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Tissue Paper Flowers DIY - A Beautiful Mess

We made these super simple tissue flowers for Emma's bachelorette party and I have recieved SO many requests to share a DIY post about them. They were really easy to make, which is essential when you are party prepping ...
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Not that I don't love real flowers, but if you're planning a low-key event and need a simple way to add life and color to your room, porch, or other venue, paper flowers are a less expensive option, and they may turn out looking better than you'd think. 

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What will 2013 Bring for the Meeting Industry? - AV Event Solutions

What will 2013 Bring for the Meeting Industry? - AV Event Solutions | Event Planning Career | Scoop.it
In Part 2 of what will 2013 bring for the meeting industry, AV Event Solutions will delve into meeting and event industry predictions (hint - green and local are still important).
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What can we expect of the new year for the event planning industry? Well, event planners are currently unsure as to the direction in which the event industry is headed. The advice this article gives is to focus on what you are good at - be the best at what you do, and do what you do best. Another important thing to remember is to keep up a good relationship with your suppliers. To get ahead in the business is to keep a good reputation and not sacrifice your values when times get tough. Another rumor is that timeframes in which events are planned are shortening, all events except for coproate events that is. Also, as the industry progresses, people want to spend less money, and increasingly aware of the amount of matrials being used. Paper is being relapced with iPads. People are also buying more and more things locally. This supports the economy of the city and the state, as well as create more jobs. It also saves a lot of money. 

       This article interested me because by the time I am actually going into the event planning business, it will have changed from now. This article told about trends and helped me to better expect what it would be like being an event planner in the future. 

 

Mulligan, DeDe. "Weblog post." AVEvent Solutions. N.p., 4 Jan. 2013.

     Web. 13 Jan. 2013. 

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Hannah Valente's comment, January 13, 2013 7:44 PM
In this article that Julia found, it discussed what 2013 would bring for the Meeting Industry. Event planners are unsure in what is in their future! This article gives advice mainly to focus on what you excel at. Another great piece of advice shared is to always keep a good relationship with your suppliers! The Key takeaways for planners are that: appears that meeting planners have mixed feelings about growth in the coming year. Until large conferences and conventions rebound, many planners have a "wait and see" attitude. Don't try to be all things to all people. Concentrate on the niche you do well at and continue to develop your skills within that niche. Always be honest and ethical with all your event suppliers and don't do anything to tarnish your own reputation. No piece of meeting business is worth sacrificing your personal integrity. Planners are going to continue to look for ways to work with their partners to reduce, reuse and recycle materials. Paper will be replaced with iPads. RSVP processes will be tightened so the proper amount of food is ordered. Smaller plates and glasses will keep portion sizes in check. It also looks as if corporate events will have longer lead times but the rest of the industry will still be working with tight timeframes. In 2012, many meetings were planned in a 90-day window or less. After reading Julia’s ScoopIt I am very interested in Event Planning and learned about the career from a woman I admire greatly, Pippa Middleton!
Michael Yango's comment, January 15, 2013 12:39 AM
The article mainly talked about how the event industry is unpredictable at times, and to hope for the best in 2013. If event planners don't know which direction to go, they should follow what they feel they excel at. You can't please everybody, but you should do what you believe you think that you are best at. It is important to have confidence in your abilities. The article also summarized some tips to follow when you are planning an event. From this, I have learned that the key for successful event planning is maintaining a healthy relationship with suppliers. Another tip is to never forget or go back on your values in life despite difficult or rough times. Keeping track of time and being organized is a crucial part of planning events. Always have a time frame in the back of your head. Be resourceful and try to maximize your options, while keeping track of finances. Overall, I think it is a fine career to have, but can be stressful at times like most jobs. It doesn't matter what others think, if you are good at it, do it. This is inspiring to me and encourages me. It offers a career opportunity that I want to do in life, and I think it is great.
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21 ways to boost your event

Here you can find 21 ways to boost your event or conference. Cyriel has a lot of experience as Master of Interaction and loves to share his knowledge and experience in some very practical ways to inspire, engage and wake up your audience.

