Weddings

Walper Hotel

Kitchener, Ontario View map
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   59 reviews
10 to 200 Guests

About

10 to 200 Guests

The Walper Hotel is a hotel and wedding venue located in Kitchener, Ontario. Since its inception in 1893, the hotel has been a staple of the downtown cityscape. This historic venue specializes in hosting luxurious weddings that balance style, elegance, and sophistication with the modern comforts of a contemporary full-service hotel.

The building is home to many stories that make it an exciting place to exchange vows. For example, Louis Armstrong played his trumpet off the Oak Lobby balcony and Al Capone used to run spirits from the hotel to Prohibition America. One of the terraces is named after Eleanor Roosevelt because she took her tea there and Lennox Lewis’s first boxing match took place in the ballroom. Duke Ellington, Bob Hope, James Brown, Lady Gaga, Sarah McLaughlin, and several Canadian Prime Ministers are just some of the notable figures who have frequented the hotel. To say it’s one of the most sought-after locations for an individual to host their dream wedding is an understatement!

Facilities & Capacity

From larger celebrations of up to 250 guests to smaller, more intimate gatherings, The Walper Hotel is an ideal venue for customized occasions. It offers 6,000 square feet suited to weddings. You can choose from one of their many enchanting ceremony locations, such as the grand and spacious Crystal Ballroom. It offers hardwood floors, Victorian architectural features, and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The Oak Room is rich in character thanks to dark wood panelling and oodles of charm. There is also the bright and airy Oak Lobby, with its crown moldings and antique gold chandeliers that create a sense of romance. The hotel also features:

  • Two interior courtyards
  • The restaurant, TWH Social
  • The Lokal, a cocktail lounge
  • Gym

Services Offered

The Walper Hotel’s complete wedding packages offer many services, including setup to your specifications - they create so you can celebrate! On the special day, dressing rooms are provided for your convenience. The hotel’s on-site catering services, led by a dedicated and seasoned culinary team, offer a number of customizable options for your wedding menu. Meals can be served as plated dinners, food stations, and more, and dessert options are available. Additional services include:

  • Complimentary wireless internet
  • Pet-friendly accommodation

Highlights

Availability
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Type

Ballroom, banquet hall, historic, hotel, inn/B&B, restaurant

Style

City, classic, eclectic, glamorous, modern, vintage

Event Services

Accommodations, bridal suite, catering / bar, clean up, event rentals, outside vendors, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$1,000

Plated Service (per head)

$90

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

8

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Altar/arches
Audio equipment
Centerpieces
Chair covers
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Chairs
Tables
Linens
China
Flatware
Glassware

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$70

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$50

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$10

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$25

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders

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  • Kristen
    Kristen R. Married on 02/07/2021
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    Excellent experience

    My husband and I initially choose The Walper Hotel after Covid hit and we needed to postpone our wedding. Not only is the venue itself beyond beautiful, Andrea who was our main wedding coordinator, was beyond amazing to work with - there are so many amazing things I could say about her. She was great through the whole process, even when we had to postpone our wedding one more time. She listened to what we wanted and gave many creative suggestions along the way. Her and her team were so flexible, it made the planning easy. On the day of the wedding, the girls were great. They checked on me throughout the day, setup the ceremony, super responsive to my request. I can’t thank The Walper Hotel enough for how wonderful they are. I highly recommend them!
  • Christina
    Christina M. Married on 29/05/2021
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    Gorgeous wedding shower and excellent customer service

    The Walper hosted my wedding shower in October 2020. The staff are phenomenal, the rooms are gorgeous and the food was delicious! Our main contact Andrea was fantastic, and worked with my mom for several months to figure out the details for my shower as it kept having to be rescheduled due to covid. We had originally planned for the Walper to host all of our wedding guests, but unfortunately after rescheduling from May 2020 to May 2021, we just decided to fully cancel our wedding due to covid. Andrea was very understanding, empathetic, and cancelled our guests' rooms with no questions asked. We hope to visit the Walper again when it is safe to do so!
  • Christine
    Christine L. Married on 15/02/2021
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    Kind and thorough pros!

