There is limited parking at River House but there is ample parking directly across the street in a well-lit lot located beside and behind our other day-use facility, the Coastal Community Center. All parking is free.
We can accommodate 240 guests seated or 400 reception style.
All food and beverage service (except for cake or desserts) must be provided by one of the approved caterers on our list.
Rental time varies between 8-9 hours from the start of setup to the end of breakdown, based on the package selected. Up to two hours of early access time may be arranged at the cost of $150/hour. One additional hour of extra event time may be arranged in advance only for $500.
A 25% non-refundable deposit reserves your date and a contract must be signed shortly thereafter. All deposits can be made by cash, check made payable to “COA”, or any major credit card.
An additional 25% of the rental fee will be due six months prior to your event, payable by cash, check, or any major credit card. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to your event, payable by check only made out to “COA”.
No later than 2 weeks out. You will need to get a 1-day $1M host liquor liability insurance policy with St. Johns County Council on Aging as the added insured. Please have a copy of the certificate emailed to us.
Information on obtaining coverage can be provided upon request.
Most of our packages include floor-length solid polyester linens in 59 colors to choose from. The linens are rented in for each event from Connie Duglin Linens. Click here to view the solid color choices that are included in our packages. You may also request a swatch sample to be sent to you by mail if desired.
* Please note that upgraded specialty fabrics are not included, but may be rented through us for an additional fee.
Out front – the fountain area is spot lit, the covered entryway is illuminated, and there are lanterns on the either side of the front doors.
In the back – the building, terrace and stairs are lit. The observation deck has Edison string lights along the railing, and the edge of the terrace bulkhead also has inlayed rope lights.
They take approximately 60-90 minutes and are scheduled in advance for Tuesday –Friday 10am-4pm. A walk-through form will be emailed to you prior to your appointment so that you can prepared for what will be discussed. We kindly ask that you fill out any details you already know prior to the appointment, and the rest will be completed that day. We require your day-of coordinator to be present for this appointment.
Yes, two River House staff members are present for the duration of each event. They are responsible for handling any venue-related issues, but do not assist with any vendor or personal décor setup.
Valet parking can be arranged upon request.
We have two spaces available for your ceremony. Outside on our stone-paved terrace is the most popular choice, however you may also plan your ceremony inside our Grand Ballroom on our 32ft round hardwood dance floor. Both spaces include our breathtaking view overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
The “Grand” package includes 150 white resin folding chairs with padded seats. The “Premier” package includes 200 chairs. Additional chairs may be rented for $4 each. This fee includes set-up and breakdown by River House staff. For indoor ceremonies, we use Gold Chiavari chairs with ivory cushions.
As general rule, they are set up 2 hours prior to the ceremony start and taken down at the end of the evening. This is also when a decision is made whether or not a ceremony will be moved inside due to inclement weather.
We have had up to 230 chairs set up for ceremonies. We also have chairs and tables on our Library terrace which guests can use to watch the ceremony.
Depending on the final guest count! Usually 10-12 guests per row on each side, with the 1st row on each side having the exact number of seats needed for the immediate family.
Yes, you may use any décor as long as it is set up and removed the same day and does not leave any permanent marks or damage to the pavers or building. Please be sure all décor is secured sufficiently to withstand any gusts of wind.
There are no music restrictions. Many weddings have live music for the ceremony and cocktail hour or have their DJ bring a separate smaller sound system to use outdoors. There are plenty of outlets available to accommodate any electrical equipment.
That is your choice. Depending on the breeze on your wedding day, it may be more of a hindrance than a help. Most opt to not use a microphone.
You are entitled to a one-hour rehearsal the day prior to your wedding. The timing, however, is subject to other events scheduled at River House that day. The exact time will be set up with the River House Sales & Marketing Manager.
Yes, we require that you have a licensed and insured professional day-of coordinator to ensure proper care and use of our building, as well as to facilitate a smooth execution of the event. This person will represent the client to oversee setup and vendor arrivals, sign for deliveries, place any personal décor, etc.
