Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

909 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Event planning
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering

History
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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61 Reviews for Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Rachel · Married on 03/18/2017

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      5.0
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    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:

    All appreciation is to you, my friend. You, your friends and family are all an absolute JOY! Your friends at the Crystal Ballroom wish you a life of much luck, love and happiness.

    Jamie
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    Erika · Married on 07/17/2016

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    My husband and I just got married a month ago today there. What can we say it was perfect, from the historical richness this place offers, its elegance and excellent service made our day memorable forever. Jamie was very helpful, quick to respond and flexible. The staff that day were beyond excellent. Very kind and professional. Everything was handled in a very organized manner and they made us feel like royalty. I am glad that my wedding was there because the overall experience was wonderful. All my guests continue to talk about the wedding and how beautiful it was.

    Sent on 08/17/2016

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Crystal Ballroom at the Rice FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 29,871.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 1,273.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,230.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Banquet Hall
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer? Event Planner
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Valet

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • Jessi Marri Photography
    Jessi Marri Photography Wedding Photographers

    FAVORITE venue to shoot at!

  • C. Baron Photography
    C. Baron Photography Wedding Photographers

    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!

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  • 909 Texas Ave Houston, Texas, 77002 See on map
    713-999-6322 (Phone number)

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