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Rush-Order Reservations The WynTrac online software package is designed to speed up the reservations process for meeting planners, convention and visitors bureaus, corporate incentive programs and hotels. The WynTrac system streamlines the transfer of information between the online system and the user, according to developer Jade Technologies of Plano, Texas. As a result, every aspect of the event-from registration, housing and travel arrangements to budgeting-is instantly available with a password and a keystroke. The program's three-tier platform provides expanded capacity, so thousands of attendees, exhibitors and clients can be handled at once without fear of crashing the system. Included is an Immediate Link feature to save time and errors by eliminating manual data entry. For an online demonstration, visit Jade Technologies' Web site (www.wyntrac.com) or call 800/485-0764.

They're Playing Our Song Newlyweds can send their guests off singing with the gift of a 24 karat gold-plated compact disc recording of a new "musical vow" wedding song. The CD is available in a heart-shaped box or a satin cover that doubles as a jewelry or wedding purse. The couple's name and wedding date can be stamped in gold foil on the memento card or on the front cover of the CD packaging. The song We Are Bigger Than Us-written by ASCAP award-winning songwriter Paul Hampton-can be played during the wedding ceremony, at the cake-cutting or in a video. It's also a thoughtful gift to give wedding clients after they've signed a contract. For more information, call Romantic Expressions in New York City at 800/444-6112.

On the Home Front Veteran New York caterer Abigail Kirsch explores the joys of entertaining at home in her new book Invitation to Dinner: Abigail Kirsch's Guide to Elegant Entertaining and Delicious Dinners at Home. With David Nussbaum, she offers 25 complete menus with recipes for a wide range of occasions, including casual dinners, formal events, buffets, barbecues, brunches, cocktail parties and dessert parties. Each menu revolves around a main dish and a dessert, with a choice of appetizers and accompaniments. Kirsch takes the stress out of party planning with tips on presentation, suggestions on useful equipment and step-by-step timelines. Published by Doubleday, the 400-page hardcover book is available at leading bookstores.

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