2019 TRENDSETTERS AWARDS

This year, we decided it was time to revamp Trendsetters and make it more accessible to all vendor categories. This will be our 10th annual Trendsetters Gala, so we are excited to announce our new and improved submission categories.

PLANNER + DESIGNER

  • Best Styled Shoot

Criteria: Editorial must show creativity, imagination, and innovation. Must include several standout elements and unique details.  

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional. Full list of creative partners involved.

  1. Best Transformation of Space Under 50k

Criteria: Transformation must show creativity, imagination, and innovation.

What to submit: Up to 5 images of the “before” and up to 5 images of the “after”. Video optional. Full list of creative partners involved.

  1. Best Transformation of Space Over 50k

Criteria: Transformation must show creativity, imagination, and innovation.

What to submit: Up to 5 images of the “before” and up to 5 images of the “after”. Video optional. Full list of creative partners involved.

  1. Best Tablescape

Criteria: Tablescape must show creativity, imagination, and innovation. Must include several standout elements and unique details.  

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional. Full list of creative partners involved.

DJ + EMCEE

  • Best Emcee

Criteria: Show how the DJ/MC interacts with the guests to create a one-of-a-kind experience for a wedding.

What to submit: 30-60 second clip interacting with guests, emceeing a grand entrance, or other standout event at a wedding reception.

  • Best Mix

Criteria: Mix must show creativity, uniqueness, smooth transitions, and be wedding-appropriate.

What to submit: 2-5 minute clip of a custom mix that can be used at a wedding.

LIVE ENTERTAINER

  • Best Live Moment: Musical Entertainer

Criteria: Submit a video of the best moment of a live performance. Show energy, style and enthusiasm.

What to submit: 30-60 second clip of a best moment of a live performance.

  • Best Live Moment: Alternative Entertainer

Criteria: Submit a video of the best moment of a live performance. Show energy, style and enthusiasm.

What to submit: 30-60 second clip of a best moment of a live performance.

LIGHTING DESIGNER

  • Best Lighting Transformation

Criteria: Winner will be selected by the best transformation of the space from an empty room to a fully lit room. Creativity is the key to create a wonderful, colorful and unique experience

What to submit: Up to 5 images of the “before” and up to 5 images of the “after”. Video optional

STATIONER

  • Best Stationery Suite

Criteria: Submit pictures of your work. From a whole series or one special piece. Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images.

  • Best Alternative Decor or Signage Design

Criteria: Looking for creative décor that does not fit into any special category. Can be alternative signage, balloon installation, or other creative element. Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional.

ALTERNATIVE VENDOR

  • Best Alternative Decor Design

Criteria: Looking for creative décor that does not fit into any special category. Can be alternative signage, balloon installation, or other creative element. Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional.

FLORIST

  • Best Tablescape

Criteria: Submit images of your best designed table showcasing a beautiful and unique floral design. Judging will be based on creativity, overall style and taste, and uniqueness.  Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images.

  • Best Large Install

Criteria: Submit images of your best large install showcasing a beautiful and unique floral design. Judging will be based on creativity, overall style and taste, and uniqueness.  Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images.

PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Best Captured Image

Criteria: Photo must evoke emotion, be technically sound and aesthetically thought-provoking.

What to submit: 1 standout image.

VIDEOGRAPHER

  • Best Captured Moment on Film

Criteria: Video clip must evoke emotion, be technically sound and aesthetically thought-provoking.

What to submit: 30-60 second video clip.

OFFICIANT

  • Best Ceremony Element

Criteria: Submit a ceremony element that is beyond the typical “I-do’s”. Judging will be based on creativity, uniqueness, and personalization to the couple.  

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional.

HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST

  • Best Beauty Transformation

Criteria: Judging will be based on technicality of hair and makeup artistry and overall transformation. Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: 1 “before” image, 1 “after” image.

WEDDING DRESS SHOP or DESIGNER

  • Best Dressed 2019

Criteria: Judging will be based on creativity of overall design, fabric choices, and a standout design.  Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images of bridal and/or bridesmaids attire.

