How early will guests arrive – Don't want to be seen! Day-of logistics

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would say guests will probably arrive up to 30-45 minutes early

Post # 4
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We got to the church a half hour before the wedding and there were already a decent amount of people there. I heard a couple people say they were there 45 minutes before. This might be overkill but I personally would be back inside an hour before the ceremony.

How is your church set up? Is there a backside where you can take pictures so those who are driving in can’t see you?

Post # 5
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You should have your pictures taken by noon. If you want the guys to come in and take pre-ceremony photos, they should come around 1pm. I was planning on doing this but got behind on time because of makeup.

Post # 6
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My reception started at 6pm.  The invitation said doors, 5:30, ceremony at 6.  People were there at 5. 

Post # 7
6985 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d be back in the room 30 minutes prior, at the minimum.

Post # 8
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@laurenm78:  Haha that’s a good question, I didn’t even think about that before our wedding! The hair and makeup artists I hired arrive 2 hours late, which really threw off our timeline. We were supposed to do a first look, then take couple portraits of DH and I, and get all of the family and wedding party photos out of the way before the ceremony. But our hair and makeup was finished just in the nick of time, so we did a first look and just a few family photos before the ceremony started. We got married outdoors, so as the guests arrived they walked about 100 feet to the ceremony space – which meant they could see where we were taking photos. A few guests arrived 30 minutes before the ceremony, but by the time I snuck off (~15 minutes before the ceremony), probably only 5-10 of our 130 guests had arrived.

Post # 9
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We had a 7 pm wedding, and a few guests arrived as early as 6:15-6:20.  If you really don’t want anyone to see you, I’d make sure you’re hidden away 45 minutes before the time the ceremony begins.  Good luck!

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