(Closed) Timing of candlelit ceremony?

posted 4 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1070 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@StrawberryRoseCake:  If sunset is at 8pm, it will probably still be bright outside at 7:30PM. If you want it to be dark, just after 8pm (say, 8:10pm) might be best. I’d look outside at the exact time of sunset near where you will be getting married and see how the light is.

That being said, having some light at a candlelit ceremony might not be a bad idea. Candles look great in wide shots but they are TERRIBLE for people photography. If you do have candles I would make sure there is a bigger light near the altar where you will be reciting your vows. Otherwise your ceremony pics may look a little like a horror film (grainy and bottom lit). Of course, if you aren’t getting professional photos at the ceremony that isn’t really a problem.

Post # 4
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would ask if you could attend the chapel at sunset time on the date of your wedding this year. We have also faced this, with a sunset wedding in a garden with the sunset happening behind us. We visited a few days ago to check out which direction the light was hitting us, so to see if it was blinding or not, and will go again on the 7th March this year to double check it all. 

Then you’ve got plenty of time to re-adjust things (especially ceremony start times!) to suit! 

BTW- the picture is stunning… There is a lot to be said for evening weddings! :o)

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