(Closed) Ceremony Start Time for Invitations…

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

i would do 4:30 just to make sure everyone is there!! mine is going to start at 3 :15 but on the invites i put starts promptly at 3 pm 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@prisigtr:  I just put the ceremony start time of 3:30 p.m., its common sense that the guests need to arrive before the 3:30 p.m. start time.

If you put your ceremony statr time of 4 p.m, and your ceremony isn’t until 4:30 p.m., you will have some wedding guests showing up at 3:30 p.m., an hour before the ceremony actually starts since they think it starts at 4 p.m.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

oh crap, I didnt think of this… we worded our invites for 530 and that is when we are starting-hopefully! I would show up early, but….I’m also usually the only person who shows up early to things :/   I’ll be interested to see what other bees did!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I put “6 o’clock in the evening” for the invites when it really starts at 6:30pm.  Not many people I know are as punctual as I am.  Most people will be within 10 minutes of 6:00 (I figure), either before or after.  So waiting a half hour give or take really isn’t a biggie.  BUT arriving late to my ceremony most certainly IS.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@prisigtr:  4:45 seems like a really strange time to put on an invitation, but I don’t know why. I guess I’m just used to seeing ceremony/reception start times either right on the hour or half past. I kind of want to put something obscure like 5:23 on my invite. 🙂

Maybe you can just leave it at 5:00 and actually start at 5:15?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It may not be a bad idea.  There were still people sitting down while our parents were supposed to be coming down!!!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@prisigtr:  I think giving yourself a 15 minute buffer is reasonable. It’s understandable that you want all of your guests to be seated when the ceremony actually starts.

However, as a guest I would be a little peeved if I arrived 10 minutes early to the ceremony site only to find that I had to sit and wait for 40 minutes.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@prisigtr:  I don’t really like “quarter of five” – it automatically makes my brain try to divide 5 into quarters.. 🙂

I would say it’s most commonly said “quarter to five,” but that is probably too informal for invitation standards..??  Out of those options, I agree with you in liking “forty-five minutes past four.”

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