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One of the most popular types of events for event planners to organize is a business conference. It's the event planner's job to make something like that interesting! A good suggestion is to not forget name badges. They are small, but important. The next thing is to put thought into decoration. Make the room stimulating and interesting. Another great idea is to, in the beginning, put people into small groups of three or four. They can instantly make contacts, and they also know more people there, and so will feel more comfortable. Another tip is to find an interesting venue. Do not go for the conventional conference room, get creative. Also, keep people moving. Very few people can sit through a long conference without standing up and walking around a bit. About every ninety minutes, take a break, get people up and active. Give people time to socialize, or be alone for a minute if they need some personal time. 

      When I think of a business conference, I imagine a group of bored people listening to one person speak who wishes he/she didn't have to be there just as much as everyone else does. To me, the idea that they have to be serious in order to be effective is wrong. When people are enjoying themselves, the whole conference will go so much better! If I were to organize a conference, I would make it as interesting and original as possible, something that people will remember being surprised by. 

 

Kortleven, Cyriel. "21 Ways to Boost Your Event." SlideShare. N.p.,

     n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.

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Make it Work : The Zen of Event Planning - Forbes

Make it Work : The Zen of Event Planning - Forbes | Event Planning Career | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Marin Bright, CEO of Smart Meetings Magazine and founder of Bright Business Media, LLC. This was my motto long before the ever-dapper Tim Gunn coined it on Project Runway.
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Event and meeting planning is all about the face to face aspect of business relationships. In our ever-changing digital world, there is something about meeting a living, breathing person and shaking their hand that people keep coming back to. Making a business deal over email is very different from meeting someone in person and looking them in the eye. This is why the event and meeting industry has such an impact on our economy. In fact, its impact is larger than the impact of the automotive manufacturing industry and the air transportation industries combined. In fact, it is accountable for $458 billion of the country's GDP, or gross domestic product. This industry alone is  responsible for the employment of 1.7 million americans.

    I used to think that event planning was not really that hard. Of course you need to know what you are doing, but if you were experienced and well trained it should not be that bad. Turns out event planning is a serious business and not just all fun and games, as many people assume. The planner of the event is the one who has to ensure that everything runs smoothly. While everyone is enjoying themselves, networking, they are behind the scenes making decisions and problem solving. They are constantly thinking on their feet when thinks don't go as planned. Without them, there would be no event. I think that I would like the pressure of that because while it would be difficult, it would be exciting. No two event would be the same, so I would have to keep coming up with new ideas, and I like the challenge. 

 

Bright, Marin. "Make it Work: The Zen of Event Planning." Forbes 27

     Oct. 2011: n. pag. Web. 5 Jan. 2013. 

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Skills needed for event planning jobs - by Suzanne Rose - Helium

Skills needed for event planning jobs - by Suzanne Rose - Helium | Event Planning Career | Scoop.it
An event planning position can be an enthralling job with adventure after adventure.  You can help a couple celebrate their special day, crea..., Suzanne Rose (There are certain skills that one must have when looking to be an event planner.
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Event planning takes someone with certain skills who knows how to juggle their responsibilities. The first skill is being organized. Event planners need to be able to handle florists, caterers, photographers, guest lists, entertaiment, and most importantly, the host(s) of the event. The second skill is an ability to stick to deadlines. An event planner needs to make sure he or she keeps good track of time and gets things done punctually. One missed deadline you're looking at everthing getting messed up. Thirdly, budgeting skills are crucial. You are going to be handling a lot of money, and you need to know how to spend it wisely. Make sure you have enough of it to bring your event together successfully. The fourth skill is problem solving. This one is second only to organization in importance. When dealing with so many people, you need to be able to think quickly on your feet and be clear-headed under pressure. You can't let stress get to you. People will be looking to you for leadership and solutions when things go wrong. Tying into that, the last and fifth quality is having good people skills. You will be dealing with a large amount of people, and need to know how to handle yourself in the business. Being on good terms with your suppliers means discount opportunities. You also need to have a good relationship with your client. You are the one making their dream a reality.

      When I considered a career in event planning, I was not really surprised by any of the skills this article said the job required. It makes sense that you need to be good at organizing and budgeting, and all that. The one that interested me the most  was people skills. That seems to me to  be the most overlooked one. Having an ability to form good relationships with people is something that will rank you above other event planners in the industry and will make your particular business a successful one. 

