Looking for some advice from anyone who has or knows someone who has gotten married in a public location in a big city. I live in Montreal, and we are having our wedding at a Hall in the Old part of town. I originally planned on having the ceremony and reception at the same location. However, while scouting for spots for pictures, my FI walked through a courtyard and decided maybe we should have the ceremony there, and then just walk down (1 block) to the hall. I think it's a great idea, beautiful gardens, cobblestone, cast iron fences, really romantic. Even if it drizzles (within reason), the old style with umbrellas could be stunning.
I'm wondering if anyone knows how it works. It's not really a park, just a pedestrian-only street near the heart of the old town. I've tried contacting the city, but no one has gotten back to me. Do we need permits? Do we have to pay to "rent" a public place like this? Or do we just show up and try to shoo tourists? I know bylaws might be different everywhere, but a little guidance is appreciated !