLVIII kicking off on one of the world's largest stages — greater New York — the pressure is on for brands to deliver memorable events. This year will see more multiday events as well as live streams and other social media components that will extend football's biggest championship to a global audience.
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The great sandwich comeback
Catersource
In the past year, the team at Bar Harbor Catering Company in Downeast Maine has noticed a tasty wedding trend: the comeback of the sandwich. And they've been happy to oblige with some fun and original spins on sliders and other sandwiches.
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16 ideas for a Chinese New Year celebration
BizBash
Whether you're planning a Chinese New Year bash later this month or hosting an event for a brand that has Asian roots, use these ideas to spark inspiration for your next event.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


The best appetizer recipes
Food Network
Make this the best Super Bowl ever, with winning Super Bowl snack and finger food recipes for chicken wings, potato skins and much more.
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10 hot wedding trends for 2014!
The Knot
From oversized bouquets to jeweled necklines and even temporary tattoo wedding favors, here's what you can expect to see this year.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Check your domain registrations
Build Your Wedding Business
Checking the expiration date of your domain registrations is a good thing to do as we start off the new year. In addition to checking the expiration date, make sure you check the registration information.
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Creative Coverings announces new Key Accounts Manager
Creative Coverings
Creative Coverings, Inc. recently promoted Heather Hope as their Key Accounts Manager for the Northwest Region. Heather Hope joined Creative Coverings as Washington State Sales Manager in 2011 with over 10 years of sales and marketing experience in the special events industry. In her new role, Heather oversees the growth of the rental and sales division in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
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5 easy ways to keep your email inbox under control
By Liz Murphy
Co-workers and clients aren't the only sources of stress in the workplace. Though it may surprise you, email is also another culprit creating work-related strain and anxiety. In fact, a study released in the U.K. in 2013 revealed that 92 percent of participants exhibited physical signs of elevated stress levels when they received a work email. It's easy to let an inbox to become overwhelming, and unfortunately taking a vacation from your work email is not always possible. But here are five easy ways you can become the boss of your own inbox once again.
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What makes a good Facebook post?
Build Your Wedding Business
Randomly and thoughtlessly posting to your Facebook business page is like throwing mud on the wall and hoping something sticks. Here's another example of a Facebook post that actually delivers results.
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2014 Webinar series subscriptions
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Expand your virtual library and enjoy the Business of Weddings, Launchpad, Ignite and Hot Trends series. Subscribe by Jan. 31 for the best deal!
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Lowest rates end Feb. 3 — Event Management Course
NACE
NACE is excited to offer an online learning experience through the NACE Business Academies Certificate Program. The Event Management course will include 8 hours of training based on the event management cycle. View all upcoming 2014 courses.
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Early bird pricing ends Jan. 31! Save up to 40 percent with our all access webinar subscription
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SAVE when you purchase this discounted subscription and receive live and recorded access to all of our 2014 webinars in the Business of Weddings Series, Launchpad: Business 101 Series and Hot Trends Series. Click here for more information.
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Early bird specials end Feb. 4!
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Join us on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT for SEO 101 for Wedding Professionals: What You Need to Know About Getting Found in Search Engines, featuring Kathy DalPra, Bride Appeal. Recent surveys report that 78 percent of couples use search engines to find products and services for their weddings. Find out what SEO is all about, whether it's the right fit for you and how to start leveraging it as a new source of traffic and leads right away. For more information, click here.

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Order your copy of the 2013-2014 Compensation Survey
NACE
For the first time in our industry, NACE has taken a comprehensive look at compensation and benefit trends. What are the average salaries for people in our industry? How does this correlate to years of experience, job function and certification level? How do people view our industry as an option for second careers? NACE has compiled all of this data into a report that is easy to read and download. Members $49 | Non-members $79. For more information, click here.
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