 

 

Rose, Suzanne. "Skills Needed for Event Planning Jobs."

     Helium. Heluim, 3 Feb. 2010. Web. 3 Jan. 2013. 

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How to Brief An Events Photographer To Get The Shots That You Need

How to Brief An Events Photographer To Get The Shots That You Need | Event Planning Career | Scoop.it
When you run a big corporate event it’s always a good idea to hire a specialised events photographer to capture the day.
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Why Use a Wedding Planner?

Why use a Wedding Planner? (RT @WW_by_JT: Think WEDDING PLANNING is a luxury. Think again! I'll save you time, stress & money.
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This is one person's blog about why you should choose them to plan your wedding, but the points they argue are also applicable for all wedding planners in general. Hiring a wedding planner removes a lot of the stress that comes with getting married. They can help you budget well, and they have a lot of experience when it comes to getting the most for your money. They have connections in the business, and can get you deals that will save a lot of money. They also know suppliers, and finding suppliers on your own can be time consuming and complicated. Wedding planers themselves can be expensive, but it is definitely worth the extra cost for how much they do do help. While it is true that they make a lot of money planning your wedding, most wedding planners truly enjoy what they do and want to help you have the best day possible. 

     Wedding planning is one of the most popular categories in the event planning business. Hundreds of weddings happen every year, and they are usually so large that people hire someone to help them. Wedding planners can ensure that you plan the perfect day, free of stress and saving as much money as possible. 

 

Janice. "Why Use a Wedding Planner?" Wonderful Weddings By JT.

     N.p., 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 13 Jan. 2013. 

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Wallis Perry's comment, January 13, 2013 7:25 PM
The goal of this article was to help people understand the importance of a wedding planner. The article you have written has really taught me a lot. I never realized how much wedding planners do for you. I completely agree that it is worth the money. If I were getting married I would be way to stressed to plan a wedding all on my own. I also did not know that wedding planning was one of the most popular types in the event planning business, but it makes sense. People do get married basically everyday all around the world. I think that being a wedding planner would be really cool; I would love to be able to help people not only by relieving an unimaginable amount of stress, as well as making their special day perfect. I also think that it is true that they know more about the business than you and that they do know how to save money when it comes to sticking to a budget. Your article is great and I really liked reading it, I learned so much from it. I do think that you should maybe consider adding your own impute to your reflection. Maybe talk about what you would do if you were a wedding planner. Or if you think you would enjoy being a wedding planner, stuff like that. Your article is really great though!
Julia Goetz's comment, January 13, 2013 9:40 PM
In this article, a wedding planner explains why it makes sense to use the services of a professional like her to organize your wedding. Wedding planners make the process of planning a wedding much easier and less time consuming for the bride and groom. They have connections to suppliers and venues. Wedding planners can help you stay within your budget and even save your money. Julia's insight recognizes the advantages to using a wedding planner. She emphasizes how a wedding planner can make your wedding day perfect. Julia did an excellent job in discussing the importance of her career choice. I do not think she missed anything of importance.If I do not succeed as a journalist, I would consider working as an event planner, especially in connection to wedding planning. I think weddings are wonderful and fun. I would love to spend my time helping make someone's day special. Actually, I could become the reporter for famous weddings designed by the one and only Julia Robinson. This job would be a perfect combination of my intrest in journalism with the exciting world of weddings.
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Carl G. Jung’s typology classification

Carl G. Jung’s typology classification | Event Planning Career | Scoop.it
TYPE  CLASSIFICATIONS Based on Carl G. Jung’s typology [Jung, 1921], people can be classified using four mental functions sensing, intuition, thinking and feeling together with the attitude (...
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Carl G. Jung's typology states that there are sixteen personality types that everyone fits into. ENFP is one of these personality types. ENFP stands for Extroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, and Perceptive. This may not at first seem relevent to an event planning blog, but actually one of the top recomended careers for an ENFP is event planning, so hear me out. Each of the sixteen personality types has four letters. For the first letter, a person can be either Extroverted, or Introverted. For the next letter, you can be either iNtuitive or Sensing. Next, you can be either Feeling or Thinking. Lastly, you can either fit into the categories of either Percieving or Judgement. If you know you are an ENFP, event planning may be the career for you. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, take a quiz online to find your type. 

