Stratford Country Club offers expertise, style and service for ceremony and receptions
Located about thirty minutes outside of Kitchener-Waterloo in the quaint and historic town of Stratford, the Stratford Country Club is a well established favourite for area couples and local destination weddings outside of the city. The Stratford Country Club has a beautiful backdrop for nearly any type or style of wedding. From trendy to traditional, it offers and indoor ceremony and reception space in neutral colour schemes, natural décor with walls of windows overlooking the scenic property. Stratford Country Club also gives you fabulous menu and décor options, two rooms for the price of one, views overlooking the beautiful eighteen hole golf course, and a service team that’s trained to go out of their way to make your wedding day memorable.
The team at The Ring sat down with Jessie Jacob, the Event Manager & Certified Wedding Planner at Stratford Country Club, to find more about the club. It was no surprise to us that we loved her (and this amazing space) right away. Let us tell you why…
Stratford Country Club Weddings | Decor: Above and Beyond | Photo: Jessie Jacob
Stratford Country Club Weddings | Photo: Jessie Jacob
Stratford Country Club Weddings | Decor: Above and Beyond & Designs by Cate | Photo: Jessie Jacob
Stratford Country Club Weddings | Decor: Above and Beyond | Photo: Jessie Jacob
Stratford Country Club Weddings – Photo: Jessie Jacob
Stratford Country Club – Photo: Jessie Jacob
Wedding receptions on the green
The Stratford Country Club can accommodate many different styles of couples with varying budgets, and tend to see a lot of local couples, as well as couples from out of town planning a home-grown destination wedding in Stratford. “The service style at the Stratford Country Club is casual and flexible,” Jessie told us. “Make sure to ask; just because we don’t mention it, doesn’t mean we can’t do it!”
Even the colours of the reception room are neutral and work well with both traditional and bright coloured décor. The Club offers a reception hall and indoor ceremony site, as well as an on-site kitchen with their own culinary team. The room rental rate includes the use of two rooms – The Dining Room and The Executive Lounge.
Courtney Hebert hosted her September wedding at Stratford Country Club and had this to say about the space: “Absolutely breathtaking! Our wedding was months ago and we still have our guests telling us how beautiful the venue was! Even the washrooms were beautiful! Very neutral in colours, modern yet elegant. We barely decorated because we didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty.”
The Dining Room holds up to 220 guests for a plated meal/300 for cocktail reception and has a wall of windows and a balcony that overlook the beautiful eighteen hole golf course, giving some natural décor and gorgeous scenery for you and your guests, as well as a nice backdrop for on-site photos. The room rental for a Saturday is $1800 and $1600 for a Friday or Sunday wedding. Ceremonies can also be hosted on-site in The Executive Lounge, or you can use this room for the buffet dinner, cocktail hour or as an escape for guests who want a break from music and dancing.
The Stratford team…
Jessie has worked at the Stratford Country Club for the past nine years. She makes it her goal to be as helpful as possible to each of the couples that come through the Club’s doors. When we met her, it was easy to love her energy and enthusiasm for the art of planning weddings. And it was even easier to envision her using that energy to bring fresh, inspirational ideas to the table as she meets with brides and grooms.
Jessie graduated from the Hospitality and Tourism Management program from Conestoga College and also completed a Post-Graduate Event Management Certificate Program from Conestoga to help make her even better at her job. She is also WPIC (The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada) certified with a strong knowledge of the wedding industry.
“What keeps me passionate about my work is knowing that I can assist couples in finding, planning, and selecting all of the details for their wedding and making their day as truly special as it should be,” Jessie told us. “I really feel that the event industry is all about making your guests feel welcome, to exceed their expectations and to surprise them,” which is just what she sets out to do with each wedding at Stratford Country Club.
“Stratford Country Club is absolutely stunning. Having a coordinator was also a huge plus! Jessie made my life so easy! She was incredible!! Anything you asked for, it was done efficiently and happily, she is truly amazing at her job and so easy to get along with!” says bride Nicole.
Breanna Kloss loved everything about working with Jessie for her September Stratford Country Club wedding. “The beauty of the grounds and reception space, combined with the delicious meal options and experienced (and passionate I might add) event coordinator can’t be found elsewhere for the same fair price.”
