In a stunning event from Las Vegas-based Destinations by Design, The Grand Colonnade at the Venetian Hotel served as the venue for the Grand Banquet: a gathering of top international chefs at a stunning dining table more than 170 feet long, with 174 ornate place settings.
This event won a Special Events Gala Award in January.
More from DBD: The Chinese New Year of the Monkey was celebrated in style with giant hot air balloons made out of a plethora of butterflies.
The monkey gracefully floated from above on the hot air balloon as guests interacted below.
DBD transforms a space into a modern paradise with accents of plywood, succulents and other natural elements.
Setting the stage: DBD puts a round stage in the center of the ballroom. Throughout the evening, a variety of acts perform and keep the crowd’s spirit alive by showing off their talents.
Set in a ranch in the Las Vegas desert, this rustic-chic wedding from DBD features dusty blue hues paired with wood and muted red accents, creating a timeless Bohemian wedding vibe.
The Third Annual Ultimo, a Weekend of Excellence, shines with an all-star roster of celebrity chefs and "the most incredible culinary experiences anywhere," says the team from DBD.
An all-white contemporary table setting set the tone for a refined dining atmosphere that looks just as great as it tastes.
DBD makes Chinese New Year 2015 come alive with a towering crystal tree as the focal point of the room.
The top and base of the tree are adorned with elegant floral arrangements while crystals strung on ribbons filled out the tree and created a dramatic effect.
Pinup girl meets Superhero meets metal shop--thanks to the team from DBD.
This dazzling diva gives onlookers the sight of their life as she risks hers. Sparks fly as she runs a live saw grinder against her custom metal shield and
Guests hold their breath as she dances across the stage while the wheels keep on grinding.
From Destination Services Corp., based in Colorado, a "Taste of Colorado" event.
DSC produced an outdoor event at Denver Performing Arts Center for 4,000 guests in March.
The event highlighted the seasons of Colorado, Denver’s hot food scene and the rich and vibrant city.
When is the last time you took over a city block?
DSC turned to its knowledge of the hottest local bands, the latest trends in street food culinary experiences, and the destination know-how to pull off an event for 3,000 guests, who enjoyed an outdoor event in the middle of downtown Denver, walking distance from downtown hotel properties.
From urban to country, DSC creates a glamping experience for 500 guests at a local ranch.
DSC helps a corporate client get up-close and personal with Olympic athletes with a cocktail reception and dinner--all while watching aerialists perform.
Thanks to the team from Kuoni Destination Management, it seemed that every carousel horse, clown, candied apple, carnival game and costumed entertainer evoked excitement, awe and wonder throughout the entire evening for the 1,400 guests that attended this "Vintage Circus" extravaganza in Las Vegas.
From the Big Top “circus tent” to the circus barker exhorting guests upon entry to the ring master directing attention to the various acts on the massive center ring, Kuoni was very proud to design and produce this event in partnership with White Lotus Productions, a collaboration that resulted in a 2015 Special Events Gala Award nomination for Best Event Produced for a Corporation or Association.
Where there was previously absolutely nothing but natural scenery in the Tucson desert, Kuoni Destination Management created a one-night-only VIP fine dining experience for 10 couples.
From the luminary-lined red carpet entrance to the billowy deconstructed tent with hanging crystal chandeliers; from the polished Descanso hardwood flooring to the après dinner fire pit … these attendees had a magical evening under the Arizona stars that they will always remember.
During an unforgettable sunset in Palm Desert, Calif., guests had the opportunity to ascend in a tethered hot air balloon, and the view was literally breathtaking.
From the glorious sunset, to the event space below (which was comprised of glowing furniture and interactive elements, including a glowing mini golf course), Kuoni created an illuminated desert oasis like no other.
Guests enjoyed California wine tasting (and took home a keepsake, custom-engraved wine glass) and enjoyed fabulous food, enchanting entertainment and mountainous surroundings, during this perfect southern California evening under the stars.
Ovation Global DMC points with pride to its ability to develop stunning installations that add drama to gala dinners.
The management team at Ovation points to the growing trend of hybrid events, merging live and digital.
A full-day excursion themed in Chinese astrology theory of the "Five Elements, "WU XING” featured a sidecar ride and double-decker bus transfer for all 260 guests, a cooking class, tea ceremony, sightseeing, and cruises-all in one day thanks to Pacific World.
To end the day: a gala dinner with traditional Chinese decoration (600 Chinese red lanterns to decorate the entire ceiling of the venue) and a double stage to accommodate both awards and famous pop band to perform after dinner.
The cooking class, part of the "Five Elements" program from Pacific World.
Divers at Singpore's S.E.A Aquarium create the big reveal of the client’s logo underwater in the world’s largest viewing panoramic aquarium, thanks to the team from Pacific World.
A panel of Nobel Laureates in deep discussion at the annual Global Young Scientist Summit, overseen by Pacific World.
Terramar helps guests hit the beach with a fun event on the sand.
Guests enjoy the view at a Terramar event.
Beautiful Casa Vista Ballena is the perfect setting for unique evening functions in Los Cabos, says the team at Terramar.
The villa has a capacity of 150 guests for a sit-down dinner or 250 guests for cocktails.
It boasts a wine cellar, putting green, pool table, infinity pool and wet bar--elements that make the site popular with Terramar clients.
Special Events shares even more big events created by some of the companies listed on the 2016 edition of our "25 Top DMCs." Here's how the big players do it!
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