Event Planning Sitemap - Page 2 2016-05-11

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 Fees?

4 Ways to Boost the Revenue of Your Event Planning Business
There are many small costs that can start to add up over time, and an improperly managed event can have a negative impact on your income if you spend more than you budgeted for the event.

7 Valuable Ways to Improve Your Event Planning Website
Are you looking to improve your event planning website, but aren’t sure how to go about it? Your website is the public face of your business...

How to Make Sure Your Event Contracts are Watertight
Contract advice for event planners wanting to make sure their business is a continued success. What is an Event Contract and Why do I Need One?

10 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...

When Planning Special Events Becomes Your Business
When you’re ready to take planning special events from hobby to business, there are important first steps you’ll need to take.

How to Plan an Event for Kids with These 6 Tips
Even experienced event planners may struggle for ideas if they’ve never planned one before, so here are a few tips on how to plan an event for kids.

Online Event Management Tools To Promote Your Event Planning Business
What Online Event Management Tools Do You Need To Promote and Grow Your Business? Options to help make your events run smoothly.

How to Plan Corporate Baseball Outings
One of the best ways to build relationships with customers and employees is to bring them to a baseball game. The key to successful event planning for a baseball event is to plan early.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Track Dress Code
Event planners should notify guests of required dress code attire for a day at the races.

Wedding Candy Buffets Options Guide
Instructions for how to select candy, display containers, and take-home containers for a wedding candy buffet. Wedding candy in every color scheme. Creative display options and links to further wedding candy buffet resources.

Wedding Send-Off Ideas (Bubbles, Rice, and More)
Your wedding guests will love celebrating your wedding ceremony or reception with these wedding bubbles, wedding confetti, wedding rice and other fun ideas. Explore modern wedding favors like wedding sparklers and wedding wands, or something more traditional like wedding flower petals.

Key Facts About the London Eye
Considering a visit to London and wanting to find a unique venue for a group activity? The London Eye may be what you're looking for. Whether you're hosting an event there or wanting to replicate some ideas at another giant ferris wheel structure. Either way, this will be a hit.

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.

Being a Wedding Planner: Five Essential Skills
Full service wedding planners typically manages about 12-20 weddings each year, and a wedding day coordinator handles about 50. Learn what organizational skills are required to become a wedding planner.

Healthy Breakfast Menu for a Business Meeting
Sometimes you just want to go off the menu and create your own healthy breakfast buffet for your morning business meeting or event. And while most hotels and caterers offer great packaged and a la carte menu options for clients, sometimes it helps to go that extra mile and ask for very specific ingredients. Check out this menu which was designed for a 100 attendee breakfast meeting with an agenda that was focused on health and wellness.

Planning Meetings and Conferences: What is a Pre-Con?
A pre-con meeting is a meeting that is held with event vendors and suppliers where the event or program is scheduled to take place. It is held usually one or two days prior to the actual event, and is different from the walk through that occurs on the day of an event. Learn more about what is a pre-con.

Airline Baggage - Checked Baggage - Lost Luggage
Should business travelers and other passengers pay higher fees for checked baggage when the volume of mishandled airline baggage and lost luggage remains high? An in-depth look at mishandled airline baggage at U.S. and European airlines quantifies the anecdotes shared by travelers. And several factors contribute to the problem, including denied boarding, delayed flights, canceled flights and more. What should everyone know? Learn more.

Airline Baggage - Delayed and Lost Baggage by U.S. and European Airlines
Surprising, more mishandled baggage reports were filed against Southwest Airlines in the U.S. and bmi in Europe than any other airline in 2008 on a per 1,000 bags basis. Learn more about how your preferred airlines ranked. Page 3.

Airline Baggage - Denied Boardings and Other Causes of Lost Baggage
Did you know that 680,000 voluntary and involuntary denied boardings occur on U.S. planes each year? To their defense, the vast majority are voluntary. But United Airlines had more denied boardings than any other U.S. airline in 2008. Learn what situations why cause your baggage to go delayed or missing. Page 4.

Airline Baggage - United Airlines Checked Baggage
A look into mishandled baggage volume at United Airlines, and why their baggage fee increase may concern passengers. Page 2.

What Is the Airlines Baggage Claims Process?
If your airline luggage is missing, you should complete a mishandled baggage claims report. This process differs by airline, but here's what you should know. Page 5.

15 Steps to Hiring an Event Planner
Whether you're looking to hire someone to plan a a family event or to handle your meetings and seminars, keep these steps in mind when hiring an event planner.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Tracks
If you're considering a unique venue in your town or elsewhere, this listing of thoroughbred horse tracks throughout the U.S. will help streamline some of your research.

How to Organize Bridal Shows and Expos
Looking to organize -- or attend -- a bridal show and expo? This is a great place for wedding suppliers to promote themselves, and a fun challenge for the bridal show organizer. Learn how.

