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Best Wedding Venues in Montreal for 2017

Here is my list of the Best Wedding Venues in Montreal for 2017. As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the privilege, of working in many different wedding venues around Montreal. My list is based on ambiance, service and location. I’ve added a small comment about what I liked most about each wedding venue.

If you are specifically interested in wedding venues in Old Montreal and Montreal’s Old Port area you will want to check out Best wedding venues in Old Montreal.
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All photos by Kate Fellerath Photography.

Hotel Sofitel Montreal, Golden Mile

Sofitel wedding venue in MontrealHotel Sofitel Montreal, Golden Mile
1155 Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2N3

This is one of my most favourite locations in Montreal.  Perfect location, perfect service, perfect food.  If the meal you serve your guests is a priority, this is a top pick!  It is urban chic, close to downtown, with lots of nearby options for photography (including the McGill grounds and the steps of the Musée des Beaux Arts).

Omni Mount-Royal HotelOmni Mount-Royal Hotel wedding in Montreal

Omni Mount-Royal Hotel
1050 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2R6
This beautiful hotel is located right downtown. The Omni has always been of my favourite wedding reception locations. This hotel has an elegant entrance, privacy of the reception halls being on their own floor. It is within walking distance to downtown restaurants and shopping. There are many locations close by for wedding photos. And it’s only a 10 minute drive to go to Old Montreal – if that’s where you would like to have your photos done. It offers parking (which is a very good thing) and has 2 beautiful rooms for receptions and a large windowed area for cocktails.

Entrepots Dominion

Entrepots Dominion wedding venue in Montreal
Entrepots Dominion
3968 St-Ambroise
Montreal, Quebec H4C 2C7

This venue is a great choice because it is located close to downtown, very private (with parking) and you can bring in your own caterer and bar (a rarity for Montreal). The Entrepots Dominion also gives you access to one of the most inspiring wedding planners I’ve ever met – Emmanuel Goubard.

La Toundra

La Toundra wedding venue in Montreal
La Toundra
1, circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Montréal (Quebec)
Canada H3C 1A9
If you’re looking for an inexpensive show-stopper location close to Montreal – this is it! The old Canada Pavilion (now available for rent) is nestled among beautifully landscaped gardens – also perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony.  You can bring in your own catering and your own bar – and it has the added cache of being on the Grand Prix track. But book early – this venue is in high demand!

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal wedding venue
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal wedding venue
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
1228 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, Québec H3G 1H6
The newly renovated Ritz Carleton is the epitome of luxury and elegance. The historic oval room is still as breathtaking now as it was when I first started working there 12 years ago.  The garden is perfect for photos as well as the grand front entrance. I have included two of my favourite rooms at the Ritz – the Oval Room and the Palm Room.

Le Westin Montreal Hotel

Westin Montreal Hotel wedding venue
Le Westin Montreal Hotel
270 St. Antoine Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 0A3
Right across from the ‘Palais des Congres’ in the heart of Old Montreal, this hotel offers a great location with a panoramic view of Montreal from the largest ballroom.  It is also perfectly located for couples looking to do their wedding pictures in Old Montreal.

McGill Faculty Club

McGill Faculty Club wedding venue in Montreal
McGill Faculty Club
3450 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E5

A spectacular location, right on the grounds of McGill University.  I love the unique architecture of this hall and also the beautiful winding staircase – perfect for a grand entrance!

University Club of Montreal

University Club of Montreal wedding venue
University Club of Montreal
2047, rue Mansfield
Montréal, QC H3A 1Y7
Close to the corner of McGill and Sherbrooke St., this private club is an elegant option for a smaller wedding.  I love the winding staircase and the heritage feel of this classic venue.

Hotel Nelligan

Hotel Nelligan wedding in Old Montreal
Hotel Nelligan
106, Saint-Paul Street West
Old Montreal, Quebec  H2Y 1Z3

This Five Star Hotel is a fantastic location right in the heart of Old Montreal. Great service, beautiful atmosphere and a perfect location. They also have a rooftop terasse that is a fun option for your cocktails before dinner.

