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How to Perfectly Plan Your Wedding Music
Planning your wedding music is more than just knowing your favorite songs. Here are all the resources you will need to plan the perfect music for your day.

The Non-Event Planning Book for Corporate Event Planners
Letitia Baldrige's classic etiquette guide, New Complete Guide to Executive Manners, is a one that should be on every meeting and event planner's bookshelf.

Etiquette Mistakes at the Company Holiday Party
Even though most holiday parties of today aren't the same as many were in the 1990s, that doesn't mean that managers and colleagues aren't observing your behavior patterns at the event. Avoid these potentially career impacting mistakes.

Writing an Agenda - Sample Itinerary
Whether you're planning an executive conference, retreat or incentive trip, you will need to develop an agenda that will be shared with attendees.

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Music Festival
Planning an outdoor music festival is such an exciting process. To make sure that your music festival is a complete success, follow these tips...

What Should Be Included in a Hotel RFP?
Event planners can develop their own hotel RFPs to receive hotel bids for meetings and other events. Find out what should be included in your RFP.

What to Know Before You Choose Your Event Menu
Event planners must consider several items before selecting catering services and menus for their events. Here's everything you need to know.

Sponsorship Categories for Community Festivals
Learn how to create corporate sponsorship categories to generate revenue and expand programming options.

Writing Formal Invitation Letters and Materials
How to for writing formal invitation letters and materials to a variety of events, including incentive trips, meetings, conferences and more.

Top 10 Sustainability Initiatives Being Embraced by Hotels
Meeting and event planners should know what sustainability initiatives are being embraced by hotels and choosing conference and event venues space.

How to Write a Welcome Letter for an Incentive Trip
If you're planning an incentive trip that will require writing a formal welcome letter, learn about the elements to include. See a sample letter here.

A Guide to Green Meetings and Corporate Events
Learn what green meetings are and why every event planner should be familiar with the benefits of planning an eco-friendly, green event.

Cost-Saving Tips for This Year's Corporate Holiday Party
Planning a cost-effective event without cutting corners is an art. Here are the top 10 cost-saving tips for planning this year's company holiday​ party.

How to Plan an Arabian Themed Company Holiday Party
When it comes to throwing a great company holiday party, you don't plan the same old party. Here are some great ideas for throwing an Arabian-themed event.

Expert Advice on Planning for a Professional Speaker
Considering professional speaker for your meeting or event? Learn from an expert's perspectives and experiences in hiring professional speakers.

So You Want to Be an Independent Wedding Planner?
So you want to become a successful independent wedding planner with your own business? Here's what every aspiring wedding planner needs to know.

How to Prepare for a Career in Wedding Planning
Successful wedding planners come from all walks of life. While no single job prepares a person for this career, here are some tips for getting ahead.

How to Plan a Super Bowl Sunday Company Party
The Super Bowl offers a tremendous number of opportunities for special events. Here's how you can host a corporate Super Bowl event three different ways.

How to Find the Perfect Event Venue
Selecting the best venue can be critical to your event's success.The following 8-step roadmap will help guide you through the process of venue planning.

Creative Corporate Gift Guide and Ideas for Event Planners
Promotional products and corporate event gifts should be unique and memorable. Here is a guide for choosing creative corporate gifts for any budget.

What an Opening General Session is and How to Use It
Many large corporate meetings and conferences kick off their event program with an opening general session. Learn what they are and how they are used.

Step-by-Step Conference Planning Guide
Planning a conference is a big task, so you want to get organized from the start. Here is our guide to organizing a conference from start to finish.

Interactive Conference Ideas to Engage Your Audience
Today's conference attendee expects more than just speakers. They want unique engagement opportunities that are not available in other formats.

Creative Elements of Event Planning
There are infinite ways to add creativity and personalization to your event. Here are some areas you can get started on right away.

Song Ideas for Modern Wedding Music with Style
Gone are the days of nothing but tired crooners and cheesy party standards. Here's an eclectic list of modern wedding songs that will add style.

How to Plan a Successful Fundraising Walk Event
Looking for a new fundraising idea to raise money for your cause? Consider a fundraising walk event. Learn from Y-ME's success with this guide.

Where to Find Business Event Industry Trends Data
Learn about the EIBTM Industry Trends report, an annual report that identifies recent business event industry trends, challenges, and successes.

How Successful Event Planners Stay Organized
Event planning requires strong organizational, communication, and documentation skills. Here are a few ways that successful event planners stay organized.

How to Plan Community Events and Food Festivals
Event planners interested in planning community food festivals have a lot on their hands. Learn how event planners approach the Taste of Chicago event.

Create New Sponsorship Categories for Your Next Event
Trying to think of new sponsorship category ideas for your next event? Spark your imagination with inspiration from other successful events.

Top 10 Tips for Increasing Business Meeting Attendance
With increasing pressure on event planners and hosts to guarantee attendance at business meetings and conventions, here are 10 tips you should know.

Top 10 Tips for Hiring a Private Caterer for Your Event
Great event planners are always ready to book the perfect venue even it if means hiring a private caterer. Here's what you need to know before you book.

