Planning an Elegant Wedding Reception

Wedding reception

An elegant Ottawa wedding reception is perfect for any season. Touches of white lace and white lights, along with timeless décor can make your guests feel as though they spent their evening dancing on a cloud. Planning a wedding reception can seem like a lot of work, but the St. Elias Centre is here to help you tackle the task and make your day as enchanting as possible. There are many important things to consider when planning an elegant wedding reception.


Certainly, the décor plays a significant role in adding the right amount of charm to your reception, but booking the venue is the first big task to check off your list of things to do. If you’re looking to book an Ottawa wedding reception, the St. Elias Centre will simply captivate your guests with our high ceilings, large shimmering chandeliers, and great open space.


White lights or candles are a picture-perfect touch for your reception. You can use strings of lights on tables, hang curtain string lights to add a romantic feel, or even place lights inside of vases as table centrepieces. There is nothing more elegant and romantic than a dimly lit room.


Have fun with flowers and think outside of the box. Tall centrepieces are the perfect touch in a high ceiling room. Make sure that your centrepieces are tall enough that they don’t block your guests from being able to see each other across the table. When selecting your flowers, embrace simplicity. Think: the calla lily, the oriental lily, and carnations. If you’re on a budget, consider flowers that are in season in your region.


Silk ribbon is an easy way to add a delicate touch to any room. Tie bows on the backs of chairs or on flower vases. If you appreciate a more antique look, consider using lace on your tables.


Guests will always remember how excellent the food and drinks were for your reception. Start off the night with crudités and fine cheese displays. This is a simple way of keeping your guests content before the main course, while also using your food displays as a décor opportunity. The St. Elias Centre would be pleased to offer our catering services. Our centre boasts its very own executive chef and staff, who serve high quality meals and snacks to your guests throughout the evening.


Before dancing the night away to wedding reception classics, consider hiring a live band to play more classical and contemporary music while your guests arrive and eat their main courses.

Enjoy your elegant Ottawa wedding with all of the charming touches! It will be a magical night to remember.

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