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Bailey Schinner · Married on 07/06/2019
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!!!Sent on 07/29/2019
Lakethia · Married on 06/16/2018
This venue is beautiful, and offers a lot of beautiful space...great for pictures. Our onsite coordinator Sienna was awesome. She was very easy to work with and we really appreciate her.Sent on 06/06/2018
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you Lakethia! It was such a pleasure working with you and Lamar. I am so happy that you both enjoyed you big day! I was just honored to be a part of it!
Victor · Married on 03/24/2018
Awesome experience doing my wedding at the Riggs! Beautiful place that can accommodate any size wedding! Also, I would like to shout out Cassie who was our event coordinator for our wedding, she was so easy to work with, super helpful, and very patient with my wife and I, we couldn't have asked for a better person to help us that day! Overall my experience with the Riggs was outstanding and I would definitely do another party here in the near future!Sent on 04/19/2018
Charisse · Married on 12/08/2017
I knew I wanted to use this venue a couple years prior to my wedding. I was a part of an event inside the stunning ballroom. This venue is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is extremely affordable with a great package compared to other local venues. I got so many compliments on both my event and the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni center. One of my guests even inquired about planning her 65th birthday there. In addition to my wedding, my baby shower was held here a year prior. If I need to plan another event, this venue would be my first choice AGAIN. The staff, specifically Sienna (Event Sales Coordinator) and Ali (Event Manager), were very professional and AMAZING to work with.Sent on 12/14/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you so very much for the kind words! It was a pleasure working with you all over the past year on your baby shower and wedding here at the Alumni Center. I wish you all the very best!
Emily · Married on 10/15/2017
The Alumni Center was the perfect place to host our wedding. The staff was incredibly helpful and patient with our many requests for additional amenities. The price was quite reasonable given the extent of the space we were given: in addition to the ballroom segment, you also get the entire atrium, rotunda, and patio reserved for the entire 8 hours of the reservation. The spaces are open and so gorgeous, we didn't even need to decorate besides a few flowers. We easily fit our 100 guests in this space (garden for the ceremony, 1 ballroom segment for the reception) and could have fit a few dozen more. We couldn't recommend this space enough for your ceremony and reception.Sent on 11/25/2017
Teresa · Married on 09/10/2017
The original style for our wedding venue was a unique space like a small museum with expose brick, well more like my style not the Groom, LOL! Due to our wedding size we had to look at ballroom style venues which was a blessing.Sent on 10/03/2017
We were able to have our unique rustic glam style wedding because Riggs is a beautiful space for any wedding style. I was more excited to find there was some expose brick that became the backdrop for the photo booth area. All this to say, your wedding can be as creative as you like at Riggs from using the drop down screens or keeping it elegant with the tall clean white walls.
Our venue coordinator Cassandra N. Klemish was everything!!! She answered all emails and calls, she helped us stay on track, and she reassured us when things got crazy. She worked great with our wedding coordinators and vendors throughout the wedding process. If Cassandra was not available she made sure another Riggs coordinator would be able to help with our needs.
Lastly, visit Riggs amazing wedding open house to have a feel of the space and meet possible vendors for your wedding. We had a great time tasting treats, hearing music, and learning wedding tips.
Thank you Riggs & Cassie!!!!
christina · Married on 08/19/2017
Awesome venue! Doesn't need a lot of decoration because it is really pretty on its own. The garden, the cocktail hour hallway and the reception hall are awesome! The package also includes uplighting in any color, we chose purple, and it really made a huge difference in how the reception hall looked. Our coordinator was Rhea, and she was the best. She answered my million questions over email super quick and was there the day of to make sure everything went smoothly. I would really recommend this venue, especially if you are an UMD alumni. Parking was also not an issue, Lot1 and LotZ are right across from the building and they have open parking on weekends.Sent on 09/05/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you Christina! It was a pleasure working with you and I loved that Testudo made an appearance at your wedding!
