Photo: Andrew Bayda
If you have already looked at our section featuring a photo series of real weddings, you probably noticed that light shots prevail in them. Indeed, couples most often hold their ceremonies during the day, but this does not mean that you should do the same. After all, a wedding is an occasion that you adjust to your personality and desires. If you want to get married in romantic twilight, at sunset or even in moonlight, this is possible.
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Sometimes, couples want to schedule the ceremony for the daytime, usually from 12-3 - it seems that this way the day will start with a celebration and there will be more than enough time for fun. But this is the worst time for a summer wedding: firstly, it can be incredibly hot during the day, and secondly, the contrasting light of the midday sun risks ruining your pictures - ugly shadows can appear on your face. The optimal time for a ceremony is late afternoon, 4-5pm.
If you schedule the ceremony in the early evening, then the gathering of guests will fall during "golden hour" - the time before sunset, which is considered the most successful for photographs. The diffused soft light gives photos a beautiful golden glow and visually smoothes the skin - perfect for photographing the happy couple and their guests.
The ceremony can be held at dusk: it will not be completely dark yet, but at the same time you can already light candles and turn on the aesthetic garlands of lanterns. Their warm light will immediately create a romantic and mysterious atmosphere, emphasizing the deep meaning of the event taking place.
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Late evening ceremony
The main fear of couples before the evening ceremony is simple - they are worried that they simply will not be able to see anything. This is not the case if you are working with the right contractors. A competent decorator knows how to work with light even in the evening and will decorate the ceremony area so that it will be beautifully illuminated - with candles, lanterns, special lamps and even sparklers. Also, don't forget that for high-profile photographers, shooting in the evening will not be a problem: you will get atmospheric shots, even if the ceremony takes place after sunset.
Photo: Andrew Bayda
Cons of an evening ceremony
The obvious disadvantage of this kind of non-standard timing is that you have less time to have fun with your guests. A classic wedding breakfast usually takes 5-6 hours, and by starting the ceremony at 6pm, you risk getting tired and sleepy guests two hours after the banquet starts. Although, if you have a suitable venue and young guests, who intend to keep going until the early hours, then this should not be a problem.
Sometimes such a "cut" timing can even be beneficial, for example, if you are not in the mood for a long feast. A beautiful evening ceremony, a light buffet with champagne and dancing are also great options for a wedding.