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May/June 2017 Volume 7, Issue 2
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The CREATE Process Risky Business: Living Life As a Daring Adventure

The CREATE Process Risky Business: Living Life As a Daring Adventure

Note: This is the second part of a series on the CREATE process: Curiosity, Risk-Taking, Engagement, Adaptability, Trust, and Energy, six steps that help bring more awareness to our creativity. Curiosity is the pinnacle of our journey into strengthening the creativity muscle, but next comes Risk-Taking and Engagement. The argument can be made that entrepreneurship,...
Provision, Plan, and Promise: The Power of Clear Expectations

Provision, Plan, and Promise: The Power of Clear Expectations

Try adding these simple tools to your toolbox to achieve greater clarity in your communications. Note: This article is the first in a series about a tool that helps establish clarity in business and personal communication. What if in life and business the stresses we experience from unmet or fuzzy expectations were less frequent? What...
Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Q: “Can you offer the names of at least three companies that offer event planning software that you find easy to navigate and affordable for a start-up company?” – Toni Taylor, CWP™, EverMoreEvents II, Bowie, Md. “I really can’t answer that, I don’t use a program. I am old school.” – Frank “I’m pretty sure...
Tented Weddings & Events—Bringing the Indoors Out

Tented Weddings & Events—Bringing the Indoors Out

Consumer demand for creativity and comfort have led to innovative options for tented events. Tented weddings have come a long way. It’s no longer a one-size-fits-all scenario where you attend an outdoor wedding that leaves little doubt that you are, indeed, in a tent. Consumer demand has brought fresh air into the great outdoors, breathing...
The CREATE Process Curiosity—the First Step in Developing Your Creativity

The CREATE Process Curiosity—the First Step in Developing Your Creativity

The following is the first in a series on the CREATE process. Some may think creativity is something you either have, or you don’t. It’s the classic “nature vs. nurture” debate: Is creativity innate or can it be learned, strengthened, and developed? Well, yes, it can be nurtured. And what’s more, here’s how.
Embrace the 2017 Wedding Floral Trends

Embrace the 2017 Wedding Floral Trends

From beloved arbors and arches to floral crowns and flowing ribbons, this year’s trends are special. Trends come and go, but there are sometimes those you’d like to see stick around for a while. Last year was a fantastic year for inspiring trends, many of which will remain hot this year.
Catch the Color Bug! The How-tos of Using Color at Events

Catch the Color Bug! The How-tos of Using Color at Events

Find the right colors for your clients’ events with these tips from wedding pro Sasha Souza, MWP™. Color is what makes the world stimulating—and it’s all around us. Color is spectacular, because it evokes feelings deep inside us; we all have opinions about what we do and do not like when it comes to color...
Don’t have a sales pitch, just talk to them

Don’t have a sales pitch, just talk to them

Industry Insight Don’t have a sales pitch, just talk to them The following is an excerpt from Alan Berg’s latest book, Shut Up and Sell More Weddings & Events: Many of you have a well-rehearsed sales pitch. Every appointment starts out the same way, and you’re very comfortable talking about all of the great things...
Making the Move from Weddings to Events

Making the Move from Weddings to Events

National Association for Catering and Events Column Making the Move from Weddings to Events Looking to diversify your offerings? Why not transition your wedding planning talents into corporate event planning? Discover the difference between them and what it takes to succeed. Photos courtesy of Rosena Usmani As an experienced wedding planner, you already know there...
Real Wedding North Carolina

Real Wedding North Carolina

Real Wedding North Carolina Planner: Veronica Foster, AWP™, Behind the Scenes, Inc., www.behindthescenesinc.com, veronica@behindthescenesinc.com
Love is in the Air—A Bird’s Eye View for Weddings

Love is in the Air—A Bird’s Eye View for Weddings

Love is in the Air—A Bird’s Eye View for Weddings A quickly evolving wedding photography option that provides spectacular aerial views of wedding celebrations and venues is spreading around the world—drones. For the most part, clients and venues love it. But there are still reasons to be concerned and take precautions and follow a wedding...
Six Ways to Leap Over Your Barriers to Success

Six Ways to Leap Over Your Barriers to Success

Six Ways to Leap Over Your Barriers to Success Success can be defined in many ways, from achieving that promotion you’ve been eyeing for years to finally saving enough money to treat yourself to that new iPhone. Life is full of big successes and small ones, but the process of getting there can be rocky....