Post # 1
A week ago I was at a wedding of a dear friend. The time stated on the invite was 5pm and the ceremony started around 5:10. As the bride was walking down the aisle 2 late guest trailed right behind her. I found this to be EXTREMELY rude. In my opinion, once the ceremony begins, anyone who isn’t in their seat should have to wait until after the ceremony. Am I wrong for this? I seemed to be the only one (of the guests I spoke to) who had a problem with cousin Fred and his date trotting down the aisle literally right behind the bride.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Catholic church followed by a botanical conservatory
Hmm… IMO it’s really weird to have them trailing after the bride. If I were so late like that, I would try to sneak in a side door or wait until the bride is down the aisle. Going in right after her just makes it even more obvious you’re late!
Post # 4
Those late to my wedding stood in the back and watched and did not go to their seats. I find this to be the most appropriate, or at least wait until their is a ‘breaking point’ they can enter.
A friend had a huge church wedding, and those late sat in the back section.
I don’t see walking to your seat right after the bride appropriate.
Post # 5
I think if I were late, I would sit as close to the door as possible and try very hard not to draw attention to myself.
In the wedding I attended with the late guests, the church was vey large and everyone was seated near the front leaving about 10 rows of empy pews near the back. Mr. and Mrs Latester came down the aisle literally 30 seconds behind the bride. it was AWKWARD!!
My plan is to have my coordinator close the gate to the garden right as the ceremony begins. Any one who is late will have to wait at the back until the ceremony is over. If there is a VIP who hasn’t made it by the time the ceremony starts, I will make all efforts to wait, with out iannoying the other guests.
Post # 6
Just went to a wedding yesterday, and thanks to DH we were late. We arrived when the bridal party was standing in the lobby waiting to enter the sanctuary. We stood out of the way in the back of the lobby (along with the other latecomers) and after the processional and the bride was already up front with her dad, we all scooted in the back and walked down the outside aisles (none of us went down the center aisle) and sat down on the ends of the pews. We were all seated within 10-20 seconds. It almost seemed as if they saved those seats for latecomers. If that was the case, that was very smart!
Post # 7
I was in a wedding once where there were quite a few latecomers that showed up while the bridal party was about to walk down the aisle. We just waited until they got themselves seated before we went down the aisle, making us late as well. The bride didn’t seem to mind but I thought it was extremely rude. If I were a latecomer I would wait until the bride had gotten to the front and then seat myself as quietly as possible. Barring horrible unforseen circumstances, you should always be 15 mins early to a wedding IMHO.
Post # 8
You could also consider having ushers to “help out” or police latecomers so they don’t come in at inappropriate moments.
Post # 9
Wow, how awkward! I’m hoping our event guy will just gently push them into the back rows.
Post # 10
@jwilson1: Thats exactly what I’m hoping my DOC can do!
Post # 11
Our venue is located on a hill, and you have to drive past the ceremony location to park. Our coordinator told us that right before the ceremony, they block off the top parking spots and wait at the entrance to have people park before the ceremony location and walk up to the location and sit in the back if they are late. That way, noone notices latecomers and noone is driving past/walking up the asile with me.
Can you do some sort of alternate plan like this? Ask the DOC to have a staff member look out for late comers at the entrance and direct them to where they will not disturb?
Post # 12
I think they should be allowed to enter but they should be forced to wait until the processional is complete and the “main” part of the ceremony has started. At that point, they can quietly sneak into the furthest back seats.
Post # 13
I was late to a wedding once b/c the directions to the church were horrible and we got lost for over an hour. When we finally got there, the bride was just about to walk down the aisle. We waited for her to be all the way down before we snuck up the side of the church.
Sometimes it’s not your guests’ fault. We left so that we could be there an hour to 45 minutes early and ended up being late. Who could have predicted that?? I think not allowing them entry isn’t very fair, especially when you’re already down the aisle.
Post # 14
We were so convinced this would not happen to us because all of our guests were either from OOT and would be checking in at the hotel earlier in the day to change first if not the night before OR people lived locally but were very familiar with the traffic or train situation to get to our ceremony on time.
Of course, there still was at least one guest not in the church when we started. My DOC just held her back until the entire procession was complete and I guess finally let her in afterwards, but she wasn’t in any of the pictures of me walking down the aisle so I know she didn’t follow me down or anything.
Post # 15
Oh hell no! I would have been none too pleased if someone literally rode my coat tails down the aisle. You’re right, if the processional has started, they need to either wait until the ceremony has ended or try to sneak in quietly after the bride has made her way down the aisle.
We had a few late arrivals that got there right as we were lining up to start the processional. We let them take their seats before starting but had they got there a few minutes later, they would have been waiting.
Post # 16
Wow. Definitely rude. The bride’s walk down the aisle is supposed to be her shining moment, not to be shared with late comers! I would have my guests wait until an appropriate moment in the ceremony where there was a break and then they could enter.