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2020 Best of Awards

It's time to nominate your venue for the Unique Venues 2020 Best Of Awards! If you feel that your venue is considered the best of the best in any two of the following categories, nominate your venue today.

Categories Include:

  • Best Small-Market Venue 
  • Best Mid-Market Venue 
  • Best Large-Market Venue 
  • Best Earth-Friendly Venue 
  • Best High-Tech Venue 
  • Best Venue to Film a Movie or TV Show 
  • Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event 
  • Best Venue for Expos and Tradeshows 
  • Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness Gathering 
  • Best Venue for Team Building 
  • Best Renovation/Addition 
  • Best Outdoor Event Space 
  • Best Venue for Day Meetings 
  • Best Venue for Conferences 
  • Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps 
  • Best Venue for Weddings 
  • Best Venue for Life Events (non weddings) 
  • Best Venue for Formal Affairs 
  • Best Venue for Locally Sourced Catering 
  • Best Venue for Unique Experiences 
  • Best Venue for Concerts or Shows 
  • Best Venue for Corporate Events 
  • Best Social Media Presence 
  • Best Marketing Campaign 
  • Best Website 

The deadline to cast your nomination is July 31, 2020. Meeting and event planners will begin voting August 17, 2020 and voting will close on September 18, 2020. Nominate today!

Winning Venues Receive:

• Feature in Best Of Magazine (Nov 2020)
• Promotion to meeting planners, media, industry
• Best Of Logo displayed for one year on Unique Venues searches
• Recognition at Unique Venues Annual Member Conference
• Recognition to supervisors, managers, stakeholders

Nominate Your Venue!
If you have questions about the nominating process, please contact Member Services at 866.266.6857 or

*Winning venues member year must run through March 31, 2021 (the active period in which the BEST OF edition of Unique Venues Magazine is considered current). Information submitted with nomination will be used for winning venues to create magazine feature.

Best Small-Market Venue –Venues that are located outside a major metro area in an area with less than 1 million people

Best Mid-Market Venue –Venues that are located inside a metro area with a population between 1-3 million people

Best Large-Market Venue – Venues that are located within a major metro area of more than 3 million and take advantage of surrounding urban offerings

Best Earth-Friendly Venue – Venues that offer the most unique sustainable initiatives, beyond standard green practices

Best High-Tech Venue – Venues that provide state-of-the-art A/V services and/or had a major tech upgrade in the last year

Best Venue to Film a Movie or TV Show – Venues that have had a TV or movie project film on-site in the last year

Best Venue for an LGBTQ-Friendly Event – Venues that work within the LGBTQ community to provide space and special offers for weddings or other social events

Best Venue for Expos and Tradeshows – Venues that offer dedicated exhibit space and provide services for tradeshow clients

Best Venue for Spiritual/Wellness Gathering – Venues that have tranquil spaces and wellness services that benefit either religious, non-denominational, clubs or groups

Best Venue for Team Building – Venues that offer in-house strategic learning environments

Best Renovation/Addition – Venues that have had a significant renovation or addition completed in the last year

Best Outdoor Event Space – Venues that have dedicated outdoor/rooftop space, with either seasonal or year-round availability

Best Venue for Day Meetings – Venues that are specifically focused on offering 9a-5p day meetings

Best Venue for Conferences – Venues focused on offering dedicated space for meetings, training courses and conferences

Best Venue for Youth Retreats & Camps – Venues that regularly host youth meetings, sports camps, retreats or any event for participants under 18 years of age

Best Venue for Weddings – Venues that regularly host weddings

Best Venue for Life Events (non weddings) – Venues that regularly host life events such as anniversaries, birthday parties, reunions, etc.

Best Venue for Formal Affairs – Venues that regularly host black tie galas, charity events, etc.

Best Venue for Locally Sourced Catering – Venues that go beyond standard catering with original farm-to-table programs, food trucks, etc.

Best Venue for Unique Experiences – Venues that have meeting space that also have a cultural, historical or other attraction for guests to enjoy

Best Venue for Concerts or Shows – Venues that regularly host concerts, shows, plays, etc.

Best Venue for Corporate Events – Venues that regularly host corporate social events

Best Social Media Presence – This award can be for one social media platform or for multiple platforms that provided unique content, engaging posts, consistent branding, viral videos, and/or quality pictures in the last year

Include the Facebook address or @username for the venue

Best Marketing Campaign – Venues that produced a unique and original marketing and sales campaign in the last year.

Upload brochure/picture/overview of the marketing campaign (file size must be less than 500kb and formats accepted include zip,png,gif,jpg,doc,pdf)

Best Website – Any custom created website that was unveiled or updated in the last year that offers unparalleled design, content, feature functionality, and usability; websites should also have mobile capability.

Include the name of the venue and the web url.