* Please note that your coordinator may not be someone who is a guest at the event.
Weather permitting the cocktail hour takes place outside on our stone paved terrace. In case of inclement weather, a bar may be set up in our Library or our Conservatory depending upon the package you have selected.
Weddings with less than 140 guests typically set up the buffet/stations in the alcove of the Grand Ballroom. Larger weddings usually have a double buffet in our Conservatory which is directly off our Ballroom with easy access for both the guests and catering staff.
You may arrange in advanced only for one additional hour of event time for $500. Please keep in mind that in doing so there will likely be additional fees with all your other vendors as well.
Guest tables are 72″ rounds with ten guests per table. We also have 30″ rounds, a 36″ round, a 48″ round, 36″ squares, and 2-60″ squares that may be utilized for the head table, gift table and/or cake table. An 18×96″ table is available to display escort cards. Five highboy cocktail tables may be rented for $25 each, including the floor length tablecloth.
We also have 14-6′ banquet tables, 2-8’ banquet tables and 2-8’ serpentine tables that caterers may use but they must supply their own linens for food and bar tables.
No open flames are allowed, but candles with the flames enclosed in votives or hurricanes are allowed.
ou may use any décor as long as it is set up and removed the same day and does not leave any permanent marks or damage. In order to preserve our hardwood floor, we do not allow any dance floor decals. Please bear in mind that it must be put up and taken down within the allotted time. All décor must be removed the same day unless a previous arrangement has been made with the River House Events coordinator.
We request that the piano stay in place due to tuning. However, the piano may be played, or you may use it to feature your cake.
We rent all our linens so you may choose any of the solid colored linens that are included in your package. There are many other options available but at an additional cost. Please ask the River House Sales & Marketing Manager to see the sample book or visit the Connie Duglin website www.cdlinen.com and request swatches.
You may use bubbles, ribbon wands, bells, LED lights and glow sticks.
The use of sparklers must be pre-approved by management, and a waiver must be signed by the client as well as the day-of wedding coordinator.
Confetti, streamers, tinsel, rice and birdseed are not allowed. In addition, the use of fireworks or Chinese “wish” lanterns are prohibited.
You must choose a caterer from our approved list, as they are familiar with our facility and have had successful events here.
All River House approved caterers will allow you to do a “host” bar. This means you can supply the alcohol and they will provide the professional bartenders or recommend a bartender service.
Self service or cash bars are not allowed. In addition, kegs are not allowed and shots may not be poured.
We do not provide any snacks or drinks so we recommend that you bring your own refreshments to enjoy while getting ready.
The best choice we made while planning our wedding was choosing River House! From the first day meeting with Constance I knew she was going to be such a pleasure to work with. The venue itself is absolutely beautiful! The ceremony background of the river and lighthouse makes for the perfect pictures. The inside is already beautiful so it doesn’t take much decorating. The pictures online don’t do it justice so make sure to schedule an appointment to go see it, you will not be disappointed! Our guests couldn’t stop commenting on how beautiful the venue was. We cannot say enough good things about River House!
We had our wedding reception May 25th, 2019 and it was perfect! My husband and I live in Jacksonville but all of our guests were coming from Pennsylvania. We picked the River House because if he indoor/outdoor flexibility! We wanted our guests to embrace the Florida lifestyle! We didn’t have to worry about the weather and got to enjoy the beautiful views of the river and lighthouse. There also have their own dock where we took amazing sunset photos. Lastly, Constance and her staff were a joy to work with and always willing to help!
My wedding at River House was a dream come true! If I could do it all over again I would choose to do it there again. Everything about the venue was beautiful and perfect. The dance floor is big and beautiful. The library and outdoor area were perfect for cocktail hour. My guests loved the amazing river view and dock. The staff there is amazing and they helped me out with so much. If you are thinking about checking out river house DO IT!!