(Closed) Ottawa Wedding Budget

posted 8 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not quite in Ottawa, but I’ll give you my best anyway. I’m living in Kingston and getting married at Isaiah Tubbs Resort near Sandbanks. Very excited about it. I’m keeping the budget low not because we don’t have the money, but because we’re students and don’t feel that everything needs to be done to the 9’s. It’ll be a wedding of about 65 people. 

Venues, Food, Linens, Chairs: $4500
Cake: $200
Dress: Bought, $220
Gifts: $200 (groomsmen, bridesmaids)
Suit: $200 
Rings: $600

Legal fees: $300 (not including prenup/marriage contract)

Decorations: $1500
DJ: $450, contracted
Honeymoon: $4000 

There’s other miscelanneous stuff I’m missing here I’m sure, but I’m tired and it’s morning. Overall, not including the honeymoon, our budget was $10,000. I don’t think we’ll come within $2000 of that personally, but things happen! 

Post # 4
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you’re asking the wrong question…. I think you should look at your finances and decide what budget you are comfortable with.  Each person is different.  We all know weddings can be done on all kinds of budgets no matter where you live.


As for Ottawa, it will all depend on your priorities.  When was searching for a venue I found a wide range of cost structures.  We decided to go with something mid range that was closer to the city.  We have family and friends all over the city and didn’t want to make anyone drive a long way.  That was important to us. We also picked a place that could host both the ceremony and reception therefore less travel for everyone and no need for limo’s or fancy cars. 


Just research a little what things you must have, their costs, and things that you would like.  That will help you figure out how much things will cost and how much you’re comfortable spending to get what you want.


If you need a venue, so far I’ve had a really good experience with the Chateau Cartier just across the Champlain Bridge.  There is a gazeebo outside for ceremonies and it’s a hotel so you can spend the night.

Post # 5
29 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013


Was aiming for $15K, but now it’s looking to be $17K. Dinner for 120:

Locations: $2,800

Food and Drink $6,600

Services: $5,800

Attire: $1,000

Decor: $600

Sationary: $500


Post # 7
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree, Mrs. Evans. It’s all fine to allocate $1500 for photography, for example, but once you start requesting quotes, it becomes clear that a wedding photographer in Ottawa, with experience and a decent portfolio, would be closer to $2000 or $2500 taxes in.

Post # 8
1144 posts
Bumble bee

So far we’re on budget. We managed to save in some areas and splurge in others. We made ours based on what we could afford cash (no loans or anything) and assuming none of the parents will help us out.

Post # 9
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was hoping to keep our budget under $20k, but as the guest list slowly creeps up it looks like it will be closer to $25k. It helps that our family is being generous, but it has shifted the reality of wedding planning. We can’t afford to throw the same wedding for 120 people that we could have for 80 people. 

Post # 10
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our budget is $10-$12k and so far we’re on track for just under $12k for 80 people.

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mrs-evans:  Hi, I’m also new to the board but I did a pretty comprehensive comparison of venues (4 course plated meal and open bar drinks) for our upcoming wedding and it came out to between $160-$200 per person.  I compared mainly modern restaurants, museums and more upscale hotels.  Our original budget was a lot lower but it seemed impossible for what we wanted.  Hope that helps and good luck with everything! 🙂

Post # 12
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My budget is $6500-7K

80 guests.

Post # 13
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Quick tip… register and use Google Drive to keep all your spreadsheets, files and photos in reference to your wedding. You can then log into Google Drive and edit/view your files from any computer or device!

Post # 14
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here’s our wedding budget. We had an Asian wedding with 110 guests. We aimed for $15,000 but spent +$5000 more by the end of it. The “little” costs add up. We also pre-estimated how much we thought our monetary gifts would help offset the costs, but you can never predict these things. It’s always wise to assess how much you can afford and to estimate what you’re willing to spend on a per guest basis. 


Church fees (Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex) —$1,500.00

Marriage prep course (Our Lady Fatima)—$100.00

Marriage license—$160.00

Venue (rental space, cocktail tables, skirted tables, host bar, fees, taxes, beverages, wine served with dinner etc.) $5,710.69            

Catering by Bytown Catering, cocktail reception and dinner (110 guests) —- $5,432.83                   

Vietnamese Tea Ceremony— $226.00

Late-night buffet (poutine, smoked meat sandwhiches, dessert platters and pies by Bobby’s table; chinese food by Yangtze) —578.56+$730.50 

Cake by Natasha Provost (4 -tier, 12″, 10″, 8″, 6″) (with delivery) — $124.00

Cake stand rental (for 18″ round) —$20.00                         

Centrepiece flowers (Ikea vases, Hydrangeas from Valley Flowers, Pink roses from Costco, ribbon)— $54.06+ $330.53+$85.83 + $39.55

Bridal Party Flowers by Holland Flowers (Bride bouquet, maid of honour bouquet, groom boutonnier, best man boutonnier, mother of the bride corsage, mother of the groom corsage, flower girl bouquet, ring boy boutonnier) — $250.00

Ring pillow — $33.89

Wedding invitations from Michaels—$45.18

Church ceremony programs from Michaels — $23.72

Postage                for invitations and RSVP cards—$120.00

Sharp edge paper cutte— $22.59

Printer ink— $79.10

Cardstock  for menus and table name cards —- $56.50                                  

Tea lights —$45.14

Tea light holders from IKEA—$33.79

Elaborate Events (mirrors, linen rentals—$393.24

Guest Book (Michaels)—  $33.90

Gold charger plates (Sunhope Inc)—$229.00

DIY Seating Chart —$22.60   

Lighting by PMEvents—$657.80                               

Favours -Asian Tea Canisters with Jasmine Tea @1.10 each— $161.59

Personalized wedding favour abels — $80.00

Favour Wrapping paper—$50.85                                             

Reception Band (Groovy Little Ochestra)— $2,000.00


Book the Booth Photobooth—$282.50

Book the booth (digital photos) — $250.00

Booth props— $20.00

Cocktail reception music, flute and guitar (Concertino)—$200.00

Chinese Dragon Dancers-  $500.00

First Dance Lessons—-$200.00

Red mustang convertible, 3 hours with chauffeur —$200.00

Parking passes— $90.00

Wedding coordination by Shawna Rioux —$300.00


TOTAL                    $19,753.26

Post # 15
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@2012ottawabride:  Amazing!  Thanks so much for posting, and great job on your budgeting and planning!

Post # 16
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@2012ottawabride:  this is awesome, thanks! I agree with PP, trying to get a feel for what a given budget will get you in Ottawa can be hard. Where did you have your reception?

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