For brides set on a city ceremony (you know, so all their friends can actually attend the thing), finding a venue that still manages to be surrounded by nature can be harder than keeping all your friends’ exes separated in the seating plan. Luckily for Montrealers with a soft spot for greenery, a new rooftop in the city’s historic ports area on the St. Lawrence River is basically like getting hitched in a country field (but with an awesome view of the city’s skyline).
Located on the century-old Alexandra Pier, which has undergone extensive revitalization in the past few years, the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay officially opened in the spring of 2018. The facility includes many rentable spaces, including a massive pavilion with an equally large (it’s nearly 27,000 square feet) green rooftop that can hold 500 guests for a cocktail reception and 100 for a seated dinner. It’s a dreamy setup: a wooden terrace wraps all the way around the wild-looking garden, which is home to more than 20,000 different kinds of flowering and aromatic plants—meaning it will be hardly noticeable if you scrimp on the centrepiece budget. Plus, the architectural skylights kind of resemble cool art installations plopped in the middle of a field. The place is $6,000 to book, but couples will need to bring in everything down to the vintage tableware.
200 de la Commune St. W., port-montreal.com