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Belly dancers and 6 more ways to entertain guests
The Knot
Having Cirque du Soleil-style aerialists descend from the ceiling between the salad and dinner course is definitely over-the-top. But The Knot loves the idea of totally shocking guests with an unexpected detail, whether it's having a fireworks show or hiring a donkey to serve drinks at cocktail hour.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Fresh summer peach recipes
Southern Living
Savor sweet, juicy peaches this summer with Southern Living's best recipes to showcase one of our favorite seasonal fruits.
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JB Prince Company

Biodegradable/Sustainable Serveware. Stylish and elegant. Can be used for off-premise catering, receptions, pool-side parties, airplane or boat service, picnic baskets and more. Attractive but not expensive.
 


10 ideas for events with a blue color scheme
BizBash
Looking to infuse your event with a touch of blue? From turquoise cocktails to patterned blue lights, here are ways to deck your event in the primary hue.
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Clever infographic reveals the costs of being a wedding photographer
DIY Photography via PetaPixel
This infographic is the kind of thing every wedding planner, bride and groom should be shown before they embark on the harrowing journey of hiring a wedding photographer. The infographic was put together by Italian photographer Francesco Spighi, and in it he uses the well-known analogy of the iceberg to describe the costs of wedding photography — meaning that most of the costs involved are "hidden" beneath the surface.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


Social media weddings: The ultimate do or don't?
Fox News
These days wedding planners and experts have so many tools at their fingertips for planning weddings. Social media is a big source with sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook that project the dream wedding that looks oh-so-easy to pull together. Celebrity weddings can also generate many ideas and leads. But all these images can also quickly overwhelm and bust budgets.
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Fall's fabric frenzy
Creative Coverings
Feathers, fur, metallic lace, brocades and textured leather. What fabulous fall/winter fashion trend will you be taking off the runway and placing on your event tables this holiday season? From regal, rustic or vintage glam to rich color palettes in ethnic and modern geometric prints, this season's fashions and event themes will explode with eclectic elegance.
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A case against name tags
BizBash
They're not very chic. They encourage tacky behavior. And there are better ways to introduce and connect people.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Change in gay marriage law could benefit businesses
Asheville Citizen-Times via USA Today
The hot-button issue of same-sex marriage may draw fiery debate from both sides, but there's no arguing that gay weddings have the potential to mean big business — especially in Asheville, North Carolina. As North Carolina awaits the next steps in judicial rulings that could make same-sex marriage legal in the state, event planners and business owners who provide services for wedding ceremonies and celebrations are watching with interest.
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Toledo, Ohio, pros kept events afloat despite water ban
Special Events
The event industry in Toledo, Ohio, was left high and dry recently when city official — alarmed by toxins in the water supply caused by an algae bloom — imposed a two-day ban on drinking and washing with city tap water. Event pros did what they always do when the unexpected problem crops up; they adapted their plans and kept moving forward.
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