Best Ottawa Wedding Venues

Showcasing the best Ottawa wedding venues the city has to offer!

When I first got engaged, one of the first things we started looking for was a wedding venue. Finding a wedding venue that fits your vision for your wedding is so key. Since I am local to Ottawa and work in the industry (I work in some of the best Ottawa wedding venues every weekend), I decided to compile a list of my favourite spots in the city. Hopefully it can help you in your search!

This is a full list of all of the wedding venues this city has to offer. I have not photographed weddings at all venues on this list, and cannot vouch for each venue or their service. Hopefully this list can be helpful to you in your search for a wedding venue in Ottawa!

Lauren Taking Photos

When looking for a venue, it’s important to keep in mind:

Guest List

How many guests are you planning to invite? Are you looking for accommodation on-site for your guests as well? Or just a ceremony and reception space? Having an understanding of this may help determine which venues will work best for you (and potentially help you narrow down your search)!

Rain Plan

Are you planning to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony? How about the reception? Have you thought about what time of year you’d like to have your wedding at? If you’re considering an outdoor ceremony, does your venue have a solid rain plan option? These are all great questions to start thinking about in your search for a wedding venue! Since I work with all of my couples to devise a solid rain plan, I can also give you a hand figuring your own out, so let me know!

Lighting

From a photography perspective, lighting is everything! The lighting inside a venue can make or break the vibe of your photos, and it’s super important to consider this when booking your own wedding venue! Your photographer should be able to help you understand and work with your venue lighting (and if you don’t have a photographer yet, get in touch because I’d love to work with you)!

Hopefully this list of the best Ottawa wedding venues adds value to your venue search and gives you some insight on different options! Scroll down to check it out!

Wedding Couple Playing

To keep things simple, I’ve listed the best Ottawa wedding venues in alphabetical order.

Best Ottawa Wedding Venues:

Adelina Barn

316 chemin de 6e rang, Gatineau, QC

www.adelinabarn.com

Both a wedding venue and a floral studio, Adelina Barn is a quick 20 minute drive from downtown Ottawa. The venue space can host up to 120 guests. The barn is a two story open concept space, and it has both indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies and receptions. It has a rustic country feel to it, and makes for a picturesque space!

Ideal for: intimate outdoor weddings with a rustic feel to it 

All Saints Event Space

330 Laurier Ave. E, Ottawa, ON

https://allsaintsottawa.ca

A historic church turned wedding space in the heart of Ottawa. All Saints hosts a number of beautiful spaces (like Borden Hall, which is flooded with natural light or the Chapel Room, which is a cozy interior space). With a capacity for up to 300 guests, it’s a great venue especially for larger crowds.

Ideal for: large weddings and indoor ceremonies

Andaz Hotel

325 Dalhousie st. Ottawa, ON

www.hyatt.com

Situated right in the heart of the Byward Market in downtown Ottawa, Andaz Hotel is part of the Hyatt Hotel chain. It can host up to 150 guests and has beautiful window light that makes for stunning photos, and a scenic experience for your guests!

Ideal for: intimate weddings with a modern, urban chic feel to it 

At The School House

2876 Munster Road, Ottawa, ON

www.attheschoolhouse.ca

With various ceremony locations onsite (the school house, courtyard, tent space, gardens, and church), At the School House venue is a versatile space. It can host anywhere between 60 – 120 guests, depending on the ceremony space. It has both indoor and outdoor options, so you always have a space onsite  in case of bad weather.

Ideal for: couples who appreciate historical buildings, or want versatility in space 

Aquatopia

2710 March Road, Carp, ON

www.aquatopiaevents.com

This beautiful glass conservatory resembles that of a greenhouse and is so perfect for plant lovers who want to channel tropical vibes during their wedding. Since this venue holds up to 150 guests, it is very spacious. And it also has incredible light that filters through the windows (making it perfect for your wedding photos)!

