Many couples and wedding photographers now asking wedding coordinators to reserve the “golden hour” to take pictures of the newlyweds. Well, the “golden hour” can pass very quickly, so if you’re not already out shooting when the golden light starts, it’s likely to be over by the time you are ready. The “golden hour” is that first and last hour of sunset on each day. Often the most majestic and breathtaking light that we see during the course of a day, it is in fact only a “golden 30 minutes” at best. You may use this online golden hour calculator to get an accurate time of your wedding venue: http://golden-hour.com/
As a wedding coordinator, how do you schedule the ceremony to accommodate the time for sunset portraits? I would suggest scheduling the wedding ceremony an hour and a half before sunset. Why? Assuming the wedding is going to last around 30 minutes, it would be done an hour before sunset. The light starts to fall out about an hour before sunset, but there will still be plenty of light for portraits with family and wedding guests. Formal portraits generally take around an hour to photograph, with the last 10-15 minutes of the pictures generally being the bride and groom’s portraits. At that point, the sun will be setting.