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Riverside Hotel is a classic ballroom wedding venue located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The venue is versatile with indoor and outdoor spaces for both ceremony and reception. They strive to provide couples with everything couples need to make their wedding vision a reality. Located near the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beaches, Port Everglades, and is conveniently within close proximity to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. With luxury facilities, couples and guests are sure to enjoy their time at Riverside Hotel.

Services Offered
With amenities at the hotel and nearby, guests have the ability to relax and enjoy their stay during the big wedding weekend. A dancefloor, lighting and sound systems are all available to entertain you and your guests. In addition to hosting your ceremony and reception at Riverside Hotel, couples may also use the hotel to host their engagement party and bridal shower.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can host 150 - 250 guests at Riverside Hotel. Palms and lush Florida foliage provide a serene ambiance on the New River Patio. The Himmarshee Ballroom provides a luxurious charm perfect for every couple who dreams of a little elegance on their wedding day. The Skyline Terrace is attached to the Himmarshee Ballroom and offers amazing views of the river and city skyline to the ocean. The Veraqnda is an open air event space on the rooftop. As a hotel, Riverside Hotel offers accommodations for couples and their guests. Each of the 231 rooms offers gorgeous views with comfortable and modern amenities. Rooms from classic standard to executive king are available, with a range of room styles in between. ADA-compliant rooms are also available, so there is a perfect space for every couple and guest to stay.

Catering

In-house catering and bar services are provided by the Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille. The diverse menu means there is something for every guest to enjoy for their meal while preparing to dance the night away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

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?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$800

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Signature Drink

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel

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?

Accommodations
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access
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4.6 out of 5 rating
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93% Recommended by couples

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Karina
Karina G. Married on 04/29/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue


Riverside was the perfect mix of old Florida charm, downtown nightlife, & the ease & convenience of having everything in one place. We had our ceremony on the beautiful ground floor, patio near the water, cocktail hour on the terrace overlooking the city, and the reception in the air-conditioned ballroom. The food and cake were both delicious and our guests kept complementing us on the beauty of the venue. Riverside was so easy to work with and made the planning process seamless. It was truly the best night ever
Brenda
Brenda B. Married on 04/15/2023
5 out of 5 rating

There is no other venue you need to consider

I've lived in Ft Lauderdale my whole life so I know a bit about different options. We still looked at various Wedding venues in East Ft Lauderdale and none compared to The Riverside! The Riverside is classic and being on Las Olas, it is a perfect destination for guests. The venue is easier to get to than beach options. When you look at the small details, like valet is included for your guests and the cake is included and created by a Netlfix show award winning baker at their New River Bakery, these small things all add up to the obvious choice. Then, there is so much more! We got married on the Riverside Outdoor patio. The backdrop of the New River was more than gorgeous, outstanding and beautiful. Cocktail Hour was on their 8th floor terrace with sweeping views from North up, all along the Atlantic coastline, over Port Everglades, full view south and all of the Western sky. You will not get this anywhere else. The indoor ballroom reception space was more than we could ask for. On top of this, the catering (dinner, food & drinks) by the Riverside and the Hotel Planner, Loma, that helped us every step of the way were top notch. Loma was professional, friendly and she ensured 100% that our day was going to execute perfectly and it did! If we could, we would get married at the Riverside again!
Monica
Monica M. Married on 03/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A dream come true

An absolute dream come true. From beginning to end, Loma and her team at The Riverside were the best ever. From our initial tour, to the tasting, rehearsal and everything in between, no detail was overlooked. We loved being able to have everything in one place. The hotel and the ceremony areas are absolutely gorgeous so it was easy to have a beautiful backdrop for our special day. They have the best all inclusive packages, and the team is the best. We were able to have our rehearsal dinner at Wild Sea (in the hotel) which was also amazing. The food was delicious, the cake was the cake of our dreams, and everything was absolutely amazing. Loma's expertise, knowledge and experience are priceless. We will forever be grateful to the team at the Riverside and it will forever hold a special place in our heart.
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Riverside Hotel is a beautiful and unique setting for a wedding or special event. In fact, we celebrated our honeymoon night there 23 years ago. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. There's a beautiful balcony in the old wing that overlooks Las Olas Boulevard.

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One of the top wedding venues in Ft. Lauderdale. The staff is friendly & accomodating, the food & service is tops....

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The Riverside Hotel is one of our favorite locations!! With such an beautiful and unique location paired with a top notch catering department you will find the best choice for any event at The Riverside Hotel.

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Riverside Hotel frequently asked questions

Riverside Hotel includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Riverside Hotel includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at Riverside Hotel includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Signature Drink
The space offered by Riverside Hotel for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
Riverside Hotel offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Riverside Hotel offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
Riverside Hotel offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
Riverside Hotel is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in quality of service, 4.6 in average response time, 4.6 in flexibility, 4.6 in professionalism and 4.6 in value.

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