Post # 1
I have recently sent out our invitations with a 5pm start time. My intention is to have our parents kick off our processional by being seated right at 5pm and flowing right into the bridal party and myself walking down the aisle. I am now second guessing if I should have put 4:45pm on my invites to ensure a 5pm start time.
Married bees, did your wedding start at the time you listed on your invite? Were all your guests there and seated at the start of your ceremony?
Post # 2
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
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
Ours started about 10 mins later than the time listed on the invitation.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
Ours started about 10–15 minutes late due to the grandmother of the groom being lost and went to the wrong church.