Ideal for: plant-lovers and winter weddings (since you can stay cozy and warm inside, but still allow for great lighting) 

Aviation and Space Museum

11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON

https://ingeniumcanada.org

With venue space of up to 250 guests, the Aviation museum is the perfect spot for a unique wedding and experience! It’s tucked away in the east end of Ottawa, but still accessible enough to the city for your guests to get to.

Ideal for: airplane lovers and indoor ceremonies

Bleeks and Bergamot

8230 Bleeks Rd, Ashton, ON

www.bleeksandbergamotweddings.com

With a century-old dairy barn and riverside property, Bleeks and Bergamot is a beautiful wedding venue that has both indoor and outdoor spaces. You can host a wedding of up to 130 seated, or 150 standing, and they even allow pets!

Ideal for: outdoor intimate weddings with a rustic country vibe

Beantown Receptions

2891 N Plantagenet Concession 3, Plantagenet, ON

www.beantownreceptions.com

With 3 different ceremony sites (both indoor and outdoor options) Beantown plays host to an array of beautiful spaces where you can have your pick for stunning photographs. There is space for up to 150 guests, seated, with an additional 75 guests for reception dancing. There’s even a lakeside gazebo where you can have your first dance underneath fireworks for your guests to enjoy – it’s quite spectacular!

Ideal for: rustic country weddings

Billings Estate Museum

2100 Cabot st. Ottawa, ON

www.ottawa.ca

This venue is actually a National Historic Site. The space is in line with what a country estate would look like. It is a nearly 200-year-old manor house surrounded by eight acres of landscaped greenspace and gardens.

Ideal for: history buffs and outdoor ceremonies

Britannia Yacht Club

2777 Cassels Street Ottawa, ON

https://byc.ca

An active yacht club that plays host to all sorts of events, including weddings. BYC can host up to 120 guests in the Upper Deck banquet room, or 30 guests in the Sunset Lounge (which has a spectacular panoramic view). 

Ideal for: indoor ceremonies and sailing lovers

525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, ON

www.brookstreethotel.com

A boutique hotel in Kanata (just 20 minutes away from downtown Ottawa) with ball rooms made especially for large weddings. There is a minimum guest count required (at least 75 or more guests), and there is an outdoor ceremony and reception option – the Outdoor Pavilion. It is also located next to a golf course, so there are plenty of things to do nearby.

Ideal for: large weddings in ball rooms

1981 Century Rd W, North Gower, ON

http://centuryevents.ca/

With a giant banquet hall and an outdoor patio and gazebo, Century Weddings and Events is another great option for larger weddings (up to 300 guests, or 250 comfortably seated). There are options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, which gives versatility in case of bad weather.

Ideal for: large weddings with scenic outdoor spaces

Central Experimental Farm

960 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON

www.agr.gc.ca

The Central Experimental Farm is a stunning space that can host wedding ceremonies of up to 40 guests. It’s perfect for intimate weddings, and when you book this space, you also get access to the Arboretum and the rest of the outdoor areas for photos!

Ideal for: small weddings with scenic outdoor spaces

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON

www.fairmont.com

Since this venue is one of the most luxurious in the city, it is perfect for impressing your guests and giving them an experience. With a variety of options for either indoor or outdoor ceremonies, the Château is right downtown and so it will be easily accessible to all of your guests.

Ideal for: higher budgets and luxury weddings

Courtyard Restaurant

21 George Street, Ottawa, ON

www.courtyardrestaurant.com

Since this restaurant is already a popular Byward market choice, you can rest assured your guests will love the food! It’s also very convenient to access since it is located in the heart of Ottawa. They have a capacity of between 80 – 250 (depending on if you want sit down service or not).

Ideal for: food lovers and winter weddings

Cumberland Belle

2476 Ch. Old Montreal Rd, Cumberland, ON

www.cumberlandbelle.ca

The Cumberland Belle was built in 1867 and is located in the historic Cumberland Village. It is ideal for intimate weddings, since it hosts up to 70 guests seated (or 100 standing). It has the original stained glass windows and cathedral ceiling, but it’s been renovated to give it a more updated, modern look.

