Getting Married on a long weekend? Here’s some tips.

Getting Married on a long weekend?  Here’s some tips.

Long weekends are a great time to get married, but there are some things you need to know.

One of the great advantages of long weekends is knowing that a lot of friends and family will be able to attend.  However, there are some things to keep in mind when you’re planning your long weekend wedding.


1.  Location

There is no shortage of amazing locations for wedding photos in the Niagara Region.  But one thing to bear in mind on a long weekend is the location.  Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake can be absolutely jammed with people, making it difficult to find parking.  If you have the entire wedding party all together, one option is to have the driver drop you off at a certain location, then pick you up.  If your wedding party is arriving in multiple cars, it can be extremely difficult to get everyone parked close to a good meeting point, such as the gazebo in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

2.  Traffic

One of the biggest traps I’ve seen is “We’ve got plenty of time.”  While this might be true on paper, long weekends can smash that notion to pieces.
For instance, if your wedding takes place in St. Catharines and your reception is in Thorold, then Niagara Falls might seem like a no brainer for formal photos.  It’s only fifteen minutes, right?
Not on a long weekend.
Popular destinations, especially those close to the border can get absolutely grid locked.  Suddenly the two hour window you left for formal pictures has faded to fifteen minutes.  While a skilled photographer can make that work, why make the day more stressful than it needs to be?
The obvious exception to this rule is if your wedding takes place in the city.  In that case, trying to leave will only create headaches.  It’s worth it to talk to your photographer and try to find locations that are a little less populated.  Not only will this save in aggravation, but you’ll also wind up with some unique photos.

3.  Everybody Get Together

When the wedding party arrives in multiple cars, it’s usually not a problem.  If a couple of ushers are running late, then your photographer can work with the bridesmaids and vice versa.  It’s barely a blip on the radar.  However, on a long weekend, this problem can be compounded if one group gets stuck in traffic.

The best way to keep everyone together is to travel together.  This will also minimize time spent on parking.


In the end, the day is all about you and spending time with your family.  Bottom line is, nobody wants to be stuck in traffic and missing out on the party, so keep these tips in mind and you’ll get to the reception in no time.


AlloelSeptember 14, 2015 at 10:00 amReply

Karen Cody – We are interested in getnitg a wedding estimate for a date in October 2013 and what exactly the cost of the site and wedding reception will include (i.e., cake, dinner, open bar, linens, table, appetizers, etc.)Thanks, karen

Nerses PhotoSeptember 14, 2015 at 2:00 pmReply


Thank you for your interest.

Our starter package is $799 + tax and this includes the ceremony, family photos and formal pictures.

With regards to the reception, there are two options.

1. The Pre-Reception, where we join you in the hall before the guests arrive. We stage the cake cutting, first dance and photograph the details in the hall. This would be $250 + tax on top of the starter package.

2. The Reception would see us staying for the reception, covering the details and dancing etc. until 10pm. This coverage is an additional $500 plus taxes.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.