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The royal wedding, the Facebook wedding, the Kardashian wedding, gay marriage laws, friday night weddings, lace, engagement parties with surprise ceremonies. These are just a few of the recent headlines that are driving trends in today’s wedding industry. In this insightful class, legendary wedding planner Marcy Blum shares her unique perspective on a wide range of headlines and the impact they hold for event professionals.

This class was filmed live at engage!12, The Luxury Wedding Business Summit at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how the recent use of a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac on stage at Coachella with Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre will stimulate numerous uses of the technology at future events.
  • Learn how the class action suit against Mario Battali (now settled) regarding distribution of gratuities for wait staff impacts the events industry’s use of freelancers.
  • Hear how the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will drive trends for weddings in terms of when and how they are planned.
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Course Information

Estimated Time: 22 mins

Level: All

Categories: ,

CMP Credit Hours:

Instructor: Marcy Blum

Course Instructor

Marcy Blum

Marcy Blum is a world-renowned event planner, entertaining expert and owner of the acclaimed event planning company Marcy Blum Associates based in New York City. Her signature style is actually the ability to find a signature style for her clients. "There's no such thing as a Marcy Blum event," she explains. "I try to get a real sense of my clients and use my knowledge and know-how to bring their event to life."

Having orchestrated lavish functions for Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Carl Icahn, Salmon Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, the Rockefeller family and Regis and Joy Philbin, Marcy Blum literally wrote the books on event planning: Wedding Planning for Dummies and Wedding Kit for Dummies. In 1986, Marcy launched her eponymous company, Marcy Blum Associates, beginning with corporate events and evolving into social events and particularly weddings.