Ideal for: indoor ceremonies and smaller weddings

Delta Hotel

 

101 Lyon st. North, Ottawa, ON

www.marriott.com

The Delta Hotel plays host to over a dozen different event spaces, so you can host up to 1100 if you want! Another space to consider is its grassy outdoor terrace, which is on a rooftop amidst tall high rises. This makes for a cozy and intimate outdoor ceremony space (and potentially an outdoor reception space too).

Ideal for: intimate city weddings

Elements Luxury Tented Camp

 

793 Storyland Rd, Renfrew, ON

www.outdoorhotel.ca

This idyllic glamping venue has a spectacular vista (Champlain’s Lookout) that overlooks a giant forest, and lots of green space that would be perfect for an intimate wedding or elopement. This particular lookout is ideal for weddings between 10 – 20 guests. And the tents are the perfect retreat to sleep over in if luxury camping is your thing!

Ideal for: outdoor lovers and elopements

Evermore Weddings and Events

 

4960 County Road 29, Almonte, ON

https://evermoreweddingsandevents.ca

With 45 acres of rolling farmland, Evermore is a restored barn originally built in the 1870’s. There are a large variety of spaces you can host your wedding in, and this is typically an all-inclusive package venue. There is an 80-100 guest minimum (depending on the day and season).

Ideal for: rustic country weddings with a large guest count

 

1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON

www.ottawa.ca

This giant venue in the heart of Ottawa is perfect if you have a large guest list (it holds up to 800 guests)! And it is also great if your guests are scattered throughout the city, since they can taxi or uber home afterwards. It has large exposed beams, and is perfect if you want to channel industrial vibes for your wedding! I can also give you great recommendations on the perfect spots to take photos nearby (ideal for the vibe of your wedding)!

Ideal for: large weddings with industrial city vibes

Jabulani Vineyard and Winery

8005 Jock Trail, Richmond, ON

http://jabulani.ca/weddings.html

A stunning vineyard that hosts weddings of up to 180 guests, Jabulani is situated only 30 minutes from Ottawa. There are three ceremony spots onsite: a pond, an orchard, and a crush pad.

Ideal for: outdoor ceremonies and wine lovers

Lago Bar and Grill

1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON

www.lagobargrill.com 

Situated right on Dow’s Lake and right next to the Arboretum, Lago is one of the only venues in Ottawa that is directly on waterfront. The big windows allow for natural lighting indoors. There are both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, although the outdoor balcony is ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings and guest lists. 

Ideal for: indoor ceremonies with a beautiful view 

40 Des Sentiers, Wakefield, QC

www.lebelvedere.ca

Because it is perched atop a cliff overlooking the beautiful Gatineau Hills, this venue is so spectacular and holds up to 200 guests. This is a great venue if you truly want to give your guests an experience! From a photographer’s standpoint, the food and customer service is truly outstanding. And so you can rest assured that you and your guests will be well taken care of. I can also help you plan out the best times (and on-site locations) to get the dreamiest sunset photos!

Ideal for: outdoor ceremonies (the autumn is particularly stunning) 

 

32 Chemin River, Cantley, QC

www.manoirdelaforet.com

Since it is nestled in a maple forest, Manoir de la Forêt is exactly what it sounds like: a beautiful manor in a forest. This is the perfect spot to host an outdoor forest ceremony, and it has a cozy reception space. The food is terrific, and they even offer accommodation, making it so easy for your guests to stay over. Since I have experience photographing at this new venue, I know all the great spots to take you to for photos!

Ideal for: intimate weddings with outdoor ceremonies

Mill Street Brew Pub

 

555 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON

www.millstreetbrewery.com

A perfect option for the beer lovers out there! Mill Street is a perfect venue with parking onsite, delicious food, and of course, amazing local beer. Set in a 177 year old building, this venue is located in a spectacular area overlooking the Ottawa River. There are also great photography locations nearby, making it one of my fav venues in the city!

Ideal for: beer lovers and foodies alike!

