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<p><span style="color: rgb(95, 91, 98); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">The Garnet and Gold Guys, two Florida State students who cover their bodies with glitter and paint, continue the tradition of being the ultimate football fans who gets the crowd enthusiastic at home games at Doak Campbell Stadium.</span></p>

Recommended Reading for Sep. 17, 2014

Recommended articles for special event professionals this week include the scheduling dilemma for football-fanatic brides, lessons for event marketers from Burning Man, and the latest CMI 25 list of top third-party meeting planning companies.

Touchdown or Wedding Gown? Fall Brings Scheduling Dilemmas for Football Fanatics

Sure, getting married is important—but not more important than their college football schedules—at least to some football fanatics. Brides and grooms in states such as Alabama and Florida with diehard fans face the tough choice of getting married on a Saturday, when friends and family might choose the game instead of the nuptials:

Emily Younker isn't getting married until next year but she's already made sure the date doesn't conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. College football poses a huge dilemma for brides and grooms in states like Alabama where college football reigns supreme: Get married on a Saturday, when friends and relatives might pick football over the ceremony, or watch the game? Or, perhaps, do both? – Kansas City Star


MeetingsNet Releases the Eighth Annual 'CMI 25'

Who's first in third-party planning? Our colleagues at MeetingsNet have just released the eighth edition of the "CMI 25," the annual look at the top meeting and incentive companies in the North American market:

The CMI 25, MeetingsNet’s listing of the largest corporate-focused independent meeting companies, is now in its eighth edition. While many of the organizations remain on the list from year to year, this is far from a “seen one, seen ’em all” report. There’s news of at least three acquisitions, several partnerships, one mega investment, a just-launched entertainment division, and much more.--MeetingsNet


Hot Ideas: What the Burning Man Festival Teaches Event Marketers

OK, your marketing event probably doesn't involve inviting participants to commit to "radical self-reliance" in the middle of the desert. But you still can take a tip or two from the iconic Burning Man festival:

I spent six days riding my bike from one end of the circle to the other trying to capture everything I could to share with my fellow event marketers. Here are five Burning Man elements that can be applied to events, transforming the experience for attendees by bringing the “playa” to the convention hall.—FreemanXP


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