Post # 1
What time should I put on the invitation if I want to walk down the aisle at 6:00pm? I am a very punctual person and we only have a limited amount of time at our venue (so punctuality is key). The only reason I ask is because my SIL got married last year and the wedding was supposed to start at 11:00am of course there were only 10 ppl seated at that time so they had to push back their schedule (which didn’t matter because their reception wasn’t until 4:00pm!!!) Starting on time is very important for me but I also don’t want considerate people that will show up 15min early to have to wait 30min. HELP!
Post # 3
I’ve thought about this myself. Tell them 5:45, or even 5:30, if you want to start the wedding at 6.
Post # 4
I voted 5:45. I think most people will be there 15 minutes before even that, so unless your serving something (drinks, etc) I wouldn’t want people waiting for too long.
Post # 5
I voted the “6pm with a disclaimer” option – but maybe you could put “seating from 5.30/5.45pm for 6pm start” ?? I’ve had invites & tickets to shows that say “be there at 7 for 7.30 start” etc.
Post # 6
My experience is people start showing up 1/2 hour early. I had 6pm on the invite and nearly everyone was seated by then. When I go to weddings I always try to get there early because I assume it will start at the stated time. I would be kinda annoyed if the invite said 5:30, so I showed up at 5 to be safe, then had to sit around and wait for an hour. Rather than trying to trick your guests into arriving early, can you just put 6:00 on the invite, and then suggest that guest arrive 15min early on your website?
Post # 7
I would just put 6. I don’t like the disclaimer, we’re adults, shouldn’t be know to get there 15 minutes early to park?
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I like reebee’s comment- “Rather than trying to trick your guests into arriving early, can you just put 6:00 on the invite, and then suggest that guest arrive 15min early on your website?”
There’s an Orioles home game the night of our wedding. Guests will take a different exit, but traffic still could be affected, so I’m going to mention that on the web site. So if traffic/parking is a challenge at your venue, tell guests on your site.
It’s not a concert, it’s a wedding. If you list 6 pm, guests should arrive 15-30 minutes early.