    As a local wedding officiant, I've worked with the team at the Walper Hotel numerous times. Each time we've worked together everything has gone so smoothly--the staff are attentive, organized and friendly. The space has a modern, romantic feel, is well laid out, and they have multiple rooms and spaces so you can choose one that fits your needs. I recommend working with them!
  • Alicia
    Alicia B. Married on 02/05/2020
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    Beautiful Venue and Excellent Service

    The Walper Hotel wedding department is phenomenal to deal with. We planned our wedding for 75 guests in Kitchener for May 2020. 
    I met with Andréa from the Walper wedding department to plan for accommodations, a possible ceremony backup location and the rehearsal dinner. She was fabulous! Andréa made me feel like our wedding was a priority to the Walper and that she wanted to see us have a beautiful event. I can't emphasize what a gift this was. I always felt like she was in our corner and had our best interests in mind.
    The hotel has several options for ceremony and reception locations - each with beautiful architectural details and each with a different "vibe" to set the tone for your event.
    Before you book any venues for your upcoming wedding, I recommend that you take a tour of the Walper to get a sense of their gorgeous facilities and exceptional service.
  • Chantelle
    Chantelle D. Married on 29/02/2020
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    Amazing venue

    The Walper had everything we wanted for our day - 1 location with it all taken care of. You could get ready there, have photos done indoors, guests can stay overnight and all of the food, drink and service is outstanding.
  • Angela
    Angela H. Married on 02/11/2019
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    Beautiful venue

    Overall, we had a really beautiful wedding at The Walper Hotel. We had a few hiccups in the overall execution of the day as there was a second wedding happening the same night which created a few challenges; our wedding planner also changed right at the end of our wedding planning which may have contributed to a few misses from the time we booked to the big day. Ultimately we were pleased with the quality of the food and were very happy with the extras included in the winter wedding package. We also loved that we were able to o everything in one location, including having many photo ops with all of the beautiful spots in and around the hotel.
  • Mara
    Mara Married on 19/09/2019
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    Hidden Gem! AMAZING Service + Beautiful Venue

    We have been working with the Walper for the last 6 months to plan our August 2020 wedding. All of our interactions have been absolutely amazing with them. We have been incredibly impressed with the flexibility of their staff and the packages that they offer. Both Taylor and Andréa have been so accommodating, professional and friendly that I cannot say anything negative about our experience to date.

    Unfortunately, we had to make the decision to postpone until August 2021 due to Covid-19, but Andréa has made moving all our existing reservations over a dream.

    We would highly recommend this venue and staff to any new couples looking for a beautiful venue with great service. We are so glad we stumbled across this hidden gem!
  • Rachel
    Rachel M. Married on 12/07/2019
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    Walper hotel

    So far our experience has been great! It took a little while to get an initial response but since then they have been very responsive! They really make you feel special and excited about your big day and are flexible to make your vision a reality!
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    Emily D. Married on 31/12/2018
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    A Big WOW for the Walper

    I booked my wedding at a venue in Downtown Kitchener and booked my wedding hotel block at the Walper Hotel. The level of service that Chynna and the whole team at the Walper offered us totally blew me away. Despite the fact that we did not have a wedding booking at the Walper itself, we were treated like VIPs every step of the way. They allowed us to use an unused event room for a small rehearsal the night before, free of charge. And they set up a phenomenal "getting ready" suite for the bridal party, the likes of which my mobile hair and makeup artists had never seen before. It had more than enough space for all their stuff and for everyone to comfortably hang out there. As if that wasn't enough, Chynna also upgraded our suite, and let us take photos on site at the Walper on the day of, despite the fact that they had another, larger wedding ON SITE that very same day! They always treated our party as a priority. You would never know that we were their second, much smaller booking on that day. Honestly, the wedding was perfect and a big part of that was the generosity, flexibility and fabulous customer service offered to us by Chynna and the whole team at the Walper Hotel. If you are getting married in Kitchener, you must talk to them.

Awards

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Meet the Team

Andréa Parisien
Andréa Parisien
Director of Memorable Moments - Wedding Sales Manager

As your initial and primary point of contact, I will put my heart and soul into establishing a trust-based relationship that ensures your personal vision remains at the forefront. I exude the humour and excitement you deserve when planning such a momentous occasion. From giving sage advice and offering creative suggestions, to winning over parents and fluffing flower girl dresses, I am dedicated to walk (or dance) you through this experience!

Jordyn Whitlock
Jordyn Whitlock
Dreams Fulfillment Manager - Wedding & Event Operations Manager

Hospitalty + Tourism Diploma

Event Management Diploma

10+ Years in the Industry

Known to tear up at every wedding ceremony. Weddings are her thing! She will laugh with you, cry with you and make sure your day is great from start to finish.

Chef Nicole Hunt
Chef Nicole Hunt
Conductor of Culinary Creations - Head Chef
  • Culinary Management Diploma
  • Red Seal Certified
  • WSET 2 Certified
  • 15+ Years in the Industry
  • When not at work Nicole spends time in her garden…and exploring local trails and in her kitchen at home. Kitchens are her happy place.

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20 Queen Street South N2G 1V6 Kitchener (Ontario)

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