With Jessie heading off on maternity leave shortly, her very capable team of Isabelle and Sarah with be handing all the weddings and events in her absence. Both have been part of the Stratford Country Club service team for a number of years. Both Isabelle and Sarah are dedicated to the standard of service brides and grooms have come to expect from Stratford Country Club weddings.
Food from the culinary capital
It’s no secret that Stratford is full of some of the best culinary treats in Canada, and the Stratford Country Club is no exception. Though they regularly update the Stratford Country Club menu to better showcase the great food that they can make, their current menu is quite fantastic. In fact, Jessie says that one of the things they’re known for in the industry is their unique and exquisite food selection.
Stratford Country Club also offers numerous types of bar services available to customize your wedding. The average bride spends about $7,000 -10,000 at Stratford Country Club, dependent on the services selected. The Club also offers discounts on room rentals for Sunday and weekday weddings (not including holidays).
Sarah and David really liked that Stratford Country Club offered ample food selections on their menu, various ways of serving it, and were willing to accommodate various bar services (e.g. host, cash, ticket system, or toonie bar, etc.).
A course for your leisure
Couples who host their weddings at Stratford Country Club also have use of the golf course for both photos and rounds of golf, which is a fun option for the guys the morning of the wedding. Jessie just suggests that if you’re heading to the course for photos, be careful. “If you hear fore, duck!”
Photo: Decorating Dreams
Photo: Decorating Dreams
Photo: Decorating Dreams
Details, details, details
• At Stratford Country Club, you have the option of 2 rooms to host a ceremony and reception in up to 220 guests for a plated/buffet or 300 for cocktail reception. They also have the option of indoor or outdoor ceremony space.
• A $500 deposit is required to book. A $500 food deposit is required 2 months before, with 75% of the remaining balance due 2 weeks before along with the final guest count; the rest of your bill is due no more than 30 days after the wedding.
• The average bride spends about $7,000 -10,000 at Stratford Country Club on the hall, food and drinks; discounted rental rates are available for Sunday and weekday weddings (except on holidays). The room rental is $1800 for a Saturday wedding or, $1600 for a Friday or Sunday wedding.
• You can also book your on-site ceremony for $600.00 which includes all setup, take down, sound system, microphone and white padded garden folding chairs
• Tax and gratuities are not included in quoted prices and are extra.
Contacting Stratford Country Club
Stratford Country Club is located at 53 Romeo St N in Stratford. Jessie Jacob at the club can be reached by email using the form directly below 🙂 You can also visit Stratford Country Club online at www.stratfordcountryclub.ca.
“Incredible venue, incredible food, incredible staff! Jessie was so helpful & made sure everything went smoothly. She helped keep us organized & reminded us of the little things that you can easily forget about or not even think of in the midst of wedding planning! The complimentary food tasting & free round of golf were huge bonuses for my husband & I! The venue is breathtaking & we truly had the most perfect day!”
“The SCC is amazing! We are so happy we found it. It was beautiful, newly renovated. The food was to die for. Jessie, the wedding planner, is awesome -- she will ensure your day goes so smoothly. The prices are very reasonable. Lots of different ways you can create a package based on your budget. A must-see. Thank you SCC!”
“Our wedding was in August 2016 and the day could not have gone any better. The Stratford Country Club was recently renovated and is absolutely great both inside and out. We had our ceremony outside and the setting was beautiful with the gazebo, flowers and landscaping, nice patio and stones, and of course the fairway and trees in the background. Jessie and her team were exceptional to deal with. Jessie was so great; she took care of all the details, small and large, and made it so that we had nothing to worry about. And when we did worry, Jessie had already thought of everything and was able to answer any questions and provide solutions to put us completely as ease. Jessie took care of setting up our decorations, signs and centerpieces - all we had to do was drop it off and pick it up again the next day, and she was there all day to work with the florist/decorator schedule as well. We had a lot of comments about how amazing the food was; the servers and bartenders were great as well. There was plenty of staff to make sure everything went smoothly. If you are looking for a venue that is beautiful inside, has an outside area that is just awesome with great landscaping and a nice stone patio overlooking the golf course, then this is the place. More importantly, if your mantra is to make the day perfect, to have a 'turn-key' and stress-free experience as possible, then go see Jessie and book the SCC! We are so happy we did, it is seriously the best venue in town for a wedding! Carly and Bill”
“The venue is just beautiful. Lovely arbour and landscaping. The room inside is very classy. We did a Sunday brunch wedding so was very nice to be able to lounge inside or on the spectacular patio. Food was delicious. Jessie Jacob was so nice to work with and took care of all the details. All of our friends and family had very positive comments about the Stratford country club.”
