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Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

$5k - $6k For 100 Guests
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Pricing Information

These prices are available for the months of April through October. These prices are available for the months of November through March.
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,500 starting price
Bar
$30 starting price
Reception
$4,000 starting price
Ceremony
$800 starting price
Bar
$30 starting price

About

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ATTENTION: Our Offices are Closed for Spring Break. We will reply to all inquiries upon our return on Monday, March 27, 2023.

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center is a stylish and sophisticated wedding venue located just outside of Washington, D.C, in College Park, Maryland. With a variety of event spaces available, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center has a maximum capacity of up to 500 guests for a seated banquet and 800 standing reception. Each space features its own unique flair, featuring breathtaking details such as marble floors, fireplaces, grand staircases, stained glass, and a finely manicured garden for a beautiful outdoor ceremony. The picture-perfect setting outside our nation’s capital will surely make you and your guests’ hearts skip a beat!

Wedding Packages begin at $5,000 and include the following features:
- Use of Orem Alumni Hall
- LED Up Lights
- Audiovisual equipment for slideshow
- Tables
- Silver Chivari Chairs
- Marble Hall (Rever Alumni Hall) is perfect for a cocktail reception or to stage your catering buffet.
- Two Dressing/Preparation Rooms (Chaney Library and AAI Conference Room)
- Your choice of a white dance floor or up to 9 panels of staging.
- 2-hour allotment for set-up (Caterers & Decorators can access the ballroom 3 hours in advance)
- 4-hour allotment of event time
- 1-hour allotment for clean-up & breakdown (covered by the Riggs team and your caterers)
- Free Parking and Valet Services Available
- All Spaces are Wheelchair Accessible

A ceremony can easily be added in one of our many spaces, including a one-hour rehearsal the week of your wedding, a one-hour ceremony, and a chair rental. Moxley Gardens is a beautiful ceremony site in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Required Approved Caterers:
We offer a variety of selected caterers to satisfy even the most diverse palate. Visit us online to see the approved caterers you can choose from.

Bar/Beverages:
Alcohol must be purchased through the Riggs Alumni Center, but we offer various bar options. From our Celebration Bar with just beer and wine to our Premium Open Bar to a Cash Bar, we have something to fit every budget!

Site Visit/Walkthrough:
We would love for you to visit the space in person and allow us to show you how we can make an unforgettable evening for you and your guests.

We look forward to creating a night to remember kicking off a lifetime of happiness for you and yours!

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$5,000

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

$4,000

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?

$1,500

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

$800

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

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

House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Garden
Historic Building

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
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December
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    A fantastic option for Terps!

    As Maryland alums, we couldn't have been happier with Riggs as our reception venue. We worked with Rhonda and Shannon and felt cared for every step of the way. The space is large and versatile with indoor and outdoor spots. We used the atrium, patio, and garden for cocktail hour and then moved to the ballroom for dinner and dancing. With COVID, we were able to spread out nicely, and still have an intimate feel. All of the communication with the team was timely and professional. The day-of, everything went off without a hitch. Testudo even made an appearance! A beautiful, meaningful venue with a great value! We are so grateful for the Riggs team!

    Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:

    Thank you very much for your kind words Kareena! It is always wonderful to bring home our alums for such joyous occasions. Congratulations and wishes for a lifetime of great memories, laughter and adventure together.
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    Jermaine G. Married on 02/01/2020
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    Get married here!

    Samuel Riggs Alumni Center was such an outstanding picturesque space. Rhonda Whyte and Brittany Pain were so amazing, patient and warm. This was Brittany's first wedding and she made sure that whatever we needed was provided. We could not tell that this was her first time taking the lead. Her warm and welcoming demeanor during the whole process of planning and day of was incredible. We couldn't ask for anything more. We couldn't have picked a better place to start our journey together.
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    Bailey S. Married on 07/06/2019
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    Get married at the Riggs Center! Go Terps!

    Our experience with the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center was a wonderful, stress-free, wedding experience!! Every time I had a question, something to add or alter, our coordinator from Riggs was quick to respond and SO helpful! We loved how we were able to have our wedding, cocktail hour, and reception all in one beautiful building. We had one small issue, our grooms suite wasn't ready the day of and we had to have them wait 20 minutes while they got the room ready. Other than that the over all experience was perfect. We wouldn't have picked to have our wedding any where else!!!
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Team

Lindsey  Wareing
Lindsey Wareing
Director of Sales and Marketing

Lindsey is excited to join the University of Maryland team. Having been born and raised in Maryland the state school has always contributed to her community and local academics. Lindsey has spent her career in non-profit theater arts managing operations, client services, sales and marketing. For Lindsey customer experience and satisfaction is always the top priority and encouraging a safe, beautiful and happy environment for guests is the first step in that journey. Personally Lindsey enjoys spending time with her son exploring the outdoors and all that life has to offer, especially food!

Mel Coles
Mel Coles
Event Coordinator

Mel is a two-time alumnus of the University of Maryland-College Park, where she received her B.A in Sociology (2016) and M.A. in American Studies (2021). Before joining the Riggs team in 2021, Mel. worked in events at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life and the Center for Campus Life at UMD. Mel. lives in a quaint studio in College Park, Maryland with three feline companions: Emerald, Isis, and Galadriel. In her spare time, Mel. enjoys traveling, gardening, collecting antiques, and working with clients to create memorable, lasting, and unforgettable events!

Professional Network & Endorsements

10 Endorsements
OBMBridal OBMBridal Wedding Dresses

We've partnered with the Riggs Center for bridal expos in the past. Amazing staff, super organized, and a great layout for weddings and special occasions. We highly recommend!

Options Caterers Options Caterers Wedding Caterers

What a lovely space for your event! The staff at Riggs Alumni Center provides excellent service for you as you plan your event. We are so pleased to be partners with such a professional group! Take a look and you will find a great venue!

Astounding Affairs Astounding Affairs Wedding Planners

Jessica Roberts, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, on University of Maryland is a Great asset to this venue. Her promptness and professionalism is beyond words. I recommend this venue to anyone who's looking to have a successful, elegant event.

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