(Closed) What Time Should I Start Ceremony for Evening Beach Wedding? Need advice! =)

posted 14 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
26 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think most people will assume that whatever time you put on the invite is the time the ceremony will start.  Most people know enough to be 15-30 minutes early to a wedding…at least I hope so.  I am getting married outside in August in So. Cal. too….ours is at 6:00 p.m…ending at 11:00

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: March 2008

I created this for you so you can see what time the sun rises and sets each day of August (since I have no idea what day you’re getting married!)


Btw, i included the sunset as civil twilight, which is when the sun is just below the horizon–maybe that will make it easier for you to decide what time you want to start.  I just got married in Santa Barbara last month and we decided to start the ceremony 1/2 hour prior to sunset so that it would end right as the sun hit the horizon.  Hope this helps 

Post # 5
30 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

hi tivoli, 

i too am getting married on the beach, but in malibu. i really want a sunset ceremony and when i first met with my photographer he cautioned me about timing and him having enough lighting, so to figure out my time line (which i need to do so i can get my invites together) i am planning to email him to discuss what time frame will work best.

while it doesn’t sound like you want the sunset in your ceremony since in august the sunset is closer to 8 or 9pm, i would suggest you go out to your beach location this weekend as it is going to be a warm weekend here in so cal and see what you think of the temperature during those times. while it may not be the same exact weather as your wedding day it will give you a good reference.

and thanx to mrsbic for that site, i didn’t know it existed and i am way excited to have a tool to help predict the sunset time for me. 

Post # 6
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2021

I don’t think you have to worry about how strong the heat will be for your guests, a 30-minute difference in the late afternoon won’t really matter.  It’ll be decently cool enough by then.  Don’t worry about the parking meters, either.   People will be glad to pay the extra 75 cents!

The biggest thing in determining your timing is how much light you’ll have for your pictures.  Starting it later means you have less daylight for pictures.  If you are not planning on waiting until you hit the aisle for Fiance to see you, then you can take your pics beforehand and not worry about it.

I got married in OC, and put 4:00 p.m. on the invite, knowing that I’d start the ceremony at 4:30.  That way, everyone missed the traffic-hour, which seems to be tougher on the 405 fwy. after 5 p.m., no matter what day it is.  Worked perfectly, all 200 arrived on-time (except for 1 person coming from the valley!).

I made sure to serve lemonade and iced tea by 3:30, though, for the folks that come early and on-time.  They did not mind mingling with a cool beverage until the ceremony started . 

Since you have a great location, chances are your guests won’t be mad that they had to spend a few extra minutes at the beach!

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