The Special Events Advisory Board today announces the nominees for this year's Gala Awards, the most prestigious award in special events. The awards, which honor work from throughout the world, have been handed out since 1986.

The Gala Awards will be presented at a black-tie event Jan. 10 at The Special Event 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

 

BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL

Donnelly and Associates, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and City of Surrey, British Columbia

"Surrey Fusion Festival"

5th Element Events, Markham, Ontario, Canada

"TD Toronto Jazz Festival"

JHE Production Group, Harrisburg, N.C.

"Democratic National Convention Carolina Fest"

 

BEST INVITATION

BK Design, Boston

"Storybook Wedding"

Dragonfly Custom Design, Orlando, Fla.

"SOS: An Americana-style Launch Party"

Raymond Ramsay and Associates, Orlando, Fla., and Jennifer Goldberg, Southlake, Texas

"Jayden's Bat Mitzvah Invitation"

 

BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN

Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills, Mich.

"A Modern Union"

Picture Perfect Parties, North Reading, Mass.

"White Lace and Wine"

Wilkinson Rhodes, San Antonio

"Poodles on Parade"

 

BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERED EVENT

Food for Thought, Lincolnwood, Ill.

"Qatar Launch Gala"

Le Traiteur Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec

"Musee d'Art Contemporain Ball"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

"Moulin Rouge at the Milton"

 

BEST CATERED EVENT PRODUCED BY A HOTEL BANQUET DEPARTMENT

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

"The Daffodil Ball"

The Peabody Orlando, Orlando, Fla., and Hello Florida, Orlando, Fla.

"Give Kids the World 25th Annual Black and White Gala"

Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, and Luminous, Singapore

"Around the World in 80 Years"

 

BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal

"The Daffodil Ball"

Hala Events and Communications, Toronto

"The Book Lover's Ball"

Melissa Krauser Events, Houston

"Bleu Electrique: Contemporary Chic with a Parisian Beat"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

E=MC2 Events, Calgary, Alberta

"TIFF Inaugural Gala The Night That Never Ends"

Keep Memory Alive, Las Vegas

"Power of Love Gala"

Mosaic Inc., Pittsburgh

"Forces of Nature"

 

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST

Cava Rose, Montreal

"C&C's Wedding"

Events of Distinction, San Francisco

"Vivi Bene, Ama Molto"

The JDK Group, Camp Hill, Pa.

"From Farm to Fete"

 

BEST WEDDING: BUDGET $1,000 AND ABOVE PER GUEST

B. Levine Productions, Los Angeles, and EFG PR, Los Angeles

"Danny and Aaron Got Married"

Plan-It Parties, North Potomac, Md.

"Custom Reflection"

Xena Productions, Dublin

"Driftwood Wedding"

 

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY INCENTIVE EVENT

Fourth Wall Events, New York

"BOI-2013 Grand Cayman"

Go West Creative Group, Westlake Village, Calif.

"Farmers Championship 2013"

PJ Hummel & Co., Tacoma, Wash.

"Vagabond Swamp"

 

BEST MULTIPLE-DAY EVENT PROGRAM FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION

Extraordinary Events, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Vok Dams Events, Wuppertal, Germany

"International Media Launch"

Kennedy Creative Events, Austin, Texas

"Jeep Grand Cherokee Media Drive Program"

Phenomenon Marketing and Communications, Beijing

"The New HTC One Launch"

 

BEST EVENT STAGED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Facts and Fiction, Cologne, Germany

"Bayer Anniversary Tour 2013"

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas

"Inspiring Our World"

Phenomenon Marketing and Communications, Beijing

"HTC Cube Campaign 2012"

 

BEST FLORAL DESIGN

AOO Events Inc., Los Angeles

"High Tech Namaste"

Designs by Sean, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"Rustic Chic"

Newberry Brothers, Denver

"Southern Meets Western Wedding"

 

BEST TENT INSTALLATION

ABC Special Event Rentals by CORT, Mukilteo, Wash.

"Microsoft Windows 8 Rollout"

All Seasons Event Rental, Kansas City, Kan.

"Spencer-Evans Wedding"

Arena Americas, Oak Creek, Wis.

"Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala"

 

BEST USE OF LIGHTING

AOO Events Inc., Los Angeles

"A Gift-wrapped Affair"

Megavision Arts, Santa Monica, Calif.

"Private Wedding"

Russell Harris Event Group, North Hollywood, Calif., and Images by Lighting, Los Angeles

"Super Bowl and Sin City"

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN TECHNICAL SUPPORT

E=MC2 Events, Calgary, Alberta, and Production Canada, Vaughn, Ontario

"TIFF Inaugural Gala: The Night That Never Ends"

5th Element Events, Markham, Ontario, Canada

"Adball Great Gatsby"

One Smooth Stone, Downers Grove, Ill.

"Dinner for 60 in a Banyan Tree"

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LOGISTICS

Phenomenon Marketing and Communications, Beijing

"HTC Cube Campaign 2012"

Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, and Luminous, Singapore

"Around the World in 80 Years"

Vok Dams Events, Wuppertal, Germany

"150th Anniversary: We Are Bayer"

 

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EVENT RENTAL SUPPORT

ABC Special Event Rentals by CORT, Mukilteo, Wash.