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 Planning 2010 - Issues Facing Meeting Planners
social media, client buy-in, sustainability and professional development are among the top issues facing event and meeting planners in 2010 and beyond.

Difference Between Net Rate and Net Net Rate
What is the difference between Net Rate and Net Net Rate?

Buffet vs. Plated Meals: What You Need to Know
Here are the key points to consider before choosing a buffet over a traditional served meal.

Considering a Career as 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?

Create New Sponsorship Categories for Your Next Event
Trying to think of new sponsorship category ideas for your next event? Perhaps some inspiration from other successful events will help. Learn more about how to find great sponsorship ideas for your event by checking out what others have done.

Invitation Wording Ideas for Special Events
Here we offer you some invitation wording ideas and a sample invitation letter.

Tips for Creating Community Food Festivals
Advice from the event planners behind Taste of Chicago '07 on planning, operations management, sponsorships, talent management & marketing/public relations.

Proposal Examples for Submitting Hotel RFPs
An event planner asks how she can develop her own hotel RFP to receive hotel bids for meetings and other events. Find out what proposal examples should be included in your hotel RFP.

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

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.

Key Revenues and Expenses in the Trade Show Business Model
Making money in the trade show business requires marketing skills and a close attention to costs.

5 Engaging Non-Profit Event Ideas
The best format for a non-profit event is one that is both engaging and fun.

Sports Themed Event Ideas for Corporate Planners
Here are some ideas for turning your next corporate sporting event into fun and productive experience.

Succeeding at the Subtle Art of Venue Negotiation
Once you've chosen the best venue for your event the next step is to negotiate the best possible rates for things like catering, audio/visual and hotel rooms.

Catering Portion Tips to Control Spending and Waste
Use this guide to adjust your catering portion sizes and save money on catering costs.

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

Analyzing Catering Service Standards
Understanding how service standards affect catering pricing will help you compare provider more accurately.

Catering Menu Ideas That Sell Your Service
Use these ideas to turn your catering menu into a productive sales tool.

Splendid Snacks for Afternoon Work Sessions
Add some excitement to your afternoon meeting sessions with these snack ideas.

6 Low Cost Ways to Market Your Conference Online
Some of the best ways to market your conference online cost very little. Target these placements first before dipping into your marketing budget.

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.

Choosing the Right Conference Pricing Strategy
The way you price your conference has a significant influence on the demand for registration.

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.

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

5 Essential Safety Measures for Event Planners
Safety and security are hot topics in event planning. Here are some easy ways for planners to cover their all of their bases.

How to Plan a Small Meeting
8 steps to planning a productive small meeting.

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!

Conference Content that Attracts More Attendees
Attract more attendees to your conference by featuring awesome content.

Tips to Manage Event Planning Information Flow
Control the flow of communications during the planning stage to avoid mistakes.

Signage Strategies to Manage Conference Flow
Proper use of event signage will make insure all your attendees end up in the right place.

Sponsorship Categories for Community Festivals
Event organizers should create corporate sponsorship categories to generate revenue and expand programming options. Organizers of the Taste of Chicago share their approach to securing corporate support.

Utilizing Tables to Improve Your Event
There several shapes and sizes of banquet tables.

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.

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

4 Ideas on How to Make Your Event More Eco-Friendly
Green issues are more important than ever, so you’re probably wondering how you can make your event more eco-friendly while keeping within your budget.

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.

Importance of Wedding Planning Certification
For those who wish to pursue a wedding planner career, it's important to obtain wedding planning certification. But how do you differentiate between legitimate programs and those that you should beware of? Learn more.

Popular Meeting Space Floor Plans
Hotels and other conference facilities typically present meeting room space based on seven of the most popular floor plans. Understand how these numbers impact your event space.

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.

15 Creative Elements of Event Planning
There are infinite ways to add creativity and personalization to your event. Here are 15 areas you can get started on right away.

Trade Show - Exhibit Booths - Sustainable Trade Show Exhibit Booths
Sustainable trade show exhibit booths should be designed to make building the stand easy while minimizing the environmental impact of the trade show. Learn more.

Wedding Songs - Father and Daughter Dance Songs - Mother and Son Dance Songs
Use this list to find the perfect song for a father and daughter dance, mother and son dance, or other special wedding dance for unique family situations. If you need wedding songs for your father/daughter dance or a mother/son dance, this list will provide suggestions.

Professional Development for Event Planners
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5 Key Ways to Interview your Event Planning Clients
How to interview your event planning clients to get the best results. Here are 5 key tips to make sure it's a good fit.

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

9 Ways to Reduce Event Catering Costs
Ways to Reduce Event Catering Costs Without Reducing Client Satisfaction: Smart ways to Stretch Your Catering Budget

Three Tips On How To Successfully Debrief For Your Event
Not all of your events are going to go as planned, but the most important thing to take away from disappointments is to use what happened and learn...

