The John Marshall Ballrooms

9 Reviews

The historic John Marshall Ballrooms offer an enchanting venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Richmond, VA. We have two stunning ballrooms restored to their original 1920’s grandeur with vintage, crystal chandeliers, soaring ceilings, and handcrafted moldings. Our elegant ballrooms are ready for you to transform to complement your wedding vision. The John Marshall Ballrooms offers a complete customized wedding experience, including our exclusive catering, linens, tables, chairs, flatware, bone china and sparkling crystal. Please visit our website for additional details


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Nicole 07/31/19
Wedding Date: 07/13/2019 Venue: John Marshall Ballrooms

Flawlessly Executed

My husband and I got married at the John Marshall Ballrooms a few weeks ago and we could not be happier with our decision. Amy Loving, the event coordinator for the John Marshall Ballrooms, was extremely professional and organized from the very first day we met her. She is accommodating to your schedule, communicates promptly, and is also detail-oriented. We received several compliments from guests on how cocktail hour and the reception were "flawlessly executed". We did not run into a single issue the day of the wedding and we have Amy to thank! We also received several compliments on the buffet dinner by Homemade by Suzanne. She had a wide variety of menu items to choose from and also offered a vegan option for one of our guests. If you are looking for a wedding venue in the heart of Richmond, this is the place!

Will 06/20/19
Wedding Date: 06/08/2019 Venue: John Marshall Ballrooms

Highly Recommend!

A huge thank you to the John Marshall Ballrooms for helping us put on a truly memorable wedding! As soon as we saw the space, we knew that it would provide a perfect flow between the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, and it was! The ballrooms are beautiful; the food from Homemades by Suzanne was delicious; and the ease in which the JM team handled everything was amazing.

From day one, Amy and the JM team helped ensure that our vision was executed flawlessly--from using a personal recipe for our his/hers cocktails to lending an earring back right before walking down the aisle, the team could not have been more accommodating and helpful throughout the whole process and on the big day. I can't tell you how many emails I sent to Amy worrying about all of the many details, and she patiently and quickly answered all of them, made sure I was comfortable with what needed to be done, and then handled everything seamlessly for the wedding.

We would definitely recommend the John Marshall Ballrooms to any potential bride and groom!

Taryn 06/04/19
Wedding Date: 05/10/2019 Venue: John Marshall Ballrooms

Dream Wedding

The John Marshall Ballrooms was always the venue I had in mind when I got married, even before I met my husband! Amy and her team did not disappoint. Not only does the ballroom itself have a natural beauty, but there is the added bonus of tables, chairs, and champagne colored linens being included! I loved that my husband and I did not have to stress about securing and returning items that would need to be returned to a rental warehouse. The lighting and beauty of the lobby and bridal suites are the perfect backdrop for photographs with your bridal party and family members. The catering is done in-house by Homemades by Suzanne. All the food we chose tasted amazing and provided a good variety for our guests. The drinks were great and it was awesome to have an open bar for our guests! During the cocktail hour, waiting staff were very attentive and brought around tray after tray of hors d'oeuvres. Amy also was walking around during cocktail hour and was always kind enough to make sure personally that we had water or a cocktail in hand. Amy and her team did an excellent job turning the room from ceremony ready to reception ready. Everything looked beautiful and Amy brought us in to make sure we liked the set up before guests were allowed to come in, which I really appreciated. From the time we got introduced to the time our reception ended, the time really flew by. It was truly the perfect day and everything that my husband I wanted. It was lovely too that they boxed up leftover food and desserts for my husband and I to enjoy when we got back to our hotel room. Because trust me, it goes by so quick you barely get a chance to eat!

In the time leading up to our wedding, Amy was AMAZING. Seriously I cannot state enough how awesome she was. She reached out to me within a day of my initial email asking to tour the ballrooms. Any question I had written down before a meeting, she answered before I got to it! She is very detail oriented and took notes during all meetings and always followed up with emails. You can really tell she loves what she does and she wants to do everything in her power to help make your dreams come true for your wedding day. She sent us an email a few days after our wedding to thank us for choosing them as our wedding venue. I was so touched that she had the thought to do that. I felt so lucky to have been able to secure the venue of our dreams for our special day. I would recommend the John Marshall Ballrooms to any bride or groom!

Cherri 02/26/19
Wedding Date: 02/23/2019 Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms

The Perfect Wedding Venue

The Historic John Marshall Ballrooms + Amy Loving recently provided our family with a perfect wedding experience. From the outset, as well as throughout the planning process, Amy was responsive and helpful. No matter if the question was large or small, Amy deftly guided us with efficient answers and ample resources. The venue itself is stunning. With its perfect flow of spaces - to include the Marshall and Virginia Ballrooms with its gorgeous chandeliers, tastefully decorated lobby with multiple lounging areas, a grand staircase made perfect for those exit photos, spacious bridal suite and well-equipped clubroom for the groomsmen - the John Marshall Ballrooms has it all. In terms of event execution on the day-of, Amy and her team were tops. The combination of delicious food by Homemades by Suzanne, alongside flawless delivery by the service team, made our guests feel content and happy throughout the evening. All of these carefully crafted elements allowed us to immerse ourselves in what was most important: enjoying every moment of our joy-filled celebration. Thank you, Amy Loving and Team!

