Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out the best start time for our wedding ceremony. It will be in November, some time around 4:30 pm. Sunset on our wedding day will be at precisely 4:30. The ceremonywill be indoors, in a building right next to the water, with the guests facing a long row of windows that look out onto the river (west-facing, so facing the setting sun…). I’m not sure whether it would be nicer to have the ceremony just as the sun is setting (perhaps factoring in the need for portable walls or something like that to block the sun so it is not shining in peoples’ faces), or to have it begin at 4:30, at twilight just after the sun has set.
Post # 3
@araneidae: Sunset is a nice time of day… so I vote that you use it to your advantage. And the best way IMO would be to opt for the first choice, the 3:30 to 4:00 PM timeslot… that way when you come outside the sun will be on its way down and give a nice “glow” to everything, as well as Photographers will tell you that they love the way Sunrise & Sunset can make for dramatic shots.
Your second option, at sunset as you’ve noted could cause issues in the church in regards to too much glare
And the last option, means that more than likely your guests will spill out into darkness (meh)
Of course the best way to “somewhat” check this out is to go see the venue in the hour before and after sunset (realize that November’s sun location will be a bit different than it is now… but you’ll still get a good general idea of what is what)
Post # 4
I’m having my ceremony before sunset so after the ceremony Fiance and I can take sunset pics of just me and him! I’m taking pics with the bridesmaids and my parents before the ceremony so we can get that out of the way and cocktail hour can be short like I want it.
Post # 5
I should clarify, we will be doing our pictures earlier in the day, before the wedding, so that isn’t really a factor. And the reception and ceremony are in the same location, so once the ceremony is over … I’m not sure exactly what will happen but the guests will just file out of their seats and have cocktails in the half of the venue where the tables/chairs will not be in the process of being rearranged. I’m just trying to figure out what the best ambiance would be for the ceremony itself.