"Microsoft Windows 8 Rollout"

A1 Party, Covina, Calif.

"2013 Stanford-Wisconsin Official Tailgates"

Party Reflections, Charlotte, N.C.

"2012 Democratic National Convention"

 

BEST NEW, INNOVATIVE EVENT PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY

Marquee Tents, Austin, Texas

"HEB Wedding"

PTE Productions, Orlando, Fla.

"Swan and Dolphin Holiday Lighting"

Sequence Events, New York

"Find & SEQ"

 

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET $100,000 AND BELOW

Imagination Entertainment, San Diego

"Flashback"

Total Event Resources, Schaumburg, Ill.

"TNA 30th Anniversary Celebration"

Ultimate Ventures, Addison, Texas

"Trouble's Brewing at Cow Camp: A Texas Adventure"

 

BEST EVENT ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT AND EXECUTION: ENTERTAINMENT BUDGET ABOVE $100,000

BRAVO! Entertainment, Dallas, and E=MC2 Events, Calgary, Alberta

"Night That Never Ends"

Insglueck, Berlin

"Investment Aktuell"

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas

"Fame"

 

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECTACLE

PTE Productions, Orlando, Fla.

"Spectra"

Vok Dams Events, Wuppertal, Germany

"Lamborghini Aventador Miami City Takeover"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL: BUDGET UNDER $1,000 PER GUEST

Elias Events, Houston

"Jeff's Outlaw Country 50th"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

"Sensational at 70"

Newberry Brothers, Denver, and Creative Events and Occasions, Denver

"Dive in with Joseph"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL: BUDGET $1,000 AND ABOVE PER GUEST

A Legendary Event, Atlanta

"Mirrored Magic"

Something New Events, Canfield, Ohio

"Groovy 60th Surprise"

Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas, and Luminous, Singapore

"Around the World in 80 Years"

 

BEST EVENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

BBDO Live, Bonn, and Leiter Marketing Deutschland, Aschaffenburg, Germany

"Stapler Cup"

InVNT, New York

"Opel Paris Motor Show 2012"

Vitamin E Gesellschaft fur Kommunikation mhH, Hamburg, Germany

"Olympus OM-D 360 Degree Campaign"

 

BEST THEATRICAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION

EventWorks, Los Angeles, and E Plus Productions, Los Angeles

"Reaching New Heights"

Hello Florida Destination Management, Orlando, Fla., and Metropolis Productions, Orlando, Fla.

"Give Kids the World 25th Annual Black and White Gala"

Vok Dams Events, Wuppertal, Germany

"150th Anniversary: We Are Bayer"

 

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET UNDER $50,000

A Divine Event, Norcross, Ga.

"The Playhouse"

Designs by Sean, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Famous Firsts Ltd., Boca Raton, Fla.

"Safari Party"

Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif.

"Dining in the Desert"

 

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $50,000 TO $99,999

Insglueck, Berlin

"New Media Award 2013: Night of Magic Heads"

Warner Bros Studios Special Events, Burbank, Calif.

"Man of Steel Press Junket"

Wilkenwerk Gmbh, Hamburg, Germany

"Top Banken 2012"

 

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET $100,000 TO $250,000

Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Decor and More, Oakville, Ontario

"The Daffodil Ball"

Blueprint Studios, San Francisco

"Pebble Beach Corporate Retreat"

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas

"The Inspiration Room"

 

BEST DECOR: TOTAL DECOR BUDGET ABOVE $250,000

MGM Resorts Events, Las Vegas

"Bloom"

Something New Events, Canfield, Ohio

"Groovy 60th Surprise"

Syzygy Events, Gaithersburg, Md.

"A New Age of Exploration"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET UNDER $100,000

Hello Florida Destination Management, Orlando, Fla.

"Holiday in the City"

Phenomenon Marketing and Communications, Beijing

"Psychologies Magazine: China's Best Marriage"

POP Kollaborative, Calgary, Alberta

"Tag! You're It!"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $100,000 TO $249,999

Insglueck, Berlin

"New Media Award 2013 Night of Magic Heads"

Kuoni Destination Management, San Diego, and White Lotus Productions, San Diego

"Under the Big Top"

On Stage Events & Communications, Hong Kong

"Jardines Executive Dinner 2012"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET $250,000 TO $500,000

Insglueck, Berlin

"Investment Aktuell"

The Companies, Munich

"Under Enormous Pressure"

Verve Marketing, Dublin

"Rock and Royalty"

 

BEST EVENT PRODUCED FOR A CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION: OVERALL BUDGET ABOVE $500,000

EventWorks, Los Angeles

"Reaching New Heights"

Sullivan Group, Houston, and Designs by Sean, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"Annual Offshore Technology Conference Dinner"

Vok Dams Events, Wuppertal, Germany

"150th Anniversary: We Are Bayer"