According to this survey by Special Events, events budgets are going to stay skintight in the coming year. Oh joy. From the article:
Some 71 percent of in-house special event professionals say that "having reduced budgets to work with" will be one of their greatest professional challenges in the new year. A whopping 78 percent of independents agree, though this figure is down slightly from the 2009 survey, when 81 percent of independents bemoaned tight event budgets.
An uncertain economy and short lead times round out the top three concerns event planners have for 2010.