(Closed) Beach wedding at night or day

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
1595 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kafir:  why don’t you do it when the sun is setting? Time it so the ceremony starts when it’s light out and ends when its dark. Plus you will get some gorgeous photos of the sunset!

Post # 4
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i think pictures would definitely be better in the day. at night on the beach, you can’t see anything.  i had my ceremony on the beach at 4pm and it was perfect.  we then had our reception on the beach at night and the pics taken at night are just pics of people with a black background.  i’ll show you the difference:


have you also considered a wedding at sunset?  my photog said we had to go out and take pics at sunset on the beach no matter what (so we left our dinner for 10 mins to get some), and i was so glad we did. such a gorgeous background. that could also be the perfect time for your ceremony.  here is a sunset pic:

Post # 6
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I definitely would look online for the projected time that the the sun is scheduled to set at your destination on the day of your wedding and work backwards from there.

I highly recommend that you schedule your ceremony during the daylight and that you plan to have any and all of your “on the beach” photographs completed before the sun sets.  You really will not have any of the beautiful features of the beach visible as a backdrop for your wedding pics if you do not do this.  

You can then enjoy your evening reception in the dark. 

FYI, I was married at 6 p.m. in May, and my ceremony lasted about an hour and ten minutes.  I then spent about 35 minutes recovering in the brides’ room, having some water and hors d’oeuvres, getting out of and back into my gown to accommodate a restroom break, and having my make up retouched. By the time we went outside to do our bride and groom photos, the sun was starting to set, and we had that amazing peachy-pink lighting visible just before the sunset. Unfortunately, because I wasn’t really aware of the timeline, we were running late and any pics that we have with our entire bridal party are not something that I like, because we only had time to take about five shots, and the lighting was terrible by then. We really lost the beauty of having an outdoor wedding in terms of having bridal party pics. Try to make sure you will have time to capture everything you want to capture in the lighting that you want, and be sure to build in some extra time to accommodate any unexpected delays or snags.

Post # 7
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kafir:  Why wouldn’t aqua go with the sunset???  My colors are turquoise and purple and I’m getting married an hour before sunset. 



Also, if you get married closer to sunset you will have less people on the beach.  For many beach weddings there is really no way to block off the entire beach so you will have onlookers.

Post # 8
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@kafir:  Thanks  🙂   And ya, i don’t think the candles will work. by the water = lots of wind! For our night time reception, we actually had a mega bonfire going too and other than that actual fire, everything was still black in the background:


oh and the fire you see was set up practically on the water, but you can’t tell.  so ya, i really think you should do a daylight ceremony, otherwise you miss out on everything that makes a beach wedding so beautiful.  i also agree with PP who said to get all your pics done before the sun goes down.  even for sunset, watch it as it goes by quick! my photog came up to us at dinner and said we had to go NOW, lol. i wanted to fix my makeup and hair and she said we miss it if i did.

Post # 9
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have one thing that keeps popping up in my mind when I think about beach weddings…. (my SO has brought the subject up).  Do a bit of research on something called Sand fleas.

They are nasty little suckers that come out around sunset.  Most people will just get bit a little, no big deal.  But some, like me, will feel these bites like someones poking me with a sewing needle, and then will develop huge red welts where the bites are….and they are freakin itchy! and last for around a week.

I would look at the beach you are thinking of, the season, and learn if that location has an issue. 

Sorry to be a negative nancy about that. But it was an AWFUL experience… I actually had to drug myself to get to sleep at night, that is how itchy they are… so if I can help someone else avoid it….

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