Post # 1
Our wedding/reception venue is open to the public until an hour before our ceremony. They ask that NONE of the wedding party, vendors, nor guests should arrive before then. We are also paying for our guests’ parking.
I will be basically putting the above info on our website (slightly re-worded). But I want to include those points– along with our website address– on an insert with our invites.
Problem: “Doors open at four-thirty” sounds a lil TOO casual, like a concert or nightclub.
“Doors open at four-thirty in the afternoon for guests to arrive” feels a bit too wordy and long for the space I have…
Is there some other brief, graceful– yet not too elaborately formal– way, that I can’t think of, to word this??
[maybe something like: “Early arrival begins at four-thirty” or “Guest arrival after four-thirty”??]
Post # 3
@knitB4zod: I like “Guest arrival after four-thirty”
Or you could even put “Guest arrival at 5:00” so you avoid all chances of people being too early. My parents showed up an hour early to the last wedding they went to lmao
Post # 4
I think if you just put the ceremony time people will show up for then. I aim to be about 15 minutes early and I really doubt any of your guests would show up over an hour before your ceremony time.
Post # 5
@knitB4zod: I would be careful people dont think the time of “doors open” or “guests arrival” means the ceremony time. That is almost what i would think.
Post # 7
We had a tight time schedule. We weren’t allowed in the ceremony space til 6pm, and our ceremony was planned for 6:15pm. So I wrote on our invitations “Doors open at 6, ceremony to start at 6:15.” It seemed to work fine, some arrived early, but it wasn’t a huge deal. We started the ceremony a few minutes late, but it all worked out.
Post # 8
“Guests are asked to arrive between x:00 and x:15”
Post # 9
@HappinessIsInDaisies: the actual ceremony time of 5:30 is on the invitation itself. This is just on my insert.
Post # 10
@Stephville: What she said. I would put down 5pm cause some people just love to show up early anyway.
Post # 11
Thank you so much, Bees!
To keep it unconfusing, we’re decided to just put the actual ceremony time on the invites. I’m adding a line on our wedding website about “Complimentary parking will be provided for our guests after 4:30pm”. That should cover it. I doubt people are really going to arrive an hour before our wedding.
Side note: LOVIN’ the wedding website idea. We’re keeping the printed invite wording heartfelt, but all-in-all pretty traditional. On the site, however, we’re using some of the more off-beat and fun wording that we’ve seen and that really reflects our personalities. It feels like the perfect compromise for us 🙂