MENSWEAR SHOP or DESIGNER

  • Best Dressed 2019

Criteria: Judging will be based on creativity of overall design, fabric choices, and a standout design.  Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images of groom and/or groomsmen attire.

CAKE + DESSERT DESIGNER

  • Best Wedding Cake, Dessert or Dessert Bar Presentation

Criteria: Looking for unique and beautiful presentations of desserts. Must be from a real wedding.

What to submit: Up to 5 images.

CATERER

  • Best Caterer

Criteria: Looking for a unique, beautiful + trendsetting presentation of a dish. 

What to submit: Up to 5 images. 

VENUE

  • Best Indoor Venue

Criteria: Venue must feature primarily indoor event function space.

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional.

  1. Best Outdoor Venue

Criteria: Venue must feature primarily outdoor event function space.

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional.

  1. Best New Venue

Criteria: Venue must be newly opened or remodeled in November 2018 or more recent.

What to submit: Up to 5 images. Video optional.

SPECIAL AWARDS

  1. Honored Member
  2. Trendsetter of the Year
  3. Joanie Scott
  4. Elevation of Industry
  • Submissions may be made for weddings occurring between November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019.
  • Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on October 31, 2019.  Entries must be received by this date.  No entries will be accepted after this date.
  • Only actual events may be submitted for all categories except for the Best New Concept/Idea.  No mock events will be allowed with the exception of Best New Concept/Idea and Best Styled Shoot.  Only wedding-related events may be submitted (ceremonies, vow-renewals, receptions) may be submitted.
  • Submissions will be accepted from any ABC member who is regularly active in the OC chapter, and has attended at least (3) meetings between January – October 2019.
  • The principal vendor who initiated the creative process may submit in any eligible category. Each participating vendor must be listed on the entry form (venue, caterer, floral designer, entertainment, etc…) as all credit will be provided.
  • Members may nominate/submit for their peers.
  • Members may submit multiple entries per category throughout the year; however, they will be required to narrow down to one entry per category by October.
  • Members may submit multiple entries. The same event can be submitted across categories; however, the same element cannot be submitted to multiple categories. Only one entry per category.
  • Entries must be submitted online with the official entry form and up to five photographs. You must submit at least 3 images. No more than 5 JPEG single images will be accepted. Collages of multiple images will not be accepted. Images must be 1MG or less.
  • Videos can only be submitted for Best Captured Moment, Best Concept and Best Styled Shoot and must exemplify the video as the entry (not exemplify an element that is the entry). Videos must be less than 60 seconds. Two videos per entry need to be submitted: one at 60 seconds for the judging and the same edited to 30 second to be used at the awards presentation, should you win.
  • No submitted entry material (other than entry form) should contain identifying information – no logos, watermarks, faces, etc.  Any photograph, video or printed material that references the company or individuals involved will be disqualified for consideration.
  • Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of wedding-industry experts.  The entries will be judged blindly without contact or company information submitted to the judges.  One winner will be chosen in each category.  Entries will be judged on each categories criteria.
  • A category must have 3 or more entries in order to be judged. Members will be contacted if a category is closed due to low submissions. ABC Orange County retains the right to eliminate a category from competition, disqualify entries or otherwise change the competition at their discretion.
  • Winner will be announced at the December ABC Orange County Gala on December 11, 2018.  All entrants should attend or send a representative to receive the awards.
  • ABC Orange County has the right to showcase your entry element at the 2018 ABC Orange County Trendsetter Awards Gala.  No entries will be accepted if you deny the right for ABC Orange County to showcase your entry elements.
  • By submitting an entry for consideration for the ABC Orange County Trendsetter Awards, entrants authorize ABC Orange County and its affiliates to publish any portion of the entry, including but not limited to submitted images and materials.  In addition, all entries become property of ABC Orange County and its affiliates and will not be returned.  Photo credit will be given if such information is submitted.
  • If you have ANY questions about the submission process or award categories, please contact ABC-OC by email at abcoctrendsetters@gmail.com.
  • Winners may use the award title they receive in marketing and promotional materials. A winner’s badge will be provided after the gala.

 

Any questions, please email abcoctrendsetters@gmail.com