There are many details that need to be refined and carefully planned out when preparing a wedding ceremony. A detail that gets overlooked sometimes is the time of the ceremony. This is especially important to consider if you are having a wedding in the winter time. Daylight Saving Time makes the days a lot shorter during this time of the year. The sunset varies depending on the area, but here in Dallas, Texas, it sets around 5:30pm. So, Hidden Creek recommends figuring out when the sunset is before scheduling your ceremony time.
How to Determine Sunset Time
Determining the sunset time for your area is very simple. All you have to do is check the time the sun sets during the specific time of the year you are getting married. You just have to Google it and it will let you know, so you can plan in advance.
When to Schedule Ceremony
Schedule your ceremony at least two hours before the sunset. A ceremony usually takes 35 minutes or up to an hour. Then, you will also need sunlight for all of the wedding pictures after the ceremony. Imagine a photoshoot in the dark. Not exactly what you might envision for your wedding pictures.
Now, if you are worried about having a 2pm or 3pm ceremony on a Friday because your guests will still be working, we have another option for you.
First Look Moment
Instead of having your wedding pictures after the ceremony, you can schedule them for before. Your initial thought may be, “well hold on, I don’t want my fiancé seeing me before I walk down the aisle…” but Hidden Creek has a less traditional, but very popular option for you. Have you considered a first look moment?
A first look moment is when you and the groom get together, just you, him, and the photographer, and your partner sees you for the first time in your wedding dress. It’s a beautiful and intimate moment that you two can share, and the photographer can get cute pictures and capture the moment. Now, since you two have already seen each other, you can take all the wedding pictures before the ceremony. This allows you to have the ceremony later in the day.
Time of the Year
If you are having a summer wedding, the sunset time won’t be much of a problem. Your day will be long enough to do everything in the traditional order. However, if you decide to have a traditional wedding in the fall or winter time, you can still make that happen.
The guests that want to be there for you on your special day, will take off that day of work to be there for you. Therefore, if you want your ceremony to be on an early afternoon on a Friday, you can still make that happen and take the wedding pictures afterwards.
Begin Your Fairytale at Hidden Creek
Hidden Creek is a beautiful wedding venue tucked away within luscious greens in Dallas, Texas. We can host both your ceremony and reception at our venue, and we offer wedding planning services too! Let us help your wedding dreams come true by getting in touch with us today!