(Closed) How early did you arrive at the church/venue?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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 # 5
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 11
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i plan to arrive just in time to walk down the aisle..

Post # 14
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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! 

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