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Wedding reception ideas, September 2013, 150 people

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My fiancee and are looking for a venue to hold our wedding reception, sometime around the labor day week-end in 2013. We're both big food lovers, so that is an important aspect for us. What we'd like is something more special than a wedding hall, not very far from downtown itself (<30-45 min driving), preferably under $150/person including open bar (must) and midnight table. We're targeting 150 people, and it would be banquet-style seating.

So far, the most promising option looks like Auberge St-Gabriel in the Old Port, since it seems to have the right combination of everything, including good food (according to some threads around here). Others that we are looking into: Hyatt, Sofitel, InterContinental, Westin, Restaurant du Vieux-Port.

Complicating matters is the fact that she lives in Montreal (for now), whereas I am on the other coast, so we can't visit too many places since I'm not around that often (but I'm here for the week this time around). This also means that the easiest thing for us is to go with a hotel-like experience.

I realize that there are numerous thread on this very topic, but hopefully we're different enough :). Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. hi, we're planning as well with similar intent. just wondering where you ended up booking and what were the strong contenders?

    Thx!

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    1. re: rueboteler

      We went with Hyatt. Strong contenders: Sofitel, Intercontinental, Hotel Place d'armes, Holiday Day Inn/La Plaza (Sherbrooke), Le Madison.

      Hope that helps!

    2. I'm having mine at the chateau at Mont-Royal (Beaver Lake) though I'm not clued in on cost or anything since my mom's footing the bill ;) Not sure how the food will fare but the surroundings are unbeatable!

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      1. re: OliverB

        At Beaver Lake, or at the lookout? The lookout would be catered. The Beaver Lake place has a restaurant.

      2. Beaver Lake, not the lookout.

        It's at the Chateau. They offer several different menus of chosing. It's in the space where the restaurant normally is. I've never eaten there so I can't comment on the food, but I've heard it's pretty good.

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        1. re: OliverB

          The place at Beaver Lake is not called the Chateau; its called The Pavilion; that is why I was confused as the lookout resembles a chateau style architecture.

          Last time I was at the restaurant at Beaver Lake it was the worst meal I ever had in Montreal, but that was a few years ago; the chef or operating lessee might have changed. It was operated at the time by a restaurant in old Montreal (whose name I can't recall).

          You should also check out the state of construction. I understand Beaver Lake is being reconstructed (redug) so there is no water in it. Maybe it will be done by the time you have your wedding?

        2. The construction is supposed to be finnished by June 22nd, which is when the reception will be held.

          The "pavillon" building was designed and has operated for much of it's existence as a chalet for skiiers and ice skaters in wintertime, and as a concession stand for snacks, drinks, etc. in spring, summer and fall months for visitors to the park. It's only in recent years that the restaurant has moved in.

          Somebody on this board had tried it out a couple of summer's back and had reported that it was not bad. I don't ever expect much from meals at wedding receptions and I'm letting my family handle the logistics of this one (I was married back in Febraury and if it were my chosing I could take or leave the party!) so I'm not really concerning myself with this too much.

          My wife loves the setting and I admit that Beaver Lake and that whole area of Mont-Royal is among my favorite places in the city, so our focus is not so much on the food. That said, I hope it won't be as bad as your experience! I'm pretty sure the Bistro opened in 2007 or 2008 after the renovations had been done to the building. At least it will make for a pretty evening setting, at worst: http://pavillonmontroyal.com/english....

          Btw, if I had to chose a venue alone with outside catering, it would undoubtedly be the Canadian Pavillion (Expo 67) on Ile-Sainte-Helene, which can be rented out for parties and events. It's a fantastic space and if I recall, the rental fee was pretty reasonable. Here's a photo I took of the upstairs interior from a couple of years back: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...