John Marshall Ballrooms, Weddings in Richmond, VA


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The John Marshall Ballrooms are a collection of two event spaces in Richmond, VA. Originally opening in 1929 as "The Hotel John Marshall" it was the largest hotel in Virginia at the time. Many famous people have stayed there including past US presidents, famous musicians, and A-list movie stars. The Virginia Ballroom used to be one of the largest spaces in Richmond accomodating up to 1,200 people.

The building sat vacant for over 20 years until recently going under a complete renovation. After the renovation the building maintains it's historic charm with updated elegant and modern touches while maintaining it's gilded age roots and heritage.

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All of the event spaces at the John Marshall Ballrooms can benefit greatly from wedding lighting. The photos on this page feature:

The Virginia Ballroom is the larger of the two ballrooms and is pictured to the right with the addition of wedding lighting. It can easily accomodate 200 wedding guests comfortably with a max of 300 if utilizing the upper balcony seating areas and showing creativity with seating arrangements. This ballroom has a fantastic functioning upper balcony that allows for additional seating or for grand entrances down into the ballroom by the bridal party. There are no power outlets on the upper balcony greatly limiting lighting options for this room.

The Marshall Ballroom is the smaller of John Marshall's two event spaces and can comfortably handle 100 guests for a sit down dinner.

There is a pre-function space available shared by both spaces including the foyer and a bar area. There is more than enough space to handle cocktails and appetizers before opening up the ballrooms to guests. The flow between spaces feels natural and elegant.

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You could have the ceremony at the venue. We recommend lighting, pipe and drape, and decor to help transfrom the space to facilitate a ceremony. Many wedding clients elect to have their wedding ceremony at one of the many historical churches in downtown Richmond.


Street parking is scarce in the vicinity of the hotel. The venue does offer a valet service to handle guests cars before and after the event. This would be the best option to utilize based on limited parking near the venue and the location in Richmond of the venue.


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We Know the John Marshall Ballrooms

We have performed at the John Marshall Ballrooms and are very familiar with the setup and venue. Our experience brings unique insight into the venue and maximizing the event space and the overall experience and look.

john marshall ballrooms before and after lighting exampleYou'll feel confident knowing that we know the the John Marshall Ballrooms and can offer the best services and results tailored specifically to the unique challenges of this venue. If you would like to check availability for our services for your wedding at the John Marshall Ballrooms please check our availability below for entertainment, lighting, planning or photobooths.


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John Marshall Ballrooms Address

101 N. 5th St., Richmond, VA 23219