(Closed) How to word ceremony time change

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
46388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you want something light-hearted?


Oops we said 3:30

For the ceremony to begin

But the hotels say the rooms

Are  available at 3  for check-in

We know you need some time

To bathe and primp and dress

So we’ve pushed the time to 4 pm

To cause you less distress.


or straight forward

Having realized that your hotel rooms may not be available until 3 pm, we are rescheduling the ceremony to begin at 4 pm. We hope that our new schedule is more convenient for our guests. We look forward to celebrating with you.

Post # 4
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Could you ask the hotel to allow your guests to check in early?

Post # 5
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Leave the time as-is on the invitations.  Start the ceremony at 4.  Let word of mouth notify people of the later time. Ask the hotel if early check-in is available for (some of) the room block. For anyone who seems stressed, tell them they have that option.


Are you doing out of town welcome bags?  Put a note with julies1949 wording in there and if people show up early (at the regular time), that’s no problem.  If you weren’t doing Out of Town bags, you can still do a welcome packet that they get at check-in.

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