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Venues in Grand Rapids, MI,
(616) 538-4384

About Us

The Waddell Center is a stylish banquet hall wedding venue located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. This property offers ample space for an array of wedding events as well as quality catering, accommodating staff, and a warm and friendly atmosphere for your celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

This modern venue has been custom designed by local architects to offer the best in comfort and style for a range of wedding occasions such as engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. Their spacious banquet hall features wooden flooring, high ceilings, and original brickwork. Exposed wooden beams decorated with cafe lights cast a warm, magical glow over this event room, offering a fairytale setting for your celebration. This space can comfortably accommodate up to 250 seated guests and up to 300 guests for an open reception.

The Waddell Center also offers a unique ceremony space on the property for up to 130 guests, so your wedding party can seamlessly transition from ceremony to reception within the venue. Ample free parking is also provided on site.


Distinctive Catering is the exclusive caterer to the Waddell Center. This award-winning catering company has been serving top-quality cuisine alongside impeccable service since 1995. Their experienced culinary team offers an extensive menu and serving options to suit the needs and preferences of your event. They also provide a comprehensive Premier Reception Package that includes a dinner buffet with selected menu, bar service, linens, china, flatware, a selection of tables and chairs, and room rental.

Services Offered

The Waddell Center aims to offer everything you could need to plan and execute your perfect wedding event. Their friendly and accommodating staff are on hand to assist you in making the most of their venue, offering setup and cleanup for your convenience. Staff can supply couples with an extensive list of tried and trusted vendors to enhance your day. A range of event items is also provided. These include:

  • Dance floor
  • Decor
  • Audio equipment
  • Altar/arch
  • Lighting
  • Furniture

Rachel G.

5 out of 5
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  • The venue was absolutely beautiful and made our wedding vision truly come to life. The venue comes with a fair bit of decoration which reduced the amount of decoration and rentals that we were required to provide. The prices were extremely reasonable for a all rentals (tables, chairs, linens, flatware, ect.) included, a great menu selection, and a great bar package. The staff was helpful, friendly, and provided wonderful customer service. We received so many complements on the food as well as the overall venue. We are so happy we decided to go with the Waddell Center for our Reception Venue - we could not have been happier with how our reception went!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

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


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

    $ 1,500.00

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

    $ 1,000.00

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


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

    $ 500.00

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

    $ 500.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables

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


    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 11.00

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

    Bartender(s), House Beer, House Wine

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic Building

    What kind of settings are available?


    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Set Up

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Chair Covers, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?


    What months are included in your peak season?

    May, June, July, August, September, October

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, November, December

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