(Closed) Ceremony time vs. time on invitation

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
380 posts
Helper bee

I am putting 12:45 on the invitation and planning to start the ceremony at 1.  More than half the guests will be from out of town, so like another poster I’m worried that they might not estimate the travel time correctly.  Also, it’s about a 5-10 minute walk from the nearest parking, so I’m worried people won’t factor that in as well.  And a lot of our friends are late to stuff all the time. 

I’m serving beverages before the ceremony and it’s a beautiful venue (nice view of ocean and garden/grounds), so I’m hoping the people who are early or who show up on time aren’t too upset. 

Post # 18
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I put 5:30 and that’s when the ceremony will start.  most of our guests are local, so they better be there on time!

Post # 19
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

We put 6:00 and our ceremony started pretty darn close to 6:00 (okay, maybe it was 6:02 ;).

I gave detailed directions and travel times on the website, so that might have helped people get there to start on-time.

Post # 20
7 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re putting 4:30pm on our invitation and we are expecting to start at 5:00pm. L.A. has a bad combination of traffic and people showing up late =)

Post # 21
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our invitation says 3 and we will be starting right at 3. Our officiant has another wedding at 4:30 in a different suburb, so if we don’t start on time we will have to cut our ceremony short, and i’m not okay with that.

Most of our guests are out of town, but we will be giving everyone directions and travel times, so hopefully it’ll be okay. Everyone will also be told that if they are late, we are starting without them because of the time constraints.

Post # 22
235 posts
Helper bee

Myn son and FDIL’s wedding invite is going to say 3:30, but we figure the wedding will probably start closer to 4:00 because we have to shuttle guests from a parking lot at a park down the road.  The ceremony is on the cliffs above the ocean, and there is very little parking. We will start to shuttle around 3:00 and the last shuttle service will be at 3:30.  After that, they would have to walk! 

Post # 23
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My church didn’t exactly give me a choice.  They said the ceremony has to start at 1:00pm and the invitations have to say 12:45PM.  Talk about early!

Post # 24
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think putting any time other than the actual start time for the ceremony is rude to your guests who do bother to show up on time.  They’re taking time out of their lives to celebrate with you, and if they show up half an hour early, and you actually don’t start until 15 or 30 minutes after you indicated, you are really penalizing your on time guests!

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