About this Vendor
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.
Amenities + Details
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Historic Venue
Food + Catering
Magical Wedding at the Gershon!Reviewed on 9/08/2015 Sophia L
I can't say enough great things about the Gershon! Laura was an absolute doll to work with. Mike Kelly the Executive Chef is truly one of the greatest chefs! The wait staff and bartenders were friendly and very attentive. The food was great! All of our guests were raving about the quality and quantity of the food. I was concerned about there being enough passed appetizers and everyone said when they would turn around a bacon wrapped scallop or beef empanada would appear on a tray. My vision for my wedding was executed beyond expectation.
Easy Process to an Absolutely Beautiful WeddingReviewed on 6/10/2015 Rachel F
I'm originally from CT but now live in DC so for us, our wedding was a "destination" wedding. We looked at six different venues and fell in love with the Gershon Fox Ballroom. From the moment we met Laura, I could sense we'd be in very good hands. She was so flexible throughout the entire process, incredibly responsive to all my emails, and always worked with us no matter the situation. I don't think she ever said no to us; she was so solutions-oriented. When it came to the wedding day, everything went smoothly. Laura greeted us with so much warmth and showed us all the little details we had planned. Everything looked amazing. We had an absolute BLAST in the VIP room--I strongly encourage anyone getting married at G Fox to be sure to stay in the VIP room for their cocktail hour. You'll get to kick back with your wedding party and actually eat something and relax. Daria waited on us the whole night and always made sure we were eating and drinking--which we had both heard oftentimes brides and grooms don't eat/drink at their own wedding. There was no worry of that here! All of our guests raved about the venue. How could they not? It is gorgeous and we loved that it had a separate area for the cocktail hour and the ballroom. And this ballroom is gorgeous, it is Art Deco but with a clean and modern take--definitely urban chic. As for the food, many of our guests said this was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. The drinks were plentiful (be sure to have a signature cocktail!). You get two choices for cake baker--we chose Chimirris which was amazing. We also added some enhancements that people really enjoyed, especially the barista and espresso bar. G. Fox is not inexpensive, but the value is so high. There were so many places we looked at that were in the same price range but didn't include cake or didn't include top-shelf bar or four (!!!) options for dinner. Not to mention, Laura was worth her weight in gold for how easy she made the whole process. There was a little mix-up with our flowers and we ended up having to leave all the centerpieces in my hotel room. While I was at my ceremony she arranged for someone to get them out of my room and set them all up, including putting the flowers on the cake. That's just an example of the professionalism and service-oriented nature of the Marquee team. Don't hesitate to book this venue! Your wedding goes by so fast that you want to enjoy it as much as possible. The Marquee team will make it so effortless on your end that you will be able to maximize your big day to focus on a wonderful celebration full of friends, family, and love.
Pure PerfectionReviewed on 1/03/2015
From start to finish my experience with The Marquee was as close to perfection as one can get and I don't say that lightly! I am trying to think of one thing to critique but am at a loss. Our event coordinator Laura was OUTSTANDING from the first day we visited through our wedding day. She was so down to earth and never pressured us into adding on or using any particular vendor and patiently worked with us through any questions, concerns or requests. She made me feel like every idea I had was great and nothing we requested was ever too much trouble. The chef is fantastic and made sure to meet us at our tasting and reception. The food was one of the most talked about items at our reception seeing that the steak they serve could feed a small country and the hors d'oeuvres were not only delicious but so pretty which was a relief since you aren't able to sample those at your tasting. The waitstaff was so attentive and at the end of the night packed all off our stuff up for us (centerpieces, games, pictures, top tier of cake etc) put in on a cart and took it to our hotel room for us!!!! All of this came at one of the most competitively priced packages in the area and the venue itself is absolutely gorgeous!
We got married at Marquee Events in April of 2016. Now in July, we continue to get compliments about the venue. Our guests loved the food and the beauty of the venue. Our guests raved about the NY Strip Steak! We loved working with Laura and her team. They catered to our every need. Laura helped us create our vision for our big day and was very prompt in responding to us. Our big day went off without a hitch thanks to Laura and her team. Thanks Marquee Events!
