When is the best time for your ceremony and reception?
Of course, there is no right or wrong time to have either of these, but as a wedding photographer myself with Chandra’s Collection Photography, I have seen them all…and I can give you my personal opinion on which is the ideal time to have your ceremony take place.
Lighting is important to a photographer. No, really. We get all giddy and excited when we have wonderful light to work with. So, when it comes to having your ceremony, make an effort to put some serious thought into planning out your big day and when things will happen. Usually, if you’re having a wedding in the spring or summer, the timing is a little more lenient given the fact that the sun sets a little later in the evenings. Usually after the ceremony takes place, your photographer will take family portraits, then your wedding party portraits and then, leave the rest of the time taking photos of the newlywed couple. Now, of course, this all depends and it doesn’t necessarily have to go in that exact order. For some, they decide to go the non-traditional route and take family portraits and bridal party portraits before the ceremony – that way, it leaves more time for the bride and grooms portraits. With all of that being said, chat with your photographer. Depending on the time of year, they are the one who most likely knows how high the sun is at what time of day and what would be best for you and your beau in regards to timing and portraits. Of course, as a photographer, we will never tell you what to do, we will only guide you in the right direction that we feel would suit you best! Also, if you do decide to have your ceremony mid-afternoon, there are always ways around avoiding the harsh sunlight when it comes to photos afterwards. Most of the time, there is some little area that is covered with shade – whether it be a big oak tree, buildings, or ceremony altars – photographers learn to work with what we have and make the best picture possible.
“To help with harsh sunlight, you can opt to take photos under an awning or under a tree to block out some of the harsh sun rays that may cast shadows on your face.”