Ottawa Wedding Vendors
My list of preferred Ottawa wedding vendors
Planning an Ottawa wedding is hard. Speaking from experience planning my own wedding – and I had an “advantage” being in the biz and knowing some people – it’s a crapshoot. You’re trying to create an experience for yourselves and your family but first you’re slogging through endless Ottawa wedding websites decoding the info. Unless you have a reference from a friend, you’re really going in blind, which is why I wanted to create this list. Instead of creating a blanket list of all the Ottawa wedding vendors I’ve decided to only list vendors that I know I’ve worked with and that I feel offer a quality product. With each vendor, I’ve tried to offer some personal insight to give you a more qualitative vendor referral. I know that I’ve worked with more vendors than the ones listed here but as I grow my business I’m trying to add services that are valuable to couples looking to get married in Ottawa, so I’m paying more attention to other vendors involved in the weddings I’m photographing. As a result, this list is a work in progress. I’m looking for quality, not just numbers, so check back often as the resource grows.
Ottawa Wedding Venues
“The venue is a foundation to the tone of your wedding around everything else will revolve.”
Le-Belvedere Jessica Davey, Wedding & Event Planner firstname.lastname@example.org 819-459-3027 877-459-3027 The venue location is located near Wakefield, QC about 30 – 45 mins from Ottawa. Once you’re there you might as well be a 1000 kms away. The location has a real destination feel and ceremony location overlooking the majestic Gatineau Hills is stunning – even in December when we went to check out the location. As a result, they are VERY in demand and with recent outdoor renovations are HANDS DOWN THE BEST VENUE IN ALL THE LAND (IMHO).
The Westin Ottawa Tia Ward, Wedding Specialist Phone: (613) 560-7368 Fax: (613) 560-7350 email@example.com The Westin has rooms with great light. Ask for a suite if either the guys or gals are getting ready there so you’ve got some room to move around. (You may also want to make sure it has one of the double-head showers – not for me, for you). The lobby affords some nice options and vantage points for a first look as seen in Jon and Nicole’s New Year’s Eve Ottawa Wedding.
Saunder’s Farm Rachel Eades Wedding and Corporate Event Planning firstname.lastname@example.org Saunder’s farm is an interesting location. Located in Ottawa’s rural village, Munster, the farm offers a nice outdoor, unpretentious setting for your wedding. One of the obvious attraction to this Ottawa wedding venue is the natural mazes they have. There are lookout platforms perfect for getting various angles if you decide to use them for your portrait sessions. I think this location, however, is perfect for spring and fall weddings as there is no air conditioning in the reception building. Check out Laura and Allan’s Saunder’s Farm wedding here.
Stonefield Heritage Farm 1985 9th Line Beckwith, ON 613-253-3313 email@example.com Don’t let the farm part fool you – this is one classy joint. It’s getting the VIP treatment even though I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot there yet. Having been to a couple open houses I can say it’s got buckets of prime photo backdrops from “big sky” to rustic barn board to romantic chic. Check ‘em out!
The Marshes Golf and Country Club Kanata, ON 320 Terry Fox Drive Kanata, ON K2K 3L1 613 271-3370 1 800 417-8555 Take a look at Paul & Kristina’s September 2012 wedding for samples of this excellent Ottawa wedding venue. If you’re not into golf backdrops, the venue is surrounded by farms and there is a set of railroad tracks in the
Fairmont Chateau Laurier The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a premier Ottawa wedding backdrop. Everything about it is opulent and ornate offering couples a regal and majestic setting for their Ottawa wedding. Only couples who are having their wedding within the historic hotel can use the common areas for portraits so you are guaranteed a session free battles with other wedding groups.
The Museum of Nature Facility Rentals 613.566.4712 firstname.lastname@example.org The Museum of Nature may not come to mind when thinking about an Ottawa wedding venue, but it should. One of my favourite locations within the museum is the Queen’s Lantern. It’s the huge glass column at the front of the museum. While it’s on the smaller side of what the entire museum has to offer, it is flooded with light. If that’s not enough, where else are you going to get your pictures taken with dinosaurs! Check out Jon & Katie's wedding here!
Billings Estate Museum 2100 Cabot Street Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K1 Tel: 613-247-4830 Fax: 613-247-4832 email@example.com Notes: This museum is a quaint Ottawa wedding venue tucked away in an Ottawa residential area. The historic estate of one of Ottawa’s founding families who settled in 1812, the museum affords beautiful grounds for an outdoor wedding.
Canadian Museum of History The Museum of Civilization is one of most architecturally unique buildings in the region, which is why it is also one of the most popular Ottawa wedding photography backdrops. Outside the curved lines of the building offer some unique angles for the photography while the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill creates an iconic Ottawa skyline.
National Arts Centre The National Arts Centre offer four unique areas to hold your reception. Check out Caroline and Ben’s 2012 Ottawa wedding in the Salon room. It’s got some great outdoor options including a covered area by the canal which is invaluable when it rains.
National Gallery A premier Ottawa wedding venue, the National Gallery has a number of options including the spectacular Grand Hall with its immense natural light and sky-high ceilings. Located close to the ByWard Market it offers some unique options for bridal group portraits or photos for just the bride and groom.
Courtyard Restaurant (613) 241-1516 for Event Coordinators. The Courtyard is a small intimate venue that offers space for ceremonies and receptions. Make sure your Ottawa wedding photographer brings remote lights as it’s on the dark side with is wood and stone interior. However, since it’s surrounded by the historical courtyards of the ByWard Market, there are tons of options for bridal portraits and intimate photos of the bride and groom.
