The John Marshall Ballrooms
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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Best venue, best staff, and worth every $
We live at the John Marshall, and we do enjoy Homemade by Suzanne on a regular basis, so when we have to pick a venue we had to reach out to Amy Loving. They made it so nice and easy: from planning to the day of, they are the best!
We can't wait to have our wedding!
My fiancé and I did not have a wedding planner. Going through this process on our own, I can honestly say I might have lost my mind if it weren't for Amy! Working with her has truly been a dream. From our first tour of the venue, we knew that Amy was a strong on-site coordinator and were impressed by her. She was giving us a tour during a wedding day, and flawlessly managed both. It's clear she has been in the business for a while. Amy is prompt in communications, she is extremely knowledgeable, and she is helpful. She gives honest advice, but also respects your decisions in a non-judgmental way. We felt very comfortable talking to her and asking questions.
My fiancé and I had a March 14th wedding, and we were in the very first wave of postponements due to the pandemic. As the biggest nightmare we never knew to fear unfolded around us, the John Marshall and Homemade by Suzanne's team was very understanding as we explored next steps. They have been willing to work with us throughout this very difficult process and we are so grateful for their flexibility and prompt communication. We are so thrilled that we chose John Marshall as our venue, and to be working alongside Amy. We can't wait to have our big day there when all of this passes.
Couldn't imagine our big day anywhere else!
We are so happy and feel so lucky to have gotten married at the John Marshall. From the very first time we toured it, Amy and her team have made us feel so welcome and at home when planning out our big day. The space is absolutely gorgeous, the food was absolutely delicious, and the staff helped us transform our wedding day into truly “us”! Amy always went above and beyond in helping us plan out our day and making sure that we were happy- and she even gave us the OK to have indoor fireworks for our first dance!! Our wedding day (and weekend) definitely wouldn’t have been the spectacular event that it was without Amy and the entire team at the John Marshall.
I would highly recommend this venue!!
We got an amazing rate for a Friday Winter wedding for the John Marshall, we were able to use all the rooms (Marshall, Virginia, lobby and Bridal Suite) and it was awesome!!! The in house caterer was truly great! The food was perfect and my guests enjoyed their meals and appetizers. The rooms were so beautiful that I didn't have to add a ton of decor...and I was so impressed with the house staff!!! They all have earpieces so getting things done was efficient! We had a last-minute add on to a table and they got it done so fast that it wasn't an issue!!! I never once doubted that things would be taken care of!!
My only suggestion would be to DEFINITELY get a Day of Coordinator, while Amy is experienced in offering vendors and suggestions for the venue she doesn't do the coordinating with the vendors, which is completely fine, she is the venue coordinator. I would also suggest that contracts for the venue be more line by line rather than one lump sum. We had to ask several times for a break down of the total in an Excel spreadsheet or line item format. The John Marshall is truly beautiful and I couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else. I would highly recommend this venue!!
As soon as I saw the Marshall Ballroom at JMB, I knew I wanted to get married there. The venue is stunning and comes with every amenity you could want for a wedding - a bridal suite, beautiful lobby for cocktail hour, coat check, and large guest restrooms so there are never lines, but JMB really shines with the staff.
Amy is the venue coordinator of your dreams and is there every step of the way. I used the same ballroom for ceremony and reception, and Amy and her staff flipped the room with ease. The ballroom was gorgeous and JMB's house linens and decor looked amazing (and it's included for free!). I loved every moment of my wedding at the John Marshall Ballrooms and cannot recommend them more.