“I cannot say enough great things about the team at the Stratford Country Club. We had our small intimate wedding here in September 2016. From the ease of planning, to the rehearsal, to the day of, Jessie and her team never overlook a detail, and are there to make everything smooth and easy. The venue itself is gorgeous, we were married on site, overlooking the golf course and it was beautiful. The inside has been completely renovated and the scenery is breathtaking.. The food was incredible, and the chef was on top of our guests allergies and dietary restrictions. I would book here again in a heartbeat!”
“We had our wedding at the Stratford Country Club in mid July 2016 and were so happy with our experience. The venue itself was exactly what we were looking for. Recent renovations made the venue so inviting and elegant, with windows overlooking the golf course. The outdoor patio was a great space for our guests to enjoy cocktail hour. The food and drink selections were amazing (we were receiving compliments all night!), and the outdoor wedding ceremony venue was the perfect way to have our dream outdoor wedding. From the first day we visited the venue to our big day, the wedding coordinator Jessie was there to accommodate and answer any questions we had. Jessie made our wedding experience seamless and stress free. Thank you Jessie and the Stratford Country Club for making our dream wedding a reality!”
“The S.C.C. was amazing. Jessie was so helpful with everything we needed. We planned our wedding in 12 weeks and could not have done it without the great support from the staff. I was never worried about the hall. They had everything set up and was able to come in and see it and make any changes. Jessie was very good with last minute changes we needed.”
“When my husband and I began planning our wedding, I lived in BC and he resided in Kitchener, therefore we needed a venue that encompassed natural beauty, didn't require a lot of additional decorations, and was willing to serve breakfast for dinner! Jessie and the SCC delivered just that. Jessie took care of the details, was fast to answer any questions I had and ensured that our day went off without a hitch. The venue is absolutely beautiful, the breakfast was SO good, and all of our guests had a wonderful time. The SCC is extremely cost effective while providing you your dream wedding. If you are considering the SCC for your wedding, stop considering and book it - you will not regret it!”
“The Stratford Country Club is a beautiful venue for weddings! My husband and I contacted the country club promptly after getting engaged because we heard how popular it was and we wanted to get information as early as possible. We were contacted by Jessie Jacob shortly after our inquiry and she was extremely helpful and friendly right from the start. She went over every detail of what we wanted thoroughly, providing sufficient information about pricing, policies, etc. She was very helpful when we asked for suggestions in terms of decor and how to set up the room for the reception, colour schemes...anything we were confused about, she provided an answer! Jessie was very understanding of everything we wanted for our reception and any concerns we had which made the planning process very enjoyable. On the day of our wedding, the room was set up beautifully (we used the smaller room that is adjacent to the large reception room) and everything was exactly as we pictured it! All of the staff helping us were extremely friendly and professional and they helped us with anything we needed. The food was fantastic as well! We opted for a buffet dinner service which was absolutely delicious and there was plenty of food for everyone to enjoy. This venue is perfect for photos, especially outside on the patio by the gazebo. We took the majority of our photos outside near the patio and they turned out beautifully. The photos we took inside were just as lovely. It is a very beautiful venue, inside and out! Our experience at the Stratford Country Club could not have been better and we are very grateful for Jessie and all of the staff that helped make our special day even more special!”
“Jessie was so helpful and very accommodating. Very nice, newly renovated venue. Lots of compliments on the food. Using this venue for our wedding eliminated a lot of work during the planning process. Highly recommend to couples searching for a venue.”