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December 13, 2018Wedding Guide Mag

Getting Married in a Chapel Made of Ice & Snow

Hôtel de Glace, Quebec City; Unique and Off the Beaten Path

It is going to be one of the most important events in your life, and you have already decided that your wedding should be different and unique, a moment to be remembered by everyone attending and especially by you and your spouse.

Winter Wedding

Breaking with the tradition of the Summer wedding and the beach honeymoon, you wish for a Winter wedding because it is your favourite season. Maybe you met your partner on the ski slopes or on a skating rink while they were playing your favourite song. Perhaps you are both romantics who love the snow and the magic it creates.

Whatever the reason, we have the perfect setting for you: a fairytale wedding chapel entirely sculpted in ice and snow.

Unique in North America

This magical place is part of an equally unique project, the Hôtel de Glace (literally the “Ice Hotel”) a world-renowned, must-see attraction, that is rebuilt from the ground up each Winter. A unique endeavour in all of North America, the Hôtel de Glace is located only 20 minutes North of downtown Quebec City, on the Valcartier Vacation Village site. It is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.

An Ephemeral Work of Art

Every year a new ephemeral work of art is brought to life through the efforts of the very best local artists and artisans. Hundreds of tons of snow and ice are used to create 45 rooms and themed suites, with hot tubs and saunas under the stars, a huge ice bar and, of course, a magical ice chapel with ceilings up to more than 20 feet. Each year also brings a completely new theme to redefine the experience.

This year the Hôtel de Glace will be open from early January to late March, as long as the weather allows this unique place to stay frozen.

Perfectly Planned Weddings

In such a magical place, weddings and wedding stories are never trivial. The bride and groom can customize their ceremony to the extreme. Nothing is impossible: a box of ice to hold the rings, champagne in flutes of ice, fireworks at the end of the chapel, arrival by dog sled, the winter sky is the limit.

More than the magical decor of the chapel, with light that plays with the windows of snow and ice, the benches covered with fur, the chiselled altar, what makes these weddings magical is a remarkable organization that surrounds them.

Hôtel de Glace has a unique and experienced team of wedding planners at your disposal to make sure that you, your spouse, your family and your friends live the very best possible life-changing moment.

Wedding Packages

The wedding team at Hôtel de Glace has created a wide variety of all-inclusive packages so that you can enjoy the occasion without worrying about details.

The competent and dynamic team will follow you every step of the way, so you can both surprise your guests and marvel with them at the same time. Combining excitement, discovery and enchantment, your winter wedding at the Hôtel de Glace will forever be remembered!

From the light and romantic “Elopement” package to the “Magical Wedding” package, that even includes arrival in a horse carriage and a violinist to distill a romantic ambiance, your wedding will be celebrated just like you dreamed it. All packages include a civil celebrant, legal documents, the exclusive use of the ice chapel during the ceremony, a wedding coordinator, champagne and two handmade ice flutes.

Of course, you can add as many options as you wish to the packages, from a Premium Deluxe Suite with private spa and sauna to your very own fireworks display.

The Hotel de Glace even offers a romantic “Wedding Proposal” package, with rose petals and candles in a private theme suite as well as a “Vow Renewal” package for celebrating everlasting love in a marvellous context.

Bachelorette Party

What is a wedding without a bachelorette party and Quebec City is one of the best winter destinations for partying in North America, especially during the unique Winter Carnival which, this season, will be held February 8 to 17 (yes, it runs on Valentine’s Day!).

To keep it simple but festive, you might spend an evening at the Hôtel de Glace Ice Bar. You will enjoy the amazing architecture of the Hôtel de Glace lobby, dance floor, and lounge while ordering your drinks in hand made ice glasses and flutes. As the bachelorette party will progress, you could take a trip down the indoor ice slide or enjoy the fireplace. Then you can top it off with an overnight stay right in the Hotel!

A Global Resort and a Romantic City

Village Vacances Valcartier, where the Hôtel de Glace is now installed, is also a celebrated global resort. It includes a 4 stars hotel with 153 rooms, the largest winter playground in North America, Bora Parc, the only indoor waterpark in Quebec, designed in a Polynesian theme, and the relaxing Aroma Spa, offering a wide range of skin care and global relaxation.

You can transform your Winter wedding into a total experience, including a Nordic honeymoon and a family gathering, all in one amazing place.

Add to that the fact that Quebec City is one of the most romantic and picturesque cities in North American, with the cobbled streets of Vieux-Québec (the oldest part of the city), wonderful restaurants and bars and an exuberant street nightlife that does not stop even when a snowstorm paints the city white.

So, If you feel festive, romantic and adventurous, why not have your wedding in a unique ice chapel?

To learn more about the weddings at Hôtel de Glace, you can visit their dedicated website, contact their wedding planners via email at or by phone at their toll-free number, 1-888-384-5524.

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