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Jodi Collen Augsburg College wins Esprit Award ISES
Esprit Award Winners Named at ISES Live 2015

The Sugar Mill in New Orleans was the celebration site last night as ISES named the winners of its 2015 Esprit Awards. Photos by Special Events.

Budget bride takes her own photo
Wedding Pros Reply: When the Desperate, DIY Bride Comes Begging with a Lowball Bid
When the desperate clients calls after the lowball vendor fails--what do you do? Here, some smart answers.
client watching his pennies
Rental Pros Sound Off: Do You Match the Desperate Client's Lowball Bid?

A Facebook post about a bridal client who initially turned down a "too expensive" vendor only to return at the last minute in desperation—and asking for the same lowball price the failed vendor promised—has launched a tidal wave of comments. Here, Special Events shares the comments of rental professionals on how they deal with this dicey issue:


Rrivre Davies
Rolling with Rrivre
Rrivre Davies may have bluffed his way into his first big gig, but he backs all his work up with quality and innovation
Aubri Nowowiejski of the Student Event Planners Association.
25 Young Event Pros to Watch: 2015 Edition 
Want to see the future of the special event industry? You will find it right here.
How to Party Like a Rental Pro
How to create an unforgettable wedding reception? Thank your family ties.
Looking Ahead to the Future

Why wait till the end of the year to forecast what the future will bring? Midyear is a fine time to take stock of where we are now and where we're headed.

If your work involves corporate events, you will find value in our 14th annual corporate event forecast, developed by Penton Research. You will see how budgets and workloads are shaping up for this year and next, including data stretching back 10 years. It all starts on page 11.

11th annual 25 Top DMC List from Special Events Magazine
11th Annual Special Events 25 Top DMCs 
It's our annual look at the biggest companies in the know about the best seats and eats in every place worth visiting--destination management companies
Big DMCs Forecast Top Trends for 2015-16
Here, a taste of top trends big DMCs see for 2015-16
Love Wins celebration
Wedding Pros in Former Ban States React to Supreme Court Same-Sex Ruling
Wedding professionals in states that had their same-sex wedding restrictions overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision Friday say they expect to see a boost in their wedding business but are unsure just how big it might be.
golden egg
Shell Shock: Caterers Cope with Higher Egg Prices
Many caterers are grappling with higher prices for egg products, a headache brought on by a big outbreak of avian flu in 15 U.S. states starting in December.
Special Events Shares 2015-16 Corporate Event Forecast
Almost a quarter of special event professionals predict an increase in corporate events in 2016.
Chef with appetizers from Good Gracious! Events
All Good: Good Gracious! Events Throws a 'Food, Fun, Love' Party

Good Gracious! Events treats clients and friends to a catered event--complete with a restaurant!

Rocking the Rooftop: Wolfgang Puck Catering Throws a Rooftop Patio Party

Wolfgang Puck Catering treats clients and friends to a sneak peek at summer with a rooftop patio party at Target Terrace, part of L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Big Caterers List the Big Menu Trends for 2015 
In the 8th Annual Special Events "25 Great, Big Caterers" feature, caterers list trends that run from new tech—how about menus matched to your personality via RFID?—to old-fashioned. Wine dinners are coming back, Mason jars may be going away, and get ready for the reinvention of the cheese ball.
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