Ardelle · Married on 08/12/2017
Cassie was joy to work with. Anytime I emailed or called with a question/problem I never had to wait long for an answer or solution. I loved how flexible Cassie was in allowing me to come view the reception space on multiple occasion, so I knew my vision would come to life. When I saw how beautiful the place was from the first time I saw the blank canvas I was ecstatic. What made the moment even more exciting, was the joy on Cassie's face. She was just as happy as all of guest that this day has arrived. I would advise any bride looking for a blank canvas to make your wedding day dreams come true, Samuel Riggs is the place to go.Sent on 09/22/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you Ardelle for the kind words. Your wedding reception was stunning! I hope you and Ed are enjoying newlywed life. - Cassie
Kinyatta · Married on 07/08/2017
I am so very pleased to provide this review for the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. After my very first appointment to determine if I wanted to work with Riggs, I felt at ease by the wonderful staff. Additionally, I fell head over heels for the venue. The white marble floors, the spacious reception and ceremony sites, high ceilings, and not to mention the beautiful hall that makes a gorgeous backdrop for a cocktail hour. Believe me, I am picky, so I went through painstaking measures to ensure that the team at Riggs knew what I expected and they delivered. Angela D, my Event Manager set meetings that accommodated my work schedule on at least two occasions to allow me to see and tour the venue with my wedding planner. These meetings took place after her normal working hours. The night before the wedding, we conducted the wedding rehearsal, and we needed to unload boxes of wedding decorations. I remember that Angela D. was literally at the door waiting for our arrival and immediately began to help us unload what had to be about 10 boxes! I was super impressed by that because I had no expectation that she would help in that manner. Additionally, I needed to make edits to my slideshow the night before the wedding and once again, Angela waited up late at night to receive the new slideshow from me and to test it before wedding day. All of the AV equipment worked as planned, the facilities were spotless, coupled with the convenient location & free parking for my guests - I could not have asked anything more. I know that the event managers work with a lot of customers /weddings, but I didn't feel like I was another customer in an assembly line. Angela D. took good care of my requests and needs, was extremely patient, accommodating and responsive - even to early morning and late night emails. Last, Angela D worked EXTREMELY well with my wedding planner and this is truly the reason for such a flawlessly executed wedding of my dreams! Thanks Riggs & Angela! I will miss you!Sent on 07/22/2017
Ashley · Married on 06/25/2017
My now husband and I had an amazing experience working with this venue. From our initial contact and tour with Sienna, to our dealings with Cassie, our coordinator, we were treated with the utmost kindness and respect. Any question that we or our wedding planner posed was answered in record time. Any apprehensions that we may have had were easily tackled and our wedding went off without a hitch. We were met with nothing but smiling faces and pure enthusiasm during our wedding rehearsal and the day of the wedding. Guests couldn't stop talking about the all inclusiveness of the venue. We are more than happy with our choice and wouldn't change a thing. Thank you to all the staff of Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center for your hard work and dedication.Sent on 07/02/2017
Lenora · Married on 05/28/2017
I love UMD!! Terp pride forever!! So, it only made sense that I host our wedding here. Ali and Sienna were very professional, sweet and knowledgeable! Our wedding was a huge success (even though it rained). The guests loved it and we loved it even more! Thank you Ali and Sienna!Sent on 06/13/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you for the kind words Lenora and Henry! It was a pleasure to work with the two of you and I wish you all the best in your new life together!
Shnyce · Married on 01/15/2017
From the first email to the last dance the ladies were great. My event manager was Cassie, she was extremely responsive and flexible with anything that we needed. The overall value of the package was great. It was hard to find a venue that offers the tables, chairs, and up-lighting all in one package. Cassie an the entire team at the Riggs Alumni Center were friendly and easy to work with. Choosing them was definitely one of the best decisions made for our wedding.Sent on 02/09/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you Shnyce for the thoughtful words! It was a pleasure to work with you and Sean on all of the details of your wedding, I loved that you did the X and O layout with the table arrangement, very creative! Best wishes to you and your family :)
Angela · Married on 01/14/2017
I had the privilege of working alongside Cassie and Ali for my wedding! I held my ceremony in 1/3 of the ballroom and reception in 2/3. Cocktails were held out in the marble hallway, it was perfect! Cassie and Ali put all my nerves to rest and I was completely relaxed because I knew they had everything under control! I would host several more events at Riggs moving forward! The staff was excellent, easy to work with and great customer service and the venue was clean, elegant and convenient.Sent on 01/27/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thanks for the kind words! It was so great working with you, your husband and family during the planning process!
