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Derrick Rice Photography
Ottawa, ON
Photographers

Amazing photographer and totally consummate professional. Derrick was a joy to work with and so much fun to have around on the day of the wedding. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!


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143344 l
Bayshore Shopping Centre
Nepean, ON
Shopping
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South Keys Shopping Centre
Ottawa, ON
Shopping
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Biagio's Italian Kitchen
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
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Lonestar Texas Grill
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
143338 l
Rideau Canal
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Attractions/Entertainment
143304 l
Cardinal Suites - Executive Suites
Ottawa, O.N.
Hotels/Accommodations

AMAAAAAZING service. We chose this hotel because it was extremely affordable and we'd had a great experience there. While it might not be located in the downtown core, it's only about a 10-minute drive to downtown.

The hotel was amazing in helping us out - they gave our guests a room rate of $89 a night, and when 10 guests had booked rooms, we got our own accommodation for free! Each room comes with a kitchenette, free in-room internet and cable, and has either two beds or a bed and sofa bed. There's also free parking for guests.

Our hotel went above and beyond in helping us out too - there was a welcome sign when arriving at the hotel, coffee/tea/cookies were set out on a table for our guests, a rose was put into each room where our guests were staying, they let me go into our guest rooms to put our out of town packages in each room, and they included information on where the closest liquor stores were when each guest checked in (veeeery important!) They also put us all on the same level and gave me a list of rooms where everyone was staying - very helpful.

I would totally recommend this hotel for your out of town guests.


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Sweet Basil
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
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New Dubrovnik
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
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Westboro
Ottawa, ON
Shopping
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Patty's Pub
Ottawa, O.N.
Bars/Nightife
143335 l
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
143349 l
Old Ottawa South
Ottawa, O.N.
Shopping
143363 l
Mexicali Rosa's
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
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La Roma
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
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Pho Van Van
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
143350 l
Von's Bistro
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
143359 l
107 4th Avenue
Ottawa, O.N.
Bars/Nightife
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Royal Oak - Glebe
Ottawa, O.N.
Bars/Nightife
143346 l
Glebe
Ottawa, ON
Shopping
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Trattoria Cafe
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
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Blue Nile Ethiopian
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
143331 l
Museum of Nature
Ottawa, O.N.
Attractions/Entertainment
115395 l
Canadian War Museum
Gatineau, Q.C.
Attractions/Entertainment
143357 l
Eggspectation
Ottawa, ON
Restaurants
136758 l
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Ottawa, ON
Hotels/Accommodations
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Holiday Inn Ottawa
Ottawa, ON
Hotels/Accommodations
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Green Papaya - Queen Street
Ottawa, ON
Restaurants
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Supreme Court of Canada
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
136775 l
National Arts Centre
Ottawa, ON
Reception Sites

The NAC is a great place to have a wedding, overall. The location in terms of proximity to downtown attractions is fantastic - many of our guests did a bit of Ottawa sightseeing before the reception started.

The NAC as a whole, however, is a challenge. I found dealing with their Banquet Coordinators extremely frustrating - and there were a lot of things that could not be accommodated. Many times I was told things down the line (for example, what the room rental rates were) that were conflicting with earlier emails and statements.

The food is pretty good, and our guests immensely enjoyed all that they ate.

One of the big challenges was we were supposed to have the reception room until 2:30 a.m. - but suddenly, I was told at 12:30, that the reception was ending at 1 a.m. FOR NO REASON.

As well, I had to give a DETAILED event plan to the NAC a month before the wedding - yet during the reception, their banquet coordinator kept asking me mundane questions like "When will speeches start?" - when he had the event plan!

Overall, I would be cautious in recommending this vendor. It's beautiful, relatively affordable (except they charge 30% in taxes!) but you will deal with some challenges.


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143343 l
St-Laurent Shopping Centre
Ottawa, ON
Shopping
143364 l
National War Memorial
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
63827 l
Parliament of Canada
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
143336 l
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, O.N.
Attractions/Entertainment
63820 l
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
143342 l
Rideau Centre
Ottawa, O.N.
Shopping
143323 l
Boat Cruise
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Cruises/On The Water
226706 l
Restaurant 18
Ottawa, ON
Bars/Nightife
136777 l
Byward Market
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
143358 l
Oh So Good Desserts
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
153919 l
Kinki Sushi
Ottawa, O.N.
Restaurants
143361 l
Vineyard's Wine Bar and Bistro
Ottawa, ON
Bars/Nightife
143353 l
Zak's Diner
Ottawa,
Restaurants
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Empire Grill
Ottawa, ON
Restaurants
136762 l
Blue Cactus Bar and Grill
Ottawa, Ontario
Attractions/Entertainment
115395 l
Canadian Musem of Civilization
Gatineau, Q.C.
Attractions/Entertainment
135891 l
La Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Ottawa Division, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
41771 l
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, O.N.
Attractions/Entertainment
135285 l
Rideau Hall
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
58372 l
Rockcliffe Park Pavilion
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Ceremony Sites

Beautiful location - overlooking the Ottawa River, in the heart of Rockliffe Park. This venue can be tricky for seating - we had our ceremony "in the round" - in the middle of columns of the Pavilion, so all of our guests could see us during the ceremony. The acoustics are fantastic in the Pavilion - no miking is needed. There is an electrical plug if you're wanting to play music at the site. The only challenge is the Pavilion is in the middle of a public park - so be prepared to have people watching your wedding, or being noisy. As long as you have a guest or coordinator to shush people, it's all good! We LOVED this site and were thrilled to have gotten married here.


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143318 l
Canadian Aviation Museum
Ottawa, ON
Attractions/Entertainment
143339 l
Gatineau Park
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Attractions/Entertainment

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