(Closed) Ceremony time in invitation? The exact time or earlier?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You put 6pm on the invite, guests know to show up early.

Post # 4
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You put the time the ceremony proper starts. If that’s 6pm, you put 6pm. Your guests are adults and know to arrive early so they can be sat. If you put 5:30, guests will start showing up at 5.

Post # 5
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

6pm.  Most guests get to the wedding 15-20 minutes early.  So if you told them to show up at 5:30, they are going to be waiting around for 45+ minutes.  Then they are going to think you are rude because you showed up 30 minutes late and made them wait.

Post # 6
3751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My friend put on her invite that the ceremony started at 3 and we all showed up and it didn’t actually start until 4. She said it was because she knows much of her family are notoriously late. It was really annoying. It was a horribly hot day and the ceremony was outside. We were stuck hanging out in the bar area until it was time to start.

My sister put the correct time on her invite and we sat in the limo outside the church and watched people run inside right up until the last minute. Made me so mad! I know those same stragglers will be the ones that are trying to find their seats as I get ready to walk down the aisle at my wedding but I’m just going to have to deal with that. The ceremony starts at 5:30 and guests are not allowed to arrive at the venue prior to 5pm so I am putting 5:30 and hoping people actually show up on time! 

Post # 7
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Agree with PP – guests know to show up early, and would have to sit around forever waiting, not even taking into account the fact that you might be late. 

Post # 9
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Don’t forget to walk down at 6:01pm! It’s bad luck to walk down the aisle “on time”. But i’m the supersticious type when it comes to weddings, even if it is irrational 🙂

Post # 10
6255 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve never been to a wedding where the bride was on time. So if they’re sitting there 30 minutes before you THINK you’re going to start, and then 30 more until you actually get there, they are going to be hungry/irritated/have to pee.

Post # 11
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Glad you decided to put 6:00 down. I always show up 20 minutes early to a wedding, and every time music has been playing during that time.

Post # 13
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The wedding coordinator at our church is SERIOUS about things starting on time, and I still didn’t walk down the aisle until 10 minutes after 2. I don’t remember people coming in while I was standing in the hallway waiting to walk down at about 2 – everyone seemed to be seated by the time on the invite.

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