Taken at 7:00 pm in June
One thing that I've noticed a lot of brides forget to think about is what time the sun sets on their wedding day. And since the time the sun sets varies by about 4 hours throughout the year, it can make a HUGE difference in your timeline.
A sunset ceremony might sound like a beautiful and romantic idea, but not if you wanted to take any pictures outside afterwards! And if you choose a 6 pm ceremony time in November, your pictures will have to take place inside. So double check the sunset time before sending your invitations to print!
Sunset time changes so much throughout the year, but here’s an idea of what time we’ll need to STOP shooting any outside pictures throughout the year.
January – 4:30
February – 5:00
March – 5:30 (6:30 after time change)
April – 6:45
May-August – 7:30 or later
September – 6:30
October – 6:00
November – 5:45
December – 4:30
Taken at 5:15 pm in December (Flash was used)
It's also important to note that if the sun sets behind a line of trees or buildings at your venue, we’ll lose light even earlier. We might be able to shoot a bit past these times depending on the specific lighting situation and if we can add in a little flash, but I'd rather not count on it.
As you can see, fall and winter weddings need to happen much earlier in the day to make sure all portraits are finished before the sun goes down. And if you happen to choose a date around either Day Light Savings time switch, it can be easy to get the time off, and we certainly don’t want to be off by an hour!
Taken at 6:25 in October (Flash was used)