Allie Awards

Planning

Best Event: Corporation/Association (Over/Under $100k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event, such as company milestones, product launch, marketing events, conventions, annual meeting, award gala and conference receptions. The complete event cost, at full retail value, must fall into the Above or Under $100k categories.
Best Event: Corporation/Association (Over/Under $100k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event, such as company milestones, product launch, marketing events, conventions, annual meeting, award gala and conference receptions. The complete event cost, at full retail value, must fall into the Above or Under $100k categories
Best Event: Social Event (Over/Under $50k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event in a social setting, such as bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, sweet 16’s, family reunions, proms, etc… The complete event cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $50k categories.
Best Event: Social Event (Over/Under $50k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall event in a social setting, such as bar/bat mitzvahs, milestone celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, sweet 16’s, family reunions, proms, etc… The complete event cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $50k categories.
Best Non-Profit Fundraiser – is awarded to the company/individual who produces the best non-profit fundraiser event.  Judging emphasis will be awarded on leveraging resources, active committee solicitation of donors and sponsors, as well as profitability back to the organization.

Best Public Fair or Festival – is awarded to the company/individual that puts on the best fair or festival. The event must be open to the public.

Most Creative Venue – is awarded to the company/individual that utilizes a non-traditional venue for the location of their event.

Logistical Achievement: Planning – is awarded to the company/individuals who overcome substantial obstacles in the planning process.

Best Tradeshow/Conference – is awarded to the company/individual who plan and produce the best tradeshow and/or multi-day conference style event.

Event Cuisine

Best On Premise Catering –  is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best catered event, from a full-service, on premise production kitchen.

Best Off Premise Catering – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best catered event, delivered into an off premise setting, working from trucks, tents or and off site kitchen.

Best Menu Design – is awarded to the company/individual who delivers the best menu experience, regardless of price or presentation format, with the emphasis on culinary creativity, techniques, flavors, and transition.

Best Menu Presentation – is awarded to the company/individual who delivers the best menu visually, regardless of price or presentation format, with the emphasis on the flair of plate/table presentation, layers, garnish, colors, and detail.

Best Culinary Innovation – is awarded to the company/individual who provided a unique technique, product or presentation for an event, with an emphasis in the culinary application.

Wedding Planning & Design

Best Event: Wedding (Over/Under $50k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall wedding. Overall event cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $50k categories.

Best Event: Wedding (Over/Under $50k) – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best overall wedding. Overall event cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $50k categories.

 

Most Creative Wedding Venue – is awarded to the company/individual that utilizes a non-traditional venue for a wedding.

Best Wedding Print Suite – is awarded to the company/individual who provides, creates and produces the best collection of printed materials uses to communicate prior to and on the wedding day.

Best Wedding Decor Design – is awarded to the best company/individual who produces the best comprehensive design for an actual wedding event. This category excludes display tables.

Best Wedding Cake Presentation – is awarded to the company/individuals who creates the best visual display of the wedding or groom’s cake.

Best Wedding Photography – is awarded to the company/individual whose photography best captures the event, theme and overall spirit of the occasion.

Best Wedding Videography – is awarded to the company/individual whose video best captures the event, theme and overall spirit of the occasion.

Entry Guidelines

Allie’s Budget Form

Event Design

Best Floral Design – is awarded to the best company/individual who produces the best floral design for an event. This category excludes display tables.

Best Non-Floral Design – is awarded to the best company/individual who produces the best non-floral design for an event. This category excludes display tables.

Best Themed Event Décor – is awarded to the company/individual who creates an overall décor design which best represents the client’s event theme.

Best Tabletop Design – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best tabletop design (floral or non-floral) for an actual event. It encompasses centerpieces, flatware, china, glassware, linens, etc.  Open house, styled photo shoots, showcase or gallery style featured tables are not eligible to compete in this category.

Best Use of Rental Equipment –  is awarded to the company/individual who best use rental equipment to enhance their event and its overall design décor impression.

Entertainment


Best Entertainment Production (Over/Under $20k) –  is awarded to the company/individual who produces the best production – including lighting, rigging, entertainment, A/V, etc. Overall production cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $20k categories.

Best Entertainment Production (Over/Under $20k) –  is awarded to the company/individual who produces the best production – including lighting, rigging, entertainment, A/V, etc. Overall production cost at full retail value must fall into the Above or Under $20k categories.

 

Best Themed/Unique Entertainment – is awarded to the company/individual who produces a non-traditional event elements, which assists in bringing the event theme to life.

Event Enhancements

Best Print Piece – is awarded to the company/individual who creates the best tangible, printed invitation, menu cards, programs, flyers, etc. for an event.  This category does not allow items printed for a wedding.

