Hey! glad you're here! you must be looking for information on how to get married at The Jefferson Hotel.

Full Disclaimer: I haven't photographed a wedding there(yet) but I have taken extra steps to prepare you for whats the come.

On this blog, were going to go over how to get started, how much it costs, how to book them, and why you should get married at this very luxury hotel.

Let's go!

Getting married at the Jefferson Hotel is a luxury experience, you'll be spending around $20,000+ for you and your partner and guests. That's because they only allow their own catering.*

First off, when you give them a call, you're get a line to the front desk. They'll either send you to their voicemail or you can email the secretary of events, Shyla Seaborn.

Shyla Seaborn


Each packages are very different so the best way to get an idea for what your budget is, definitely talk to them.

Here's what stood out when it comes to the ballrooms and event spaces.



Ballrooms and Event Spaces

  • Grand Ballroom
  • Empire Ballroom
  • Flemish Room

General Guidelines

  • Function space and rental fees are designated by the estimated number of guests, the amount of food and beverage purchased, and the setup/audio-visual requirements.
  • The hotel reserves the right to reassign function space should the originally anticipated requirements or number of guests be altered.

Fees to Consider

  • Bartenders: $100 for the first three hours, $25 for each additional hour (one bartender recommended per 50 guests).
  • Chef Attendant: $100 per chef for each attended station.
  • Room Blocks for Guests: Reduced room rates for wedding guests, with a room block agreement and coordination provided by the hotel's social room block coordinator.
  • Parking: Pricing for designated parking areas for guests can be provided by your catering manager.

Food and Beverage Minimums

  • The food and beverage minimums can significantly impact the overall cost. These minimums vary based on the day of the week, time of year, and the specific space being reserved.
  • Service Charge and Taxes: All prices are subject to a 13.5% combined tax and a 20% service charge.

Deposits and Payments

  • Initial Deposit: A non-refundable advance deposit is required upon signing the agreement to confirm the reservation.
  • Payment Schedule: Full payment of estimated charges is required five business days in advance for all social functions.

Sample Calculation

Here's a rough estimate to give you an idea:


  • Renting the Grand Ballroom for 150 guests.
  • Mid-range food and beverage package (dinner service, hors d'oeuvres, open bar).
  • Required service staff (bartenders, chefs, attendants).

Estimated Costs:

  • Venue Rental Fee: $2,000 - $5,000 (depends on the season)
  • Food and Beverage Minimum: $150 per guest x 150 guests = $22,500
  • Service Charge (20%): $22,500 x 0.20 = $4,500
  • Taxes (13.5%): $22,500 x 0.135 = $3,038
  • Bartenders: 3 bartenders x $100 (first 3 hours) + 3 x $50 (additional 2 hours) = $450
  • Chef Attendants: 2 chefs x $100 = $200
  • Miscellaneous Fees (attendant fees, etc.): $500 (estimate)

Total Estimated Cost: $2,000 - $5,000 (venue) + $22,500 (food and beverage) + $4,500 (service charge) + $3,038 (taxes) + $450 (bartenders) + $200 (chefs) + $500 (miscellaneous) = $33,188 - $35,188

Note: These are estimated costs and can vary. It's best to contact The Jefferson Hotel's catering manager directly for a detailed quote tailored to your specific event requirements.

Can I bring my own food and beverage?

The Jefferson Hotel does not typically allow patrons or their guests to bring outside food and beverages into the hotel or its premises.

Exceptions may be made, but written permission from the hotel is required.

Service Charges for Outside Food and Beverages

  • Service Charges: If permission is granted for outside food or beverages, the hotel may charge a service fee for handling and serving these items.

Compliance with Regulations

  • Alcoholic Beverages: All alcoholic beverages served at the hotel must comply with Virginia State Alcohol Beverage Control Commission regulations.
  • Health Regulations: Food and beverage items may not be removed from the hotel premises in accordance with Virginia State Health Regulations.

Key questions to ask event coordinator at Jefferson Hotel

I'd highly suggest to copy and paste this to your notes. You can also download the questionnaire here.

1. Venue and Event Space

  • What are the available event spaces, and what are their capacities?
  • Is there a minimum guest count for specific venues?
  • What is the rental fee for each space?
  • Are there any restrictions or limitations on decorations?

2. Food and Beverage

  • What are the food and beverage minimums?
  • Can we customize the menu, and are tastings available?
  • Are there options for guests with dietary restrictions?
  • What is included in the bar packages, and are there any additional fees?

3. Logistics and Coordination

  • Can I bring my own wedding planner, and how will coordination work?
  • What is the role of the on-site catering manager?
  • How are vendor deliveries and pickups handled?
  • Are there noise restrictions or a curfew for events?

4. Additional Services and Amenities

  • What additional services are available (e.g., valet parking, coat check, specialty lighting)?
  • Is there a preferred vendor list, and do we have to use those vendors?
  • What are the charges for additional attendants or staff?
  • Are there options for wedding night accommodations and room blocks for guests?

5. Costs and Payments

  • What is the deposit requirement, and when is it due?
  • What is the payment schedule?
  • Are there any additional fees or charges that we should be aware of?
  • What is the cancellation policy?

6. Decor and Setup

  • Can we have a walkthrough of the event spaces?
  • What is the process for decorating the space?
  • Are there restrictions on types of decor (e.g., candles, sparklers)?
  • Who is responsible for the setup and teardown?

7. Timeline and Schedule

  • What is the typical timeline for a wedding day at the hotel?
  • How early can vendors start setting up?
  • What time does the event need to end?

8. Special Accommodations

  • What accommodations are available for guests with disabilities?
  • Are there any special packages or discounts available?

I love how beautiful this hotel is. It reminds me little bit of Paris(or any European city.) If you're looking to do a luxury wedding, I'd highly recommend checking this place out, do a tour, and see it for yourself.

With that being said, I'd love to photograph your wedding here. I have availabilities for 2024-2025.

If this guide helped you in anyway, send me a message below and we can get your wedding photography out of the way.