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Ideal Ceremony Times by Month – 2014

Light is incredibly important to a photographer, and different light will give different results. The best light for photographs is always early morning or late afternoon/evening. You really want to avoid midday as much as possible unless you’re marrying indoors, as the light is incredibly unflattering. For outdoor weddings, here are the ideal ceremony times by date:

January 1st to January 25th

Morning: 7:30am

Afternoon: 2:30pm

January 26th to February 10th

Morning: 7:15am

Afternoon: 3pm

February 11th to February 28th

Morning: 7am

Afternoon: 3:30pm

March 1st to March 9th

Morning: 6:30am

Afternoon: 3:30pm

March 10th to March 31st

Morning: 7:15am

Afternoon: 4:45pm

April 1st to April 10th

Morning: 6:45am

Afternoon: 5pm

April 11th to April 30th

Morning: 6:15am

Afternoon: 5:15pm

May 1st to May 14th

Morning: 6am

Afternoon: 5:30pm

May 15th to May 31st

Morning: 5:45am

Afternoon: 5:45pm

June 1st to June 30th

Morning: 5:30am

Afternoon: 6:15pm

July 1st to July 25th

Morning: 5:45am

Afternoon: 6pm

July 26th to July 31st

Morning: 6am

Afternoon: 5:45pm

August 1st to August 24th

Morning: 6:15am

Afternoon: 5:30pm

August 25th to September 8th

Morning: 6:30am

Afternoon: 5:15pm

September 9th to September 23rd

Morning: 6:45am

Afternoon: 4:45pm

September 24th to October 8th

Morning: 7am

Afternoon: 4:30pm

October 9th to November 2nd

Morning: 7:30am

Afternoon: 3:45pm

November 3rd to November 17th

Morning: 6:45am

Afternoon: 2:30pm

November 18th to November 30th

Morning: 7am

Afternoon: 2:15pm

December 1st to December 18th 

Morning: 7:15am

Afternoon: 2:15pm

December 19th to December 31st

Morning: 7:30am

Afternoon: 2:15pm

 

A few important notes:

  • This should be used as a jumping off point, as every wedding is different, and this may vary depending on which package/number of hours you decide to go with, and whether or not we’re doing portraits before or after the ceremony. For example, if you’re just going with the mini package and only have 45 minutes of coverage – and we’re doing all your portraits after the ceremony – then you should start your ceremony an hour before sunset. If you’re getting married in the morning and we’re doing two hours of portraits before your ceremony, then we should start shooting your portraits at the times listed above and schedule your ceremony for two hours after sunrise. (For example, if you are getting married on December 20th and want to do portraits before your morning ceremony, we should begin shooting at 7:30am and aim for a 9:30am ceremony time.) If you’re unsure about the timing, just ask! That’s what I’m here for! I want to make sure your wedding photos are the best they can possibly be, so tell me your date, the number of hours you want covered, and I’ll give you the perfect ceremony time.
  • Obviously this isn’t as applicable for City Hall weddings, since City Hall is only open from 8:30am to 3:45pm. But the same principles still apply – so even though we can’t schedule a ceremony for 5:30pm at City Hall in the summer, we can go to City Hall as late as possible – say 3:15pm – and still be able to take advantage of some beautiful light when we exit. OR we can start shooting portraits early in the morning, and arrive at City Hall at 8:30am or 9am having used the gorgeous sunrise light for your photographs. Again, just let me know the amount of coverage you’re interested in and whether you prefer to be married in the morning or afternoon, and I can let you know what time we should arrive at City Hall.
  • I really suggest avoiding midday weddings as much as possible, but if you have no other choice for whatever reason, just make sure you select a ceremony site that has some kind of shade/covering.
  • When in doubt – check the sunrise/sunset calendar! I live by this thing, and base all ceremony times off of it. The best time for photographs is always the first two hours of the day after sunrise or the last two hours of the day leading up to sunset.
  • As always, if you have questions, just ask! :-)

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