When deciding what time your wedding ceremony will be held at, there are a few factors to consider. 

These include what time the sun will be setting at, the amount of shade at the location of your ceremony, and how many photos you are requiring.

Firstly, you will need to find out what time the sun will be setting on your wedding day.

In Brisbane, the sun sets at about 5pm on the Winter Solstice (June 22) and about 6:45pm on the Summer Solstice (December 22). On the equinox, sunset is approximately 5:45 to 6:00pm. 

The most flattering, soft light for wedding photos is the last one hour before sunset. 

So for a winter wedding in Brisbane, photos would be 4pm to 5pm, which would require a 3pm ceremony. 

For a Spring or Autumn wedding in Brisbane, photos would be 4:30 to 5:30pm, requiring a 3:30 ceremony. And for a Summer wedding, photos would be 5:30pm to 6:30pm, so a ceremony time of 4 to 4:30pm would be recommended.

Of course, if your ceremony will be held in a very shady area which loses light earlier, those times might be brought forward. 

Before deciding on your wedding ceremony time, you may discuss this with your wedding photographer, whose experience will help to suggest the optimum time line for your wedding day.

Photo by Desire Images / Kate Green/

Photo location Cleveland Point, Brisbane