       When I took a career quiz online, I was surprised that it did not ask me about where I would like to work, what hours I would like to have, or anything like that. It asked me questions like, "Do you often think about humankind and its destiny?" and "Do you value justice higher than mercy?" This was hardly what I was expecting. I was instantly curious as to how this test worked, especially when my quiz was scored and my results so accurately described me. This typology classification is so well though out and interesting that I knew I had to write about it. I looked more into it, and found that one of the suggested types of jobs for an ENFP was event planner. I had thought of that type of career before, and always liked it, and so if this is a career you are thinking of, take a quiz and see if others reccomend it to you as well. 

M6MUNICH. "Carl G. Jung's Typology Classification." stOttilien.

     WordPress, 15 Mar. 2012. Web. 12 Jan. 2013. 

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Keys to Planning a Productive Corporate Event - Corporate Event Planning Entertainment Blog

Keys to Planning a Productive Corporate Event


If you're going to throw corporate event, you should take the time
to do it right. A great ...
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The key to planning a corporate event is starting early. Make a checklist that looks something like this:

1. Budget

Know how much you can afford to do before you start. Be realistic. This way you can make better decisions on how to spend your money.

2. Assemble a team

Having a team is much easier than trying to do this on your own. Make sure everyone is aware of your budget and checklist and is on the same page. 

3. Choose a theme

Themes bring the party together, and can also help you make decisions about what to include at your party. 

4. Choose a venue

It is very important that this is done well. The venue must be appropriate for the occasion and the right size for the event. It also must be in keeping with theme, and easily accessible to the guests. 

5. Find entertainment 

This also must be appropriate for the event. Make sure not to forget this one. Try a comedian, live band, or DJ.

6. Hire a catering company

It reflects well on the company when there is good food and drink. Stay with your theme, and keep in mind that it's ok to spend a little more on this part of the event. People remember the food. 

      When I first started learning more about event planning, I realized that more or less these same steps were coming up a lot in what I was reading. I think that planning an event is more complicated than this makes it seem, but  these steps are an easy was to break down what it is you need to keep in mind when organizing an event. 

 

Longwell, Brian. "Keys to Planning a Productive Corporate Event."

     Brian Longwell: Corporate Comedian - Entertainer. Brian

     Longwell, 28 Nov. 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2013. 

 



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Victoria Montalbano's comment, January 13, 2013 5:51 PM
There are many things you should think about when planning a corporate event. The first thing you should do is have an amount of money you are willing to spend on food venue entertainment , drinks, ect. Secondly you should have a group of people you want to plan the party with. As a team, create a check list of the things you need in order for the party to go as planned. Third you should chose a theme. Chose a color scheme and what kind of decorations you want. Fourth you should figure out where you want to have the event. Think about things such as is it big enough, is it in an ideal location, and does it fit your theme. Fifth you should hire entertainment. A comedian, DJ, or band may be a good choice. Lastly you need to hire a caterer. You can either have the food fit your theme, or not. As long as the food is good no one will care. In addition to all of these steps you should have some sort of presentation such as a powerpoint. If all of these steps are done properly you should expect a great party.
Alessia Guise's comment, January 13, 2013 10:32 PM
Something like party planning seems really easy, but when you actually do it you realize how much time an effort has to go into it, and how many little details have to be coordinated. The points that were given were very insightful. They told everything that is necessary to plan a party. You need a budget first and foremost. Make sure its realistic, if the person you're planning for wants invitations laced with a string of pearls, and a bowl of caviar on every table, a budget of $200 may not be as much as you need to plan the party. The next thing you need is a team to help you get the job done. With a large project the more people the better. Next you need a theme. A theme can really help you make decisions on what to get for the event. Next you need a venue. A venue is extremely important. It needs to be big enough to fit the amount of people coming and make sure that people can get there easily. You have to book entertainment in advance and make sure that its actually entertaining, a band, DJ, comedian are all good options. Lastly, hire a caterer. They are extremely important. If they're good then you have people making good food and serving it without you worrying about it. Reading Julia's scoop.it and the article makes party planning seem very appealing to me. It is the perfect combination of my ability to organize and plan.