Concordia Club famous for Oktoberfest, and a 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.
Concordia Club has been a Kitchener institution 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 Ruth Rajna 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.
Ruth works to handle all of the details of the club itself, and the events they host. She has been there for over twenty-two years. Ruth says she takes weddings very seriously, “If your cake is falling over or your decorations are wilting, I am here to help.”
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 80 to 400 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. An average wedding at Concordia Club is between $8,000-10,000. 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! Menus start at $40/person. Our favourite menu comes in at just $59 per person for a family-style dinner including two proteins with hors d’oeuvres and a late-night buffet. 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 40 people include the Weinstube (‘Wine Room’) 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 400 people and is most commonly used for weddings. A coat check is also available.
Outdoor Ceremony Options | If you are looking to host your ceremony in the outdoors, there is a stunning space on the grounds for an outdoor ceremony with room for approximately 200 guests (see below). A cute garden suitable for your photoshoot 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.
Dinner Service Options | 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. Portions are plentiful – for example, the Country Style menu gives you an appetizer, two proteins, potato or rice, a vegetable, 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 | Ideally you should book one year in advance for the best selection of dates. As with most venues, bookings of less than 12 months are usually possible, especially if you’re willing to be flexible with your date. 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.
Outdoor Ceremony Garden
Dreaming about having an outdoor ceremony in a gorgeous garden setting with 200 of your closest friends and family? Great news! Concordia Club’s brand new outdoor ceremony space on the grounds is now open.
Details, details, details
• Ruth 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. Some 2020 dates still available!
• To book your date on Concordia’s calendar, you can pay the $1000 deposit.
• 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.
• 75% 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.
Contacting Concordia Club
To talk weddings, contact Ruth 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. You can also see recent real wedding stories here and here.