Top tips for planning an Oscar worthy awards ceremony

At the beginning of the month, the Oscars took to the global stage to host their much anticipated 90th Academy Awards ceremony, inviting the hottest in the film industry to celebrate the years’ accomplishments.

This year’s ceremony saw multiple political causes come to the forefront and in comparison to 2017’s infamous envelope mishap, you could say it was an overall slick production. The pressure was also definitely on with viewing figures reaching 32.9 million across 225 countries and territories on average.

Planning awards events or gala dinners in general are certainly not the easiest – especially when attention to detail to create an upbeat, exciting energy plays such an important role. When it comes to pulling off these kinds of events, Glaziers Hall has a wealth of experience in the planning and execution of award ceremonies.

We asked their events team to share some top tips on how to ensure your own event is one to remember (for all the right reasons of course). Here’s what they had to say:


Although “a little showbiz never hurt anybody”, excessive glitz and glamour can lessen the budget for the fundamentals. Fabulous production is important, unlimited magnums of vintage Dom Perignon and firework displays to rival New Year aren’t.

It is possible to throw an impressive event that doesn’t blow the company finances. So, first and foremost, set a budget and work with your event manager to find the perfect options for you – you’ll be amazed by what you can achieve!


Fundamentally, your guests will make your event, so it’s important to choose a venue that is easily accessible for all.

London is well connected, with excellent links for rail, air and river transportation. Selecting a well-positioned venue will ensure guests arrive in time to enjoy your hard work and planning.


Although the traditional format for awards or gala evenings follows a networking reception and canapes before a seated dinner, if this doesn’t fit your concept or budget, there are plenty of alternatives including built to order canapés at food stations, bowl food receptions or immersive dining experiences with an innovative caterer such as Bubble Food.


We had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Hospitality Rocks Christmas Party and loved the entertainment on offer.

Starting with added sparkle professionally applied by face painters followed by cocktails served through ice sculptures and performing with full production karaoke backed by a live rock band, we were spoilt for choice. Although it’s important to not distract from speakers and awards, there is a benefit to adding extras for your guests to engage in the event.

Find out more about Glaziers Hall’s banqueting hall at or check out Venues Bankside’s party venues here.