Post # 1
I am having a hard time with the timeline for my Nov. 9 wedding. Photos are very important to me, and I want to make sure we have a chance to get some really great photos after the ceremony. Unfortunately, it looks like time isn’t on our side since the sun sets at 4:55 p.m. on Nov. 9. I thought I had made peace with that when I decided to schedule the ceremony for 3 p.m. This is defintiely earlier than I’d like and it means the reception will be over at 9 p.m….but it’s doable. After talking to one of the photographers I’m considering, she said she really recommends moving the ceremony time to 2 p.m. in order to allow enough time for photos before the “best light” is gone around 4:30 p.m. This is really worrying me! I thought 3 p.m. was early, 2 just sounds crazy!
One solution would be to have a first look. My fiance is pretty against this, though. Another option would be to start the ceremony at 2 or 2:30 and have a 1 1/2- 2 hour cocktail “hour.”
What are your thoughts? Any other Nov. 9 brides having this issue? What is your timeline?
I guess I should add that I’m planning to get married at a church and anticipating the ceremony to last around 45 minutes-1 hour and the reception site is a 5-minute drive away.
Post # 3
We did a first look and loved it. I know it’s not what everyone wants but it allowed us to get all the great pictures before the wedding and then just did ones with family after the ceremony.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@sarahg8r: I am getting married on the beach in St. Augustine in early November but it’s before the time change so we are set with sunset photos after a super short beachside ceremony at 5pm. Your wedding is after the time change so you will miss out on the good lighting if you wait until after your ceremony. Go with the old fashioned tradition of getting married on the upswing of the hour (i.e. get married at 2:30pm) which would give you an additional half an hour which should work out well.
Post # 5
I would just do a first look. It was my favorite part of the day, honestly! Or, move the ceremony back and take advantage of that gorgeous golden hour light!
Post # 6
This has also been an issue with our wedding as well. We decided to do a first look and all the family photos before the ceremony at 6pm. This way, we can get the sunset photos and the evening reception we want!
Post # 7
We’re not doing a first look, and are planning on having bridal party photos done before the ceremony and family photos/couple photos after the ceremony. We also have small families, so I think we’ll be able to get some nice couple photos with good lighting before sunset. Even if it’s slightly after sunset, you can get nice photos during the “blue” hour.
So our timeline is arrival at 3:30, ceremony at 5:30, family photos immediately after at 6:00, dinner at 7:00 (sunset is 6:30ish).
Post # 8
Also, my photographer prefers to shoot a couple hours before sunset, so I think our timing will be great for him. I think he would have preferred we do a first look and start earlier, but I really want an evening reception as opposed to a late afternoon one.
Post # 9
Thanks for the suggestions. I am defintiely thinking a first look is our best option…now I just have to convince my FI!
Post # 10
@sarahg8r: I don’t think 2 or 2:30 is too early! I went to a wedding in October the ceremony was at 1 and one in 2011 and it was at like 2 so I really don’t think you should worry about it being too early! Its not like its a weekday and you will be giving your guests notice! And if the reception is over at 9pm, then it will allow more time for your guests to enjoy the occasion 🙂 But at the end of the day its what you feel is best!
Post # 11
I am also having this concern! The church offers a 2pm or a 3:30 ceremony and then the reception will start at 6. I would love to have the sunset for photos because our reception is lakeside and will have all the foliage. But I am concerned that its mean to make people come to the church so early and then leave them with nothing to do for 3 hours. If we go with the 3:30 church then the sun will be set by the time we get there 🙁 I also really don’t want a first look. Any suggestions?
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I had my beach wedding at 5:30. Sunset was 6:23 and twilight ended at 6:46. Our ceremony alsted about 20 minutes. We got TONS of pictures. If your photographer is skilled, orgnaized, and familair with the location, then the photos can go really fast.
Post # 13
I’m a photographer, and we moved our ceremony up to 2pm so we had time to shoot with nice light outside afterwards. Same kind of senario – my guy doesn’t want a 1st look AT ALL….so it was our only other option!
Post # 14
We were married at 130 in the afternoon and had an outdoor weddi g reception in the same location In September. We had to think of sunset as well and everyone was gone by 630-7 as planned when the light ran out. Sunset photos only take a few mins, however you will have to stop hat you are doing in the moment and capture the light. I agree that if photos are important eitherI’ve up the ceremony time or do first looks !! I live my first looks and still feel like I missed some photo opportunities in our time crunch
Post # 15
I was having a really with time with this as well.
our wedding is on a Friday so it was even more difficult to hear our ceremony would have to be at 4. That means if people want to come to our wedding they’d have to leave early from work or take the day off. But in the end the pictures were worth it to me and I was against first look so I went with it.
our ceremony and reception is in the same place and we want a very short ceremony so that’s how we are getting away with 4.. My photographer suggested 3-330 but we figured it out and 4 works. sunsets here at 530
Post # 16
@kalixti: +1 on that, girl!
We’re drinking the First Look Kool-aid, although admittedly that took some convincing. Our ceremony is at 4:30 since the sun sets around 5:20 that day. That’ll give us enough time for a short ceremony and some extra Just Married photos during the Golden Hour.
@sarahg8r: if you’re still struggling with convincing FI, check out this list of arguments: http://blog.embellishedweddings.com/2013/08/06/why-you-should-have-a-first-look-at-your-wedding/ (they worked for me, “babe, you don’t want to ugly cry in front of EVERYONE when you see me, do you?”)
Our photographer is leaving before the end of the party – anyone else dealing with logistics on making sure you get some “Get Away Car” photos, even though you’re not ready to leave?