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Drone wedding photography is now a thing
Bustle
Wedding photography is now reaching new heights — literally. An Iowa-based company called Picture Perfect Portrait and Design is now offering drone wedding photography to soon-to-be husbands and wives looking to capture their special day from a unique perspective.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Future of concerts: Social wearables and interactive light shows
NBCNews.com
For an industry with constantly evolving trends, live music events have remained surprisingly static since the days of Woodstock. That's about to change. Just as television relies more and more on live events to drive revenue in the age of instant online availability, the music industry now turns more to concerts and festivals for money.
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14 ideas for zucchini
Saveur
It's the season for awesome zucchini recipes! Here are 14 ways to use the summer veggie in your menus.
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Living color: 2014 Emmy Ball keys on color theme
Special Events
The Sequoia Productions team takes the 66th Emmy Awards Governors Ball out for a spin on the color wheel. The Aug. 25 event will key on the theme "A Kaleidoscope of Color," with vivid linens, modern optics and the latest in lighting technologies.
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Recipe: Mini crab cakes on tortilla stars with orange basil relish
Catersource
This recipe will have clients begging for more servings!
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


New wedding color combinations for 2014
The Knot
When settling on wedding colors, consider the mood you want to set and choose a palette that will complement the location or theme. Here are 30 combinations perfect for any type of wedding.
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9 ways a virtual assistant can help event planners
BizBash
Researching venues, contacting caterers, communicating with vendors, lining up speakers, managing registration — those are just a few of the tasks planners have to take care of for their events. If you feel like there are never enough hours in the day to get your work done, you may want to think about enlisting the services of a virtual assistant.
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Consumer spending trends: The biggest wedding expenses
Millionaire Corner
In a recent consumer spending trends survey conducted by Spectrem's Millionaire Corner, one-third of affluent households said they consider between $5,000 and $10,000 an appropriate amount to spend on a wedding. Twenty-seven percent consider between $10,000 and $20,000 to be appropriate. And now for the reality check: Couples spent an average of $30,000 on their weddings in 2013.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Leadership lessons: Why it pays to put others 1st
By Scott Steinberg
A proud, time-honored tradition among leading organizations and brands, quality customer service has become more than just a given common courtesy. It has also evolved to become a core necessity in the age of abundance, when dozens of competitors are just click or call away.
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The top 7 social media marketing trends dominating 2014
Forbes
Would it surprise you to learn that some experts believe Google is on its way out, that MySpace is making a last-ditch attempt to re-engage users or that Foursquare is in the middle of a radical overhaul? Let's examine where things are now that we're in the middle of 2014, and assess how some of the predictions for this year have fared so far.
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Upcoming online learning opportunity Aug. 20
NACE
Join us at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Aug. 20 for "How to Steal Your Colleagues Traffic, Fans and Readers ... and Have Them Love You for It" featuring Kathy DalPra, Bride Appeal. If you've ever received a client referral from an industry peer or local company, you know how powerful partnerships can be. Learn how to use the power of blog swapping to increase your web traffic and strengthen your referral relationships. This webinar is FREE for NACE members, please register by Aug. 19. Non-members, please register by Aug. 19 for the best rate!
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Meeting and Event Catering Career Scholarship deadline: Aug. 11
NACE
Apply for the Timothy SY Lam and Patti J. Shock Educational Scholarships presented by the Foundation of NACE. Gain a working understanding of on-premise and off-premise catering management. Learn to deliver the maximum value to clients. Developed and delivered by CPCE Certified Professional in Catering & Events instructors. Deadline – Aug. 11. To apply, submit your resume and 500 word or less essay on how the scholarship would benefit you as a professional and support our industry to tkukla@nace.net. To learn more, visit www.nace.net/give or call 410.290.5410 x227.
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