Our fall issue is out, with the cover story Your Best Event, offering 66 ways to improve your meetings and events in 2013. Here are just some of the topics we cover and the tips we provide:
Event Design: It's not just about making things pretty, but understanding truly what the client needs.
Food & Beverage: Small plates, food trucks, healthy choices and more.
Floral: Use succulents, as they work in all types of weather and last a long time!
Social Media: There's a lot more that goes into it than meets the eye.
Venue Selection: Picking a venue that's right for your event, and not the other way around, is key.
Theming: Everything from food to decor matches and creates a seamless feel.
Invitations: Hand-drawn invitations give off a very special feel.
Sound & Lighting: This is not the place to scrimp!
Speakers: Long keynotes are out. Short speeches that play into the event's goals are in.
Event Branding: You can do it, and still be stylish and subtle.
Event decor: Graffiti walls, inflatable furniture and more!
Entertainment: It can, and should, be about more than just hiring a band.
Event Marketing: You don't have to do it all yourself. Find your champions and have them help you.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Go ahead and read the story and come back and tell us your thoughts: what did we miss, what did we get right, what are you looking forward to in 2013?
-- Amanda Fretheim Gates