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.
Recommended by 97% of couples
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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
Elizabeth Upah · Married on 01/19/2019
Dream Wedding Venue
Choosing the Crystal Ballroom as our wedding venue was the easiest decision we made throughout the wedding process. This venue is gorgeous and not to mention the history of the building itself is a huge plus. We've received so many compliments since our wedding about how beautiful it was and that the food was actually delicious! Rarely have I experienced such great food at a large event such as this. The design and layout between the ballroom, parlor, terrace, foyer and the Empire Room provided so much space for our 230 person guest list. The Sales Manager, Hailey, was an absolute doll to work with as well. She was always so responsive to my many emails and calls. I cannot recommend this venue enough!Sent on 02/20/2019
Rachel · Married on 03/18/2017
Jamie and the staff at the crystal ballroom are absolutely amazing. Jamie is so thorough and was so awesome to answer all my 10,000 questions. Getting to sample the food was great, too and they let my husband and I eat our dinner during the cocktail hour to get it out of the way so we could enjoy the entire reception. The day of coordinators took care of us too (and our parents). They always made sure we had a drink in our hand. LOVED the crystal ballroom and wish I could get married all over again just to experience it all over.Sent on 04/01/2017
Crystal Ballroom at the Rice's reply:
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!