36 total reviews
I got married July 2014 and had my wedding reception at the Gershon Fox Ballroom. It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. Laura and Chris did a wonderful job working with me and my family and helping to make our day perfect. The wedding day, and the week up to the wedding was completely stress free thanks to the staff. There are so many ways that the staff made you feel one of a kind and they made this experience very special. I would suggest anyone who is interested to see this venue- nothing but wonderful things to say :-)
My husband & I were married here on 8-2-14, and, by far, it was the perfect choice. I knew when we got engaged that I wanted our wedding to be an elegant classy affair but not stuffy! I wanted our guests to walk away saying, “Wow, that was fun! I’m so glad I went!” I found several venues online inc. Marquee & scheduled appts. to see them. I was looking for a place that offered character, not just a rectangular room. From the Marquee pictures I saw online, I was hopeful this was the place. I met w/Marquee’s Exec. Dir., and he got my wedding planning experience off to a great start! He was very knowledgeable about what this venue offered & also about wedding planning in general. I had every opportunity to ask questions & talk about what I envisioned. Coincidentally, while I was there, a bride who was married the night before came back to pick up some of her items. She was w/her mom, and both spoke of how pleased they were w/the venue. One thing in particular that was said that I wouldn't have thought of was how convenient it was for her guests who smoked to quickly step outside for a cigarette & then rejoin the party. At other venues, they would have needed to wait for an elevator, taken the elevator to the ground level, and then they probably would've lingered outside because going back later for another cigarette would have been a big production. At Marquee, that wasn't an issue. People could quickly step outside via the front entrance near the Ballroom & then rejoin the party. Being that we wanted to keep the energy up at the reception & wanted to spend as much time with our guests as we could, this was an important point.
After considering all of our options, my husband & I decided upon Marquee & having our wedding in the G. Fox building. Many of our guests were excited when we told them this! Many remembered shopping at the department store; some remembered working there; others were curious to see this historical site. I knew some of our guests might be nervous about finding parking in downtown Hartford, so I was very pleased that Marquee offered complimentary valet parking. We were married in the Atrium, had cocktail hour on The Mezzanine & had the reception in the Gershon Fox Ballroom, all of which was a part of the wedding package. Each setting was in the same general area but felt like its own unique space. I loved the features throughout the building of when it was the department store, esp. the marble floors & columns. Our wedding day was phenomenal thanks to our wedding coordinator, Laura, & the top-notch staff! Whenever I had a question in the months leading up to my wedding, I contacted Laura, and she promptly got back to me w/as much info. as she had. She was very personable & made me laugh so many times! I trusted & respected her immensely. That trust & respect carried over to the staff on our wedding day when I saw how professionally they treated us & our guests. It put me at ease knowing they had everything under control while we concentrated on our guests & having a great time. We also heard many compliments about how delicious the food was! Even days after the wedding, people were still talking about how fantastic their meals were, esp. the gigantic steaks! We were so pleased that our guests had such a great experience! My husband and I couldn't be prouder of having our wedding at Marquee, esp. a place so rich in Connecticut history! We highly recommend this venue!
Laura, Chris and all the staff at Marquee Events are amazing! They made our wedding day run so smoothly and perfectly. My husband and I did not have to worry about anything and were able to enjoy our wedding. The food was AMAZING!!!!! Huge portions, steak was cooked perfectly, and the chef made some small changes that we wanted to the plates without hesitation. Throughout the planning process, everyone at the Marquee was helpful, responsive and friendly. I would highly recommend the Marquee to anyone who is looking for a wedding venue. They did an outstanding job!
Being a parent of the bride living 5 hours away made being a part of the planning difficult and left much concern. Marguee Events Gershon Fox Ballroom and their staff were fantastic. From the attention to detail, to assuring all our requests were completed to the quality of the food, the bar service and the set up and look of the room everything was perfect. Everything they said they would do, they did -- and that is not always the case these day. Our guests were amazed. Having The Marriott Residence Inn next door was an added benefit for our out of town guests.
