Post # 1
So…. we have a little problem here, and I could use your advice!!!
After taking advice from a few vendors at my ceremony location, our invitations went out with a ceremony time of 3:30 pm on them. Now, with almost all out RSVPs back to us (yay guests for replying in a timely manner!!), I realize that the hotel check-in is at 3 pm and almost all of our guests are coming in from out of town. I don’t want people having to rush around, and our ceremony and reception are all in one place so there will be no time to check in until after the reception ends. Long story short, it makes the most sense to push the ceremony time back to 4 pm, and the timeline for our reception actually works better with the ceremony at 4.
So we know we want to change the ceremony time, but the invitations already went out! My thought is to send out a simple card to all the “yes” RSVPs to alert them to the time change….. but I am totally blanking on the wording… any suggestions/advice?? Thanks, hive!!
Post # 3
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
Could you ask the hotel to allow your guests to check in early?
Post # 5
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.
Post # 6
Thank you for the suggestions!!!
i’m torn on if I want a light-hearted thing or stick to a more serious note (to match invitations). It’s a pretty laid back wedding, so either would be fine I think.
@futuremrsfitz18: no, unfortunately the hotel is almost booked to capacity due to a festival in town, so checking in early isn’t an option.
@the boss of you: I thought of just leaving it as it, and simply starting later. However, the whole point of this is to notify people beforehand so they don’t have to stress. If I was a guest, I would be rushing around in order to make it on time and I would like to avoid that! Word of mouth is an option, though…. just have to figure out how “formal” we want it since we did send out formal invites.