Special Events Blog http://specialevents.com/blog/3224/feed en Big, fat Indian wedding trends for 2015 http://specialevents.com/blog/big-fat-indian-wedding-trends-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Heavy customization and a blend of East and West--two top trends for Indian weddings in 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/big-fat-indian-wedding-trends-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/big-fat-indian-wedding-trends-2015#comments Weddings desi wedding trends Indian wedding trends Special Events Blog Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:04:00 +0000 19091 at http://specialevents.com How to secure exclusive venues for your clients http://specialevents.com/blog/how-secure-exclusive-venues-your-clients <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Special event expert Sally Webb Berry gives tips on securing exclusive, prestigious venues for special event clients</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/how-secure-exclusive-venues-your-clients" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/how-secure-exclusive-venues-your-clients#comments Venues special event venues Special Events Blog Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:52:00 +0000 19031 at http://specialevents.com How social media walls are optimizing events and producing results http://specialevents.com/blog/how-social-media-walls-are-optimizing-events-and-producing-results <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Install some walls--social media walls, that is--at your next event to make sure social media messages keep flowing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/how-social-media-walls-are-optimizing-events-and-producing-results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/how-social-media-walls-are-optimizing-events-and-producing-results#comments Idea Notion IdeaCloud social media walls Special Events Blog Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:21:00 +0000 18931 at http://specialevents.com 5 tips for engaging with bloggers for special events http://specialevents.com/blog/5-tips-engaging-bloggers-special-events <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Be good to bloggers and they will be good to you--and help promote your event.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/5-tips-engaging-bloggers-special-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/5-tips-engaging-bloggers-special-events#comments archive engaging with bloggers to promote special events Special Events Blog Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:16:00 +0000 18411 at http://specialevents.com An entertainment expert weighs in on hit acts for special events today http://specialevents.com/blog/entertainment-expert-weighs-hit-acts-special-events-today <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Sam Trego, president and executive producer of San Diego-based <a href="http://www.imaginationent.com" target="_blank">Imagination Entertainment</a>, shares his take on the hottest acts and the ongoing importance of event entertainment.</em></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/entertainment-expert-weighs-hit-acts-special-events-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/entertainment-expert-weighs-hit-acts-special-events-today#comments Entertainment entertainment for special events Special Events Blog Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:17:00 +0000 18351 at http://specialevents.com The transforming world of incentive events: Tailored, not tried-and-true http://specialevents.com/blog/transforming-world-incentive-events-tailored-not-tried-and-true <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>At the recent World Meetings Forum in Cancun, <a href="http://specialevents.com/corporate-events/world-meetings-forum-2014-cancun-addresses-trends-events-meetings#slide-3-field_images-18041" target="_blank">SITE global president Paul Miller said that optimism about incentive travel is at a four-year high.</a> <em>Special Events</em> asked incentive specialist Darren Kerr, founding partner and executive director of Hong Kong-based <a href="http://factor168.com/" target="_blank">FACTOR168 Creative Event Co.</a>, for his perspective. He shares his expert opinion on the incentive travel world today:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/transforming-world-incentive-events-tailored-not-tried-and-true" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/transforming-world-incentive-events-tailored-not-tried-and-true#comments Corporate Events corporate special events incentive events Special Events Blog Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:17:00 +0000 18241 at http://specialevents.com 14 top tips to planning successful summer events http://specialevents.com/blog/14-top-tips-planning-successful-summer-events <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The summer season has its highs and lows when it comes to planning events. Here are Arthur Backal's top tips to help take advantage of the time of year and keep your cool when the season’s obstacles heat up. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/14-top-tips-planning-successful-summer-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/14-top-tips-planning-successful-summer-events#comments archive Arthur Backal summer special events Special Events Blog Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:31:00 +0000 18201 at http://specialevents.com 25 things we’ve learned in 25 years in the events industry http://specialevents.com/blog/25-things-we-ve-learned-25-years-events-industry <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Reflecting on the last 25 years of planning meetings and events, so much stands out. It&rsquo;s amazing how the industry has changed.</p> <p>I can recall hand-registering thousands of attendees for an event as their paperwork rolled off a noisy fax machine, and planning major conferences without the benefit of a smartphone, tablet or even the Internet.</p> <p>In 25 years, my one-woman party planning business in Boca Raton, Fla., has evolved into a multi-faceted, award-winning corporate event planning firm with over 30 employees and office locations in eight cities worldwide.