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Melanie + Vinh – Theatre Paradoxe Wedding

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Here at Montreal Wedding Blog we love all kinds of venues, from grand hotel ballrooms to rustic barns in the mountains. But one Montreal venue that has something truly special about it is the stunning Theatre Paradoxe. So today we’re extremely pleased to share Melanie + Vinh’s spectacular wedding with you.

Photographed by talented photographer team of Catherine and Jesse at Bachmann Photography, this wedding has the perfect mix of style and fun, and the photos captured the day superbly.

We asked Melanie to tell us a little more about their wedding day….

“We got married over labour day weekend with perfect late summer weather and family and friends from across the globe all ready to celebrate.

The influences that shaped our day included cinema, 90’s nostalgia, and our cultural backgrounds. Vinh’s love for Tarantino films can be seen in the styling of his groomsmen, emulating the movie, “Reservoir Dogs”. Melanie’s approach was more vintage Hollywood glamour, even opting for her bridesmaids to wear white as well. The icing on the cake was the red carpet rolled out to welcome our guests to the venue.

We incorporated elements of our ethnic roots by having Filipino wedding rituals during the church ceremony. And during the reception, Melanie changed into a Vietnamese áo dài to honour her husband’s Vietnamese background while Vinh in turn wore a traditional Filipino barong.

We had our reception at a converted church that still held high ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, and phenomenal acoustics. The logo Melanie designed was projected over the head table, and the guest tables were adorned with candelabras. Food and drinks were abundant and our guests filled the dance floor – at one point, our cake table became a platform to dance on!

As Vinh’s proposal involved asking me to “be his lobster”, a few Friends sitcom references were sprinkled in for good fun. We made our reception entrance to the “I’ll Be There For You” theme song, and had our cake topper read, “You’re My Lobster”.

I was a Polynesian dancer in my adolescence and created another memorable event by performing a surprise Hawaiian hula dance choreographed just for Vinh to the 90’s tune, “Head Over Heels” by Alanis Morissette.

The two things our guests told us about our special day, was: 1) How fun the atmosphere was (all thanks to our crazy, fun-loving friends and family), and 2) How smoothly everything went. Little did they know all the things that didn’t quite go according to plan, but it really did all come together in the end. But oh how those mishaps make great anecdotes.”

Thanks so much to Melanie & Vinh for letting us share their wedding. We wish them a fantastic future together.

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Wedding dress: Pronovias
Photography: Catherine and Jesse at Bachmann Photography
Veil & cape: Custom made by mother of bride
Hair/make-up: Studio Caroline Théoret
Venue/catering: Groupe Madison
Cake: Rustique
DJ: Raz

Best Wedding Venues in Montreal

Written by Steve Gerrard

Best Wedding Venues Montreal

How do you judge which are the best wedding venues in Montreal?

Each person’s taste will differ. Each couple’s requirements can be far different from the next.

So, we decided to ask the people most familiar with wedding venues – wedding vendors. In fact, we mostly asked wedding photographers who have seen a wide variety of weddings throughout our city and beyond.

The votes came in and the Top 20 venues are listed below. Thanks to all the vendors who voted and helped us compile this list…

1. Entrepôts Dominion

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Based in St-Henri, Entrepôts Dominion easily beat out the competition for Best Wedding Venues in Montreal.

This adaptable space has a unique, contemporary vibe and can be a blank space waiting for you to add your own personal taste with decoration and detail.

The patio area outside is perfect for an urban ceremony with a difference. whereas the adaptable spaces indoors would suit both large or intimate weddings.

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Check out entrepotsdominion.ca for more information.

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Entrepôts Dominion Photos – Steve Gerrard Photography & Tim Chin

2. La Toundra

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Located at the heart of the Floralies Gardens, La Toundra has a beautiful room with large windows overlooking the landscape and the city of Montreal. When we asked wedding vendors for their choice of Best Wedding Venues in Montreal, La Toundra was mentioned again and again. And for good reason.

This heritage-steeped building has many original frescoes from the former Pavillion du Canada at Expo 67, which are now designated as Heritage buildings.

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La Toundra Photos – Blushing Bride Studio

3. The Loft Hotel

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The Loft Hotel is a boutique hotel at the crossroads of the famous Latin Quarters and trendy Plateau Mt-Royal. Its Espace Cormier provides a unique setting for a more intimate wedding.

Completed in 1920 by Montreal’s preeminent architect, Ernest Cormier, the building is one of the city’s enduring Art Deco landmarks.

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Loft Hotel Photos – Blushing Bride Studio

4. Montreal Science Centre

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Photo – Black Swan Foto

Montreal Science Centre, situated in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal, has four impressive reception halls with a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River, downtown Montreal, and Old Montreal. These contemporary spaces were created in the Old Port’s old hangars, dating back to the early 20th century. The bright and spacious halls can accommodate 40 to 400 guests, and there are also three large terraces which are ideal for outdoor weddings as well as enjoying the city’s fireworks exhibitions.

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Photo – Tim Chin

5. Auberge St Gabriel

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Photo – Blushing Bride Studio

Auberge St Gabriel was built in 1688 by a French soldier and was the first “auberge” in North America to receive a liquor license, on March 4, 1754.

With rooms of varied sizes, this uniquely relaxed venue is able to accommodate up 200 guests for cocktail parties or 112 seated guests.

6. Windsor Ballrooms

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For a more traditional and elegant wedding location, look no further than the impressive Windsor Ballrooms. With its exquisite ballrooms, this venue offers an array of packages to turn your dream into a reality.

