(Closed) The Big Ottawa/Gatineau List of Venue Vendors — Reviews and Ratings

posted 7 years ago in Ottawa, Canada
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Thanks for this! As a fellow Ottawa bride with an even smaller budget then yours ($15,000), and info would definitely be helpful!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hey other Ottawans!!

We’re having our small (64 guests) wedding at the Courtyard restaurant in the market. We’re spending about $15K. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I’m in Ottawa too 🙂 Not officially engaged yet (ordered the ring but it hasn’t come in yet) but I have looked at different venues.

The Courtyard was one of them! It’s so charming. Lately I’ve also been looking at different Country Clubs and am finding it a lot cheaper. Not having made a budget per se, I was kinda hoping to keep the wedding under $10 000! At the absolute max, and *if* we get help from family, maybe $12 000 (not including honeymoon). Hope that’s going to be possible and still have a sit down dinner.

Have you guys decided on the ceremony location as well? Officiants?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@minie77: We’re getting married at our tiny little church, out in Kanata!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

@canajen:

You’ve really done your research!!  Thank you so much for posting this information!  I am keeping it in my favourites to come back to later.  This will save us a lot of time 🙂

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hey Ladies,

My fiance and I are getting married next Sept 2012. Our wedding will have 150 guests and our budget is $12K. Here are some ways we are able to do it with our small budget. 

Wedding and Reception: Our wedding ceremony and reception will be at the Glebe Community Centre which is a an old cathedral. Absolutely gorgeous! The GCC which is City of Ottawa pricing is $1,450 for the hall from 10am to 2am. The cost includes insurance, table and chairs. The chairs are new and really nice modern ones that don’t require covers. The good thing about City of Ottawa venues is that you can bring in your own caterer and bar service.

To save costs, we decided to keep the amount of guests and do a cocktail, cold/ hot buffet dinner which includes fresh sandwhiches, salads, hummous, pita, chicken skewers and a few other things for $15 per person. Our midnight buffet will be made by family. Another cost saver is to make cupcakes instea of a big cake and get a small cake made for us to cut and eat. Some cupcake recipies you can make 1 week in advance and freeze them and they remain fresh and delicious! We will decorate with friends the day before the wedding. We are also making our own cupcake tower (DIY on the internet). We are renting  bar services which will cost 1K for two bars and depending on how much we charge for the drinks, the profit we make on them will be credited to our cost for the service. The linens and backdrop behind the head table are our biggest expense at $1,200 but our linens are really elegant pintuck satin fabric. We are going to Mastermind Events for those. Another savings we were able to manage was buying our square vases at Dollarama for 2$ each (3 per table) and using hydrangeas to fill them up. The cheapest place for flowers is Valley Flowers! Loblaws gets their flowers from them and they sell to anyone! They are 70% cheaper then a florist and can make your flower bouquets and centerpieces too! They sell hydrangeas for $2.79 a stem and I called 3 other florist and the cost ranged from $8 to $10 per stem!

My fiance and I are lucky since by fiance has all the DJ equipment and music since he has dj’d friends wedding before and one of his friends will be taking care of playing our playlists, a friend of his is a photographer (1K) and another friend will be doing our bouquets. Also, a friend of mine is getting ordaned and she will be marrying us as a her gift. 

Another way we are saving is online invites vs paper invites. We will be buying invites for grandparents and parents but, we didn’t feel like spending lot of money on something people will liekly not recycle so this works the best for us.

Hope this info is going to help anyone trying to save a few bucks! If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ottawa Police Assiociation is dirt cheap and beautiful! Staff, tables, chairs, lines $500!!!!! It is so worth going to see – recently remodeled it will shock you when you see the value! This is not decorated for a wedding, but it gives you an idea – the pictures do it no justice!

 

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