So figuring out what we did and did not want a venue to provide and having a guest list of about 100 people in mind really helped narrow down the list of potential venues for us. After some research, we decided to see 6 venues. All were hotels that offered all-inclusive pricing for a flat per person fee. The per person fee looked intimidating at first, but considering it included the venue, food, alcohol, waiters, bartenders, dinnerware, flatware, glassware and basic table linens it was well worth the cost. Of the 6 venues, 4 were chain hotels and 2 were boutique Old Montreal hotels.
We scheduled our first wedding planning visit in March, with two of those days set aside for venue visits. All the venues were nice and we were even able to do some food tastings the day we toured the places (Here's a tip: we ended up getting two of the tastings for free! We told our venues that food was a huge consideration for us and we wouldn’t have been able to accurately judge the hotel unless we tried the food. It really never hurts to ask.) But in the end, only one stood out amongst the rest.
|Hotel Nelligan's indoor atrium / Image via CNTraveler.com|
There is also a gorgeous rooftop bar where we can host cocktail hour (weather permitting). All in all, it had everything we were looking for in a venue and more. But the best part--the package includes a 9 hour open bar. That’s right. 9 HOURS. Needless to say, everyone is going to get a little cray during the wedding!
|Hotel Nelligan's Rooftop Bar / Image via Tourisme-Montreal.org|