Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Reception Hall Hunting

I live in Montreal, Quebec and there are A LOT of different kinds of venues here. There are the glamorous hotels, the rustic inns in Old Montreal, the laid back sugar shacks on the north and south shores, and random recreational centres that can be rented out for your special day.

As I searched online, these came to mind:
Cabane à sucre Constantin

I liked the idea, but since it's sugar shack season from February until April it would not work out for us. Plus, they have horse rides in winter and the smell gets a little strong when the snow thaws out.

Le St-Gabriel

One of my cousins got married here back in 2003 and the food was amazing. However, we didn't have a lot on our plates. Everything was done beautifully, but I ended up eating more hors d'oeuvres than the actual meal since they were passing out sushi and nobody was "game enough" to eat some. I actually went and got myself a burger after I left the reception...
I checked out their prices and they are pretty hefty. Per person it would cost about 115$ for a 4 course meal. There was no parking included either and in Old Montreal its madness trying to park so we would have to rent out an extra lot for guests to park. Maybe an extra 200$ or so. Too much hassle for us! Plus they didn't even have a vegetarian menu.

Buffet Antique

This place was beautiful! One of my friends got married there 3 years ago and I really saw myself doing my reception here. The food was amazing and they actually had a really good vegetarian meal. Eggplant parmisan with tomato sauce. I couldn't finish it all!

She had paid 110$ per person since she had used open bar. Mr. Ferret and I had thought about this place a lot, but we wanted to scope out another place too.

Le Baron Royal

One of our friends had his engagement party here last summer and we absolutely loved the food. It was an Italian buffet! There was so much variety and we could pick what we wanted. I loved the decor.

Our friend's mother knew the owner so we kindly asked if we could go and check it out and she offered to come with us. It was so nice being able to talk with her and the owner. It felt like we were at home.

We picked the Baron Royal for our reception!

We got an amazing deal. We will have an Italian buffet (which has fried squid, veal, pasta, antipasto, etc), unlimited wine served during supper, free parking that has access to elevators, centerpieces and flowers included, unlimited drinks like perrier, soda, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos...We are so happy with our choice!

We have some family and friends who have allergies and are vegan so the buffet style was the best way to go. You can please everyone in every taste. What's also great is that we can bring in a few traditional Vietnamese dishes as well. We are so happy that we can do this since it means a lot to Mr. Ferret's family.

Mr. Ferret and I are low key people. We don't need a fancy hotel or the most expensive hall in the area. All we need is loads of good food, family and friends, and a dance floor!

Did you ever come by a great deal for your reception hall?