Ready to start planning your wedding? Once of the first things you’ll want to knock off your list is your Ottawa wedding venue. Luck for you, the city has tons of beautiful event spaces worthy of your big day. Whether you love food, want to feel like royalty or are in the market for something with a rustic-chic vibe, there’s something on this list for you.
Here are Ottawa wedding venues for every type of couple.
For the couple who wants to feel like royalty: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Move over Harry and Meghan, there’s a new power couple in town! If you want to steal a page from the Duke and Duchess’ book but don’t have the funds or connections to book a spot like Windsor Castle, head to Ottawa’s very own palace, Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The luxury hotel has been around for over a century and boasts stunning event rooms with sky-high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and massive windows. Its largest space can accommodate 400 people, so you should be able to host all of your nearest and dearest.
For the foodies: Courtyard Restaurant
If you fell head over heels for someone who loves cooking, dining out and discovering new eateries, consider choosing Courtyard Restaurant for your wedding. It’s nestled inside a limestone heritage building in the Byward Market and will give your celebration a healthy dose of old world charm (and an amazing menu). It can accommodate intimate events and larger receptions with up to 250 guests, making it perfect for all types of weddings.
For the rustic-chic duo: Stonefields
Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life on your big day by choosing Stonefields as your wedding venue. The 120-acre heritage farm is about a 45 minute drive from Ottawa’s city centre and has its original stone farmhouse, log barns and an elegant event building giving you plenty of spaces for your rustic-chic wedding (including outdoor ceremony options). It can accommodate up to 220 of your nearest and dearest in its largest space, but can also handle more intimate affairs.
For the beer fanatics: Mill Street Brew Pub
So, the two of you bonded over your mutual love of lagers, IPAs and pilsners? The Mill Street Brew Pub may just be the perfect Ottawa wedding venue for you. It has a killer selection of beers on tap and is pretty picturesque, as well. It’s located inside what used to be a grist mill and has some serious rustic, industrial-chic vibes. It can fit up to 120, so don’t go overboard with your guest list.
For the nature lovers: Central Experimental Farm
It may not have the most romantic name, but don’t let that fool you! The Central Experimental Farm is one of the most stunning wedding venues in Ottawa. Its 8-acre Ornamental Gardens are a fan favourite for outdoor wedding ceremonies thanks to their beautiful selection of flora (which includes roses, perennials, irises, lilacs and more). Bonus: because the flowers are so gorgeous, you won’t have to invest in too much extra decor (score!).
For the historians: Canadian Museum of History
Travel back in time on your wedding day by booking this Ottawa wedding venue. The Canadian Museum of History has plenty to offer you and your guests - a beautiful backdrop of downtown Ottawa, interesting artifacts, plenty of space to mix, mingle and dance and stellar wedding packages that’ll make planning your big day that much easier. It can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 500 guests, so you should have no trouble fitting in all of your loved ones.
For the horticulturists: Aquatopia Water Gardens
OK, OK, you don’t have to be a certified horticulturist to appreciate the Aquatopia Water Gardens. Actually, just about anyone who loves flowers and greenery will adore this Ottawa wedding venue. It features ponds, streams and waterfalls as well as a jaw-dropping collection of blooms and plants. The space can fit up to 150 guests, so it’s perfect for mid-sized weddings.
For the artists: Sussex Contemporary
Sussex Contemporary is the perfect loft-esque spot for fans of painting, sketching and sculpture to tie the knot. It flaunts high ceilings, exposed stone walls and ceiling beams and a rotating collection of pieces from local and international artists. It can fit up to 130 guests for a cocktail-style reception or 90 guests for a seated dinner, making it ideal for more intimate weddings.
For the jetsetters: Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
Do you and your partner absolutely love to travel? Give a nod to your love of jetsetting by bringing your wedding to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. No, you won’t get to hop on any of the planes and fly away to the Bahamas or Bermuda once your reception has wrapped, but you can party among them. Its largest space is big enough to fit 400 guests, so go ahead and invite all your friends, relatives and followers.
For the thespians: National Arts Centre
If the two of you have flair for the dramatic, the National Arts Centre may be the Ottawa wedding venue you’ve been dreaming of. It hosts plays, productions, musical events and, of course, weddings. The centre has four equally gorgeous event rooms, the largest of which can fit 1500 people. P.S. it has dedicated coordinators and planners on staff that’ll plan out all the fine details of your big day (no need to hire a planner!).