Red Carpets, Awards and Champagne… Behind the Scenes at an Awards Ceremony
10th November, 2022 by Ellie Carpenter
The awards ceremony was in full swing following a temporary pause in events. We were delighted to attend the Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) Awards Ceremony as finalists for the Apprentice and Young Person Employer of the Year.
Before the event, I liaised with BBF to buy the tickets, inform them of any dietary requirements and find out further details of the event. Then came the tricky part… what to wear! As this was my first formal work event and awards ceremony, I had a last-minute panic about what type of dress to buy. After looking through previous BBF ceremony photos, scrolling through many websites and ordering about seven dresses, I finally picked one and was ready to go!
Walking into the venue on the red carpet, I felt a bit anxious as I arrived by myself after driving to the event and struggling with parking. Luckily, I spotted my team through the glass windows, so I knew where I was headed – instantly getting rid of any worries. The reception room was filled with glamourous-looking business professionals who had swapped office wear for black-tie dresses and suits. After registering, I made my way over to my team; we enjoyed drinks and canapes while socialising – not forgetting to have our team photos taken. We spotted a few familiar faces before making our way into the auditorium.
The awards ceremony took place in the theatre’s auditorium and was laid with round tables for each company to sit at with labelled place settings and numerous bottles of wine! On our table was the lovely addition of Joe, a finalist for the Young Entrepreneur award for his company “That Nerd”, and his mum, who we adopted into our ASM family for the night – Joe later went on to win the award!
Our Master of Ceremonies gave a lovely introduction to the night, which led to the awards. The night was structured with a few winners being announced, followed by a course of the meal, which was repeated until all of the winners were announced, and the evening came to a close. It made for a beautiful night filled with celebration and champagne and was a lovely opportunity to celebrate the successes of Buckinghamshire’s businesses. Hopefully, we might see you there next year!
Looking back at the event, I had a lovely evening with my colleagues, and I was so happy that most of us could make it. The ceremony was on a much larger scale and more glamorous than I was expecting! It has really made me look forward to any events coming up in the future.
If you have your first work event coming up and feel slightly anxious, here are my three top tips!
1. Firstly, prepare your outfit well in advance – this may seem obvious, but it avoids the inevitable last-minute panic.
2. Secondly, research how you are travelling there. If you are anything like me and tend to stress about where to park, make sure to look into this beforehand.
3. And, finally, without sounding cliché, relax and enjoy yourself! Work events are fun evenings away from the office for everyone to decompress and have a laugh.
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