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The 2019 12th Annual AACWP Vendi Awards

2018 was an amazing year for AACWP members and our favorite vendors in the Dallas wedding industry. Every year we work with the absolute best in the game and we are so appreciative for everything they do for us and our clients. So we love to kick the year off right and celebrate these fantastic vendors in style. And 2019 was no different! The 12th annual Vendi Awards took place on Sunday, February 10th at the beautiful Belo Mansion. Take a look below for photos and details of the night!




A great theme can create a truly magical experience at any event. From curating the design of the floral to the linens and rentals all the way down to the fine details of place cards, menus, and napkins, a well-thought out and executed theme transforms a space and brings the guests an immersive experience to remember. Our 2018 Vendor Relations Chair Dawn Finley, Director of Sales & Catering for Belo Mansion, worked with her committee and all of the vendors to help put together this lovely evening. All of these vendor sponsors are listed at the bottom for reference. Please check out their websites and work and consider them for your next event!


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The evening began with a picturesque walk up the Belo Mansion steps and into the foyer for check-in, drinks, and an escort card display fit for a Secret Garden theme with moss and antique keys. Beyond the foyer guests were treated to a more modern-styled cocktail hour with white details and Chinese lanterns adorned with flowers. Drinks flowed and hors d'oeuvres were passed as guests greeted one another and anticipated the antics to come.



Once it was time for dinner and the program to start, guests were ushered through the entryway into the magnificent garden beyond. Garden Gate outdid themselves with the absolutely magical floral design throughout the ballroom from ceiling to floor. Once the guests had taken in the decor in awe, grabbed some pictures with their phones, and acquainted themselves with their table-mates, the dinner began and the program commenced.




Throughout the evening guests enjoyed the delicious garden-themed cuisine created especially for the evening by the chefs at Belo Mansion. Creating a mesmerizing atmosphere for our guests was quite a feat as all in attendance have pretty much seen it all! From the many wedding planners, event designers, florists and rental companies to the bands, DJs, stationery designers and many many more, all of us have seen spectacular events many times before. So to impress all of our guests was a challenge that companies like 5 by 7 Design, Beautiful Event Rentals, BBJ Linen, Absolute Lighting, Fauxcades, and many more took very seriously. And boy did they deliver!



Awards were given out to the top of the top throughout the night. All of the members of AACWP come together to submit our nominations for the best in each category, the vendors they worked with in the previous year who went above-and-beyond for their clients. Then once the nominations are calculated, Executive Director Micki Novak sends them back out to narrow down the nominees to the winners. She alone knows who the winners are and orders the awards to be handed out. So reading out the name of the winners and hearing who is taking home the prize this year is a joy for those giving the awards and receiving. No matter whether you win or not, the honor of being nominated is not lost on anyone. To attend and be supported by the planners who recommend your work to clients year after year is a rewarding experience.



After dinner and all the awards were received, guests were treated to a fun after party with more drinks and entertainment! Roaming entertainers throughout the evening provided some fun in the crowd. And of course the always fabulous Jordan Kahn Music Company kept the dance floor packed!



The reason we gather is to say thank you and support all of those who make our jobs and lives a joy. Thank you to everyone who attended and supports AACWP planners. And a special thank you to the sponsors below!




5 by 7 Design
AFR Event Rentals
Absolute Lighting
BBJ Linen
Beautiful Event Rentals
Belo Mansion
Bravo Entertainment
Deep Eddy
DFW Dance Floors
DJ Jason Esquire
Encore Productions
F8 Photography
Frosted Art Bakery
GladTower Productions
Jordan Kahn Music Company
Lawson Event Rentals
Lil’ Bits Donuts
John Christopher Films
Kendra Scott
Marriott – Dallas City Center
Republic National Distributing Company
Vineyard Brands


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