Post # 1
We’re looking for a lovely, aesthetically pleasing place to have a small, understated reception (no more than 60 people, no catered meals or wedding packages – we want to DIY the meal/cocktails) in or around Quebec City. We just need a space, preferably outdoors or close to nature/natural, maybe rustic or otherwise “romantic casual” (did I just make that up?). I’ve looked for wineries but nothing seems quite right, and all the top search results on Google are fancy hotels or expensive reception halls downtown or in Old Port. We just want something a little off the beaten path, and not wildly popular (especially since this will be held this June and we don’t have time to put our names on year-long waiting lists.)
Any locals have any tips or ideas?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
I live 30 minutes from Québec and we’ve looked around. The DIY part was our biggest struggle, because most venues come with a caterer or ask you to choose among caterers in a list. Also, most spaces somehow failed to accommodate our 60 guests group (either the private indoors rooms were perfect but too small, either they asked for a lot more guests than that, either the prices were out of our range for us).
I would suggest Cataraqui Domain and Morrin Centre, but they’re usually in high demand and you don’t have a lot of time ahead. You can take a look at Bois-de-Coulonge gardens, they are public and absolutely lovely, a ceremony there could be a good idea, then move to one of Old Québec’s restaurants.
You could also rent a cottage at Chalets Alpins in Stoneham … low season means affordable prices, many cottages are for 20+ people (to sleep, but you could have a buffet style reception there, most cottages have a wide open living room and kitchen and also have a spa and you could have an outdoor ceremony and campfire).
If you move a little bit outside of Québec, there is Chalets-Village that offers multiple old houses and old chapels, schools, etc. to rent for groups, but you need to rent for the weekend (2 or 3 days) if I’m correct.
Are you from Québec ? Or is it a destination wedding ?
Post # 3
Wow, great! Thanks, I will totally look into the chalets. I think we’re leaning more toward that, a cottage on a fair amount of land, so people who don’t have rooms in the house can camp (a lot of our friends prefer it that way, anyway, and it will be summer!)
The ceremony will be at City Hall, so we really only need a venue for the reception/party afterward.
Thanks so much for the ideas. My fiance is from Quebec, I’m from the States. We’ll be married in Qc City because it’s his home town and all his family is there, but we live in Montreal.