(Closed) Montreal Bees!

posted 8 years ago in Montreal
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

How did you meet your SO/FI?  Through a friend

When (if applicable) are you getting married?  October 5th 2013

Where (if applicable) are you getting married (ceremony + reception)?  Moulin Callieres de Jasmin, Coteau du Lac

Have you found your dress?  YESSSS I just got it this weekend!

Not Wedding Related: What do you think of the student protests?  They need to STFU and go back to school.   I can’t believe Marois won… I’m convinced it was because of the promises she made to students while the rest of us have to suffer

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

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@Miss Care Bear:  

We are using Six Degrees in Motion for photography/videography.  We’ve worked with them before, they were WAY out of our price range but we’re making it work.

SO far, I have ordered my dress, booked the venue, photographer, and that’s pretty much it, lol.  I still need a DJ, and to go shop for my bridesmaids’ dresses, and my Fiance has to take care of the tux and stuff once we get a bridesmaid dress swatch.  I am doing a lot of DIY, so table centers, crinoline, kissing game, cardbox, invitations, seating charts, place cards, etc… I have a lof of work to do!

Oh yea, and two girls I know do pro make-up, I’m not sure which one I will choose yet, I will have some trials done this summer to see, so I will just need to figure out what we’re doing about hair.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

Oh yes, I’m also doing DIY flowers, all in natural touch!

 

Post # 35
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Worker bee

Hey! I’m new here and not really from Montreal, but from Gatineau and not yet engaged, but still…

How did you meet your SO/FI?  At the university initiation, 9 years ago.

When (if applicable) are you getting married?  I have no clue!

 

Not Wedding Related: What do you think of the student protests?  Having studied for 6 years at the University and knowing how it works from the inside (being now a teacher), I can only understand what they’ve been through. I’m happy to see improvement in my classes: my students are now more aware of education value. I’m proud that they can rise when they offer raises that are trivials and unfair.

Post # 36
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@Purple_Bride:  If you’re looking for fake flowers, check out Calfolia if you haven’t already!

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

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@Miss Care Bear:  

Yes!  I heard an ad for them on the radio a couple of weeks ago!  I think they said it was on cote vertu in VSL, I’ve checked out the signs on my way to my dance class a few times, but I haven’t seen it.  I need to look it up, haha!

 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

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@librarianjen:  

Hi girls! I hope this isn’t rude, but I’ve been looking at Montreal venues, and your locations came up, so I’m wondering if you could tell me how much you payed for your venue per person? And what was included? Did you use their food or a separate caterer, and was that even an option? 

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@arathella:  Oh good, an excuse to procrastinate! I’m renting La Vieille Brasserie in Lachine for approximately 11 hours (maybe more if I decide we need more time to set up). This is the information I was given when I asked about rental costs:

“depending of your home adress, the rate for la Vieille Brasserie or la Maison du Brasseur is either: 53.16 + taxes per hour if your a resident of Montreal or 74.42 + taxes per hour if you are not a resident of Montreal

there is also a fee of 59,17 + taxes for the day for the SOCAN tax for authors right and if you serve alcool, you’ll have to get a liquor license”

All in all, it’s costing us just over $1000 for 11 hours, since we couldn’t get the resident rate. That includes the rental of the upstairs, both downstairs rooms, the kitchen, the SOCAN fee, and the use of the Brasserie’s furniture. There is no caterer or anyone else included, so that leaves you wide open to do whatever you like! I’ve just booked with Gini Catering and my photographer does weddings on the side. My parents are supplying the wine and we will provide the rest of the beverages as well as our own bartender and all the desserts.

I’ve looked at a lot of possible locations in Montreal, I’d be happy to pass on the information if I have it!

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

o0o!! Montreal Bees! I’m one of those!!

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@arathella:  We had a downtown wedding: got married at the McGill Chapel and had our reception at the Old Port Steak House. It cost us 85$ per head for a 3 course meal & 6hrs of open bar. We paid per drink after that. We provided our own sweet table & cake ๐Ÿ™‚ If you have any other questions feel free to ask!!