Montreal Science Centre – Panoramic Hall

Montreal Science Centre wedding in Old Montreal
Montreal Science Centre – Panoramic Hall
The Montréal Science Centre is located at the foot of the St-Laurent Boulevard, on the King-Edward quay.
This Glass-encased hall has a beautiful panoramic view over Montreal.  There is a large balcony attached so guests can step out for fresh air or to see the fireworks during Montreal’s international fireworks competion. It is a unique location for a wedding and has a few spaces that would  accomodate both your ceremony and cocktails.

Scena

Scena wedding venue in Old MontrealScena
Quai Jacques-Cartier,
Montréal, QC H2Y 2E2

Scena is a glass encased room on one of the piers of the Old Port. Surrounded by water it is a truly unique location. There is also a lovely exterior terrasse and a magnificent view of Montreal and the Jacques Cartier bridge as the sun sets. It would be a great place to be during the International Fireworks Competition (check this link for dates).

Auberge Saint-Gabriel

Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding venue in Old Montreal

Auberge Saint-Gabriel
426 St-Gabriel
Montreal, Quebec
 H2Y 2Z9
This charming Inn located in Old Montreal has two very nice reception rooms with lots of Old World atmosphere. The first is a quirky little venue located at the top of a winding staircase – it was almost an adventure getting there! But once arrived it is very private, rustic and quite unique. The second is on the ground floor with access to the bar area for cocktails.

La Vieille Brasserie

La Vieille Brasserie wedding venue in MontrealLa Vieille Brasserie
2801 boul. Saint-Joseph
Lachine, Quebec
This hidden gem is located right on the water’s edge in Lachine. This venue offers great outdoor options for the ceremony (either on their balcony or terrasse – both overlooking the canal). Capacity is 110 people. This is a very affordable option for those with a smaller budget.

Plaza Volare

plaza VolarePlaza Volare
6600 Cote-de-Liesse
Saint-Laurent, QC H4T 1E3

Plaza Volare is a great option for a wedding. They do many events and run a smooth and service oriented operation. They also have a large tented area in the back where you can have your ceremony.

Golf St-Raphael

Golf St-Raphael wedding venue in Montreal

Golf St-Raphael
1111, de l’Église
Ile Bizard, Québec, H9C 1H2
A classic golf club location for a wedding. The advantage of a golf club is that you can also have the ceremony in this location. I’ve included a photo of the indoor ceremony set-up because I thought it was beautifully done. The outdoor covered terrasse is great for cocktails and generally a very good option not far from Montreal.

Chateau Taiffer Lafon

Chateau Taiffer Lafon wedding venue in Montreal
Chateau Taiffer Lafon
1500 Montée Champagne
Ste-Dorothée, Laval
H7X 4H9

This private vinyard estate located about 20 minutes from downtown Montreal was a recent discovery for me. If you are looking for an intimate location with the option of an outdoor ceremony, you should absolutely check out this location. And you could have cocktails outside overlooking the gorgeous landscape and your wedding photos in the vineyard – perfect!

Best wedding venues outside of Montreal

Ripple Cove (Eastern Townships)

Ripple Cove wedding venue in Eastern TownshipsRipple Cove (Eastern Townships)
700 Ripplecove
Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec
J0B 1C0

A beautiful Inn located about 2 hrs from Montreal.  This beautiful venue has a nice hall and a beautiful lakefront for your guests to enjoy cocktails.  The grounds are beautiful and make for picturesque wedding photos.

Auberge des Gallant (Rigaud)

Auberge des Gallant wedding venue

Auberge des Gallant (Rigaud)
1171, ch. St-Henri,
Ste-Marthe, Québec
J0P 1W0

This charming venue is a wood framed building across for the Auberge. If you would like to have a wedding in a very natural outdoors-y setting, this would be a wonderful choice. There is also a larger reception hall in the main building. And if you like the paper lanterns, they are a permanent fixture – so that saves you hours of work! Auberge des Gallant is about 45 minutes from Montreal.

Au Vieux Moulin (Rigaud)

Au Vieux Moulin weddingAu Vieux Moulin (Rigaud)
3 Rue Du Moulin,
Rigaud, Quebec J0P 1P0

Also in Rigaud, and only 45 minutes from Montreal, this private site is perfect for an outdoor ceremony, cocktails and a charming indoor reception. Check their website for additonal photos, the grounds are beautiful!