Lauren · Married on 01/07/2017
We fell in love with Riggs as soon as we saw it. The marble entry way and cocktail area space was really unique and the ballroom was beautiful. We wanted a traditional space with a modern feel, and we found exactly that here. The room was the perfect neutral background for our metallic winter wedding. I was worried about finding a space to fit our 230 guests, but we fit in 2/3 of the ballroom with no issues. Our sales rep and coordinator contact were both very accommodating and quick to respond to our questions. Rhea, our coordinator, also helped us figure out how to bring my favorite champagne for the wedding. Some of my younger cousins even loved it so much they are also planning on using it for their weddings!Sent on 02/15/2017
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thank you so much for the great review Lauren! Your wedding was gorgeous, I am definitely encouraging future winter weddings to use that beautiful color palette. I wish you and Scott all the best! -Rhea
Denesh · Married on 11/05/2016
The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus is an absolute hidden gem for anyone looking to hold an extravagant and classy wedding or event. When looking at other locations, my wife and I were unimpressed with the standard hotels and banquet halls with minimal guidance and high minimums. However, one step into the Riggs Center and our wedding dreams came true. When choosing the Riggs Center, you're not only obtaining a location, but full event guidance. Specifically Cassie Klemish was outstanding to work with, and made our dreams a reality. Her impeccable responsiveness and genuine care for ensuring our event went on without a hitch made our day priceless. She even went out of her way to ensure a marching band competition that was being held at the nearby stadium did not pose an inconvenience to our day and guests. We'd highly recommend the Riggs Center to our friends and family, and no lie the day after our wedding received inquiries from them on hosting their next event. Thank you Cassie and the Riggs Center for making our day truly special and one we will never forget!Sent on 11/16/2016
Ayokunmi · Married on 10/08/2016
Very pleasant to work with. Very beautiful venue.Sent on 01/26/2016
Danielle · Married on 10/08/2016
This venue is by far the best in the area. I researched over 25 venues to host our wedding of 160 guests, and Riggs definitely fit the bill. They allow you the flexibility to choose from over 20 preferred caterers unlike other venues that may only have 3-5 options. There's plenty of space to host a cocktail hour in the hallway area and guests are able to easily transition to the reception area that is tailored to your capacity needs. Additionally, the bridal suite was ideal for me and my bridesmaids to relax in prior to the recepetion, and overall, they are priced fairly reasonable compared to others. Cassie was absolutely a pleasure to work with and our special day was absolutely amazing!Sent on 06/24/2016
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:I'm so happy you and Adam had a wonderful wedding reception here with us. You two were so great to work with! Cheers!
Sushwetha · Married on 08/12/2016
Rhea and her team at the Alumni Center were fantastic! They were very professional, organized and also flexible which is what we appreciated most. Everything went smoothly for us and we really loved the friendly and proactive service we received both pre-reception day and on the big day. Thank you Rhea and her team again!Sent on 08/21/2016
Kristina · Married on 07/17/2016
Riggs was the perfect place for my daughters reception. The staff was very helpful and amazing to work with. It is beautiful and the reception was amazing.Sent on 07/19/2016
Steven · Married on 07/03/2016
Ali was amazing. We did not have to do a thing, Ali took care of everything. The place was beautiful and everything was done to perfection. Couldn't have asked for anything more or better. Worth every penny. Most highly recommendedSent on 07/16/2016
I · Married on 05/01/2016
This was a beautiful and spacious facility with plenty of parking for our guests. There is a beautiful garden that comes with the package, as well as two bridal suites. Rhea was an amazing venue coordinator and was very helpful during the planning process and the day of the wedding. I would highly recommend this venue.Sent on 05/04/2016
Kelly · Married on 02/14/2016
The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center is an AMAZING wedding venue. From the first visit we knew that we had to have our wedding there. The Riggs family are responses very quickly to all questions asked. They worked very nicely with not only us but all of our other vendors as well. The Riggs family is very responsiveness in all of your questions and needs. You will always feel like your are their first priority. The venue itself is beautiful. We would definitely recommend this venue to other for any of their events. We will definitely consider Riggs in the future for event place. Thank you Riggs for making our wedding a fairytale.Sent on 02/26/2016
User6164926 · 2+ years ago
My husband and I had our wedding at the Alumni Center on the 22nd of November. It was a very intimate ceremony with only 25 guests. We had the ceremony in the Rotunda and it was perfect. We had our dinner right down the hall and both had suites to get ready in with our families. The day was just what we wanted and cannot thank the staff at the Alumni Center enough. They were extremely professional, helpful, responsive and took care of every last question and detail to ensure we did not have to worry about anything. I would definitely recommend using this venue for anyone considering having their wedding around the DMV area.Sent on 01/07/2016
Leslie · Married on 11/15/2015
A great place to have a reception! They were very responsive to any questions that I had and accommodating to my requests.Sent on 04/01/2016
User5622744 · 2+ years ago
Best day ever!!!!! Riggs Alumni Center was gorgeous and incredibly accommodating (guests not related to me confirmed this, so it is not delusional). From the first day that I went to look at the venue, I knew it was the perfect place. Everyone we worked with was awesome and super helpful; they even recommended our caterer to us and the food was spectacular. Rhea was our coordinator- she was very nice and organized and I felt that she really wanted to help make the day special. Even when I fell apart the last week and forgot to pay (!) she was so sweet about it. I recommend this site to anyone that is considering it!Sent on 11/17/2015
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center's reply:Thanks so much Laura! Your wedding was such a blast, and I'm so glad you and your guests had a great time.