The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre boasts a team of the most talented special event professionals in Hamilton, each with an unrivaled commitment to excellence. Lead by one of the regions most talented Chefs, John Stamper has cultivated a team possessing unending creative drive and insistence on operational perfection, a synergy for success in every event. The Waterfront has earned its place on the preferred and exclusive catering lists of some of Hamilton's top Companies.

Call us to help design your next special event!


John Stamper joined our team in 1991 with a wealth of experience, knowledge, skill, and creative flair. His vast experience brings new menus, exciting flavours, and colourful ingredients. All meals presented are under his watch, to ensure premium presentation and taste.
Having worked in some of Hamilton’s top hotels including The Holiday Inn Downtown, The Ramada Centre, and The Hamilton Convention Centre. He is viewed as a skilled manager, leader and chef who exudes confidence, kindness and quiet strength. John is particularly admired as a person who maintains his composure under the pressure of preparing different foods for multiple events on the same day. When asked about this his answer is invariably the same, “It’s all a matter of organization.”


Mike Georgakopoulos

President / General Manager
tel: 905.527.7241 x.228


tel: 905.527.7241
555 Bay st., North
Hamilton, Ontario
L8L 1H1

Corporate Events Corporate Events Co-ordinator
tel: 905.527.7241 x.226
Wedding/Social Inquiries Customer Service Representative
John Stamper Executive Chef  

Wedding FAQ


How do we reserve our wedding?
Reservations can be made by contacting our event planning staff. We will determine whether the dates you are looking for are available, and then take down your name, phone number and any other important details. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve, which may be paid by, cheque, cash or debit.


May we bring in our wedding cake?
Yes, you may bring in your wedding cake. We can also suggest excellent bakeries for you. We can serve your wedding cake as a dessert, or you may want to have it served later in the evening with coffee/tea. We do not charge a cake-cutting fee.


What makes a wedding at The Waterfront Centre unique?
There are many factors that make the The Waterfront Centre, and by no means the least important is our fantastic view right on the Hamilton Harbour. But the brides and grooms who have written us countless thank-you letters over the years always mention our wonderful food. Our signature "choice menus" allow your guests to choose between three different main courses from a personalized menu that we prepare. We understand how difficult it can be to choose only one item to please all of your guests so our "choice menus" were developed to give you the freedom to decide exactly what you would like, and to let your guests choose as well.


May we bring our own wine?
Due to our liquor license we are not able to allow any alcoholic beverages to be brought in to The Waterfront Centre other than those we supply ourselves. We would be more than happy to order in any special wines or spirits you require for your event.


May we hold our ceremony on the grounds?
Yes, we have held many wonderful wedding ceremonies here. Our Event planner would be more then happy to put together a package for you.


What about decorating the rooms?
You are welcome to bring in your own decorations for your wedding. Although we do supply candles for our tables, often couples wish to bring in their own flowers, candles or décor for the dining tables, as well as items such as a guest book, favours, envelope box or wishing well, and family mementos.  Any candles brought in should be drip less. Our wedding coordinator can help to give you ideas for decorating the The Waterfront Centre and planning the logistics of setting up the rooms.


How many staff members will be serving our party?
Depending on the type of event (cocktail reception / brunch / sit-down dinner or lunch) and it's length, we usually schedule one server for every 20 guests. In addition to this, we generally have 1 server’s assistant for every 2 servers scheduled. Our wedding co-coordinator works closely with our serving staff prior to the event to ensure that everything is prepared for your guest’s arrival.


What time do we have to be finished?
All weddings packages stop serving alcohol at 1:00 am. Generally we request that your event be finished 1/2 an hour after last call.


Can we invite more guests after dinner?
Certainly! The maximum capacity for our main Dining Room & Bar Area is 220. For a nominal fee your wedding coordinator will arrange all the details.


When do I meet with the wedding coordinator?
Our Events Staff will contact you approximately 1 1/2 months before your wedding to set up a Wedding Planning Meeting.  At this meeting we will discuss your menus, bar service, décor, table arrangements, time-line for events, etc. You can anticipate this meeting to take between 1-½ to 2 hours. We suggest that you bring any names and telephone numbers of vendors you have hired such as florist, DJ, bakeries, etc. Our Weddings Checklist outlines the information we will discuss at this meeting. We are also happy to meet with you or answer questions by phone or email whenever you require assistance. General Office Hours for our Events Staff are from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturdays between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Please feel free to contact us at any time!



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