2016 Trendsetter Awards

**Submissions for the 2016 Trendsetter Awards are now closed. Thank you and good luck to all who submitted, and see you at the Disneyland Hotel!**

Have you ever thought that your innovative ideas and trendsetting designs should get more credit?  The ABC Orange County 2016 Trendsetter Awards provides an opportunity for you to showcase your work in front of your peers in the industry.  Our panel of wedding industry and lifestyle experts will judge the entries.  The honors will be awarded at the Seventh Annual ABC-OC Trendsetter Awards Gala on December 13, 2016.  Your weddings in Orange County are already setting the trends.  Now is your chance to get the recognition you deserve!

In order for submissions to be considered, watch this informative video (please note the event date and location info in the video is not current):

and follow these easy steps:

  1. Complete complimentary (there is no submission fee) online entry form. Each entry must be completed separately. You will receive a confirmation of receipt within 1 week of submission.
  2. Review and accept all rules.
  3. Attach an image or video clip of your entry. Mandatory, without this, your submission will not be considered
  4. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 1, 2016 and all entries must be of events that took place between October 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016.

Best New Idea or Concept
A general category that could include any fresh, never-before-seen element of a wedding. It may also include a new concept that has yet to be done at a wedding.

Examples can include, but not limited to:
-Escort card display or other Paper Product
-Lighting feature
-Food Presentation or Food Concept
-Hair Style or Makeup Technique
-Bride & Groom Intro or Finale

Who: ALL Members

Judging Criteria: Innovation, Creativity, Feasibility, Esthetics

Best Overall Theme/Thematic Follow-Through
Awarded for overall wedding event décor set-up that carries exceptional design theme/motif/style throughout the wedding. Must include 3 or more elements (ex – stationery, centerpieces, favors).  Submission must include an overall room shot along with individual detail shots.

Who: Wedding Consultants and Event Designers/Producers/Planners

Judging Criteria: Creativity of theme/motif/style, Extent/Follow-Through of theme/motif/style, Esthetics

Best Tablescape
Awarded for most unique tablescape that has been created at a wedding.

Who: Wedding Consultants and Event Designers/Producers, Floral Designers, Full Service Rental Companies

Judging Criteria: Creativity, Uniqueness, Esthetics

Best Design Transformation of Space – Under $50,000
Awarded for overall wedding décor (not individual elements) that transforms a ceremony or reception space.  Submission must include an overall room shot before setup as well as after setup along with individual detail shots.

Who: Wedding & Event Designers, Full Service Floral Designers, Full Service Rental Companies, Production Companies and Venues

Judging Criteria: Biggest change of space look/feel, Innovation of design, Esthetics

Best Design Transformation of Space – Over $50,000
Awarded for overall wedding décor (not individual elements) that transforms a ceremony or reception space.  Submission must include an overall room shot before setup as well as after setup along with individual detail shots.

Who: Wedding & Event Designers, Full Service Floral Designers, Full Service Rental Companies, Production Companies and Venues

Judging Criteria: Biggest change of space look/feel, Innovation of design, Esthetics

Best Supporting Event
Awarded for most overall trendsetting wedding related event (Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, Day After Brunch, Vow Renewal).

Who: Wedding & Event Designers, Full Service Floral Designers, Full Service Rental Companies, Production Companies

Judging Criteria: Creativity, Uniqueness, Esthetics

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Best New Memento
Awarded for novel keepsakes or presentation of some element of the wedding that will be used to remember the event.  Entries may include but not limited to favors, photographs, albums, videos, floral preservation, etc…

Who: ALL Members

Judging Criteria: Innovation, Creativity, Timelessness

Best Captured Moment
Awarded for the best photo, series, or slideshow or 30 second video clip of a fabulous captured moment.  Fun, funny, romantic, touching or remarkable shot or clip taken at a wedding.

Who: Photographers or Videographers

Judging Criteria: Quality of image/video, Strength of Emotion

Best New or Refreshed Venue
A Newly opened or refreshed/renovated (2016) event space, hotel, venue (must include entertaining space). Refresh submissions must include 1 before image.

Who: Hotels, Country Clubs, Restaurants, Event Space, Private Estates, Venues

Judging Criteria: Esthetics: Architectural and Interior Design, Functionality of Space, Transformation from before to after

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  • Submissions may be made for weddings occurring between October 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016.
  • Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM on November 1, 2016.  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 .  Only wedding-related events may be submitted (ceremonies, vow-renewals, receptions) may be submitted.
  • Submissions will be accepted from any ABC member, who is active in the OC Chapter.  No nonmember will be eligible and no members of other ABC Local Networking Groups who are not regularly involved in ABC Orange County will be allowed to submit entries.
  • 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. 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 or Best Concept 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 30second 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 meeting on December 13, 2016.  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 2016 ABC Orange County Trendsetter Awards meeting.  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