2018 zonie awards categories


Best Social Event  (Over $50k & under $50k)

These categories recognize excellence in planning private occasions. Eligible entrants include consultants, event professionals, facility or venue managers, or other entities that provide social event experiences. Events in this category include but are not limited to bar/bat mitzvahs, personal celebrations, milestone birthdays, etc.
Note: Weddings are not eligible in this category; see best wedding category. Events entered in social categories may not be cross entered in corporate, non-profit or wedding categories

Best Corporate Event  (Over $50k & under $50k)

The best corporate event categories honor excellence in the planning and execution of a corporate event. Events entered in corporate categories may not be cross entered in social, non-profit or wedding categories. Eligible entrants include corporate event planning professionals, facility or venue managers, producers and managers of events, destination management companies or other entities that provide planning services for corporations.
Events in this category may include, but are not limited to, general session opener, award ceremonies, company celebrations, employee or client appreciation celebrations, etc.

Best Festival Fair or Event Series

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Catering Manager, etc. for the best fair, festival or event series planning within respective budget categories.  Event series may be weekly, monthly or consecutive days.

Best Wedding  (Over $50k & under $50k)

This category recognizes excellence in wedding planning services. Eligible entrants include wedding planning professionals, consultants, event professionals, facility or venue managers, or other entities that provide wedding planning services. Events in this category are limited to weddings only.
Note: Events entered in wedding categories may not be cross entered in corporate, non-profit or social categories.

Best Meeting/Conference Program  (Over $50k & under $50k)

This category honors excellence in meeting/conference programs. Eligible entrants include meeting and conference planning professionals, destination management companies or other entities that provide these types of meeting/conference services for single or multi-day programs. 
**The entry should include both a meeting and special event component.

Best Catered Event

The best catered event category honors culinary excellence in catering: either on or off-premise. Eligible entrants include caterers, specialty bakeries, restaurants, facility operators, hotels, or any other entity that provides food and beverage to an event.

Best Culinary Innovation

The best culinary innovation is awarded to those who provided a unique culinary technique, product or presentation for an event.

Best Event Design & Décor  (Over $50k & under $50k)

The best event design/décor categories recognize excellence in event design. The event design/décor categories are open to any event professional whose products or services contribute to the look and feel of an event. Design/décor products or services include, but are not limited to theme décor, floral/plant design, props, scenery, display design, draping, furniture, linens, rentals, lighting, etc.

Best Event Floral Design

Awards achievement in unique and innovative floral design. Entries can provide floral for any event category: wedding, social, corporate, meeting/conference, etc.

Best Industry Innovation

The best industry innovation category honors an event professional that created a new, different, or innovative product, concept, trend, or service. The innovation must have been introduced, redesigned or developed in 2017.

Best Technical Production  (Over $50k & under $50k)

This category honors excellence in special event technical, design or execution services. Eligible items include but are not limited to lighting, audio visual, multi-media, staging and special effects.

Best Entertainment Production  (Over $50k & under $50k)

The best entertainment production categories honor excellence in entertainment production for an event. Eligible entrants include entertainment producers, choreographers, event professionals or event entertainment performers.

Best Event Photography

This category honors excellence in event photography. Eligible entrants are photographers or producers (photography and/or video companies) who produced photograph(s) for an event or business-related purpose(s). 

Best Event Videography

This category honors excellence in event videography. Eligible entrants are videographers or producers (video and/or photography companies) who produced a video(s) for an event or business-related purpose(s).

Best Event Collaboration  (Over $50k & under $50k)

Awards a group of event industry professionals who successfully worked together to produce a memorable event. A minimum of two event professionals from two different companies are needed to qualify for this category. Only ONE online entry is allowed for each event. A team leader must be chosen and is responsible fo the team’s entry. However, entry payment must be made by all companies wishing to receive an award.

Best Event Logistics and Support  (Over $50k & under $50k)

This category honors excellence in logistics and event support services. Eligible entrants include but are not limited to tenting, transportation, crowd control, risk management, and/or other specialty services.