Awards Ceremony Management

Awards Ceremonies

Recognising people’s achievements is always a real pleasure to be involved with. Award ceremonies however can be challenging to organise and manage. The nomination process is admin heavy, the judging process co-ordinated and the finalists and winners a closely guarded secret and that’s all before you think about organising the event.

No Awards Ceremony Is The Same & Equally Neither Is An Event Company

As with all events one of the first considerations in organising an awards ceremony is the audience.

Are they awards ceremony / events savvy or not? Both present equal challenges and require the design and format of the event to take account of their relative experiences of attending events.

The duration of awards ceremonies is a major consideration. As a general rule each award from announcing the nominations to the winner returning to their seat takes around 3 minutes, more if video is being shown of the nominees and or winner. A long award ceremony with multiple awards can result in boredom setting in for the proportion of the audience that are not nominees or for whom their category has been announced. A recommendation is to break up the flow of awards with either food being served or with entertainment.

Most award ceremonies will involve a celebrity either as entertainment or as the host and awards presenter. Many celebrities are highly experienced at managing awards and skilled at managing the winners and the audience.

The integrity of awards ceremonies is largely vested in the judging process and the selection of judges. Anything that appears to unduly favour an individual or an organisation undermines the perceived fairness and thus the reputation of that particular ceremony.

And finally, most but not all, awards ceremonies require the identity of the winners to be kept a closely guarded secret. Inevitably those involved in the production and logistics of the event need to know who the winners are and where they will be seated but beyond that it is strictly a need to know basis only.