Dating back to 1913, the Crystal Ballroom in the historic Rice Hotel is a beautiful venue to consider for your classic southern nuptials. Nestled in the heart of bustling Houston, Texas, this unique landmark has plenty to offer brides south of the Mason-Dixon line.
As its name depicts, the Crystal Ballroom is brimming with icy chandeliers as well as 25-foot tall ceilings, wraparound terraces, and hand-painted murals. And with room to fit up to 400 guests for a seated dinner, it's the perfect venue to accommodate even the largest of Texan weddings.
And if you're hosting a characteristically smaller affair, there's a space for you here, too. The adjoining Empire Room, which is similarly furnished and boasts spacious 22-foot tall ceilings, a 20-foot bar, and private terrace, is ideal for parties up to 120 guests.
The property's exclusive caterer, Sambuca, will create a tasty menu with options like lobster rolls, pulled pork sliders, vegetable enchiladas, and veal picatta. And with beer, wine, and cocktail stations, they'll be sure to keep your party going all night long.
If you choose to wed at the Rice Hotel, you're in great company. The property has had famous guests like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy, as well as celebrity visits from Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, and Mick Jagger.
Another perk of tying the knot at the Crystal Ballroom is that the property can accommodate your guests for a rehearsal dinner, reception, or morning-after brunch, meaning you could host all of your events in one place for a seamless big day.