How to Plan a Wedding Ceremony at Nighttime

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Hosting a wedding after sunset can add extra romance and ambiance to your ceremony. A number of safety precautions need to be taken when hosting a nighttime wedding to make sure that all guests are safe throughout the event. Preparations for your nighttime wedding should begin as soon as your wedding venue is booked.

  • Tour wedding venues 6 to 12 months before your wedding. Pay particular attention to the landscaping of the ceremony area and the condition of the parking lot. For a nighttime wedding, the terrain should be as flat as possible to prevent guests from tripping in the dark.

  • Book your wedding venue. Ask for a venue map to use throughout your wedding planning process.

  • Plan your ceremony seating chart. Make sure that the aisles and rows between seats allow for easy navigation in dim or dark lighting conditions.

  • Select lighting for the parking and ceremony areas. Choose lights that will coordinate with the theme and formality of your wedding. Rent stadium lamps, garden lights or twinkle lights.

  • Coordinate accommodations for out-of-town guests. Contact hotels near your venue to inquire about getting a discounted rate for booking multiple rooms.

  • Hire a photographer for your ceremony who is experienced in shooting in dark or dim conditions. This is especially important for outdoor ceremonies.

  • Set up everything for the wedding ceremony before sunset on the day of your wedding. Test all lights to make sure they are working properly.

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