Elegant and Romantic!Reviewed on 12/22/2015 Katie J
From the moment we walked into the Marquee we knew that it was the perfect setting for our vision of an elegant vintage style wedding. We were nervous about the beginning stages of wedding planning and Laura immediately put us at ease. She understood my vision 100% and was able to make my decorations look even better than I'd imagined! (Although the venue is beautiful on its own and does not need much) Guests raved about everything from the ambience, to the food, to the open bar! I would definitely recommend this venue and wouldn't have changed a thing!
My wedding was everything I wanted it to be - and then some more. I knew the MINUTE I met Laura that I could trust her with every detail of the day and I was so right. We loved the food, the decor, the servers, and our guests had a blast! I'm forever grateful we chose the Marquee, and Laura, with our wedding :)
Fantastic VenueReviewed on 11/03/2015
Laura Carrano and her staff created the most memorable experience for us and our guests. We knew when we met Laura that our day was going to be very special. She pays attention to every detail and she is a coordination master. The food is stellar, our guest complimented days after. I highly suggest the NY Strip steak as an option. The chef provided a one on one tasting and explained how everything is prepared. The food preparation, service, and flow the day of our wedding was flawless, from cocktail hour to dinner we had an amazing experience. The bar and staff went above and beyond expectations. The bar delivered beverages to our after wedding party in our hotel suite next door. Laura personally fixed flower arrangements, that the florist we hired dropped the ball on. We can go on and on, but in the end it's the little things that you don't think about that are cared for. That's what Laura Carrano and her staff provided and it made all the difference.
Perfection!!!!Reviewed on 11/02/2015
As Mother of the Bride and also a floral designer and event planner, I was very particular about our daughter's wedding. Our first meeting with Laura Carrano and the guided tour put us right at ease! Laura anticipated things before we did, was always available and returned calls promptly! It is hard to top the beauty of the venue but of course I had some ideas. Laura said "Tell me where you want thing displayed" We had such confidence in how she manages her venue that We left it all to her. Who else would know best where things would "shine"! The staff is so professional and accommodating. The food...delish!! The tasting was amazing and very personal. That alone convinced the Father of the Bride. I should also point out the many things nearby that your guests might enjoy. We visited an Irish Pub, City Hall for some amazing photos and architecture. A great place for Bridal pictures. Several Museums nearby and restaurants to pick from for rehearsal dinner. Our choice "Salute" and you can walk there! This was our third daughter to marry and it was all that we dreamt of and even more! Thanks to Marquee Events and The Gershon Fox Ballroom.
Marquee Events is amazing! My husband and I knew the second that we walked into this venue in September 2014 that this is where we wanted to get married. We booked our October 2, 2015 wedding that day! Laura is fabulous. She was so wonderful to work with and always ready to answer any question. We live in Boston so had to do a lot of planning from afar. Laura was always quick to respond to our emails and always had lots of wonderful suggestions for us. The staff at the Gershon Fox Ballroom are fabulous. We felt like royalty all night as they were always there to bring us a drink, food, even help me pin up my dress when the bustle broke several times! The food here is to die for. Our guests are still raving about the food and especially the 14 oz steak!! My husband and I had so much fun at our wedding and when we finally made it back to our room, the staff had carted all of our decorations, favors, etc. up to our hotel room. They also left us a wonderful note and bottle of champagne which was a perfect ending to the night. I highly, highly recommend Marquee Events and working with Laura! Our wedding was perfect, right down to every detail!
We Loved Our Marquee Wedding!Reviewed on 10/25/2015 Michelle J
I cannot say enough great things about Marquee Events! We worked with Laura to plan our August wedding. She was incredibly organized and helpful throughout the entire process. She replied to emails immediately, and was always able to answer our questions. The space is gorgeous on its own, but they also let us add our own personal touches throughout the venue. The staff there know exactly what they're doing, from timing to the food, it all went perfectly. Because we had such a great experience leading up to our wedding day, on the actual day of the event, I didn't have to worry at all about the logistical details at the venue. Their wedding package includes everything you need for a reasonable price. They have options for add-ons if you'd like additional specialty items, but they don't push these things on you if you're not interested. It's now been over two months since our wedding and friends and family are still raving about the location.
PERFECT from start to finish!Reviewed on 10/20/2015
From our first meeting with Laura, the event coordinator, to our goodbye to the staff at the end of my daughter's wedding, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The venue was gorgeous! ALL of the staff were so great to work with and so accommodating and helpful with the personal touches we included in the reception. The food was delicious. All of our guests were also very impressed with the venue as well. I highly recommend The Marquee Room! It was so easy having everything done at one place. Laura made everything so easy for us! She helped with recommendations for the cake, DJ and hotel. All we had to do is show up and experience the joy that parents feel as they watch their daughter get married to the man of her dreams!
