(Closed) Ceremony time vs. time on invitation

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

#2 – Ours is a Catholic ceremony. It has to start on time and since we only get the church for half an hour before hand to set up we really have to stay on time.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

we wrote the actual ceremony time on ours (7pm) but below it we put a little starred note that says **Please arrive to ceremony at 6:30.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We are putting the actual start time on our invites. AND, I plan to begin on time – 6:30.  So if someone shows up late, it sucks for them. But I’d rather have it this way, than to have the guests who are on time wait 30 minutes for the start of the ceremony.  It just doesn’t seem fair to let the time conscious guests pay for the consistently late people.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

The time listed on the invite is when the bride walks down the aisle. Most people know to arrive 30 mins before so they can get a seat.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re planning on starting as close to the time listed as possible.  We’re hoping guests will arrive no more the 30 minutes early–but still on time–or they may see us getting ready.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Everyone has made really good points about not wanting people to show up and have to wait around for a long time… but my family is prone to being late… so I am tacking an extra 15 mins onto the invitation. The invitation says 3 p.m. but we plan to start the wedding at 3:15 p.m. That way if people show up on time or early they don’t have to wait around all that long… but it prevents people from walking in during the ceremony. If nothing else… it gives people time to greet each other prior to the ceremony.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

5p on the invite, 515 projected start time.  My family and friends are notoriously late, so this is even “cutting it close.”  Interestingly, all my vendors think we should start at 530, but I think that’s rude to people who actually show up on time.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re having 6pm on our invitation, but I”m walking down the aisle at 6:30. The half hour from 6-6:30 is for people to get settled, have a glass of sparkling wine, say hello to other people, etc.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

invitation will say 2 – im planning on walking at 230. family is known for being notoriously late (country folk time). However, if we get more RSVP’s that the chapel can hold, we will start at 2 LOL

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re probably going to start 15 minutes “late”.  I’m worried that since a lot of my family are coming in from 3+ hours away, they’ll have trouble estimating travel time accurately.  If everyone is there on time, great, we’ll go then.  However if it looks like they underestimated things, We’ll wait a bit.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Invitation time: 5:30, actual projected start time: 6:00.  I have to factor in the infamous Los Angeles traffic!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m a prompt person, so it drives me insane when people knowingly put an earlier time on the invitation.  It means I have to sit around for 45 minutes to an hour.  That is NOT OK.  I have to call the bride every time I get an invitation now to figure out when I should actually show up.  Maybe if every bride got calls from every one of her 200 guests asking when to show up, the practice would stop.

We’re putting our actual start time on our invitation, and we have a note on our website that we mean it, and to arrive early.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Our invitation time was 6pm.  I wouldve loved to start right at 6 but I knew that wasnt going to happen.  It is very rare that a wedding is actually ever right on time.  We went into knowing our ceremony would start around 6:15.  It actually ended up starting a little bit later, closer to 6:30 because one of the major freeways was closed so people had to go a different way to get there.  The set up for our ceremony was done around 5pm and people started arriving at 5:30

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we put the actual time on the invite. i hate waiting around for weddings to start, so i assumed other people do too. and everyone i talked to i said to come a little early b/c nobody has ever been to our venue before so i wanted them to have time to get lost. people started coming about a half hour before (probably my fault for telling them to come early, but better that than late). also, we ended up running late ourselves i think. i don’t even know… i wasn’t wearing a watch, but our ketubah signing took longer than i thought it would b/c our rabbi had to fill out the ketubah.

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