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Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Virginia, The Jefferson Hotel has been hosting wedding celebrations for happy couples and their loved ones for over a century. Majestic event spaces, stellar service, memorable food and beverage, and luxury accommodations are just a few things you can look forward to at The Jefferson. Your dedicated wedding planner's knowledge and expert care will create a sense of comfort and confidence on your big day.

Facilities and Capacity

The Grand Ballroom is available for larger wedding receptions, accommodating up to 400 guests for a standing reception or 350 for a seated dinner and dancing. The Empire Ballroom accommodates 250 standing guests and 200 for dinner and dancing. The iconic Rotunda lobby is available for cocktail receptions before dinner at no additional charge when used in conjunction with either the Grand Ballroom or the Empire Ballroom. A rental fee and a food and beverage minimum are applicable for each space. Both ballrooms are also available for ceremonies when booked with a reception. You can follow this with a cocktail reception in the Rotunda before returning to the chosen ballroom for your wedding dinner or reception. Lemaire Restaurant is just one of several intimate event spaces available for engagement parties, showers, teas, welcome receptions, rehearsal dinners, and farewell brunches.

Services Offered

The Jefferson can host a whole wedding weekend for you and your guests under one roof. Rental fees include setup and cleanup, tables, Chiavari chairs, floor-length linens, china, silver, glassware, and a dance floor. As a gift from The Jefferson, you and your partner will receive a complimentary overnight stay in a luxurious Grand Premier guest room on their wedding night after your Grand Ballroom or Empire Ballroom reception. Reduced group rates and various suites are also available for wedding guests. The Executive Chef and your Jefferson wedding planner look forward to working with you to create a menu that will delight your family and friends. Various menus are available for your selections, or custom menus can be crafted to express your personal style. The Jefferson is pleased to offer a range of in-house wedding services for your consideration and convenience. You can avail of custom floral arrangements from Blooms at The Jefferson, and Encore will take care of all your audio-visual rental needs, including tailored lighting packages. Gators Gifts is the place for welcome baskets, reception favors, and wedding party gifts if you need them. For hair, makeup, massages, and facials, Salon Vivace is conveniently located on-site for your ease.

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Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?


How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue:

Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?


Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Pet Friendly

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Dance Floor

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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4.7 out of 5 rating
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Eve Sent on 09/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Rick is wonderful!

We loved working with Rick—who is kind, funny, flexible, and easy to work with. We were originally supposed to have a spring wedding and I had my heart set on peonies. When we had to move our wedding to July because of COVID, I knew I may have to let my peony dream go. But Rick made it happen for me!! He absolutely created my vision for my bouquet and I couldn’t be more thrilled. He was flexible and willing to work within my budget. I’m glad we chose to work with Blooms and Rick. THANK YOU RICK!
Reina Sent on 07/29/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A dream come true!

Picking The Jefferson Hotel for our wedding reception was the best decision we ever made. The hotel is the most gorgeous hotel in the area. It's location and convenience was an added plus with a number of guests flying from across the country to be with us for our special day. For guests that chose to stay at The Jefferson, they were amazed. For others who wanted to stay at somewhere more affordable, they appreciated the convenience of having the venue very accessible.

The real highlight of our wedding and the champion is Ashton Hassan, our wedding coordinator at The Jefferson. From the first day I spoke with Ashton on the phone, I knew picking The Jefferson and having her as part of our wedding team is something I would not have anywhere else. She was a true rock-star throughout the whole process of wedding planning, and I never once felt like I was not the only bride she was working with. She was so responsive and so helpful and it made the process so much better. Everything was SO perfect. For the longest time everybody kept telling me to expect things to go wrong and not to stress about the little details. I don't know if I missed anything because of her magic but literally nothing went wrong and it was truly a night to remember for the rest of our lives.

The food was impeccable. Everybody also told us not to expect to eat a full meal - we devoured the appetizers (they had a plate ready for us before we joined the guests for the cocktail hour) and then split the main meals with plenty of time to spare. I am happy to say I literally tried everything at the wedding and it was all amazing. The execution and presentation was great.

All our guests raved about the food, the drinks, the cake and the late night foods. The presentation and the organization was very well done. The staff was amazing and on top of everything. I cannot get over how perfect the night was.
Lisa Sent on 06/28/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Dinner at Lemaire

We had a small wedding followed by dinner at Lemaire. We choose Blooms for our flowers and the Jefferson Bakery for our cake. Everything turned out absolutely perfect! We enjoyed working with Rick from Blooms and Melissa Warner with Lemaire was a jewel! She attended to every detail and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our special day turned out. I would absolutely recommend the Jefferson Hotel’s services. We also spent the night there and we understand why this is Richmond’s 5 star hotel, superb accommodations! We have already planned to return to celebrate our anniversary (which will include a smaller version of our key lime cake).
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The Jefferson Hotel frequently asked questions

The Jefferson Hotel includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The Jefferson Hotel includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)
The space offered by The Jefferson Hotel for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
The Jefferson Hotel offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
The Jefferson Hotel offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
The Jefferson Hotel offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
The Jefferson Hotel offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
The Jefferson Hotel is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in professionalism, 4.7 in quality of service, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.7 in value and 4.6 in average response time.

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