National Arts Centre

 

380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON

www.nac-cna.ca

This venue is in the heart of the city, so it’s super easy for all of your guests to get to. The O’Born Room (holds up to 250 guests), and the Al Zaibak Lantern Room (holds up to 120 guests) are two of the most spectacular rooms to host your wedding, as they both have floor-to-ceiling windows. Specifically, the O’Born Room shows off views of Ottawa’s downtown core. I also know really great spots to take you for photos afterwards, and can advise you on perfect locations!

Ideal for: upscale indoor ceremonies with a wow-factor

Bridesmaids Standing Next To The Bride
Wedding Couple Looking At Each Other

290 City Centre ave. Ottawa, ON

www.orangeartgallery.ca

This is a unique space that is perfect for an indoor, intimate wedding. The venue only holds up to 60 people, but with the right-sized guest list, it can be a spectacular experience (for art-lovers, and creatives alike). The side window light is incredible (I can give you advice on the best months to book this venue to optimize the light – spoken from my own experience!). And they’ve even recently opened an outdoor patio for summer parties.

Ideal for: small weddings and cocktail-style receptions

Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG)

50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON

https://oaggao.ca/

Nestled right in the heart of Ottawa, the OAG is one of the newer venues the city has to offer. With reception seating for up to 150 guests at round tables (8 people per table), the gallery has a number of bright, versatile, modern spaces to fit any kind of aesthetic. It’s best known to be a blank canvas that you can dress up any which way you prefer. And while you’ll be required to purchase food and drinks through their preferred caterers, they are conveniently located right in the middle of the city – making it easy for your guests to get home.

Ideal for: minimalists, lovers of good light, or couples seeking a “blank canvas” venue

Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON

https://ottawa.ca

Although you may find it funny to see City Hall listed as a wedding venue, I’ve added it for those lovers who truly see the value in tiny, intimate weddings. And I also want to keep the focus on what’s really important to them: each other. I’ve photographed many elopements in many city halls around the world (check out my Toronto City Hall wedding here, or my Copenhagen City Hall wedding here), and Ottawa still makes my list of favourites! I know all the best spots to bring couples for some photos after the ceremony, and can advise you throughout the whole process.

Ideal for: elopements or intimate weddings for couples who want to keep it simple (and potentially splurge on a honeymoon)!

Wedding Couple Kissing While Holding Each Other
Wedding Couple Walking Together

618 Island View Drive, Golden Lake, ON

http://redpinecamp.org

The camp is a cool 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, but well worth the visit – and one of my favourite outdoor venues in the area! Since it has a laid-back vibe, it will allow all of your guests to truly relax. And this also allows for everyone to stay the night. I can give lots of great suggestions on photo locations in the area (although it’s not at a shortage of scenic spots), and give some tips on the forest ceremony structure as well!

Ideal for: outdoorsy couples and guests who love to camp

Restaurant 18

18 York St, Ottawa, ON

www.restaurant18.com

With various wine rooms and dining spaces available, Restaurant 18 can seat anywhere between 12 guests in its smallest space, up to 150 guests if you rent the entire restaurant. There are no outdoor spaces here, but the indoor spaces available are all cozy, moody, and beautiful.

Ideal for: food lovers and small weddings with an upscale feel to them

Roam Flora

107 Mantil Side Rd, Carp, ON

https://roamflora.ca

Roam Flora is an off-grid solar powered flower farm that has been known to host small, intimate weddings onsite. Not much information is available, but get in touch with the owners for more info!

Ideal for: outdoor elopements

Rockcliffe Pavillion

Rockcliffe Driveway, Ottawa, ON

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca

Seats 100 people (and 150 standing), and requires a permit to host a wedding. Since it’s a national historical site, it’s ideal for history and nature lovers! Also, the Pavillion is perched on a bluff and surrounded by incredible scenery!

