Golden Hour Timings

February 9, 2020

As an Essex and Destination Wedding Photographer knowing all about Golden Hour is crucial.

Golden hour is definitely my favourite time of day. My family & friends see me transform at this time into a crazy photographer who must get all the shots. I’ve been like this for a very long time, I remember looking at the Sun in La Palma aged 12 thinking “WOW”. Although I was amazed I was also frustrated; Frustrated that I couldn’t capture what I saw with my eyes in the same way with the point and shoot I had at that time. So I’m going to be planning lots of blogs featuring golden hour as I hope I can help other photographers and wedding clients to understand the light a little more. 

Light is amazing but it is also very quickly changing.

Below I state rough timings for golden hour throughout the year, as you will see below it changes a lot and it’s very important you consider this when planning your wedding day. A lot of clients have missed out by planning speeches at the same time as Golden Hour – by the time they go outside it’s dark! I would use an online calculator and look at the specific timings on your wedding date. Please note depending on where you are this changes. Northumberland sometimes has a half hour difference to London timings.

As a reference, here is an idea of when Golden Hour will start from Londons sunlight calculator:

January- 4pm

February- 5pm

March- 5:45pm     Such a big difference in timings this month



June- 9:20pm

July- 9:30pm   The daylight is getting shorter from here on.


September- 8:00pm

October- 7:00-pm        Such a big difference in timings this month

November- 4:45pm

December- 4:00pm

Check out more about lighting on your wedding day here.