Extraordinary places to get married in Montréal
This article was updated on April 2, 2019.
Montréal is famously romantic, and it’s a go-to destination for couples getting engaged or getting married – especially thanks to the amazing exchange rate these days. But this city still has its secrets! For your Montréal marriage, think outside the box and get the local scoop on little-known, memory-making places that will make your special day the most extraordinary of all.
Let’s make history, baby
As one of Canada’s oldest cities, Montréal is neck deep in history. Its most famous neighbourhood is Old Montréal, replete with 18th century European charm – but how about taking it up a notch and tying the knot in a private chateau? The Château Ramezay and Château Dufresne are both historic private homes that can take you back in time in the most romantic way. An outstanding spot awaits discovery in the oldest chapel in the city, the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (don’t miss the two paintings by famous artist Ozias Leduc on the back wall). The stunning Birks Heritage Chapel features carved wood and coloured marble floors, and the Les Voûtes room in the InterContinental Hotel’s wing in the historic Nordheimer house is an underground discovery: its three magnificent stone vaults date back to the 18th century. The Auberge Saint-Gabriel, owned in part by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, is a stunning piece of history preserved and restored – and updated with a five-star restaurant.
Woods you be mine?
Nature inspires all sorts of life-affirming dreams, perfect for the first moments of your life together. Within this very city there are stunning green spaces, starting with the Montréal Botanical Garden’s greenhouses, full of exotic flora and alluring fragrance. (Who needs flower arrangements?) In Parc Jean-Drapeau, a mere metro ride away, you can rent out the Pavillon de la Jamaïque or the Toundra, two architectural icons from Expo 67 set among the verdant Floralies Gardens. Further afield, just outside the city, get a true taste of Canadian tradition by holding your special day at a sugar shack: Sucrerie de la Montagne, a woodsman’s dream with luxury chalets you and your wedding party can stay at.
Modern bride (and groom)
Clean lines and shiny surfaces are more your thing? Rent out a hall at the (stunning) Loft Hotel, in a refined art deco building steps away from trendy Saint-Denis Street. At the luxurious Hotel Le St-James, in Old Montréal, you can exchange vows in either the penthouse banquet halls or the grandiose XO restaurant, a space worthy of a modern ball. Hôtel Nelligan is a grey stone property that contrasts its historic heft with beautifully sleek interiors, while Le Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites brings the celebration to new heights in either the rooftop terrasse with a view of the port or the beautiful halls. Right on the water in the Old Port, you can gaze out upon the water as you say “yes, a thousand times yes!” at one of the hall spaces at the Montréal Science Centre, or, further west, at the architecturally striking archaeology and history complex, Pointe-à-Callière. (The view from the restaurant is incredible.) Speaking of museums, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most grandiose spaces in town: the Glass Court, flooded with natural light thanks to the 30-feet-high sloped glass ceiling.
Our love is industrial size!
Jaw-dropping, cavernous spaces are aplenty in Montréal, especially those with an industrial edge. Got a giant guest list? Check out Entrepôts Dominion, an industrial building steps away from the Atwater Market right on the Lachine Canal space, with huge spaces for rent – or Arsenal, a contemporary art gallery and cultural centre by day and ah-may-zing rental space by night set in a ginormous old metal plant. Scena is a huuuge glassed in hall right on the Old Port that rocks contemporary vibes to the max, while contemporary art gallery Parisian Laundry, in Saint-Henri, is a stunningly sunny two-storey space with windows on all sides.
Honey, you’re a classic
You dream of an ivory dress with a 10-foot train and a receiving line of 30? White linen tablecloths and centrepieces featuring white peonies? Get to the heart of classic glamour at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal, where the reception halls feature glittering chandeliers. Make the most iconic heritage address in Old Montréal your own by saying “I do” at Marché Bonsecours, whose large spaces with views on the St. Lawrence River date back to 1847. With their ceiling mouldings, crystal chandeliers and giant columns, the Windsor Ballrooms are a stupendous choice for a Disney-worthy wedding, and for a stunning environment complete with stage, step into the glorious Théâtre Paradoxe in Côte-St-Paul. In the heart of Mile End, the Rialto Theatre is a stunning classic theatre turned high-tech performance centre where you can rent either the glimmering Grand Salle or the smaller Cabaret. A similar option is The St-James Theatre, in Griffintown, which has 3 lovely spaces for rental, all in a jaw-dropping architectural setting.
The view from up here
Want to BE on top of the world in addition to feeling it? Has Montréal got options for you! Start with the most iconic building in the entire city: the Olympic Park, where you can rent the very tippy top of the Montréal Tower (and its 360-degree view) for small weddings. The newly revamped observatory atop Place Ville Marie, one of the tallest buildings in the centre of downtown, is a sight to behold, equipped with high-tech telescopes and four-season heated decks on every side. The terrasse at Hôtel Nelligan in Old Montréal has one of the most extraordinary views in the city – imagine having it all to yourself! Hop over to Saint Helen’s Island to conquer the Game of Thrones worthy Tour de Lévis, where the observation deck boasts an all-around view of the islands, the river and downtown Montréal – and the fireworks at La Ronde, if you time your night right! Also in the heart of the city, Espace C2, on the 21st floor of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, is a rental space that blends light-flooded modernist chic with high tech, creative menus and incredible views.
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an arts and lifestyle writer based out of Parc Ex. When she isn't dragging her one-eyed pug around the neighbourhood, she's busy scoping out art shows, shopping for vintage finds, hiking urban trails or designing jewelry for her brand Gré.