Montreal offers all sortsof wonderful spaces for a couple on their big day. Whether you’re planning a classic hotel reception or an outdoorsy affair, follow these five easy steps for a memorable Montreal wedding.

1. Find Your Dream Venue
With its cobbled streets and historic architecture, Old Montreal is a storybook backdrop for wedding photos – and a popular one. To avoid the crowds, look beyond the city center. Hilton event planners can arrange group transportation to venues in and around Montreal. (Did someone say “party bus”?)

Just an 85-minute drive from the city, Grange Mason Barn delivers strong country vibes. Dust off your cowboy boots – with wagon wheels and wooden beams adorning the walls, this Pinterest-worthy barn is the perfect place for a reception fueled by blues and whisky.

If you’d rather stay closer to home, ask the team at Hilton Montreal/Laval to help you make arrangements at Le Château Taillefer Lafon, a Laval-based winery. With elegant gardens and ornate interiors, the chateau is ideal for couples seeking a fairytale setting.

The super-sleek Science Center and the beautiful Botanical Garden are also great options.

2. Cater to Your Inner Foodie
In a city as food-obsessed as Montreal, even the banquet menus are above standard wedding fare. But if you want your wedding catered by the rock stars of the local food scene, turn to McKiernan Luncheonette. The casual restaurant from the legendary founders of Joe Beef and Maison Publique is also a worthy venue, with space for 200 seated guests and twinkle lights strung from the ceiling.

A treat table can help to sustain your guests through a long night of dancing. Cachemire Cupcakes is a one-stop shop for whatever your sweet tooth craves and they can provide an array of baked goods, chocolate creations, and traditional bonbons.

3. Sip Local
When it’s time for the toasts, there’s no reason to shell out for overpriced champagne. Quebec’s wine scene is booming, and sparklers are some of the province’s greatest achievements. Domaine Bergeville produces bubbles exclusively, including a sparkling red in addition to the standard white and rosé offerings. Exceptional bottles are also available from Domaine de Nival and Négondos.

4. Get Crafty
With a large population of artists and artisans, Montreal has talented local vendors to suit every style and budget. Mara Liala creates stunning paper flowers to last a lifetime – perfect for a bride who’d rather not fuss with drying her bouquet. The designer can also build bespoke floral backdrops for a selfie station – now all you need is a wedding hashtag.

5. Remember Your Out-of-Town Guests
One of the best things about a wedding is catching up with family and friends. Out-of-town guests may need to make a quick getaway after the ceremony, so consider booking a block of rooms at a hotel near Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, like the Hampton Inn and Suites Montreal/Dorval or the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport. Hilton event planners can also arrange your post-wedding brunch on-site, so no one misses out on the morning-after mimosas.

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