21 total reviews
Without hesitation, I recommend the Paxton Ballroom to any couples looking for a venue for their wedding reception. The venue is elegant and classic. The customer service was tremendous. Our reception was everything I could have hoped for and more.
My husband and I held our reception at the Paxton Ballroom in early October 2013. The General Manager, Chad, was incredible to work with. He provided helpful suggestions and direction but was flexible and open to our ideas. He met with us several times prior to the wedding. He made the process very easy and stress-free. At the reception, he greeted us as soon as we sat down, got us drinks and offered to bring us food - excellent customer service throughout the entire process!
The catering and bartending staff were very professional and competent. The catering staff kept tables clear, but I hardly noticed them working the room. They flawlessly prepared 200 guests for a champagne toast. They seamlessly transitioned the cake from the center of the room to be cut and served. The bartenders were fun and engaging, yet professional.
Our DJ was Jerome Kenkel of Complete Music, the company with which the Paxton has an exclusive contract. Jerome was so great! He met with us twice before the wedding. He truly listened to what we wanted, and he created the atmosphere we were hoping for by his music choices. He also played many of the songs we requested, and he handled guest requests very well.
The food at the Paxton was good (so I hear - I didn't get to eat much of it). We served heavy hors d'oeuvres at 7pm, including a roast beef carving station with buns. We had some concerns that there wouldn't be enough food, but this was not a problem at all. Everyone had plenty to eat. We also served late night pizzettes and burritos, which people really enjoyed.
There is nothing I didn't love about the Paxton. It was the most beautiful celebration we could have imagined. Thank you to Chad, Abraham Catering, Jerome Kenkel and all those with the Paxton who helped make the evening so special.
Beautiful place, couldn't ask for a better reception hall/ Make sure you make us of the projector to do simulcast, it makes the crowd go crazier lol. Chad is a sweetheart, patient and kind. He is a good guy!
We were absolutely thrilled to have our reception at the Paxton Ballroom. From our first meeting to the big day, Chad & all the staff were wonderful to work with. They made sure we got what we wanted & the prices were very reasonable. I would highly recommend checking it out! Hap Abrahams catering was divine, we got so many nice remarks about the food & the venue from our guests. It was so nice not having to worry about renting tables, chairs, linens, etc. Choosing the Paxton was definitely one of the best decisions we made while planning & the beauty of it set the tone for our reception!
Cahd was awesome fro the beginning, helpful, quick to respond, and made the whole process so easy. The staff the night of the wedding were so professional while very personable! It was an absolutely beautiful ballroom and had so many people comment on the location.
The Paxton is amazing, beautiful, and ornate. I have enjoyed working with and utilizing this venue. I cannot say enough positive words regarding Chad, the general manager. He is responsive, flexible, and honest. He left no stone unturned and everything was very upfront - nothing hidden. Working with Chad and the Paxton eases your mind, and makes the wedding day (almost) stress free! In addition, the the overall price for food, beverages, and the venue rental is great when comparing the value and service you receive. I know Chad has several other venues he manages as well - 1316 Jones, the Pella at Blackstone, and Lucille's. Really, any of them would be amazing to work with! Highly Recommended!
I knew that Chad, the manager of the Paxton, was going to be awesome to work with when he responded to my initial information-gathering email within 5 minutes. We were in contact all throughout the wedding planning, and he was always great about answering questions and providing suggestions for my husband and my wedding reception.
At the wedding reception itself, Chad greeted us, offered his congratulations, and helped the DJ coordinate everyone getting in line for the wedding party’s entrance. When it came time to eat, the Paxton representatives made sure my husband and I got to get in line first for the buffet, and even carried my plate back to my seat so I wouldn’t get food on my dress (which was a life-saver). They made sure the rest of the night ran smoothly and if there were any hiccups, I didn’t know of them!
To give a bit of advice to future brides and grooms, I would definitely recommend having your wedding reception at a place (like the Paxton) that pretty much handles everything (tables, chairs, linens, catering, bar, security, parking). That way, the only stuff YOU have to worry about is just anything extra you want to bring (decorations, centerpieces, guestbook, etc.).
