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13 amazing ways to use lavender in your wedding
The Knot
Lavender is said to bring good luck but it is also a symbol of love and devotion, making it a particularly meaningful flower to include in your wedding decor. Lavender also has calming properties, meaning it may take away some of the nerves if you get a sniff pre-ceremony. From incorporating a sprig into your bridal bouquet to adding it as a cake accent, here are some ideas for using lavender in your wedding.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Expert tips for managing RSVP timelines
BizBash
To ensure that guests have enough time to plan for an event — and that planners have enough time to prepare for them — it's essential to stick to a timeline when dealing with event invitations. Here are expert tips for sending out invites, gathering RSVPs and distributing post-event materials in a timely matter.
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Ramping up for the holiday season
Catersource
Bill Hansen offers up great advice on pre-planning for the upcoming holiday season.
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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.
 


33 ways with fresh tomatoes
Southern Living
Incorporate ripe, juicy tomatoes into your meals with these fresh ideas.
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Why the Mason jar has become an event staple
The New York Times
Until several years ago, the simple Mason jar was more likely to be found in the nooks of grandmothers' pantries than on retailers' shelves. It was salvaged from near extinction by businesses eager for a homespun aesthetic in a sturdy, affordable package — many of them hoping to lure the millennials who have fetishized the jars in photographs on Instagram and Pinterest.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


8 ideas for back-to-school inspired catering
BizBash
As summer winds down, kids start gearing up to get back to school — and adults have memories of the same time in their own lives. To bring a little back-to-school nostalgia to your next event, consider incorporating one of these catering ideas, which vary from servers dressed as lunch ladies to chalkboard menus and cocktails served in milk cartons.
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11 interesting wedding cake facts
Parade
Wedding cakes have become a tradition for every bride and groom for their special day. It's just as important as the bride's wedding dress and the venue. Did you know that last year the average couple spent $546 on their wedding cake? Read on for more wedding cake facts including which cake took 515 hours to make.
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Top 3 wedding flower trends
ChicagoNow
For stylish blooms on your big day, CHI-lebrity is here to give you the ultimate flower inspiration, VIP style. The blog recently tapped into the expertise of Kathy Benetatos, co-owner of Mudd Fleur and a florist on BloomNation.com, to count down the top three wedding flower trends to try right now.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Why you should think like a millennial to promote your event
Small Business Trends
You have a major event coming up. And you have done all your planning and preparations are solid. Now, what can you do to tip your event from successful to absolutely fabulous? Think like a millennial. Yes, that's right — those social media savvy, online marketing and gamification powerhouses ushering in the next level of event promotion and awareness.
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Small businesses: Should you rent office space or work from home?
Business 2 Community
Whether you've been in business for a while or you're just starting out, you have a variety of options in terms of how you work. Should you rent office space or work from home? Choose wrong, and your business could suffer, or you could end up with a host of unnecessary expenses. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of both office space and working from home to help you decide which works better for you and your business.
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