How Much Is a Catering Manager's Salary?
Catering and banquets provide a significant number of job opportunities, including catering managers, for those interested in the events industry.

What Does Event Management Entail?
Event management is the work performed by those who plan events, meetings, conferences, and other special events. Learn more about this profession.

Planning a Big Wedding on a Small Budget
Weddings don't have to be expensive to be beautiful. Learn cost-cutting measures for inexpensive catering, dresses, photography, invitations and more.

Net Rate Meanings in Event Planning Contracts
Learn what the terms

Popular Wedding Dance Songs for All Ages
These 33 top wedding dance songs are all but guaranteed to get your guests of all ages out on the dance floor, which will make your wedding memorable.

Event Signage Strategies to Manage Conference Flow
Planning an effective event signage strategy is rarely as simple as creating a handful of directional foam board displays. Consider these 5 tips...

Event Planner Marketing Strategies to Attract Clients
Your services should be mentioned in the first stages of a client’s event dialogue. To make this happen you need to be an effective marketer.

9 Unique Las Vegas Wedding Venues for Adventurous Couples
The fact that Vegas is a popular wedding destination does not mean that you can't have a unique wedding event. Here are 9 unique Vegas wedding venues.

8 Business Event Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid
Business etiquette doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 8 common business etiquette mistakes to avoid at business meetings and corporate events.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit for Wedding Planners
This article offers suggestions for must-have items for the wedding day emergency kit. Learn how to prevent wedding day emergencies in this checklist of essential emergency items.

Cut Bar Costs with These Signature Cocktail Recipes
Event planners should be familiar with a variety of signature cocktail recipes to incorporate into their events. Learn how to save on open bar costs.

Business Etiquette for Corporate Events
Most people want to present a positive impression of themselves at corporate and social events. These rules for good manners at meetings and social events will help anyone navigate the world of business etiquette for events.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit for Planners
Are you a wedding planner? This wedding day emergency kit will help you face any mishaps with confidence.

Wedding Day Emergency Kit for Wedding Planners
This article offers suggestions for must-have items for the wedding day emergency kit. Learn how to prevent wedding day emergencies in this checklist of essential emergency items.

11 Great Golf Gifts and Giveaways for Golf Tournaments
If you're planning a golf tournament fundraiser and searching for great golf gifts, consider these top golf tournament gifts, prizes, and giveaways.

Increase Attendance at Seminars and Business Events
A seminar or business event is only as successful as the number of interested attendees. Here's how to plan an event that will attract a great turnout.

How to Choose Spa Treatments for Corporate Events
If you're planning an incentive trip or large conference that includes a variety of attendee activities, consider adding spa treatments to the agenda.

Professional Development for Event Planners
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Plan a Catered Event Menu that Will Impress Your Guests
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Guidelines for Planning a Successful Community Event
The Office of Special Events in Chicago has created two guides for streamlining the public event planning and approval process. Here's what we can learn.

11 Event Services Providers Every Event Planner Should Know
Great event planners have a strong network of vendors and contractors. Here are 11 event services professionals you should have in your contacts.

Build an Event Planner Supply Kit for Corporate Events
When it comes to event planning, it never hurts to be over-prepared. Here are the items every event planner should keep in their event supply kit.

The Most Common Types of Corporate Events
With more than $122 billion being spent annually on meetings, corporate events are big business. Learn about the most common types of corporate events.

Top Outdoor Corporate Event Ideas for the Summer
Having trouble generating ideas for corporate summer events? Consider these top surefire business event ideas that will impress any crowd.

Learn How to Determine Your Event Planning Fees
Many event planners struggle with establishing a fair rate for their services. Are you selling yourself short with your event planning fee schedule?

Measuring the Value of Events and Meetings - ROI & ROO
Meeting and event planners are increasingly expected to measure and demonstrate the value of their programs. Here's what you should know.

Marketing Ideas for Wedding Planners
Wedding planners today need to do a lot more than simply open up shop to win clients. Here are some ways to distinguish your services from the rest.

Revenues and Expenses in the Trade Show Business Model
Here is a look at the most common revenue and expense items you’ll find in a professional trade show business plan.

Group Activities for Corporate Team Building Events
You can ensure that any group activities for corporate team building events are fun, constructive and inspirational.

The Average Event Planner's Salary and Industry Growth
The meetings and events industry is experiencing growth. Discover the national average salary for an event planner and what's expected in the future.

What You Need to Know About Pre-Con Meetings
A pre-con is a meeting held one or two days prior to an event with vendors and suppliers where the event or program is scheduled to take place.

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Credential
The Certified Meeting Professional designation helps event planners distinguish their credentials and expertise in planning and executing events.

Team Building Ideas - Wine Country Activities in Spain
Looking for ways to incorporate team building ideas and activities into your next event. Consider these 15 corporate team building activities. Learn more.

Team Building Ideas - Wine Tasting Events - Wine Country Activities
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Sample Speaker Evaluation Forms & Summary Reports
Event and meeting planners are sometimes challenged with creating a speaker evaluation form to use with professional development programs.

How to Plan a Saturday Night Super Bowl Company Party
The Super Bowl offers a tremendous number of opportunities for special events. Here's how you can host a corporate Super Bowl event three different ways. Page 2.

