Post # 1
SO and I have a Sunday wedding to attend at a church. The invitation just says that the ceremony will follow a 10:30 am service, but the church website has the wedding listed on their calendar for 12:30. Are we expected to attend the sermon as well? Neither SO nor I are Christians, nor do we feel completely comfortable in a church, but if it’s what’s expected, we’ll be there. This wedding is also over an hour away, so we need to figure out what time to leave/wake up. Unfortunately neither of us have a way to contact the bride and ask as our phones are off.
Post # 3
@ForeverBirds: Hmm. That’s tough. I’d aim to get there around 11:30. They’ll need to clear the church after the service to get ready. Services don’t typically take 2 hours so maybe they’ll start early?
I don’t know! I’ve never heard of that. The invite doesn’t have a SPECIFIC time?
Post # 4
I think I would just go at 10:30 like your invitation says. Sometimes church websites and bullitens are not correct. Someone could have accidentaly posted the wrong time. Your invitation is more likely to be correct. Ultimately it is up to you both regarding what you feel comfortable with, though. It’s a shame you can’t clarify by asking another person going to the wedding. Hope it gets figured out!
Edit: ohh, I’m sorry. I just realized they meant a church service was starting at 10:30, not the wedding service. Hm… I agree with maybe aiming for 11:30
Post # 5
Most likely the vast majority of people invited attend the church. I’ve seen one wedding like this, they had the ceremony in between two services. It would probably be easiest for you to go for the service (to make sure you have seats and that you don’t accidentally miss it) but I really doubt that you have to.
Post # 6
@Mars62312: Nope. The invite literally just says “ceremony to follow 10:30 am church service.” Luckily I got a random message on FB from her step-brother/SO’s best friend and he let me know it didn’t start till after 12.
@wildflowerbee: ,@Tigerlilybride: We got lucky and the bride’s step-brother/SO’s best friend messaged me on FB last night and let us know the wedding wasn’t till after 12.