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top Small Wedding Venues in Montreal For An Intimate Celebration

Feb Cortes
Feb Cortes
A couple getting married.

Introduction

If you’re reading this, then it’s most likely time to get the ball rolling for your wedding planning in the city of Montreal! 

That said, if you’ve already come up with your guest list and found that you only have a shortlist of names, then it looks like you’ll be requiring a small wedding venue… which lucky for you, is the current trend!

In fact, with the previous pandemic and more people trying to save up (go away inflation), more couples are opting for smaller weddings and more intimate celebrations. So, if you’re in the market for one, then we’ve rounded out 10 of our favorite small wedding venues in Montreal for your big day!

Alright, that checklist won’t tick itself, so let’s get right to it!

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If you're looking for small wedding venues in Montreal, you can't go wrong with a nice hotel.

1. Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Since we’re talking about small wedding venues in Montreal, then let’s go right in the heart of the Golden Square Mile to find the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, which is just as iconic and elegant as it sounds! Perfectly sized for an intimate wedding, you and your partner can choose to exchange vows in the iconic Palm Court under a stunning glass dome, after which you can follow it with a lavish reception in one of their exquisite event spaces, chandelier and all. Because who says an intimate wedding can’t be elegant? We definitely don’t think so! 

Tip: Elevate your experience by opting for the hotel’s personalized wedding planning services, ensuring every detail of your day is flawlessly executed from start to finish!

2. Le Mount Stephen Hotel

Positioned like the last standing building of a bygone era right in the middle of Montreal, this historic mansion turned boutique hotel offers a romantic backdrop for intimate weddings. Say “I do” in the opulent George Stephen Room, adorned with intricate woodwork and elegant chandeliers, before treating your guests to a gourmet reception with a private chef. 

Of course, such elegance should be remembered forever, so make sure you have a wedding photographer at the bay to take all your enchanting photos! Make sure you bring out your A-game when it comes to elegant poses too! 

Tip: Make the most of the hotel’s luxurious suites for pre-wedding preparations and a memorable wedding night retreat. Because what’s one more night in a hotel as fine as this? Right?

Need ideas for small wedding venues in Montreal? There are some smaller castles-turned-hotels to look into.

3. La Toundra Hall

Nestled in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, La Toundra Hall boasts natural beauty and historic charm, making it perfect for couples who want something intimate but still dripping with nature. What’s perfect about this place is that it works as both an indoor and outdoor venue, giving you flexibility should you end up getting more people in your guest list. Exchange vows amidst the lush greenery of the park, then enjoy a reception in the hall’s spacious event space overlooking the picturesque landscape. 

Tip: Take advantage of the venue’s outdoor terrace for a romantic cocktail hour with breathtaking views. Bubbly with the gorgeous colors of the sunset to look at? Yes please!

4. Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel

Located in the secluded streets of Old Montreal, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel offers a romantic retreat for couples who want something simple but still memorable. For example, the quaint garden courtyard is the perfect place to exchange your vows amidst family and friends, while the hotel’s many event spaces can be used for a moderate and intimate reception, before you go off to enjoy the rest of the hotel’s amenities. 

Tip: Extend your celebration with a weekend getaway in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites, complete with romantic amenities and personalized service.

A bride taking photos in one of our top smaller wedding venues in Montreal.

5. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Art-loving couples will adore the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for its stunning galleries and modern event spaces, but we’re sure you’ll also love it as the wedding venue for your big day! Imagine saying your vows surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful artworks, before enjoying a sophisticated reception with your guests. Now that’s a day you surely won’t forget anytime soon. 

Tip: Unleash your inner artists and incorporate elements of art into your wedding decor to complement the museum’s ambiance. This will help create a unique experience for your guests. You can even incorporate this into the wedding mementos for your guests!

6. Auberge du Vieux-Port

Set along the Old Port of Montreal, Auberge du Vieux-Port offers a romantic waterfront setting for any couple who wants the sea to bear witness to their celebration! In particular, we think the view overlooking the St. Lawrence River from the private terrace is perfect for the wedding ceremony, while the indoor spaces provide just enough natural light for a cozy and relaxing reception if you have a small guest list! 

Tip: Since you’re already in the port, why not schedule a romantic sunset cruise along the Old Port for you and your guests to enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline? It’s the perfect way to end the day on a relaxing note!

Ballrooms are one of our favorite small wedding venues in Montreal.

7. The Windsor Ballrooms

Want something more elegant and classy for your intimate wedding? Well then, one of our favorites when it comes to small wedding venues in Montreal is The Windsor Ballrooms, in all of its majesty and beauty. For one thing, its stunning crystal chandeliers will make you feel like you’re living in a fairytale, while the elegant ballrooms will make even your grandma bust out their classiest dance moves! 

