Concordia Club famous for Oktoberfest, and an old favourite for weddings
Everyone knows that the Concordia Club throws one of the biggest and most famous Oktoberfest parties every year. But what you may not know is that they can also host an elegant wedding reception, from small and intimate, to large and lavish. In fact, the word ‘Concordia’ is Latin for harmony, friendship and unity.
The Ring visited Concordia Club because it has been in Kitchener since 1873 (back when Kitchener was named ‘Berlin’), and because they do weddings of nearly any size or budget, offering outdoor ceremony possibilities on their impressive patio, a variety of menus, a professional chef, and most importantly, that unique atmosphere created by their German-style architecture, dark wood, exposed beams, and high ceilings. Michael Smith of The Food Network’s Chef at Large has even visited this distinct location. Let us explain…
We found Banquet Coordinator Martina Koslowski to be open, charming, and comfortable to talk to. She welcomed our questions, as she does with all brides and grooms, and did her best to paint a real picture of what Concordia does for their clients.
Martina works to handle all of the details of the club itself, and the events they host. She has been there for over twenty-one years. Martina says she takes weddings very seriously, “If your cake is falling over or your decorations are wilting, I am here to help.” In fact, one wedding took place during the week of the blackout, and the bride and groom didn’t know even half of the lengths Concordia went to make their event happen, until afterward. “Our parents let us in on the troubles you had due to the blackout, but your staff came through for us! Thanks so much!” said Greg & Annamae in the wake of August 2003’s electrical upheaval.
Options & advantages
With two floors, multiple rooms, and prices you can’t beat, Concordia Club has its advantages. “The food was awesome, the staff were helpful and the atmosphere was wonderful!” said Kevin and Heather, after their Concordia Club wedding reception. So, let’s break down your various options at Concordia Club…
Accommodating Weddings | Concordia is, well, gigantic. It can hold from 100 to 450 guests at any given time, and it gives an old-world ambiance that is stunning – even more so with subtle decorations. There is wheelchair access to the hall, tons of parking, and its location is accessible from just about anywhere, with the expressway visible from the parking lot.
Budget-Friendly Details | Concordia can do weddings within all budgets. The lowest they’ve ever done a wedding for was $1000; however, their average wedding is approximately $8000. A high-end budget with many guests would be about $15,000 or more. An example of this high-end wedding was a ‘Christmas in July’ wedding where the theme, the food, and the drinks were non-stop all evening! These prices include the hall rental and food. Menus start at $31.50/person. Concordia will allow you to operate a toonie bar with bar tickets. Your bartender is provided by the Concordia Club, and the club also holds the liquour license. Gratuities and taxes are extra.
Tons of Reception Options | Concordia Club has four separate wedding spaces to choose from. Smaller rooms for up to 50 to 100 people include the Weinstube (‘Wine Room’), the Schenke (‘Tavern’), and the Jägerstube (‘Hunters Room’). The largest room is the Halle, or the main hall. The biggest option, this room offers ample space for up to 450, and is most commonly used for weddings. Coat check is also available.
Tons of Ceremony Options | If you are looking to host your ceremony in the outdoors, there is space on the grounds for an outdoor ceremony (which allows for approximately 60 guests), or on the club’s patio. A cute garden suitable for your photo shoot is also available to make your entire day complete at the club. You also have the option of holding your ceremony in one of the banquet rooms and have your reception in another. The Halle can be used for both ceremony and reception also, with an easy transformation and some great decorating.
Menus | Concordia Club has their own professional chef on staff, and can give you Country Style Dinner service or Plated Dinner service, including everything from traditional Canadian food to authentic German food. You can dine at Concordia for anywhere between $31.50 per person and $45 per person. Portions are plentiful – for example, the Country Style menu gives you an appetizer, two meats, potato or rice, two vegetables, dessert, coffee, tea and milk. Best of all, the Country Style platters are brought right to the tables, so you and your guests can enjoy the meal without getting up!
Service | Concordia really goes out of their way to serve up to their reputation. Tammy and John, a past bride and groom, were overly impressed with the service they received, “Our guests only had to mention within earshot of something they wanted or needed and steps were taken to fulfill this… We are so glad we chose Concordia Club for our reception location!”
Need-To-Know | You should book one year in advance if you’re going to get your hands on this great find. To book, you’ll be putting $1000 down. This is non-refundable, but can be transferred to a different date, if needed. Expect to pay 15% gratuities and GST & HST on top of your quoted prices, as per usual.
A menu sampling
Country Style Dinner:
1 Appetizer: Tossed garden salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day
2 Meats: Wiener schnitzel, grilled chicken breast, roast beef, stuffed pork loin, chicken cordon bleu, rouladen, roast turkey
1 Potato or Rice: Vegetable Rice, butter whipped potatoes, spaetzle, home-fried potatoes, mini roasted potatoes
2 Vegetables: green beans almondine, honey glazed baby carrots, broccoli carrots & cauliflower, bean medley, red cabbage & more
1 Dessert: Black Forest torte, English trifle, apple strudel with ice cream, lemon yogurt torte & more
Coffee, tea and milk
Choose from a selection of appetizers, including butternut squash soup with roasted red pepper bisque or classic Caesar salad with bacon.
Choose from a selection of desserts, including homemade apple strudel, New York style cheesecake with wildberry compote or triple chocolate raspberry mousse torte.
Choose your entree & price (about $31.50 to $45 per person) from a wide selection, including:
Roast loin of beef with peppercorn reduction
Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet with white wine dill sauce
Duet: Grilled 5 oz. New York striploin and grilled 4 oz. chicken breast with wild mushroom demi-glaze
Duet: Grilled 5 oz. beef tenderloin and grilled skewer of garlic shrimp
Alfred and Heidi Lowrick say that the meal prepared for their son’s June wedding was delicious, “The rouladen, schnitzel and banquet accompaniments were done to perfection and served hot and on a timely basis. Everything from the pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres to the midnight lunched was cooked and presented perfectly.”
Details, details, details
• Martina suggests booking Concordia Club for your wedding at least 1 year in advance for popular wedding dates as weekends between April and November fill quickly.
• To book your date on Concordia’s calendar, you can pay the $1000 deposit by cheque or credit card.
• You will meet to sign a contract and iron out all of the details (including meal selections and table arrangements) 3 months prior to your wedding.
• 60% of the remaining amount (calculated using the contract details) is due 2 weeks before your wedding, along with confirmed guest numbers, vegetarian requests, etc..
• The remaining balance is due within 30 days of the wedding day.
To see for yourself
To talk weddings, contact Martina Koslowski at the Concordia Club by email using the form below 🙂 The Concordia Club is located at 429 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener, near the Homer Watson & Ottawa Street intersection. Visit Concordia’s website at www.concordiaclub.ca for more information on their services and community involvement.