At Canada wedding venue, expect cold feet
Boudreau and her team specialize in personalizing each event with special touches such as arrival by dogsled, a cocoa bar for receptions and hand-embroidered scarves, hats or mittens for guests.
“What I love the most about working at the Hotel de Glace is having the chance to meet with people from all around the world with different ideas and requests,” Boudreau said.
Boudreau said her most memorable ceremony occurred a few years ago, when she received a request from a man who wanted to propose to and marry his partner of more than 20 years. The couple had two daughters, and the man hoped to surprise the entire family with an ice-chapel wedding.
“The man faked [receiving] a phone call from a TV show, saying that he won a weekend for four at the Hotel de Glace,” Boudreau said. “He asked me to send a letter confirming the prize the couple won. We organized everything, from the proposal in an ice hotel suite to the wedding details such as the dresses and coats for the lady and the two daughters, hairstyle and makeup appointments, a photographer, ceremony readings, vows and more.
“The day came, and we welcomed the family of four with a tour around the hotel,” she said. “When we arrived in the suite [they] reserved, the man proposed to get married on that day, in front of his two daughters. When the lady said yes, we were all very happy and relieved! She was then taken care of by a stylist for the clothing, hairstylist and makeup artist. Just a few hours after the proposal, she was walking down the aisle of the ice chapel with her two daughters on her side. ”
Since the hotel is open only from January through March (depending on the weather), the chapel keeps its ceremonies to a minimum, hosting 20 to 30 weddings each year.
In 2017, the hotel will be moving to a new site near the current one. The Hotel de Glace will open Jan. 4 at the Valcartier Vacation Village, giving couples and guests the option to stay at the Valcartier Hotel (scheduled to open in December) if they don’t want to brave a night in the ice hotel.
For more information, call (877) 505-0423, ext. 117.