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Monday, November 18, 2013

Romantic Arizona Sunsets

A romantic wedding as the Arizona sun sets is an inspiration for you and your guests. Here you will find approximate dates & times of Arizona sunsets, plus a link that will tell you accurate sunset times for any American city. Also, you will find average temperatures for different times of the month and links to get the latest weather forecast and estimated sunsets no matter where you live in the U.S. and the world. Includes weather data regarding rainfall, driest cities, sunniest cities, etc.

In the Greater Phoenix area I have listed 52 weeks of approximate sunset times for each week in the month. It is wise to plan for approximately 1 hour of sunlight after the actual sunset time. If you will be taking pictures “after” the wedding ceremony, you may want to begin the ceremony about an hour before sunset.AZSunsets

What Time Should Your Wedding Ceremony Begin?

Example: If the sunset is at 5:30 p.m. most photographers recommend that you begin the wedding ceremony (usually under 30 minutes) at 4 p.m., but no later than 4:30 p.m. Some couple are choosing to to what we call “First Look,” then taking more photos before the wedding. The bride and groom usually miss out on the cocktail hour because they are taking photos.

More and more are choosing to take more photos “before” the wedding so they won’t have to take so many “after” the wedding. This gives those who choose to take in the cocktail hour with their friends a chance to do so after the wedding. They can still get the official introduction of the bride and groom and the wedding party at the reception.

Remember, all dates and times above are approximate. For a more accurate sunset schedule for each day of each month for any year and any city in the USA, click here and complete the information in “Form A – Cities or Towns in the U.S.”

The Greater Phoenix area has more than 325 days of annual sunshine with an average high temperature of 86 degrees and an average low of 57 degrees. With only 7.66 to 8.32 inches of rain per year, our area offers an ideal setting for outdoor weddings. We basically have two wedding seasons: March, April and May and October, November and December. Wedding occur in other months to, however fewer weddings are scheduled during out hottest months; June, July & August. Most of those weddings are indoors. The greatest percentage of weddings are usually outdoors.


Planning a “Destination Wedding” in the Phoenix area?

Here are some interesting United States weather facts and extremes that include the Greater Phoenix area! The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications.

10 Driest Cities – Average annual precipitation in inches
1. Yuma, Arizona 2.65
2. Las Vegas, Nevada 4.19
3. Bishop, California 5.61
4. Bakersfield, California 5.72
5. Phoenix, Arizona 7.11
6. Alamosa, Colorado 7.13
7. Reno, California 7.49
8. Winslow, Arizona 7.64
9. El Paso, Texas 7.82
10. Winnemucca, Nevada 7.82

10 Sunniest Cities – Annual percent of possible sunshine
1. Yuma, Arizona 90%
2. Las Vegas, Nevada 85%
3. Phoenix, Arizona 85%
4. Tucson, Arizona 85%
sunset5. El Paso, Texas 83%
6. Flagstaff, Arizona 79%
7. Fresno, California 79%
8. Reno, Nevada 79%
9. Sacramento, California 78%
10. Albuquerque, N.M. 76%

10 Least Humid Cities – Average relative humidity in %
1. Las Vegas, Nevada 30.5
2. Phoenix, Arizona 37.0
3. Yuma, Arizona 38.0
4. Tucson, Arizona 39.0
5. El Paso, Texas 42.5
6. Albuquerque, New Mexico 44.5
7. Winslow, Arizona 46.0
8. Grand Junction, Colorado 48.0
9. Winnemucca, Nevada 48.5
10. Reno, Nevada 50.5

10 Least Rainiest Cities – Number of days per year with rain
1. Yuma, Arizona 17
2. Las Vegas, Nevada 26
3. Bishop, California 29
4. Santa Barbara, California 30
5. Long Beach, California 32
6. Los Angeles, California 35
7. Great Falls, Montana 35
8. Phoenix, Arizona 36
9. Bakersfield, California 37
10. San Diego, California 42

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Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 475 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Check Larry’s availability.

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