This up-to-date primer on one of today's hottest businesses walks readers step by step through the process of developing an event planning business, featuring more resources, new trends, new online tools and new interviews with fresh advice from successful event planners. Covering hot new trends in the industry, including the rise in first birthday celebrations, environmentally friendly parties, small-plate catering and more, this startup guide provides entrepreneurs with everything they need to take their event business from concept to reality. Aspiring event planners gain expert advice on logistical startup issues such as finding a location, selecting attorneys and other professionals, writing a solid contract, locating reliable vendors, buying adequate insurance, hiring quality employees and more. Plus, they'll learn success strategies for both full- and part-time event planners. New anecdotes from successful event planners, fresh dollar-stretching ideas, a brand new chapter on social media and more industry resources make this book a must-have for anyone entering this fast-paced, high-demand field.