May 13, 2014: ABC Promotion Pays for Marriage Licenses, Santa Convention Hits Florida, What Event Planners Should Charge

By Beth Kormanik May 13, 2014, 8:12 AM EDT

1. ABC PROMOTION PAYS FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES: To promote a wedding between two characters on the show Modern Family, ABC paid for all marriage licenses and City Hall wedding costs for couples getting married in New York City on Monday. Actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet made the announcement on Good Morning America.

2. SANTA CONVENTION HITS FLORIDA: What does a convention of Santas look like? About 300 of the men who portray St. Nick will be in Tampa, Florida, this week for the International Santa Celebration. Tampa Bay Times: “You can expect to see herds of Santas as they head out for excursions on the golf course, see the mermaids of Weeki Wachee or ride the roller coasters of Busch Gardens while they are in town for a weekend of seminars, workshops and a trade show. The Columbia restaurant dining room will be thick with St. Nicks Thursday and Friday night during the convention with tables reserved for jolly old elves.”

3. WHAT EVENT PLANNERS SHOULD CHARGE: For a primer on what to charge clients for social and corporate events, consider factors such as your experience, vendors, and geographic location. Entrepreneur Press: “A word of caution, though: Don’t charge too little just to get the job. Although clients shop around for the best price, a planner who comes in too low with an estimate may be as off-putting as a planner who comes in too high. Your client may question your ability to throw a top-tier event based on the price you have quoted.”


CHICAGO:  The country’s only traveling shark show, Haai Inc’s Live Shark Encounter, will be featured at the World Pet Association’s second annual Aquatic Experience at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in November.

LAS VEGAS:  As Britney Spears wraps up another round of sold-out performances during the spring run of “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, tickets to new show dates for her popular Las Vegas resident show have been added and will go on sale May 16.

The Collision Conference opens today at the Western Hotel and Casino. More than 1,000 speakers, investors, and media from the tech industry are expected to attend, along with a group of the world’s top 150 start-ups. Tony Hsieh acquired the Western last year as part of his $350 million downtown revitalization campaign.

LOS ANGELES:  Sadie Kitchen & Lounge will host a two-year anniversary party tonight.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Beach Bar at Newport Pier, a seafood and sushi restaurant in the Sunny Isles Beach Pier Park, opens May 19.

NEW YORK:  Red Rooster chef Marcus Samuelsson is planning a Harlem food festival with partner Herb Karlitz that will be announced later this month, according to Page Six. New York Post:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

PHILADELPHIA:  Forbes is hosting its first “Under 30 Summit” October 19-22 in Philadelphia, dubbing the city the “fastest-growing city for millennials.” More than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

TORONTO:  The Taste of Toronto and Toronto Taste have announced a new partnership. Taste of Toronto has named Second Harvest as its official charity partner and will work with Toronto Taste to cross-promote and support both events.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Association of the United States Army and the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, honored more than 100 active duty military moms and their families Sunday at the Military Moms Mother’s Day Brunch, a new event. To entertain children, there were pancake-making stations, cookie-decoration demonstrations, and a video from Sesame Workshop featuring the muppet Rosita.

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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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