Venues

Here's a list of Ottawa area wedding venues which I've heard good things about, listed in alphabetical order. If you know of any great venues I should know about, please let me know.

Canadian Golf & Country Club

No, you can’t play golf during the actual ceremony and you don’t have to be into golf to get married here. It’s a bit of a drive out of town but not too far. Not only do you get a picturesque, natural setting but the food is legendary. You can have an outdoor ceremony in front of a beautiful pond with up to 500 guests. Gail, your coordinator will set it all up so everything goes smoothly. If the weather isn’t co-operating that day, it’s no problem, Gail can switch it to an indoor wedding.

canadiangolfclub.com

Canadian Museum of Nature

Yeah, you can get married at the museum. How cool is that? This building was always beautiful but ever since they did those major renovations, they’re even better suited to hosting weddings. But there is a down side: if you stay too late, the dinosaur skeletons come to life.

nature.ca

The Courtyard Restaurant

This Byward Market restaurant has been running for over 30 years. The atmosphere is romantic with a feeling of rich history. It’s one of these places that’s just made for weddings. It’s the perfect location for beautiful wedding photos. Incredibly good food as well. It’s probably not suited to a last minute weddings as it’s a very popular venue.

courtyardrestaurant.com

Empire Grill

Empire Grill is a high-end, Italian inspired New York steakhouse in the Byward Market. They can seat up to 135 in the Manhattan room and extend it up to 225 for the full restaurant. They can take care of a lot of details like the cake, tent cards. The room looks amazing, check out their site and see for yourself.

empiregrill.com

Evermore

Evermore is an elegant wedding and event venue located on 45 beautiful acres of farmland, close to the picturesque community of Almonte, Ontario. This charming venue was the boyhood home of Dr. James Naismith, the creator of basketball. So you may find an ancient buried basketball on the grounds. Featuring an early 1900’s elegantly restored barn, with many comfortable lounging areas and bar area to host your friends and family. I did the inaugural wedding here!

evermoreweddingsandevents.ca

Loch March Golf & Country Club

The Loch March Golf & Country Club is near Carp, so just barely out of town. They have full wedding facilities like a PA system, AV for slideshows. It’s a beautiful location worth considering for your big day.

lochmarch.com

Metropolitain Brasserie

French dining is, as everyone knows, classic romantic stuff. It’s a natural match for a wedding venue, don’t you think? Metropolitain Brasserie has a wedding coordinator and they can entertain up to 200 guests. They’re just a stone’s throw from the Parliament Hill which means lots of places for photos but parking is pretty wild. Do a little research on the food and service to make sure it’s the kind of thing you’re looking for.

metropolitainbrasserie.com

NEXT

NEXT is over on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville. They can handle up to 180 guests. They’ve got a large room for the ceremony and the “Crush Room” on the lower level for your reception. It’s easy to set up a DJ if you wanna boogie. 80 parking spots… that’s a big advantage over most venues in the downtown core. They’ll assign a wedding planner for you too.

nextfood.ca

Orchard View

While downtown weddings have their pluses, it’s also nice to have a little elbow room. Orchard View is a big venue with multiple locations for your ceremony. It’s near Greely with is about a half-hour drive from downtown. They can handle small weddings with 10 guests or giant super-weddings with 1000 guests. Even though it’s out in the sticks, rest assured, it’s just as fancy as those hoity-toity city slicker wedding places.

orchardview.ca

Ottawa Conference & Event Centre

Did you ever dream of getting married on starship? This is pretty much that. They’ll completely customize your wedding. If you’re planning on a wedding that doesn’t quite find the mold of your average venue, they can handle it.

ottawaconferenceandeventcentre.com

Sala San Marco

This is the kind of place that probably comes to mind when you think of a classic wedding venue. A ballroom with high ceilings and chandeliers. If a not-so-huge wedding is your style, they can accommodate that too. Multicultural weddings are no problem and they can do organic and vegetarian catering too. It’s on Preston, not that far from downtown, but get this: free parking for guests. That’s something you don’t expect this close to downtown.

salasanmarco.ca

Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

While lots of hotels can accommodate a wedding, not all of them can create something really special. Sheraton Ottawa is right downtown so you have countless locations for photos. Naturally, accommodation isn’t an issue. While you might be accustomed to free airport shuttles to Sheridan Hotels in other cities, with this one, your guests from far away will probably have to cab it from the airport or train station. And like any venue in the downtown core, parking is neither plentiful, nor cheap.

sheratonottawa.com/ottawa-wedding

Stonefields Heritage Farm

A 120 acre heritage farm around Carleton Place. They have a genuine, historical stone farmhouse and log barns. If you always wanted a country wedding, you can’t go wrong here. If you’ve never even considered getting married on a farm, have a look at the photos on their web site; it looks super romantic.

stonefieldsheritagefarm.ca

Strathmere

Strathmere was chosen as one of “Canada’s 30 Loveliest Wedding Venues of 2014” and the only one in Eastern Ontario by Wedding Bells Magazine. You’ll have a choice of their wedding hall, the Strathmere Inn, the Lodge or the Garden House. Private outdoor and indoor ceremony sites so you’ll have a backup plan for surprise weather. Wedding coordination, planners and 36 overnight guest rooms. There’s more than I can even list in this short blurb – check out their site to see what they offer.

www.strathmere.com/ottawa-wedding

Southway Hotel

Okay, so it’s obviously not the most scenic or interesting part of town but it has some other advantages. It’s very reasonably priced and it’s a very well liked hotel. Even their premium service is only an extra $30 per person. If you have guests flying in for your wedding, it’s not far from the airport and they have a free shuttle. If you are a millionaire with millionaire guests, this might not be for you. But for the rest of us, a great place to get married.

southway.com