Some of the amazing people we have had the pleasure of working with…
Ottawa Wedding Vendor Recommendations are key to share because they take AMAZING care of our clients. We call ourselves lucky to be able to work with some of the best! Make sure that you check which companies you resonate with the most. Fit is really key. Don’t worry, we’ve included website links and Instagram profiles for you to easily get a feel of each person’s style and work.
Planner’s and Day of Coordinators
How often do you get to see the family that has come from out of town? Guest experience is key to a successful wedding day, so skip everyone “volunteering” to help with tear down. Expecting guests to do every piece of the day takes away from the overall experience they have too.
But my venue has a coordinator included?
Wedding planners do so much more than you think. Our most Type A clients hire a planner because they want things to be executed well. They then can enjoy the day they are spending so much money on. If you are on the fence, meet one, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
And Always Events (Instagram)
Put your guest experience as a priority
When you think of your wedding day, do you want your key people to be running around? Worrying about all the behind the scenes that are happening? Wouldn’t you want them to enjoy the wedding experience with you!?
Decor & Florals
Choose a team of professionals when it comes to florals and decor. While there are options to go and purchase everything yourself such as linens and DIY flowers, we recommend that you look into renting. Not only are you saving the planet, but the quality and service you will receive is also by far worth every penny.
If you must cut budgets and only want florals you can still talk to the company’s above, but if you are just looking to speak with a florist, I would recommend reaching out to the teams below. Fresh bouquets and boutonnières at least for the bridal party, save some $$, and put something simple on the tables. We promise you won’t regret having beautiful flowers in your photos!
Stationary is so important when it comes to things like save the dates, invites, seating charts, name cards, etc. It’s best to talk to a pro who can help you bring it all together easily. Now, these ladies book up fast but be sure to let them know you are working with Grey Loft Studio and they can usually find a spot.
Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses:
From what I hear, you will need to be looking at dresses pretty early these days. Once you book “us” you should make an appointment to pick your dress. Promise you that your experiences will be far more than you would expect, but if your wedding is in less than 6 months, you may be looking at rush fees, so don’t wait!
Hair & Makeup:
Most clients wait to book hair and makeup till the last second, promise us you won’t!? The best people in the industry book up fast for a reason. They are truly amazing at what they do and they treat our clients like gold. Please be sure to reach out ASAP!
Olivia Foulkes (Makeup) (Instagram)
Now you could get a portable Bluetooth speaker that dies halfway through the ceremony, or you could reach out to the guys below. (they are all men, so guys works). Highly recommend them if you are going to be booking videography especially, as they have the best equipment and do an amazing job of keeping the party going, just how you like it!
Groom & Groomsmen Suits:
These can usually wait until about 6 months before the wedding. My recommendation is that ALL the guys go and try on suits before picking them for the final day. So many times have we shown up and things are missing or don’t fit (one guy had to wear jeans). Make sure to get the guys organized early for pickups.
Fine Men’s Clothing – Jimmy Suits (no site – 613-851-1317)
Custom experience all around. Lucky are we that we have these two amazing places in Ottawa that not only offer amazing service but beautiful unique pieces for our couples. Don’t be scared, they work with all kinds of budgets so trust that you will get exactly what you want!
There’s only have one on the list for a reason. We just adore them. The end.
Cake & Desserts:
Whether you are getting a small cake or the biggest cake you can so you can cut it with a sword, reach out to these ladies. We have personally tasted cakes from each one of them and each one was delicious.
Photo Booth Rental:
Something that’s fun, unique, and fits all budgets. Definitely reach out to this amazing business pushing the limits when it comes to Photo Booths.
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We are Grey Loft Studio
We are breaking the 9-5 golden handcuffs and diving right into the creative world, one creative session at a time.
We are a husband & wife team who specialize in wedding photography & videography services, based in Ottawa, ON, but we travel as often as our children allow us to!