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Chad Wenzel of Atlas Oil
May 14, 2014

Event Planning 101: Keeping the lights on

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....More
Alan Eingold of Over the Top Rental Linens
May 06, 2014

What ethics in event rental means to me

Alan Eingold, head of Over the Top Rental Linens, tells Special Events he was inspired by our April 16 article "Do Ethics Matter in Event Rental....More
Apr 29, 2014

How well do you know your AV team?

As AV professionals, it’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....More
Mar 26, 2014

Get rolling: Tips on managing guest transportation at special events

Often, it’s the least glamorous parts of event planning that can make or break your event. If you want the event to flow smoothly, it’s....More
Mar 19, 2014

Time to start getting ready for Europay, Mastercard and Visa

Payment processing expert Daniel Ruiz of Point of Rental Systems discusses new security rules for credit cards....More
Feb 11, 2014

The 2014 forecast for bar and bat mitzvahs

Personalization and technology are overwhelmingly the two biggest influences when planning today's bat and bar mitzvahs. The trend towards....More
Feb 04, 2014

Midcentury, eclectic looks to be top event looks in 2014

Event design experts Jordan Carbotti of Perfect Surroundings and Kevin Dana of CORT Event Furnishings predict top event trends for 2014, which will....More
Jan 28, 2014

Reduce and reuse for design drama

Working as an event professional, I have always found myself with not enough time and not enough money for an event. I am constantly in that weird....More
Jan 22, 2014

Thoughts on winning a Gala Award

Once in a great while there is an event of such monumental importance that you have to absorb it for a while before sharing it....More
Jan 14, 2014

Who needs a meeting producer when we have our own communications department?

You can achieve the best results and return on your meeting investment by getting the internal communications people to work closely as one team with....More
Oct 29, 2013

S.F. caterer copes with venue change after U.S. government shutdown

A wedding caterer copes with changing venues in light of the U.S. government shutdown in 2013....More
Oct 23, 2013

Solving the award ceremony challenge

Most awards ceremonies are one big yawn--but they don't have to be. Michael Caplan gives tips on making ceremonies exciting--even for the 'non-....More
Sep 23, 2013

The 'no video' priest was right

Special Events editor Lisa Hurley explains why the priest who told a videographer to stop shooting a wedding was correct to do so....More
Aug 28, 2013

Why are we giving you the gate?

You may have noticed the little black "padlock" icons on some articles on You can no longer read all the information....More
Aug 28, 2013

ISES education program makes bold change that pays off

Everyone says they want to dump the status quo in favor of a radical change. That is, until they see the familiar start to fade away. And then they....More
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