Did guests arrive on time for your ceremony? Or did you have stragglers?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Did guests show up late?
    Yes : (13 votes)
    23 %
    No : (20 votes)
    36 %
    Guests showed up late and ruined the ceremony : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Guests showed up late and no one noticed : (21 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had concerns too, but everyone was so early! Where we got married had very tight security that wouldn’t let folks in until 6pm (ceremony at 6:30) and people were waiting at the doors I heard.

    Post # 4
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    We had one couple that was running late.  I saw them just as I was about to enter the building.  They didn’t let them in until after I walked down the aisle because they were already playing the bridal party music.  Oh well…it didn’t ruin anything. They should’ve been there earlier, lol.

    Post # 5
    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We started late actually because I had to do some last minute things to the centerpieces and it wasn’t really clear what was going on.  We had a last minute person walk in while we were lined up but we let them walk though and it was fine.  They showed up right before the cue music started lol.  It was more humorous than upsetting.  I’m sure it will be fine for you too its all how you handle it.  Maybe starting 15 minutes off is good because all the late people will get there “in time.”

    Post # 6
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    everyone was early except one girl, but she’s always late and rude. I didn’t even notice or care.

    Post # 7
    3505 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I was very concerned about this, our timeline was tricky.. we weren’t able to open the doors to the ceremony site until 6pm and our ceremony was to start at 6:15pm… we started maybe 5 minutes late. If anyone showed up late, I didn’t notice.. but I’m pretty sure everyone made it there on time.


    Post # 8
    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Ugh I had this happen to me! I had about 30 people show up while the processional was happening. My wonderful coordinator had them to hold off on entering the chapel until after I made my way to the altar ( I did not realize this until after the fact as they were standing right outside the doors) as I am walking down the aisle, my first thought was “awww hubby is crying, wow he looks so handsome!” but my second thought was ” where the heck is everybody!!!, why are there so many empty chairs!”

    After I made my way to the altar, the stragglers were seated and everything was fine. They got a chance to see me walk as the doors are glass, I just wasn’t paying attention. Some of my best guest photos were taken from the stragglers through that glass, looks very vintage-y lol

    Post # 9
    180 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Artificial-Sweetener:  About 9 people arrived just after 2pm (my wedding was meant to start at 2pm and I was there right on time – we had a very strict timeline).


    Some rushed in before me (I had to wait a bit outside) and others waited for me to walk in first as the procession had already started by the time they arrived.


    I had the time of the ceremony on one page + a timeline set out in my invite on a separate page and that didn’t seem to make a difference.


    People were late for my best friend’s wedding (she had to wait in the car outside) and people at my sister’s wedding actually decided to stand chatting to each other outside instead of coming in to the church (my sister saw them, waited a bit and then just walked in. They came in later).


    Post # 10
    6450 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We had two families show up during the processional. More people may have showed up later than that but I didn’t notice. I was a little annoyed because I hate it when people are late but considering there was construction around the church (which we did warn the guests about) I guess I should just be happy more people weren’t late!

    Post # 11
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We started 30 minutes late because of me! My dress was way harder to put on than we thought, and it ended up taking four people to get it on, get my hoop skirt on, get my shoes on, and get out there!

    Plus I did a first look with my Dad… We started way late. But everyone was definitely there when we started at 11 instead of 10:30… My poor groom!

    Post # 12
    4474 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    For the most part all of my guests showed up on time, but that’s because we have an event that goes on before the ceremony in my culture so most people show up for that. I had a few people come in late, and I only know this after watching the video. 

    Post # 13
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I had a few stragglers, doubt anyone noticed

    Post # 14
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 1993

    @Artificial-Sweetener:  Oh yeah, I remember one friend’s wedding I attended and another of our goofy friends showed up late, just as the bride was walking down the aisle. We were all watching her and in comes Bo, walking right behind the bride. Such a clueless numty. Anyway we all had a good laugh, and I’ve forgotten the rest of the wedding but I remember that with a smile. You can’t control these things.

    Post # 15
    1734 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    We had 6 o’clock listed on our invitations, but due to several folks being late (to be fair, the road a lot of people were taking had an accident that day), we started at 6:30. There were people who completely missed the ceremony. We had one guest open the door, he saw what was going on, then quickly shut it and stayed outside until it was over. That was it, though.


    Post # 16
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I doubt it would ruin anything…unless you’re really uptight and not focused on your soon-to-be husband or wife.  When I walked down the aisle, I barely noticed who was there!  If your goal is to have a perfect everything and nothing can go wrong or it will all be ruined…then yeah worry.  But if your goal is have a great time marrying your partner, it won’t bother you!


    We had two guests who missed the ceremony altogether.  They came up to me at the reception to apologize, and I was like, what?  What happened?  I really didn’t notice.  And we only had 60 something guests!

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