Winter Weddings Are Fun, Adventurous and Rememberable

Spring, Summer and Autumn weddings are very popular for marrying couples because generally speaking this time of year presents the most favorable weather. The grass is green, flowers are in bloom, perhaps the leaves are just starting to turn providing a glorious arrange of colorful foliage as a backdrop for your wedding portraits. Yes, I get it. 

However, there are many reasons to consider a winter wedding as they have the potential to provide all of the charm, beauty and photographic magic as wedding held during the typical warmer weather seasons.

When I think of those nights in Montreal...

...I get the sweetest thoughts of you and me... Montreal is an incredibly captivating city providing the feel and cultural charm of Europe and the warm, friendliness of, well, Canadians! Incredible cuisine, rustic and elegant stone buildings, and plenty of snow for an authentic ride an a horse-drawn carriage! While most people in the Province of Quebec speak French exclusively, Montreal is a cosmopolitan city and you'll generally find most of the residents are bi-lingual, speaking both French and English. Montreal is also quite accessible from the United States with direct flights from many US cities including Dallas, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Make The Ceremony the Crown Jewel of your Winter Wedding
If you are having a Catholic wedding, there may be no better place in the world to get married than Notre-Dame Basilica located in the quaint Old Port district. A magnificent piece of architecture, the Basilica would make a fairytale wedding dream come true. 

Even if your background is of another faith or possibly non-denominational, Montreal has a picturesque venue to accommodate you. 

For non-Canadian citizens, may we suggest Mariage et Musique to help navigate the legal aspects of marriage in Quebec. 

Accommodation Options

With its European roots, Montreal and an excellent mix of new and old architecture without sacrificing modern amenities. The Vieux-Port de Montreal or Old Port of Montreal is a historical district of period buildings between downtown Montreal and the St.-Lawrence River. Within the past twenty years it has been redeveloped into a cultural and entertainment area containing a fine selection of restaurants, hotels and entertainment options. Montreal's Old Port is close to the city's other tourist/cultural districts such as the Latin Quarter and Chinatown and would make an excellent base for any pre/post wedding activities. 

Lodging options
The Old Port has many rustic, yet well-appointed hotel accommodation options. Here are a few excellent choices:

Hotel Gault
A boutique hotel and ranks high on the list of world's hotels combining old-world charm with modern sophistication.

Auberge du Vieux-Port
A hotel that provides a similar mix of charm and modern amenities, but is generally a less expensive option. The auberge has loft apartments which are large and well-appointed. These loft apartments are ideal for the bridal party that will enjoy the ample amount of space to primp and prepare.

Even though it may be a bit cold outside, it will be nice and toast inside these lovely hotels. Make sure to keep you beers nice and cold with a custom themed-design koozie from Coolaz Koozies 

Things To Do in Montreal

Montreal is a very cosmopolitan city with many fun and exciting activities for your wedding party and out-of-town guests. This city has plenty of options that will provide every pre/post wedding activity you want to plan.

Bars/Clubs
If you are lucky enough to hold your bachelor or bachelorette night out in Montreal, you will not be disappointed in the selection of nightlife options. St. Laurent, St. Catherine and Crescent streets rival any entertainment district in the world for quality, quantity and diversity. Summer or Winter, rain or shine, Montreal stays up late with many of the bars, clubs and restaurants remaining open until the wee hours of the morning, even on weeknights.A bachelor or bachelorette party in Montreal is sure to be a night to remember. If it truly is a 'night-to-remember' then chances are you'll forget at least a portion of it why not take away a great memento and provide a custom koozie from Coolaz Koozies to all of the revelers that were lucky enough to celebrate this night with you!

Underground City
For those that love to shop (or those that love to escape chilly temps), Montreal's 'Underground City' provides the perfect escape with 1800+ shops and restaurants connected by a labyrinth of underground tunnels; at 18 miles long, it is currently the world's largest pedestrian network. The underground city sits below downtown Montreal and not only provides underground connections to shops, cafes, restaurants and cinemas, but also to the city's transit system so everything is self-contained and extremely convenient.

Cirque du Soleil
Montreal is home to Cirque du Soleil, the world-renowned and immensely entertaining acrobatic troupe. Cirque du Soleil has produced dozens of unique performances with many currently in production at various venues around the world. There is sure to be a performance available in Montreal during your visit, but it is wise to reserve tickets well in advance as these shows typically sell out fast! Check Cirque du Soleil website for ticket information.

Mount Royal
No visit would be complete without a trip to the top of Mount Royal, the mount adjacent to downtown on the northwest side which reveals a commanding view of this wonderful city and its surrounds. Mount Royal (Montreal in French) is the city namesake and is now a large park with plenty of hiking and biking trails, many find their way around all the way to the top. The mountain isn't terribly high and if the weather is mildly favorable, a brisk walk to the top should be considered.

Restaurants
Quebec was once a vibrant French territory and although it is now officially part of Canada, the French heritage of fine food and dining remains. Whether you select restaurant that serves haute French fare or one with an international flair, you're sure to experience expertly prepared meals crafted of the finest fresh ingredients. A few favorites to try include Virtage located a little north of the Latin Quarter and Modavie which is quaint wine and jazz bar in the Vieux Port district.

Reception Venues

The city of Montreal has a multitude of venues catering to both large and small wedding receptions. No matter what venue is required, you won't have to compromise on charm, character or elegance. A few suggestions include:

Le Saint Gabriel
Le St. Gabriel is a quaint restaurant and banquet facility located in the Vieux Port district of Montreal. This facility can accommodate parties up to 600+ people and provides world-class multi-course menu options.

McGill Faculty Club
Part of the prestigious McGill University, the McGill Faculty Club offers a variety of halls and banquet facilities to accommodate parties of 25 to 250 people. There are a few intimate lounge areas adjacent to the main halls and there's even a billiard room! This is one of the truly classic, eloquent reception halls in all of Montreal.
A wedding reception in Montreal is sure to be a special occasion. Coolaz Koozies can supply custom koozies for your guest tables. Coolaz Koozies can be printed with an infinite amount of colors, patterns and photos which is guaranteed to match the decor of your event. Personalize each koozie with the guests' names so each koozie can serve triple duty as a place card, drink insulator and wedding favor!