The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Built in 1924 as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Bently Reserve is a spectacular venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions in California. This historic facility features lavish architectural and decorative details reminiscent of the Roaring 20s and offer several stunning spots for photos, including the bronze and marble double stairway and solid bronze doors.
The Banking Hall is the event facility and it accommodates up to 350 seated guests for a ceremony or reception and up to 805 standing guests. This spacious room has 25 Ionic columns, European marble and two bronze chandeliers hanging from the 25 foot ceiling. A mezzanine level with an outdoor balcony provides additional space for guests to enjoy a cocktail hour. Couples add finishing touches like draperies, floral arrangements and lighting for an elegant event.
The Farallon Room has space for up to 72 guests for an intimate, seated reception or 136 guests for a cocktail-style event. This room features wooden double doors, audio visual equipment and windows with views of the surrounding area that also provide natural light.
The Gateway Room adjacent to the Banking Hall accommodates up to 90 guests for a standing reception or 68 guests for a seated banquet. This room has audio visual equipment and plenty of natural light. Guests can access this room from the Battery Street Lobby.
The Conference Center Lounge is a charming space with wooden walls and floors and classic leather furniture. This room has space for up to 120 guests for a cocktail reception or 70 guests for a seated banquet. It is a beautiful option for a ceremony just before a reception in the Banking Hall or an intimate ceremony and reception combined event.
The Adriatic Room accommodates up to 90 guests. This room receives plenty of natural light from the large windows, while the brick walls give the space a comforting feel. It makes an excellent choice for a combined ceremony and reception.
What You Should Know
The rental fee for Bently Reserve varies depending on the day of the wedding and includes a dance floor, garage parking and outdoor lighting. Couples select a caterer from the venue's preferred list or pay a fee to use another vendor. Best Beverage Catering provides exclusive bar service, but couples may bring their own alcohol. The caterer supplies tables, chairs and linens and the renter is responsible for cleaning up the facility after the event.
Couples have use of the facility from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, which includes a coat check room. The venue must approve all decorations and does not permit glitter, confetti or rose petals. Amplified music is acceptable inside the building and guests may smoke outside in designated areas. The couples must provide proof of liability insurance. An elevator makes the mezzanine accessible for guests in wheelchairs.
The wedding party can prepare for the day and relax in the couples lounge at Bently Reserve while watching the guests arrive via the room's flat screen television. Other perks include a skyway that provides easy access to the Le Meridien hotel next door.
From the Vendor
The epitome of breathtaking events
One of San Francisco's most cherished landmarks, the Bently Reserve is famous for hosting lavish weddings and events. Whether you're planning a night grand in scope and elegance or the most intimate of gatherings, the Bently Reserve will suit your needs with legendary style.
Amenities + Details
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$$$$ – Expensive
Ballroom, Historic Venue
The placeReviewed on 9/26/2010 Alexandra M
Such an amazing place for any event but the backdrop of pillars both inside and out gives it such a romantic, dramatic and elegant feel -- it was perfect for our wedding and we all stayed next door at le Meridien hotel which made it super convenient also.
msMPReviewed on 7/30/2012 Jennifer P
a beautiful site with great variety. Too bad it's expensive and parking is difficult