If you’re getting married in the Sacramento Temple this guide will walk you through everything you need to know! The Sacramento Temple was dedicated in 2004 by President Gordon B. Hinckley. It stands on a large hill of 46 acres covered in beautiful trees and wildlife.
Address: 2110 California Circle, Rancho Cordova, California 95742
Every year, there are scheduled closings for holidays and temple cleanings, which you can find online ahead of time. Here are the scheduled closings for 2022-2023:
- Wednesday, 23 November 2022 (Limited Operations)
- Thursday, 24 November 2022
- Saturday, 24 December 2022
- Saturday, 31 December 2022 (Limited Operations)
- Tuesday, 31 January 2023 – Monday, 13 February 2023
- Saturday, 1 April 2023
- Tuesday, 4 July 2023
- Tuesday, 1 August 2023 – Monday, 14 August 2023
- Saturday, 7 October 2023
- Wednesday, 22 November 2023 (Limited Operations)
- Thursday, 23 November 2023
Scheduling Your Sealing
ASAP! Depending on the time of year and the speed at which you desire to get married it’s best to secure a date with the temple as soon as you can. It’s typical for couples to have a short time from engagement to sealing. If your engagement is longer you do have more opportunities like securing desired vendors first.
Sealings are commonly scheduled in the morning and afternoon on the weekend. If you’re getting married in the heat of the summer we highly recommend the earliest time slot to avoid the heat. The late fall to early spring months will be cooler weather and you’ll have more flexibility with scheduling.
Keep in mind that there are limited spots inside the sealing rooms, so make sure you talk with the temple on how many guests you can include before inviting.
PREPARING YOUR WEDDING GUESTS WHO WILL NOT BE ENTERING THE TEMPLE
Don’t explain out of the desire to please others. Instead, this is an amazing opportunity to educate your guests on the sacredness of your sealing and why you are choosing to get married in this way. Here are some ways you can include them in your day:
- Give them a letter on your wedding day to read while they wait
- Have a civil ceremony
- Invite them into the waiting room of the temple
- Give them an important assignment to help out
Your Temple Wedding Day
What to Bring
- Temple Recommend
- Marriage License
- Temple Marriage Recommend
- Wedding Attire
- Temple Clothing
- Wedding Bands & Rings
- Makeup & Hygiene kit For The Bride
- Wedding Bouquet, Bridesmaids’ Flowers, & Boutonnieres
What to Delegate
Flowers: Have 1 person in charge bringin the bride the bouquet, and 1 or more people to disperse the boutonnieres and corsages.
Snacks: Have 1 person bring a cooler with water and some snacks for those waiting and for you to refuel as you’re taking pictures.
Child Care: If there are parents that need to go in with kids you’ll want to make sure 1 or more people can take care of the kids while you’re getting sealed.
First Look: 1 Hour before the ceremony starts. If you want photos of your first look it will only take about 10 minutes and you’ll have a sweet moment together before entering the temple.
Your Arrival: 45min-1 Hour before ceremony starts
Guests entering the temple: 30 minutes before your ceremony starts. Guests need to bring their temple recommend, dress in church attire, and will be asked to take their shoes off and put socks on to enter.
Guests not entering the temple: Arrive 30 minutes after your sealing start. They can enjoy the beauty of the temple grounds and mingle with other guests while they are waiting.
Temple Sealing: 20-40 Minutes
You’ll take about 15-30 minutes after the sealing to get into your wedding attre. The exit out of the temple is like a walk down an aisle. It’s exciting! The temple is meant to be a quiet place for those inside, so they ask photographers not to take photos and everyone to not cheer until the doors are totally closed. When you exit you have a limited amount of time at the entrance because the crowd can get loud, so after a few photos we move you over to start family photos right away!
The left side of the temple next to the large tree where it’s pretty well shaded is the typical spot for large groups. The grass area on the left is another option for group photos. The back of the temple staircase is not allowed for large photos because it is right next to the celestial room and it can get too loud and disrupt those in that room.
Bride and Groom Photos
Sunset Photos: If you want the golden light photos we recommend you book a photo session 1+ days before your wedding day. This also allows you to have more time for photos without the rush of the wedding day. We highly recommend this for the summer months, so your not melting by the end of the day.
Temple Photos: 30-60 minutes. The temple is a beautiful backdrop in and of itself. If you took sunset photos you’ll need only a few photos on the day of. If not, you’ll spend more time enjoying the temple on your day.
Off Location Photos: During your day there is often a break between sealing and reception. You can go to nearby locations like Folsom lake (our fav) to take more photos.
You can wear your dress in the temple if it follows the following requirements. Dresses must be:
- without heavy ornamentation
- have long sleeves
- a modest neckline
- all sheer material lined
- the train must be removable or be able to be pinned or hooked up out of the way
“If there is any question about appropriateness, take the dress or fabric and pattern to the temple for approval. Brides may wear their wedding dresses during the endowment session but must remove the trains for the session. They may not wear gowns with long dress pants in the temple. Many temples have beautiful white dresses for those who might need one for their special occasion. Check with individual temples for availability.”
Favorite Wedding Dress Shops
How to have an intentional and memorable day
- Vlog your engagement, wedding day and beyond! This season is fleeting and what better way to capture it in time than to simply use your phone to capture the moments, feelings, and experiences to look back on.
- Ask special guests to write you a letter to read on your wedding day.
- Go to your favorite lunch spot or have a luxury picnic in the afternoon.
- Be YOU! Adding personal touches like matching crocks, a stop at in n’ out in your wedding attire, or a shared classic coca cola can make the day that much more memorable and fun!
We would LOVE to photograph your wedding at the Sacramento LDS Temple! Please contact us to book your wedding day—spots fill up fast. To view more of our work, follow us on Instagram.