The River House

Favorite feature of the venue?
The river view!

What are your couples’ favorite features of the venue?
The river view and the beautiful dock. Our interior designer has selected furnishings both new and antique that give each room character and Old World charm. Our color palette is soft, muted gold and sage green with hardwood floors and/or carpet in the rooms. The overall feel of River House is that of an upscale yet comfortable setting.

Tell us a little about the venue? Is there a history or a cool story couples love to hear?
River House is a little different than most venues in that it is owned by a private non-profit organization, the St. Johns County Council on Aging. On the weekdays, the building operates as an active senior center with all types of classes and programs for residents and visitors alike. On the weekend, it transforms into an event venue, hosting 750+ social and corporate events since its 10 years in business. Proceeds from the venue rentals directly support the non-profit’s mission and day-to-day upkeep of the building, making River House a dual-purpose facility with truly unique functions.

A woman by the name of Mary Peck, a longtime supporter and active participant of COA programming, willed that her home be used for the benefit of community elders when she passed away. Her wish was to provide waterfront dining for seniors, so older adults could enjoy the Bayfront view that she had loved during her lifetime. With her donation, a vision was brought to life. Her home was sold and the profit was used as the seed money to build River House.

Cathy Brown, COA’s Executive Director at the time, is credited with the brilliant idea of constructing a building that could house senior programing during the week, and host special events on the weekends. It became the perfect balance — providing St. Johns County with a state-of-the-art, nationally accredited senior center, as well as a prestigious event venue on the Bayfront overlooking the Matanzas River, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Bridge of Lions.

A.D. Davis Construction broke ground in May 2009, and River House opened its doors in January 2010. The River House Ballroom is named in Ms. Peck’s honor, and a portrait of her created by local artist Jean Troemel is displayed there.

What are the venue spaces? 
The Grand Ballroom
Weddings, festive ceremonies and hallmark events become even more special in the River House Grand Ballroom. Our ballroom can accommodate 240 guests seated with a 32ft round hardwood dance floor. We offer 6ft round tables of ten, with ivory-cushioned Gold Chiavari chairs. The Grand Ballroom also includes French doors overlooking the terrace and spectacular water views!

River House Terrace
Relax and enjoy the beauty of the Matanzas River from the timelessly elegant River House terrace. As guests descend the down lit terrace steps and onto the tumbled stone pavers, they are greeted with a breathtaking view of the St. Augustine lighthouse. Our terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, or a stroll on our down lit dock. Also includes 7 cast-iron tables with 28 chairs, and 8 wicker rocking chairs.

The Conservatory
The Conservatory, just off the ballroom has travertine floors, white walls, iron-framed mirrors shaped like palladiums windows lining the walls, antique hanging lanterns and six square tables each with 4 white Chiavari chairs. All this helps to complete the feeling of a “garden room.”

The Library
Our library features hardwood floors, a fireplace, built-in bookcases, button-tucked leather sofas, 8 wingback chairs and in-house speakers for background music if desired. Also includes huge French doors that open out onto a covered terrace overlooking the Matanzas River and St. Augustine Lighthouse.

The Bridal Suite
Our gathering room for the bride and bridesmaids features floor-to-ceiling mirrors, a private entryway, wall hooks for formal wear, lounge seating, up to six square tables with white Chiavari chairs, and gorgeous natural light in the afternoon. Access to a private bathroom is directly adjacent to this room.

The Board Room
The Board Room, typically used as the Groomsmen Lounge, has a 5’x16’ rosewood table with 14 leather chairs, a full-length mirror, wall hooks for formal wear, and a flatscreen TV with access to cable and digital streaming services. The Board Room also opens up to the library for mingling during cocktail hour, if desired.

What’s included in your packages?
Grand Wedding
 On-site ceremony on the terrace + 150 white garden chairs with padded seats
 A one-hour rehearsal one day prior to the event may be scheduled, if desired
 Up to 24 - 6’ rd. tables with gold Chiavari chairs, plus tables for the cake, gifts, place cards, and wedding party
 Use of the Grand Ballroom, Conservatory, Library, Board Room, a gathering room for the wedding party, two classrooms and two outdoor terraces overlooking the Matanzas River with views of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
 Floor length table linens and napkins (50+ colors to choose from)
 Use of in-house sound system

Premier Wedding
 On-site ceremony on the terrace + 200 white garden chairs with padded seats
 A one-hour rehearsal one day prior to the event may be scheduled, if desired
 Up to 24 - 6’ rd. tables with gold Chiavari chairs, plus tables for the cake, gifts, place cards, and wedding party
 Use of the Grand Ballroom, Conservatory, Library, Board Room, a gathering room for the wedding party, two classrooms and two outdoor terraces overlooking the Matanzas River with views of the St. Augustine Lighthouse
 Floor length table linens and napkins (50+ colors to choose from)
 River House china, flatware and glassware
 Use of in-house sound system and audio-visual equipment
 Up to 4 highboy tables with linens for cocktail hour

Are there any photo restrictions at the venue?
No

Do you have a Getting Ready room?
Yes, 2 dedicated spaces described above

How much can couples expect to pay on average at your venue?
Pricing ranges from $6,000 – $9,000 for our reception packages and $7,500 – $9,950 for our ceremony & reception packages. Contact us today for a personalized quote for your special event!

Who is the best person to contact for a viewing?
P: 904.826.6210
E: cwiecking@riverhouseevents.com


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