(Closed) Does ceremony actually start when invite says it does?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
23593 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Plan on starting at the invitation start time but anticipate a delay.

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