Charleston, South Carolina has some killer sunsets! If you're getting married there (or in any location with a killer sunset) timing is everything!
Any wedding photographer will tell you those are some of the most difficult shots to get, specifically because of the timing. It's not like you stop the sun from setting. There's no magical switch to turn it on or off.
So if you're planning your own wedding how can you be sure that you and your now spouse will be in the foreground of the perfect sunset?
First and foremost, communicate with everyone! The moment you hire your venue, photographer, caterer, day of planner, band or whomever else, tell them you want the perfect sunset shot. Communicating your plan is one of the most important things you can do. By letting everyone know you want that shot it will allow all the vendors to come together to say okay, we need to make sure we're not serving food, doing the father daughter dance or whatever else may take place.
If you have a wedding planner, whether it be a day of or a full scale they will know when the sun is setting and put that into the day of wedding timeline. They'll be able to communicate the specific time with all the vendors and work around that 10 to 15 minute period to make sure you get the perfect shot. If you don't have a wedding planner you can find out the sunset times in your local area here: http://www.sunrisesunset.com/
You really want to make sure you work your timeline around the sunset, once that's figured out, everything else will fall into place.
Until next time...