With the help of their onsite coordinators, you can transform these large rooms into something to truly impress your guests.

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Photos – Blushing Bride Studio

7. Chateau Vaudreuil

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Photo – Steve Gerrard Photography

Set on 25 landscaped acres on the banks of Lac des Deux-Montagnes, Chateau Vaudreuil is an upscale, chalet-style, venue is one of the true gems of the Montreal area.

For a quarter of a century, the hotel and reception halls have played host to weddings of every tradition.

Whether your wedding involves an intimate group of 20 or a large gathering of 500 people, this is a fantastically adaptable venue

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Photo – Prizma Productions

8. Scena

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With its unique architecture and views of the St-Lawrence, Old Port and downtown Montreal, Scena offers a modern twist on a reception room and is quickly becoming one of the most popular wedding venues in Montreal.

Suitable for banquet weddings up to 200 guests or a cocktail reception for up to 450 guests, this is a unique setting that can also host ceremonies for up to 130 people.

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Scena Photos – Steve Gerrard Photography

9. Ritz Carlton

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Another classic Montreal wedding venue, the Ritz Carlton is the epitome of luxury and elegance. With its historic oval room, this is one building sure to give your guests the wow factor.

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Ritz Carlton photos – Steve Gerrard Photography

10. Auberge Des Gallants

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Photo – Steve Gerrard Photography

Located roughly 45 minutes from Montreal, Auberge Des Gallants has been hosting weddings for more than 40 years.

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Photo – Steve Gerrard

A gorgeous location for an outdoor wedding surrounded by beautiful countryside, Auberge Des Gallants makes for a great reason to escape the city for a more relaxed vibe.

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Photos – Emilie Olson

11. Manoir Hovey

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Located about 75 minutes from Montreal, Manoir Hovey is a 5-star property on the shores of Lake Massawippi just outside of North Hatley, one of Quebec’s most picturesque villages.

Overlooking the lake and surrounded by English gardens, the dining room has a tranquil setting with breathtaking views and can host up to 120 guests.

Check out Audrey & Lucius’s wedding at Manoir Hovey, photographed by Steve Gerrard Photography.

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Manoir Hovey Wedding Photos – Steve Gerrard Photography

12. Ristorante Beatrice

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Formerly BICE, Ristorante Beatrice is a wonderful restaurant in downtown Montreal. The open terrace is a great space to entertain your guests, with beautiful decor combined with excellent Italian food.

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Photos – Tim Chin

13. Espace Reunion

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Espace Reunion is a multifunctional venue that gives you the opportunity to create the wedding of your dreams. With rooms and reception halls totaling more than 10 000 square feet, the venue can accommodate events for up to 1200 guests!

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Photos – Blushing Bride Studio

14. Marche Bonsecours

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Inaugurated in 1847, Marche Bonsecours is acknowledged as one of Canada’s finest heritage buildings and has become an essential stop on any visit to Old Montréal.

The multipurpose reception halls can handle groups of 100 to 975 guests. The Ballroom and the De la Commune Hall are both suitable for large groups, while the Vieux-Montréal and Ville-Marie halls are the perfect setting for more intimate events. The Ballroom and the Vieux-Montréal and Ville-Marie halls offer exceptional vistas of the St. Lawrence River and Old Montréal on either side.

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Photos – Blushing Bride Studio

15. Sucrerie de la Montagne

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Sucrerie de la Montagne is an authentic “sugar shack” and makes a truly unique venue for a wedding.

Designated an official “Site du Patrimoine Québécois” (Québec Heritage site), the sugar shack, located in the midst of a 120-acre forest of century-old maples atop Mont Rigaud, west of Montréal, transports its visitors back in time, providing them with a momentary glimpse of life as it truly was for Québec and Canadian pioneers.

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Sucrerie de la Montagne Photos – Ella Photography

16. Pavilion de la Jamaique

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Located in the heart of île Notre-Dame, in a wooded area of the magnificent Floralies Gardens, the former Pavilion de la Jamaique, which dates back to the Expo 67, has been completely renovated to provide couples with a fantastic, modern wedding venue. Its window placement and design, along with its beautiful terrace framing the pavilion, provides you with everything you need for a truly memorable day, in a charming setting!

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Photos – Ella Photography
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17. Manoir Rouville Campbell

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Dating from 1832, this Tudor-style mansion, with gardens and views of the Richelieu River is 12 minutes’ walk from Les Jardins Panoramiques and 6 km from Mont Saint-Hilaire and the Gault Nature Reserve of McGill University.

There are reception halls or rooms that can accommodate between 10 and 160 people, as well as gorgeous gardens for your photos and a private terrace for your cocktail party.

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Manoir Rouville CampbellManoir Rouville Campbell Photos – Prizma Productions

18. Hotel Nelligan

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In a 19th-century building on a narrow street in Vieux-Montréal, the upscale Hotel Nelligan is within 5 minutes’ walk of the Basilique Notre-Dame and the Promenade du Vieux-Port.

There is an upscale French restaurant, an atrium lounge, and a rooftop bar. This contemporary space can host up to 360 people.

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Hotel Nelligan Photos – Prizma Productions

19. Le Madison

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Le Madison has been a popular choice for Montreal brides looking for a little luxury for decades.

Its impressive reception room can seat up to 400 guests, making it the ideal choice for larger wedding celebrations.

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20. Le Wave

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Located on the Lachine Canal waterfront, Le Wave features oversized windows, hardwood floors and high ceilings.

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Photos – Black Swan Foto

Also, check out our list of the Best Montreal Wedding Photography.