The J.W. Marriott in Austin, Texas, takes Alice through the looking glass on Aug. 13 as ILEA presents the 2016 Esprit Awards.
Come along with us as we tour 25 new venues for special events. From bustling city settings to the wide open spaces, these venues offer exciting options for event planners. Let's go on tour!
The Women's Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago brought in a cool $1.35 million last month at the 2016 Zoo Ball. The black-tie affair treated 900 guests to an auction, dining and dancing--all to celebrate the new Penguin Cove, which opens this fall.
Luca Parisse/Veronica Lanza courtesy Balich Worldwide Shows
Relying on "gambiarra"--the Brazilian knack for making something out of nothing--the team of CC2016 led by executive producer Marco Balich created a lively salute to sport, samba and sustainability.
Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy
A sneak peek at the meal guests will enjoy at the 2016 Emmy Awards Governors Ball, slated for Sept. 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
With catering from Patina Restaurant Group and production/decor from Sequoia Productions, this year's Emmy celebration will feature three separate balls on back-to-back weekends, including the largest formal sit-down dinner--for 3,800 luminaries--on Sept. 18. Two Creative Arts balls will be held on Sept. 10 and 11.
All told, the Emmy celebrations will wine and dine 7,400 guests.
Nothing marks a milestone better than a memorable special event, and here we bring you 13 fabulous examples--from a silver celebration for 25 years to platinum parties for the 100th!
Legendary Caesars Palace in Las Vegas celebrates its 50th anniversary weekend with showstopper celebrities, special events and stunning fireworks.
Do you really need to bring sand to a beach party? Yes--10 truckloads, and that's part of the event magic that the KBY Designs team designed and produced for this beautiful beach party on the shore of the Dead Sea.
Hayes & Fisk
Mosaic Catering + Events transforms the Richmond [Va.] Ballet's own warehouse into an interpretation of a grand private Chinese home for the gala fundraiser for 323 guests culminating a year-long fundraising campaign.
The stunning event nabbed a 2016 Gala Award nomination.
Koncept Events and LAMPhotos
As Special Events releases the 18th edition of our "30 Top Event Rental Companies" feature, we take a look at top trends in rental products.
To see the full story, read the November-December 2015 issue of Special Events.
Do you want your own copy of the "30 Top" list? It's available here for a nominal fee.
Nadine Froger Photography
Catch your breath now--because these gorgeous events will leave you breathless. Here: the 2016 Special Events Gala Award nominees. You can enjoy the awards ceremony for free at The Special Event, Jan. 14 in Orlando, Fla. All you have to do is dress up and show up!