A++++++++++++++++++++++++!Reviewed on 10/20/2015 Katie N
I knew beforehand that I wanted to have my wedding with Marquee Events. I had gone to a wedding there before and knew it was the place, so I didn't even look anywhere else. The wedding coordinator Laura was so friendly and approachable. I never felt afraid to ask her a question. She made the stress of planning a wedding such an easy journey. The day of our wedding was absolutely magical. Everything went exactly as we wanted it. Laura and the staff took all of our decorations and flowers and put them up so we didn't have to worry about it. Our personal waitress (Daria I think her name was) was always there for us if we needed something. Sometimes she brought us things we didn't even know we needed (like a bobby pin for when my hair fell out). I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this venue to anyone and everyone getting married. Not only is it stunningly elegant, but the staff is so friendly and helpful making your special day a flawless one!
Best day ever at the best venue in Hartford!Reviewed on 10/12/2015
Our planning experience was wonderful, Laura was a godsend! She was so on top of everything from the minute we booked the venue until the minute the reception was over. People were RAVING about how wonderful the food was, how unique the venue is. If I could do it all again, I would still pick Marquee. If you are looking for a unique and classic venue, look no further!
OutstandingReviewed on 10/07/2015 Rachel W
My husband and I got married at the Marquee in late September 2015 just a week ago and it was the most incredible venue and experience. We fell in love with the space immediately, but when we met with Laura Carrano the coordinator, we knew this was the only place to spend the most important night of our lives. Laura and all the staff were extremely attentive to every small detail, and were incredibly responsive to my many emails prior to the wedding day. The staff not only took care of myself and the groom, but to each member of my large wedding party and immediate family. The food at this venue is insanely delicious. I felt like all 150 guests came up to me personaly to tell me it was the best meal they had had; let alone at a wedding! I don't have enough words to describe how much I recommend the Marquee; it is a beautiful venue, and the staff excels at making everything about your day perfect. I am so thankful we chose the Marquee! Hands down the best venue in CT.
Incredible wedding and venueReviewed on 6/30/2015 Devra S
My husband and I recently held our wedding at Marquee Events. We got married in the atrium and held our reception in the mezzanine and ballroom. We came across Marquee because we were looking for a venue that was different than your traditional wedding venue, and the minute we took a tour of the building we fell in love with the art deco design and city feel. Every detail from the planning process to the day of went so smoothly, and we would not have changed a single thing - it was the perfect place to hold our wedding. Laura was fantastic! She is super organized, fun to work with, and had tons of great ideas. We also got a ton of compliments from guests about the venue - how great the food was (especially the size of the steaks!), how unique and classy it was, and several guests even told us it was their favorite wedding of any they had ever been to, so I think that says something about how special a place it is! 100% recommend this venue!
The Marquee: Sauer Wedding 5/2/2015Reviewed on 6/17/2015 Melissa S
The Marquee is an absolutely beautiful place to have a wedding. The service was wonderful and the FOOD?! The food was AMAZING! Our wedding guests could not believe how good their dinners were. 5 star quality meals. Laura, the wedding coordinator is amazing. She responded immediately to any questions my husband or I had, she was ALWAYS happy and welcoming when we saw her and she was incredibly helpful with any type of idea I needed to think out loud with. She was such a pleasure to work with. I would recommend The Marquee to anyone and everyone.
My wedding was May 22, 15 and Marquee Featuring the G Fox Ballroom was literally a dream come true! Laura and her staff catered to my husband and I and treated us like royalty. The staff was friendly, the bar was quick (which is important), the food was excellent, the venue was beautiful and elegant, and I couldnt have asked for the day to go any more perfect. I highly recommend marquee events and Laura and Chris are perfect wedding coordinators; friendly and personable; anytime I had a question for Laura, she got back to me within an hour. We are extremely happy with the professional and courteous service we received. All of our guests were truly impressed with the elegance and the food (I still am hearing about the steaks). Marquee and G. Fox ballroom made my dream a reality. Thank you so much, Laura!
