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Crafting an unforgettable event experience in 12 simple steps
Successful Meetings
When it comes to creating not just an event, but also an experience, many of Los Angeles' top hotels and companies turn to Susan Manrao. The Los Angeles-based interior designer and self-described experiential design consultant, has worked with more than 148 hotel properties around the world — including W, The St. Regis, and Waldorf Astoria.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Creative cocktail bar ideas
Brides
The first place guests hit after the wedding ceremony? The bar! Since it's such a popular spot at a reception, it's important to make the cocktail area one to remember.
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How to grow a kickoff event — without sacrificing style
BizBash
The National Cherry Blossom Festival — celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry trees from Japan to the United States — kicked off on the first day of spring recently, with its signature Pink Tie Party. In addition to moving the fete to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center — after previously taking place at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel then the Renaissance Washington D.C. last year — organizers changed the focus from food to fashion.
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40 delightful spring desserts
Southern Living
These delightful sweets are a tasteful final touch for your spring celebration.
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The rustic revolution: Weddings to love
Special Events
Special Events just took a look at the rustic revolution, where the rustic style — and its cousin, vintage — rule the design roost. Here are some lovely examples of rustic and vintage weddings. Get ready to fall in love.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


5 amazing hanging wedding cakes
The Knot
Here's a crazy fun idea: Instead of a cake table some couples are suspending their wedding cakes from the ceiling to create a seriously stunning reception display.
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Is lighting one of the most important elements to consider when organizing an event?
Event Magazine
Lighting is an extremely powerful tool to help morph a venue into the client's vision. It can transform a soulless space into the perfect venue for an event. Whether static or moving the correct lighting units make a huge difference.
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19 ideas from winter benefits
BizBash
Here's a look at decor, entertainment, catering, and more from winter benefits across North America.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Effective tips to improve your post-sale customer experience
Small Business Trends
"I will only focus on getting the sale." If this is what you think can drive your eCommerce business, you're on the wrong track. "Customer come back" should be your ultimate goal and engaging your customer after the sale is an important aspect of inbound marketing.
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The 13 best marketing tips
By Jeffrey Dobkin
Here's a short list of some of my best marketing tips of all time. It starts with the most valuable tool in marketing: a letter. You can catch and hold the attention of a busy magazine editor or the president of American Airlines.
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Registration is open for Jewish wedding trends webinar on April 2!
NACE
Do you know the latest trends in Jewish & interfaith weddings? Get the knowledge you need to appeal to this niche market! From stunning décor to elaborate menus, Sheryl and Cigall have all of the hottest tips for the 2014 wedding season. Today's couples are incorporating their cultures and personal tastes into their weddings. Join the Business of Weddings webinar series "Jewish Wedding Ceremony and Reception Trends" featuring Sheryl Daboosh and Cigall Goldman, Mazelmoments.com on April 2 at 2pm ET/11am PT. Register by April 1 for early bird price.
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NACE Awards is open!
NACE
Each year, catering and event professionals from around the country gather to turn their attention to one night of enormous anticipation at the NACE Experience Awards Gala. For 2014, hundreds of leaders in our professional community will show up to watch and cheer for the elite few who make it to the finals during the live presentation during the Experience!™ 2014 Conference and Expo. Award submission will be accepted from March 3 - May 1, 2014 (5 p.m. ET) — view all categories and enter to win at http://www.NACEAwards.com. Good luck!
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Final call for Faculty Advisor Scholarship submissions April 7
NACE
The faculty advisor scholarship will be awarded to a faculty member in a hospitality or closely-related field to attend the Experience conference. The scholarship includes registration to attend the conference and hotel accommodations. Applications are due no later than April 7, 2014, and winners will be notified in April 2014 so travel arrangements can be made. For more information, click here.
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