Hôtel de Glace, Québec

If you and your other half are looking to plan a wedding with a difference then you can’t beat a ceremony at this venue, but you’ll need to be happy with a wedding between January and March as this frozen wonderland is closed throughout the rest of the year. Located 20 minutes north of Québec City on the Valcartier Vacation Village site, the Hôtel de Glace is a must see attraction between nature and urbanity. Entirely made of ice and snow, the Hôtel de Glace (or Ice Hotel) offers fascinating decor and a one of a kind experience. With its magnificent sculptures, its majestic ice chandelier, its 44 rooms and uniquely designed suites, its romantic chapel and its popular ice slide, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its unique character and magical design.

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Naturally if you are considering hosting your big day at a venue that you may not have seen before it’s normal to feel nervous or uneasy – whether it is a hotel made of ice or a grand stately home, it’s a huge decision to make! – so if you can’t make it to Hôtel de Glace for a visit before the dates you want to get wed you can take comfort in the fact that the venue has welcomed over 200 couples from all over the world who chose this magnificent venue to make their vows.

The Hôtel de Glace’s chapel offers all the romance and the exoticism that you can wish for on this very important day. Whether it is for a wedding or a renewal of vows, the Hôtel de Glace’s chapel promises unforgettable memories and beautiful pictures.

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There is no doubt that the photographs from any wedding held at this beautiful venue are going to be anything less than mind-blowing, but don’t get your heart set on the shot at a particular location you have seen in photographs as each year the venue takes on incredible new designs from only the very best artisans in the ice carving game. The venue takes 50 workers six weeks to build and requires an incredible 30,000 tonnes of snow to create and you can choose from a variety of rooms to make your stay truly unforgettable.

Hôtel de Glace offers a standard room, themed suites, premium themed suites (with a fireplace) and for those wanting to really go all out on their big day or honeymoon Hôtel de Glace also offers a Premium Deluxe Artic Spa suite that not only boasts its own fireplace but its own private spa too!

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If you and your guests are going to travel all the way to Canada to celebrate your nuptials you are going to want to make the most of the trip, and with skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling all available in the area it is a great time to try something you wouldn’t usually get to do at home and take your time in Québec to new heights.

The venue offers a number of wedding packages to its guests with a variety of options that means that Hôtel de Glace can deliver your perfect big day, including features such as fireworks, photographer, a violinist, horse carriage, red carpet and even handmade ice flutes for a glass of celebratory fizz.

Worried about what to wear to a venue made of quite literally, just snow and ice? With temperatures regularly reaching -15°C you’ll need to be considerate of the cold, with the venue suggesting designer Corrine Markey who creates gowns bespoke to the Hôtel de Glace bride. Short or sleeveless may not be the best pick for a winter wedding in this venue but that doesn’t mean you can’t look a million dollars – how about investing in a faux fur coat or white winter jacket to keep the cold at bay while you take your vows?

To find out more about Hôtel de Glace visit their website here. Not sold on the winter wedding concept? Perhaps a traditional English venue is more to your taste and I think The Grand Hotel in York should definitely be on your radar.

*All images are courtesy of Hôtel de Glace.