7 Ideas for Planning the Most Magical Sunset Wedding Ceremony

Updated: Mar 28

There's something magical about saying "I do" as the sun goes down. Is it the timing, the setting, or the natural feeling of it all?"


Who doesn't love chasing sunsets? That beautiful glow as you relish in another day. Like a sunrise, I'll be there!


I always get so excited when I see a beautiful sunset! In my opinion, it's the perfect time for a wedding. Are you considering a sunset wedding? Read on to find out more.


Sunset - the most beautiful and memorable moments in life! It's a time to slow down, reflect on what matters most to you both and is the perfect opportunity to share your wedding vows beautifully and intimately! One of my most favourite spots in the world to celebrate sunset is on Moreton Island. Beautiful and Unforgettable Moreton Island - your very own slice of paradise with the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. You can sleep under the stars and walk barefoot on the beautiful beaches. Get hitched with sandy toes and salty kisses...



Here are some of my favourite ideas to help inspire your Wedding Sunset Ceremony and say "I do" at sunset.

  1. Accompany your vows with the sound of waves: A serene ocean backdrop is a popular choice for a Sunset Wedding Ceremony site. Vow to tie the knot in the sand, have the sun set behind you and allow its warmth to shine on your faces as you say 'I do'!

  2. Make a romantic toast as the sun goes down: Get your guests to raise their glasses as you throw back your head and look up at the spectacular colours in the sky. The magical moment will be enhanced even further by the sound of waves crashing behind you.

  3. Walk hand in hand into the sunset: Not just for Hollywood couples! Your photos will be breathtaking! A romantic walk into the sunset gives your guests a chance to capture your beautiful moment together at the start of your new life as a married couple.

  4. Make your guests feel comfortable: Although it is a romantic experience for you, the sunset ceremony also allows your guests to take in the breathtaking surroundings. Rather than having chairs or benches set out for people to sit on, encourage them to bring cushions, large picnic blankets and even small beanbags so they can lie back and watch the sky turn a beautiful colour.

  5. Have a bonfire: A bonfire is a great way to keep the party going. Relax with your guests around the fire, listen to your favourite music and eat your favourite picnic treats for an amazing end to your ceremony!

  6. Dance amongst the stars: Let your first dance take place under the stars or as the first few twinkly lights appear in the sky. Dance the night away under millions of stars... dancing on your special night is completely optional but highly recommended.

  7. Raise your glasses with the stars: Not only is this a magical way to end your Sunset Wedding, but it also allows your guests to toast you in peace once all the night's formalities are over. It's a great way to tease them about what a wonderful marriage you have in store… or just let them watch the stars instead.

Need help planning your sunset ceremony? Read on to find out all the information you need.


What is a sunset wedding?


A sunset wedding is a ceremony that takes place in the late afternoon to early evening hours. This type of wedding can occur at any time of year, but it's most popular when there are more daylight hours available during the summer months.


An outdoor sunset wedding is typically much more casual than other weddings. Guests are more likely to dress in simple, comfortable attire without heavy dresses, tuxes or high heels.


Why have a sunset wedding?


Sunset weddings often take on a mystical quality that couples absolutely love.


They're certainly romantic and provide ample photo opportunities with the gorgeous backdrop of the sky at dusk. Couples can incorporate their personalities into the decor by using colours reminiscent of the setting sun, glittering gold table settings or opting for glamping-style camping instead of traditional hotel venues.


A sunset wedding allows you to have a romantic evening starting with dinner and dancing until late in the night! Plus, there's no need for an early wake-up call the next morning!


Top tip for planning a sunset wedding ceremony.
When considering your wedding date, consider the time of year and daylight hours because you'll want to ensure there's plenty of light for photos. If you're having a destination wedding, it's also best to look at peak travel seasons because venues will be busier during these times, which could limit your options.


Which season are sunset weddings popular?


Sunset weddings are most popular in the summer months because there are more daylight hours available. However, on beautiful Moreton Island, you can have a sunset wedding any day of the year. You just need to make sure that you check your sunset times.


Legally, can you get married at sunset?


Absolutely, there is no legal requirement as to the time or day your ceremony must take place. You can be married 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!


How do you plan a sunset wedding?


Planning a sunset wedding is just like planning any other type of wedding, but you need to consider times.


How long will it take you to get ready, and how long will it take you to arrive at the destination - all of these must be considered to ensure that you arrive at your ceremony space before sunset.


And, always have a backup plan in case it rains! So make sure you plan ahead, make yourself familiar with the destination and also sunset times.


What time is the magic hour or the golden hour?


A magic hour or otherwise described as the golden hour, is the last hour before sunset. This time provides the perfect light to capture the most breathtaking photos and your photographer will love you! It is the time of the day where the colour of the sky turns golden, so think red and orange, purple and pink. The lighting is soft and hazy and creates that warm and glowy effect.


Where should we get married at sunset?


When considering which ceremony location best suits this cherished moment, it can be difficult to decide on a location. But here are some considerations:

  • A beautiful open ceremony space that embraces a horizon - think of a beach, a venue with rolling hills in the background or a park.

  • You don't want to be inside a venue for the sunset ceremony as you won't capture that beautiful glow.

  • Make sure you stand in a spot without the sun glaring in your eyes.


Where can we find sunset times?


You can check with your photographer or celebrant who will be able to guide you to the perfect time. You will also find these times at https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/.

This site also includes moonrise and moonset, moon phases, eclipses and night sky.


Will we have time for photos?


Yes, but I would highly recommend talking to your photographer about a "first look" session before your ceremony.


A first look session is a private moment for the couple, away from family and friends. The couple sees each other for the first time before the wedding ceremony commences. This intimate moment makes for a very emotional photo opportunity, allows the couple to share a special and intimate moment, and calms the nerves before they say "I do".


Can Kerri Watkins Celebrant help us plan our sunset wedding?


Absolutely, get in touch here and share your vision, and we'll make it happen!


I hope you enjoyed my suggestions for planning your sunset wedding. It's an unforgettable experience with long-lasting memories with the one you love most in your life! Not keen on the sunset wedding, and you are an early riser? Check out my blog on sunrise weddings here. Have more questions? Contact Kerri here.



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