I can’t stress enough how nice it was to work with Chad and his team. Overall, our wedding reception was everything we could have hoped for and was as stress-free as possible. :)
The Paxton Ballroom staff, manager Chad, and the venue was simply amazing and elegant! Every detail was attended to and they went above and beyond our expectations! Chad is a pro--he knows what needs to be done and keeps everyone calm. The food by Abraham Catering was absolutely delicious! Everyone raved about the beef and the salmon--crazy they can serve that many people and not sacrifice on the quality!! It was a dream come true for Jess and Tom (and us)! Thank you thank you!! :))
What an amazing location!! We had our ceremony and reception at the Paxton and I would recommend this venue to anyone planning an event. The service was impeccable!! The food was AMAZING!! The location is gorgeous!! My guests loved it!! They seamlessly transitioned the room from ceremony to reception while my guests enjoyed cocktails, cheese, and fruit in the mezzanine area. Hap Abraham Catering operates the Paxton so you don't need to worry about finding a separate caterer or drink service. They are amazing at what they do from beginning to end. The cheese tray at cocktail hour was delightful. It is priced per person, however, we were encouraged to only order cheese for about 1/2 of our guest count since many people would be busy with cocktails and others would be taking family pictures. It ensured we did not have a lot of leftovers that went to waste. For dinner we had the roast beef, chicken veronique, thunderbird salad, roast potatoes, and green beans almondine. All were FANTASTIC!! The roast beef was truly amazing!! The chicken had a lovely creamy sauce with little grapes in it. The thunderbird salad is divine! We had the blue cheese on the side!! Several guests threatened to take the whole bowl of salad home. Even the potatoes and green beans were delicious. The drink service was prompt and incredibly friendly. The staff were ready with coffee after dinner and they cut and plated our cake after we did the official "cake cutting" pictures. They even boxed up the top tier so we could freeze it and they cleaned and wrapped our cake topper. Communicating with Chad was amazingly easy. He always responds promptly and is a tremendously nice guy!! Working with someone so organized makes planning very easy!! Chad orchestrates things like this everyday and his feedback was always spot-on (for example, I am so glad he suggested renting the stairs for the ceremony)!! You will not regret using this gem of a facility. I would not hesitate to recommend Hap Abraham catering or event facilities to anyone EVER. They were perfect!!
Chad, Ben, and the rest of the gang made sure everything was perfect for my reception at the Paxton Ballroom. The interior is beautiful and was just what I was looking for. I did not feel the need to rent other chairs, linens, etc. and just used what they had which was perfect. We chose to do an all inclusive special for everything that was $40 per person. The price included parking, use of all their items, a buffet, and unlimited beer and wine. We didn't really do any decorating either because the space is beautiful in itself which is the point to me! The food was not super special as they have an exclusive caterer so if you are a foodie then this may not work. However, people raved about the lemon herb chicken on our buffet and I heard no complaints nor do I have any about the food. Great deal for everything that was included in the package!
We were very pleased with our reception! Chad was amazing, he was so helpful and did whatever necessary to accommodate us. The room looked beautiful and the food was great- we received quite a few compliments on it.
we had a wonderful time at the Paxton. Excellent food/ beverage and place to hold a 250+ wedding recepetion. Thanks for EVERYTHING!
I recently had my wedding at The Paxton ballroom. We were looking for something classy but indoors. I love the art nouveau-style of the building. Chad and Hap Abraham catering - The Paxton's catering partner - were great! The food was delicious and Chad was truly so flexible and accommodating. We got married on the stage, and our wedding party of 9 plus us, a huppah, and our Rabbi fit on the stage easily. We had about 250 guests and the wedding and reception were both in the ballroom. Our cocktail hour was on the balcony outside of the ballroom and it worked well. I would absolutely recommend The Paxton and their staff.
The Paxton was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception. Chad and the staff did an amazing job. The transition from ceremony to reception was done in a flash and the room was beautiful. The food was amazing and everyone was so very nice. Chad was very easy to work with and I would recommend The Paxton to anyone. What a great experience!
The Paxton Ballroom is stunning and the history of the building fit in well with the "old Hollywood glamor" theme we were going for. Chad, the event coordinator there did an amazing job and met with us several times so that he knew exactly what we wanted and made the day go very stressfree for us! Abrahams Catering is always amazing and the food was delicious!!
Chad (the manager) and the staff at the Paxton Ball room were great! Communication was quick and easy, they were able to pull off everything I wanted and the ballroom was beautiful! It was so beautiful that I didnt want to decorate it much! I just put centerpieces on the table but I didnt even have to do that! I would HIGHLY recommend this place to ANY bride!
It was absolutely beautiful and the staff made everything run smoothly the day of the wedding. It was a little expensive, but it was definitely worth it.
We loved our wedding at the Paxton. Chad was very nice and met with us whenever we had any questions about rentals, music etc. They were VERY accommodating and the ballroom is gorgeous.
The Paxton is such a beautiful and intimate setting for a wedding! The staff was very professional and articulate. Chad, the manager, took care of everything and was great to work with. He responded to all inquiries within a timely manner. I couldn't have asked for better people to work with and when I saw the ballroom setup for our reception I teared up - it was gorgeous and just what I wanted.
Having our reception at the PaxtonBallroom was the best decision I made during the planning process!! Chad is wonderful, and he made everything fun and easy. It was so nice to be able to relax and know that everything was going to be taken care of!! The food was fabulous and of course the ballroom itself is BEAUTIFUL!! We were going for a vintage feel at our wedding and the Paxton definitely fit that! I would choose the Paxton time and time again! It was absolutely perfect!
They were a pleasure to work with. Chad made everything so easy and we did not have one issue on the day of the wedding. I had my ceremony and reception there, so they had to flip the room during cocktail hour. Everything went seamless and the food was delish. I do not hesitate in recommending!
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Historic Ballroom... Legendary Service.
The Paxton Ballroom, originally built in 1882, is perfectly suited for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and ceremonies. In 2007 the ballroom was restored to its original grandeur and reopened as downtown Omaha's premier wedding venue to continue building our history... together.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liquor License, Onsite Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 350
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Mansion/Historic Site
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011