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By: Jennifer Wykstra

There is no such thing as knowing too  much about event planning. With our ever changing society and societal norms, event planning is constantly changing as well. From what people expect at an event, to the timeline to get things done, how events are put on is always adapting.

The best way to stay up to date on the current event planning trends is to become a student again and learn from the best! Here is a list I put together of some event planners that I like to follow due to their expertise in the field, knowledge and experience or the quality information they share.

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David Tutera

Via: David Tutera Website

Via: David Tutera Website

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David Tutera  is a leading wedding and entertaining expert. He has been hired by top celebrities such as Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. Not only can you draw inspiration by just browsing his amazing website, he also offers insight into the entertaining world through his blog and twitter.

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Mindy Weiss

Mindy Weiss

Via: Mindy Weiss Blog

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Mindy Weiss is another very sought after event planner. She was event planner first, and then reached out to weddings with the book, The Wedding Book: The Big Book For Your Big Day.  She has a place on her website for you to ask her questions as well as places to get lost in inspiration. Her tweets include a lot of instagram shots that give you an insight into her life, and will keep your creative mind flowing throughout the day.

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Preston Bailey

Via: Preston Bailey Blog

Via: Preston Bailey Blog

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Preston Bailey is another high profile wedding and event planning expert. Some of his clients include Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson. Preston has hundreds of wedding and event ideas available for browsing and influence on his website. He also keeps a well updated blog and is quite active on his twitter.

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The Party Goddess

Via: The Party Goddess Blog

Via: The Party Goddess Blog

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You must also follow Marley Majcher, an event planner, a marketing coach and event teacher. Parts of her website are currently under construction but the information you can get from her blog and twitter is very useful. Known as The Party Goddess, Marley shares and distributes vital eventing information to her followers, as well as wonderful quotes.

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Couture Parties 

Via: Couture Parties

Via: Couture Parties

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Couture Parties is  another great place to find some ideas for your next event. Stephanie plans and executes one of a kinda parties. She has tons of examples and ideas on her website to get the creative juices flowing. She also has a blog (currently revamping) and a twitter where she shares some of her past events and ideas.

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BizBash 

Via: BizBash

Via: BizBash

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If you are an event planner or event planning hopeful and not following BizBash, you need to do so right away. BizBash covers various events of all sizes and provides us planners with information, inspiration, innovation and insight into the business.  They have a published magazine, are a great online resource to all sorts of eventing information, and have an extremely active twitter.

Event Up

Via: Eventup blog

Via: Eventup blog

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Event Up is one of my personal favorite places to find more information about event planning and event planners. They have awesome information on their blog and creative ideas on their website. This is not one of the most popular eventing websites or blog, but definitely a must follow!!! They have great information to share.

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Take Away: Follow these event professionals and you will soon have loads of creativity, inspiration and knowledge about events and event planning. Event planning is an art that is always adapting, who do you depend on for the most current event planning ideas and trends??

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And thats why we have Event Planners…

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A wedding and graduation at the same venue…  this is why we need event planners!

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Top 9 Events to Follow this Summer

By Jennifer Wykstra

Hello everyone and happy follow Friday! In celebration of my first blog post in the event planning world I thought it only fitting that I tell you guys the top events I will be following this summer. As an event planning hopeful, I urge you to do the same! Consider it research, or just an excuse to watch fabulous events. Also I would love to hear about events going on around you, or which events are your favorite to watch over the summer!

Kentucky Derby: May 4th

That is right ladies, pull out those enormous hats and kick off this event watching season in style! From the hats to the roses to the horses, this is by far one of my favorite events to watch (and hopefully one day attend) over the summer. It is easy to see that an immense amount of planning went into this event and perfected the combination of style and class with a sporting event. Watch and be inspired!

Indy 500: May 26th 

Now this may be the exact opposite of the Kentucky Derby. Not a whole lot of class goes into Nascar Racing however you cannot deny that it is a spectacular event. I am not a huge Nascar fan, however I have learned to appreciate their events. What makes this event so successful is the crowd. So much enthusiasm, culture, personality and well beer makes this event something to be reckoned with.

Country Music Festival: June 6th– 9th

I am a huge country music fan so the CMA’s are something I look forward to every year. I love the music, the dresses and the whole atmosphere, classy yet laid back in country western fashion. It is a more glamorous event that you can really appreciate the detail that goes into setting it up. I also love it for its atmosphere, something that is so hard to control at an event, yet so impactful for an event to be successful!

Arts and Crafts Festivals

These festivals happen all over the United States and to me are one of my highlights of the summer. Not all events have to be glamorous with national coverage; these classic events consist of a lot of set up work but end up being a great time. What I love most about Arts and Craft Festivals are how they involve the community and really get people outside and appreciating the town they live in! They are also a great way to bring awareness to different businesses and create relationship.

Baseball Games

I cannot think summer without thinking of baseball. These games are more than just games, they truly are an entertaining events.  Fenway Park is my absolute favorite baseball park, not only because Boston plays there (Go Red Sox), but because of the culture and essence that surrounds the entire game. They incorporate the crowd into the show which makes the event so successful.

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is of course a day to look forward to all summer. If you are not kicking back and hosting your own party there are always tons of events and celebrations attend.  There are two Fourth of July events I hope to attend at some point in my life, one in Washington DC and the other in Boston. These are both huge celebrations with masses of people, huge firework displays, as well as many activities to participate in. The Fourth of July is always a successful event and great time to celebrate with friends and family.

Cheyenne Frontier Days: July 18-28

As I said earlier I am a huge country western fan so naturally the Cheyenne frontier days are on my radar this summer. Not only do you enjoy awesome concerts by big named artists there is a rodeo, there is a carnival, there are cowboys and there is beer. What more do you need at an event?!

Oktoberfest: September 21st

Another awesome event that happens all over the United States, and if there isn’t one near you, maybe you should think about creating one is Oktoberfest. Okay, so it is not really during the summer but such an awesome event I always can’t wait to experience. Oktoberfest originally started in Munich Germany celebrating the 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over a period of five days (now that is a wedding!) It has turned more into a celebration of the German culture and beer. There are always fun activities (that usually have to do with beer), great food such as sausage and pretzels and a huge turnout of people because, come on, who doesn’t want to have a reason to dress up and drink!?

Weddings

And finally last but certainly not least I look forward to the weddings! I always love seeing the pictures and snapshots of the celebrities getting married. I love hearing about the massive amount of money that they spent on it which is more than I could even dream of making in 5 years. I also enjoy my friends and families weddings that always inspire my eventing ideas. And I’m not going to lie, ever since the movie Wedding Crashers I have always wanted to crash a wedding, but don’t think I ever could, I would feel too bad!

But there you have it, the events I look most forward to each summer! Now it is your turn, what events can you not wait for this summer?

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