Money Matters: Finance and Accounting Tips for Event Planners
Following these finance and accounting tips for event planners is the smart way to take control of your business.

Wedding Songs - Stylish Songs for Wedding Entrance - Wedding Introduction Songs with Pizazz
This article offers creative ideas for wedding entrance songs. With wedding introduction songs in a variety of genres, the list contains many choices for an exciting wedding entrance.

Express Your Wedding Style with Unique Wedding Ideas
Curious about how to incorporate your personal style into a unique wedding that reflects who you are as a couple? Check out these five ideas.

Wedding Music - How to Find Great Wedding Music for Your Wedding Reception and Wedding Ceremony
Look here for the most helpful websites as you plan your wedding ceremony music and wedding reception music. These sites contain lists of wedding songs, often with lyrics and videos. Select the perfect wedding music for you with the help of these sites.

Corporate Holiday Parties - Save Money Planning Holiday Events
Many organizations already account for expenses associated with the annual party by allocating a fixed dollar amount per employee within budgets. Given this, many planners are often challenged with finding ways to save money planning this year's employee holiday party with the same or less than last year's money. Try some of these tips.

Evaluating Restaurants for Special Events - What to Consider When Choosing Restaurant Venues
Event planners often rely on private spaces at restaurants to host a vaiety of special events. Learn more about how to evaluate a restaurant before contracting your event somewhere.

Event Planning Careers
Our event planning career section if designed for both experienced planners and those seeking their first job. This is your source for event job descriptions, employment opportunities and professional development in the field.

Event Planning Tips
This section provides a comprehensive look at how to plan business events, seminars, conferences, appreciation events, golf events, and more. It shares an overview for anyone interested in creating an event or those who are interested in understanding what goes on behind the event.

Wedding Planning
Weddings require a full range of event planning skills and ideas. Wedding planners handle invitations, favors, cakes, meals, music, ceremonies, receptions. They work with brides to choose venues, destinations, and themes to create wedding programs. From wedding planning checklists to becoming a wedding coordinator or consultant, here's what you should know.

Czech Republic Food – Popular Eastern Europe Food – Sample Eastern Europe Menu for Events
Czech Republic chefs worked together and formed Team Czech Repbulic at the American Culinary Competition. Event planners should check out their three-course menu when creating an event with an Eastern European theme.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club - Maryland Wedding - Today Show Hometown Wedding
Learn more about the unique event spaces, catering, and planning advantages and challenges at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The Chesapeake Beach Club is a Maryland wedding venue that was the backdrop of the Today Show wedding in 2005.

German Food – Popular German Food – Sample German Theme Menu for Events
Event planners who are interested in creating a German theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Catering Careers - Catering Jobs Search - Find Catering Jobs and Careers
Interested in serving the event planning industry through a career in catering? Perhaps the greatest number of event-related job opportunities are found in the food service sector. Whether you're searching for a job as a chef, catering coordinator or catering management, find your opportunities here.

London 2012 Tickets - Olympics Hospitality - Olympics Tickets
Whether you want to organize hospitality related to the London 2012 Games or looking to obtain tickets and create your own mini-visit during that time, here's what you need to know to find official tickets (and avoid the scams).

Strategic Meetings Management - Strategic Management Concepts for Meetings and Events
Meeting and event professionals are increasingly being asked to measure the impact of their programs, and adopt strategic management concepts. Ultimately, it helps to ensure the success of events and achieve bottom line results. Steve O'Malley of Maxavantage offers 10 tips for a strategic meetings management program.

Executive Level - Management Decision Making for Events and Meetings
Planners are increasingly being expected to prove the the value of meetings and events to executive level management decision makers. Learn six ways you can achieve this.

Event Management - Event Registration - Event Management and Event Technology Tools
What should you consider before upgrading your event management technology tools? Strategies to keep in mind.

Wedding Invitation Wording Made Easy - Best Wedding Invitation Wording
The best websites for finding wedding invitation wording for all wedding situations. See the Royal Wedding Invitation used for the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton.

Table Settings - Table Decorations - Reception Ideas
Looking for inspiration to create table settings and decorations for your gala or special event? Check out the

Corporate Sponsors Incorporate Community Events
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Festival Element: Beverage Booths
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Corporate Sponsor CNN
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On the Menu: Lots of Pizza
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On the Menu: Chocolate (Keeping It Fresh)
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Drawing the Crowds
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On the Menu: Lots of Cheesecake
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Event Staff Office
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Festival Element: Concert Staging
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Family Area
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Festival Element: Educational Programs
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Inflatable Playground
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Inside Eli's Tent
Event Planning. Page 9.

