July 18, 2014: The Rise of Wedding After-Parties, MTV Announced V.M.A. Nominations on Snapchat, F.A.A. Investigates Photography Drone at Congressman's Wedding

By Beth Kormanik July 18, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT

1. THE RISE OF WEDDING AFTER-PARTIES: After-parties are “the new line items in a wedding budget,” whether they are extravagant affairs or casual get-togethers. Boston Globe: “Boston event planner Bryan Rafanelli … has seen the after-party mature into its own affair in the past year or two. ‘They’ve become as standard as throwing the bouquet or cutting the cake.’ The kind of after-parties that Rafanelli plans for his well-heeled clients are often held in a space that’s separate from the wedding reception, a financial investment that translates to about 10 percent of the wedding budget. Think unique lighting and different decor, nitrogen ice cream bars, and late-night comfort food.”

2. MTV ANNOUNCED V.M.A. NOMINATIONS ON SNAPCHAT: In a first, MTV announced nominees for its Video Music Awards on Snapchat, a social media platform that posts 10-second videos. Mashable: “We could have used one person to announce all of them but this is really going to buy us a lot of reach,” said Tom Fishman, MTV's vice president of content marketing and fan engagement. The posts reached MTV’s 150,000 followers before they reached the network’s other platforms.

3. F.A.A. INVESTIGATES PHOTOGRAPHY DRONE AT CONGRESSMAN'S WEDDING: On his wedding day, New York Congressman Sean Maloney had photos taken from a drone, despite a federal ban on using the unmanned vehicles for commercial purposes. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into the matter, although it declined to cite the congressman by name. Associated Press: “The F.A.A has approved a few limited commercial drone operations. But the agency has also been sending letters to commercial operators across the country—including other videographers and companies that hire videographers — to cease their drone flights or face fines.”


BOSTON:  The Head of the Charles Regatta, known as the world’s largest rowing competition, will celebrate its 50th anniversary October 18-19. Some 10,000 athletes from around the world will compete, and organizers expect 40,000 spectators.

CHICAGO:  The 2014 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will take place September 14 at Arvey Field in Grant Park. Participants can choose from a 5K walk, 5K run, or 10K run.

LAS VEGAS:  Organizers of IMEX America have announced a significant spike in interest and new bookings from North American exhibitors for the Las Vegas trade show, which will open at the Sands Expo on October 14.

LOS ANGELES:  Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village will open a new wine tasting room, called the Tasting Room, August 1. It will offer a contemporary setting with a focus on Malibu coast wines.

Crustacean Beverly Hills has extended the RedHour Live Music Series until August 27. Mark Ballas, Haley Reinhart, and Dylan Chambers were the latest to perform.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Cantina La Veinte, a Mexican restaurant in Icon Brickell downtown, opens July 28. Designed with Mexican Art Deco touches, the venue will have 450 seats spread over the bar, dining room, and waterfront patio.

NEW YORK:  The inaugural Clio Sports Awards were held Thursday at Cipriani 42nd St. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of ESPN Radio hosted the event, which presented Under Armour with its brand innovator award. Travie McCoy and DJ Kiss performed at the after-party.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Chill Ice House will open in the Entertainment District next week. The 1,200-square-foot lounge is made entirely of ice, and its glassware and seats are also ice.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The fourth annual DC Scoop is Saturday at Dock 5 above Union Market. The event includes ice cream-eating contests, raffles, and a competition among ice cream vendors for the title of Best DC Scoop.

Rachel Cothran left her position at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design to become the communications director at the Georgetown Business Improvement District.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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