Did your ceremony start at the time listed on your invitation?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My wedding was slightly delayed due to my husband running into a window and breaking his eyebrow open. With that said all our guests except for 2 were seated and ready for the ‘show’ to begin.

Post # 3
1924 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Nope. We had every intention of starting on time, but one of the shuttle buses from the hotel made a wrong turn and was 15 minutes late.  Because there were like 40 people on the bus (25% of our wedding), we decided to wait for them to arrive. Once the bus got in, we started.

Post # 4
293 posts
Helper bee

Ours started about 10 mins later than the time listed on the invitation.

Post # 5
3217 posts
Sugar bee

notyouraveragebride:  We started on time, and everyone was there and seated before it started.  We had only one person standing, and it was someone with a 2 week old baby who was getting ready to run at first sign of a squeak.

You absolutely did the right thing.  Do not accomodate jerks who are late.  If they are late, they will miss out.  Maybe if they missed out more often they’d stop being late.  It’s really a public service.

Post # 6
7019 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

notyouraveragebride:  I walked down the aisle about 5 minutes after the invitation start time. If anyone was late, I’m not aware of it. The church looked full. 

People know you can’t walk in on a wedding late. Thoughtful guests know to arrive 10-15 minutes early so they can park and get a seat. Don’t penalise them and make them wait half an hour, in order to pander to the lazy guests. (I think a few minutes late is appropriate though, just to be sure. Also not everyone’s clock is set to exactly the same time).

Post # 7
6446 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We started on time and two people walked in right as I was about to walk down the aisle. It really wasn’t a big deal- they just waited until I was at the altar and sat in the back.

I understand that things sometimes run late but I wouldn’t have appreciated it if the couple purposely put an earlier time. I already get there 15 minutes ahead of time, I don’t think it’s right to make me wait just because others can’t get there on times.

Post # 8
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

probably a minute or two after. I like to be punctual, lol. I think two people arrived as the procession was going (So I was told, I didn’t notice). There will always be someone should is late regardless of if you start on time or not I think.

Post # 9
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I plan to get things started no more than 5 minutes after the time listed. I facilitate a lot of public events with my job and we usually start things a few minutes late to account for stragglers.

Post # 10
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our plan is to start on time. The only thing we’d hold for (since the bridal party is getitng to the church super early) is our shuttle bus. If that’s late, we’ll wait, because we’re providing it. Otherwise, it’s go time at 5:30.

Post # 11
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Our ceremony started 2-3 minutes after the listed start time, so it was pretty much on time. All of our guests were seated well ahead of time. In fact, most of our guests arrived so early that they got to hang out with us during family photos. It was fun. 🙂

Post # 12
595 posts
Busy bee

Ours started about 10–15 minutes late due to the grandmother of the groom being lost and went to the wrong church. 

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