On the Menu: Familiar Items with a Twist
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Sponsors Host Contests
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Limit Sponsorship Signage So It Becomes Meaningful
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Festival Element: Portable Toilets
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Free Concerts
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Festival Element: Public Safety
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Festival Element: Food Sanitation
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Festival Element: Road Barricades
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Festival Element: Worker Apparel
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Festival Element: Pre-Event Operations
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Festival Element: Ticket Booths
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Sponsor Tums
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Sponsor U.S. Army
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Festival Element: Title Sponsor
Event Planning. Page 11.

On the Menu: Ethnic Food Options
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Carnival Rides
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General Services Contractor
What is a general services contractor for events?

Government Meeting
What is a government meeting? Event Planning.

Basel Switzerland - Special Events and Venues in Basel, Switzerland
A computer industry marketing manager is searching for some unique venues in Basel Switzerland. Find out which venues were recommended.

Horse Race Betting - - Horse Wagering - Wagering Tips - Horse Tracks
Event planners should be familiar with horse betting and horse racing terms if they are holding an event at an thoroughbred race track. For some guests, this could be the first time they have ever been to the track.

FITUR - FITUR Congresos - FITUR Congress - Spain Travel Show
FITUR is an annual conference specific to Spain's meetings and incentive travel industry, bringing together international event planners with hotels and other venues throughout the country.

EIBTM - European Events Conference
EIBTM is an global events conference with a focus on European destinations, held in the fall.

Motivation Show - IT&ME - Incentive Travel and Meeting Executives
The Motivation Show is scheduled each year in September and held in Chicago.

What is the Convention Industry Council (CIC)?
The Convention Industry Council's 32 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals, as well as, 17,300 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industries. The CIC offers its members many tools and programs designed to support the industry and meet its challenges, facilitate the exchange of information and ideas, and ensure its credibility and high standards of quality.

Group Air Fares - Discount Air Fares - Airline Discounts for Group Air Fares for Events
With air fares accounting for a higher portion of events that require group travel, it's important for event and meeting planners to secure airline discounts for group event air fares. Many airlines offer group travel and event options for planners.

Incentive Program - Old Course Hotel in St. Andrew's for Golf Events
Old Course Hotel in St. Andrew's Golf combines meetings with business golf events.

Convention Centers - Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre
Considering convention centers a future program? Check out how the the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre creates unique and sustainable conventions, congresses, meetings and events.

Golf Events - Planning Business Meetings at Golf Courses
Event planners will find themselves organizing one or more golf meetings each year, so it's helpful to follow some helpful guidelines to ensure a great outing every time.

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.

Beach Parties - Convention Events
Considering a beach party for your upcoming convention or event? Check out how the Fairmont Hawaii transforms its oceanfront into opening night receptions.

Event Planning Ideas - Special Event Planning - Corporate Event Planning
Looking for event planning ideas for a future program? Whether you're looking for special event planning or corporate event planning ideas, perhaps I can help. Whether it's a program located in your own city or somewhere else around the world, submit your questions to me. As your event planning guide, I'll do my best to offer event planning ideas and may use it for a future column. Learn more.

2010 Events Calendar - 2010 Calendar Holidays - 2010 Calendar of Special Events
An events calendar of holidays and major events will help event and meeting planners know the important dates to schedule their programs and the important dates to avoid scheduling their events. This comprehensive list includes holidays and major events around the world.

Festival At-A-Glance: Taste of Chicago
Event Planning.

Taste of Chicago 2007
Taste of Chicago 2007

Taste of Chicago 2007
Taste of Chicago 2007

Planning Community Festivals - Behind the Event at Taste of Chicago 2007

Planning Community Walks - Breast Cancer Walks - Behind the Event at Y-ME Mother's Day Events
Whether its a walk to raise awareness and fundraising, or a special event walking tour of the city, community walks are organize by event and meeting planners around the globe.

2012 Olympics - What You Should Know for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Event planning activities for producing London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Learn more about what you should know to plan business events and meetings during the Olympics or create a program with a sports theme in London.

Event Planning Questions - Ask Rob for Meeting and Event Planning Questions
Perhaps you're looking to organize a seminar or event in another city, and you're not sure where to hold the event. Perhaps you're working to create the

Hot Food Menu - Chef Menu - International Menu
Recognized as a premier world culinary competition, the 2007 American Culinary Classic marks its 20th anniversary. Teams of international chefs represented their countries and presented their hot food menus.

Event Planning Careers - Profiles of Event Planning Jobs
Whether you're looking to organize corporate events, association meetings, work at a hotel, find a catering job or help others who work in the event planning industry, it's helpful to learn the job opportunities from those who already work in the profession. Event planners share insights about their careers, how they pursued their dream jobs and offer advice to those who wish to follow.

Planning Holiday Parties
Planning for the annual holiday event is one of several activities that keep event planners busy.