Here are some questions that people typically have when planning their wedding at the Ottawa Wedding Chapel. Please remember that it may seem we have some excessive ‘rules’ and we apologize for that but the chapel building is a very old historical site and needs our careful protection.
Our reservation staff are very experienced wedding coordinators. Feel free to ask any questions you have either on the phone or by email at any time.
We encourage you to reserve a free tour of our facility to check out the physical layout. At that time you can ask about arrival times, music, restrooms, decorations, candles, pictures, flowers, rehearsals, and anything else.
Depending on the size of the wedding we suggest about 25-30 minutes prior or less.
Ah, the age old question! Believe it or not, it is never fashionable to start late in modern times. Our contract with you will be that the ceremony never be more than 20 minutes late starting as others may be waiting to use the facility or the officiant may have another wedding off site and need to leave. Most families have a member who likes to be late. Try giving them a map and a good talking to well in advance.
Rehearsals may be held in some cases. Our officiants are so experienced they can cover this topic if you are holding a planning meeting. Our reservation staff can also discuss this during your tour of the chapel. There is a additional $150.00 charge to cover your officiant’s time and chapel staff time, if you chose the rehearsal option.
Weddings that need to be cancelled within 30 days of booking will be refunded minus $100 (plus HST) administration fee. Those weddings that are cancelled more than 30 days after booking will not be refunded.
In most cases other licenced officiants are welcome. We do not lower our fee. Talk to us about this option. We will need Provincial Government proof of their licence.
Yes this certainly is an option. Ask us for more information at the time you make your reservation. Our regular fee applies.
As an add-on to your wedding we can arrange a champagne toast or cocktail reception for up to 65 guests. This can be discussed with our event planner by calling the office.
For larger weddings you have several options, including:
We encourage pictures as long as everyone is discreet. If you do not want pictures during your ceremony, make sure you have your best man or maid of honour make the announcement prior to the wedding ceremony.
No rice or confetti is permitted on the chapel grounds, inside or out.
We have a keyboardist you can hire directly. She is a great pianist and organist.
We also encourage you to bring your own favourite music. We provide a docking station for mp3 players (including iPod). We also have a cd player you can use. We ask that you have a friend manage your music.
Our chapel comes pre-decorated; however you can bring your own as well. Please be aware the chapel has already been decorated with ‘themes’ from the four seasons. You may want to augment or change our decorations. All we ask is that you use no tacks, no staples, and no tape. In short, nothing may be fastened to the wall. Please use ribbons or string etc., because of the historical nature of the building.
Unfortunately the City of Ottawa fire code does not allow lit candles. We do however have a supply of nice battery-powered ‘lit’ candles for your use.
Yes. There are two new restrooms just down stairs at the entrance foyer near the coat closet.
At this time—no. As a historic building it was built with the charms and standards of another era. We have restored the building to its original beauty, and as we continue to update the facility it will be made accessible.
Flowers are welcome as long as they do not have water in the vase. This is a historic building with very old wood so water can cause damage very quickly. We suggest instead of water you use sand or marbles readily available from any craft store.
Parking is strictly on the street. The only reserved spot belongs to the bride, directly in front of the chapel. Please don’t block the driveway beside the chapel. We are directly across from a City of Ottawa community centre. That parking lot may be available for the use of your guests if there are no events scheduled there on your wedding day.
Our Ottawa Wedding Chapel is a smoke-free facility; inside and out!
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We've got a group of over 50 provincially licensed, experienced wedding officiants in the Ottawa area. They can officiate at your wedding at the Ottawa Wedding Chapel, your home or another location of your choosing. They are bilingual, male and female and will meet with you to discuss and implement YOUR vision of your wedding ceremony.