Today I'm going to talk about how to decide on a ceremony time. A couple weeks ago I talked about how to create a wedding day timeline and what goes into making it. The first step in planning your timeline is deciding if you are going to do a first look. If you are still on the fence create two timeline options so you can see how the day would flow either way! While sometimes you just "pick" a time or your venue may set that time for you, it important to understand how it effects the rest of your day. Here are my top two tips to consider when deciding on a ceremony time.
#1. The first thing to look at is the sunset time, I use this website to find that out. If you aren't doing a first look you need to make sure your ceremony starts early enough to allow time for wedding party, family and B&G photos after while there is plenty of day light. If you are doing a first look your ceremony can start later since you can get most of those photos done before hand and just take some bride and groom sunset photos after.
#2 The next thing to consider is how long is your ceremony going to be. You also have to plan for the processional and recessional (walking up and down the aisle). If you have a large wedding party that will take more time. If you're having a church ceremony maybe that is taking more time as well. Generally speaking 30 minutes is a good guess for a ceremony duration as they usually don't start on time either ;)
I hope these tips help you in planning your ceremony time!