Extremely organized, excellent staff, top notch service. Everything went off without a hitch. Worth every single penny paid to them for a perfect wedding reception.
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Marquee. From the minute we met Darren and walked through the venue, we were HOOKED! The package is very inclusive, even valet parking which is huge benefit in Hartford!! Worth every penny spent!!
Laura was our contact, and she is THE BEST! Responsive to our many questions and requests, seemed like her answer to everything was "yup, no problem"!!
Our guests raved about the venue - be it the atrium, cocktail lounge or ballroom (even the bathrooms are gorgeous!). The raved even louder about the food - Mike Kelly is an incredible chef, so personable too!
The staff were efficient and courteous - we felt very taken care of and so did our guests!!
AMAZING experience!! We love our new friends at Marquee!!!
We recently attended a wedding at the Marquee in Hartford. It truly is a unique venue. The cocktail hour was upstairs in the Mezzanine and dinner downstairs in the ballroom. The food was amazing. The dinner was so filling! Our very friendly waitress Margret was very attentive to our table and made us feel very welcome. I am looking with my daughter for a wedding venue for her wedding and will definitely consider the Marquee. We had a wonderful time from start to finish!
The Marquee was the perfect place for our wedding. Darren and his staff are top notch!! He is extrememly responsive and pays close attention to all of the details. We received so many compliments from our guests about the food and service. The ballroom and atrium looked amazing and we were beyond pleased. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone who is getting married.
The Marquee did a wonderful job. Tony and Darren were there every step of the way and completely put my mind at ease, not to mention they are both so sweet. We loved our experience there, the venue is beautiful and the food amazing! We highly recommend using them.
We had our October Ceremony and Reception here and everything turned out fantastic! The service was impeccable and flawless and the food was amazing! The whole team did a wonderful job personalizing our day and making everything perfect (even down to our personalized cocktail)! One huge perk is that they only do one wedding a day so you don't have to worry about anybody rushing around! Everything was set up when we arrived prior to the ceremony and the break down of the ceremony area during the cocktail hour was quick! The decor fit perfectly with our fall wedding and we also added the cider and donuts station... yummmm! I am more than happy with our choice and everything exceeded our expectations and would highly recommend this venue!!!!
Choosing the Marquee to have our wedding was by far the best decision ever. Not only was the venue beautiful and all of our guest loved it, but the service provided well worth the money spent. This team is very professional. They were helpful from the very beginning. Anything we could think of they were able to execute for us, if they had not already thought of it for us. The months leading up to the wedding was stress free, but most importantly, the actual wedding day was a fairy tale. If you want a stress free, beautiful, elegant wedding working with professional people, definitely choose The Marquee as your venue!!!
Our wedding was this past August 2013. Darren, Tony, and the entire staff at G. Fox took AMAZING care of us and all of our guests! From the moment we walked into the G. Fox Ballroom, we knew it was where we wanted to host our wedding because it was unlike any other wedding venue in the area that we had visited. We loved the charm and uniqueness of the Ballroom, and the Mezzanine. On our wedding day, our guests loved reminiscing about the times that they had shopped at the G. Fox Department Store long ago.
Every step of the way Darren was available to answer our questions and offer helpful advice. On our wedding day, the staff set up the Ballroom more beautiful than we could have imagined. We had an almost 200 guest wedding, and the room was set up to ensure every guest's comfort. Even the chairs were sturdy and comfortable, unlike some of the other venue's chairs that we had seen.
The food was also exquisite! Our guests could not stop raving about the variety of meals offered, and the size of the strip steak. We even had a guest who had an unexpected health issue and was not allowed to eat solid food that day. The staff was so accommodating, and made sure that she was comfortable by bringing her a bowl of soup. They were also accommodating to a guest of ours who was nursing, and made sure that she had a private area.
