(Closed) How to word ceremony time change

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
46155 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you want something light-hearted?


Oops we said 3:30

For the ceremony to begin

But the hotels say the rooms

Are  available at 3  for check-in

We know you need some time

To bathe and primp and dress

So we’ve pushed the time to 4 pm

To cause you less distress.


or straight forward

Having realized that your hotel rooms may not be available until 3 pm, we are rescheduling the ceremony to begin at 4 pm. We hope that our new schedule is more convenient for our guests. We look forward to celebrating with you.

Post # 4
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Could you ask the hotel to allow your guests to check in early?

Post # 5
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Leave the time as-is on the invitations.  Start the ceremony at 4.  Let word of mouth notify people of the later time. Ask the hotel if early check-in is available for (some of) the room block. For anyone who seems stressed, tell them they have that option.


Are you doing out of town welcome bags?  Put a note with julies1949 wording in there and if people show up early (at the regular time), that’s no problem.  If you weren’t doing OOT bags, you can still do a welcome packet that they get at check-in.

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