Darwin is hot, even more so on your wedding day! Nerves heat you up, as does makeup, hair spray and wedding clothes which are rarely made from breathable material like cotton or linen. The last thing you'll want to do is stand on the beach under the 3pm sun!
If you're having a simple little outdoor wedding in the dry season with a celebrant your ceremony will go for about 15/20 minutes (including certificate signing). So best time for ceremony would be about 4.30 or 5pm. This allows plenty of time for hugs and those family and couple's photos afterwards. If you're getting married in the wet season you can push it out even further as the sun sets slightly later.
If you're having a religious ceremony you may need to have your ceremony a little earlier in the day. My best advice is to chat to your photographer before you lock in a time. They can help you decide on a time based on best light for photos.
Plan small pockets of time t'out the day where you can be alone and catch your breath. Some suggestions would be to allow 15 minutes with just you and your crew before you leave for your ceremony, this means no makeup artist, hair stylist or photographer present. And, about another 15 minutes between having your formal photos done and entering the reception. It's always nice to allow time just to be.
Honestly plan these out before your day and keep them simple. I suggest immediate family and grandparents only. You don't want to burn out before your couple's photoshoot. If family photos aren't planned they can become very stressful, like I can only imagine herding cats to be. Work out a list with your photographer before your wedding day and have someone on the day gathering family members together.
Consider choosing a venue that's all in one, a location where you can hold your wedding ceremony, take some couple's photos and also have your fabulous party. There are plenty of options around Darwin where you can achieve this. Makes it so easy for transport, people can get dropped off to the one location and there is no worry about driving between destinations. It also really helps with the flow, keeping everything super simple and fun!
Are you throwing a wedding party or corporate event? The design is completely yours, but if you want my five cents worth I would say ditch the speeches! Man those poor buggers are sweating like a hot box just thinking about getting in front of the crowd. Unless they know how to have people rolling around in stitches the moment can become more like that boring awards night you had to attend...completely sucking the party vibe dry! Chances are everyone you have invited already knows how you met and what you got up to as a kid!
Be rebel and consider making your own traditions!
Whether you're into beer, water or both remember to drink! Hydrate yourself before leaving for the ceremony, drink cold water when waiting for your partner to arrive at the ceremony location. And, it's always a great idea to bring drinks along to your couple's photo session! A cold drink or two is just what you need after you say I do! You can always put them down for your photos.
If you love natural photos, where you can truly be yourself, photos that show movement and connection and reflect your sense of adventure, choose a dress you can move in. If you want to be able to pee on your own throughout the day/night choose a dress you can move in.