Do you hail from Old Montreal? Good news, my engaged friends, you’ve got a ton of potential wedding shops and vendors mere feet from your front door. The neighbourhood has been blessed with everything from stellar photoshoot locations to amazing dress shops, so schedule some appointments and prepare to dive into the wonderful world of weddings.
Here’s how to plan the ultimate Old Montreal wedding.
Venue: Montreal Science Centre (333 de la Commume Street Ouest)
The Montreal Science Centre is a unique waterside venue with four stunning event halls to choose from. Unlike many of the neighbourhood’s brick and beam buildings, this spot is ultra modern, with floor to ceiling windows and exposed ductwork. Each space offers breathtaking panoramic views of the the St. Lawrence and bustling city and can be transformed to suit your wedding’s theme. Capacity varies from room to room, but the largest space can accommodate up t0 448 for a banquet-style reception.
Dress: White Montreal (105 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest)
White is one of the most beloved bridal boutiques in Montreal and Toronto, and for good reason. Whether you’re looking for a Cinderella-esque ball gown, a sleek and simple number or a daring lace frock with a plunging neckline, this place has got you covered. It boasts a healthy selection of gowns from top designers like Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra and Ines Di Santo.
Suit: Clusier (432 McGill Street)
Trying to put together the perfect ensemble for your big day? Clusier is the place to go. This menswear mecca does it all - custom tuxedos, dapper ready-to-wear suits, made-to-measure shirts and just about everything in between. It also carries accessories, if you want to add a little something extra to your look, like a patterned pocket square, tie or some shiny new cufflinks.
Flowers: Espace Vert Fleuriste (645 Rue Saint-Maurice)
No wedding is complete without a few floral arrangements. Head to the outskirts of the neighbourhood to pick yours up at Espace Vert Fleuriste. This Saint-Maurice spot crafts beautiful centerpieces, boutonnieres and bouquets out of top notch blooms and greenery. From brightly coloured corsages to sleek and simple altar arrangements, the florists here can handle it all.
Cake: Maison Christian Faure (355 Place Royale)
What’s next on the agenda? Your wedding cake, of course! You’ve probably got big plans for yours, and the bakers at Maison Christian Faure can help turn your dreams into a reality. They’ll work with you to customize your cake, adding all the bells and whistles you need to make it pop. If cake isn’t your thing, it also does croquembouche and macaron towers. Round out your sweet table offering with their famous mignardises.
Catering: L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel (426 Rue Saint-Gabriel)
After your ceremony, you’re guests are going to need to refuel with a bit of food, so catering is essential. While plenty of restaurants offer event services, we suggest turning to L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel for your reception’s feast. Its staff will help put together a mouthwatering French meal in just about any catering style (cocktail bites, buffet dishes and plated meals are all options).
Rehearsal Dinner: Le Local (740 Rue William)
Make your way to the corner of William and Prince and you’ll find Le Local. This trendy eclectic eatery is one of the best spots for a rehearsal dinner in the city, so naturally it needed to be included on this list, too. The menu features dishes like candied duck leg, salmon tartare and wild mushroom arancini - with dishes suitable for both meat eaters and vegetarians. For your rehearsal dinner you can rent out the entire top floor, which has enough room for 60 guests.
Photoshoot: World Trade Centre (747 Rue du Square-Victoria)
Old Montreal has no shortage of amazing photoshoot spots. The neighbourhood boasts views of the St. Lawrence, picturesque streets and plenty of cute restaurants and boutiques, so you shouldn’t have any trouble tracking down your perfect backdrop. Many couples choose the World Trade Centre for their photos, taking advantage of its pond, statues and lamp posts. Note: you can also rent it out as your wedding venue, if you’re looking for something a little different.