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Feb 24, 2011 03:36 PM

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people


From NY, looking to have a small wedding of 60 people join us in Montreal MAY/JUNE 2012

Looking for a ceremony location and cocktail reception location.. Would like to after the cocktail hour like to have a plated sitdown dinner.

Like very simple yet elegant design. I invision candles, gold, silver, very neutral colors with maybe a pop of bright flowers randomly placed.

Have a budget of about 80 a person.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Really want a nice atmosphere for my guests to feel warm and loved in as we honor our committment


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  1. Pointe a Calliere Museum has a restaurant that sounds like it would fit the bill perfectly - and for the budget, is probably do-able, depending on the menu you choose. You could hold the ceremony in the downstairs lobby space, and move upstairs for the reception/dinner.
    Another option that might be fun is Le Lion D'Or, which is attached to Au Petit Extra, and is a great space for weddings.

    1. Try browsing through this - should give you a number of options in Old Montreal depending on the atmosphere you want and venue size

      1. I organized such an event last year, about the same number, and $80 per person won't do it, not with alcohol. You can make it for $100 per person. Daylight Factory (old montreal), you can have the cocktail and ceremony outiside (partly covered for ceremony if it rains, and the sit down dinner inside. Also, check out Pointe-a-calliere , it was getting to expensive for me, and they force a bunch of fees on you, but nice restaurant with a view, and you get to have the cocktail in the hall of the museum.

        The restaurant du vieux Port would probably be in that price range as well, but very meat heavy menu, and no outside terasse.

        Lion d'or is nice, but would be over budget, and no outside patio (I keep mentionning outside, it was important for me being summer, but you might not care for it).

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        1. re: sweettoothMTL

          thanks sweetooth!

          I have put a call into Daylight factory it seems promising. Do you have any picutres you could possibly share? Do you think because I am not going to be there we should hire a wedding planner? It really isnt in my budget as i spoke to one this morning and she charged a flat rate of 7 thousand, more than i want the reception to cost, ha!

          The patio is important to me. Another option was do a happy hour cocktail at Newtown and Dinner at Decca77, but then the guests would have to walk? That is kinda awkward plus I need a place to hold a ceremony as I cannot get married in a church there due to not being a parishioner.

          Thanks for your help, all!

          1. re: eharmon3848

            Well, it's obviously your call, and it depends on the kind of wedding you want, but for 60 people, I don't think you need one. Daylight Factory has everything there (chairs, tables, indoors and out, and all kitchen stuff). The only thing is you won't be able to go in person check it out and discuss layout. But you could do that the day before, depending when they get it. They were very accomodating, didn't need to know all the details months in advance.

            Their website has some nice pictures ( What's nice with them is you can do everything in one place, no walking, and on Saturday nights, they are only opened for events, so you don't need to share the restaurant, the place is your.

            Yes, Newton and Decca is a maybe 10 mins walk

            1. re: eharmon3848

              I would suggest finding somewhere where you can have both the ceremony and reception since it makes planning so much easier (especially if you are doing most of the arrangements remotely). It also makes it easier for your guests, especially if they're not local and may not have convenient transportation.

              I would not recommend Decca77 as a wedding event venue. It's more somewhere people would have business dinners and recent reviews have been pretty terrible.

          2. I know Bice on Sherbrooke (near Guy) has done wedding ceremonies and receptions/dinner well, using outdoor terrace and private dining room areas, but you would have to check if they can do within your price range


            1. I had my wedding (both ceremony and reception) at Auberge St-Gabriel in Old Montreal. They were fabulous to work with for the planning, had lots of menu options and flexibility, and it's a beautiful old building with lots of atmosphere.

              We had comments from several people that it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding and we were super happy with it ourselves. We had the cocktail-dinatoire, rather than a sit-down meal, but based on the food we had, I would expect the plated banquet meals to be delicious too.

              edited to add: If I recall correctly, I think our final food costs were about $65/person, including beverages. Obviously, I expect for a sit-down meal it would cost more and people will tend to drink more alcohol at an evening reception with sitdown meal than at an afternoon reception like we had. Also, the prices will certainly have gone up since 2007. That said, I think there should be something close to your budget since I remember the prices being very reasonable in comparison to other venues we considered (especially considering how much better the food was than what you get at most wedding banquet places).

              Auberge St-Gabriel
              426 Rue Saint-Gabriel, Montreal, QC H2Y2Z9, CA