How to Plan a Family-Friendly Super Bowl Company Party
The Super Bowl offers a tremendous number of opportunities for special events. Here's how you can host a corporate Super Bowl event three different ways. Page 3.

What Does an Event Planner Do?
An event planner identifies venues, reviews proposals, determines food and beverage needs, and makes recommendations for their event clients.

An Introduction to Corporate Incentive Travel and Events
An incentive event is a planned event or trip that is used to encourage employees to achieve a specific business goal. Here's what you need to know.

Seminar Definition and Planning Advice
What business people and event planning professionals need to know about the different types of seminars. Also, see an event planning checklist here.

What is a Banquet Event Order?
Banquet Event Order is a written agreement outlining food and beverage, audio/visual, room setup, staffing requirements and and other event needs.

What Is a Breakout Session?
Breakout sessions can offer program attendees a host of beneficial opportunities, but all meeting coordinators should be aware of breakout pitfalls, too.

What Destination Management Companies (DMCs) Do
Many event planners rely on the local expertise and resources of a destination management company (DMC) when planning an out-of-town event.

How to Build a Basic Event Budget
Whether you're new to event planning or a seasoned pro, keeping an event budget will help you stay organized and prepared for any client inquiry.

How to Negotiate Costs With a Hotel
As hotel sales continues to increase costs for guest rooms, meeting space and catering services, how can event planners negotiate the best deal?

How to Organize Bridal Shows and Expos
This is a great place for wedding suppliers to promote themselves, and a fun challenge for the bridal show organizer. Learn how.

How the APEX Initiative Changed Corporate Event Planning
The APEX initiative was the first to provide industry-wide accepted practices to enhance efficiencies. These are the tools designed to help event planners.

Breakfast Menu Options for an Event or Business Meeting
A closer look at the various breakfast menu options for your meeting or event, and what unique touches will make your meal memorable.

Building the Menu: Lunch Options
A closer look at the various lunch menu options for your meeting or event, and what unique touches will make your meal memorable.

The Complete Search Guide for Event Planning Jobs
The high job growth rate is good news for those interested in a career in event planning. Here are the resources you'll need to land an event planning job.

3 Common Event Operations Mistakes to Avoid
Whether the event operations staff works directly for the venue or your own organization, it is the event planner's job to avoid these common mistakes.

Invitation Wording Ideas for Special Events
The best approach for event planners is to establish a standard format for themselves, and update specifics depending on the actual event.

Event Planning Quick Tips From Professionals
Have you ever been interested in reading fun and practical ideas that other event planners have collected over the years. Check out these ideas and more.

Importance of Wedding Planning Certification
How do you differentiate between legitimate programs and those that you should beware of? Learn more.

5 Questions Every Wedding Planner Should Ask Themselves
Becoming a professional wedding planner isn't for everyone. Here are five questions all potential future wedding planners should ask themselves.

How to Select the Perfect Keynote Speaker
Selecting the perfect keynote speaker is as much about preparation as it is about the search. Learn the steps to finding the best keynote for your event.

Tips for a Successful Catering Business
The success rate of catering businesses can be higher than a restaurant because the overhead is much lower & employees are only needed for planned events.

Land Your Catering Job with Catering Certification
Interested in distinguishing yourself in the catering industry? It might be a good time to consider obtaining a professional catering certification.

Key Event Planning Skills to Highlight on Your Resume
Make sure you incorporate​ some or all of these event planning skills into your resume and interviews.

The Importance of Catering Numbers
Guest counts and catering numbers are planned together to ensure​ quality food service at special events.

The Small Events Planning Checklist
Small events have a lot more flexibility when it comes to opportunities with venues, activities, and interaction.

7 Ways to Stop Giving Away Free Event Planning Advice
Tired of being asked for free advice? Stop giving away your event planning advice by using these 7 practical and effective suggestions.

Sponsorship Categories for Fundraising Events
Event planners are always looking for ways to raise money for their cause while keeping operating costs low. That's where event sponsorship plays a role.

Event Planning vs. Coordinating
There is a distinct difference between event planners and event coordinators. Here's what you need to know.

A Fun List of Holiday Work Party Ideas
Everyone wants to have fun, so all you have to do is keep the positive vibe flowing. Here's a list of ideas that will help you do just that!

Fee Structures for Event Planning Businesses
Many event planners struggle to solidify their fee schedule for quoting a client event. Check out these five ways to collect fees as an event planner.

Wedding Planning Jobs and Responsibilities
Many people use wedding planning jobs as a path to establish their own wedding planning business. Learn more about the duties of a wedding planner.

How to Become an Event Planner Step by Step
If you're searching for tips on starting an event planning business, here's how to become an event planner, step by step.

Job and Industry Opportunities for Event Coordinators
At the core of any event-related organization is the event coordinator, and these jobs present ample opportunity for breaking into the event business.

Catering Sales Coordinator Job Profile
Catering sales positions at large hotels and event venues are great entry-level jobs to begin an event planning career. Here's everything you need to know.

