(Closed) Ceremony Start Time

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: If you wanted to walk down the isle at 6:00pm what time would you write on the invitations?
    6:00pm : (7 votes)
    39 %
    5:45pm : (6 votes)
    33 %
    6:00pm with *please show up 15min early to allow for traffic, parking and seating. : (5 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
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    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve thought about this myself.  Tell them 5:45, or even 5:30, if you want to start the wedding at 6. 

    Post # 4
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    4109 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I voted 5:45. I think most people will be there 15 minutes before even that, so unless your serving something (drinks, etc) I wouldn’t want people waiting for too long.

    Post # 5
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    554 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I voted the “6pm with a disclaimer” option – but maybe you could put “seating from 5.30/5.45pm for 6pm start” ?? I’ve had invites & tickets to shows that say “be there at 7 for 7.30 start” etc.

    Post # 6
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    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My experience is people start showing up 1/2 hour early. I had 6pm on the invite and nearly everyone was seated by then. When I go to weddings I always try to get there early because I assume it will start at the stated time. I would be kinda annoyed if the invite said 5:30, so I showed up at 5 to be safe, then had to sit around and wait for an hour. Rather than trying to trick your guests into arriving early, can you just put 6:00 on the invite, and then suggest that guest arrive 15min early on your website?

    Post # 7
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    1519 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would just put 6. I don’t like the disclaimer, we’re adults, shouldn’t be know to get there 15 minutes early to park?

    Post # 8
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    4193 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I like reebee’s comment- “Rather than trying to trick your guests into arriving early, can you just put 6:00 on the invite, and then suggest that guest arrive 15min early on your website?”

    There’s an Orioles home game the night of our wedding. Guests will take a different exit, but traffic still could be affected, so I’m going to mention that on the web site. So if traffic/parking is a challenge at your venue, tell guests on your site.

    It’s not a concert, it’s a wedding. If you list 6 pm, guests should arrive 15-30 minutes early.

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