Crystal Ballroom at the Rice




The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is a 1913 historic ballroom located in the heart of downtown Houston’s Rice Hotel. Originally the capital of the Republic of Texas, this is one of Houston's most unique and historic landmarks. Ideal for your romantic wedding celebration, this venue is elegant, sophisticated and memorable. The Crystal Ballroom is resplendent with crystal chandeliers, heroic murals, 35-foot ceilings, Mahogany French doors and a full wraparound terrace. The 5,600 square foot event space and the adjunct 1,400 square foot parlor provide an ample space for up to 400 guests for a seated meal, with a dance floor. Sambuca, one of Houston’s most exclusive caterers, provides food and beverage service. An elegant lobby entrance will greet your guests as crystal chandeliers sparkle from above. Gather your loved ones at Crystal Ballroom at the Rice for a wedding celebration you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Ballrooms


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 330 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 330 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start 4 hours prior to event. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

There is no rental fee for the reception but there is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The venue allows 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. The set up fee for a wedding ceremony is $1,200. A refundable security deposit of $500 is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is estimated at between $7,945 and $16,653 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Event coordination
Bride's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Chiavari chairs
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Votive candles
Day of onsite manager
Full kitchen facilities
No parking options

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking outside only
Music must end by midnight