The Big List of Event Planning Jobs
If you enjoy working on events, then there are plenty of career choices out there for you. Use this list to discover hundreds of event planning jobs.

How to Lead an Event Planning Department
It takes more than just experience to lead a group of event planners. The most effective directors understand the importance of process and personnel.

How to Land your First Big Event Planning Client
A common worry for budding event planning professionals is how to land your first big client when you have little or no experience to draw on.

A Guide to Conference and Meeting Package Pricing
In the European market, it's not unusual for hotels to offer all-inclusive, flat-rate meeting or conference packages. Here's how the U.S. is catching on.

Low Cost Ways to Market Your Conference Online
How to market a conference online for very little cost. Target these placements first before dipping into your marketing budget.

Choosing the Right Conference Pricing Strategy
You’ve studied your target market & customized your event to meet their needs. The only thing left is to decide is how much you will charge attendees.

Event Setup Checklist for Venue Coordinators
Venue coordinators are charged with making sure the room is set to specification. Here are some things they need to look for.

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Find Your First Event Job and Start an Event Career
If you're searching for your an event job for the first time, it's important to understand just how large this industry is before you begin your search. Here's what you need to know.

How to Start a Wedding Planning Business
Make achieving a successful wedding planning business easier with these five steps to start your wedding planning business today.

Should You Become a Wedding Planner?
Many people aspire to a career as a wedding planner, wedding coordinator or wedding consultant. Is wedding planning the right job for you?

Catering (Definition and Examples)
Catering is the activity of providing food and beverage for events. As an event planner, it's your job to work with the catering company.

Online Event Registration and Software Reviewed
Online event registration software options are available to event planners. Here are 8 reviews for the most popular online event registration systems.

A Map to Your First Event Planning Job
Expand your job search beyond the classifieds and reach out to companies & organizations that rely on planners to keep their operation running.

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Meeting Planning - Organizing Conventions & Conferences
The MPI WEC 2008 offers an excellent opportunity for meeting and event planners to not only gain professional development, it may also be viewed as a learning lab filled with event planning tips for those who are expected to organize conventions, congresses, conferences, seminars and other events.

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Crescent Tables
Crescent tables can be used by catering to make elaborate food displays.

Utilizing Tables to Improve Your Event
The capacity of the room is irrelevant if you can’t provide the best seating situation for all of your guests

Complete Guide to Banquet Tables - Round Banquet Tables
Round banquet tables are the primary seating choice for dining events. Page 2.

Straight Tables
Straight tables, also known as rectangular tables, serve a variety of functions for both catering and event flow.

Pedestal Rounds
Pedestal rounds can be used for receptions and speaker tables.

Checklist for Planning a Seminar
Seminars are the most popular meeting organized by meeting and event planners. Learn how to put a seminar together in a few easy steps.

Top 15 Songs for a Father-Daughter Dance
The father-daughter dance is a great opportunity for a sweet and sentimental wedding song. Use this list to find a song that perfectly suits you.

Top 15 Songs for a Father-Daughter Dance
The father-daughter dance is a great opportunity for a sweet and sentimental wedding song. Use this list to find a song that perfectly suits you.

How to Start an Event or Meeting Planning Business
Learn more about how to approach creating your event planning business and some of the practicalities you should keep in mind.

Are You Planning This Year's Employee Holiday Party?
Have you been assigned to plan the company holiday party this year? Consider these common questions and answers for planning employee holiday events.

Basic Trade Show Booth Etiquette Rules for Staff
Event planners are often called upon to manage trade show booths. It's important for event planners to advise booth staff about trade show etiquette.

Tips for Organizing Community Food Festivals
Advice from the event planners behind Taste of Chicago on planning, operations management, sponsorships, talent management & marketing.

Event Planning Careers in Corporate Organizations
Learn how to break into the corporate event world with these job titles that may go unrecognized as event planning careers. From seminars to fundraisers.

Event Planning 101: Drafting Essential Details
There is an order of operations to event planning, and looking past the basics can cost you time and money.

Ideas for Making Money with Events
Savvy event planners know there is also potential to make money by designing and promoting their own events for substantial profits.

Perfect Mother Son Wedding Reception Dance Songs
A great mother son wedding song often contains sentimental lyrics and a slow tempo so that the groom and his mother can enjoy the moment.

Go on, Get Creative! 7 Party Themes That Are Sure To Be A Hit
Get creative with these 7 party themes that are sure to be a huge hit. All it takes is a bit of imagination, inspiration and the desire to have fun.

7 Tips To Finding The Right Event Planning Company
How to hire an event manager that meets your event needs: 7 tips to consider when searching for the right event planning company.

From Event Planning To Funeral Planning: An Unlikely Career Switch?
Changing laws reveal an unlikely opportunity for an event planner. Is funeral planning right for you and will the rest of the country follow suit?

Destination Wedding Planning Tips to Deliver that Dream Wedding
Destination wedding planning requires extra planning steps to deliver that dream wedding. These top wedding planning tips are your keys to success.

Steps to Hiring an Event Planner
Whether you're looking to hire someone for a family event or to handle your meetings and seminars, these steps will help you hire an event planner.