We visited numerous wedding venues but when we saw The John Marshall venue everything clicked. We actually didn't look at the venue sooner because we thought the space might be too big for our small to medium-sized wedding (85 people). So glad we visited to scope it out because the space was perfect. We were married in the Marshall ballroom (front) and also had our reception there. Amy was always so incredibly responsive to our emails, patient with our questions, and extremely well-organized the entire time. She also has a great sense of humor! Our wedding day was perfect; everything was very smooth thanks to Amy and her team. The JM staff were gracious, happy and professional. They had an hour to flip the room in between ceremony & reception and it looked perfect. Our guests raved about the food and service. The elegance of the venue didn't require much decoration — it lends a ton of class to the big day and provides the perfect backdrop for photos. Cocktail hour in the lobby gives guests more of a chance to experience the splendor of this building. We rented the club room to give out of town family a place to hang out and it also helped a lot for taking photos before the event. Making the venue even more perfect is that you can just get everything through there, no worrying about separate vendors for linens, catering, etc. I appreciate the staff working to get my mother, who can't use steps, into the building and ballroom. If you get married in the summer around 6 pm and in front of the front window, know that the sun will blind guests in the front row. We recommend you provide some type of shade or have the seats back further. Otherwise, everything was splendid and we will forever have great memories of our enchanting evening. THANK YOU!!
10/10 would do it again!
What can I say, our day was beautiful! I was so impressed with how fast email responses were taken care of by Amy, any question I had was answered promptly and thoroughly. They were so kind and let us have our dog in our bridal party as the flower girl, which was a huge plus. The food was very good (our dog stole a sweet potato ham biscuit during the cocktail hour because she just couldn't resist!). She helped us come up with a signature drink based on our pup. She also handled a last minute guest or two showing up and throwing off the seating chart by getting extra chairs and making room. I also had a minor breakdown about missing pens for the guest books and she went out of her way to help find me some (mine were eventually recovered - ahem groom left them in the car). The venue was absolutely gorgeous and we have stunning pictures. It's a bonus that it was all inside and we didn't have to worry about weather (even though we ended up having a beautiful day). There was also another wedding in the other ballroom the same day as ours (ours started at 4pm, theirs started at 6pm) and we honestly couldn't even tell there was another party going on because everything was staggered/separated perfectly to share the space as needed. 10/10 would do it again!
Just wow. The John Marshal is the place to go for a classic, romantic wedding. Amy was always available and responsive to emails and made the planning processes fun and easy. Homemades by Suzanne was absolutely delicious and she was willing to cook up anything for us! This venue was everything we can dream of and more. We booked the Guest suite for the boys to get ready in and the perk was having full access to the club room! We can't wait to get the photos back of the guys in there playing pool! When I walked into the ballroom on the wedding day, it was so much MORE than what we were expecting. Everything was included when you book this venue and Amy does a beautiful job setting up and decorating. While the cocktail hour was going on, my husband and I stayed in the bridal suite to take a few minutes to ourselves. Amy brought us up a plate of food each and a bottle of champagne. It was the perfect way to relax before the reception began. During the reception Marvin checked in on us and always made sure we were comfortable. The entire wait staff was kind and respectful, even to the guests. By the end of the night, Amy packed us a to-go food tray which was the perfect way to end the night on our way out. we enjoyed those treats back in our hotel room! Our guests are still talking about their experience and what a perfect day it was! Thank you Amy and everyone at the John Marshall Ballrooms!! You made our day perfect.
The John Marshall Ballrooms exceeded our expectations and proved to be the perfect venue for our wedding. Amy went above and beyond as she was extremely helpful from our very first visit. She was always available to answer our questions, no matter how minor or last-minute they happened to be. The ballrooms and lobby are stunning and provide a classical and elegant atmosphere filled with Richmond character. The food and desserts were beautifully presented and delicious. To top it off, the entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful to our guests. Having access to the guest apartment and the clubroom for the girls and guys to get ready made the day stress free and enjoyable! We highly recommend The John Marshall!
This exceeds my wildest expectations!!!
Location was a prime reason we chose the JM. Our church is in walking distance. In hind sight, WE WOULD GO MANY MILES for this venue!! Everything went flawlessly for our wedding reception!!! Amy was very responsive and a pleasure to work with. There was another wedding in the building but most guests didn't even know. Homemades by Suzanne was fabulous and so delicious! As MOB I knew it was the perfect night when my daughter said before she left, "This exceeds my wildest expectations!!!". Pro Tips: 1. Book the apartment, great space, excellent natural light for photos, hair and make up. 2. Book the Club Room for the guys - ours LOVED it! 3. Book the Lighting Professors for the ballroom - the create the magic! THANKS again JM for a great event!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Alex and Kevin
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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