(Closed) Outdoor wedding in Ottawa, ON, Canada

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We were married at the end of September and we were originally going to have the entire event outside. We looked into tents, generators, very nice portable toilets etc. It was going to be considerably more money than a regular venue because we would have to rent everything. I hadn’t considered the cost of renting plates, glasses, cutlery, linens, tables, an extra tent for the catering etc, but it was what I had pictured. In the end our location had some structural issues that prevented us from having a tent there so we only had our ceremony there. Which ended up being a good thing because the weather did not co-operate that day.

I have been several outdoor weddings and while they were all beautiful, there were issues that impacted our comfort. 2 of the weddings had what I believe was the largest mosquito population in the world. Seriously, guest were running for the main buildings. It was terrible. Things got considerably better after sun down though and eventually repellant was avilable for us. They were both in July though so September shouldn’t be as bad.

Another one was the end of August and it was cold and rainy. Although I coped with the cold just fine, I heard many other people complaining.

I guess the only rules I can think of would be prepared for anything and remember to keep your guest’s comfort in mind. You may still need fans if its too hot or heaters if its too cold. September is beautiful but tricky. GL!

Post # 4
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love Merrickville!

I think any month between May and October you can have an outdoor wedding, but you also have to be prepared for 40 with humidity or 0 and snow.

Back up plan is key. Doable, but you have to have a plan for all types of weather, because you never know.

Post # 5
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

if you plan a wedding in ottawa at any time of year, make sure you have a plan B! the weather could be beautiful! or it could be really hot, really cold, or raining

Post # 6
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mehawk82:  I don’t think late September will be too late in the season, you’ll probably have comfortable early fall weather and less humidity. But I agree about backup plans for rain. 

The minute I read Merrickville, I thought about The Baldachin Inn. I was really interested in this venue, but ultimately we stuck with downtown Ottawa. Having the ceremony at your family farm, followed by a reception and dinner in this lovely venue would likely save tons of work and likely costs, since it is true that building a venue from scratch is a lot of work.

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