Need Help Choosing- Morning vs. Late Afternoon Sunday Ceremony Time

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
7800 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think the morning time sounds great! Since its such a small group I love the idea of doing photos first in the good lighting. 

Post # 4
4786 posts
Honey bee

Talk to your photographer about which time would be preferable in your location.

Post # 6
440 posts
Helper bee

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Lauren357 :  Im actually liking the morning idea better. Normally I think of evening ceremonies, but it may get warmer by the afternoon when you take the photos? This way, if you do them in the morning, you get through everything, and if people want to stay and chat until later afternoon/evening to spend more time with you, they can without staying too late in the evening. Plus morning brings fresher air!

Post # 7
4786 posts
Honey bee

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Lauren357 :  I would ask her opinion on the two options instead of the enrire day.

Post # 9
1528 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I did a “microwedding” (love that term) as well, and we did AM–we had our attendees (4 others) come over to our home a 9 AM for breakfast and mimosa’s and get ready pics etc, we then had our ceremony with our officiant at 11 AM, followed by more pix, swooped up the cake and headed to the water front restaurant and had closest fam and friends there, at 1 PM and we did a lunch it was awesome and some of us all went out afterwards to our favo neighborhood bar and we were home and in bed by 10 PM!!! (we went out for thai.. just the two of us after the bar/drinks/dancing) it was glorious!

Post # 10
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I got married on a Sunday in August and we had our ceremony at 3:30. We did a first look and a lot of photos before, and then family photos and few more couples shots after and then back to our reception by 4:45/5ish for dinner and dancing. It worked really well. Our wedding ended at 9pm but most people had left earlier for work/school the next day, which we didn’t mind. We were in bed pretty early on our wedding night, which was wonderful since we were beat! 

Post # 13
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2021

My sister got married last year and also had an outdoor (beach) wedding.  It was incredibly beautiful, but sunny. Her photographer said that the sun is best in the morning – not as severe and they were going to use filters.  Photographers prefer a more overcast day, as a matter of fact, because the light is even whereas sunny equals lots of shadow.  In any case, the sun is strongest (more shadows) between 2 and 4PM.  Sunset is tricky, but you can get some fabulous shots, but again, it’s “iffy.”  If you are doing a day wedding by the mountains during the summer it will be cooler earlier in the day and that means no sweaty faces.  Since photo-video is your primary concern, be sure they have filters – for camera lenses and larger filters to take away shadows (large circular fabric filters) that will be focused on your faces so that your features will stand out.  Best filters are:  

    <li class=”TrT0Xe”>The UV – Ultra Violet filter.
    <li class=”TrT0Xe”>The Circular Polarizer.
    <li class=”TrT0Xe”>The ND – Neutral Density filter.

Go for the 10:15 time slot.  Hope this helps.  

Post # 15
6309 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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Lauren357 :   I’m a wedding photographer and while obviously the sun and time of day does play a huge part, location is just as equally important. Not every venue is going to be bad mid-day, while others might be better in morning vs afternoon. A woodsey mountaintop location leads me to believe there will likely be trees/shade? If that’s the case often times morning can be better (it’s also a bit cooler) but honestly the best time of day will be completely dependant upon your actual location and what direction it faces. That being said, a good photographer can make anything work! 

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