Tips to Manage Event Planning Information Flow
While everyone involved with an event wants it to be a success, without clear communications, there is a chance for details to fall through the cracks.

How to Start a Career in Event Planning
Want to start an event planning career? If you are passionate about people, learn how to start a career in event planning with these 7 easy to follow tips.

Your Essential Guide To Planning A LGBT Wedding
Your essential guide to planning a LGBTQ wedding and a few differences that you, as an event planner, need to take into account.

Corporate Event Planning 101: Preparing for Your First Client Meeting
Gain the confidence you need to run your first corporate event planning meeting with these easy-to-follow tips!

5 Event Marketing Tips Every Event Planner Must Know
Revealed today – 5 Event Marketing Tips Every Event Planner Must Know And How To Use These Tips To Benefit Your Events.

Creating Kid's Parties to Remember
Kids parties have evolved into experiences for families and guests to treasure and a great event planner can make this happen with a few fab ideas.

Top Event Publications for Event Planners
Event planners should stay on top of industry trends and news. These seven top event planning publications can help.

How Your Event Planning List Stops Procrastination
An event planning list is your secret weapon against procrastination, getting you started and keeping you on track in planning a successful event.

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Event Industry Glossary L-Q
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Event Industry Glossary A-E
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What is Event Management?
Event management is different from event planning and involves project management of the event and the teams of people responsible for each function.

Creative Corporate Gift Guide
Follow these creative event planning ideas to incorporate personal touches and affordable solutions to deliver a one-of-a-kind event.

Office Retirement Party Ideas
Looking to add some fun to your office retirement party? Here are some games, guests, and entertainment options to consider.

Event Trends and Ideas for 2016
While event trends come and go, fads will fade away, there seems to be one trend that is continuing across all events and that is the “designer” event.

Site Selection: How to Pick the Best Venue for Your Event
When selecting a venue, know what you want and what to look for so that whatever location you ultimately select is the best venue for your event.

Why An Unrealistic Wedding Planning Timeline Causes Stress
Why an unrealistic wedding planning timeline causes stress. 8 tips for wedding planners to get organized for the big day.

How to Get Creative with Your Event Invitations
Event invitations kick off your party so follow these creative event invitation ideas to get your party planning started the right way.

Affordable Event Entertainment Ideas
Don't have the event budget to book a big entertainer? Here are several ideas that will impress your audience without breaking the bank.

Crafting Good Sponsorship Proposals for Fundraising Events
Selling event sponsorships is one of the best ways to ensure​ your fundraising event succeeds financially.

6 Big Event Planning Mistakes You Can Prevent Now
Watch out for these potential mistakes that can quickly bring chaos to even a well-planned event.

Popular Meeting Space Floor Plans
Hotels and other conference facilities typically present meeting room space based on seven of the most popular floor plans.

Catering Portion Tips to Control Spending and Waste
Almost every event menu has an obvious element of waste in it that can be harmlessly deleted to free up funds for other needs.

Smart Ideas for an Effective Registration Table
Your registration table may not be the highlight of your event, but don't forget these essentials of your guests may turn on you!

Buffet vs. Plated Meals: What You Need to Know
If you choose one format over the other without considering all of the angles, then you could end up with a less than stellar review of your event.

An Outline of Event Planning Expenses
It's hard to plan an event budget unless you have a good idea of what expenses you will incur. Here's an outline to use while creating your budget.

Five Things to Include in an Event Planning Contract
Preparing an event planning contract? Protect your event planning business from unexpected losses with these (must-have) five items.

Event Planning Questions to Ask Your Potential Clients
Before working with a prospective event planning client, ask these important questions to make sure you are compatible.

5 Items You Must Have on Your Event Planning Checklist
An event planning checklist is a valuable tool for planning an event and it must include these five items so you can stay organized and on schedule.

Event Registration Guide: Solutions for Success
This easy to follow guide to event registration tools will help you select the registration features that are best suited for your event needs.

Why The Event Planning Business Never Declines
Even in economic downturns, event planning businesses continue to grow and increase revenues because of the constant need for these specialized jobs.

Five Event Planning Mistakes to Avoid
Avoid these five common event planning mistakes when planning your upcoming event. These easy to follow tips help ensure your event’s success.

The Complete Guide to Event Budgeting
Event budgeting can be difficult since expenses come from several different categories. Here is a comprehensive guide to sorting it all out.

5 Event Planning Skills You Need for Success
Successful event planners rely on a diverse skill set when planning events. These five event planning skills are a “must have” to be successful.

How to Help Your Customers See the Value of Event Planning Services
Help your customers see the value of your event planning services, by strengthening your value proposition. If it's weak, you could be losing business

How to Plan a Small Meeting
The smallest meetings require proper planning to insure all of the needs and objectives are met. Learn 8 essential steps to your next small meeting.

Splendid Snacks for Afternoon Business Meetings
Snacks can be a great way to keep people engaged during afternoon business meetings. Here are six snack ideas for your next meeting.

Wedding Planners' Emergency Kit to Prevent Wedding Day Emergencies
Weddings aren't ordinary events, so wedding planners need to be prepared for almost anything. Pack these 13 items to

32 Event Planning Resources for Beginners and Experts
Event planning is a corporate function--but it can also be creative and a lot of fun. These resources will help you make your events shine.

