Corporate and Special Event Planning

The Right Venue Makes a Big Difference

The Right Venue Makes a Big Difference
Organizing your wedding can be a daunting task; there seem to be a million little details to take care of. One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when planning your wedding is deciding on a venue for your big day. The venue is a huge part of your wedding; it sets the tone of your special day and it’s one of the main things that your guests will notice.
When looking for a wedding venue, there a many important questions you should ask yourself, including:
  1. What is the theme of your wedding? Elegant? Rustic? Traditional or non-traditional? Indoor or outdoor?
  2. How many people do you intend to invite to your wedding? Do you want a large wedding or a very intimate affair?
  3. How much of your wedding budget is allocated for the venue?
The answers to these questions can definitely be helpful when determining your ideal wedding venue.
Large & Luxurious
If you are planning a chic, luxurious wedding, try looking at hotels in the area. Hotels can offer a variety of rooms ranging in size; including suites, banquet halls and ballrooms. A popular venue for bigger, more upscale weddings is theChâteau Laurier. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Château Laurier is a landmark hotel that exudes a classic, Victorian look. The building itself is stunning and gives off a feeling of magic and romance.
The large and luxurious venues can come with a higher price tag, especially if you have a tight budget. These venues usually offer complimentary wedding coordination and discounted hotel rooms for your guests. Additional expenses to consider include catering, linens, decorations, audio-visual, etc. However, there are wedding packages available, which can allow couples to save money overall.
Rustic & Romantic
Some couples aim for an elegant yet rustic themed wedding. If you are looking to host a wedding in the beauty that is nature, venues like Strathmere might be your ideal fit. Located outside of Ottawa, Strathmere offers 200 acres of beautiful land. They offer three different facilities that can host ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. Ceremonies can be held outside or inside, depending on the couple’s preference.
One important thing to remember when booking venues that are located outside the city is transportation. You will need to ensure that there is transportation provided to certain guests who do not have access to their own vehicle. Another important thing to remember when planning an outdoor wedding is to have a contingency plan, in case the weather does not cooperate.
Small & Intimate
If you are looking to have a small and intimate ceremony, you can get married at City Hall. If you want something a bit more elegant than City Hall, then you could try Weddings In Style Weddings In Style offers a small wedding venue that is modern and romantic. The venue is ideal for a guest list of less than 100 people. The team at Weddings In Style aim to keep the process simple for couples, by offering many different wedding packages, offering as little or as much as you want. They are also licensed officiants.
Your choice of wedding venue is a big decision. Many factors must be taken into account when making this decision. However, at the end of the day, you must remember that the most important decision is one that you’ve already made: choosing the person to spend the rest of your life with.
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.

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