How to Choose a Wedding Start Time

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That gorgeous golden light – is there really anything better? Those beautiful outdoor photos with all of your family and friends are such a great momento and the feeling you get from an outdoor photo always feels so much more relaxed and fun than those stiff, indoor, altar of the church photos.

So what is the best time for a wedding to start in order to ensure enough time for photos outside afterwards?

1. Are you having a first look?
A first look is where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. They are all alone with the photographer and it’s a nice quiet moment together before all of the craziness begins.

2. Do you have a large family or wedding party?
Family photos usually take 15 to 30 minutes (depending on your family size and how cooperative they are).

3. How long is the duration of your ceremony going to be?
It’s important to know how long your ceremony will be in order to figure out the best start time. As a photographer, I am starting with sunset and working my way backwards to find out the best possible time for your wedding. It will be very important for me to know whether you’re having an elaborate ceremony and mass with scripture being read and soloists versus a more simple vows-and-rings kind of ceremony.

If you would like your family photos and wedding party photos outside after your ceremony, please contact your photographer and ask their opinion on what the best possible time for your wedding to start would be. Photographers know light and will be your greatest resource in wedding planning.

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