5 Ways to Promote Your Event Planning Business
Not how to promote your event business? Learn five affordable ways to promote your event planning business and establish a strong client base for business success.

6 Steps for Preparing a Conference Planning Guide
Follow these six easy steps when preparing a conference planning guide and you will stay organized, on schedule and stress free.

7 Tips for Selecting a Vendor
Selecting an event vendor is an important decision that can make or break an event’s success. Seven tips for hiring the best vendor for your needs and event budget.

How to Find Your Event Planning Niche
Event planning offers numerous opportunities for specialization. Learn the benefits and the steps to take to find your event planning niche.

11 Tips to Selecting a Caterer for Your Event
Selecting a caterer for your event but don’t know where to begin? Here are 11 helpful tips for finding a caterer that meets all of your needs and expectations.

5 Ideas for Planning a Birthday Party
Planning a birthday party requires advanced planning and personalization. Here are 5 ideas to make your birthday celebration meaningful and memorable.

Event Management vs. Event Planning: What’s the Difference?
What’s the difference between event management and event planning? Learn how these two are related but different so that you can avoid any confusion.

How to Write an Event Planning Service Proposal
How to write a comprehensive event planning service proposal that sells your business, skills, ideas, and vision of the event to a prospective client.

Why You Need an Event Planning Checklist
An event planning checklist is an invaluable event planning tool to keep you organized, on schedule, and stress-free when managing one or more events.

How to Negotiate the Best Event Planner Contracts
Learn how to negotiate the best event planner contracts to protect yourself from unexpected losses and ensure a successful event planning business.

Business Event Destinations – Meetings and Special Events by Business City and Location
What you should know about business cities and travel destinations before selecting sites for meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions and other special events.

Events Shows for Meeting and Event Planner Professionals
Learn about events shows with professional education and development for meeting and event planner professionals.

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Green Meetings - Sustainability - Recycling Programs
Meetings and events of the future will consider and incorporate social responsibility, sustainability and recycling initiatives when making decisions to choose venue, hotels and others.

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Special Events - Venues for Parties, Receptions and Occasions
Sometimes the best event planning inspiration for special events comes from popular and unique venues around the world. Whether you're looking to host a party or reception at any of these venues or want to create your own occasion elsewhere, consider the special events ideas offered by these venues.

Sports Events - Planning Meetings and Special Events at Sports Venues
Many event planners organize business meetings and hospitality at sports venues throughout the year, including golf events, basketball events, baseball events and more.

Wedding Planner - Wedding Planning - Wedding Planning Business
Whether you want to pursue a related job in wedding planning or if you want to become an independent wedding planner, you should have have a solid understanding of the wedding process and what it takes to please brides ... and everyone else involved in the wedding process. What you should know to start a wedding planning business.

MPI - Meeting Professionals International - Opening Sessions
Organization leaders are expected to highlight past accomplishments as they set the stage for the year ahead. Angie Pfieffer, 2007-2008 chairperson for MPI, highlights strategic imperatives that were established for MPI during her tenure. Page 6.

Special Events - Receptions - Cocktail Receptions
Caesar's Palace hosted the MPI WEC 2008 opening reception. This special event transformed a statitic ballroom into a cocktail reception that transformed the environment throughout the night. Page 3.

Business Roundtables - Roundtable Discussions - Workshop Facilitation
Cafe Conversations are business roundtable discussions that incorporate workshop facilitation by a group leader. Topics are open-ended, and participants are expected to participate in roundtable discussions. Page 12.

Event Planning Checklist - Catering Services - Chef Meeting
As part of the event planning checklist, event and meeting planners hold a final walk through or pre-con meeting with conference managers, including catering services. Prior to the execution of the event, venues hold their own meetings. Page 2.

Conventions - Sponsorships
Convention planners should create excitement for next year's convention during this year's convention, when likely attendees are open to learning more. Next year's hosts may be an excellent source of an important sponsorship during this year's event. Page 13.

Corporate Entertainment - Drum Cafe
An effective opening general session will inform and entertain attendees; therfore, meeting and event planners should search for unique corporate entertainment elements for the program. Page 8.

Trade Show - Exhibition - Expo
Nearly every congress or convention incorporates a trade show or exhibition hall as part of the agenda. The expo provides an opportunity for industry suppliers and sponsors to meet with convention attendes. Page 9.

Emerging New Technologies - Future Technology - Fogscreen
Fogscreen is an emerging new technology that will have some exciting applications in the events and meetings industry. This technology allows the creation of projected images onto a stream of fog and create images just about anywhere.

Corporate Entertainment - Corporate Magician
It's important for meeting planners to incorporate corporate entertainment into the convention agenda -- this helps break up formal presentations. Consider a corporate magician. Page 7.

Fundraising Ideas - Fundraising Events - Fundraising Event Ideas
Perhaps the best place to for an association or organization to hold a fundraising event is during its annual convention. Fundraising ideas should incorporate local themes and entertainment that individuals may not be able to attend elsewhere. Page 11.

