Sunset weddings are very popular due of the natural gorgeous lighting that the sunset brings that is often called the “golden or magic hour”. There are a few things to consider when planning your sunset wedding that will help you and your photographer get all of those photos you want of you wedding day without being rushed, stressed or out of daylight.
- Give yourself and your bridal party plenty of time to get ready. Hair and makeup always take the longest so plan accordingly. Your photographer can stage shots of the final touches to your hair and lipstick without holding up the process of you actually getting ready.
- Consider doing a first look and getting the majority of your photos out-of-the-way before the ceremony. Not only does this reduce the amount of stress on you as the bride and groom, it allows you to get to your reception sooner and start celebrating with your guests. If you prefer to wait and not see each other before the ceremony, just make sure you plan enough time and sunlight after the ceremony.
- Designate a specific person to help round-up and keep the family together after the ceremony so that any photos you want with family members can move quickly. This allows you and your new spouse some uninterrupted personal photos done without the extra paparazzi.
- Consider any buildings, structures or trees that may cast harsh shadows or completely shadow your and the bridal party during the ceremony.
- Summer weddings can make you “glow” with perspiration when it is warm out even for a short ceremony. Consider allowing a few minutes between the ceremony and photos for you and your bridal party to freshen up if needed.
- Allow for travel time (for you and the photographers) between ceremony and reception sites if you are splitting your photo shoot between the two locations.
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