Waterloo Regional Police Association offers indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception options for up to 400 guests
The Waterloo Regional Police Association and Recreation Centre (WRPA) is a hidden gem in the Waterloo area. Owned and operated by the Waterloo Regional Police Association, this venue is located just minutes from Highway 401, between London and Toronto. Not only does the WRPA offer a beautiful location for indoor or outdoor ceremonies and receptions, the centre is situated on 52 acres of landscaped grounds that include a baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, children’s playground, official size soccer field and more. Staff at the Ring sat down with the WRPA team to learn more about what this venue has to offer couples…
About the WRPA Banquet and Recreation Centre…
Established in 1972, the private club was created for police officers to escape into the country to relax and socialize. While the club was originally associated only with the police, word quickly spread of the venue and everything it had to offer.
“We started receiving inquires from the public asking if there was any way they could use the Grand Ballroom or Boardroom for personal use,” says the team at WRPA. “We ended up opening those two entities to the general public and haven’t looked back since.” Over the past 40 years in business, the venue has hosted hundreds, if not thousands of weddings.
Maia Hillen was first attracted to WRPA because of the beautiful outdoor space. “I envisioned a cocktail hour with people having a beverage while shooting some hoops, playing baseball, playing tennis or being a kid again in the playground. I also liked that there was an indoor hall so there was an automatic back-up if it rained.” Aside from the setting, Maia was also attracted to venue because of the price. After researching several venues, she discovered the WRPA was the most reasonable. “They can work with a lower budget!”
Michaela and her fiancé Jonathan selected WRPA because of the accommodation as well, but the price and exceptional customer service were also deciding factors for them. Michaela also admits that the venue’s style, which was customizable was another selling feature.
“I found WRPA to be the most flexible” she says, adding that the staff was completely supportive with our requests.
The reason Lisa Stamper and her fiancé Kyle chose WRPA was because of the venue’s ability to accommodate her food sensitivities.
“They were also our top choice because they could accommodate the amount of people we had coming,” explains Lisa. “The Chef’s creativeness is nothing short of incredible and that is not even doing it justice. She made me food I haven’t been able to enjoy in years. I literally cried with happiness when we went for our tasting!”
The Team at WRPA…
Jackie Wales is the General Manager and has been working at the WRPA for over 20 years. Not only is she the one who initially meets the bride and groom to begin the planning process, she’s also there on the day of the wedding to oversee the event.
“We have have all worked with brides, grooms and their loved ones from the very begining of the journey all the way to the last dance on the big day,” says the WRPA team. ”There isn’t a question we can’t answer and we take pride in the fact that we will do whatever is needed to make that special day everything you have always dreamed it would be.”
Maia describes working with Jackie as amazing. “She stayed the whole day and night to make sure everything ran smoothly. I can’t say enough about her,” she says, but Maia also raves about the food. “Their chef, Brenda and her team were fantastic.”
According to Michaela, they had a wonderful experience with Jackie
“Being younger and new to the whole wedding thing, she explained every detail to us, she knew we wanted to cut costs in some areas so she suggested ways to do so, and most importantly reminded us that this is our wedding day so we can make it whatever we want to make it,” she says. “My husband’s favourite snack is chocolate pudding, he asked (more so as a joke) if he could have some, and on our wedding day a small bowl of chocolate pudding was on his plate for dessert. He was so happy!”
What the WRPA offers…
The WRPA offers both indoor and outdoor options, and can accommodate parties from 10 to 400 people. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate 350 guests, but the room can also host a cozy wedding of 80 people. According to the team at WRPA, the average all-inclusive price per person ranges from $95 to $120 per person.
“We have an open concept that can and has been transformed into several different environments. Anything from country rustic theme to chiffon with lace and everything in between. We have seen beach, Scottish, glamour and even Military themes.”
The WRPA team admits that she enjoys seeing how wedding trends evolve and love the challenge of constantly improving their services to meet those ongoing transformations. What keeps them inspired is hearing the positive feedback for their guests.
“The positive feedback we receive for our brides continuously fills our tanks and give us the energy to keep going in this high demand industry,” admits the team at WRPA. When asked why they think brides choose the WRPA, they answered that it’s undoubtedly the price point offered at a beautiful venue and also that they’re a fun team to work with. “We have a great history of satisfied brides and we get excited about the bride’s vision and are willing to think and work outside the box to see it come to fruition.”
According to Lisa, the prices were hands down the best in every way. “The superlative experience we received made it unbeatable. They completely fell within our budget and really had no comparison with the other vendors we interviewed.”
Lisa explains, “We decided to have a night cocktail reception with open bar and food stations. They worked with us to accommodate any slight changes we requested. The food was amazing and Chef Brenda captured our vision perfectly. She is very creative and open minded and added a few of her own touches that our guests couldn’t get enough of – like the candied bacon. All night we had guests coming up to us raving about the food. We definitely got our money’s worth when it came to food and drinks.”
Michaela also admits that the prices were the best in the area. “Immediately when we saw the cost per plate we wanted to make an appointment. Everything was well within our budget, and the value of the food and service we received on the wedding day exceeded the price we paid.”
“The WRPA worked with our budget and I had heard very good things about the food from other people that had rented the space,” explains Maia, who hosted an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and the reception indoors. “I had a fabulous experience at the WRPA hall and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get married in this area.”
Three biggest selling features of the WRPA…
- The WRPA is an exclusive event. You will be the one and only bride celebrating your wedding on the date of your choice.
- The WRPA has a scratch kitchen, meaning everything is made in house. They are able to work with all dietary needs, allergies and religious restrictions.
- The WRPA is situated on 52 beautifully landscaped acres, making it ideal for outdoor ceremonies and photographs.
- The WRPA offers the option to host your wedding indoors or out.
Details, details, details…
- Indoor and outdoor ceremony options available
- The WRPA has won the Cambridge Times Readers Choice Award for the last four years in a row
- Average all-inclusive prices range from $95 to $120 per person
- A la carte meals range from $25 to $50 per person
- The venue can accommodate 10 to 400 guests
- Conference/banquet rooms for up to 400 people
- 52 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds
- Free parking for over 600 vehicles
- In-house catering service
- Only minutes from the 401
- Recreational facilities including: baseball diamond, children’s playground, soccer field, large barbeque and more