Lisa Hurley

Kelly Murphy
After Party: Kelly Murphy on her Life After Special Events
Party rental leader Kelly Murphy looks back—and ahead
Lisa Hurley
Editor's Page: Events at the Epicenter

As many of you will remember—and it's a painful memory—face-to-face events took a beating during the Great Recession. Travel was too expensive, staffing was too expensive—and besides, all communication was going virtual, wasn't it?

What a difference the years make. Today, face-to-face events are at the epicenter of major marketing campaigns, as the big event producers we profile in our annual "50 Top Event Companies" prove.

Webb 360 and Ex Awards
Big Events from Our '50 Top Event Companies': Part 2
The big event companies on our 14th annual "50 Top Event Companies" share noteworthy special events from the last year
Shaklee Live from InVision
Big Events from our '50 Top Event Companies': Part 1
The big event companies on our 2015 list share big events they are proud of.
Top 2015-2016 Trends from the 50 Top Event Firms
The biggest companies in event planning share their take on the top trends shaping the world of special events for 2015-16
Daffodil Ball 2015
Growing Your Gala
Raising money is a tough job. Here, the brains behind five fabulous fundraising galas share what event elements they have kept and what they have changed to ensure they keep the funds flowing.
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

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
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