Post # 1
We are seeking your wisdom again. We are going to have a Sunday evening wedding (Saturday was already booked by the time we selected our venue! bummer) in Spring.
Sunset will be at 720pm. Ceremony will be outdoor, reception indoor.
Our photographer prefer a start time that is close to sunset because she said mid-day lights are not good for outdoor pics. However, I am worried that if our wedding starts too late, guests will start leaving early to catch their flights, get ready for Monday etc.
What do you think will be the best start time?
1. 4pm (event ends at 930p)
2. 430pm (event ends at 10p)
3. 5pm (event ends at 1030p)
Post # 3
Our half-hour ceremony was at four on a Sunday. The reception ended at 9 or 9:30, and it was great. People were still around, but the crowd had started to thin. I wouldn’t start as late as 5, but I think either 4 or 4:30 would be fine.
Post # 4
I voted for the first option because a lot of your guests will need to travel or work on Monday… it’s best to end the event earlier 🙂
Post # 5
I voted for the 4pm start time. I think if you start it much later than that, it would get too late for a Sunday night being that people have to travel and work on Monday. I think 4pm with a 930 ending time would be great!
Post # 6
My wedding falls on a sunday.
We are having an afternoon wedding.
Post # 7
I voted for 4 p.m. as well. Just because I think the convenience factor for your guests takes priority over lighting for your photographer (who can ultimately make any lighting work for your photos).
I know that as a guest at a Sunday wedding, come 9 p.m., I’m already thinking about all the stuff I need to do to get ready for work the next day, so I would make it as early as you can 🙂
Post # 8
4pm is my vote for guest convenience. You can always sneak outside for some great sunset shots with your photog!
Post # 9
at leat you realize that people will go to work the next day. I have a friend getting married on a Sunday who is having an evening wedding in a location that’s at least 1.5 hour drive for at least half of the guest and a flight for others. Her attitude was “well people are just going to have to take the day off on Monday.” um yeah….
Post # 10
thanks Bees! 4pm it is then.
Most guests live locally, so hopefully people will stay until the end of the party.
Post # 11
4 pm and you can have that cake cutting at sunset if you want to!
I agree w/posters that b/c it’s sunday it’s a work night and it’s best to have it earlier but still get that amazing sunset!
Post # 12
I voted for 4 pm which is actually the same schedule as what my wedding was – ceremony at 4, sunset about 7:20 – and it worked really well. We did have some cloud cover during some of the portraits after the ceremony but the light wasn’t too harsh at all. I think earlier is definitely better. If you push it later I think you’ll definitely lose some guests.
Post # 13
I think the earlier the better for your guests sake. You can always slip away to take some sunset photos during the day, or take some portraits earlier in the morning.
I got married at 4pm and we took most of our photos in the middle of the day, and they turned out great! (granted it was party cloudy) YOu can probably find a shady place, maybe in a woods setting like Mrs. Avocado?