AwesomeReviewed on 11/18/2014
The Marquee did an amazing job and made our wedding day a memorable celebration. Laura was our wedding coordinator and she was absolutely wonderful to work with to make the reception flawless; she even helped bustle my dress since we were running a little behind schedule. The wait staff was also amazing. Our waiter Adam was very accommodating and my guests had the nicest things to say about Sean. The food was delicious, and the dinner portions were huge.
Amazing Downtown VenueReviewed on 10/28/2014 Kristin L
Looking for a venue was starting to seem hopeless until I stumbled across Marquee Catering & Events in Hartford. Immediately, just from looking at the pictures online, you can tell how stunning the building is and the staff does an unbelievable job at transforming it to your dream location. Everything from start to finish was the easiest and most pleasant experience that we ever could have imagined. Darren was an incredible asset to have with our planning and took care of everything for us. Their package included everything that we were looking for. There was the amazing food which included the biggest portions I've ever seen served at a wedding, their separate (very impressive) areas for cocktails and the bridal suite as well as free (yes free) valet parking for guests which was a must have for guests in Hartford. All of this, along with a stunning backdrop for our pictures and the staff,who were so helpful practically reading our minds, made for the most seamless evening. It was an amazing event and I'm forever grateful for everyone at Marquee, but especially Darren, who made it unforgettable.
Best Place to get Married!Reviewed on 10/16/2014 Jessica T
We absolutely loved the Marquee! Our wedding was the most perfect day, everyone raved about the food, the staff was so friendly and easy to work with. Laura was phenomenal! It couldn't have been more perfect, everyone was coming up to us complimenting how beautiful it looked. We highly recommend the Marquee!!!
Elegant, classic, outstanding, amazing!Reviewed on 10/15/2014 McKenzie U
I think I looked at every wedding venue in Connecticut before finally finding Marquee. I wanted something different than a run of the mill wedding factory, and this did not disappoint! The three different spaces created so much movement and flow with our wedding, and our guests loved not having to sit at their tables all night long. We had cocktail hour up in the mezzanine, dinner in the ballroom, and dancing in the atrium! It made the night feel like more of an event than typical weddings where most people are sitting and watching people on the dance floor. There are no heinously ugly carpets or garish decor, instead you get Art Deco, 1920s style glam! everyone has such fond memories of the beautiful G. Fox department store, and the Marquee has upheld its unique vibe and grandeur. The ballroom is simply stunning, decorated so elegantly, with the pillars and chandeliers adding the perfect touch of glitz. Looks aside, the most amazing part of the Marquee is the outstanding customer service. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful Laura, Chris, Chef Mike and their team are. I booked initially with their director who unfortunately passed away during the midst of our planning process. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous, but Laura immediately reached out to me and offered to meet me in person, and picked up right where he had left off. She also managed to juggle all of his weddings, as well ask her own for four months, without missing a beat. She helped create the most unbelievable, fairy tale wedding for us, and was always available to answer a phone call or email, no matter what crazy idea I had next :) On top of that, we even pushed their Max capacity way over any size wedding they had ever done, and it truly felt like the most intimate affair. Food wise, you will NEVER find a venue with better food than the Marquee. That is the truth. Look at pictures of the 14oz New York Strip. They should give out T-shirts to anyone that can actually finish it! Cooked perfectly medium rare, it came out hot and fast to all of our guests. As soon as our toasts were done, every one of our 275 guests were eating. Lobster stuffed filet of sole was also another favorite. We had a raw bar with oysters, clams, and huge jumbo shrimp, fabulous passed hor d'oeuvres, and a great crudite/harvest table. Everyone said it was the best food they had ever had, not only just at a wedding, but reputable restaurants as well! We are still getting compliments! Servers and bartenders were all attentive and helpful too. Over all, there is not one I would have done differently, and not one thing that went even out of sequence at the Marquee. They moved everything along perfectly, and got us out to the dance floor so we could enjoy the most of our night! This place is gorgeous, the staff is phenomenal, and you will undoubtedly have the wedding of your dreams here!
