(Closed) I am tired of the same old banquet hall

posted 6 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

That’s beautiful!

I wasn’t a fan of the usual banquet halls either so we got married in a 1920’s theater/playhouse. We got married on the theater stage and then had the reception upstairs in a room that we could decorate ourselves from scratch. It was so fun and really cheap! Thinking outside the box is key.

Post # 4
9659 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I disagree with the last paragraph, I think banquet halls can look stunning, it all depends on how you decorate 🙂 So just find something within your budget and decorate, decorate, decorate!

 Thanks Google!

Post # 5
46455 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sarahizzy:  I’ve flagged this for the mods to move it to either the venue board or the local board. Perhaps in your reponse you can indicate your preference.

Welcome to WeddingBee.

I have no idea re pricing, but have you checked out





Post # 6
1508 posts
Bumble bee

I have to agree- I am so tired of the boring, standard banquet hall. In my honest opinion, they are just not for me. We are planning on using a local brewery that has their own rental facility in the heart of downtown in a restored warehouse! Exposed brick walls, wood beams, swoon! I would suggest checking if you have something like that there!

Post # 12
1144 posts
Bumble bee

@MissLibra:  I was just going to suggest the mill street when I saw the other reply. You cannot also try our venue but it’s not super unique or vintage lol

Post # 13
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@sarahizzy:  Try this link: http://weddingottawa.com/

It was a big help when I started planning. 

Also, if you want to stay downtown, have you looked at the NAC?  I’ve heard weddings there are beautiful!

Post # 14
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m struggling with the same in Ottawa! The NAC is beautiful (I used to work there) but I’m not sure what the $$ would be like – I think cheaper than the Chateau Laurier, but certainly not economical. I have a friend who recently got married near Wakefield http://www.le-belvedere.ca/ – really beautiful in the hills, but not really close to downtown.


Post # 15
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Also – a bit of a different setting, but the Aviation Museum does weddings. Maybe a bit of a stretch for vintage, but I think the old planes could make it work!

Post # 16
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A friend-of-a-friend got married at Chateau Laurier and they were saying that it wasn’t CRAZY becuase 1) their decorating budget was $0, and 2) the price per person included an open bar, which they were going to do anyway… the big downside for me would be that the guest rooms are very expensive (more or less depending on the time of year), so if any of your guests are out-of-town that is a pretty big burden unless you suggest a cheaper hotel nearby. I guess it all depends on your budget, and the circumstances of your guests.

My 2 cents: I was having a bit of regret after picking a venue that was really convenient but nothing speciall visually, and spent quite a bit of money on jazzing it up, but they day of the wedding I barely noticed what it looked like and all the guests (90% OOT) told us how wonderful and convenient and EASY it was. No one said “oh, we loved the tablecloths”. 

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