What time should you start your ceremony in the Tetons?

Wedding ceremony in the Tetons

Most brides choose an outdoor summer wedding if they want to get married in the Tetons.  I am frequently asked about a schedule for the day, so what I suggest is to work backwards from the sunset.

Golden Hour in the Tetons

Many brides swoon over those “golden hour” photos, so we always make them a must in the schedule for the wedding day.  By working backwards from the sunset, you can ensure that you will get these photos as well as your family portraits and all the other musts.  If the sun sets at 9:00 PM and you are wanting the dreamy golden hour photos, you need to subtract 3 hours from that time. The golden hour is usually about 30-45 minutes before the sunset (based on your location to the mountains), so in this case your ceremony would begin around 4:00 or 5:00 PM.

Golden Hour portraits in Jackson Hole

Here is what your day-of schedule may look like!

1:00 p.m.—Getting ready/ detail photos

2:00 p.m.—First look photos

2:30 p.m.—Wedding party and family photos start

4:15 p.m.—Ceremony starts

4:45 p.m.—Ceremony ends

4:50 p.m.—Cocktail hour starts

5:45 p.m.—Move guests into dinner

6:00 p.m.—Dinner served

6:30 p.m.—Toasts

7:30 p.m.—First dance

7:35 p.m.—General dancing music starts

8:00 p.m.—Golden Hour portraits

8:45 p.m.—Dessert/ cake cutting photos

grand teton national park

If this at all seems overwhelming to you, don’t worry at all!  I am always happy to help finalize the timeline to get the most out of your day and the light. Happy wedding planning!

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