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The Fall Wedding - A popular trend

Over the years of working in and being absorbed with the wedding industry I have seen many trends filter through the scene.  Some I secretly wish could have stayed around longer.  Throughout my career, I have seen colour infused into traditional style, I have seen satin dresses with sleeves and bows larger than life and I have witnessed the other end of the spectrum where sleeveless, simple dresses rose up to rule the runway.  What have I learnt over the years?  Trends always come and they always go. 


My favourite out of all the current strong trends is the fall wedding.  It used to be that summer held the most desired months and that you would have to book at least a year ahead to get your desired venue.  We are now seeing brides being swept off their feet with the idea of tying the knot in the fall season. 


With a fall wedding you can be guaranteed to enjoy the smell of the autumn air.  Maybe you want to add a pot of apple cider with cinnamon sticks to swirl in with the smells of the leaves changing colour, and the trees getting ready to sleep. The end of summer sun added with the crisp fall breeze on an autumn day will keep your guests feeling content.  This popular season also allows for outdoor ceremonies and receptions where all the different colours and their abundance of shades make every scene picturesque. Your wedding pictures will always be in style.  The best thing about holding your wedding during this season though is that it is budget friendly.  Bright leaves, candles, cattails and beautiful branches aid in allowing you to keep funds available to upgrade in other areas.



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Breaking it down into basics

Breaking it down into basics


Part of my role is to get out into our community and share all the wonderful things were have to offer.  Because we are two businesses in one, the basics of who and what we are can get a little confusing.  I am finding the same questions keep popping up,  so together let’s untangle this.


Who are we?

  • The WRPA Banquet Centre is a facility owned by the Waterloo Regional Police Association (WRPA). 

  • We are available to the public for business and private events

  • We offer attractive conference and banquet rooms for up to 400 people

  • 52 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that can be used for large or small events


What do we offer?

  • The Grand Ballroom seats up to 400 people and offers free WiFi access, large stage, drop down screen, projector, sound system, and double doors for easy access of large equipment

  • The boardroom seats up to 40 people and offers drop down screen, projector, DVD player, and free Wifi access

  • Additional rooms are available including a restaurant lounge and a games room

  •  Outside grounds include picnic tables, large outdoor BBQ and pergola stage area

  • All facility rentals are available with kitchen, bar and wait staff

  • Ample free parking for over 600 vehicles


Why choose us?

  • Low prices

  • Friendly staff

  • Flexibility

  • Great food

  • Convenient Cambridge location off Highway 401

  • Willing to work with YOUR vision, not conforming to ours


“You truly surpassed all expectations.”


“The wait staff was courteous and attentive, and the food was incredible… I would

certainly recommend the Waterloo Regional Police Association…”


Hopefully this will aid in giving more clarification.  As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.

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WRPA changes

Spring is in the air - it’s the season for change. 


When I look out my window I see all kinds of exciting transformation outside.  Turning inward, things have been changing around here at the WRPA Banquet Centre too. When is last time you were here?  Have you seen our newly decorated front entrance?  I love the new feel you now get when you walk through the doors.  Over the Christmas holidays we laid new carpet.  It’s surprising how much it really opens things up and gives warmth to the facility.  Soon we will have the boardroom caught up to the rest of the building, and I am excited about all the old police photos found in archives that we will be putting up.


If all this is new since the last time you were out, be sure to pop out and get a tour.  Perhaps you will even know one or two of the officers in the pictures.

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Thank you!

For me, the holidays start when I am able to get together with my close friends and loved ones.  It’s when the familiar becomes the taste of eggnog, the heat of a hot chocolate, fluffy snowflakes on the tip of my nose and the faint smell of homemade gingerbread.

During this time of year so many of us reflect and show our appreciation. Christmas is a season I wait for in anticipation all year long. It’s a time of showing love, gratitude and giving.  In keeping in line with that, our team here at the WRPA Banquet Centre would like to express a warm, heartfelt thank you to all the companies and individuals we have collaborated with over the year.  I would also like to extend our gratitude to all the new friends we have made along the way.  We have had an exciting, fun and adventurous year because of each and every one of you.

Whatever the holidays may look like for you, have a safe and wonderful Christmas season filled with moments you’ll always cherish.


Krista Brown


Your friends at the WRPA

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Planning a wedding?

Have you heard?


Grand River Shows have done it again!  The popular Wedding Trends Bridal Show at Bingemans Conference Centre will be taking place this year on October 22nd and 23rd.  This is one of the largest and most interactive wedding shows in our region.  Brides and grooms have been waiting all year for this event - dont' miss out!


This wedding event provides a great opportunity to learn more about the WRPA Banquet and Recreation Centre and what we can offer you on your wedding day, rehearsal night and stag and doe.  We will have representatives available to answer all your enquiries, give pricing information and show you pictures displaying our fabulous facility and grounds.


Drop by our booth at the Wedding Trends Bridal Show and mention you read this blog to receive a special gift!

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Thinking Christmas already!

As you are soaking up the hot sun over these long summer days...don’t hate me for saying it, but is the perfect time to start detailed planning for your family and corporate Christmas parties.


When planning the perfect Christmas party, no matter the size or nature of your celebration, there are several things to take into consideration.  Don’t forget these important points:

  • Budget

  • Setting your date

  • Finding your perfect venue (That’s us!)

  • Food and drink

  • Music and entertainment

Our spots here at the WRPA Recreation Centre are filling fast - secure yours today! Give me a shout at 519-622-0771 to get additional information and package pricing.  I am happy to assist planners of all event sizes with the planning process.


Now… return to that hot sun and cold beverage ;)

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January Wedding Show

With over 150 exibitors at the Wedding Trends Show held at Bingemans on January 9-10, 2016, the show definitely offered great ideas for wedding venues, catering, decorating and so much more!  


If you attended this wedding event, I hope that you had a chance to stop by the WRPA Banquet & Recreation Centre booth and learn about all that we offer towards making your wedding day perfect!



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