Post # 1
We would like to have our ceremony starts at 6pm exactly (my arrival). Should I put the invite the ceremony time at 5.30 pm since we will play guests seating song 20 mins prior to my arrival? What time did you put in your invite?
Post # 3
You put 6pm on the invite, guests know to show up early.
Post # 4
- 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
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
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
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 # 8
Thanks everyone. I will put my invite at 6pm, and hoping everyone will there early. I’m just super nervous, because I know some of our friends are normally super late or last minute person (MY Fi is the same). In term of running late, I dont think I will because we will hire a room for me at the ceremony venue.
Just a side question did anyone play guests seating songs prior to your arrival?
Post # 9
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
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
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 # 12
Ic, I’m still undecided 🙁 . I need to get more opinion, I forgot to mention that we will have a destination wedding and the location is 1st – quite hard to get to (lots of steps); 2nd – it will be 1st time visit to the island to most of the guests ; 3rd: we recommend our guests staying 20-40 mins away from our ceremony site. I do think I should put in 5.30 as an in case thing.
Post # 13
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.