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Best and Worst Time of Day to Get Married and Why

Tips for choosing the right time of day for your wedding

 

Sacramento wedding couple at sunset

Getting married is one of the most exciting and significant events in a person's life. The time of day that you choose to get married can have a big impact on the overall tone and atmosphere of your wedding.


The time of the day that you choose to get married can have a huge impact on the overall tone and atmosphere of your wedding. Whether you are planning a sunset wedding, an outdoor affair or an intimate ceremony in the early morning light, selecting the best time of day is key to having your dream wedding.


When deciding what time of day to get married, there are many factors to consider such as temperature, sunlight, availability of vendors and guests' comfort levels. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting the perfect time for your special day...


bride getting ready early in Sacramento

EARLY MORNING

 

For outdoor weddings, you may want to consider either morning or evening ceremonies – avoiding mid-day heat if possible. Early morning ceremonies will offer beautiful soft light, but require guests and vendors to rise early. Evening ceremonies provide ideal outdoor lighting opportunities for stunning photos without too hot temperatures for your guests.


Getting married in the morning allows you to start your day off on a positive and joyous note, and it can set the tone for the rest of your wedding day. Plus, getting married in the morning means that you can take advantage of the beautiful natural light for your wedding photos.


couple kissing at sunset in Sacramento

LATE AFTERNOON

 

Another great time of day to get married is in the late afternoon. This allows you to take advantage of the beautiful golden hour light, which can make for stunning wedding photos. Plus, getting married in the late afternoon means that you can enjoy a nice long day and evening with your friends and family, without having to worry about the day coming to an end too quickly.


Sunset weddings provide an incredible ambiance with just enough natural light for beautiful photos without compromising comfort for your guests. However, it’s important to check how much daylight is available in the area where you plan on having your ceremony, as some locations will experience shorter daylight hours than others during certain times of year.


GETTING MARRIED AT NOON

 

On the other hand, getting married in the middle of the day can be a less than ideal choice. The heat of the day can make it uncomfortable for both you and your guests, and it can be difficult to find a venue that has enough shade or air conditioning to keep everyone comfortable. Plus, getting married in the middle of the day means that you may have to cut your reception short in order to avoid running into the evening.


Getting married at noon may seem like a great idea for those looking to have an intimate wedding ceremony or if you simply don't want to wait until sundown. However, there are several cons to getting married in the middle of the day. Firstly, lighting conditions can be difficult when taking photographs — especially outdoors.


Many couples opt for early morning ceremonies and late afternoon/evening receptions which not only provide cooler temperatures and more availability for guests - but also offer ideal outdoor lighting opportunities without having too much direct sunlight. Midday light tends to be harsh and create shadows that will not flatter your photos as well as softer morning or evening light.


Additionally, midday weddings may cut down on time spent on taking beautiful outdoor photos, as the right lighting is key in ensuring stunning outdoor shots during the day; ultimately leaving less time to get creative with poses and angles...



a wedding at night in Sacramento

NIGHT TIME WEDDINGS

 

Night time weddings offer a romantic and intimate atmosphere, creating an enchanting ambiance for your guests. You can also take advantage of the natural light during the day to ensure beautiful outdoor photos - capturing all your precious moments in stunning detail and high definition. However, there are several cons that come with having a night time ceremony which you should consider when making your decision.


It's important to consider whether or not your photographer can shoot at night. Some photographers shoot exclusively in natural light. Also, while evening weddings can be beautiful and romantic, they can also be more logistically challenging.


For example, if you are getting married outdoors, you will need to make sure that you have enough lighting to keep the area well-lit. Additionally, evening weddings can be more expensive, as you may need to rent additional lighting and decorations.


Remember to consider that depending on where you're from, some areas will experience shorter daylight hours during certain times of year, so it's important to check how much daylight is available in the area before deciding on a night time wedding.


Additionally, many vendors have early closing hours so you may find it difficult to source services such as catering or entertainment at night capacity.


Lastly, while evening temperatures provide ideal comfort levels for guests and vendors alike; longer receptions at night may lead to higher costs as additional lighting might be required in order to make sure that everyone can see each other clearly for dancing or speeches.

 

BOTTOM LINE


In conclusion, the best times of day to get married are in the early morning and late afternoon. These times allow you to take advantage of the beautiful natural light, and they can help to create a more comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for you and your guests. On the other hand, getting married in the middle of the day or in the evening can be less than ideal, due to the potential for discomfort and logistical challenges.


Ultimately, the time of day that you choose to get married should be based on your personal preferences and the unique needs of your wedding.

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