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Recommended Reading for June 18, 2014

Recommended articles for special events professionals this week include a forecast for the host city for the Republican National Convention 2016, decor ideas for World Cup soccer theme parties, and five wedding rituals that are falling out of favor.

Dallas, Kansas City Have Best Chances to Land RNC in 2016

Big meetings, big stages, big parties: Everything about U.S. presidential conventions is big. And a big battle is going on now to see which city will host the Republican National Convention in 2016. Will Big D with its big budget win the bid?

After two weeks of site visits, Dallas has to be considered the current favorite to land the GOP convention in 2016. The city and state are reliably Republican--and so is the donor class. Dallas says it has raised $45 million toward hosting the convention--an impressive feat for a city which got into the convention sweepstakes comparatively late. – KHSB Kansas City

Goal! Cute Decor Ideas for Soccer, World Cup Theme Parties
Leave it to our friends at Pinterest to turn a sporting event into themed eye candy. In honor of the World Cup 2014, the site is bursting with photos of soccer ball cake pops and other football-themed party fun. But the soccer pitch fashioned from guacamole might be taking a good thing a little too far …

Ideas and inspiration for a soccer party or party for the World Cup –Pinterest

5 Wedding Traditions that Are Fading Away
You know that the receiving line is history. But what other traditional wedding rituals are beginning to fade away?

There are a few traditional wedding activities that are dying, and I am not sad to see them go. Not just because they complicate my life as a planner, but because a few of them are in rather poor taste. Check out my list so that you don't plan an outdated (and maybe even a little tacky) wedding ceremony and reception for yourself.—Huffington Post

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