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Event trends, planner tips, and venue marketing ideas by Unique Venues.

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Mixing work and play: Try Arizona for your next conference

When you think of Arizona in the summertime, images of desert heat and cacti probably come to your mind.  If you’ve ever been to Flagstaff, AZ in the summer, however, you know that’s not true.  

Twitter tips for planners of conferences and meetings

Attending conferences is something I enjoy, but driving into an unknown region or city is not.  I recently attended a conference for marketers at a university, and the one thing that quelled my driving fear wasn’t the smiling face of the conference organizer; it was her usage of social media.

Even though I have a GPS, college campuses can become more like a dead zone, where street names don’t register with satellites.  I spent a good 25 minutes circling the campus, looking for the lone parking garage on campus.

Going green with event decor

The holidays and special occasions come around so often that it seems like we've just taken down the tinsel and mistletoe before we are decorating our homes with green shamrocks for St. Paddy's Day, brightly coloured eggs for Easter, or balloons and streamers for children's birthday parties. With all of these luminous liners and plastic novelties, come mountains of rubbish destined for the landfills.

Emerging trend: Holding meetings or conferences on a cruise ship

If you’re looking for savings but still want to deliver a memorable meeting or conference, a cruise ship may be what you’re looking for.  With great group discounts, beautiful scenery and lively entertainment from around the world, more planners are requesting cruise ships than ever.

Tips for hosting a green event

We all love parties, the holidays and special occasions, but with each celebration comes the opportunity to spend a lot of cash on decorations, food, clothes, venues and the bits and bobs that make that perfect party. That said, you have the potential to make sure that your festivities do not cost the earth - in more ways than one! Environmentally friendly festivities are just as easy to plan and throw as their not-so-green counterparts. By choosing local, seasonal, organic, recycled or reusable items, one can add massive amounts of charm and character to any event.

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino welcomes NASCAR to their Dover International Speedway

When you think of NASCAR, the average person probably doesn’t think of bootlegging whiskey in the hills of Virginia.  But many believe NASCAR found its roots with bootleggers who had to design fast getaway cars.


Choose the Right Keynote Speaker

If you want to impress your guests, booking a keynote speaker to headline your event is a great way to encourage people to come. But how do you know which speaker to select? What exactly will he or she talk about? Will the people in attendance like the topic and the presentation?  Will the speaker repeat messages from previous speakers?  What are other ways to improve the event without an expensive speaker?

After you have asked these questions, it’s time to think about important ways to select your speaker.

Hats off to the royal wedding trends

A lot has been said of the royal wedding. The dress. The kiss (x2). The hats. The guestlist. And did we mention the hats?



Just as Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding launched several trends, Kate and William are paving the way and cementing a few other trends for weddings.

Here are some of our favorites:

A night at the museum: What to know about using museum venues

When you think of where to host your next event, a museum may not be on your radar, but in fact, these venues incorporate both form and function and deliver memorable experiences.
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