Post # 1
We are having our wedding on a Friday because it will be our five year anniversary, and we have decided to hold it in the evening so that it will be easier for our guests to attend. We are having our ceremony in a historic chapel and I think it would be lovely to decorate the space with tons of (flameless) candles, such as this:
However, I am not quite sure what would be the best time to begin the ceremony. Sunset on April 17 will be at approximately 8 pm. At 7:30 pm, will it be dark enough for a candlelit ceremony? The chapel has enough windows to supply sufficient light during the day, so it would have to be at least a little dark out. But 8 pm sounds a little late to me. Any advice, ladies?
Post # 3
@StrawberryRoseCake: If sunset is at 8pm, it will probably still be bright outside at 7:30PM. If you want it to be dark, just after 8pm (say, 8:10pm) might be best. I’d look outside at the exact time of sunset near where you will be getting married and see how the light is.
That being said, having some light at a candlelit ceremony might not be a bad idea. Candles look great in wide shots but they are TERRIBLE for people photography. If you do have candles I would make sure there is a bigger light near the altar where you will be reciting your vows. Otherwise your ceremony pics may look a little like a horror film (grainy and bottom lit). Of course, if you aren’t getting professional photos at the ceremony that isn’t really a problem.
Post # 4
I would ask if you could attend the chapel at sunset time on the date of your wedding this year. We have also faced this, with a sunset wedding in a garden with the sunset happening behind us. We visited a few days ago to check out which direction the light was hitting us, so to see if it was blinding or not, and will go again on the 7th March this year to double check it all.
Then you’ve got plenty of time to re-adjust things (especially ceremony start times!) to suit!
BTW- the picture is stunning… There is a lot to be said for evening weddings! :o)