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What does a Banquet Manager do?

By K. Testa
Updated Mar 02, 2024
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A banquet manager is a professional who organizes and directs events at banquet facilities. Some examples of such events can include corporate banquets, wedding receptions, reunions, conferences, and other large meetings. The events frequently take place at hotels, resorts, and independent banquet halls. A banquet manager is often responsible for not only the events and staff, but for the facility itself. For example, he or she typically oversees the preparation of the event location to ensure that it complies with health and safety regulations. He or she may also supervise a large catering staff and oversee the entire event, including food ordering and delivery, preparation, service, and cleanup.

In a large business operation, the banquet manager may only be responsible for certain aspects of an event, such as ordering and serving the food. In that situation, there may be an assistant banquet manager, as well as other staff members to share the other duties. In many cases, though, he or she is responsible for nearly every step in the process of organizing a major event. As a result, banquet managers are typically expected to exhibit flexibility and a wide range of skills.

Having leadership experience is often considered a significant advantage for someone pursuing a career as a banquet manager. Another major part of his or her responsibilities may be in sales. He or she might engage in networking with other industry professionals and potential clients to earn business for his or her facility. In addition, he or she may be involved in budgeting, payroll, and other financial duties related to the business.

A banquet manager’s working conditions can sometimes include long hours and a stressful environment. Salary ranges can vary depending on location and exact job duties. There are several types of advancement opportunities available. For instance, many individuals go on to become catering sales managers or food and beverage directors.

The amount of formal education required to be a banquet manager differs from place to place. At a minimum, a particular job may require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Some positions call for a bachelor’s degree in a field such as hospitality management, food service, or business. Normally, practical work experience is highly valued as well. Furthermore, managers who tend to work closely with staff members or finances may benefit from having some background in human resources or accounting procedures. Today, academic programs are flexible and can be completed nearly anywhere. Most types of courses can be taken either in person or online.

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Discussion Comments

By anon1000854 — On Jan 14, 2019

I'm a banquet manager, who just hired a banquet captain. It's my first job as a banquet manager and I'm wondering the differences in job responsibilities between a banquet manager and a banquet captain. hanks.

By MrsPramm — On Mar 13, 2013

This seems like a weirdly specific kind of job to aim for. It would probably be better to aim for getting jobs in food service and work your way up to being a manager, rather than trying right away for a job as a banquet manager.

You're much more likely to get a job as the manager of a buffet restaurant or something like that.

By croydon — On Mar 12, 2013

@KoiwiGal - I don't know, I don't think it would be all that much different from most other management jobs. It's not like they are cooking all the food themselves, or probably even deciding what is going to be cooked. There would be a chef who would have control of the kitchen.

I imagine that banquet manager responsibilities would mostly be to keep everything running smoothly, rather than to micro-manage every bit, although it probably depends on the job, of course.

It makes me think of head butlers from the English tradition. They would basically have been putting on a banquet every night and with the responsibility to make sure every detail was absolutely right. So, they were the original banquet managers, I think.

By KoiwiGal — On Mar 12, 2013

I really love themed banquets. It doesn't even matter what the theme is. My sister even went to one with a vampire theme, once, where actors dressed in goth costumes walked around and entertained everyone, before putting on a show.

I've only ever been to medieval style banquets and other historically based ones, but I'd love to go to more.

It must be a very tough job to manage that kind of event, I have to say and that's for shows where they are basically doing and serving the same thing every night. Imagine being a banquet manager who deals with event planning, where they have a different menu every night. That would be extremely difficult.

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