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April 28, 2015


 


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What brides really want in 2015
AFR
Wedding season is almost here. May and June hover just around the corner and this year's blushing brides are madly planning their big day; which has us asking, "What are the hottest themes, colors and venue choices that will be the most popular this year?" We've studied the trends inside and out, but what we really want to know is what brides are thinking, so we did a little market research of our own and asked some brides-to-be a few telling questions. Our discovery? Not every bride is gung-ho about what the experts say are the hottest trends.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Confessions of wedding planners
The Knot
Your wedding coordinator is there to design your day, keep your bridal party and vendors on schedule, avert disasters and do it all with a smile. And while her job may look like a lot of fun, it's not all wine and roses. In fact, there are some things she'd like you to know, but she doesn't have the heart to tell you.
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Corporate chief sings praises of business events
Special Events
Tired of corporate events being dismissed as "frills"? Take heart — and take this article to your corporate honcho. No less than Bill McDermott, CEO and a member of the executive board of software giant SAP, sings the praises of corporate events and meetings.
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Why event planners need problems more than solutions
Event Manager Blog
Event professionals are problem-solvers at heart. However, when it comes to event creation and marketing, we tend to talk a lot more about solutions than we do about problems. In this article we explore how problems are a lot more interesting than solutions and how you can use them to attract a larger audience.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


Kiss of summer in spring
Catersource
Talking to John Walsh is a kick. Laid back, driven, approachable, smart — the chef is all that and more. His Rockfish a la Bouillabaisse is a kiss of summer for a spring day in April.
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Pop art inspiration: 12 design ideas borrowed from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and more
BizBash
With its bold colors and provocative graphics, the Pop Art movement provides creative inspiration for all types of events. Here's a look inside functions that have riffed off the creative styles of artists such as Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.
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8 bouquets inspired by the most popular wedding flowers
Martha Stewart Weddings
Everyone has a favorite flower, and come your wedding day, you'll want to showcase it. From big, splashy blooms to petite petals, these classic beauties grace bouquets time and again — and are shown here with a twist on tradition.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


The dos and dont's of wedding social media
Colin Cowie Weddings
In a time when people speak in hashtags, it's not surprising that the ring bearer and flower girl have sexier phones than the newlyweds. In order to get the most out of your wedding day and be fully present, we're dishing out the dos and don'ts of wedding social media etiquette. Read on for our best tips for the social savvy bride!
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5 tips for printing less
Cvent
Once upon a time going green was a noble undertaking. Today, attendees do not expect events they attend to be environmentally friendly, they demand it. Luckily for the event organizer, going green is easier than ever. Today's technology makes it easy to cut back on paper and printing, a big source of event waste.
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How to ensure your business avoids 'Mobilegeddon'
By Jessica Taylor
Stop me if you've heard this before: "Your website needs to be mobile-friendly." Companies have heard this mantra for years, but now a tangible penalty is in effect, punishing websites that don't render well on smartphones and tablets. It's being called "Mobilegeddon." As of April 21, if your website isn't mobile-friendly, then you will likely be missing out on a lot of traffic. Why? Google shook up the way their search algorithm ranks websites, placing the ones that are mobile-friendly higher in the search from a smartphone or tablet than those sites that aren't.
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Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo — July 12-15
NACE
Haven't registered for Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo yet? What are you waiting for? The Early Bird registration deadline is ending in just 2 days on April 30. Join NACE this July in Scottsdale, Arizona so you don't miss the only conference of its kind that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. Register today.
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Marketplace Expo
NACE
Marketplace Expo is an exciting one day tradeshow on Tuesday, July 14 during the Experience Conference produced by NACE. Over the last 7 years, exhibitors from a wide range of industry-related companies presented their wares and services to an audience of caterers, event planners and other industry professionals. The average attendee has been in the industry for 10+ years and is at a senior management or higher level. In 2014 more than 700 attendees visited exhibitors in 64 booths. The show is open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Booths start at $695 and include breakfast and lunch in expo hall. Secure your location now! Visit www.nace.net/exhibit for more details.
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Business Academies Certificate Program — Contracts and Agreements begins May 4
NACE
Are you looking for more education in a specific category? NACE offers a unique online learning experience through the Business Academies Certificate Program. Beginning May 4, the Contracts and Agreements course will help caterers and event planners gain a thorough understanding of contract terms and understand legal responsibilities of their contracts and agreements. Sign up now.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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8 ways to stay within your event budget (Cvent)
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