What Is a Banquet Hall?
Are you curious about the difference between a banquet hall and other big party halls? Well, we have the answers you need.
When looking for space to hold a wedding, quinceañera, or corporate event, it’s easy to become confused. You may find yourself wondering, “Aren’t banquet and reception halls the same thing?” (No, but the mistake is understandable.) Keep reading, and everything will be crystal clear.
What are banquet halls?
A banquet hall is a large venue designed to host special occasions. Banquet halls are frequently used for weddings, receptions, birthdays, baby showers, etc. However, banquet halls are also the ideal locations for momentous corporate events.
Banquet halls are large enough to accommodate any business celebration or event, such as team-building activities, holidays parties, employee appreciation events, fundraisers, trade shows, big announcements, and other company celebrations. However, banquet halls are also easily configurable to host business meetings where speeches and conversations are clearly heard and understood.
Banquet halls decorations are frequently elegant and include ornamental touches that enchant guests and attendees. For example, our banquet halls in Dallas feature two charming fountains tailor-made for selfies and professional photos. However, we were careful to keep the color palettes of our two ballrooms neutral. It is extremely simple to completely transform our banquet halls into a room that complements your company’s branding or party’s theme.
Since banquet halls are built for parties and events, most are ready to accommodate any style of food service, ranging from serve-yourself buffets to five-course, sit-down meals. Our Dallas corporate event venue includes a bar with a commercial ice maker and a spacious prep kitchen with convenient pass-through windows. This configuration ensures that hot food makes it to your guests as soon as it’s ready. If “everyone eating at the same time” isn’t your style, it’s just as easy to set up buffet banquet halls, so your guests can serve themselves throughout the event.
Another benefit of banquet halls is the wide variety of amenities. Our corporate event venue in Dallas includes:
- Plenty of free parking.
- Several large restrooms with modern décor.
- A projector and a giant video screen.
- Hologram and slide show projectors.
- A GOBO projector to highlight honorees.
- Microphones and clear, balanced speakers.
- Private dressing rooms to use as green rooms for speakers and special guests.
- A large entertainment stage for a DJ, band, or panel discussion.
- A large corner stage to highlight an honoree or special guests.
- Security personnel and security cameras.
- Numerous name-brand hotels nearby.
In addition, you can use our experienced Dallas event planners to help guide you through your event. Whether you want to bounce ideas off of someone, fine-tune your event, or discover exciting entertainment, decorative items, vendors, and more—our planners are here to help.
What are event spaces and reception halls?
Event spaces, also referred to as reception halls, are large open venues that accommodate parties, wedding receptions, and other celebrations. The main difference between an event space and a banquet hall is the amenities provided by the venues.
For example, while most people associate a banquet hall with catering, there are many no catering reception halls. Typically, food served at an event space includes finger foods and maybe a couple of appetizers kept warm under a chafing dish. Also, those who use an event space may need to rent several essential items for the event, such as chairs, tables, A/V equipment, etc., because many event spaces do not provide these items.
On the outside, many event venues are extremely attractive and eye-catching, with exteriors that range from Romanesque to modern. However, often their interiors are rather basic. This design choice is intentional, so the event’s host can transform the hall to suit their needs. However, while professional event planners may benefit from this feature, the average person may feel overwhelmed by the event venue’s blank canvas.
Also, while “reception hall” is typically used interchangeably with “event space,” sometimes people use the term to describe a banquet hall. (It’s similar to how in the South, the word “bar-b-que” describes meat that’s slowly and indirectly cooked over burning wood and surrounded by smoke to create a moist, savory dish that, almost literally, melts in your mouth. Meanwhile, in the North, “bar-b-que” means grilling hamburgers.)
So, be aware. If you’re having a conversation where the phrase “reception hall” is used frequently, you’ll need to delve into the available amenities to comprehend the type of venue fully.
What is a meeting room?
There’s one more location where employees gather for corporate functions: meeting rooms. While most offices have one or more meeting rooms, there are times when a conference is too large to remain at the HQ. Often, businesses will search for an off-site space to host these grandiose but no-frills symposiums.
Meeting rooms are private spaces usually reserved for serious discussions, announcements, or employee training. A meeting room is often semi- or fully soundproof to prevent outside distractions from interrupting the get-together.
Typically, meeting rooms are equipped with one large table or several tables, plenty of seating, A/V equipment (conference lines, projectors, screens, etc.), whiteboards or other “brainstorming” areas, and a strong WiFi connection. Some meeting rooms include coffee, caffeinated drinks, and snacks (both healthy and less so) for an additional fee.
Esthetically, meeting rooms tend to be rather drab since the intent is for people to concentrate on the summit or seminar. This look is perfect for titans of the industry discussing mergers and stock options and … insurance (that’s what most business meetings are about, right?). However, when it comes time to let their hair down and loosen the tie, a meeting room cannot provide a casual, relaxed atmosphere no matter how many streamers hang from the ceiling (hey, you gave it your best shot, Bradley).
Three tips for booking a banquet hall venue
It doesn’t take a master strategist to book a banquet hall, but there are ways to make the process as smooth as possible.
1. Start looking early.
Banquet halls tend to be in high demand, and reservations fill up quickly, especially around holidays and during wedding and quinceañera season. If you don’t start looking early, you may be the company that celebrates its holiday party in April.
2. When you find a banquet hall that’s perfect for you, book it.
See above. When you find a location you like and your preferred date is available—grab it. As venues fill, the wait time grows and grows, and your options shrink and shrink.
3. Know the amenities you need from a venue, and don’t settle for less.
If your corporate event just wouldn’t feel the same without a giant dance floor and a Bee-Gees blasting DJ, then that’s precisely what you should have. As long as you start your search early enough (all together now, see above), you can find the right booty-shakin’ venue for you.
However, the right venue is not just about gettin’ your groove on; you also need to make your guests happy and comfortable. Make sure to choose a centrally located venue. While you can’t make everyone’s commute a snap, if your venue is near a metropolitan hub, the majority of your guests will have a quick and easy trip there and back.
Also, when people arrive at a venue, they want to get to the party as soon as possible. No one enjoys circling blocks trying to find an open parking meter, or worse, paying $25 to leave your car in a dimly lit, sketchy parking lot. So, make sure the banquet hall has plenty of free parking.
Well, now that we’ve answered, “What is a banquet hall?” your next step is to stop by and check out our beautiful banquet halls and the top corporate event venue Dallas/Fort Worth: DFW Celebrations.
Our centrally located banquet hall and corporate event center features multiple ballrooms, tons of free parking, and a team of experienced event planners dedicated to accommodating your every need. To schedule a tour, please contact us here.