On Tuesday, November 8, there was the second informal gathering of Ottawa wedding industry vendors. This time it was held at the Heart And Crown on Preston St. After a busy wedding season, it was really great to relax with familiar folks and meet new vendors on the scene. There were well over 100 people who showed up for the event. The attendees covered all aspects of the wedding industry; photographers, videographers, planners, cake & dessert, venues, DJ & entertainment, officiants (I wasn’t the only one there), florists, bridal shops and invitations. For a complete list see the attendees on the Facebook invite.
We shared stories over a few drinks, exchanged contact information and learned more about each other. The wedding industry vendors in Ottawa are a friendly community of folks. This is because the wedding industry is healthy in Ottawa. Ottawa hosted about 5000 weddings this year which is a 4% growth over last year. This is a faster growth rate than the real estate prices in Ottawa. The City of Ottawa is predicting a population growth of 6.2% through 2016 which is higher than the national average of 4.8%. There is and will continue to be ample room for everyone to offer a unique service that appeals to all the couples in the region.
Everyone I chatted with is very optimistic about the 2012 wedding season. Bookings seem to be coming in earlier with 12-18 month reservation dates. Wedding size seems to have returned to pre-recession (2008) levels.
Personalization of the wedding is the BIG trend. Couples are wanting a wedding that represents them and not something out of a bridal magazine spread. With the creative people in the audience that evening, brides and grooms have lots of talent to choose from in Ottawa.