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Did You Know?

  • 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!

  • Thirteen 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.), Clinton 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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The Jefferson Hotel is pleased to offer customized wedding cake creations for our wedding couples.  Most often you have an idea in mind for your cake.  Our talented Pastry Chef will meet with you and your Catering Manager to sample cake flavors and discuss what you have envisioned – the sky’s the limit. 

Entrusting The Jefferson with this important reception centerpiece is an easy decision for most of our brides and grooms.  Not only can you be confident that your cake will be spectacular but you also won’t have to worry about coordinating cake delivery or the fees associated with that, nor will you incur a cake-cutting fee. 

Here is a sampling of the cake, fillings and icing flavors you may consider:

Cake Flavors:

Carrot Cake
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
Coconut Sponge Cake
Lemon Sponge Cake
Almond Sponge Cake
Vanilla Sponge Cake
Orange Sponge Cake
Red Velvet Cake

Cake Fillings:

Chocolate Mousse
Mocha Mousse
Coffee Mousse
White Chocolate Mousse
Bailey's Irish Cream
Grand Marnier
Cream Cheese
Lemon Curd
Lime Curd
Mango Curd
Orange Curd
Passion Fruit Curd
Chocolate Pastry Cream
Vanilla Pastry Cream
Strawberry Marmalade
Raspberry Marmalade


Chocolate Buttercream
Swiss Buttercream
Traditional Buttercream
White Chocolate Buttercream

Wedding cake prices begin at $5.00 per guest plus service charge and tax.  The price per person is based upon the intricacy of the cake (flavors, filling, icing and decoration).

There is a supplementary charge of $2.00 per guest if the wedding cake is supplied by a source other than The Jefferson. 


Designer Rick Lunsford has been providing Richmond brides with the most distinguished wedding floral designs and personalized service for over twenty-five years.  His work has been featured in Southern Accents magazine, numerous regional publications and several major motion pictures.  Mr. Lunsford has also created The Jefferson’s floral displays and holiday decorations for the last nine years.

Blooms at The Jefferson can assist with flowers for all of your wedding events and has worked at all of the churches and wedding venues in the area in the past.  Mr. Lunsford will meet with you to learn about your what you have envisioned for your special day and provide you with a proposal based upon your wishes and budget. 

Blooms at The Jefferson is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Floral consultation appointments and orders may be made by calling (804)649-4676.


Salon del Sol at The Jefferson offers unique combination of convenience and luxury. Located off of The Rotunda lobby, its chic decor and calming environment provide the perfect atmosphere for pampering and relaxation on your big day. Bridal packages are available for you and your bridal party. We offer hair styling, makeup, facials, massages, waxing, and nail services for the perfect pampering session before you tie the knot. Contact us at [email protected] or 804-332-6009 to speak with our Reservations Specialist who can help you plan your special day just the way you've always imagined!


The Jefferson Hotel highly recommends these fine businesses to assist you in making your event a complete success.



Gator's Gift Shop at The Jefferson (804) 649-4660


By Invitation Only (804) 364-8474
Paper on the Avenue (804) 288-5120
Design Corral (888) 231-3648


Freezeframe Photobooth (804) 467-2192
Virginia Photobooths and More (804) 651-2409
PSAV Presentation Services at The Jefferson (804) 649-4751
Blue Steel Lighting Design (804) 480-4162
Lighting Professors (804) 755-8014


Choice Entertainment (804) 788-4603
East Coast Entertainment (804) 355-2178
Sam Hill Entertainment (866) SAM-HILL


Hayes and Fisk The Art of Photography (804) 740-9307*
Don Mears Photography (804) 915-7491
Robert Harris (804) 276-1200
Mike Topham Photography (804) 285-1979
Quarterman Photography (804) 779-2118
Meghan McSweeney (804) 647-9412
Seth and Emily Roberts Photography (804) 562-8861
Stephanie Yonce Photography (804) 339-5597


Salon del Sol at The Jefferson (804) 332-6009


James River Bus Line & Carey Transportation (804) 342-7300
James Limousine (804) 273-1540
Ron Johnson's Car Service (804) 400-9667
TNT Limousine (804) 965-0990
Winn Trolley's (804) 358-9466
Hundley Carriages, Inc. (804) 743-9233


United Wedding Productions (804) 364-2033
Human Story Wedding Day Films (804) 349-6432


Bridal Consulting by Naomi , Naomi Meyer (804) 270-1237
Merriment Events, Courtney Spencer (804) 873-5537
LK Events Lindsey Averette (804) 221-7257
Belles and Whistles Jennings Whiteway (804) 397-5765
Events by Elizabeth Palmer (804) 305-6997


*Special thanks to Hayes and Fisk Photography for their photography contributions to the website.