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Wedding Tip: What Time is the best time for an Outdoor Summer Wedding Ceremony?

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Wedding Tip: What time is the best time for an outdoor wedding ceremony?  A common mistake I see a lot of brides making is scheduling their ceremony too early.  Now there are a few things to consider, like what part of the country you are in, the season and current daylight savings schedule.

Summer Weddings:

If your having your your wedding during the summer months it’s important to remember that the sun sets (depending on where you are regionally) around 8:00pm-ish.   One of the big mistakes is scheduling the ceremony for 4:30 & 5:00 pm.  The trouble with a 5:00pm ceremony is:

1.  The Sun is still really high and really harsh.
2.  It’s still really hot (most places)
3.  Your Sweating
3.  Everyone is squinting
4.  The Squinting, Sweating and heat stroke make everyone really tired.

Then, as soon as the ceremony is over we take pictures in that same heat for another hour under the harsh light, still squinting, still sweating…. you get the point.

Ok, so what do we do then?

Ah, I am glad you asked.  Schedule your ceremony later.  A 6:00 or 6:30 ceremony can make quite a bit of difference.

1.  The Sun is lower and the light is not quite as harsh.
2.  Less Squinting: It’s not blasting you, your bridal party and guests ion the eyes, making evey picture look like you’ve just eaten a raw lemon.
3.  Better Light: Plus once the ceremony is over the light will be perfect for picture time, leading right up to those romantic sunset images with your new hubby.
4.  Instead of being tired, everyone is refreshed and ready to party.  Ok, that’s might be a bit of an exaggeration but it’s a lot better, trust me!

If you really want some amazing images: See each other before the ceremony.

Ar~Pic - January 9, 2012 - 5:36 pm

These are ALL fantastic tips for the bride & groom to consider. A wealth of knowledge from Pickerill Creative. Awesome!

Kelly - January 9, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Great ideas. I think seeing each other before makes everything so much easier! Then you aren’t rushing to get through pictures and get to the party either or have people waiting forever for the bride and groom to get there.

Lisa Leyda - January 10, 2012 - 5:44 am

Nice! I’m planning to do my ceremony around 6pm. Definitely want to do the first look session before that too! All good ideas.

Anonymous - January 12, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Priceless information that will make your day more enjoyable and memorable all the way around!!

Tini Pic - January 12, 2012 - 8:06 pm

Priceless information that will make your day more enjoyable and memorable all the way around!!

lukepickerill - January 21, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Go Lisa, we’re going to make some amazing images!!!!

Ar~Pic - January 26, 2012 - 5:59 pm

I especially like the “sweaty groom.” A picture is worth a thousand words!

lukepickerill - January 26, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Yeah that would not be a lot of fun.

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