- Paul Bartels
California Perfect Weather Year Round
Updated: Jul 20, 2022
Warmer temps mean open air gatherings, which makes having not only a gorgeous wedding amid the sunset but also abiding the safety guidelines for COVID-19. A wedding planner can help you determine the best course of action based on your vision and the dates you’re most interested in, including selecting the right venue for your needs. A few things you’ll want to keep in mind include sunset, temperature and tides. A good rule of thumb is to plan your wedding ceremony start time 2 hours before sunset, giving you plenty of time for newlywed portraits during Golden Hour, with the sun setting just after dinner service has begun. Daytime ceremonies are also recommended for safety purposes, considering that sand isn’t the easiest surface to navigate in the dark (for you or your guests). Not to mention when there are boardwalks or dunes in the mix!
You’ll also want to be conscious of historical averages for temperatures at that time of day so you can prepare accordingly. Higher temps may mean that you’ll want to provide some shade and cooler temps may mean you need to have some blankets or wraps for everyone. And as for tides, make sure to check the tide schedule in advance since tides coming in are a bit noisier (though having a microphone with a windscreen cover is typically a must for weddings on the beach regardless!).