Meeting Agenda - Opening Remarks - Convention General Sessions
Organization leaders are expected to outline the meeting agenda and provide opening remarks for general sessions at conventions, congresses, seminars and other events. Bruce MacMillan, president and CEO of MPI, Dallas, defined the meeting agenda for MPI WEC 2008 during his opening remarks. Page 5.

Seminar Topics - Breakout Sessions - professional development
Conference organizers are responsible for determining seminar topics for professional development. These topics become break out sessions, and attendees should be given a range of topics targeted to their skill level and development interests. Page 10.

Red Carpet Line - Special Event within a Special Event
To make your guests or attendees feel particularly special, consider creating a red carpet line to welcome them. This distinctive way to make guests apprecaited and creates a special event within your special event. Page 4.

New Product Launch - MGM CityCenter Vegas - Sand Castle
Meeting and event planners should incorporate creative ways to promote and launch new products to key audiences. MGM CityCenter Vegas promoted itself to MPI WEC 2008 attendees by creating a sand castle replica of the project while it is in development. Page 15.

Meeting Planning - Organizing Conventions & Conferences
The MPI WEC 2008 offers an excellent opportunity for meeting and event planners to not only gain professional development, it may also be viewed as a learning lab filled with event planning tips for those who are expected to organize conventions, congresses, conferences, seminars and other events.

Beach Party - Closing Night Receptions
Conventions should incorporate a closing night reception, giving attendees a chance to network and discuss topics from the event. If your event is located where a beach party is possible, this can give your closing reception more of the wow factor. Page 14.

Factors that Influence an Event Planner Salary
Several factors affect an event planner salary from job title to job location. Helpful tips on ways to advance and earn the salary you deserve.

How to Staff an Event
Learn how to staff an event to cover all your needs and ensure your event’s success.

How to Write an Event Planning Business Plan
Writing an event planning business plan is easier than you think. Why you need one and what to include to keep your business organized and on track.

Streamline Your Event Planning with Event Management Software
Streamline your event planning business with event management software tools that manage, organize, and increase your event planning efficiency.

Event Planning Courses: Which One is Right for You?
Searching for event planning courses but don’t know which one to choose? Five simple questions to help you find the course that meets your needs.

How to Find an Event Planning Job
Wondering how to land an event planning job? Advice on how to gain skills and experience, find opportunities and sell yourself in a job interview.

Event Rentals: Questions to Ask Your Vendor
Using event rentals can be stressful. Ask these important questions ahead of time to avoid unexpected costs and unnecessary headaches.

How to Be an Event Planner: Getting Started
You know you want to learn how to be an event planner, but are you stuck wondering what you need to get started? Here are four easy steps to follow.

How to Conduct Effective Meetings
Poorly managed meetings are a productivity killer and they don’t help employee morale. Learn how to conduct effective meetings using these 7 tips.

Holiday Party Themes: Creative Ideas
Spice up the traditional holiday party with one of these creative, fun holiday party themes that are sure to delight your guests.

Creating Small Business Events: Create Inspiring Events
Tips for event planners when designing small business events that not only keep the focus on quality content, but also stay on budget.

Successful Event Management: The Pre-Planning Meeting
Successful event management begins with a productive pre-planning meeting, gathering as much information as possible from your clients.

Be a Media Magnet: How Event Managers Attract Media
Event managers attract media using these nine guidelines to help build media relationships that generate excitement and publicity for your events.

How to Protect Your Event Planning Business When a Client Doesn’t Pay
When an event client doesn’t pay, protect the profits of your event planning business by following these simple steps to remain proactive instead of reactive.

How to Have a Successful Relationship with Difficult Event Clients
Every event organizer needs help handling a difficult event client, so here are 5 tips and tricks for working with the most challenging people.

Corporate Retreat Planning: Mixing Business and Team Building
Combining team building and business into corporate retreat planning with customized events will guarantee success for corporate event planners in 2016.

Using Feedback to Create Better Events
One of the best-kept secrets in the event planning industry is using feedback to create better events. Here's how...

9 Step Checklist to Successfully Wrap Up an Event
Wrap up an event within two to three weeks using this 9 step checklist to keep you on track.

Stress Free Event Planning Tips
Create a stress free event by following these helpful tips that will prepare you and keep you organized.

5 Tips for Event Organizers to Stay Focused
Working from home is a blessing and a curse for event organizers. Follow these tips for the perfect home working environment.

5 Key Considerations For Planning a Winter Event
Is planning a winter event the same as planning any other event? Here are 5 areas to consider before you get started.

Creating the Ultimate New Year's Eve Wedding
Create a spectacular New Year's Eve wedding for your bride, groom and their guests with these 4 tips that are sure to make you shine.

How to Make Your Event Proposal Glow This Winter
How to make your event proposal glow this winter with 5 actionable event planning tips to beat the competition.

What Every Event Planner Should Know About Winter Weddings
What every event planner should know about winter weddings and some unique challenges a winter wedding can throw your way.

Ultimate Party Checklist: What's Hot for 2015
Pitch your holiday party checklist to your client with confidence, keeping in line with the evolution of themes and activities for 2015.

