It’s been another challenging year for Nelson businesses. So there’s never been a better time to recognise your team for their hard work and dedication. We know that many of you are doing this, as we have had an increasing number of prize-giving dinners and awards dinners at Beachside. So, in this week’s blog article, we thought we’d share some top tips to help you organise your event.
Tips to help you organise your Nelson Prize-Giving Dinners or Awards Dinners:
First prize for planning:
It’s essential to start planning your prize-giving dinner as early as possible. If you want high attendance for a corporate event, you need to settle on a date at least six months in advance. This planning will mean you will also be more likely to secure your chosen venue, entertainment, keynote speakers, or Master of Ceremonies.
Top marks for theme:
Another decision to make early in the planning is whether to theme your event. It’s common for awards dinners to have a black-tie dress code. But as these types of events are often held at the end of the year, you may prefer a more festive theme. Of course, you might choose to step out of the box entirely and select a theme like the Roaring Twenties or Arabian Nights. A word of warning though, don’t make the theme too demanding for your guests, or they may choose not to attend.
Bonus prize for sticking to a budget:
Like all corporate events, an awards dinner or prize-giving event will no doubt have a budget attached. As well as covering the catering, venue hire, speaker’s fees, a photographer and entertainment, don’t forget to factor in an amount for the actual prizes.
Eyes on the prize:
Now, about those trophies and prizes… It’s a commonplace to give a cup or a plaque to the award-winner. We urge you to support local businesses like Name Plate Engravers. You’ll find them in the Montgomery Car park off Bridge Street. You could also commission one of our local jewellers or word working artisans for beautifully crafted prizes that will last a lifetime.
Medal for the MC:
While the CEO or manager of a company might present the awards, it’s worth investing in a professional MC or speaker if your budget will stretch. They will have a natural charisma and stage presence that will ensure top marks for entertainment.
Catering champions – Gourmet Catering:
At Beachside Nelson, not only do we offer the perfect venue for your prize-giving dinner, but we can also guarantee top-notch catering. That’s because we are home to long-standing and well-respected catering company, Gourmet Catering.
Talk to us about holding your prize-giving dinners or awards dinners at Beachside Nelson. Contact us HERE.