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DJ David Guetta Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
<p><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(95, 91, 98); background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">DJ David Guetta, one of the top earners, performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013, in Las Vegas.</span></p>

Recommended Reading for Aug. 20, 2014

Articles of interest to special event progessionals this week cover big paychecks for electonic dance music DJs, tips on building event budgets, and winning wedding client referrals

Hey, Mr. DJ: You're Rich!

Big club contracts and big endorsement deals are leading to big paychecks for DJ's who are kings of EDM, or electronic dance music:

When Calvin Harris topped last year’s Electonic Cash Kings list with a stunning $46 million in annual earnings, it seemed symptomatic of a bubble in the burgeoning EDM scene. But since then, the only thing that has popped is the income of the world’s highest-paid DJs. Harris, whose total surged to $66 million for the past 12 months, is once again EDM’s Cash King. The top ten earners on our list racked up a staggering $268 million this year, 11% more than the $241 million haul of last year’s top ten. --Forbes

Budget Planning for Grown-ups

Wouldn't event planning be more fun if we didn't have to worry about a budget? Well, it just doesn' t work that way. But the team at Just Enjoy has some tips for creating a budget that lets you create an event everyone will enjoy:

Nobody likes to think about their budget, but the earlier you start making amendments to it, the more bang you can get for a much lower price tag.—Just Enjoy Blog

Four Tips for Getting Referrals for Your Wedding Planning Business

You know your wedding planning company is great, and you tell everyone it's great. Then why isn't business great? Here, tips on getting referrals that get you clients:

Are you finding yourself talking to everyone about your wedding planning business but still not getting referrals? This happens to many new entrepreneurs and current issue of Success magazine has an article that addresses this topic. Here are 4 of the tips they offered for improving success with referrals along with my comments on how to make them work for your wedding planning business. 1) Don’t appear desperate. --Become a Top Wedding Planner


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