Category Archives: Weddings

Niagara Parks Weddings certified as ‘Local Gay Weddings Experts’

Niagara Parks Sales Managers Sue Zareski and Amy Edmonds are now certified by the 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute as Niagara’s new local LGBT wedding experts.

“Sue and Amy showed true commitment to understanding the ways wedding professionals need to be sensitive to the unique needs of same-sex couples. They took the time to complete course work to ready Niagara Parks to truly be equipped to meet this emerging market,” says Bernadette Coveney Smith, founder and president of the Gay Wedding Institute.

This certification course focuses on the nuances and details relevant to gay wedding ceremonies and receptions, covering language, terminology, laws and policies, same-sex wedding trends and traditions, wardrobe, invitations and marketing.

Sue Zareski

Sue has been helping happy couples plan their dream wedding at Niagara Parks for six years and, aside from completing her most recent Gay Wedding Institute certification, is also recognized by the Wedding Planner Institute of Canada. Focusing primarily on receptions, she knows all Niagara Parks venues inside and out and can answer absolutely any questions you may have.

“I love the fact that all of our reception venues can be customized to the couples’ personality,” says Sue. “Whether it’s a plated meal, buffet, food station or just an evening reception with stand-up and sit-down tables, Niagara Parks has something for everyone.”

Amy Edmonds

Amy Edmonds has helped plan beautiful Niagara Parks wedding ceremonies for almost three years. Previously, she loved working on-site during weddings at Legends on the Niagara as part of her duties as food and beverage supervisor, and working full-time planning weddings was a perfect move. Amy is also certified with the Wedding Planner Institute of Canada.

“I love helping couples create their special day, and I’m always interested in hearing engagement stories,” says Amy.

For more information about Niagara Parks Weddings, venues, favours and floral design, visit the Niagara Parks Weddings website.

Choosing the right wedding venue

Bride and groom kissing in front of Niagara Falls

It’s a big decision! There is so much to consider when choosing your wedding venue that it can sometimes become overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve put together a few tips to help you on your quest for the perfect wedding venue.

Patio at LegendsMake sure the most important people at your wedding are happy with the venue; that’s of course the bride and groom! Your location should fit your personality and style. Will the venue adapt to your needs? Ask yourself, “Can I picture having my wedding here?”

Next, ask yourself what you want and need from a venue. Are you hoping to have your ceremony and reception in the same place? Do you want your ceremony to be outdoors? How many guests do you expect, and how many can comfortably fit in the venue?

Don’t forget to consider your guests as well. Does the venue have wheelchair accessibility? Patio at QueenstonEasy-to-find parking? What accommodations are close by, or will guests need to use a taxi service? Make sure to inquire about any hidden costs associated with a venue, like parking rates or possible buyout fees.

In the end, your venue should be a reflection of your personality and style, but don’t be afraid to ask for changes! A great wedding venue will adapt to your needs and do whatever it takes to make this the most memorable day of your lives. Ask our wedding experts which Niagara Parks venues are right for you, or explore our Weddings website for more. You’ll find all the information you need to start planning your dream wedding.

Queenston Chapel benchOr you can ask them in-person! Join us at the Whirlpool Restaurant Open House this Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m and meet and mingle with designers, florists, our chefs and more! Be one of the first 50 events to book at Whirlpool Restaurant and we’ll even waive the room rental fee and provide a complimentary sparking toast for your big day.


Seating Plan Tips from Niagara Parks Weddings

Like fitting together the pieces of a delicate puzzle, the wedding seating plan can be one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. Don’t sweat! Niagara Parks Weddings is here to help with some tips to take the fuss out of organizing and planning.

Tables set up at Elements on the Falls Restaurant

Keep family close to the head table. Parents of the bride and groom should have an unobstructed view with their backs to as few guests as possible. Continue reading