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  • The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.

  • From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night.  A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.

  • The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.

  • When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.

  • In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.

  • The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).

  • Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby.  Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets.  As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson.  Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!

  • Twelve US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.) and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.

  • Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel. 

  • Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.

  • Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.

  • The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion.  In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones.  He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.

  • The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.

  • The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

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Celebrate love. Perfect Richmond Weddings Experience.

To plan your dream wedding at The Jefferson, please call us at (804) 649-4612, complete our on-line Wedding Planner Form or e-mail us at [email protected].

In 1895, the first guests to ascend the now legendary Grand Staircase of The Jefferson Hotel were the wedding guests of the nationally known beauty Irene Langhorne and the artist Charles Dana Gibson. In the ensuing century, hundreds upon hundreds of beautiful brides have paused on these thirty-six carpeted marble stairs to receive the admiration of their guests, their families and their grooms.

Today, The Jefferson sets the standard for Richmond weddings.  Professional CateringManagers will assist you in making all of your wedding dreams come true and execute every detail to your specification.  Our elegant ballrooms can accommodate up to 360 guests for seated dinners or 450 guests for receptions while Lemaire Restaurant offers a more intimate setting for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and wedding brunches.  

Our culinary team will work, in conjunction with your Catering Manager, to create a custom menu specific to your preferences.  The Jefferson is also known for its extraordinary wedding cakes, created on-site by our team of pastry chefs and customized to the very last detail.    

As our gift to brides and grooms hosting their wedding reception with The Jefferson, you will receive a complimentary deluxe room on your wedding night and the exclusiveprivilege of having yourwedding portraits taken on the Grand Staircase. 

Special room rates may be established for your out-of-town guests. Your Wedding Rooms Coordinator will assist you with all of the details of the room block, from welcome gift deliveries and executive coach rental to rooming list coordination. 

The Jefferson Hotel is pleased to also offer the services of Blooms at The Jefferson and Salon del Sol at The Jefferson.  Our goal is to provide you with a full complement of services for your special day, all coordinated by a dedicated Catering Manager.  For those services that we are not able to provide on-site, your Catering Manager can assist you with recommendations from our list of trusted Richmond vendors.