Ideal for: outdoor wedding ceremonies

Sala San Marco

215 Preston St, Ottawa, ON

https://salasanmarco.ca

Officially an event and conference centre, Sala San Marco offers a variety of rooms to fit all guest list sizes (from 90 to 160 people) and budgets. Their venue is tucked away in the heart of Little Italy in Ottawa, and boasts some excellent (and genuine) Italian cuisine on their menu.

Ideal for: Italian food enthusiasts and banquet hall weddings

Sidedoor Restaurant

18b York Street, Ottawa, ON

www.sidedoorrestaurant.com

Sidedoor Restaurant has a capacity of 250 guests if you rent out the entire restaurant, but it is usually divided into smaller spaces to host private events. The food itself is delicious – inspired by the street food in South East Asia. The ambiance at Sidedoor is cosy, intimate, and charming.

Ideal for: foodies and intimate, candlelit weddings in indoor spaces

Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm

2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, ON

www.stanleysfarm.com

Between a wooden barn, log houses, and a quarried field stone house, Stanley’s has a ton of different landscapes to get married in. Their stone steps are the most popular ceremony spot and their reception spaces can cater up to 275 guests.

Ideal for: maple syrup lovers and large outdoor weddings

1985 9th Line, Carleton Place, ON

www.stonefieldsweddings.com

With an array of indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces available, Stonefields is incredibly versatile and can host up to 220 guests. With 120 acres, you’ll never run out of space on the property to take stunning photos!

Ideal for: modern and rustic weddings

Strathmere

1980 Phelan Road West, North Gower, ON

www.strathmere.com

200 acres of beautiful property gives you Strathmere’s wide variety of wedding locations (The Farmhouse, the Lodge, and The Garden House) as well as awesome spa amenities. There are no shortage of beautiful locations here to take advantage of!

Ideal for: large classic weddings

Temple's Sugar Bush

1700 Ferguson’s Falls Road, Lanark, ON

www.templessugarbush.ca

Located between Carleton Place and Perth, Temple’s is a maple sugar bush that also plays host to weddings. With an array of ceremony spaces onsite (both indoor and outdoor options), you can host up to 200 guests here.

Ideal for: outdoor rustic country weddings and maple syrup lovers

The Armstrong Estate

Spencerville, ON

www.thearmstrongestate.com

A new outdoor venue 40 minutes south of Ottawa, and host to 26 acres of beautiful property. With a wildflower meadow and a restored old stone house built in the 1850s, The Armstrong Estate offers some great outdoor spaces for small weddings of up to 14 guests.

Ideal for: outdoor micro weddings and elopements

The Barn

7109 County Rd 29 South Almonte, ON

www.thebarnweddingandeventvenue.ca

A venue just outside of Almonte, The Barn can host up to 120 people. Weddings gain access to both the Hayloft and the Stable.

Ideal for: rustic weddings

The Knox

618 St. Lawrence St. Merrickville, ON

www.theknox.ca

A former Presbyterian church built in 1861, the Knox has been repurposed to host intimate weddings of up to 80 people. With both indoor and outdoor options, the space is a blank slate and can be decorated as you please. It has stunning black gothic windows that gives tons of natural light inside. The best part: the owners Matt & Michelle are the loveliest humans and amazing to work with!

Ideal for: intimate weddings, elopements, and lovers of small quaint towns

The Opinicon

1697 Chaffeys Lock Rd, Elgin, ON

www.opinicon.com

The Opinicon venue is located in the village of Chaffey’s Lock along the shore of Opinicon Lake. It hosts weddings in a scenic surrounding.

Ideal for: intimate weddings set in quaint little towns

Venue TwentyTwo

The Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON

www.venueontwentytwo.com

A spectacular venue in the heart of the city, Venue TwentyTwo showcases Ottawa in ways that no other venue can. The floor-to-ceiling windows give the space incredible sights (and from a photographer’s standpoint – LIGHT)! I can give you great recommendations on the best times of year to book this space to optimize the light for your ceremony and reception. I can also give you advice on ideal spots to take photos nearby that truly show off the city’s views!

Ideal for: modern weddings that show off Ottawa’s views

Ready to make this official and book me for your wedding day?