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

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@librarianjen:  WOW thank you so much! Honestly that sounds absolutely perfect. Especially since we are residents… wow. That’s really inexpensive compared to what I’d been looking at! It looks really nice too, we’re trying to avoid the typical hotel ballroom look.

We have an amazing caterer in mind, but I’m having a hard time finding venues without food included or exclusivity contracts and that aren’t too expensive… so I’m really excited to check out La Vielle Brasserie!

Did you come across other venues without caterers? Or any with food provided that were relatively inexpensive? 

 

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@MrsRugbee:  Do you mean Birks Chapel? That’s so funny, I’m a McGill student and spend most of my life at the Birks library right across from it. Once right before a final exam I was freaking out, went in and prayed for the first time in my life. I always thought it would be ironic to get married there (having the best day of your life across from the place where I spent the most stressful ones), but it’s a beautiful chapel!

 

Thanks soso much for the suggestions! Now on to the research into them… ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@arathella:  Let me just break out the ol’ spreadsheet and see what I’ve got! Most of my initial research centred on Ottawa and surrounding areas, so by the time I got to Montreal I was only tracking the affordable ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire is beautiful, but there are quite a few restrictions:
Resident/Non-resident: $1186/$1577 for all four rooms incl. kitchens; $114/$152 for patio; $48/$64 an hour to stay later than midnight; ceremonies not permitted on site; no catering included; alcohol permit required; 88 guests max; Square or rectangular tables only; check with caterer re. linens; can only be booked on Saturdays in June, July, and August.

Beach Chalet, Parc Jean Drapeau (we seriously considered this one, but decided it was too out of the way for our mostly out-of-town guests): From Friday to Sunday (2013) from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.: $1,850 (plus taxes); Additional hours (depending on availability): $100 per hour (plus taxes) (approx. $2200 incl. tax); any caterer permitted; alcohol permit required; 100 to 130 people in a banquet-style setting (with space for a dance floor); September to May; included in rental fee: 60-inch round tables (8 people); Cushioned banquet chairs; 8-feet rectangular tables; Garden furniture (round tables and chairs); Wood for fireplace; 40 parking permits for nearby lot.

La Toundra, Parc Jean Drapeau: 2013 Rental fees – Room, Mon to Thurs (day only) 10-hours maximum rental period from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: $2,400 (plus taxes); Mon to Thurs from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.: $3,000 (plus taxes); Fridays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.: $3,400 (plus taxes); Saturday, Sunday of a holiday week-end from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. : $3,750 (plus taxes); Additional hours (depending on availability): $100 per hour (plus taxes); Projector: $250 (plus taxes); Garden: $300 (plus taxes); any caterer; similar furniture to Beach Chalet; alcohol permit required; 150 to 200 people in a banquet-style setting (with or without dance-floor space); Up to 350 people in a cocktail-style setting, with use of the mezzanine; Access to a mezzanine with a magnificent view on downtown Montréal; Terrace set up with garden furniture during the summer season

Essentially, any venue rented by the city is going to be the most economical. I also think they have a lot more character! I looked at McGill too (that’s where I got my library degree!) but we really loved the Brasserie when we saw it — just be prepared to book at least a year in advance!! This is why I’m getting married on a Sunday…

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

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@librarianjen:  AMAZING thank you sooo much! These suggestions are great.

Just out of curiousity, why did you decide to get married in Montreal if you live in Ottawa?

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@arathella:  We ended up choosing Montreal mostly because it fit our budget. We considered many venues in Ottawa, but they were either too small, too far away from accommodations, or way too expensive. We wanted to provide our own booze and there were virtually no venues in the Ottawa region that allowed that. Since I’m from Pointe-Claire originally, Montreal was a logical second choice, and my mom and sister did a lot of recon work for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus most of our guests will be flying in, and Montreal is both easier/cheaper to reach and a lot more interesting to visit!!

Post # 45
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we had our reception at la toundra-its a original and breathtaking venue. you just have to be ready to find a caterer, bar staff, deco staff….

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I just read your Post and I know it is Old….But I am Proud Montreal Bee we met when he came to visit my apartement when I offered a room for colocation…..He moved into my room 2 weeks after that.

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