NATIONALS – Categories

Below is a list of 2018’s award categories. Click the ( + ) to view the description and criteria for each category.

Technical Categories

Best Lighting Design for an Event ( + )


Best Technical Support for an Event ( + )
Best Audio Visual Design for an Event ( + )
Most Innovative Use of Event Technology ( + )
Best Event Photography ( + )

Event Planning & Production

Best Event Produced for a Corporation by 3rd Party Planner ( + )


Best Event Produced for a Corporation by an in House Team or Planner ( + )
Best Fundraising Event ( + )
Best Corporate Team Building Event ( + )
Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival ( + )
Best Event for a High Profile Charity ( + )
Best Entertainment Production ( + )
Best Event Produced by an Association, Board or Committee ( + )
Best Event Produced for a Community Based Charitable Organization ( + )
Outstanding Logistical Achievement ( + )

Meeting & Conference Awards

Best Conference ( + )


Best Corporate Meeting ( + )
Best Trade Show or Exposition ( + )
Best Multiple Day Incentive or Convention Program ( + )

Catering Awards

Most Creative Catering Presentation ( + )


Best Overall Catered Event ( + )

Design Awards

Best Event Decor $0 – $30,000 ( + )


Best Event Decor $30,000- $80,000 ( + )
Best Event Decor $80,000 + ( + )
Best Table Scaping ( + )

Event Marketing Awards

Best Brand /Product Launch Event ( + )


Best Experiential Marketing Event ( + )
Best Show Booth/ Brand Display or Pavilion ( + )

Wedding Awards

Best Wedding Creative ( + )


Best Wedding Under $75,000 ( + )
Best Wedding Over $75,000 ( + )

Brightest Star Awards

Most Outstanding Event Up to $200,000 ( + )


Most Outstanding Event Over $200,000 ( + )
Entertainer of the Year ( + )
Wedding Professional of the Year ( + )
Caterer of the Year ( + )
Event Producer of the Year ( + )
Spirit of the Industry Award ( + )

The Nationals Will Open for Entries Dec 15