Fabulous Wedding at Marquee EventsReviewed on 10/01/2014 Christina R
My husband and I started what we thought would be the very long search for a wedding venue at Marquee Events/Gershon Fox Ballroom last spring. We were so impressed with the unique, urban space, the generous menu and wedding package, and most importantly, the fantastic Wedding and Events Coordinator, Laura Carrano, that we were ready to book that day. Given it was the first place we looked, we decided to check out a few other locations. After looking at only two other places, we decided to end our search, and called Laura to book a date. From start to finish, our wedding process was smooth, simple and flawless. Laura is no nonsense and down to business in addition to being incredibly fun to work with. When it came time for the big day, the setup, presentation, and service during our wedding was unparalleled. We had a wedding of 160 people, ranging in ages 10-85, and everyone was thrilled about the time they had. We had a large group of friends that had a blast, while our grandparents and their friends across the ballroom also had the time of their lives. It really is an event space that accommodates everyone. It is such a classy and impressive space! Also, THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING and is without a doubt like no other "wedding food" you've ever tasted. The steak (NY Strip) is one of the most impressive cuts of meat you will ever see. One of our biggest concerns in getting married at a wedding venue was actually the food in general, since my husband and I are a couple of foodies that enjoy eating well and sharing a good meal with family and friends...which can be hard to do if the wedding food is generic and bland. I can honestly say that the food at our wedding was one of the best meals I've ever had! If the Marquee opened a restaurant, we would go often! We can't thank all of the staff at Marquee Events enough for all they did for us and our guests. If you are looking for a classy, unique space for your wedding along with unparalleled service and dining, Marquee is the place!! Christina and Ryan Tatreau Windsor, CT
Marquee--Gershon Fox BallroomReviewed on 9/11/2014
My daughter's wedding was at the Gershon Fox Ballroom and I would highly recommend to everyone who is looking for a very classy, elegant, beautiful, wonderful place with ambience to have their reception!! I worked with Laura, the wedding coordinator,who was absolutely wonderful--she helped me to plan every detail to make my daughter's and son-in-law's wedding their dream come true!! The chef,Mike Kelley,is the best chef there could ever be!! The hors d'oeuvres and meals were outstanding--exceptionally better than other wedding venues!!The banquet manager does a wonderful manager making sure everything is set up and ready on time and everything flowed beautifully!!I played a large role in planning this wedding because I live in CT and my daughter resides in CA so it was so important to me that the wedding turned out to be what they wanted...The Marquee exceeded our expectations and I keep hearing over and over again from our guests that this was the best wedding that they had ever been to...I told Laura I hope to see her again at my nephews and nieces weddings--everyone had so much fun and danced all night!Great choice for a wedding!!
Best Wedding EVER!!!Reviewed on 9/02/2014 Alexandra P
We couldn’t have been happier with our wedding at the Marquee G. Fox Ballroom. The value of everything we got the day of, set up, support, staff, AMAZING food, drink, beautiful location was more than worth the cost!! In fact I really think they could have charged a lot more. I loved that they have just one price per head. Other places nickel and dime you if you want a champagne toast or an upgraded meal option. I took the time to price out all of the other similar option in the Hartford area and this was by far more a better deal! Beyond a great price we got an amazing DAY!!!!! Lauren was our coordinator and she helped us every step of the way there, she was attentive made sure the elements we wanted worked. Her and her team set up for the day of and did an amazing job! The staff was amazing!!! There were so many things that they did after we already book, I would say for sure under promised over delivered!!! Don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t booked yet. I would say the best or worst part of any wedding is the food. The Chief here is amazing!!!!!!!! We knew at the tasting we hit gold! It was the best food we have ever had! My brother said it was the best Chicken he has EVER had!! They have the stake option they call the “Jaw dropper” …. Need I say more? Everything was AMAZING!!! They even gave us 3 dinner options with a Vegetarian option which was so good I almost ordered it. Guests said the worst part of the wedding was picking what they would eat. I put the full descriptions in the RSVP! I am sad that the only chance we would get this food again is to go to other wedding here! An example of how accommodating they were was there is this old Polish tradition where people try to steal the brides shoe and then the groom has the give them a bottle of liquor to get it back … I didn’t think anyone would do it and didn’t worn my husband enough … anyways it happened and he went to Laruen and asked for a bottle and she gave him one no questions asked just asked they didn’t open it at the table! I have a hard time thinking any other place would have done that. I can tell you without a drought that booking the Marquee will be the best possible thing you will do for your wedding, I know it was for me.
So Proud of Our Wedding at Marquee!Reviewed on 8/12/2014 Kim C
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!