(Closed) Ottawa Wedding Budget

posted 8 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 17
5 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

If anyone else is on a budget like me, I recommend Jess Alen Photos as the photographer http://www.jessalenphotos.ca. I’m pretty sure her wedding packages start at like $400 for a few hours of coverage – rare to find a photographer that will do that. 

Other budget tips – if the time of year permits, the Great Glebe Garage sale is a fantastic place to pick up vintage and chic decor! 

Post # 18
9 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

My budget is $7000. We’re having only 20 guests, but we want to be able to really make everything special. This is sort of an idea of what we have so far….


Venue (Ceremony & Reception): $1500

Photographer: $600 (maybe more, we’re undecided on how many hours we need her for)

Dress: $300 (or under… hopefully)

Food / Open Bar: $1000 (though I really doubt it will come to this… we’re planning on a  vegetarian buffet)

Stationary: $300… we’re getting an artist to custom illustrate our wedding location for the invitations


Those are just a few vague guesses at what will tally up. We have over a year to plan though, and we’re just dipping our toes into the wedding planning at this point. We’re lucky enough to have found a perfect venue and perfect photographer at amazing prices.


Post # 19
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Our budget is $25, 000 (not including dress and suit)… we just started planning, and so far have only booked wedding stylist and photographer and are desperate to find a venue.  We’re not flexible on our date, so … hopefully we’ll find something!  I’ve been told everyone always goes over budget, so we’ll probably hit the $30,000 mark, but here’s hoping we stay at 25K!

Post # 20
4 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014


I live in Ottawa, but am planning an out of town wedding. I’m hoping for a top budget of $15000 for approximately 120-140 people.

Some of my money saving ideas that may interest Ottawa Brides:

The liquidation center on Bank st (near Winchester) currently has silk flowers on sale in bulk (approx $10/box) as well as other items. I was there last weekend and picked up a box of 41 bud vases and 13 pomoders. Anyone planning on having green or red as their colours and wants pomoders (decorative balls) should really go, I saw a few boxes of nice options. There’s lots of other colours there too just need to look.

Also Alliance Bridal and Sinders are having there sample sale on July 27th at the Chimo Hotel. Might want to check it out if you want to save lots of $$$ on a gown and don’t mind buying a discontinued gown. Bring cash if you are serious about buying (cash only event). I picked up my gown at a sale (originally a $1700 gown paid $750).

Also if you are looking into doing DIY projects – check out fabric land – they tend to have material scraps that can be used for many different projects. I couldn’t find ribbon in the colour I wanted. I ended up finding a piece of scrap material for $2.00 (because it was also 50% off the ticketed price). It’s going to make more ribbon than I need for the centerpieces at a fraction of the cost.

Be creative and keep your eye out for wedding items in non-wedding stores and you can save +++ $$$ to help stay on budget.

Finally, I’ve been trying to keep the budget to $10,000 when shopping around knowing that I will probably go over… and hopefully max out at $15,000. I used theknot.com’s budget guide to get a range of what I can afford so that I can start with the $10,000 price with vendors, which inevitably will go up.



Post # 21
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@cochinealred:  Who did you use for a decorator? Any suggestions on how to go cheap?

Post # 22
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church


We have the following:

$10k on reception venue (includes decor, four courses for 80, day-of co-ordinator, rental fee, cocktail hour, some alcohol, food tasting, late night buffet – food was really important to him and I do know that we could have paid less for a not-as-nice venue: this was a big decision)

$310 for Church rental fee at St John the Apostle

Haven’t decided how much we are gifting our priest

$150 for pianist throughout ceremony (friendor)

$100 for required pre-marriage course at Holy Spirit

$2900 for photographer (very important to us) (Troy St. Louis – this was last year’s pricing, don’t know what it is this year)

$0 for my dress, accessories, and shoes (very nicely gifted to me by my mother and sister)

$0 for stationary including invitations, reply cards (very nicely gifted by FI’s sister)

$36 in postage (we are saving money by me finding a whole slew of permanent postage stamps and giving out many invites by hand)

$188 for suit rental from Tip Top

$325 for two teir cake (fondant) and 60 cupcakes (buttercream – two flavours), stand rentals, cake topper that our baker is making, and delivery- we went with Victoria’s Creations

$125 for favours (hugeweddingsavings-canada.com)

$310 for hair/makeup including trials (though it will probably be less with a half off coupon for makeup trial) – $65 for makeup and around $90 for hair (One Fine Beauty makeup and Boss Arts)

$500 for flowers

$850 for DJ at reception (not chosen yet but I know I can get one for that price easily)

$100 for alterations for my bm (unknown – probably less)

$2800 for drinks that are not provided (we want to provide non-stop non-alcoholic at least – this is an estimate)

$100 for rehearsal dinner (bbq – probably get burgers and hot dogs from costco)

$700-1300 (hopefully) for wedding bands (Blue Nile has some really great deals but it depends what Fiance decides to do for his)

$60 for taxi to hotel after wedding (probably not this much but would rather be on the conservative side)

$0 for wedding night hotel room (included in reception package)

+ gifts for wedding party/parents/siblings

Total: $16,754-17,354

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