(Closed) Beach Brides–time of ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Helper bee

We are having ours at 7pm for that very reason, a little later also because we are having more of a supper/party than a trad. reception for our guests.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

My ceremony is at 7pm, we scheduled it so that cocktail hour would end at sunset (around 8:40)

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ours will be 4pm in summer.  The photographer has suggested pushing it back, but our venue requires that all music be off by 10 and our families LOVE to dance.  We can’t get married any earlier than 4pm at the venue, so … 4pm it is! 

 

I know it will be really, really hot.

 

It depends on what you want. I don’t think it will be that hot at 4pm in January since (1) it is January and (2) the sun sets earlier… it also depends on what time you need to leave the venue.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lucystrawberry: Oh, that’s right! I responded to your other post and forgot 🙂

In that case, I think you should go with your gut and push it back.  My girlfriend got married in October on Oahu and I think the sun set around 6.  I think it would be great to push it back just a bit – maybe 5 or so, then you can take sunset pictures.  Also, depending on which beach you go to, there are beachgoers who you might want to avoid so you can have a completely private ceremony, so later would be better for that reason as well.  My sis also got married on a very busy beach last year and we had to shoo all of these curious beachgoers in hot pink tubies and bathing suits out of her pictures, they just stood there right in front of the arch and stared…it was kind of stressful and totally ruined half the ceremony pictures.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Talk with your photographer.  We were going to do ours at 4:30 but because of the sunset she said we would be better starting an hour earlier so that they had enough time for photos afterwards.  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We got married in Maui in July and sunset was at 7:10pm.  We had our ceremony start time for 6:00pm but our minister didn’t show up till 6:30 and the ceremony was about 12 minutes long.  We did pictures before hand with our family, had the ceremony, then did a few more family shots because the sky had changed and was gorgeous and did a ton of pictures for just the two of us.  I personally thought the timing was great, the trade winds had died down, nobody was on the beach and the lighting was amazing.  Hope that helps, congrats for going to Hawaii, you’ll love it!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Mine’s at 11 am. That’s the time they gave me, and I think it works out quite well!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I had my ceremony at 4pm in January in the Dominican Republic. I thought it was just great. The light is beautiful and the heat is not as bad as it is earlier. Plus, it ends right on time to send guests for cocktail before dinner and have beautiful pics taken by the beach – the light starts to go down; then you go for dinner, and no one waited tooo long.

I think your planner is right…

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re starting at 4:52 (really.) in Cabo in October. This was so we could take advantage of the sunset and beautiful light for our photos. Our photographer basically insisted on it. And like EGB said, it allows our guests to go to cocktail hour and then eat at a reasonable time. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Congrats!! Im getting married in Kauai in December! What beach are you getting married on?? Our coordinator also booked our wedding at 4. She said sunset was around 5-5:30 and so they pictures would be around sunset. Also, we’re going to a luau with our guests, which starts at 6, so 4 worked for us!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ours is at 4pm in the Dominican in January as well!  Just early enough to make sure we have time for pictures before the sun goes down!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@pamphilia: You’re exactly one year after me! I was Jan 27 2010, 4:00, in Punta Cana. Yay!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

Mine was supposed to start at 5:30, but ended up starting at 6. We hardly had any light left after for photos. If you’re having it late, be sure to find out what time the sun sets!

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