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Banquet Hall or Event Venue?

Kristopher Jenkins Profile
published 09/26/2022
Kristopher Jenkins
General Manager
Kristopher evangelizes the power of gathering to transform human relationships and communities. In his spare time you may find him traveling or whispering to plants in his garden.

No doubt you’ve heard the term “banquet halls” used to describe any number of event venues. In addition to a live music studio, concert venue and special event space, Resonance Events is also sometimes referred to as a banquet hall, but is that accurate?

Over the years, Resonance has hosted a variety of events related to live music performances, business and corporate, private parties, marketing events, charity and fundraising, lectures, forums, workshops and more.  But what about banquets? Let’s take a look at why Resonance may be the perfect venue for your next banquet and what exactly that entails.

What is a Banquet Hall?

Banquets are traditionally ceremonious meals held for many people, often in honor of a person, occasion or achievement. Banquet halls are commonly found in large – often commercial – establishments designed to host multiple large groups concurrently. These places sell products and services to many groups at one time; think hotels, resorts, and conference facilities. However, banquet halls may also be smaller segmented rooms inside a bar or restaurant (although such conditions are increasingly rare in many communities). Overall, banquet halls have been known to provide less privacy as there is often more foot traffic passing by. They also allow less flexibility and creative options (think decor, cuisine) and often impose food and beverage consumption minimums. Hotels often require minimum room purchases as well.

What is an Event Venue?

An event venue (or event space), on the other hand, is a facility primarily intended to serve a unique or special function. During normal operating downtime they are ideal for hosting special events. These might include concert halls, sports facilities, shared planned-community spaces, clubhouses, parks, gardens, wineries and vineyards. Because the event space involves “buying out” the entire venue, event venues tend to ensure privacy and provide flexible support for catering and other third-party vendors. Resonance falls into this category. Our investments in amenities and services that support our concert operations are also ideal for many rental clients and their various needs.

It’s important to note that not all event venues are the same as business models vary. Like you and many of our clients, venues must also make difficult decisions regarding what makes financial sense. Many competing factors contribute to the overall price of hosting an event at Resonance. These include day of the week and seasonal periods throughout the year. In addition to these factors, our pricing models consider whether events serve the performing arts and the public good vs. events serving an exclusive, private, or commercial purpose. We partner with our clients and are committed to their success by employing a consultative process designed to learn all about an event and lead our clients through the planning and coordination of the event. 

What you get from Resonance Events

  • An experienced staff that makes planning and operation a breeze.
  • Unique, intimate and minimalist venue. Augment with lighting and decor to customize the look and feel.
  • Private and self-contained. We rent exclusively to one client per day. No cross traffic. No expansive ballrooms.
  • Beer, wine, snacks, and other beverage services (optional).

Food and Dining Options

When it comes to dining, we offer vendor choice and flexibility. Choose your own licensed third-party catering service to craft the best experience for your guests. This process allows for:

  • Diverse cuisine
  • Meeting dietary restrictions
  • Working with a trusted source
  • Expressing your creativity

We are located in downtown Bellevue just minutes from Seattle. Our live music studio, concert venue and special event space has a unique design that nurtures an intimate and communal environment in which to learn, meet new people, and experience culture. Contact us today to start planning your next event!