Elope in Quebec for a Romantic Wedding in La Belle Province
Plan Your Marriage with Simple and Inexpensive Elope Weddings in Quebec
There are a lot of great places to tie the knot in Canada. But the province of Quebec is truly unique.As Canada’s largest province, it is also the most populous and the only one where the majority of people speak French. However, you can get by with English as well so don’t let that hold you back.
The largest cities in the province are Montreal and Quebec City. Both are rich in culture, history and beauty. Quebec City is one of the oldest towns in all of North America and its historic district has even been designated a UNESCO Heritage site.
Keep in mind, however that there are a few legalities involved in obtaining a marriage licence that may take longer in Quebec, so you must plan ahead. (See below for details) It’s worth it!
Elopement Packages in Quebec City
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - dominating the skyline in the heart of Old Quebec City lies the Fairmont’s Le Chateau Frontenac. (1 rue des Carrières Québec City)
The original part of the hotel was built in 1893, and it is now considered one of Canada’s national historic sites.
With 618 rooms, you’ll be able to choose the best views of the St. Lawrence River and the old city’s stunning architecture. You can even bring your dog along!
If you want to feel like a royal in your own castle, the Hotel Frontenac may just be the ideal place to elope in Quebec.
The elopement package at Chateau Frontenac is for ten guests or fewer, and includes a wedding coordinator to help with all the personalized aspects. Price will be estimated upon request and depends on what you would like to add to the basic package. You get a lovely ceremony outdoors, allowing for wonderful views of the St. Lawrence River and the castle itself.
If the weather is not cooperative, an indoor castle location is used. An English-speaking officiate is provided for the civil or religious ceremony, which takes about 30 minutes, and can be personalized. A violinist will play during this time, and witnesses can be provided in accord with Quebec law if you do not bring your own. You will also receive a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a one-night stay and breakfast in bed.
(Note: Ask about the Roosevelt Suite or Van Horne Suite for the ultimate in views and luxury. This is a very special occasion!)
Dinner for two is included in the package, held at Le Champlain restaurant. You will receive a small wedding cake made by the pastry chef as well.
Then, take a 40 minute tour of Old Quebec in a horse-drawn carriage! See the old city streets, fortifications and many other breath-taking historic sites you will never forget. So romantic!
Some fun add-ons that are available with this Quebec City Elope Wedding :
- Hire a wedding photographer for up to two hours
- get a massage
- have your hair and make-up professionally done
- rent a Rolls Royce or limo with chauffeur
- take a food tour of the area and experience the local flavors
- take a helicopter tour
- rent bikes and have a picnic lunch for two at one of the area’s many beautiful parks.
More Quebec City Elope Weddings:
Elope in Quebec at Hotel Le Clos St. Louis - Another option for eloping in Quebec City, located at 69 Rue-Saint-Louis. This historic Victorian style boutique hotel is ideally situated for convenience. You are walking distance from many interesting sites, including several historic houses and gardens, cafes and shops and a short drive to many of the other attractions the city has to offer. It is the essence of romance and a great place for eloping in Quebec City.
There are 26 rooms, some with fireplaces, others with canopy beds or therapeutic baths. My personal favorites are room 5 and room 9, but each one is unique, restful, and most of all- romantic.
Personalized elopement or wedding packages can be arranged by calling the hotel at 1-800-461-1311.
The basic package, though involves a three night stay in one of the guest rooms, two breakfasts, one parking space, a ceremony held in the hotel or outside, champagne toast, wedding cake and coffee for six, a romantic horse and carriage tour of Old Quebec, two dinners for two at different gourmet restaurants, massage for bride and groom, assistance/coordination of wedding plans, contact list for local services you may be interested in. All taxes are included in the package price, which starts at $2009 and increases according to season, number of guests and room size.
Other services can be arranged including ceremony officiate, photography, flowers, car and equipment rental, entertainment, reception dinner for guests and reservation of venues outside the hotel. You may have up to 8 guests during high season (May through October) and twelve during low season.
Elope Near Montreal, QB
Auberge Des Gallant. About one hour west of the city of Montreal, in Ste-Marthe, Quebec, you will find the lovely inn. (1171Ch.St-Henri call 1-8—641-4241). The natural surroundings, (each season has its own unique beauty) fine dining, health spa and graceful Victorian design make this a relaxing 4-star inn easily one of the best places to elope in Quebec.
There are three categories of rooms available, all with either fireplace or whirlpool tub. And the Maple Pavilion is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the local maple flavors and treats.
Nearby attractions include forest adventures, a vineyard, golf, mountain trails, skiing and a public beach.
The elopement package at Auberge Des Gallant is simple, elegant and affordable. At a cost of only $2000 (plus tax), you get married the same day you arrive. Designed for just the two of you, here’s what’s included:
- Make-up consultation and application for the bride
- ceremony in the garden
- officiate and witnesses for the ceremony
- bouquet and boutonniere
- 1 hour of photography and 10- 5X7 photos
- cocktails and canapés in the garden
- five-course dinner for two with wine pairing.
The second day you get breakfast and couple’s massage as well as another 5-course dinner with wine.
On the third day, you will receive breakfast before your noon departure. Now doesn’t that sound better than a stress-filled traditional wedding for 200?
Note: You can elope in Quebec with this package from Monday to Thursday only.
How to Elope in Quebec
Best Elope Ideas recommends getting the legal aspect of your Quebec wedding out of the way at least 9 weeks before your wedding date.
Get your marriage license from the Municipal Office clerk. The fee is $110 Canadian, but it is recommended you call first to confirm the cost and method of payment. It can be obtained and submitted by either bride or groom but must be signed by both. You must show an original birth certificate or current passport and at least one piece of photo id to get the license, but you do NOT have to be a resident of Quebec, nor do you have to have a blood test. The licence is valid for three months.
If you’ve been married before in any area outside of Canada, you must get a special authorization from the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations before you can apply for a new marriage license. And you must show your certificate of divorce or death certificate of previous spouse.
If you are under 18 years of age, you must have parental consent and if you are under 16 years of age, you cannot marry in the province of Quebec. Same sex marriages (civil ceremony) and cousin marriages are legal but proxy marriage is not.
In Québec, a judge, a justice of the peace, a clergy member who is registered under the Marriage Act, mayors, designated municipal officers, members of municipal or borough councils, and designated clerks and deputy clerks are able to perform marriage ceremonies.
Unlike other areas of Canada, women who live in Quebec keep their birth names after marriage and, although they may use their husband’s name socially, must use their maiden name on contracts, credit cards, driver’s licences and so on.
Important note: Since marriages in Quebec are considered public, not private affairs, a notice must be posted for 20 days before the date of the wedding at the place where the ceremony is held as well as at the nearest court house. This notice includes the names, addresses, date and place of birth of both spouses and must be confirmed by a witness. The officiate is responsible for this posting of information. Any person can oppose the marriage if they have good reason.
The ceremony must be held in a place that is open to the public and in the presence of two witnesses. In the case of a Roman Catholic marriage and most other religious ceremonies, the wedding must take place in a place of worship.
(Please Note: This page on Quebec elopements is a guide only. Prices for these Quebec wedding packages as well as requirements for marriages in Quebec can change. Please consult with suppliers and official agencies before making any purchases or set arrangements.)