Sydney 02/13/19
Wedding Date: 01/26/2019 Venue: John Marshall Ballrooms

Must pick place for your wedding!

I couldn't have asked for a better/ easier experience. We came to the John Marshall about 7 months before our wedding. We met with Amy Loving and she showed us the entire venue. She gave us all our options up front and went through each of them thoroughly. Amy accommodated every financial concern we had and went above and beyond at fulfilling our dream wedding. She answered every crazy email I sent her within 12 hours. No later. I can't say enough amazing things about her.

And the food!!! Oh my gosh, the food! It was so good!!! The total we spent included both ballrooms (one for the ceremony and one for the reception) as well as the lobby for a cocktail hour, open bar, and food for 90 people.

You truly cannot go wrong with the John Marshall Ballrooms!

Dana 11/16/18
Wedding Date: 10/27/2018 Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms


The John Marshall Ballrooms were an excellent choice for our wedding! Both ballrooms and the lobby are beautiful and the pictures have turned out amazingly well. Amy Loving is a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive to all questions and concerns and made sure the tour, tasting, rehearsal and wedding/reception went off without a problem. All of the staff - from the concierge to wait staff and bartenders - are excellent. The food is great as well - we got so many compliments on the meal. I am so happy we chose to have our wedding at the John Marshall.

Claudia 11/16/18
Wedding Date: 10/20/2018 Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms

Everything was perfect!

Everything was perfect! The venue was not only beautiful but the staff working that night were impeccable. Super friendly and efficient. For the price, the food and drink were amazing! The space for the bridal suite was huge and gave us plenty of space for hair and makeup to be separate from food and dresses. They also have a guest suite you can rent to stay the night before, which we did and it was 2 bedrooms so we easily were able to get ready in before going up. You can also keep your belongings in the bridal suite till the next day! Great venue overall!

Alex 09/05/18
Wedding Date: 08/18/2018 Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms

Beautiful, exquisite, and better than we ever could have expected!

Our wedding at The John Marshall Ballrooms was beautiful, exquisite, and better than we ever could have expected.

The venue itself is right in the heart of Richmond. It has all the grandeur reflecting its impressive history, yet it doesn't feel "dated" - the space is both elegant and classy. The natural light in the smaller ballroom made our ceremony incredibly beautiful and accentuated the arch we built. The lobby area was perfect for our cocktail hour; it was grand yet comfortable for our guests to mingle and unwind before the reception. Our reception of over 100 fit comfortably in the Virginia Ballroom, but we easily could have fit in more. The tables and chairs were perfectly simple, allowing us to make our own centerpieces and not worry too much about coordinating with the existing decor.

The food was wonderful. Our guests couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was! We had 2 guests with an extensive list of allergies, and it was no problem for the caterer to make them separate plates even though we had a buffet set up. My husband and I had excellent wait service for the entire event, so we didn't need to worry about getting food with everything else going on. It was also easy to have vegetarian and glueten free options for our guests with those dietary restrictions.

Probably the most wonderful part of our event was being able to work with the event coordinator at the John Marshall Ballrooms, Amy Loving. She was incredibly accommodating of various specific requests we had. She also helped us by providing recommendations where we were stuck and not quite sure what to do. We didn't have a wedding planner, and it turns out we didn't need one given how great Amy was! We also need to point out, as a same-sex couple, you never know how people are going to be. Amy never batted an eye and was there for us the whole time to make our event special. Amy's recommendations turned out great - not only did we have an unforgettable experience, but our guests from Richmond, New York and Canada of all ages kept telling us how this was the best or one of the best weddings that they've ever attended! We can't thank you enough!

Thank You,
Alex and Kevin

Hailey 08/20/18
Wedding Date: 08/04/2018 Venue: The John Marshall Ballrooms


Amy Lovings and the entire staff at The John Marshall Ballrooms/Homemades by Suzanne made our wedding day one we will never forget. The space was beautiful and functional, the food was delicious, and the team was extremely accommodating. We used the Virginia and Marshall Ballroom, The Club Room, The Bridal Suite, and The Guest Suite. Each one was perfect for what we needed them for. The space was great for our 220 person wedding. It didn't feel too tight but it didn't feel empty either. The food was all delicious and we continue to receive compliments about it. The location is central to many hotels in the area making it simple for guest to get to and from the venue. I was hesitant about using a ballroom because I liked more of a unique look but with the number of people we were expecting, it was difficult to find a space big enough for us. When I went to tour the JM Ballrooms, I was taken back by how beautiful the space is. It is bright, with a vintage feel. The space is so beautiful that it does not require too many extra decorations. The marble stairs leading into the lobby is beautiful. This space is worth checking out to see if it would work for your wedding. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an all-inclusive wedding feeling with an amazing staff!

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Standing: 900 guests
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Outside Caterers Welcome
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Bridal Changing Room
Dance Area
Handicap Accessible
On site parking available, Valet available, On street parking available
ABC License Required
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