Where to Begin When Planning an Event
Whether you’re interested in becoming an event planner or you’re planning a company event, here are 7 steps to know before planning an event.

5 Event Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Avoid these five common event planning mistakes and how to plan ahead to ensure a successful event.

How to Negotiate the Best Hotel Rate for Your Event
How to negotiate the best hotel rate for your next event; 6 practical tips to get the best deal.

Corporate Event Planners: Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Sponsors
7 ways corporate event planners can roll out the red carpet for their sponsors to create events with more elaborate designs and higher revenues.

Launch Your Part Time Event Management Business With These 4 Events
Ready to start your part time event management business? Plan these 4 events to build your clientele and get the skills you need.

6 Must Have Tools to Produce the Best Live Events
If you are looking to produce the best live events around, then look no further. These must have tools will make your next live event a huge success.

How to Use Promoted Posts on Facebook to Promote Your Event
Promoted posts on Facebook are a cheap and easy way to promote your event. Use these steps to use Facebook to promote your event.

Corporate Meeting Planning: 4 Tips For an Impressive Event
Host a successful corporate event by following these top 4 corporate meeting planning tips. Guest post by Hugh McCullen, president of MicroTek.

Is It Time To Switch Up Your Fundraising Event?
Is it time to switch up your fundraising event? Get back to basics and be inspired once more.

Event Management Jobs: 6 Ways To Get Started
Getting started as an event planner can be tricky. Here are 6 ways to find event management jobs in your area.

7 Must Have Event Solutions For Your Events
7 online event solutions to help you save valuable resources to focus on growing your event planning business.

How To Use Instagram To Grow Your Event Planning Business
How to get more followers and likes to grow your event planning business and make money using Instagram.

How To Use Social Media To Find Wedding Planning Jobs
Wedding planning requires an influx of new clients to really flourish... How to use social media to find wedding planning jobs in your area.

Tricks For a New Meeting Planner To Beat Performance Anxiety.
As a new meeting planner, you may already have come across performance anxiety. These tricks would help you keep your meeting planning mojo.

Need Help Starting An Event Management Business? Here Are 5 Things You Must Know.
Need help starting an event management business? Here are 5 things you must know. A whole new world of opportunity in event management awaits you!

5 Tips for Hiring Event Security Teams: Keeping your Event Safe and Sound
Tips for hiring event security teams to help to keep your event safe and secure, whether it’s a high-profile celebrity event, a conference or a music festival.

Flying Solo: Tips on Hiring Help When Running a Party Planning Business
Learn how to build a profitable party planning business while flying solo in the beginning by following these simple yet effective tips.

4 Ways the Best Event Management Companies Attract Media at Their Events
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Are You Looking for New Event Planning Clients in the Right Places?
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Summer’s Here! 5 Outdoor Party Planning Ideas That Set The Scene
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3 Communication Tips to Become an Outstanding Event Manager
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How to Create and Manage Your Event Planning Business’ Online Presence
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The Best Event Planning Companies in Every Category
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10 Reasons Your Event Registration Process Could Be Costing You Money
10 Reasons your event registration process could be costing you money - some common problems exposed along with practical solutions.

Do You Have the Resources to Start an Event Management Company Today?
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Planning a Wedding? Compare Your Event Planning Checklist with the Pros
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How to Deal with Competition in the Event Planning Business
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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Wedding Planner?
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3 Steps To Event Success with Public Relations
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Transferable Skills You Can Use to Jump-Start Your Event Planning Career
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Top 10 Party Organizers To Watch
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Why Your Event Planner Resume Isn’t Standing Out
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How To Run A Successful PR Event Just Like The Pros
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What to Expect from a Career in Event Planning
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10 Tips to Attract Event Sponsors for Your Next Special Event
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5 Ways to Plan a Mother’s Day Event That Mom Will Love
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7 Social Media Tools To Consider Next Time You Plan An Event
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Corporate Sponsors Incorporate Community Events
Event Planning. Page 12.

Festival Element: Beverage Booths
Event Planning. Page 14.

Corporate Sponsor CNN
Event Planning. Page 13.

On the Menu: Lots of Pizza
Event Planning. Page 7.

On the Menu: Chocolate (Keeping It Fresh)
Event Planning. Page 27.

Drawing the Crowds
Event Planning. Page 5.

On the Menu: Lots of Cheesecake
Event Planning. Page 8.

Event Staff Office
Event Planning. Page 30.

Festival Element: Concert Staging
Event Planning. Page 17.

Family Area
Event Planning. Page 22.

Festival Element: Educational Programs
Event Planning. Page 21.

Inflatable Playground
Event Planning. Page 23.

Inside Eli's Tent
Event Planning. Page 9.

On the Menu: Familiar Items with a Twist
Event Planning. Page 26.

Sponsors Host Contests
Event Planning. Page 28.

Limit Sponsorship Signage So It Becomes Meaningful
Event Planning. Page 15.

Festival Element: Portable Toilets
Event Planning. Page 3.

Free Concerts
Event Planning. Page 18.

Festival Element: Public Safety
Event Planning. Page 16.

Festival Element: Food Sanitation
Event Planning. Page 6.