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"Stylish & Sophisticated" venue with 5-Star service

Elegant venue in a convenient location only minutes outside of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. 

Picture-perfect details include marble floors, fireplace, grand staircase,  stained-glass ocular, and lush garden surrounding a crystalline fountain which is ideal for your outdoor ceremony.

All-inclusive (& affordable)  wedding packages designed to make the day you always dreamed of beautiful. 

The Riggs Alumni Center is beautiful by design but our dedicated staff & superb service is why you'll truly fall in love with us!  We are open to the public, not only alumni.

 

Teresa
9/10/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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. 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!!!! The Grantsons!!!! #AccessGrantson2017
christina
8/19/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
Thank you Christina! It was a pleasure working with you and I loved that Testudo made an appearance at your wedding! Best, Rhea
Ardelle
8/12/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
Thank you Ardelle for the kind words. Your wedding reception was stunning! I hope you and Ed are enjoying newlywed life. - Cassie
Kinyatta
7/8/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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!
Ashley
6/25/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Lenora
5/28/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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!
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
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! Ali
Shnyce
1/15/17
Categories: Event Production, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
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 :) -Cassie
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Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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.
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
Thanks for the kind words! It was so great working with you, your husband and family during the planning process!
Lauren
1/7/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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!
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
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
11/5/16
Categories: Event Production, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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!
Ayokunmi
10/8/16
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Very pleasant to work with. Very beautiful venue.
Danielle
10/8/16
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
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!
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center responded with the following comments:
I'm so happy you and Adam had a wonderful wedding reception here with us. You two were so great to work with! Cheers! -Cassie
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Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
13
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Modern, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Outside Cake OK
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use, Private Room
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom
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