Destination: Montreal just north of the border

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as William and Catherine recently spent time in one of the most beautiful French cities outside of France.  Welcome to my second adopted home Montréal.

If you choose Montréal for your wedding or any of your wedding activities, you have chosen it for it’s fabulous food, chic styling; beautiful churches and of course French-flare.  An inviting and welcoming city, they have a thriving wedding industry that mixes old and new. One of the best things…the US dollar is great.  It feels like you’re getting a taste of France a lot closer to home.

Like choosing any destination you should do your research, know the requirements and here are a few places and vendors that I’ve met and feel they will do a great job for you.

First, you need a wedding planner extraordinaireMaddy K of Maddy K Weddings & Events Atelier is one of the best in the business. From invitations to locations, she can help. If you already have a planner, but are looking for unique invitations, Creative Expressions or MDR Custom Invitations are good choices.   Flowers can be found at Madame K Floral Design or NDG Florist.  If you have found a space or garden and are looking for chairs, lighting that will create a party vibe: Bravo, Kostar or Sofa have a wide range and variety for you to choose from. Hair, face and nails then Annie Young Cosmetiques has you covered.  Of course there’s not party without music and entertainment.  Sky Entertainz will have your guests up and rockin’. Of course when in Canada, do it the French way with a dancer to rival Cirque du Soleil – Cirque Carpe Diem will have your guest in awe.

Gifts for your guests can come from Kusmi Tea, David’s Tea (who does the cutest wedding favors) or Suite 88 Chocolatier for you chocoholics.  Photographers  are a very important part of your wedding and if you are looking for a photographer who lives and can capture the true feel of Montreal: Ioan Films/Videography, Badger Photography, Fusion Photography, Juno Photography or Andrea Hausmann Photography (who does truly tasteful and fun glamour and boudoir shots).

What is a wedding without the proper clothes? Christianne Brunelle Couture (They have three top design bridal collections in addition to their own.  Helmer will create a unique couture designer wedding gown for you.  Trained in France and with some top designers his style is exquisite.  I also love La Perle Blanche for their gowns – beautiful. Finally for underpinning and bathing suits this shop is a must. La Brise du Sand (3955 Rue St-Denis) will do a great fitting and get something that will be perfect for your wedding day and beyond.

Finally food…cookies, cakes, pies Oh My!  From Marshmallows, to Macarons you will find something for your sweet tooth.  Krevie, Luisa Galuppo Cakes (delish and chic), L&V Swets (a sweet cookie boutique), Nicolina Servello Food (will have guests licking their fingers), Montreal Gourmet, Macaroni Bar and Brahm Mauer Bar Service.

I love Montréal. The people are friendly and helpful and when they know you are a bride, there really isn’t anything they won’t do to help make your wedding stress-free.

OH…when you go there, head to three of my favorite places: Grade Manger – 408 Saint Francois Xavier, Old Montréal, Grange vin + Bouffe and Institut de trourisme et d’hotellerie (which is where William and Kate had their cooking lesson and meal) they have a restaurant downstairs where you can have your rehearsal dinner.

With tons of hotels around, I’m a huge, huge fan of Opus Montréal. I stay there when I go back to Montreal and know the staff well.  You can also check out the Hotel Inter Continental Montréal and the W Montréal Hotel .

There is so much to do in this beautiful city, just north of the border. Winter, spring, summer or fall, Montreal truly has it all. So for a wonderful experience mémorables, avec un twist – visit Montréal.


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