Post # 17
We put 3:00 PM on the invites knowing that people would show up late, but the actual time of the ceremony is 3:30PM…it’s Southern California so we know people will be stuck in traffic…and the reception is at the same location so we don’t have to worry about people being late to that!
Post # 18
Our invites say 5pm but it’s actually 5:30. Originally the plan was to say 5:30 and start at 5:40 but to me that seems physically impossible to get 180 people to arrive on time, drop off the cards, sign the guest book, make their way to the ceremony (from the front entrance), and find a seat all in 10 minutes.
Post # 19
I think some guests expect an “ish” at the end of a time on a wedding ceremony, just because you can get running behind on the day. Ours said 3:30, it started at 3:30. I hate being late 😉
But, this sounds like a miscommunication with the vendor. If your invitation says 3, he should be there before 3 to set up and get ready.
Post # 20
No, your DJ needs to start at 3. Unless he’s thinking he’s not a part of your ceremony? Something sounds a little weird.
Post # 21
If the invite says 3pm, you should plan to start at 3pm. If I’m invited to a 3pm wedding, I arrive at 2:30-2:45pm. I shouldn’t be forced to sit around for 45-60 minutes because some rude people might get there late.
Post # 22
Ours was set for 4. We started about 15 minutes late. And I still had someone walk in the door after the ceremony was over and we were setting up in the lobby to do pics…. there will always be that one! lol
Talk to the DJ and make sure there was not a miscommunication.
Post # 23
Plan on starting at the invitation start time but anticipate a delay.
Post # 24
Wow. Thank you everyone for your feedback! I didn’t expect to get such a response.
I changed the time to 3 for the DJ. I’d imagine he was just confused a bit. And I think everyone who said it about it not being fair to penalize those who are on time–I agree. I mean, it IS a bit of a distance so maybe we can give 10ish minutes of leeway. But, I try to be punctual, and I hope everyone else can be too. 🙂