Grand. That is the first word that comes to mind when we step through the doors at The John Marshall. From the front steps to the floor to ceiling windows, the ballrooms here are breathtaking.
The Hotel John Marshall opened its doors in 1929 and was the largest hotel in all of Virginia, at the time. Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and President Carter were only a few of the celebs that graced the hotel with their presence. The hotel unfortunately sat vacant for 20 years before undergoing a complete historical renovation. It re-opened three years ago and the ballrooms look as beautiful as ever.
There are so many options for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at the John Marshall. The former hotel has two original ballrooms, a built in bar in the lobby, a groom’s lounge and a bridal suite.
The Marshall Ballroom
Most ceremonies take place here because of the gorgeous natural light that shines through the 30-foot windows. It is also adorned with nine vintage chandeliers.
The Virginia Ballroom
This room boasts the most history, from floor to ceiling. The original dance floor still remains and the rooms soft light comes from three original swarovski crystal chandeliers. (There were originally five chandeliers but they were auctioned off when the hotel closed. Only three could be recovered.) The Virginia Ballroom is also accompanied with a balcony surrounding the entire room with a hidden bridal suite. You essentially would never have to leave this room!
The John Marshall Ballrooms also offer a guest suite. You can choose to stay the night before your big day and get ready there with your bridesmaids or you can use it as a honeymoon suite.
The bold and historic architecture is decor in itself! All you would need to do is accent it’s Richmond charm.