Royal Military College Saint-Jean

Wedding Venue in St-Jean - Royal Military College
Royal Military College Saint-Jean
15 Rue Jacques-Cartier N,
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc

Located on the bank of the Saint-Jean River, this place really impressed me.  Also very private, the guests could spill out onto the terrasse outside and walk along the river.  I’m also a very big fan of their chandeliers and large windows overlooking the river. This venue is about an hour from Montreal.

Manoir Rouville-Cambell

Manoir Rouville-Cambell - wedding venue
Manoir Rouville-Cambell
125, chemin des Patriotes sud,
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, J3H 3G5

This historic manor house is located in beautiful Mont-St-Hilaire which is only about 1.5 hrs from Montreal. The gardens are spectacular and there are two reception halls. The one pictured above looks into the inner courtyard and the larger reception room looks out on the river. Breathtaking location for a wedding! Here is a photo of the exterior of the Manoir Rouville-Campbell that I found on Booking.com.

Chateau St-Antoine

Best wedding venues in Montreal

Chateau St-Antoine
1000 Rue du Rivage,
Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu
QC J0L 1R0

The Chateau St-Antoine is a perfect location for a wedding. This historic building has been beautifully maintained and adapted to host events. There are well-manicured gardens and outdoor space for cocktails and wedding photos. There are two reception halls. The one shown here is a tented extension that has been added so you can have the feel of a tented garden wedding 3 seasons of the year.

Destination Wedding in Old Montreal

Old Montreal Wedding_119Barbara and George organized their Montreal Destination Wedding all the way from Dubai! Barbara chose to have her wedding ceremony and reception at the Hotel Nelligan after reading my “Best Wedding Venues in Montreal” Blog.

Old Montreal WeddingBoth the bride and groom got ready at the hotel on a warm sunny day in early May. George and his groomsmen were able to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and get a drink before the ceremony at the Terrasse Nelligan on the roof of the hotel.hotel Nelligan weddingThe bride had all the room she needed in her large suite with a wide balcony and a panoramic view over the port of Old Montreal. We were able to stay out of sight and do all the photos on the balcony while the guests began to gather downstairs for the ceremony.Old Montreal Wedding_108aOld Montreal Wedding_106Barbara’s dress suited her perfectly. It also had an illusion neckline- which I love. The colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses added a pop of colour to the grey stone buildings of Old Montreal. A great choice for a spring wedding!Old Montreal Wedding_105Old Montreal Wedding_107The ceremony was held in a cozy room at the Hotel Nelligan. The candlelight and chandeliers accented the exposed brick and stone to create an intimate setting for their wedding ceremony.Old Montreal Wedding_109After the ceremony, the bride and groom stepped out of the hotel and into the streets of Old Montreal for their photos. We also had time to do some fun shots with the bridal party. One of the reasons that the Hotel Nelligan is a great choice for a wedding is that it’s located so close to all the best places for wedding photos. (Less traveling = more time for photos or more time with your guests.)Nelligan Hotel WeddingWedding Party Old MontrealOld Montreal Wedding Old Montreal WeddingOld Montreal WeddingOld Montreal Wedding_111 Wedding Reception DecorEveryone says that a wedding day flies by, but I really think this couple enjoyed every minute of it. Even the cake cutting was fun! I’m so happy that I got to be a part of this magical destination wedding – it was the perfect kick off to my 2015 wedding season!Old Montreal Wedding_116

Bride’s wedding dress
La Sposa

Groom’s wedding suit
Tom Ford: available at
Harry Rosen

Bridesmaids dresses
Coast

Wedding Photography
Kate Fellerath Photography

Bridal bouqet and flowers
O.xide Design

Bride’s Hair and Make-up
Chelsea Chawsky

Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Hotel Nelligan
106, rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z3
1 877 788-2040

Wedding co-ordinator
Véronique L’Ecuyer,
Groups and Events Manager at the Nelligan Hotel
(514) 788-4427

Q&A with Atelier Carmel – a fresh take on Wedding Bouquets

If you’re looking for the WOW factor for your bridal bouquet and centerpieces, I recommend you get to know the work of Atelier Carmel. I was instantly drawn to their unusual, garden-inspired style and contacted the owner Carmel Sabourin to see if I could interview her for my blog. Carmel embodies everything that is fresh and innovative in bridal and event flower arrangements.  We’ve had a few events together and the originality and beauty of her work always takes my breath away.