Throughout the evening, we had our own server who made sure that we had everything that we needed. At the end of the night, the staff packed everything up for us and walked our belongings and gifts next door to our bridal suite at the Marriott Residence Inn. It was great not having to worry about a thing; rather, we were able to continue the night with our guests.
Overall, the G. Fox Ballroom transcended our expectations on our wedding day. They made our day quite special. We would highly recommend this venue to all of our friends and family.
Thank you again to Darren, Tony, and all the staff at the G. Fox Ballroom!
- Tim & Stef
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change anything! the Gershon Fox Ballroom (Marquee Events) was the perfect team and venue for my wedding! You really get an amazing deal, considering the luxury setting and high quality customer service. Do not think twice about booking this venue. I visited various other venues in Hartford before choosing Gershon Fox Ballroom - and I can say for certain that this is the BEST! I live in New York City and wanted a more glamorous, up scale, trendy and chic feel and this is EXACTLY what the Gershon Fox Ballroom provides.
Service: Darren/Tony and team are amazing at customer service. I cannot say enough good things. They really get to know their bride/groom and genuinely show interest in what they want and ensure everything goes perfectly! They provided their email, office phone and personal phone and were available to help me make decisions outside of the venue from photographer (Eric Foley - who is also amazing), to decorating the venue, even hair and make up! I am very anal and almost a perfectionist and Darren made sure everything went smoothly. I was especially concerned with the up lighting, and since I would not see it before the wedding, I trusted Darren enough to make the final call. Darren worked with the lighting company to get the perfect amber tone in the room (which by the way I recommend and looks beautiful in that space). I did not have much time to spend with the lighting company, and Darren took it upon himself to take the lead and make sure they got the exact color I wanted. Darren and Tony build credibility and trust with their clients immediately and only want the best. They also have GREAT sense of humors and not to mention extremely intelligent and talented. It is just a plus that the venue is just as amazing as they are!
Venue/Setting:The Gershon Fox Ballroom is the perfect venue for your wedding - search NO more! The setting, ambience and features of the ballroom and Marquee level are very high end and perfect for a wedding. The venue offers a cocktail hour in the Marquee, and the reception is in the ballroom. The fixtures (I especially liked the columns with leather and crystals) as well as the furnishings are so chic and trendy.
Food: The food at this venue is absolutely delicious! Not only is it amazing, the portions are huge! We gave our guests the choice of steak, chicken, salmon or vegetarian - and everyone loved it! Both the food selection and quality is beyond exceptional. Also, the chef is always willing to work with you (if you want something prepared a little differently), and he is very talented and can cook anything.
We held our Dec. wedding at Marquee at the G. Fox Ballroom. From start to finish, the staff at Marquee was fantastic. Our coordinator answered my questions quickly and helped us to achieve an amazing day! We also held our ceremony at Marquee in the Atrium in front of the huge Christmas tree. It was intimate, beautiful, and SO convenient for our guests. During our day, the staff took the time to make sure that we were extra happy; whether it was organizing the day, making sure our champagne glasses were never empty or simply just checking in with us to see if we needed anything. Months later, we're STILL getting compliments from our guests about the venue, the food, and the resulting party in the ballroom. We loved Marquee. Having our reception at the Gershon Fox Ballroom was one of the best decisions we made while wedding planning! Love. love. love!
We had our wedding at the Gershon Fox Ballroom on 9/14/13 and it was the most amazing evening of our lives. We started working with Darren at Marquee about a year ago and he has been wonderful, quickly answering any questions we had throughout the year long planning process (and we had a lot of questions!). He was a wealth of knowledge and went out of his way to help in any way he could! The food was amazing, all our guests loved the meals and couldn't believe the portion sizes and quality compared to other wedding they have been to. The ballroom looked stunning and was the perfect atmosphere for our wedding, the space was large enough so people did not feel crowded, but was still intimate. I could go on and on about how great our wedding turned out, every detail went off without a hitch. I would highly recommend the Gershon Fox Ballroom to anyone planning a wedding, it was truly the high class event that we dreamed of and couldn't have been happier!
