sknowphoto and I were able to sneak away from the day-to-day grind and tour The Renaissance. I have been working on getting a tour with Tommy and Jon for sometime now but they are literally booked solid. If you have ever met Tommy or Jon, or seen the venue you know why. According to the National Register of Historic Places “The building is the finest example of Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture in the state.”
When you walk into the venue you enter a Grand Foyer that has paintings on the walls and painted ceiling. In the foyer is a large fully stocked wooden bar. This is the perfect space for cocktail hour. Your guests will mingle, grabs some drinks, and admire the beautifully historic venue. Past the foyer is the Adams Room. This space is great for a smaller event or your ceremony. If you choose to have your ceremony in the Adams Room know that is will seat up to 140 guests.
After cocktail hour your guests will be ushered into the Roosevelt Ballroom. The ballroom has 30 foot ceilings, walnut floors that are polished until they shine, three giant Holland imported chandeliers, a large stage, and floor to ceiling palladium windows. There is a balcony that overlooks the ballroom that will really give you the full effect of the venue. The ballroom can hold up to 300 guests.
The Renaissance has been a cornerstone in Richmond’s social scene since the late 1800s. It was originally built as a Masonic Temple. Through the years it has hosted several grandeur affairs. The Roosevelt Ballroom is named after President Roosevelt as he attended an event here on his tour of the southern states. This is the epitome of a southern ballroom. It is classic, it is historic, it is grand.
Of course as a planner I look at everything from a logistical standpoint. The ease of this venue does put it on the list as one I would recommend. The team here is everything. The people you will be working with are honestly invested in your wedding and your happiness. They have been doing weddings for a long time, and they have gotten it down to a science. They will only host one event per day. There is parking and hotels within a short walking distance. The venue comes with chairs, tables, linens, and a day of coordinator. Of course if you are working with an outside planner they are more than welcome to be your planner on your big day. The bar and catering is in house which really ensures a smooth event. Based on the relationships this venue has in the market, if there is anything you need I’m sure they will be able to find it for you.
All of the photos in this post are from Sknow Photo By Sarah Mitchell