The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is an elegant 1913 historic ballroom located in the heart of downtown Houston’s Rice Hotel. This gorgeous ballroom venue was originally the capital of the Republic of Texas, and is now a fantastic space ideal for a large event.
Facilities and Capacity
The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is a unique space, able to accommodate large gatherings its main ballroom or smaller events in one of the adjoining private rooms, especially the Empire Room. The main ballroom is a luxurious 5,000 square feet ballroom with a 1,500 square foot parlor. This space maintains its 1913 design, complete with a full wrap-around balcony and covered terrace. The ballroom has an elegant lobby entrance with crystal chandeliers and you can prepare for your big day in the ballroom’s private dressing room. The spacious ballroom has 35 inch ceilings, a full stage, and a beautiful dance floor for celebrating. This opulent ballroom can accommodate 400 guests for a seated dinner and up to 800 guests for a reception. If you want all the luxury of this space with a more intimate setting, you can hold your event in the Empire Room. The Empire Room is on the same level as the main ballroom and can accommodate 100 guests for a seated dinner and 120 guests for a reception. The space comes with a 22 inch serving bar, 22 inch ceilings, and a multimedia presentation system for any slideshows or videos you may want to present during your reception.
The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is a gorgeous venue, with multiple service options. The venue has in-house event planning services and the staff is there to assist you every step of the planning process. The Crystal Ballroom offers the following services:
The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is one of Houston’s most unique and historic landmarks, as historic figures such as Sam Houston used to walk the halls of this building. President Benjamin Harrison spoke from the balcony and President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife thought the dining room in the Crystal Ballroom was the best and most beautiful place to eat in all of Houston, Texas. Historic moments, such as Jackie Kennedy’s one and only political speech, took place in the Crystal Ballroom. This 1913 ballroom is truly filled with historic moments.
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64 Reviews for Crystal Ballroom at the Rice
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Ashley Johnson · Getting married on 11/07/2020
Hired them for my wedding
Can’t wait to have my wedding hereSent on 12/15/2019
Stephanie Powell · Married on 01/18/2020
Everything was perfect!
Crystal Ballroom at the Rice helped my wedding dreams come true. They were so easy to work with during the planning stage and more than happy to accommodate on any changes we had. The communication was good and I never had any issues getting an answer from them. On the day of the wedding, the staff was just as amazing. They were eager to get my husband and I (along with our families) anything we needed and made sure we were well taken care of. The food was delicious too! We received a lot of compliments from our guests. Everything was truly perfect. Would highly recommend!Sent on 02/18/2020
Lily · Married on 06/07/2019
Crystal Ballroom & Empire Room were perfect!
We couldn't have gotten luckier to have the Crystal Ballroom (at the Rice) as our reception venue! We also used the Empire Room as our cocktail hour space and, between that room and the ballroom, we couldn't have been happier as both are just decorated beautifully to begin with and have so much history. If the elegance of the rooms didn't sell us already, the Crystal Ballroom team are phenomenal to work with and we couldn't have asked a better team to organize and execute our special occasion! Thank you so much to them as well as to Sambuca (for such delicious food)!Sent on 07/13/2019
FAVORITE venue to shoot at!
We love to visit the Crystal Ballroom. The ballroom itself is beautiful and historic. However, there are so many other lovely parts of this venue. The balcony and the bridal suite are absolutely lovely to photograph!