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In this issue of Wedding Planner Magazine, take a look back at the Business of Brides conference and find out how it dazzled and delighted attendees. With more than 20 presentations and the sage advice of keynote speakers Donnie Brown, celebrity planner, and Rebecca Grinnals, an industry expert, it was a great opportunity to refresh and reinvent.

We can learn a lot from the past. In these pages, you’ll also find some helpful advice from Caitlin Boshnack about planning for the unexpected—lessons she learned from planning a wedding that happened just after Hurricane Sandy. Plus, be present to your business’ needs by brushing up on semantic technology, learning about wedding planning studios, and more.

Looking ahead, what are your big plans for 2013? Have you made any resolutions? Many of your peers have. Find out what they said in our Best Practices feature. Be sure to also check out our International feature on Muslim wedding traditions. The Muslim population in our world is 23 percent. Find out more about this growing demographic.

Finally, make it your resolution to grow your business and skills by networking at national conferences. Tear out the handy 2013 conference resource on pages 12-13 of this issue. It features the top 12 conferences in the wedding industry. And be sure to mark your calendar for the 2013 Business of Brides, Nov. 10-12, in Palm Beach, Fla. See you there!