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tly fec ble er sta P o P enues Event V ocial Social o Gain S ure T Fame By Selena Chavis S Media Whether it���s a wedding, a family reunion, an anniversary or any milestone event, clients are looking for that extraordinary venue that���s gonna cause a buzz with attendees���and even on Facebook. When it���s time to celebrate, today���s social butterflies want to book a venue that���s ���perfectly postable��� on social media. ���The right venue is critical to the success of a social event,��� said Jill Witecki with the Tampa (Fla.) Theatre. ���The venue sets the tone of the event and is quite literally the first thing that guests see when they arrive.��� Kelly Walters with Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock, N.C., agreed, adding that ���people are always looking for a way to make their event special. Venues that can offer those unique attributes will appeal to planners and guests.��� At the same time, budget consciousness and value continue to top the list of client needs, Jill said, emphasizing that planners should feel like they are getting the right combination of flair, service and amenities for their money. So while you���re on the hunt for that perfectly postable venue with real value for a special occasion, here are some that are surely going to receive Facebook ���likes.��� ��� Get Your Groove On! At the Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, the evening often ends at Boogie Nights, a 70s and 80s dance club. It��s especially great for reunion groups and anniversaries that are celebrating those decades. Highlights include the retrothemed VIP rooms, Boogie Nights characters, lighted dance floor and jumbosized disco ball. ��� w w w. c o nve n t i o n s o u t h . c o m PLANNER TIP: Share The Pics On A New Social App Bring social media excitement and branding opportunities to the weddings you plan through a FREE social media website and app called WedPics. It allows users to instantly share wedding pictures to a page dedicated to the bride and groom. Plus users can like, comment on and edit photos as well as share them on other social media sites. The application also helps build excitement leading up to the wedding as planners and the wedding party can share images and updates about the planning process. Planners, venues and other wedding suppliers can further use the app for branding and offer it as part of your services. ��� F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 3 ��� ConventionSouth ��� 23