Nothing is more beautiful than the island of Maui at sunset – the bright pinks, oranges and yellows fill the sky and reflect off of the ocean magically. You are transported to a place of tranquility and happiness as the sun begins to set. Even after the sun lowers past the horizon, the colors still linger in the air for a moment longer to show off its natural beauty.
No matter what time of the day it is, you will be thrilled with your venue choice of Maui, Hawaii. However, the most breathtaking backdrop to our weddings has to be a Maui sunset. The vibrant colors create the perfect scenery for photographs of sunset ceremonies. The entire sky and ocean reflections look like they’ve been photoshopped but we can assure you, they haven’t.
When is the best time to have a Sunset Wedding?
In the later months of the year, Maui sunsets start at about 5:58 pm Hawaii time. In the earlier months of the year, the sun sets around 6:30 pm. The times are always changing so make sure to check for perfect timing on your wedding day for optimal picture taking here! The best time to schedule a sunset wedding would be an hour or two before the sunsets (depending on what size group you have). Below is a chart showing average sunrise and sunset times for Maui, Hawaii.
Pros and Cons of Having a Sunset Wedding
It is considered to be easier to have a wedding indoors because you don’t have to worry about natural light or weather. We don’t aim for easy, we want you to have perfection! With Maui sunset weddings, or beach weddings in general, it is key to consider lighting, weather and temperatures of the outdoors. Like we said earlier, an hour or two before the sun sets is the best time to allow for the best sunset wedding photographs.
No two sunsets are alike! Your ceremony, depending on how elaborate it is, is only going to be about 10-20 minutes. You will have a limited amount of time for photos before it gets too dark. Since you are dealing with a small window of time it’s important that your wedding starts on time.
After the ceremony, while you are taking couple-only shots the sunset will also make a perfect backdrop for the cocktail hour. The lighting will be warm and beautiful for your photo session and also stunning for your family and friends. Once your photo shoot is over and you rejoin your guests then everyone can make their way towards dinner with lanterns, candles and tiki torches!
Maui is a warm tropical location but keep in mind that when the sun goes down, the temperature will also go down. This could be considered a pro or a con depending on the season you are getting married. For the ladies, it’s helpful to bring a shawl, sweater or light jacket just in case.
Observing a sunset on your wedding night is symbolic because the sun is setting on your single life and your new married life gets to start with the rise of the new sun. If you are still wondering why you should consider a sunset wedding in Hawaii, then you should know that there simply are no words to describe the feeling that each and every person on the planet gets from taking in such a beautiful sight.
Maui Sunset Weddings by First Class Weddings
Pictures by First Class Weddings
Sunset Picture with couple by Mike Sidney
Sunrise Sunset Chart from Hawaii Guide