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/25-things-we-ve-learned-25-years-events-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/25-things-we-ve-learned-25-years-events-industry#comments Corporate Events special event production Special Events Blog Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:50:00 +0000 18131 at http://specialevents.com Protect your clients and your reputation by protecting guests from Sudden Cardiac Arrest http://specialevents.com/blog/protect-your-clients-and-your-reputation-protecting-guests-sudden-cardiac-arrest <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The reputation of special event planners is on the line at every occasion they plan and execute--meaning it is essential that they make every effort to please attendees. Certainly, safeguarding guests from prevalent health dangers is key in this effort.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/protect-your-clients-and-your-reputation-protecting-guests-sudden-cardiac-arrest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/protect-your-clients-and-your-reputation-protecting-guests-sudden-cardiac-arrest#comments CardioReady Gretchen Kirkwood Sudden Cardiac Arrest at events Special Events Blog Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:46:00 +0000 18061 at http://specialevents.com <p>Gretchen Kirkwood of CardioReady</p> 10 ways technology makes event planners' lives easier http://specialevents.com/blog/10-ways-technology-makes-event-planners-lives-easier <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Attend.com co-founder Greg Skloot explains how event management software can make the job of event planners easier</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/10-ways-technology-makes-event-planners-lives-easier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/10-ways-technology-makes-event-planners-lives-easier#comments Event Tools Attend.com event management software Greg Skloot Special Events Blog Tue, 20 May 2014 19:09:00 +0000 17401 at http://specialevents.com Event Planning 101: Keeping the lights on http://specialevents.com/blog/event-planning-101-keeping-lights <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>What happens if the power goes out at your event? No amount of delicious snacks or comfortable seating can make up for a bandstand that suddenly loses power, or a community movie-in-the-park night where the screen goes dark.Think it can’t happen? Well, if it can happen at the Super Bowl, it can happen anywhere—to any event.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/event-planning-101-keeping-lights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/event-planning-101-keeping-lights#comments Event Tools backup power at special events Special Events Blog Wed, 14 May 2014 08:56:00 +0000 17231 at http://specialevents.com What ethics in event rental means to me http://specialevents.com/blog/what-ethics-event-rental-means-me <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Alan Eingold, head of <a href="http://www.overthetopinc.com" target="_blank">Over the Top Rental Linens</a>, tells <i>Special Events</i> he was inspired by our April 16 article <a href="http://specialevents.com/rental/do-ethics-matter-event-rental" target="_blank">&quot;Do Ethics Matter in Event Rental?&quot;</a></p>... </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/what-ethics-event-rental-means-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/what-ethics-event-rental-means-me#comments ethics in event rental Special Events Blog Tue, 06 May 2014 17:20:00 +0000 17121 at http://specialevents.com How well do you know your AV team? http://specialevents.com/blog/how-well-do-you-know-your-av-team <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As AV professionals, it&rsquo;s our job to make your job easier. That means the moment you hire our team to bring your event to life, our crew has to be ready to jump into action, cables, cords, switchers in hand&mdash;whatever it takes&mdash;to ensure that your event goes off without so much as an unplanned hiccup.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/how-well-do-you-know-your-av-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/how-well-do-you-know-your-av-team#comments Technical Support AV for special events Special Events Blog Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:46:00 +0000 17041 at http://specialevents.com <p><em>Bob Daniels is president of the Rental and Staging Network, an association e</em><em>stablished in 2007 as a network of best-in-the-business, live event staging companies. RSN members&rsquo; expertise ranges from meetings and conventions to live concerts, broadcasts and special events. The organization&rsquo;s code of ethics requires RSN members to conduct business with honesty, fairness, responsibility, integrity and sound business judgment. For more information, visit </em><a href="http://www.rentalandstaging.net/"><em>www.rentalandstaging.net</em></a><em>.&nbsp;</em></p> Get rolling: Tips on managing guest transportation at special events http://specialevents.com/blog/get-rolling-tips-managing-guest-transportation-special-events <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Often, it&rsquo;s the least glamorous parts of event planning that can make or break your event. If you want the event to flow smoothly, it&rsquo;s essential that the transportation provided for guests is reliable, safe and on time. As in any industry, there are bus charter companies that are fabulous and others that are less so. Here are a few tips for selecting a reliable bus charter company:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/get-rolling-tips-managing-guest-transportation-special-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/get-rolling-tips-managing-guest-transportation-special-events#comments charter busses guest transportation shuttle services Special Events Blog Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:02:00 +0000 16701 at http://specialevents.com Time to start getting ready for Europay, Mastercard and Visa http://specialevents.com/blog/time-start-getting-ready-europay-mastercard-and-visa <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Payment processing expert Daniel Ruiz of Point of Rental Systems discusses new security rules for credit cards</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/special-events-blog">Special Events Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://specialevents.com/blog/time-start-getting-ready-europay-mastercard-and-visa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://specialevents.com/blog/time-start-getting-ready-europay-mastercard-and-visa#comments archive credit card security Special Events Blog Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:34:00 +0000 16511 at http://specialevents.com