Tip: Make the most out of the venue by hiring a professional wedding DJ to enhance the atmosphere and keep your guests entertained all night long! For this specific affair, we think some Shania Twain and Frank Sinatra will complete the evening.

8. Gare Viger

If you think a train station would never become one of our favorite small wedding venues in Montreal, then you haven’t seen the Gare Viger! A historic train station turned event venue, the Gare Viger oozes 19th century charm with its architecture, making it feel like you’ve stepped back in time just to exchange vows with your beloved! And if the Grand Hall’s soaring space hasn’t taken your breath yet, then the vintage-inspired decor inside the reception rooms will do just that. 

Tip: Embrace the venue’s history with vintage-inspired decor and photography to create a nostalgic vibe.

A boat tour is perfect for couples who want a smaller wedding in Montreal.

9. Atwater Club

Nestled along the calm waters of the Lachine Canal, the Atwater Club offers a tranquil oasis in the city, making it another favorite in our list of small wedding venues in Montreal. The garden courtyard itself is perfect for a fairy tale-like bridal walk, while the elegant ballroom is just begging for a party to be started by your very own wedding DJ. 

Tip: Arrange a romantic boat ride along the canal for a memorable experience for you and your guests.  You can even do it during cocktail hour, if only to see the colors of the canal slowly change along with the sunset.

10. Château Ramezay

For the final entry in our list of top small wedding venues in Montreal, we’re going back to Old Montreal and visiting Château Ramezay. Steeped in history and charm, this venue provides a romantic and nostalgic setting, along with picturesque gardens and a grand banquet hall. Can you hear that violin music in the air? This is magic in real life! 

Tip: Explore the museum exhibits to learn more about Montreal’s history and add a cultural element to your celebration. We’re sure your guests would appreciate the side show! 

A couple during a small courtyard wedding in Montreal.

Why Opt For A Small And Intimate Wedding?

In a world often filled with celebrations that are big and grandiose, small weddings offer couples an opportunity to focus on what really matters: their love and affection for each other, as well as the connections they share with their closest family and friends! 

What’s more, a smaller guest list lets you make a personalized experience, save on some costs, and make the wedding planning much easier for everyone. Additionally, opting for a smaller wedding also lets you enjoy the whole day without feeling overwhelmed by the demands that a larger event often brings. 

So, if you and your partner only came up with a short guest list and would like to not go overboard with the expenses, then a small wedding is definitely the way to go!

If you're looking for small wedding venues in Montreal, there are plenty of port-side locations to pick from.

Tips and Considerations When Choosing a Small Wedding Venue

  • Capacity and Atmosphere – Start by checking the venue’s overall atmosphere and capacity. Does it fit the amount of guests on your list? Is the venue comfortable enough? And does it match the atmosphere you want for your wedding? These are all important things to ask yourself when picking a venue.

  • Location and Accessibility – Of course, we also suggest choosing a venue that is conveniently located and easily accessible for you and your guests, with nearby accommodations and transportation options. In some cases, you may need to book the guest accommodations yourself, so it’s a good idea to ask your guests in advance if they’re coming from far away.
     
  • Services and Amenities – Inquire about the services and amenities offered by the venue, such as catering, event planning assistance, and audiovisual equipment. Additionally, don’t forget to ask the venue if they have any limitations or restrictions, especially if you already have a list of vendors you want in mind.
     
  • Budget and Flexibility – Establish a budget and look for venues that offer flexibility and customization options to fit your financial plan. This way, the overall wedding planning will be much easier and stress-free for you and your partner!
     
  • Visit The Venue Yourself – Finally, make sure you visit the venue yourself! Keep in mind that pictures can be deceiving, so make sure you do an ocular inspection of the chosen venue in person just to make sure it matches your expectation… or even exceeds it. 
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Conclusion

And there you have it, our top small wedding venues in Montreal to help you find the perfect place to exchange your I Dos! 

Whether you choose a historic landmark, a boutique hotel, or a scenic waterfront location, your intimate wedding in Montreal will surely be a magical celebration, as long as you pick the right guests, right venue, and right person to spend the rest of your life with (which we’re sure you already have that covered!) 

That said, you wouldn’t want to hold your wedding in an intimate and small venue without taking some real memories, so why not work with our team at Photo Kings and get yourself an expert wedding photographer? 

As one of the largest photography services in all of Canada, our team at Photo Kings hosts plenty of experience under our belts, backed by our stellar 5-star rating and great history with clients. As photographers, we’re also committed to making your day extra memorable, so you will always have something to fondly look back on years from now.

So, hit us up for a quote, and we’ll be right with you to talk about our affordable wedding packages. Happy planning, and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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