Carmel Sabourin, Florist – Photo by Kate Fellerath

As a wedding photographer, I get a lot of questions about flowers and bouquets, so I thought I would ask the expert. I met with Carmel at her charming storefront location in Plateau Mont-Royal (close to downtown Montreal). I asked her to let me in on some of her trade secrets and her work philosophy.

Q: What words would you use to describe your style?
A: Garden-inspired, organic, natural, loose and wild.

Q: What differentiates you from other florists who offer flowers for events and weddings?
A: The main difference would be the aesthetic. I work differently from other florists. People come to me for the specific aesthetic that I have. Almost all my brides come to me with a loose garden look. It’s a specific style that I’m able to do really well. It’s getting more popular but it’s actually very hard to do.

Q: Do you like clients to bring you pictures and ideas of what they want?
A: I like it when clients bring me a Pintrest board which gives me a good idea about what they want.

Q: What do you think is important when choosing flowers for a wedding?
A: I like working with flowers at the height of their lushness. When I pick the flowers, there is such a huge range of things I have to consider. Price is one of the considerations. And I work mainly with seasonal flowers. Flower selection is done about 3-4 weeks before the event so I know what I can get.

Q: What flowers do you recommend for winter weddings?
A: There are lots of flowers available for winter weddings. Most spring flowers get a head start in greenhouses and can be used for winter weddings. And in other countries (where the flowers come from) it’s warmer. For example, here it’s winter, but in Holland it’s already spring.

Q: Are there any flowers can best survive the cold weather?
A: Most spring flowers would be ok. But flowers don’t do well in below zero weather. So I would recommend doing the photos after the ceremony. Or if you’re doing the photos before the ceremony, consider getting a second bouquet. I’m all about saving my clients money, but that might be a good solution.

Q: What about summer weddings? What do you recommend to keep the flowers from wilting?
A: All my flowers come in jars of water. It’s worth putting the flowers back into water when they are not needed.

Q: When do you prepare the arrangements and bouquets?
A: We pick up the flowers 2 days before the event and create the arrangements the day before.

Q: What is the average price range for a wedding bouquet?
A: I’d say the average range is $200-$250. Unless the client wants something very big, which is actually becoming quite trendy right now. Enormous bouquets or if they want something that is especially expensive. For example peonies are always expensive except for the two weeks a year when we get local peonies. They’re always expensive but I usually only put 3 or 4 in a bouquet. Bridesmaids bouquets are about $100 each [There are less flowers and the bouquet is small than the bride’s bouquet.]

Q: And what about the prices for centerpieces?
A: There’s a big range. For example last year I did centerpieces for $12 and the most expensive was $400 per table. But I’d say the average is about $75-150. It really has to do with the amount of flowers.

Q: What other things do you offer for weddings?
A: Ceremony décor, big arrangements, arches, huppas. We do a lot of décor for the reception for example escort tables, sweet tables. We also offer boards and displays to rent. Flower girls baskets, corsages, whatever people need for the event.

Q: How far in advance do you book your clients?
A: I only start meeting clients a year in advance. I would say my average is about 6-8 months before the wedding. But I also have a lot of clients who call me and the wedding is in two months. I am able to book multiple weddings on a weekend.

Q: Any tips or advice to impart to future brides?
A: I would say focus on the general feeling/aesthetic and a colour palette that you want. If you have a favorite or meaningful flower, that’s worth mentioning to the florist. But don’t get fixated on specific flowers. I create my flower arrangements based on the colour palette and budget.

Q: What is the best way to reach you?
A: Email is the best and meetings are by appointment only.

Website: Atelier Carmel
email: ateliercarmel@gmail.com
Pintrest: Atelier Carmel on Pintrest

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All Photos by Kate Fellerath