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happy birthday planning forever events blog!

Today is the THIRD  birthday of our wedding and events business blog. The first post was April 21, 2006 and when I look back on the “voice” of the company blog, I’m amused. It’s very difficult to find your own groove and project the right image of your business. We try to project transparency, fun, sass, creativity and pragmatism (sometimes a touch of indulgence).

Interestingly, I first started this event blog after I started a blog about my ever famous dog, Ranger, while he as a pup. It was a creative outlet for me. Some scrapbook, I write and take photos.

Blogging is an open diary, a dialogue from a person (or people) for other people to read and learn. It’s personal. It’s subjective. It’s an opinion. Everyone has a point of view, no?

We have many faithful blog readers, for which I am eternally grateful. My personal google reader overflows with many wonderful blogs that I read weekly. There have been times when people have disagreed what they read on this blog. And that is okay! Open dialogue is always a good thing.

Always trying to stay ahead (or sometimes keep up) we update the aesthetic look of the blog. What did you expect from creative and design oriented people? Right now we are considering going to a one column format, so photos can be larger.

In fact we’ve posted a poll on Twitter about it. Feel free to put your two cents in and vote here on what type of blog format you like. We’d love to capture your vote. Either way, you’ll be seeing a face lift very soon.

Thanks again for reading and joining our birthday party.

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featured blog: pearls events blog

There are very few people you meet that seem to strike a note inside you. Their energy, positivity and overall charisma shines through from every pore of their body. You want to talk to them. You want to be around them.

Enter Aletha Vandermaas from pearls events. Want to know the catch, my savvy readers? I’ve never actually met her in person. Only through email, twittering, and reading her blog. I’ve never seen a more upbeat person! The lady never has a bad day. And it shines through in her blog….

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Aletha discovers the most darling finds and her abundant energy shines through. She’s young to the planning world, but I can see why her calendar fills up quickly. She’s an asset to her clients her readers and to other planners.

And she’s a neighbor, well, Michigan…closer than most! (Midwestern planners need to stick together.)  Take a moment to visit pearls events blog, you won’t be disappointed.

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featured blog: sparkliatti by sasha souza

If you haven’t heard of Sasha Souza, then you don’t watch TV nor read the by-lines in the wedding magazines. She’s an event planner to the “Stars” (has a nice ring to it, no?) and has been quite successful with her event planning career. But that’s not why I read her blog.

You may be thinking I’m doing some brown-nosing by featuring her blog. Uh, no. The fact is I had the pleasure of meeting Sasha at a previous event conference. I found her down-to-earth, blunt and is from California (sound like someone you know?). Aside from the fact that she likes to wear 4-inch heels and I prefer Chuck Taylors, we have a few characteristics that are similar. Read her blog and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Straight, direct and a dash of sarcasm. Absolutely adore it.

Check out her blog, Sparkliatti by Sasha Souza.

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She had a great post recently about feeding vendors, and has many more inspirations! Keep up the great work Sasha and we’ll keep reading.

featured blog: southern weddings magazine

This week we will be featuring a series on some of my favorite wedding blogs. Just a few days ago, I realized I had thousands and thousands of unread blog posts in my google reader. After several hours of removing, updating I realized I needed to take a closer look at who I follow daily. At some point, it becomes overwhelming instead of enjoyable. Of course, there is always room for new finds…. While we have many blog readers who send us wonderful personal notes about the planning…forever events blog, personally I feel this blog is nothing compared to these other stellar bloggers. So let’s begin… Read more

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love from alltop.com

If you are in the business of blogging, you know there is this site called alltop.com. Essentially they handpick sites from around the world, collecting stories from “all the top” sites on the web.

They have a gazillion categories, anything you can think of, so we were pretty excited to get the nod from the cool dudes at alltop and (drum roll….)

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has been chosen to be included in the their event planning category…

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Yeah, okay…so we rock. Thanks so much for the cyber nod and additional traffic you’ll generate for us. We’ll try to keep up with the interesting posts!