Best Use of Media/Technology – is awarded to the company/individual who utilizes digital and virtual methods of communication or marketing including websites, social media, CD’s, DVD’s, video mapping (does not include printed media).

Best Event Innovation – is awarded to the company/individual who introduces a new and innovative product, service or concept to meet the goals of a specific event and benefit the overall event industry.

Best Event Photography – is given to the company/individual whose photography best captures the event, theme and overall spirit of an occasion for a corporate or social occasion. (does not include wedding events).

 

Best Event Videography – is given to the company/individual whose video best captures the event, theme and overall spirit of an occasion for a corporate or social occasion. (does not include wedding events).

Technical Production


Best AV Design – is awarded to the company/individual who produced the best Audio Visual design to bring the event to life.

Best Lighting Design – is awarded to the company/individual who created the best lighting to enhance their event.

Best Tent Installation – is awarded to the company/individual who best utilized tenting in any setting, including wedding events.

Logistical Achievement: Technical Production – is awarded to the company/individuals who overcome substantial obstacles in the technical production and implementation process.

Best Team Effort


Social Events | Corporate Events | Wedding Events – is awarded to the event team members with the best collaborative effort between the various aspects of the events industry. All parties bring the best of their skills, products, services and abilities to create something spectacular.  The event should be entered into the appropriate market segment, with non-profit falling into the category of social events.

Social Events | Corporate Events | Wedding Events – is awarded to the event team members with the best collaborative effort between the various aspects of the events industry. All parties bring the best of their skills, products, services and abilities to create something spectacular.  The event should be entered into the appropriate market segment, with non-profit falling into the category of social events.

Social Events | Corporate Events | Wedding Events – is awarded to the event team members with the best collaborative effort between the various aspects of the events industry. All parties bring the best of their skills, products, services and abilities to create something spectacular.  The event should be entered into the appropriate market segment, with non-profit falling into the category of social events.

Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award

 

Shepard Convention Services introduced the Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award in 1994 as a tribute to, and in memory of, its valued employee, Dale Riggins, who made great contributions to the special event industry. This Prestigious honor is awarded each year to an individual who donates time, talent, effort and expertise to community services both within our industry and in our community. The recipients of the award are among the most honored luminaries in our industry.

Consider for a moment the individuals who truly “make a difference” to those in need and whose effects give the Atlanta special events industry its true impact and high profile. Please take time to nominate someone in our industry whom you feel is worthy of this honor. Nominees should be of high moral and ethical stature and exhibit outstanding professionalism in their service to the special events industry and the community at large. The winner will be selected by the Allie Awards Board of Directors and presented at the Allie Awards.

Nominations require a one-page description on why your nominee should be selected based on the description above.  Include your contact details.

NOMINATE DALE RIGGINS AWARD

Tim Lundy, CSEP Rising Star Award

 

At the 21st anniversary of the Allie Awards we remembered the entrepreneurial spirit of the team that created the Allies, in particular its founder, Tim Lundy, CSEP. The spirit and intent of this award is designed to honor, recognize,encourage and inspire a young event professional toward his/her greatest potential in the special events industry.

Nominees shall:

  • Be within their first five years in the special events industry
  • Be actively involved in the Atlanta events industry and association community
  • Have exhibited innovation and leadership and made an impact on their company
  • Have clear potential to grow into more responsibility in their company, association organization and the community at large.
NOMINATE RISING STAR AWARD

Bob Blaesing, CSEP Lifetime Achievement Award

 

A Lifetime Achievement Award was established in the first year of the Allie Awards to honor individuals in our industry who have made a mark in Atlanta’s events community over their career. Past recipients are event professionals for 20 years or more who are well known for their contributions to the special events industry.

The title “Lifetime Achievement Award” implies a long period of time, and while honoring longevity is good, the key word is “Achievement.”  We chose in 2004 to honor the late Bob Blaesing, CSEP, co-founder of Experience By Design, by renaming the award “The Bob Blaesing, CSEP, Lifetime Achievement Award.” Bob was a visionary whose philosophy exemplifies what we honor with the Lifetime Achievement Award: nurturing those around us through education; pursuit of ethical and professional behavior throughout the industry; and commitment to the growth of Special Events. May his spirit live in those who are honored with this award.

Nominees are put forward by the Allies Awards Night Board of Directors. Nominatees will be individuals who have made an impact in the Atlanta events community over the course of their career, through innovation, dedication and achievement. The winner will be selected by the Allie Awards Board of Directors and presented at the Allie Awards.

NOMINATE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD