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Planning to Rent a Bounce House? Beware!

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This is summer party season, a time when bounce houses are in demand for birthday parties, wedding receptions, company picnics and other events. Kids love them, but are they really safe? You have heard about the plethora of germs found in fast food restaurant play areas. Well, they are also found in bounce houses. If the rental center does not disinfect the bounce house after each use, it can be a breeding ground for staph, chicken pox, measles and other diseases, including topical skin infections. Even a new bounce house can harbor bacteria.

California Couple Marries on Mount Everest

Ashley and James are a California couple who love the outdoors. They wanted to do something unique for their wedding, something that reflects their personalities and interests. After considering numerous options, they decided to get married on Mount Everest at the base camp, complete with white gown, tuxedo and hiking boots.

Adventure photographer Charleton Churchill was hired to accompany them and take a few photos. The results are amazing and can be seen at
www.charletonchurchill.com/mount-everest-base-camp-adventure-wedding-elopement/

Thank you, Ashley and James, for sharing your special day with the world.

Planning a European Honeymoon or Vacation? State Department Issues Warnings

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Are you thinking of traveling to Europe anytime soon, perhaps for a honeymoon or vacation? If so, be sure to check the U.S. State Department's travel website for information and warnings. On May 1, 2017 the State Department issued a travel alert to Europe, saying, 
       “widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.”

Creating and Responding to Requests for Proposals (RFP)

From time to time I receive RFPs from companies, government agencies and non-profits planning a conference, awards banquet or another large community event. Some are detailed, making it easy to respond. Others are very general, making one guess exactly what the planners have in mind. When I receive a general RFP I need to decide whether I have the time to find out what is needed and do the research to provide a detailed, comprehensive proposal. Often I choose not to respond. A poorly prepared RFP can be a sign of a poorly organized planner or planning committee, making the event planner's work more difficult. The event planner should not have to manage the planners, as well as the event.

Destination Wedding Ettiquette

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Destination weddings have been popular for years. Couples may choose to save money by combining the wedding and honeymoon at an exotic location, perhaps Hawaii or the Caribbean. But what is the etiquette involved? Things change when the location changes.

After deciding on a location, one of the first decisions couples must make is who to invite, or perhaps not invite. Will it be the bride and groom only, parents and siblings, close friends? Unless the couple is flush with money, guests should expect to pay their own way, which may in itself reduce the guest list.

LinkedIn Privacy Changes

If you are like me, you use LinkedIn to connect with business associates and other contacts around the country or even the globe. However, there can be a downside when you receive all the annoying unsolicited emails and spam sent by those who found your profile. Did you know that LinkedIn places cookies on your profile and shares your information with third parties (worldwide)? Do you know who can see your profile? Do you know people can find you by your phone number or email address?

Are You an Adult or a Child in an Adult Body?

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Recently I have encountered brides and grooms, graduates and others in their late teens and early twenties who look like adults and want to be treated as adults but emotionally and socially are stuck in middle school. Could this be you or your child? If so, how do you change your attitude and actions from those of a 12 year old?