Post # 1
Out of curiosity, I’m wondering if you arrived at your church way before the ceremony, in order to stay hidden from your guests, or did you arrive right before you walked down the aisle?
I’m 8 months away but I have already started thinking about these minor details!
Post # 3
I can’t give experiences from my wedding but at a wedding that I was at recently the bridesmaids were charged with the task of making sure everyone was inside the church before the bride arrived in the car. That way she could get out, have her photos done outside with her photographers and it was still a surprise for everyone inside. The driver phoned the Maid/Matron of Honor and bridesmaids just before he left the venue so they knew that there was 15 minutes before she got there. I thought that was really clever.
Post # 4
@littlemissmoo: That’s a good idea! Our church is actually only 5 minutes from our house (where I’ll be getting ready), so that would work really really well for me!
Post # 5
It depends on where you are getting ready: I am planning on getting to the venue at 12:30, with my ladies. The guys are arriving at 1, so that I am settled and hidden when they arrive. We will be getting dressed there and having pictures taken . The ceremony is starting at 5:30PM.
Post # 6
My ceremony is at 3:30pm and me and my bridesmaids will be arriving at the church between 12:30 – 1pm. But we will be putting on makeup and getting dressed at the church, then doing photos there, as well. The photographer will do girls’ photos first, then the guys, so yes, I will be staying hidden from guests until I walk down the aisle!
Post # 7
I arrived several hours early in sweats with my hair done. I went downstairs to a special room where I had my makeup done and put on my dress. I took pictures with my bridal party, my parents, etc. and DOC made surre that my husband was in another area of the church and did not see me. We made sure that I was done at least 1/2 hour before the wedding so I could go back downstairs before guests arrived. I used that time to go to the bathroom one last time (complicated in some dresses!), get a sip of water, take a deep breath, etc.
Post # 8
We stayed overnight at the venue, so I was already there. We took pictures before, and made sure to have plenty of time to go inside before people would show.
Post # 9
mine wasn’t at a church be we arrived at the venue before all the guests and before the guys. We hung out in the reception room while I stayed hidden while everyone arrived. It was tons of fun! I got to see everyone come in and sit down (no I did not look at my groom then!). It worked out well.
Post # 10
@Rgeddy: How early did that end up being? I am asking because I don’t know what time guests start to show up, and if I’d be ready in time.
Our ceremony will be at 2pm, and we should be finishing up hair/make-up around 12pm. The earliest I could probably get to the venue is shortly after 1pm. Maybe 1:15ish.
Post # 11
I arrived at about 10min before the ceremony – but I made sure that my Fiance and the men were already inside. I was tucked inside an alcove by the front entrance and got to say hi to a few guests as they arrived, and didn’t mind that at all
Post # 12
i plan to arrive just in time to walk down the aisle..
Post # 13
Hmmm. So it looks like everyone does something different and I just need to decide what I like best!
Post # 14
I arrived 10 min before ceremony time. The groomsmen made sure everyone was seated inside the room and then told me I could go pee LOL
I went pee and probably walked down the aisle 10min late!
Post # 15
We took our pictures before the ceremony.. so we arrived early (MOH’s Bf drove us). I stayed hidden from Fiance then we did 1st look and took pictures. Then we hid for a bit while guests arrived. Although i found out after my husband wasn’t hidden he was at the champagne reception with all the guests lol But i guess it’s not as big of a deal to see the groom before the ceremony.
Anyways to answer you question if there is a bridal suite at your venue then i would go early so you can have time get freshen up.. also that way you wouldn’t have to put your dress on until you are there.
But it really depends on your schedule with getting ready and pictures!
Post # 16
I’m hoping to do all of the getting dressed at our house, and I also hope to get all photos of me with my family and my bridesmaids done before the ceremony… I’m thinking more and more it’ll be best for me to show up right before the walk!