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The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

A couple of months ago, my younger sister got married in a beautiful ceremony at her church. Our father has pastored this rural, evangelical church for the past twenty-nine years. Therefore, this special place to both of us was the obvious right venue to have her wedding at. After the wedding ceremony, my parents hosted a reception in the church’s activity building. My sister even decorated this large building herself. Have you picked a venue for your wedding, but don’t know where to have your reception at? When looking for the right place to have this special event, consider your personality and the personality of your future mate. For instance, if you’re cowboy or a cowgirl, you probably wouldn’t enjoy a wedding reception at an upscale country club in town. On this blog, you will discover the best places to host a wedding reception at.

The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

Finding Your Niche In The Corporate Event Planning Industry

by Virgil Woods

When you decide to become an event planner, you have a choice to make. You must decide which direction you wish to take your career – social planning or corporate planning. If you have opted to become a corporate event planner, you can further define your niche and become more specialized. How you find your niche will depend on your interests and your aptitude. 

Trade Shows and Conventions

Corporations and large businesses will host trade shows and conventions, both for industry professionals and the general public. Industry trade show event planners must have an excellent grasp of the newest trends in the given industry they are promoting, know the new innovations and how to attract potential professionals to promote their wares and services. They must also know how to attract those clients who will attend the event.

Conventions tend to focus on new products and services for either suppliers and industry professionals, or geared toward promoting an industry's businesses to the general public. A convention event planner must not only organize all promoters at the event but arrange for entertainment and often accommodations for attendees too. 

Fundraisers for Non-Profits

Corporate event planning isn't only for companies, it is also to help promote non-profit organizations to help them help others. For example, an event planner can organize a fundraiser. This could be a gala with formal dining and dancing, or a fun, family oriented event with games and concerts. Non-profit event planners can also help fundraising efforts by planning receptions and sports competitions and inviting local celebrities to compete.

Company Picnics and Parties

It isn't just trade shows or conventions you can specialize in, you can elect to find your niche in company picnic or party planning. Event planners can combine these niches due to the seasonal nature of picnics unless you live in a region that has warm weather year round. Party planning for a corporate setting isn't unlike social planning, but the focus tends to be more on employee appreciation and potentially fundraising for in-need community members, employees or even charities.


Corporate event planning also includes organizing meetings for managers and company owners, as well as shareholder meetings. An event planner must ensure all information these managers or shareholders need will be presented to them via brochures, handouts, digital presentations and speakers. They need to organize not only who will present and who will attend, but they need to plan the menu, order table settings, and decor, plus much more.