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Best Event Industry Publications to Follow

Planning events has never been – and it will never be – easy. The wide range of details, as well as the myriad of connections you have to make and small issues to handle, they can all put a toll on you, creating stress and anxiety.

Yet, if you have to (or want to) plan a big event in the upcoming months, you first have to make sure you are well-learned in the art of pulling together splendid parties and celebrations. Luckily, there are a lot of event industry publications to follow – below you will find some of the very best ones. Read on and do your homework, it will be totally worth it!

  •      Special Events. A website that pulls together information for all kinds of events (and pretty much every element needed in planning one), Special Events is a true gold mine – both for the professional event planner and for the occasional one. You will find here news, ideas, and tips coming right from the most influential sources in the event planning industry – so you can rely on this online publication for real information and trustworthiness at all times.
  •      Meetings & Conventions. This online publication is geared towards the business event planning niche, but there are plenty of tips and pieces of information that can be used in other types of event planning as well. Excellent for B2B events, this website abounds in all types of advice and news articles that will infuse you with the event planner’s thinking and the trends that define this area of expertise.
  •      Midwest Meetings. Planning an event in the Midwest? This is an absolutely quintessential publication to follow, then. Not only do they publish information that is true and useful everywhere else, but they also publish articles geared specifically towards the area and the businesses who want to plan an event here. An excellent source!
  •      Wedding Ideas. Unlike the other publications presented here, Wedding Ideas is very specifically targeted at the wedding industry – and even more precisely, at brides who want to plan their wedding (alone, with little professional help, or with the help of a professional planner). There are plenty of ideas actual planners can use as well, so we definitely recommend this website for anyone in the wedding industry (or simply anyone planning their own wedding).

Of course, there are a lot of other publications (both online and offline, both paid and free). The important tip to remember here is that you should definitely check a publication’s sources and the type of information they share (not all publications are created alike, and they are not all trustworthy). Keep an eye open and stay up to date with the latest news in your industry!

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Tips On Event Planning: What To Do In A Crisis

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Event planning may seem easy for someone who has never dealt with the stress of bringing together a thousand and one details and making sure all guests have a great time.

Unfortunately, no matter how seasoned you are in the art of planning unforgettable events, a crisis may still appear. What do you do, then? What do professional planners do when faced with a surprising situation? How do they handle the issue?

We have gathered some of the best tips on event planning management and what to do in a crisis – so read on if you want to learn more.

  • They don’t ignore it – and even more so, they don’t try to put the blame on whoever they can. They take the issue by its “horns” and deal with it. Sure, waking up on your client’s wedding day without a photographer or finding out your band’s lead singer has the flu are never pleasant. But professionals know how to create a Plan B for every type of unforeseen situation that may appear along the road.
  • They don’t allow emotions to take over. When you put so much effort and passion in planning a perfect event, it can be downright nerve-wrecking to see it go down the drain because of a small, apparently insignificant problem. Professional planners know how to switch to their rational side and leave emotions behind.
  • They do everything in their power to ensure it never happens again. Once the issue has been resolved, professional wedding planners know they need to address an even bigger question: why did a particular problem appear? Is there something that could have prevented it? This is precisely why planners with lots of experience will most likely know how to deal with any crisis that comes along – they’ve been there before, and they already have a solution to fix the disaster.
  • They don’t overanalyze it. Getting stuck in that one issue that happened two months ago, when you were still looking for the venue – now, that’s something professional planners will never do. They will know how to learn a lesson from the mistakes of the past, but they will also know when it’s time to move on and focus on the positive sides of their job.

Accidents happen. Disease occurs. Apparently trustworthy vendors can disappear into thin air. Dresses may be torn apart and cakes may melt. One thing is more important than anything, though: you shouldn’t stress yourself so much. Enjoy your big event – it’s a moment of celebration and happiness and you and your guests deserve to feel great!

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How to Increase Social Engagement at Events

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Whether you’re planning a wedding, a birthday party, or an important corporate event, you want everyone there to have a great time. You want people to enjoy themselves. You want them to connect with other people. And you want them to create wonderful memories to pack for their return journey back home.

Of course, social engagement is a huge element to consider when planning an event focused on guests and their wellbeing. How do you increase social engagement at events, though? What are the things that bring people together and help them break the ice, even if they’ve never met each other before?

We have some tips to help you with this – so read on and find out more.

  • Start with a thoughtful seating plan. Yes, it might take you a bit more time to actually plan where each of your guests will be seated. However, it will be totally worth it. Take your time to know the attendees and to know where to seat them, next to people they get along with (or at least next to people who are like-minded).
  • Take your time to meet and greet all the guests. You don’t have to organize an actual receiving line, but stopping by to say “Hi” and exchange a few pleasantries will make all the difference in the world.
  • Offer good food, excellent music, and enjoyable drinks (alcoholic or not). There’s nothing like a good meal to bring people together and help them bond – and there’s nothing quite like music to make people forget about their worries and simply let go of negativity. Be sure these services are top-notch at your event!
  • Organize contests. For example, you could organize a wedding game where each of the guest seated at a table has to write down a sentence until the entire table creates a very short story. Of course, this is just an example – from a scavenger hunt to Mad Libs and prize-focused sweepstakes, there’s a myriad of small games you can organize at your event.
  • Create a special hashtag and encourage people to use them. Remind them of the special hashtag with signs placed at their table or at the bar. Encourage guests to use the hashtag and use it to connect to each other.

 

Be a happy, hospitable host. Be the kind of person whose parties people actually want to attend – and not because they’re the most expensive ones, but because they are the best ones too.