Restaurant 18 Restaurant 18 offers a great, intimate, fine dining experience for your Ottawa wedding reception or ceremony. While I’ve only ever photographed wedding receptions there, space is great and really lends itself to intimate wedding photography. It’s also in the ByWard Market so there are plenty of options for a great Ottawa wedding photojournalism with a little walk around.
Evermore Weddings and Events I was really impressed with this venue when I photographed two wedding there in 2017. Situated on 45 acres in Almonte, the property has lots of great place for guest to relax and mingle both inside and out. They have a nice outdoor ceremony location and shaded options for pleasing formal portraits. Steeped in history, located beside the old James Naismith (inventor of basketball) residence, Evermore mixes the old with the new.
Ottawa Wedding Caterers
DISH Catering Dish Catering put on an intimate meal for a small wedding at Gallery 13 a couple of years back. The chefs aren’t afraid to push the envelope and their boutique approach seems to allow for a great collaboration.
The Whalesbone Catering The WBC put on one of the most impressive catering jobs I have ever seen. While photographing Paul and Stephanie’s Ottawa wedding at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ottawa, my assistant David Kawai and I were so impressed with how they were working behind the scenes we had to remind ourselves that we were there to photograph a wedding, not the caterers. The food was insane and the execution impressed everyone at our table.
Ottawa Wedding Officiants
All Seasons Wedding Ceremonies – Our licensed male or female wedding officiants conduct personalized civil, interfaith and spiritual wedding vows and custom marriage ceremonies at your home, cottage, banquet hall, or church. Whether you want a traditional or contemporary wedding ceremony, your wedding day will be a truly wonderful experience… unique, elegant, and to your complete satisfaction.
Rev. Brian Ballinger Brian was recently voted runner-up ‘Best Wedding Officiant in Ottawa and District’ at the prestigious Wedding Industry Experts wards. He is very open to conducting both non–denominational and spiritual wedding ceremonies in English, French, Spanish or bilingual. Brian brings a commitment to ensuring that your wedding ceremony, whether non–denominational or spiritual, will reflect who you are, in a genuine, personal way. His creativity, sense of humour and attention to detail will help everything go smoothly. “It’s your day – let’s make sure YOU enjoy it!”He is the third most requested officiant on our Ontario team. Book early.
Natalie Joy Quesnel Natalie Joy is an experienced public speaker, educator, dog-lover and chocolate addict. Having spent her childhood in Saint-Isidore and her adult life in Ottawa, Natalie Joy is fluent in both official languages and is licensed to perform spiritual, non-denominational and same-sex wedding ceremonies in both Ontario and Quebec. A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters of Fine Arts, Natalie Joy is compassionate, versatile and passionate about making your special occasion a memorable experience. In her spare time, Natalie Joy watches reruns of Star Trek and enjoys board games with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Ottawa Wedding Ceremonies – Our licensed male or female wedding officiants conduct personalized civil, interfaith and spiritual wedding vows and custom marriage ceremonies at your home, cottage, banquet hall, or church. Whether you want a traditional or a contemporary wedding ceremony, your wedding day will be a truly wonderful experience… unique, elegant, and to your complete satisfaction.
Lynne and Keith Langille - Lynne and Keith offer some of the best custom wedding ceremonies in Ottawa. One of the things that is unique in the way they perform the ceremony is that they often stand halfway down the aisle putting the couple front and centre and turned to face family and friends instead of away. Another benefit is that there is no officiant getting in the way of a clean "kiss" photo! Contact Keith@ExceptionalCeremonies.com for more info.
Ottawa Wedding Planners
Kennedy Event Planning: Working with Shannon on multiple weddings, I can definitely attest to her personality and professionalism which is key to a great working relationship. Shannon really knows how to put together, exclusive, contemporary and stylish weddings that really speak to the bride and groom. See Jaclyn & Mike's or Vicky and Allan's wedding.
Chic Wedding Planners One of Ottawa's leading experts in wedding planning, styling and coordination, Chic Wedding Planners aims to create beautiful memories that bring their clients love stories to life.
Ottawa Wedding Event Designers:
Sage Designs Sophie has over 10 years of experience turning ordinary places into extraordinary weddings settings.
Ottawa Wedding Videographers
First Kiss Films – Notes: Bridget Redmond is really doing something unique with her 16mm Ottawa wedding cinematography. With over 15 years of experience as a filmmaker, you’re in good hands with Bridget. Bridget working with me on Katie and Jon’s May 2012 Ottawa wedding at Juniper Restaurant. If you’re looking for something truly timeless, check out First Kiss Films.
Men’s Wedding Suits - Ottawa
L’Hexagone A relatively new addition to the field of men’s stores in Ottawa, L’Hexagone fills a nice void offering great quality suits at great prices. The styles are fashion-forward and Yannick and Etienne will have you walking out the door looking like you’re about to walk on the set of Mad Men. Located on Dahousie St. in Ottawa’s Byward Market the atmosphere is laid back and contemporary making you feel like you want to hang out.
Indochino.com Indochino.com is an online, bespoke clothing manufacturer based in Vancouver. While they specialize in modern-cut suits, once you’ve got your 15 measurements plugged into their system, it’s really easy to log on and choose from any of their line of pants, shirts and jackets. As with all online ordering, take it from me and leave yourself lots of time before you need the suit for alterations and remakes. They have a perfect-fit promise so they offer either a credit for alterations up to $75, free remake or return. Delivery times range from 4 to 6 weeks.
Ottawa Bridal Fashions
Janine Adamyk Janine Adamyk Bridal is located on Bank St. in Old Ottawa South.
Wedding Directory Services
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