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.
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.
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.