(Closed) feeling dumb but….. what time was i suppose to put on my invitations?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well when you put the time on the invitation you are indicating when the ceremony begins and people will usually arrive early to get seated and be there when it begins. It is begins at 6, the guest shouldn’t be getting there after. If you’re worried about music, maybe you can have some classical wedding music playing over the speakers on a loop from an ipod or a cd while guests are getting seated.

Post # 4
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that the music should probably start before 6.  The time you put on the invite is the start of the ceremony and most people will arrive before then.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

People will be early because they think the wedding ceremony will start at 6pm. So expect people to start coming in around 5:30-5:45ish.  I would just call your DJ and have him set-up early to start playing music at 5:45.  I’m sure you’re not the first to have to change the time.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

The time on the invitation is the start of the ceremony, so they’d better arrive early. Can you ask your DJ to show up a few minutes early, maybe to start playing music at 5:45pm? That would totally solve your problem as you can actually start the ceremony at 6;00pm. If not, it doesn’t matter – people can sit down without background music, it won’t be the end of the world. And maybe he can play 1 ‘intro’ song before starting the actual ceremony music at 6.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We put 5 our on invites, and are planning to start the ceremony 5:20-5:30.  The DJ will start playing music around 5, and he seemed to think that that was fine.  Keep in mind that if your invite says 6 for the ceremony… you probably won’t actually start at 6.  Unless all of your guests are way more punctual then mine are 🙂

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our invites say 5:00pm and we are planning on starting at 5:00 since that is the ‘correct’ thing to do, but I will say that there is ‘extra time’ built in, just in case we start at 5:15 😉 Our reverend told us we have to start on time, and honestly you have to be courteous to the people who actually took the time seriously and got there early.

My friend got married at 5:00pm recently on a Friday (not that it should matter) and people were still arriving at 5:30! We were standing in the back, waiting to walk down the aisle and guests were streaming in 30 minutes late!

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