Darren and his team were FABULOUS to work with. Everything was just perfect at my daughters wedding. Darren helped us make good choices thought the planning process. The food was outstanding and the ambience superb! The day could not have been better!
Mother of the Bride
Darren and his team did an incredible job! Can't thank them enough for making our special day so amazing. The service and food was excellent. I highly recommend the Gershon fox ballroom
Darren, Tony, and Laura are the reason you want to book an event at the Marquee. Sure, the venue is Art Deco gorgeous. And yeah the food created by Mike Kelly is rich and delicious. But what made the day for my husband and I was knowing that we were being taken care of. Darren, Tony, and Laura go above and beyond and they do it with a smile. They are calm, cool, and collected - which is just what I needed on my wedding day.
Our guests LOVED the venue. It was so great to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in the same venue, but in different sections. The Atrium was simple and lovely - you can decorate it anyway you like. Also - have someone sing! The acoustics are amazing! The Mezzanine for the cocktail hour is beautiful and there was plenty of seating. The ballroom is art deco beautiful. The bar set up makes you look like a rockstar.
We ate, we drank, we got married and the G Fox Marquee made it all possible. A million thanks. xo
On July 6, 2013 my husband Dan and I got married at the Gershon Fox Ballroom- Marquee Events. From the beginning of planning to the end of our wedding reception we had the most amazing wedding thanks to Darren, Tony and their team at Marquee Events. Darren was an absolute pleasure to work with and always very prompt with answering my millions of questions throughout the planning process. Everything from the décor to the food was amazing. All of our guest are still raving about how it was the most beautiful wedding they have ever been to and that is because of the wonderful staff and beautiful venue that Marquee Events offers. All of the guest couldn't believe how much food was given at the cocktail hour and the portions given at their dinner. They said that they have never been to a wedding that gave such big portions. They can't stop talking about how excellent the food tasted as well. Food is very important when considering a venue and Marquee Events definitely gives you the best! I had a blast planning our wedding with Darren. I couldn't of asked for a more perfect wedding day! The Marquee Events staff made our Wedding Day truly amazing and helped us to have our dream wedding! I would highly recommend all Brides/Grooms to check out Marquee Events-Gershon Fox Ballroom for their wedding. You will have the wedding you have always dreamed of! Thank you so much Darren, Tony and staff for making this a day we will cherish the rest of our lives:)
My experience with the Marquee and more specifically Darren McKenty, my coordinator was far and above my expectations. My initial draw to The Marquee was the venue's connection to the area I visited so much as a child, the notstalgic/art deco feel, and the proximity to my church with multiple easily accessible overnight options for my out of town guests.
Additionally, if you are a bride that wants the venue to do it all - this is it. Their package all in one price (no nickel and diming on on champagne toasts, etc) IT is full open bar, champagne toast, wine served with dinner full cocktail hour with hot and cold appetizers, and even the cake is included plus your guest get four meal options to pick from (including vegetarian and vegan options) and the food is amazing. The chef is very accommodating in the tasting process if there are things you want to tweak and they are extremely accommodating with specific allergies (gluten free, soy and dairy free, etc).
The night of the wedding I didn't have to worry about a thing, all of the the things that I had dropped off from escort cards, guest books, photodisplays, centerpieces, were all arranged perfectly. I highly recommend The Marquee!
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Hartford's Most Stylish Venue
Welcome to Marquee Events featuring The Gershon Fox Ballroom and the Mezzanine Lounge. Upon entering the doors, you will experience elegant art-deco décor and refined city style. Three unique event spaces, completely renovated with soaring marble columns, crystal chandeliers, and marble floors.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Mansion/Historic Site
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013