The 2019 Minnesota Star Awards will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. Event registration is coming soon.
The Call for entries has now closed. Stay tuned for information on this year's nominees.
2019 Star Awards Entry Categories
Off-Premise Catered Event
On-Premise Catered Event
Culinary Innovation or Solution
Budget under $25,000
Budget $25,000 and over
Best Use of Specialty Decor
Best Use of Floral
Event Photography – Wedding
Event Photography – Non-Wedding
Event Filmmaking (Videography)
Best Hair and Makeup
Logistics – Non-Tent
Logistics – Tent/Temporary Structure
Wedding – Budget under $75,00
Wedding – Budget $75,000 and over
ILEA Team Effort
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can enter the awards?
Anyone who has produced events (or components of events) within the region represented by the ILEA Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter OR who works in this region, but produces events in other locations is eligible to enter. ILEA membership is not a requirement to enter most categories.
Why should I enter the ILEA Minnesota Star Award?
By entering the ILEA Minnesota Star Awards, you are able to demonstrate the caliber of work that you and your company are doing! This is your opportunity to show people what you can do and what makes you stand apart from your competition. Imagine being able to tell your clients that your company is “award-winning!”
Who judges the awards?
The Minnesota Star Awards are judged by ILEA event professionals from other Chapters throughout the world. All entries are first reviewed against the rules by an auditor. Once the auditor has determined that all criteria has been met, all qualifying entries are sent to another ILEA chapter for judging. The results are returned directly to the auditor, who supplies the information about the winning entries to the award production company.
In order to maintain fairness in the judging, the Minnesota Star Awards submission must be entirely anonymous. No mention of names or company names of the submitting company(ies) are allowed anywhere in the entry (including but not limited to in your answers/text, photos, or anywhere on collateral or supporting documents).
Be sure to follow all the rules and submit your entry by 11:59 pm CST, Friday, January 25, 2019 (Friday, February 1, 2019 extended deadline). Then plan to attend the ceremony on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot to see the winners revealed live.
What if I have questions?
If you have questions about the process, or run into problems, please send an email to: