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Pricing information

$1,500 starting price
$500 starting price
Bar service
$10.95 per person
$1,000 starting price
$500 starting price
Bar service
$10.95 per person
These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

Attributes highlighted by couples

Unique aesthetic style
Quality catering
Guests comfort


On WeddingWire since 2019

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

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Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building

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Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner

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Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres

What bar services do you provide?

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?

Audio Equipment
Chair Covers
Dance Floor

What food and beverage items are available?

Chocolate Fountain

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Reviews of Waddell Center

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Andrea E. Sent on 08/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Venue!

We had our ceremony and reception here on August 5th, 2023 and we loved it! The staff was friendly and flexible to our needs and checked in throughout the night to make sure we were having a great time and that everything was running smoothly. The owner even came out during the reception and personally thanked us for choosing their space. We had about 100 guests, and the reception space felt perfect for that size.

Bre, our day-of-coordinator, was a pleasure to work with. She made sure everything looked fantastic and that our ceremony ran without a hitch. She made us feel calm and comfortable because she knew how to handle every request we had.

We knew when choosing this venue that there was not a getting ready space for the bridal party, so we got ready in a nearby hotel that we were staying in anyway. If we could make one change, it would be to add a getting ready room in the back hallway area.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and definitely recommend Waddell Center!
Mercedes G. Sent on 10/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning Venue

Absolutely beautiful. I didn’t have many decorations of my own, but the place is breathtaking on its own that we didn’t need to add very many of our own. When we went to set up the staff was very attentive and accommodating. The ceremony space was a bit small for how many people we had attend. I would say 100-115 people is a more practical number. A little crowded for how many they set up for us. You literally will not find anywhere else in downtown GR for this price with such natural beauty! Price includes venue for reception and ceremony.
Rachel G. Sent on 06/29/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Venue and Amazing Staff!

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!
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