(Closed) Ceremony start time help!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

I think that if you don’t say anything to your guests and you start things late, it will come off as rude or just look like you’re really disorganized.

I personally would not change the start time once the invitations have gone out. If you decide that you want/need to, though, I would notify guests somehow. Maybe set up an easel with a big printed out schedule in an elegant typeface saying something like:

4:00 – Arrivals & Prelude Music

4:30 – Ceremony

5:00 – Cocktail Hour

… etc.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t change the ceremony time at all without notifying guests in advance; putting it on the programs is too late because guests are already there. Most folks are going to show up on time and even a bit early, and it’s really not fair on the guests that arriv at 3:45 to have them sit around for 45 minutes.  I’d be pretty ticked off if I made the effort to have an on-time arrival and found out that the start time had been changed “just in case.”

If, on the day of, people seem to be running late (maybe there’s a special event in town that’s creating a lot of extra traffic) inform whoever is doing the music to make an announcement that, out of consideration for those stuck in traffic, you’ll be having a short delay. People totally understand that traffic and other stuff pops up at the last minute and will be a lot more patient if it doesn’t look like you dragged them all out early just because you knew someone else wouldn’t have their act together.

Post # 6
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2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@fishbone:  <– This!  OP, a lot of people arrive early and it would be unfair and rude to make them wait around another 30 minutes.  I would keep the ceremony start time at 4.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

yeah, I try to get to a wedding 30 minutes prior to the time printed on the invite. I’ve been to weddings that started half and hour late and I was annoyed. But I got over it. On the other hand many many weddings start 5-15 minutes late and I don’t think that’s a problem. People expect that to some degree so I think you could get away with not starting the ceremony until 4:15.

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