Post # 1
Specifically, I am looking to have a wedding + dinner reception in the Ottawa area in November 2013 for 100 guests. I need to keep all costs under 10k.
I really don’t need anything super fancy – just respectable.
We also both work really long hours and have limited time to plan.
I am so overwhelmed and am feeling the time pressure!
Is this doable?
Any help you could offer would be much appreciated!!!
Post # 3
It’s doable if you find the right venue. Preferably not a hotel, banquet hall, wedding specific venue.
Post # 4
I have never been to Ottawa but found these on a quick internet search, hope it gives you a jumping off point. Good luck and congratulations!
Post # 5
It’s going to be tight to do it for less than $10K all in. Think about 1) having it on a Friday, 2) inviting fewer people or 3) not serving dinner.
A few ideas for locations:
Mill Street Brew Pub: http://ottawa.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
RA Centre: http://www.racentre.com/index.php/weddings
Post # 6
It would be tough to do something in central Ottawa, with a full meal, for less thank $10k. However, you could certainly work with a caterer to do either a brunch, or cocktail reception full of delicious passed food, within that price range. I met with Tulips & Maple, and while they are a higher end caterer, there is no end to their creativity and they’d be able to help come up with a menu that will impress and stay on budget.
The City of Ottawa also has some really pretty spaces, that are budget conscious. I would look into the Old Ottawa South Community Centre, Glebe Community Centre, and the Rockcliffe Park Library for affordable venues that still have charm.
Post # 7
@needshelpplanning: Also, don’t feel the time crunch! I started planning my October 2013 wedding last month and am so tired of people acting like planning a wedding in 9 months is crazy. If you are flexible and decisive, 9 months is plenty of time! Tackle anything that needs to be booked/reserved first (venue, caterer, photographer) and then move onto time sensitive things (dress, invites). Sometimes a checklist timeine, like the one on TheKnot, can be good to help keep things in a timely order. My Fiance and I both work in politically involved jobs and have busy days too, if we can do it anyone can 🙂
Post # 8
Orchard View has good prices but it”s a little far. They also set everything up for you.
To save money you can do your own flowers as well from Costco. That’s what I plan on doing. just make sure to do a practice run first.
There’s The MIFO Center in Orleans that does weddings. A little less expesive as well.
You could do a community Center Hall and bring in your own food and Alcohol or you’re own caterer.