(Closed) Ceremony shortly before sunset – what direction?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1358 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would put it so that the sun is behind your guests. That way, there is no sun in your or your guests’ eyes, and you are well lit for photos. 

We got married outside just before sunset and realized our issue at our rehearsal: the sun was to the right of our guests, or right in my eyes (we decided to face each other at the “altar” so our guests could hear and see us, but we could still see each other and our officiant). It blew out my face in photos, made DH’s face dark, and blinded me.

Luckily, the day of our wedding, the sky was partly overcast, and our lighting problems were solved.

One thought: My ceremony was at 4, and the sun was kind of low in the sky at that point, just starting to dip behind the trees. I think sunset was scheduled to be at 6:55 that night. If you are getting married in an area where the horizon in blocked by any sort of trees or buildings, the sun will likely already have disappeared behind them by 6. 

Post # 4
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@brlabrat:  can you set it up so the sun will be to the side of everyone? that way it’s not in anyone’s eyes.

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