(Closed) What time to start my Ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in October 2012
  • poll: What time should I start the ceremony for optimal lighting?
    5:00pm : (8 votes)
    30 %
    5:30pm : (16 votes)
    59 %
    6:00pm : (3 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Is your ceremony outside? If not then I would do it earlier that way you could get the sunset portraits. That is what Fiance and I are doing.  Our ceremony is outside though.

    Post # 4
    76 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    my wedding is the same day as yours in southern california and i had the same dilema trying to figure out what time to start the ceremony. i opted for 5pm that way when we go to take our pictures afterwards the sun will be setting and make for nice pictures. i didn’t want it to be too dark once the ceremony was over.

    Post # 6
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    How long is your ceremony going to be?  I voted 5:30pm.  Our ceremony won’t be longer than a half hour so if yours will be about that long…you’d be finished up right before the sun starts setting.  You could make sure you’d get awesome pictures with your wedding party afterwards 🙂 

    Post # 7
    1186 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Ask your photographer. He or she will definitely have an opinion regarding the lighting.

    Post # 9
    986 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We chose 5pm.  We are having a candlelit service in an old church.   It will be dark enough in the church to have the service at 5.  Service is 25 minutes and the sunsets at 620pm that day.   We will have to rush out of the service to get some outdoor shots as it will be ‘magic hour’ lighting for about 30 minutes.   Then we plan to have the remainder of the shots inside the venue by the big stone fireplace.


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