BienVenue

Welcome to Your Online Marketplace for Events


About BienVenue

Our Story BienVenue was born with busy people in mind. People like us, who know how to get stuff done, but sometimes can be too busy to organize our own events.

We figured there are other hard-working people out there who could use a little help in this department. So we created this online marketplace to feature the best venues in the city, together with our top caterers, mixologists, décor experts, entertainers, photographers — the whole nine yards. An event in a box, if you will. (Except a lot of our ideas live distinctly OUT of the box.)

Our Clients. We know who you are. You’re decisive, selective with an overwhelming desire to do everything, and to do it well. As you know, even the best intentions don’t always become reality — mostly because there aren’t enough hours in the day. That's where we come in!

Our Experience.  We are event experts. After doing it for nearly 40 years, who wouldn’t be? We do this all day, everyday, and we have the inside scoop on the best places to hold a meeting, surprise your team, or throw an awesome party. We take those venues and add the elements to the tiniest detail that take your event to the next level. We call it our je ne sais quoi.  

Our Commitment.  No hidden fees, we've asked all the right advance questions. You'll enjoy your event experience because we're onsite to manage the small – and big – stuff for you.  

Giving Back.  Events are more enjoyable when you know when we give back to our community. 1% of BienVenue's quarterly net profits go directly to supporting Mary's Place — because every child and family deserves a home.   

Meet Our Leadership

Marka Waechter

Marka Waechter

Marka Waechter, CEO of BienVenue and SHW  Marka has over 20 years experience in leadership and organizational development. Marka is passionate about building collaborative teams, win-win customer relationships and brings a proven track record of identifying industry trends and technologies to deliver best in class products and services.

Marka began as a flight attendant for PSA, migrated to USAir sales and landed at Metropolitan Travel, where she spent over 14 years. (Except for a brief stopover at American Express Microsoft) Marka eventually co-owned Metropolitan Travel and during her tenure as President & CEO the company experienced extraordinary growth and was recognized by PSBJ as best company to work for in small and medium size company categories. Metropolitan Travel was acquired by Expedia in 2002.

Inspired by a Bill Gates speech, Marka and her business partners co-founded Highwire, Inc. in 1999 which developed and delivered one of the initial internet corporate travel management tools named "Travelport" utilized by Microsoft and  other Fortune 100 firms. Highwire was acquired by Cendant in 2001. For her role in this industry leading development, Marka was recognized by Business Travel News as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Executives" and by Travel Agent Magazine as "Most Powerful Women in Travel". 

Marka is a Seattle native and lives with her husband John Waechter on a houseboat in Portage Bay. They enjoy frequent visits from her daughter Brooke, a graduate of the University of Oregon. Go Huskies! Go Ducks! Marka has been active in Seattle area philanthropy since her 20's and served various roles with Broadway Bound Children's Theater, University Family YMCA, NW Children's Fund and ARCS. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Psychology .

Anne Hulett

Anne Hulett

Anne Hulett, Chief Event Curator of BienVenue Anne has worked in senior product and marketing positions for over 12 years leading results-driven initiatives for early stage startups as well as Expedia, Inc., and Marchex. Anne offers a unique blend of strategic marketing and product knowledge and creativity. She is passionate about creating unique and exclusive events. Anne loves to run, play tennis, travel, seek out new experiences in Seattle, and spend quality time with her family. She graduated from California Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. 

 

Meet Our Event Experts