How to choose a wedding start time

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When deciding what time a wedding should start, most people usually decide by doing the following: find out what time they have to be cleared out of the reception site by, and then count back the number of hours they have there and voila - a start time! However, if you want gorgeous, natural-sunlight-using outdoor photos of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your family photos, then I have a few tips for you.

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  1. When Is The Best Light? The best light is always an hour to 30 minutes before sunset. During that time, the sun is less likely to make you squint and is less harsh on your skin tones (and is generally cooler during those scorching Texas summer months).

  2. Are You Having A First Look? If you opt to see your groom before you walk down the aisle and you want to take your family photos before the ceremony, make sure that this is during the "best light" time.

  3. What’s the size of your family? If you or your honey have larger families (i.e. you want to include 30+ people in your photos), you’ll want to allot more time for formal portraits

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All of these things factor in to make the perfect start time for your wedding. But most importantly, talk to your wedding photographer before you set the time of the ceremony and talk about a day of timeline with them. I always do this on the first meeting with my couples and it really helps them figure out what they’re looking for on their wedding day.

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Happy Wedding Planning!

If you’d like Stacy Anderson Photography to photograph your wedding, contact us for a consultation today!

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