Event planning is an ever-evolving industry. As an event planner, you need to constantly stay on top of the latest trends in event style, planning, design, legal obligations and technology. One way to keep on top of the latest trends is by subscribing to the top event planning blogs.
Here are 17 event planning blogs (in no particular order!) that will help you keep up-to-date with the trends, style and technology and help both you and your attendees get the most out of your event!
1. Event Manager Blog
A great resource, and one of the most read event planning blogs, this site covers everything from creating epic events, to easy ways to increase attendance. This helpful blog also offers great articles on topics like major fails and what to watch out for, and an interesting take on crowdsourcing for conference content. Add this one to your weekly reading list as a great and entertaining resource for general information about event planning.
Bizbash is a great resource for inspiration. This blog features articles on what’s trendy in the event and conference world. It also gives you the scoop on what locations are hot and what the leading event professionals are coming up with. BizBash also includes great resources for the future of event design, and new trendy venues to scout for your next event.
3. Velvet Chainsaw
An insightful take on the industry from consultant Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw examines the psychological and human side of event planning and how to keep focus on your goal without getting too wrapped up in logistics. A great read from a major star in the industry.
4. Smart Meetings
This blog is geared towards conference planners and offers everything from how to find a speaker for your next event to 7 ways that tech will shape the meeting rooms of the future. If your area of expertise is conference planning for corporate clients, this blog is a must read.
5. Event Tech Brief
Event AND technology driven, reading this blog will keep you up-to-date with the emerging trends in event technology that will shape the industry far into the future. Covering diverse topics from social media to reviews of mobile apps for food and beverage events, this blog is a tech resource for every event planner.
A great networking platform for events and an informative blog that touches on some interesting topics for event planners. Recent posts include Event Marketing: The 2017 Guide and 20 Important KPI’s for Measuring Event Success.
7. Event Industry News
A nod to the UK here. This site covers international news about events and offers all of the conference news you could possibly want. An excellent perspective on what works in the industry and a great resource for marketing your upcoming event. Covers all types of events from concerts and tours, to outdoor festivals.
8. Meeting Pool
This site features apps, social media and tech info for event planners. Run by two veteran event planners (Dahlia El Gazzar and Tara Thomas) they curate and create great content. A must read for every event planner and any type of event.
Event professional Keith Johnson covers event planning, marketing and technology in this informative blog. Keith is a conference planning expert and shares his advice and the latest event news.
10. BML-Blackbird Behind the Scenes
When you’re looking for the answers to all things related to technical event production, our blog is here to help. Whether you need to create event lighting that dazzles your audience or advice for pulling off live events without a hitch, we offer our insight and advice from more than 40 years working in the industry.
11. International Meetings Review
Across the country and across continents this blog is one of the most popular event planning blogs out there and provides you with event news from around the world. Find out what’s hot both in the U.S. and abroad. This blog will keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in event planning worldwide.
Are you planning events and conferences all over the world? The issues you run into as an international planner are far different than someone sticking within their home region. International Meetings Review keeps you up to date on new venues, events and the latest news with a worldwide perspective.
A great blog that gives you all the tools you need to maximize the success of any event. The site covers promotion, engagement and every other topic connected to throwing a killer event. They not only provide the tools, they teach you how to use them. They curate their own content and feature some impressive guest contributors as well. They also offer a podcast that’s perfect to listen to on your daily commute or a long flight.
If you specialize in planning corporate meetings, this site is a must read. No matter what industry you are in, you’ll find information, tips and tools for professionally organizing any event or meeting. The site features excellent information on event design and innovative planning ideas.
14. Endless Entertainment
This blog is a great source for tips tricks and the latest trends in event production. Geared towards event and meeting planners you’ll love their focus on customer service and streamlining the planning process.
15. The Event Planners Association
This blog covers everything from creative ideas and trends in the event planning world, to the behind the scenes legal aspects of being an event planner like liability insurance, incorporation and contracts. Whether you’re new to the industry or a long time veteran, this blog is a great read.
16. Event Marketer
When you find yourself pressed for time, you need a blog that consolidates multiple information sources. Event Marketer gives you a general view of the industry and the latest news that can impact your planning strategies.
Do you prefer to watch rather than read content about event planning? EventPlanner.tv provides you with engaging clips that tackle many topics, from beginner to advanced skill levels.
The event planning business is constantly evolving and to be successful in this competitive market, knowledge is power. These 17 event planning blogs will keep you up-to-date on the latest trends, technology, marketing, staffing, legal aspects and promotional strategies. No matter what industry you specialize in, or what type of events you plan, there’s something for everyone on this list. Time to get reading!